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 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 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 Dragon’s 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 club’s 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 Dempsy, Lynda Block and Ryan Naysmith.
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.
For a list of characters that have appeared on Dream Team, see Dream Team characters.
The death of Fletch was seen by many as an attempt to boost falling ratings, but in truth lay Kiely wanted to pursue other projects, namely Channel 5 soap-opera Family Affairs”. Kiely had also grown tired with the character. Fletch remained one of the most popular characters throughout the entire show, topping the popularity ratings each year until the character's death.''
After a fan's poll about former characters returning, producers introduced a ghost of Fletch on Easter Sunday 2007, when the Harchester legend returned to haunt Jason Porter, whose world has begun to fall apart. The move was popular as the character was used sparingly but effectively until the end of the series.
For a list of previous seasons squads, see Dream Team - past squads
Other Dream Team actors of note include Nathan Constance (Leon Richards), who played Ian Walmsley on Footballers Wives; Robert Kazinsky (Casper Rose) and Kara Tointon (Gina Moliano), each currently playing characters on EastEnders (Sean Slater and Dawn Swann respectively); Ricky Whittle (Ryan Naysmith)andJamie Lomas (Alex Dempsey/Rose), both of whom star in Hollyoaksand Duncan Pow who is currently in Holby City .
In the United States, Ed Sanders (Eddie Moliano) appears on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and will host the gameshow National Bingo Night. He was also went on to host the UK version of Fear Factor after leaving Dream Team.