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About Edit

Now & Forever is a Cambridgeshire-based serial drama that launched on Writers Express on 2 September 2017,

Now & Forever Title Card

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.

Episodes Edit

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.

Features Edit

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.

Episode Number

Date Reason For Alternative Theme Song Played
Episode One

S01 E01

2 September 2017 Jason Bailey finds lover Crystal Torres in a pool of blood having severely

self-harmed.

'Breathe Me' By Sia (Instrumental Only)
Episode Four

S01 E04

23 September

2017

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

Character

7 Episodes Emma Jones
6 Episodes
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

CHARACTER ACTOR CLASSIFICATION DURATION
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

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