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06/07/2005

Belfast based soap airs on NvTv free-to-air-community television service

'Life', the first Belfast based television soap to be produced by a local independent production company will be broadcast on NvTv on Wednesday July 6 from 5pm.
With a cast from Belfast's Andersonstown, the Markets, Short Strand and Ardoyne, the show is the first foray into television drama for Belfast man Stephen Bradley of Veetoo. He said: "I’ve produced news documentaries for BBC and UTV but this is my first time producing and directing drama."
The soap takes reality television as its storyline. In the summer of 2005, 2000 Belfast families apply to be featured in a reality television show, competing for the chance to win a prize of £100,000. The winning family is documented all day, every day, for six weeks. If they abide by the rules, they receive the prize - fines of £500 are deducted for cursing, physical brutality or interaction with the film crew.
"The appearance of someone purporting to be the gay guardian angel of the homophobic live-in aunt doesn't help matters," said Bradley. "The tension rises as the prize money goes down the toilet."
The cast and crew are all from Belfast and include actors Stephen Patrick Hannah, Moya O’Hara and Rosena Brown.
NvTv is broadcasting a terrestrial picture, so a conventional TV aerial is needed, with television sets tuned into Channel 62 (Frequency 799.276MHz).
Stephen Bradley’s background is in advertising photography in Belfast and Atlanta, where he shot advertising and annual report campaigns for Coca Cola, Citbank, UPS, LA Times and Newsweek. His Belfast based multimedia company Veetoo provides video production and web design services for local and US clients.
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