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Night and Day

ALBION MARKET…with attitude! Stoic attempt to make ITV look all upmarket and posh and pretend that its viewers are aching for a soap opera that crosses TRAINER with SO HAUNT ME. Spoiler: They weren’t. Bonkers plot wouldn’t have looked out of place on MICHAEL WINNER’S TRUE CRIMES. Cross-section of every race, creed and colour lives on a street in Greenwich. They all have humdrum lives, except they don’t, because they all have Hidden Secrets, and when a girl who looks like Sandra Dickinson goes missing, all the Hidden Secrets begin to spew out. One side of the road is occupied, a la STELLA STREET, by a battery of fading faces: Angie off of [cref 3530 THREE UP, TWO DOWN], Dorien from BIRDS OF A FEATHER, Sergeant Harriet Makepeace, Dr Who Paul McGann’s brother, one of the prossies on BAND OF GOLD, one half of [cref 2676 HE’S PASQUALE, I’M WALSH], and Mike Gambit. On t’other side of street live the Beautiful People, including half the future cast of HOLLYOAKS. They meet in the middle. Much sauciness over the sun-dried tomatoes ensues. As does murder, mistaken identity, mystical visions, a visit from a time-stopping stranger like that bloke off HEROES, and SHANE RICHIE. Originally aired three times a week at teatime, with a fussily-titled “adult” omnibus, NIGHT AND DAY: THE REMIX, once a week after the News at Ten. REMIX subtitle was ditched after just one week. Teatime episodes soon went the same way. Weekly omnibus then slid further back in the schedule until that hallowed must-watch hour of 1am. Final episode fast forwarded four years for no good reason other than to reveal that the girl who went missing on day one had now become – well of course! – a ghost!

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Glenn Aylett

    September 7, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Aired around the same time as ITV revived Crossroads, which was met with the same indifference. It seems every new soap that has been launched after Eastenders on the two main channels has tanked. Viewers seem happy with the traditional three and can’t take on another soap. Mind you, Night and Day was a bit surreal and was worth a look.

  2. richardpd

    September 7, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Even on the other channels only Hollyoaks has lasted since Eastenders started.

    I knew ITV needed to fill the gap left by Home & Away, but somehow they managed to commission 2 soaps for that purpose.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    September 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

    @ richardpd, Home and Away was in deep decline, which was why ITV sold it to Channel 5, but its replacements proved to be even more unsuccessful. The noughties did seem to be a difficult time for ITV 1 in the 5-6 slot: after the two soaps were dropped, they showed repeats of You’ve Been Framed, which viewers largely ignored, then fought back a little with Paul O Grady until he moved to Channel 4 in 2006, and then created a hopeless chat show with Anthony Cotton and the dislikeable gameshow Goldenballs, which was dropped after 3 years. I think, The Chase, which started in 2009, has been a saviour for ITV 1 in this slot, a fairly intelligent game show with a popular host that regularly attracts 3 million viewers.

  4. richardpd

    September 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I remember Goldenballs coming & going with little fanfare.

    Also around this time CITV was dropped from the main channel to be replaced by repeats of Midsomer Murders. This couldn’t have helped in the ratings, especially for younger viewers.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    September 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    The noughties were a dark time for ITV1, while BBC One seemed to stage a massive comenback with decent dramas and entertainment. Whole genres of programming like current affairs, childrens programming, religion and regional programming were junked in favour of a schedule where reality shows, soaps and lowbrow entertainment dominated the channel. Dross like Celebrity Love Island, Soapstar Superstar and Cdelebrity Wrestling were ITV’s idea of entertainment, while BBC One had successfully revived Doctor Who, which squashed Celebrity Wrestling, and brought Come Dancing into the modern era.

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