Where the Heart Is (British TV series)

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Where the Heart Is is a British drama-soap set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Skelthwaite, created by Ashley Pharoah and Vicky Featherstone. The series first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 6 April 1997. The show focuses on the lives of a group of district nurses and their families who reside in the town. On 12 October 2006, ITV announced that the tenth series was the last as they decided to focus on creating other shows. The final episode was broadcast on 10 September 2006.

Where the Heart Is
Where the Heart Is (British TV series).jpg
GenreDrama
Created byVicky Featherstone
Ashley Pharoah
StarringCast
Opening themePrefab Sprout – "Where the Heart Is"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series10
No. of episodes110
Production
Producer(s)United Productions (later Granada) with:
Anglia Television (1997–2001)
Meridian Broadcasting (2002–2005)
Granada Television (2006)
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3 (1997)
14:9 (1998)
16:9 (1999–2006)
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 April 1997 (1997-04-06) –
10 September 2006 (2006-09-10)
External links
Website

Plot overviewEdit

Where the Heart Is focuses on the personal lives of two in the small Yorkshire town of Skelthwaite.[1] The official ITV website described the series as "an engaging story of life, love, family and people’s ever-changing fortunes in rural England. Set against the rugged landscape of Yorkshire, it follows the busy professional and family lives of District Nurses, as they bring nursing and emotional care to young and old alike."[2] Initially, it mainly concentrated on the lives of two of the district health nurses, Peggy Snow (Pam Ferris) and Ruth Goddard (Sarah Lancashire).[1]

ProductionEdit

Where The Heart Is was created by Ashley Pharoah and Vicky Featherstone.[3][4] The show is a drama series and was made for ITV's "prime time" television slot.[2]

The series was filmed in the Colne valley of West Yorkshire, mainly in the villages Marsden, Slaithwaite and the town Meltham.[5][6] The production team would also use Huddersfield Town Hall as an occasional filming location.[5]

On 12 October 2006, it was announced that ITV had decided to not renew the show for an additional series.[7] The show was dropped despite high ratings, averaging at more than six million viewers per episode. A publicist from the channel stated "Where The Heart Is has been a very successful series for ITV1. But the decision has been taken in order to create some flexibility for new programme ideas in that 8pm Sunday slot."[7] The show's producer, Ian Hopkins said he was "sorry" the show had been cancelled and added "I would like to thank you for all your support for the programme over the last 10 years."[7]

The show's theme song, which is also titled "Where the Heart Is" was performed by the band Prefab Sprout.[8]

The first episode was watched by more than ten million viewers during its first broadcast in the United Kingdom.[9]

One of ITV's longest-running shows, Where the Heart Is was known for being what has been described as a haven for former soap stars, including Lancashire, Philip Middlemiss, Samantha Giles, Kerrie Taylor, Brian Capron and Shobna Gulati. In October 2006, the series was cancelled after nine years, despite viewing figures of well over 7 million.[10]

The theme song "Where the Heart is" was performed by Prefab Sprout (written and sung by Paddy McAloon). It was released as a single and appears on the band's 38 Carat Collection.

The series has been repeated on Drama.

CastEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
166 April 1997 (1997-04-06)[12]11 May 1997 (1997-05-11)[13]ITV
21019 April 1998 (1998-04-19)[14]5 July 1998 (1998-07-05)
31418 April 1999 (1999-04-18)[15]25 July 1999 (1999-07-25)[16]
41630 April 2000 (2000-04-30)3 September 2000 (2000-09-03)
51622 April 2001 (2001-04-22)12 August 2001 (2001-08-12)
61221 April 2002 (2002-04-21)7 July 2002 (2002-07-07)
796 July 2003 (2003-07-06)23 December 2003 (2003-12-23)[17]
8811 July 2004 (2004-07-11)29 August 2004 (2004-08-29)
91026 June 2005 (2005-06-26)28 August 2005 (2005-08-28)
10916 July 2006 (2006-07-16)10 September 2006 (2006-09-10)

Home mediaEdit

A tie in book based on the characters of Peggy and Ruth, which was written by Kate Lock was released on 7 May 1998.[18] A television companion book was released on 28 October 1999.[19] Series one to four of Where the Heart Is were released on DVD in the United Kingdom via Network.[20][21][22][23] These are listed in the table below.

DVD Season Ep # Original aired Region 2 (UK)
Series 1 6 6 April – 11 May 1997 27 March 2006[20]
Series 2 10 19 April – 5 July 1998 21 May 2012[21]
Series 3 14 18 April – 25 July 1999 6 May 2013[22]
Series 4 16 30 April – 3 September 2000 10 March 2014[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Where the Heart Is". Drama. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Where the Heart Is". itv.com. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  3. ^ "The Living and the Dead: Ashley Pharoah on the Writing Process". BBC Online. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Royal Court names Vicky Featherstone as Cooke successor". BBC News. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Popular TV series at the `heart' of the town's tourist trade". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. (Reach plc). 13 October 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Skelthwaite on a plate!". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. (Reach plc). 4 December 2003. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Green, Kris (12 October 2006). "'Where The Heart Is' axed after a decade". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  8. ^ Cox, Tom (22 March 2000). "Going for a song". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  9. ^ Culf, Andrew (9 April 1997). "ITV spends to blunt impact of Channel 5". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ "Soaps — News - 'Where The Heart Is' axed after a decade — Digital Spy". Digital Spy. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Skelthwaite Community News". Anglia TV. Archived from the original on 23 April 2002. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Sunday 6 April". The Guardian. 6 April 1997. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ "Sunday 11 May". The Guardian. 11 May 1997. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ "Sunday 19 April". The Guardian. 19 April 1998. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  15. ^ "Sunday 18 April". The Guardian. 18 April 1999. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  16. ^ "Sunday 25 July". The Guardian. 25 July 1999. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  17. ^ "Tuesday television". The Guardian. 23 December 2003. Retrieved 21 February 2020 – via Newspapers.com. 
  18. ^ "Where the Heart Is - Home Paperback – 7 May 1998". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  19. ^ "Where The Heart Is (TV Companion S.) Paperback – 28 Oct 1999". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Where The Heart is - The Complete First Series [DVD] [1997]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Where the Heart Is: The Complete Series 2 [DVD] [1998]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  22. ^ a b "Where The Heart Is - The Complete Series 3 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Where the Heart Is - The Complete Series 4 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2020.

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