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Thursday, February 24, 2005

TVB 2005 new series line-up

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Cover Story - The Show Must Go On

This is the motto that 'big sister' Liza Wang deeply believes in. It means that no matter what the situation, everything has to carry on.

In the same light, this is also what TVB deeply believes in and regardless of past performances, the show must go on and they will continue to bring the best productions to their viewers.

In 2004, shows such as "To Catch the Uncatchable" and "War and Beauty" were greatly welcomed by the audience, but TVB's production department does not live in the past as they have already started the hard work in bringing plenty of new ideas to life in the form of captivating dramas. They understand that ratings are important, but what is paramount is bringing entertainment to you, the viewer - making you laugh out loud or shed an emotional tear as each scene reaches out to you.

Led by Liza herself, here is a preview of some of the great shows that TVB has in store for this year that encompasses all. "TVB 2005 Showdown" has invited the support of the leading cast members to reveal some secrets behind forthcoming productions.

Yummy Yummy - Food for Life
Producer: Amy Wong Sum Wai
Script: Wong Wai Keung, Lam Siu Chi
Cast: Raymond Lam, Charmaine Sheh, Tavia Yeung, Kevin Cheng, Hui Siu Hung

This is a co-production starring Hong Kong and Singapore actors. The story surrounds a TV Gourmet competition that spans Singapore and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong team - Yau Hok Lai (Raymond Lam), Chow Chi Yan (Tavia Yeung), Chan Ka Lok (Kevin Cheng) and Singapore's Wong Fook Sang (Ben Yeo) meet in the competition and turn from opponents to good friends. Chi Yan meets with her half sister Chow Man Hei (Charmaine Sheh) and these five young people overcome great difficulty in search of business success.

"We filmed in Singapore for about a month and a lot of Singaporean cuisine will appear in the show. My favourite was Bak Kut Teh and Pepper Crab. During filming, the best fun was during an eating competition scene and although I did not have to eat, seeing everyone else eating made me very happy. Finally I couldn't resist and ended up eating lots of satay skewers."

"The most unimaginable thing filming this show was having to shoot in the forests for a modern series and having to catch fish and chicken. Not only did we have to get wet in the water, we even had to do wirework! However, to have the chance to work with the Singaporean artistes and communicate in Cantonese, Mandarin, English and even Taiwanese during working was quite an unusual experience. The most important thing was of course all the food that we were able to try that you cannot usually find in Hong Kong."

"Whilst filming this series, I had to eat turtle and snake and I am actually quite scared of these things, but had to just grin and bear it for the show. Luckily, when I had spare time from filming in Singapore, I made the most of the Hainan Chicken Rice, in particular one restaurant where it was delicious. Their Beef Fried Noodles was also amazing, you really have to try it!"

Yellow Earth Great Plains (Translated title)
Starts filming beginning of May 2005
Producer: Chik Kei Yi
Script: Chow Yuk Ming
Cast: Moses Chan, Bowie Lam, Charmaine Sheh, Ada Choi, Sonija Kwok, Kenny Wong (Cast unconfirmed at the moment)

Set in the 1920's and 30's, the story is set in a village nestled in the yellow earth of the higher plains, where the villagers make their living by making fireworks... this gradually brings fortune to some of the residents as well as complications to their simple life. Originally, there were just two families living in the village, the Lams and the Chois, where the Lams were the original inhabitants and the Chois were accepted after they offered to help with the firework trade. All was fine, but after a while, there were disagreements between Lam descendent (Bowie Lam) and Choi descendent (Ada Choi) and a struggle for power begins to appear.

Chik Kei Yi:
"In the show, Moses will be playing a Choi family descendent and he will be arch rivals with Bowie. He is big and strong enough to play a northerner and fits the role exactly. His character is both good and evil as he will do anything to seek his vengeance. The conflict and fighting in this gives the feeling of a male version of 'War and Beauty'."

Ada Choi:
"I have just been in a meeting about this and have heard a little of the plot., I really like the story, so I hope to start filming soon."

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