Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera devised by Alan Bateman. It has been produced in Sydney, New South Wales, since July 1987 and has aired on the Seven Network since 17 January 1988. It is the second-longest-running Australian drama. It originally screened as a 93-minute pilot episode, or a television film as it is known, and a day later aired at its usual time of 22 minutes. The show airs Mondays through to Thursdays at 7:00 pm.
Home and Away is set in the fictional town of Summer Bay, a coastal town in New South Wales, and follows the personal and professional lives of the people living in the area. The show initially focused on the Fletcher family, Pippa (Vanessa Downing) (later played by Debra Lawrance) and Tom Fletcher (Roger Oakley) and their five foster children Frank Morgan (Alex Papps), Carly Morris (Sharyn Hodgson), Steven Matheson (Adam Willits), Lynn Davenport (Helena Bozich), and Sally Keating (later Fletcher) (Kate Ritchie), who would go on to become one of the show's longest-running characters.