- Dream Team (TV series)
- For other uses, see Dream Team (disambiguation)
Dream Team Format Drama Starring Final Cast
Country of origin United Kingdom No. of episodes 419 Production Running time 1 Hour (including commercial breaks) Broadcast Original channel Sky1 Original run 7 October 1997 – 3 June 2007
Dream Team is a British television series produced by Hewland International which aired on Sky1 and Sky3 from 1997 to 2007; it chronicled the on-field and off-field affairs of the fictional Harchester United Football Club.
The show began in 1997 and centred on the Harchester United youth team. The next series, series 2 transmitted in 1998 concluding in 1999 focused on the first team for the first time and on Ian Coates, the manager, Jerry and Lynda Block the owners of Harchester United and Luis Amor Rodriguez, star striker and soon to be lover of Lynda. The end of the series resulted in Harchester winning the FA Cup.
The series that followed have focused on the club fighting against relegation, qualifying for the highly acclaimed Champions League and being demoted to the Football League for financial irregularities and corruption after they were found guilty of match fixing (Source: Harchester.net). The soundtrack for the series was composed by Justin Broadrick.
Cancellation and final series
As the show developed, the storylines became more and more extravagant, with the character death toll rising significantly in the final seasons. With declining viewing figures and repetitive storylines, Sky decided not to renew the Dream Team contract, and in April 2006, the director of programmes at Sky One, Richard Woolfe, confirmed the show would not return after the tenth series.
The tenth series began on 29 October 2006, the final episode being broadcast on 3 June 2007, with viewers left unaware of which characters survived an explosion that ripped through the Dragon’s Lair during the final Premier League game of the season. However it is hinted that Harchester United win the Premier League. The last ever song to be played on the programme was "Cast No Shadow" by Oasis.
The main storyline of series ten revolved around "Dragonslayer", a mysterious poster on the club’s fansite revealing the innermost secrets of the club. It was ultimately this storyline that resulted in the major explosion that ended the series.
Following the announcement of Dream Team being axed, many of the main cast members left the programme at the start of series ten. These included Alex Dempsey, Lynda Block and Ryan Naysmith.
Harchester United team kits were created by real kit manufacturers and were also available to buy whilst the show was on the air. The manufacturers of these kits were PONY, Le Coq Sportif and Valsport. Series One (1997–1998) PONY Series Two-Seven (1998–2003) Le Coq Sportif Series Eight-Ten (2004–2007) Valsport
Series 1 Home (PONY) Series 2 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 3 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 4 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 5 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 6 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 7 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 8 Home (Valsport) Series 9/10 Home (Valsport)
The most popular kits were the series 7 kits, which was most fan's favourite.
Cast members who featured during the shows tenth and final season.
- Alison King
as Lynda Block (1998–2002, 2003, 2005–2006, 2007)
- Daniel Lundh
as Mustapha Karim (2005)
- Jamie Lomas
as Alex Dempsey (2005–2006)
- Lucinda Kennard
as Amy Kerrigan (2005–2007)
- Naomi Ryan
as Ashleigh King (2005–2006)
- Julie Healy
as Chloe Tyler (2005–2007)
- Jessica-Jane Clement
as Cindi Marshall (2005–2007)
- Danny Husbands
as Danny Sullivan (2001–2007)
- Junior Nunoo
as Eugene Rose (2004–2007)
- Jonathan Howard
as Gavin Moody (2005–2007)
- Duncan Pow
as Liam Mackay (2005–2007)
- Sapphire Elia
as Gemma Craig (2006–2007)
- Frankie Fitzgerald
as Jason Porter (2006–2007)
- Danny Midwinter
as Jimmy Craig (2006–2007)
- Amy Perfect
as Katy Irwin (2006–2007)
- James Floyd
as Miguel Lopez (2006–2007)
- David Ajala
as Sean Campbell (2007)
- Nick Nevern <as> Pavel Kovac (2006)
For a list of characters that have appeared on Dream Team, see Dream Team characters
Arguably the most famous character in Dream Team was Karl ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (played by Terry Kiely), who became the series' stalwart character, remaining a fixture in the cast from the beginning of season 1 through to the end of season 8. During his tenure with Harchester, Fletch was briefly promoted to manager, became a father, married (and divorced) physiotherapist Abi, and was briefly jailed. At the end of season 8, Fletch died after being impaled on a coat peg by deranged manager Don Barker.
The death of Fletch was seen by many as an attempt to boost falling ratings, but in truth lay Kiely wanted to pursue other projects, namely Channel 5 soap-opera Family Affairs”. Kiely had also grown tired with the character. Fletch remained one of the most popular characters throughout the entire show, topping the popularity ratings each year until the character's death.
After a fan's poll about former characters returning, producers introduced a ghost of Fletch on Easter Sunday 2007, when the Harchester legend returned to haunt Jason Porter, whose world has begun to fall apart. The move was popular as the character was used sparingly but effectively until the end of the series.
419 episodes were made over ten seasons. For the first three seasons, the show aired in a half-hour format of Tuesday and Thursday nights, with an hour-long omnibus airing on Saturday/Sunday mornings. The final episodes for seasons two and three were both an hour in duration and after receiving strong ratings in both cases, starting in season four, the show switched to a single hour long episode on Sunday evenings.
Season Start date End date Episodes 1 7 October 1997 13 May 1998 64 2 1 September 1998 20 May 1999 64 3 21 September 1999 18 May 2000 62 4 1 October 2000 15 April 2001 26 5 16 September 2001 15 May 2002 32 6 6 October 2002 18 May 2003 32 7 28 September 2003 16 May 2004 32 8 17 October 2004 29 May 2005 32 9 16 October 2005 14 May 2006 31 10 29 October 2006 3 June 2007 32
In the United States, Fox Soccer Channel (like Sky, a part of News Corporation) airs ‘Dream Team’, albeit several series behind Sky One. The tenth series will begin broadcasting from August 6 at 9pm Eastern Time. The series is also currently aired in Serbia, on Studio B television, in Montenegro on TV In, and in Estonia on TV4. It also aired on Botswana's national television station BTv
- ^ "Final Whistle for TV’s Dream Team". BBC News. 11 April 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4899856.stm. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
- Harchester.tv - The story continues here
- Harchester United Official Website
- Harchester United.Org
- Dream Team Diehard - unofficial site + the baby of the bunch, currently celebrating its first anniversary
- Dream Team at the Internet Movie Database
CharactersCurtis Alexander • Monday Bandele • Didier Baptiste • Don Barker • Andrei Belanov • Lynda Block • Dean Boyle • Carl Caskey • Clyde Connelly • Luke Davenport • Karl Fletcher • Felix Hahn • Terry Harrison • Eli Knox • Ryan Naysmith • Stuart Naysmith • Billy O'Neil • Nikki Peggs • Jason Porter • Lee Presley • Leon Richards • Casper Rose • Frank Stone • Danny Sullivan • Vivian Wright
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