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High Hopes is a soap opera created by Hannah in January 2013, Hannah was joined by Jaay who formed part of the production team briefly in early 2013, but later rejoined the series in August 2013 in time for Season Two.

On 21st November 2015, due to several personal committments, Hannah decided to leave Writers Express indefinitely. She hinted that 'High Hopes' would therefore be left in the hands of Jaay, meaning the future of the project is currently unknown. Two episodes marking the start of season four were published in mid-November, but were later scrapped when Hannah left. So currently, there have been three full seasons of the project.

High Hopes Edit

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High Hopes
is a vibrant serial focusing on an Island community in the South of England. Season One began on January 7th 2013 and ended on June 16th 2013. Season Two began on Writer's Express on July 26th 2013 and concluded on 14th February 2014.

It was announced on October 21st 2013 that High Hopes would follow in the footsteps of fellow Writer's Express projects These Days, Uncertain Nights and The Avenue with a special scripted episode. The episode will focus on the relationships between Naomi and Cole Donovan and Olivia Kane and Matthew Fitzgerald as the Donovan's stalker causing chaos by exposing Naomi and Matthew's past.

High Hopes celebrated it's first anniverary with a bumper double on the first weekend of 2014 featuring the wedding of Olivia and Matthew. Season Two of High Hopes concluded with a shocking season finale on Friday 14th February 2014. It was announced on February 24th 2014, that High Hopes would be getting it's first ever spin off. High Hopes | A Step Back in Time will focus on the story of Matthew Fitzgerald and why he tormented ex Naomi Donovan to the point of madness. The spin off kicked off on Friday 21st March 2014 and concluded on Monday 24th March 2014. High Hopes' third season kicked off with a five night special tagged 'Trial Week' on Monday 21st April 2014. The season three finale set on Christmas Day aired on Thursday 5th February 2015 and featured scenes in London and saw the much anticipated return of Vicki Connor.

A fourth season is rumoured to be confirmed soon.

As of 5th February 2015, there have been 94 episodes of High Hopes posted on Writers Express.

For the latest news on High Hopes and Hannah's fellow projects, you can follow Hannah Productions on Twitter Hannah Productions Twitter

FormationEdit

High Hopes was created at the beginning of 2013, drama writer Hannah was looking for a new challenge and the creation in the soap genre seemed like the perfect solution.

The show is set on a small island off the south coast of England near Portsmouth "My Nan lives about 11 miles from Portsmouth so I pretty much grew up on the south coast, this influenced my decision to base the ficticious island there. The title card is special because it is a photograph taken by myself on the beach at my Nan's" explains Hannah.

SettingsEdit

Canvey Crescent Who Lives Here:
No 14 (House)

The Spencers:

Spencer Family2

Siobhan Spencer lives here with step son Anthony and daughter Emily. Siobhan's mother Katherine Lavery moved in after Siobhan lost her husband Robert.

No 20 (House)

The Donovans:

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Cole Donovan lives here with his wife Naomi, eighteen year old daughter Ava and sister in law Olivia Kane.

No 32A (Flat)
ChloNicki
Chloe Charles used to live here with her best friend Olivia Fitzgerald, she now lives with new flate mate Nicki Grant.
No 32B (Flat)
Fields
David Fields lives here with his mother Eileen.
No 34 (House)

The Faradays:

FaradayHouse

Duncan Faraday lives here with his daughter Lindsay, former daughter in law Sophia Phillips and granddaughter Mia. Lindsay moved in after her marriage break up with Daniel Hastings, while son Steven moved out after his affair was exposed to wife Sophia.

No 36 (House)

The Connors:

ConnorHouse
Michael and Heather Connor live here with their two sons Josh and Jake. Daughter Vicki moved out in wake of her paternity reveal.
No 42 (House)

The Campbells:

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Chrissie Campbell lives here with her wife Jay Willis.
Collison Avenue Who Lives Here:
No 145 (Flat) Empty
No 169 (House)
KayTwins2
The Macey House:

Kayla Macey lives here with her foster children Kyle and Molly Campbell. She shared her home with her fiance Patrick Hale until his untimely death at Christmas.

Palmers Street Who Lives Here:
No 2 (Flat)
NatHunt
Natalie Hunt lives here. 
No 4 (Flat)
Ste
Steven Faraday lives here with son Alfie.
No 10 (Flat)
HarryCa
Harry Campbell lives here.
Canvey Lanes (The High Street)
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Owned by:

Daniel Hastings

Staff:

Imogen Sandford (Bar Manager)

Chloe Charles (Barmaid)

Eileen Fields (Barmaid)

Home of:

Daniel Hastings, Imogen Sandford

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Owned by:

Olivia Kane (Beautician)

Staff:

Natalie Hunt (Nail Technician)

Chemistry4

Owned by:

Cole Donovan, Sophia Phillips and Lindsay Faraday

Staff:

Megan Donovan (Events Co-Ordinator)

Nicki Grant (Barmaid)

Faradays3

Owned by:

Duncan Faraday

Staff:

Siobhan Spencer (Manager)

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Owned by:

David Fields

Staff:

Anthony Spencer (Mechanic Apprentice)

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Owned by:

Duncan Faraday

Staff:

Katherine Lavery (Manager)

Noah Donovan (Shop Assistant)

Canvey Comprehensive

Teachers



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Teachers:

Charlotte Pope (Head)

Steven Faraday (Science)

Naomi Donovan (English)

Students:

Mia Faraday (Lower Sixth - Year 12)

Kyle Campbell (Lower Sixth - Year 12)

Molly Campbell (Lower Sixth - Year 12)

Emily Spencer (Year 9)

Jake Connor (Year 9)

Connor Solicitors

Heather Connor

Patrick's Place

Owners:

Kayla Macey and Chrissie Campbell

Staff:

Kyle Campbell (Waiter)

Season OneEdit

Season One of the island based soap began on Writer's Express on January 7th 2013 and concluded on June 16th 2013. Season One had twenty six cast regulars, many of which are still part of the main cast.

Season One consisted of twenty episodes, there were no major cast changes throughout the season.

Season TwoEdit

Season Two of the island based soap began on Writer's Express on July 26th 2013. Season Two began with twenty six regular characters and ended with thirty four.

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High Hopes | A Step Back In TimeEdit

Special spin off A Step Back In Time is began on Friday 21st March 2014 and concluded on Monday 24th March 2014. The spin off featured four special episodes. The first episode featured a series of flashbacks which told the story of how Matthew Fitzgerald and Naomi Donovan met while the second episode saw Matthew confronted by the two women in his life. This episode was the second ever scripted episode of High Hopes. The final double episode featured a series of flashbacks of Matthew's dirty deeds on Canvey Island.

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Season ThreeEdit

The third season of High Hopes officially began on 21st April 2014 and kicked off with a five night special surrounding the armed robbery trial of Noah Donovan. The season three finale set on Christmas Day aired on Thursday 5th February 2015 and featured scenes in London and saw the much anticipated return of Vicki Connor.

High Hopes CastEdit

Present Cast:

Character Actor Duration Episodes
Daniel
Luke Roberts 2013 - 1x01 -
Imogen2
Christine Stephen Daly 2013 -  2x03 -
Lindsay
Kim Medcalf 2013 - 1x01 -
Megan
Danielle Harold 2013 - 1x01 -
Duncan
Simon Rouse 2013 - 1x03 -
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Gillian Taylforth 2013 -  1x02 -
Steven
William Ash 2013 - 1x02 -
Alfie2
Uncredited 2014 - 2x31 -
Sophia2
Nadine Lewington 2013 - 1x02 -
Mia2
Eden Taylor-Draper 2013 - 1x02 -
Cole
TJ Ramini 2013 - 1x01 -
Naomi
Claire Goose 2013 - 1x01 -
Noah
David Witts 2013 - 1x01 -
Ava
Madeline Duggan 2013 - 1x01 -
Olivia
MyAnna Buring 2013 -  1x01 -
Michael
Jake Wood 2013 - 1x01 -
Heather
Orla Brady 2013 - 1x02 -
Josh2
Neil McDermott 2013 - 1x01 -
Vicki2
Kaya Scodelario 2013-2014, 2015- 1x02 - 3x16, 3x35 -
Jake
Felix Dean 2013 - 1x03 -
Siobhan
Alexandra Fletcher 2013 - 1x01 -
Anthony
Jamie Borthwick 2013 - 1x01 -
Emily3

Harley Graham

Ruby O Donnell

2013 - 2014

2014 -

1x01 - 3x21

3x22 -

Kayla
Diane Parish 2013 - 1x02 -
Lauren
Melanie Liburd 2014 -  3x32 -
Chrissie
Liz May Brice 2013 - 2x20 -
Harry
Ayden Callaghan 2013 - 2x06 -
Kyle
Carl Au 2013 - 2x01 -
Molly2

Katie Griffiths

Sammy Oliver

2013 - 2014

2014 -

2x01 - 3x28

3x29 -

Eileen
Susan McCann 2013 - 2x10 -
David
Allen Leech 2013 - 1x01 -
Chloe
Linzey Cocker 2013 - 1x01 -
Tate
Ben Hardy 2013 - 2x15 -
Nicki
Hannah Tointon 2014 - 2x28, 3x12 -
Natalie2
Naomi Ryan 2014 - 2x33 -
James
Jeremy Sheffield 2014 - 3x24 -
Tom2
Declan Bennett 2015 - 3x36 -

Recurring Cast:

Character Actor Duration Episodes
Charlotte
Claire King 2013 - 1x12 -
Andrea
Patsy Kensit 2013 - 2x18 -
Jay1
Sarah Hadland 2013 - 2x20 -
Drew
Danny-Boy Hatchard 2014 - 3x03 -
Sahira
Karen David 2014 - 3x12 -
Alex
Alfie Browne-Sykes 2014 - 3x12 -

Past Cast:

Character Actor Duration Episodes
Patrick
Chucky Venn 2013 1x02 - 2x22, 2x38
Michelle
Karen Hassan 2013 - 2014 1x02 - 2x34, 2x38, 3x07
Luke
Rupert Hill 2013 - 2014, 2015  2x30 - 3x16, 3x35/36
Matthew
Tom Lister 2013 - 2014 1x02 - 3x21

Guest Cast:

Character Actor Duration Episodes
Adam
Lee Warburton 2013 1x04-1x05, 2x37, 3x02
Tommy
Billy Murray 2013 1x04-1x05, 2x37-2x38, 3x02
Rach
Bronaugh Waugh 2013 2x21
Derek
Todd Carty 2014 2x28
Gareth
Rudolph Walker 2014 2x29
Paulina
Angela Wynter 2014 2x29
Nathan
Micah Balfour 2014 2x29
Amina
Nina Wadia 2014 2x30 -
Jennifer
Joanna Lumley 2014 2x35
Olivia3
Addy Miller 2014 2x35
Grace
Suzanne Shaw 2014 2x35 - 2x36
Carrie
Kim Thomson 2014 3x01 - 3x04
Alfie3
Fletcher O'Leary 2014 3x07
Gabby
Kaye Wragg 2014 3x11
Val
Michele Dotrice 2014 3x11
Marilyn
Amanda Mealing 2015 3x35 - 3x36
Rick
Paul Usher 2015 3x35 - 3x36
Alison
Lorna Fitzgerald 2015 3x35 - 3x36
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Scott Maslen 2015 3x35 - 3x36

Cast Changes:

Character Actor Arrival/Return Departure
Manisha
Zahra Ahmadi 2015

The High Hopes Character Appearance CountEdit

As of: Thursday 5th February 2015 | Number of Episodes to Date: 94

Episodes Character
71 Episodes Lindsay Faraday
68 Episodes Olivia Kane, Daniel Hastings
67 Episodes Chloe Charles
66 Episodes
65 Episodes
64 Episodes Ava Donovan
63 Episodes Naomi Donovan
62 Episodes Siobhan Spencer
61 Episodes Anthony Spencer
60 Episodes Steven Faraday, Duncan Faraday
59 Episodes Cole Donovan, Megan Donovan
58 Episodes David Fields
57 Episodes Sophia Phillips
56 Episodes
55 Episodes
54 Episodes
53 Episodes Katherine Faraday
52 Episodes Kayla Macey, Mia Faraday
51 Episodes Matthew Fitzgerald (Past)
50 Episodes Noah Donovan
49 Episodes Heather Connor
48 Episodes Imogen Sandford
47 Episodes Kyle Campbell
46 Episodes Michael Connor
45 Episodes Eileen Fields
44 Episodes Harry Campbell
43 Episodes
42 Episodes Vicki Connor
41 Episodes Molly Campbell
40 Episodes
39 Episodes Tate Yorke
38 Episodes Michelle Fox (Past)
37 Episodes
36 Episodes
35 Episodes
34 Episodes
33 Episodes
32 Episodes
31 Episodes
30 Episodes Chrissie Campbell
29 Episodes
28 Episodes
27 Episodes Emily Spencer
26 Episodes
25 Episodes
24 Episodes Jake Connor
23 Episodes
22 Episodes
21 Episodes Jay Willis (Past)
20 Episodes
19 Episodes Patrick Hale (Past), Nicki Grant
18 Episodes
17 Episodes
16 Episodes Natalie Hunt, Luke Campbell (Past)
15 Episodes
14 Episodes Alfie Faraday (Uncredited)
13 Episodes
12 Episodes
11 Episodes
10 Episodes
9 Episodes Sahira Jakra (Recurring)
8 Episodes Alex Ellison (Recurring), James Chandler
7 Episodes Drew Lomax (Recurring)
6 Episodes
5 Episodes Tommy Thompson (Guest), Andrea Yorke (Recurring), Charlotte Pope (Recurring)
4 Episodes Adam Thompson (Guest), Carrie White (Guest)
3 Episodes Lauren Macey
2 Episodes Amina Chowdry (Guest), Grace Fitzgerald (Guest), Sophie Fitzgerald (Guest - Uncredited), Amy Fitzgerald (Guest - Uncredited), Marilyn Costello (Guest), Rick Osbourne (Guest), Alison Monroe (Guest)
1 Episode Rachel Fields (Guest), Derek Williams (Guest), Gareth Hale (Guest), Paulina Hale (Guest), Nathan Hale (Guest), Jennifer Kane (Guest), Gabby Yates (Guest), Val Fitzgerald (Guest), Andrew Manson (Guest), Tom McAllister
Yet to Appear

AwardsEdit

WriXAs
High Hopes is beginning to achieve recognition through the Writer's Express Awards. High Hopes has picked up an impressive 5 awards so far.

Spring WriXAs 2013

  • Best Soap Male (Josh Connor)
  • Best New Soap

Winter WriXAs 14

  • Best Christmas Episode (2x24 'You two have murdered enough Christmas classics as it is sweetheart')
  • Best Soap Plot (Patrick Hale's Death and Aftermath)
  • Best Soap Scene (Noah Donovan's role in the siege is revealed to wife Megan)

Summer WriXas 2014

  • Best Newcomer (Nicki Grant)
  • Best Soap Male (Matthew Fitzgerald)

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