Now & Forever is a Cambridgeshire-based serial drama that launched on Writers Express on 2 September 2017,
produced by Ben_J Productions and written and created by WX Forum Member Ben - who credits himself as Ben_J in episodes. Now & Forever focuses on the everyday lives of a variety of folk living in the fictional town of Rosborough, and surrounding districts Fairview, Chipston and Lower Barkley, all of which are also fictional. In terms of setting in the real world, Rosborough is located just North East of Cambridge, and South West of Ely, in Cambridgeshire. The soap, like reigning winner of Best Soap and Best Project Behind Closed Doors, is set in real time, and one episode may occasionally cover more than one day. This enables the project to reference real life events when necessary.
Talking about launching his first original continuing drama Ben said "I'm hugely excited and hugely nervous to be launching my first original soap in equal measure. By the time Now & Forever gets underway, I will have been a WX member for almost year, so it does feel like the right time. Still, it's daunting, especially since both TD (These Days) and BCD (Behind Closed Doors) have become so established and are just both so consistently bloody brilliant! (laughs) how annoying! But that can be a good thing too I suppose, as it forces me to raise my bar and work harder. I do feel there's a market for N&F as it's different to any other current material on the forum - I'm looking forward to this new challenge, but am going into it with no expectations - if it's meant to be, it will be, if not - I'll keep trying!
Ben settled on using NAV as the project's official code after deciding not to use 'NAF' due to its similarity to the British Informal word 'Naff' a word defined as something 'Bad, poor or inferior' by Colin's English Dictionary! Of course, the members of WX may decide that NAV is just that (laughs) but Ben hopes not!
As of 28 October 2017 the series has published SEVEN episodes.
Premise & Title Card Edit
Now & Forever was conceived around Spring 2017, born as Ben fell in love with the projects on the forum at the time - These Days & Behind Closed Doors, and became hungry to have a soap/contuining drama of his own. He bashed around a few ideas, but NAV just felt like - as hackneyed as it is to say - 'the one'
Although the series may be referred to as 'Now and Forever' occasionally, it is officially stylised as Now & Forever.
The title card is a blurred-out depiction of an unknown British town, which is representing Rosborough. Although only blue is featured in the title card, green also runs through the project's design, this is shown through the 'Features' that are officially released, as well as the Episode Cards, which feature a green rounded rectangle as part of the design. Green is often synonymous with the countryside, so it is representing the more rural districts of Rosborough, such as Lower Barkley. However, On 17 September, the day after launching the third episode, the Now & Forever board was given a 'fresh lick of paint' and a minor reshuffle - the colour green being dropped completely from the graphics, and replaced with a 'fresh blue' colouring. The dark 'purplely' colour used as the colour scheme for subtitles and 'Break' bumper, was also replaced a cleaner, brighter shade of blue. Another change included the short lived 'Episode Teasers' thread being dropped completely, while the graphic 'Cast In Order Of Appearance' used at the end of episodes was also thrown in the bin, being replaced with just a simple white text instead of a graphic.
On the changes, Creator & Writer Ben said "In terms of the visuals, I felt there were a few teething problems that needed to be ironed out. The 'green' wasn't working at all in the graphics, and it all felt a bit 'dull' with the use of a very dark 'grey-ish' blue being something that particularly didn't look appealing. Dropping the 'Cast In Order of Appearance' graphic has made each episode post look less 'clogged up' and works much better" The individual cast cards that appear at the end of each episode were then subsequently decreased in size.
From Episode Seven - published on 28 October 2017 - the episode card displaying four characters that will feature prominently in the episode was dropped completely, and replaced with a text-based card which included the NAV logo, episode number and code. In another change, this episode marked the first time a thumbnail was used to advertise an episode: a practice that will be rolled out across all future episodes.
The first episode entitled 'I Hate You Don't Ever Leave Me' was published on 2 September 2017. This initial outing saw the first appearances of regular characters Crystal Torres (Demi Lovato), Seth Matthews (Jack Derges) Charlotte Matthews (Nicola Walker), Mandy Bailey (Fay Ripley), Emma Jones (Kimberley Nixon), Jason Bailey (Jassa Ahluwalia), Sandra Jones (Lesley Sharp), DC Rachel Woodward (Nicola Stephenson), DC Robbie Eastwood (Wilson James), Emily 'Skye' Horton (Emmer Kenney), and Kieran Matthews (Dominic Power) An appearance was also made by recurring character Kyle Morris (Luke Bailey)
The second episode entitled 'Rosborough's Like Vegas - Every Night is Saturday Night' was published on 9 September 2017. This second instalment saw the first appearances of Sonia Patel (Karen David) and Dee Horton (Amanda Holden)
The third episode entitled 'Have A Nice Life' was published on 16 September 2017. This episode introduced us to Martyn Becker (Charlie Higson) Eileen Stephenson (Sue Johnston) Ted Stephenson (James Greene) and Simon Bailey (Kevin Doyle)
The fourth episode entitled 'The Drunk Mind Speaks The Sober Heart' was published on 23 September 2017. It saw the first appearances of Matt Horton (Dean Andrews) Mikey Horton (Sam Webber) Josh Reeves (Ben Phasey) Holly Willis (Bibi Lucille) and Chrissy Burke (Rachel Leskovac)
The fifth episode entitled 'Me Crystal Ball Is Having A Bit Of An Off Day' was published on 1 October 2017, and marked NAV's move to Sundays. It saw the first appearances of Rhys Whitmore (Jamie Flatters) Felicity Weathers (Jenna Coleman) Darcy Ingram (Sapphire Eila) Rev. Ronald Baker (David Troughton) Maureen Baker (Lin Blakley) Nikki Willis (Sarah Parish) and Naomi Horton (Lucy-Jo Hudson)
The sixth episode entitled 'Fight or Flight' was published on 15 October 2017. It saw the first appearance of Veronica Fuller (Sally Dexter) and guest character Bethany Powers (Uncredited)
The seventh episode entitled 'Weight Of The World'' is published on 28 October 2017. It sees the first appearances of recurring characters Lucy Whitmore (Holly Earl) and Sinitta Chadasama (Shelley Conn) and guest character, Sarah Sinclair (Jodie Comer)
Episode Recaps Edit
Need a quick reminder of what happened last time before you indulge in the next episode? Not a problem - find episode recaps here.
On 23 September 2017, following publication of the third episode it was announced that Jenna Coleman was joining the series in a 'regular' role as a blast from the past for Sonia Patel - her character Felicity Weathers will first appear in episode five on 1 October 2017. It was also confirmed that Sapphire Eila would be joining NAV in a recurring role as a character called Darcy Ingram. Their debut episodes mark NAV's move to Sundays permanently.
Alternative Closing Theme Edit
Ordinarily, episodes end with the theme tune - an Instrumental version of 'Paradise' by Coldplay - playing out over the closing credits; however occasionally an alternative theme is used. Below is a list of times alternative endings were used, and a song was played.
|Date||Reason For Alternative Theme||Song Played|
|2 September 2017||Jason Bailey finds lover Crystal Torres in a pool of blood having severely
|'Breathe Me' By Sia (Instrumental Only)|
|Emma and Seth hug tightly after Seth had poured his heart out about the days leading up to his brother's suicide.||'Home Is Such A Lonely Place' By blink-182|
|Episode Six S01 E06||15 October 2017||Sonia is curled up on her bed as she clutches one half of the heart charm tightly, while at her plush apartment Darcy is doing the exact same thing - holding her half of the charm as she wistfully looks out over her balcony and struggles back tears||'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' By London Grammar|
Character Appearance Count Edit
- As Of 28 October 2017 | Number Of Episodes Aired: 7
No. Of Episodes
|7 Episodes||Emma Jones|
|5 Episodes||Mandy Bailey, DC Rachel Woodward, Sandra Jones|
|4 Episodes||Charlotte Matthews, Kieran Matthews, , Seth Matthews, Dee Horton, Sonia Patel, Jason Bailey, Matt Horton, Holly Willis|
|3 Episodes||Crystal Torres, Mikey Horton, DC Robbie Eastwood, Emily Horton, Josh Reeves, Martyn Becker, Naomi Horton|
|2 Episodes||Simon Bailey, Chrissy Burke, Felicity Weathers, Darcy Ingram (Recurring), Rhys Whitmore, Nikki Willis, Maureen Baker, Ronald Baker|
|1 Episode||Eileen Stephenson, Ted Stephenson, Kyle Morris (Recurring) Veronica Fuller, Lucy Whitmore (Recurring) Sarah Sinclair (Guest) Sinitta Chadusama (Recurring)|
|Yet To Appear||Yvonne Eastwood (Recurring) Beryl Woodward (Recurring) Doreen Shore (Recurring)|
Current Cast Edit
|Charlotte Matthews||Nicola Walker||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Seth Matthews||Jack Derges||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Kieran Matthews||Dominic Power||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Mandy Bailey||Fay Ripley||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Simon Bailey||Kevin Doyle||Regular||Episode 3 -|
|Jason Bailey||Jassa Ahluwalia||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Doreen Shore||Paula Wilcox||Recurring||TBC|
|Crystal Torres||Demi Lovato||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Dee Horton||Amanda Holden||Regular||Episode 2 -|
|Matt Horton||Dean Andrews||Regular||Episode 4 -|
|Emily 'Skye Horton||Emmer Kenney||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Mikey Horton||Sam Webber||Regular||Episode 3 -|
|DC Rachel Woodward||Nicola Stephenson||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Rev. Ronald Baker||David Troughton||Regular||Episode 5 -|
|Maureen Baker||Lin Blakley||Regular||Episode 5 -|
|Veronica Fuller||Sally Dexter||Regular||Episode 6 -|
|Sonia Patel||Karen David||Regular||Episode 2 -|
|DC Robbie Eastwood||Dean Andrews||Regular||Epsode 2 -|
|Sandra Jones||Lesley Sharp||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Emma Jones||Kimberley Nixon||Regular||Episode 1 -|
|Eileen Stephenson||Sue Johnston||Recurring||Episode 2 -|
|Ted Stephenson||James Greene||Recurring||Episode 2 -|
|Martyn Becker||Charlie Higson||Regular||Episode 2 -|
|Nikki Willis||Sarah Parish||Regular||Episode 5 -|
|Holly Willis||Bibi Lucille||Regular||Episode 5 -|
|Kyle Morris||Luke Bailey||Guest; Minor Character||Episode 1 -|
|Chrissy Burke||Rachel Leskovac||Regular||Episode 4 -|
|Yvonne Eastwood||Heather Peace||Recurring||TBC|
|Rhys Whitmore||Jamie Flatters||Recurring||Episode 5 -|
|Beryl Woodward||Gemma Jones||Recurring||TBC|
|Josh Reeves||Jake Mitchell||Regular||Episode 4 -|
|Felicity Weathers||Jenna Coleman||Regular||Episode 5 -|
|Darcy Ingram||Sapphire Elia||Recurring||Episode 5 -|
|Naomi Horton||Lucy-Jo Hudson||Regular||Episode 5 -|
|Lucy Whitmore||Holly Earl||Recurring||Episode 7 -|
|Sinita Chadasama||Shelley Conn||Recurring||Episode 7 -|
|Sarah Sinclair||Jodie Comer||Recurring, Guest||Episode 7 -|
Arriving Cast Edit
|CHARACTER||ACTOR||CLASSIFICATION||ARRIVAL EPISODE & DATE|
|DCI Shelley Reeves||Alison King||Future, Regular||TBC|
|Brandon Reeves||Ceallach Spellman||Future, Regular||TBC|