Dream Team(1997 - 2007)
Dream Team was a British television series produced by Hewland International which aired on Sky1 and Sky3 from 1997 to 2007, that chronicled the on-field and off-field affairs of the fictional Harchester United F.C.. Events in the series have proved to be uncannily similar to those surrounding Newcastle United in recent seasons.
The club is based in the fictional town of Harchester (which is said to be close to Tamworth) in the West Midlands. Most fans consider Lynda Block, played by Alison King and Karl Fletcher, played by Terry Kiely to be the two most popular characters.
The show began in 1997 and centred around the Harchester United youth team. The next series, series 2 transmitted in 1998 concluding in 1999 focused on the first team for the first time and on Ian Coates, the manager, Jerry and Linda Block the owners of Harchester United and Luis Amor Rodriguez, star striker and soon to be lover of Linda. The end of the series resulted in Harchester winning the FA Cup.
The series that followed have focused on the club fighting against relegation, qualifying for the highly acclaimed Champions League and being demoted to the Football League for financial irregularities and corruption after they were found guilty of match fixing. (Source: Harchester.net)
+The Final Series
As the show developed, the storylines became more and more extravagant, with the character death toll rising significantly in the final seasons. With declining viewing figures and repetitive storylines, Sky decided not to renew the Dream Team contract, and in April 2006, the director of programmes at Sky One, Richard Woolfe, confirmed the show would not return after the tenth series.
The tenth series began on October 29th 2006,with the final episode airing on June 3rd 2007, with viewers left unaware of which characters survived an explosion that ripped through the Dragonâs Lair during the final premiership game of the season. However it is hinted that Harchester United win the Premiership. The last ever song to be played on the programme was Cast No Shadow by Oasis.
The main storyline of series ten revolved around "Dragonslayer", a mysterious poster on the clubâs fansite revealing the innermost secrets of the club. It was ultimately this storyline that resulted in the major explosion that ended the series.
Following the announcement of Dream Team being axed, many of the main cast members left the programme at the start of series ten. These included Alex Dempsey, Lynda Block and Ryan Naysmith.
+ The Kits
Harchester United team kits were created by real kit manufacturers and were also available to buy whilst the show was on the air. The manufacturers of these kits were PONY, Le Coq Sportif and Valsport. Series One (1997-1998) PONY Series Two-Seven (1998-2003) Le Coq Sportif Series Eight-Ten (2004-2007) Valsport
Series 1 Home (PONY) Series 2 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 3 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 4 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 5 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 6 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 7 Home (Le Coq Sportif) Series 8 Home (Valsport) Series 9/10 Home (Valsport)
The most popular kits were the series 7 kits, which was most fan's favourite.