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Not to be confused with Shortland Street

Sunlance Street is an Engarian soap opera and a spin-off to For Better or Worse. The series was created by Jimmy Anderson. It began airing on Wiki TV since January 30th, 2019. The series is mainly set in the fictitious Sunlance Street Hospital in Westerdale, focusing around many doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff who work there.

The series is currently the second most-watched soap operas in the country and has been in competition with another soap opera, Philioaks.

History

In December 2018, Wiki TV has confirmed that The World Down Under would end after 3 seasons because they want to make way for a new soap to air, taking place the time slot where The World Down Under airs. On January 14th, 2019, Wiki TV released promos for the upcoming soap opera Sunlance Street and the promos for the characters were later shown.

The first episode aired on Wiki TV on January 30th, at 20:00 pm. The episode was met with mixed reception and ratings were also poor at the time. The soap would have been canceled, though this didn't happen as ratings started rising. Some characters who were previously at The World Down Under also appeared in Sunlance Street as main characters.

On March 18th, 2019, due to the extended coverage of the death of Josh Stewart, Sunlance Street had to be shown on Wiki TV 2 due to schedule changes on Wiki TV.

Robert Galvin (who is played by engarian actor Zack Jacobson, who was also at The World Down Under) left the soap on October 17th, 2019 due to personal reasons, but 3 weeks later, he returned full-time.

On October 28th, 2019, 4 new characters were introduced to the series, one of them include Greg Taylor.

In November 2019, Sunlance Street introduced the "Westerdale serial killer" storyline, which resulted in 5 characters being killed off.

The show reached huge ratings in the 2019 Christmas finale when Greg Taylor (who is played by Rob Lloyd) was revealed to be the "Westerdale serial killer" as he attempts to stab Robert in a bid to kill him.

In 2020, Sunlance Street introduced a storyline known as (The cards of fate) and the storyline lasted throughout the week from January 27-31. In the storyline, the hospital organized a party where they celebrated 1 year on from being Founded. a special extended episode aired on January 30th to celebrate the soap's 1 year anniversary. In the episode, a helicopter crashed into the party center that was caused by Greg Taylor who hijacked the Helicopter. 3 characters met their demise, including original character Linda Galvin.

On March 17th of that same year, filmings of Sunlance Street have been suspended due to the spread of the coronavirus.

In order to prevent the show from being taken off-air, Sunlance Street airs 2 episodes per day. This was done to keep the show as long as possible. According to a statement from Wiki TV Studios "As announced earlier, Wiki TV Studios is reorganizing the production of some of its productions due to the coronavirus situation, as protecting the health of colleagues and contributors is a top priority for our company. The first will be a repeat of the previous day, and the second will be the new episode from 22:00 pm."

On April 18th, it has been announced that the production will resume, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Filmings later resumed on May 9th.

On June 26th of that same year, Sunlance Street aired the last episode before the summer break, as season 3 concludes. Moreover, the season finale had many memorable moments on the episode, those include the kidnap of Christian and Deborah, the shooting of Robert Galvin, and the bombing of the Burgerista diner carried out by Greg Taylor and his henchmen, Jason.

The 4th season premiered on August 3rd when it was revealed that Henry was killed in the explosion, and Christian and Debroah were rescued from their kidnap by the police.

Broadcast

Sunlance Street airs on Wiki TV every weeknight from 20:00 pm. Just like most engarian soap operas, Sunlance Street would often take a hiatus during the holidays, ending off a season in a cliffhanger before returning with a new season in January. Sunlance Street would also take a summer break for a few weeks before returning with a new season in the autumn.

On March 23rd, 2020, Sunlance Street began airing 2 episodes in a single day, the first being the repeat of the previous day's episode, while the other being the new one.

Seasons

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 119 30 January 2019 19 July 2019
2 79 2 September 2019 20 December 2019
3 120 6 January 2020 26 June 2020
4 ? 3 August 2020 Present

Notable cast members

  • Zack Jacobson (who portrayed Robert Galvin since 2019) previously appeared in The World Down Under From 2017-2018.
  • Rob Lloyd (who portrayed Greg Taylor since November 2019) appeared in the popular sketch comedy series, Sketch it!, Where he serves as the cast member since 2018.
  • Wendy Thompson (who portrayed Linda Galvin From 2019-2020) appeared in The World Down Under.
  • Chris Morris (who portrayed the mayor of Westerdale Connor Davis since 2019) appeared in For Better Or Worse where he portrayed Peter Warner from 2005 until 2016 when the show ended.
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