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  1. Echo Beach: Created by Tony Jordan. With Martine McCutcheon, Ed Speleers, Jason Donovan, Hugo Speer. The lives of former lovers Daniel and Susan are complicated by teen angst, family loyalties and tested friendships.

  2. Echo Beach is a British soap opera that aired on ITV in 2008. Set in the fictional Cornish coastal town of Polnarren, it ran for twelve episodes from 10 January to 21 March 2008. The show was created by Tony Jordan and produced by Kudos for ITV.

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    Echo Beach was inter-linked with a show named Moving Wallpaper, a comedy-drama set in the fictional production offices of Echo Beach. Echo Beach was shown immediately after Moving Wallpaper in the schedule, with Moving Wallpaper airing at 9 pm on Fridays and Echo Beach airing at 9.30 pm. Although initially intended to be shown on ITV2, straight after Moving Wallpaper on ITV, the decision was made to have both on ITV. The theme song was a cover of Martha and the Muffins' "Echo Beach" by Gabriella Cilmi. According to the parallel Moving Wallpaper storyline, the soap was originally titled Polnarren, and was intended to be a worthy drama about social issues in Cornwall. The show was then "sexed up", and its name changed to Echo Beach, by new producer Jonathan Pope (played by Ben Miller).

    The soap is centred on Susan Penwarden (played by Martine McCutcheon) and her ex-lover Daniel Marrack (Jason Donovan), who after a long absence, and following the death of his wife, returns to Polnarren to run a beachfront cafe and surf shop with his daughter Abi (Hannah Lederer-Alton) and son Brae (Christian Cooke). An old feud between Daniel and Susan's manipulative husband Mark (Hugo Speer) flares up, while Susan's and Mark's son Jimmy (Ed Speleers) becomes involved with Abi. Jimmy overhears a conversation suggesting that he might be Daniel's son, not Mark's, making his relationship with Abi incestuous. A shocked Jimmy breaks up with Abi, leaving her to have drunken and regretted sex with his friend Charlie (Jonathan Readwin). A blood test later proves the paternity claim to be false, allowing Jimmy to make amends with Abi, who keeps secret the details of the night she spent with Charlie. Meanwhile, as Susan and Daniel try to control their feelings for each other, Mark starts an...

    Actors from Echo Beach sometimes cross over into the sister show, Moving Wallpaper; see Moving Wallpaper: Cast.

    External filmed scenes are: quay/harbours of Looe and Polperro on Cornwall's south coast; long panoramic beach shots (and surfers) are of Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall's most popular surfing destinations, on the north coast; the large, almost mansion-sized, house on the hillside shots are also in Polperro. There are inconsistencies with props, locations and dialect in Echo Beach: the surfboards don't have surfboard wax on them; and the fictional Cornish characters do not sound convincingly Cornish.[citation needed]

    A second series of Moving Wallpaper was commissioned and began airing on ITV on 27 February 2009. It was originally reported that Echo Beach would "most probably return, but not necessarily as it is now". However, in July 2008 it was confirmed that Echo Beach had in fact been cancelled. Series two of Moving Wallpaper instead focuses on the production of a "zombie" show called Renaissance.

    The first episode of Echo Beach attracted 5 million viewers on average with a 21% audience share, easily winning the timeslot. The ratings later dropped to just 2.8 million and a 12% share. On 15 February 2008, Echo Beach gained only 1.9 million viewers with an audience share of 8%, while a repeat of crime drama New Tricksattracted 4.7 million viewers for BBC One. Viewing figures then rallied slightly, to 2.3m. Comments from some reviewers, as well as from viewers on discussion forums, indicated a degree of confusion about whether Echo Beach was intended to be a satirical send-up of lame soap operas or a bona fide dramatic offering. The Daily Mirror described the show as "not bad enough to be funny". The Sunday Mirrorthought: "Strikingly bad acting, drearily predictable plot lines [...] Echo Beach is just like a normal soap. But there's a difference. This one is supposed to be rubbish. Or at least I think it is."

    In Australia, season one of Echo Beach aired back-to-back with Moving Wallpaper on ABC2 each Friday from 8:30pm, 30 May 2008. Both programs were later repeated on the higher-rated ABC1 channel a year later from 6 May 2009 starting on Wednesday nights. Yet, this time, Echo Beachwas separated from its sister program and placed in an early Saturday evening timeslot three days later each week.

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    • Synopsis
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    Echo Beach was in­ter-linked with a show named Mov­ing Wall­pa­per, a com­edy-drama set in the fic­tional pro­duc­tion of­fices of Echo Beach. Echo Beach was shown im­me­di­ately after Mov­ing Wallpaper in the sched­ule, with Mov­ing Wallpaper air­ing at 9 pm on Fri­days and Echo Beach air­ing at 9.30 pm. Al­though ini­tially in­tended to be shown on ITV2, straight after Mov­ing Wallpaperon ITV, the de­ci­sion was made to have both on ITV. The theme song was a cover of Martha and the Muffins' "Echo Beach" by Gabriella Cilmi. Ac­cord­ing to the par­al­lel Mov­ing Wallpaper sto­ry­line, the soap was orig­i­nally ti­tled Pol­nar­ren, and was in­tended to be a wor­thy drama about so­cial is­sues in Corn­wall. The show was then "sexed up", and its name changed to Echo Beach, by new pro­ducer Jonathan Pope (played by Ben Miller).

    The soap is cen­tred on Susan Pen­war­den (played by Mar­tine Mc­Cutcheon) and her ex-lover Daniel Mar­rack (Jason Dono­van), who after a long ab­sence, and fol­low­ing the death of his wife, re­turns to Pol­nar­ren to run a beach­front café and surf shop with his daugh­ter Abi (Han­nah Led­erer-Al­ton) and son Brae (Chris­t­ian Cooke). An old feud be­tween Daniel and Susan's ma­nip­u­la­tive hus­band Mark (Hugo Speer) flares up, while Susan's and Mark's son Jimmy (Ed Speleers) be­comes in­volved with Abi. Jimmy over­hears a con­ver­sa­tion sug­gest­ing that he might be Daniel's son, not Mark's, mak­ing his re­la­tion­ship with Abi in­ces­tu­ous. A shocked Jimmy breaks up with Abi, leav­ing her to have drunken and re­gret­ted sex with his friend Char­lie (Jonathan Read­win). A blood test later proves the pa­ter­nity claim to be false, al­low­ing Jimmy to make amends with Abi, who keeps se­cret the de­tails of the night she spent with Char­lie. Mean­while, as Susan and Daniel try to...

    Ac­tors from Echo Beach some­times cross over into the sis­ter show, Mov­ing Wallpaper; see Mov­ing Wall­pa­per: Cast.

    Ex­ter­nal filmed scenes are: quay/har­bours of Looe and Polperro on Corn­wall's south coast; long panoramic beach shots (and surfers) are of Wa­ter­gate Bay, one of Corn­wall's most pop­u­lar surf­ing des­ti­na­tions, on the north coast; the large, al­most man­sion-sized, house on the hill­side shots are also in Polperro. There are in­con­sis­ten­cies with props, lo­ca­tions and di­alect in Echo Beach: the surf­boards don't have surf­board wax on them; and the fic­tional Cor­nish char­ac­ters do not sound con­vinc­ingly Cornish.[citation needed]

    A sec­ond se­ries of Mov­ing Wallpaper was com­mis­sioned and began air­ing on ITV on 27 Feb­ru­ary 2009. It was orig­i­nally re­ported that Echo Beach would "most prob­a­bly re­turn, but not nec­es­sar­ily as it is now". How­ever, in July 2008 it was con­firmed that Echo Beach had in fact been can­celled. Se­ries two of Mov­ing Wallpaper in­stead fo­cuses on the pro­duc­tion of a "zom­bie" show called Re­nais­sance.

    The first episode of Echo Beach at­tracted 5 mil­lion view­ers on av­er­age with a 21% au­di­ence share, eas­ily win­ning the times­lot. The rat­ings later dropped to just 2.8 mil­lion and a 12% share. One month later, Echo Beach gained only 1.9 mil­lion view­ers with an au­di­ence share of 8%, while a re­peat of crime drama New Tricksat­tracted 4.7 mil­lion view­ers for BBC One. View­ing fig­ures then ral­lied slightly, to 2.3m. Com­ments from some re­view­ers, as well as from view­ers on dis­cus­sion fo­rums, in­di­cated a de­gree of con­fu­sion about whether Echo Beach was in­tended to be a satir­i­cal send-up of lame soap op­eras or a bona fide dra­matic offering. The Daily Mirror de­scribed the show as "not bad enough to be funny". The Sun­day Mirror thought: "Strik­ingly bad act­ing, drea­rily pre­dictable plot lines [...] Echo Beachis just like a nor­mal soap. But there's a dif­fer­ence. This one is sup­posed to be rub­bish. Or at least I think it is."

    In Aus­tralia, se­ries one of Echo Beach aired back-to-back with Mov­ing Wallpaper on ABC2 each Fri­day from 8:30 pm, 30 May 2008. Both pro­grams were later re­peated on the higher-rated ABC1 chan­nel a year later from 6 May 2009 start­ing on Wednes­day nights. Yet, this time, Echo Beachwas sep­a­rated from its sis­ter pro­gram and placed in an early Sat­ur­day evening times­lot three days later each week.

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  5. Jan 10, 2008 · Series Details & Credits. ITV1 | ITV | Release Date: January 10, 2008. Starring: Johnny Briggs, Naomi Ryan, Jason Donovan, Marcus Patric, Susie Amy, Hugo Speer, Christian Cooke, Gwyneth Powell, Jonathan Readwin, Hannah Lederer Alton, Edward Speleers, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Greenwood, Chandeep Uppal. Summary: When the Marrack family move back to Polnarren after twenty years, they discover that bitter rivalries still exist, in the form of the Penwardens.

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