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The Avenue
(commonly 'TA') is an online soap opera by Red Lion Pictures, published on the Lit creative writing forum. It follows the lives of those who reside in and around Catford Grove, a fictional district of the real life Catford in Lewisham, SE London.

The original version of the project, now retroactively known as The Avenue 1.0, originally ran for 167 episodes between 19th December 2011 and 19th December 2016, exactly five years. On 26th May 2018, Red Lion Pictures released an article on the Lit forum that The Avenue would be returning with a brand-new version, due to start in either late summer or early autumn. This version is officially 2.0 but will be known simply as The Avenue, and will be helmed by only Ross.

The Avenue 1.0

After Episode 160 on the 31st January 2016, the project took an impromptu six-month break, returning with Episode 161 on 31st July 2016. Due to this sabbatical, the project was not eligble for WRIXAS 12, which was held on 27th August 2016. Episode 162-167 were then published as a five-nighter from the 27th-31st August 2016. The next was Episode 167, published on the show's 5th anniversary, 19th December 2016. To mark the occasion, this episode was written by only Ross, the show's creator. On 6th January 2017, an article was released declaring that the project would take 'an extended break'. No more was then heard of the project until exactly a year after Episode 167, on 19th December 2017, when it was officially announced the project had been discontinued. In its time, the project won 15 Writers Express Awards (nonw know as Lit Forum Awards), including Best Soap twice-in-a-row in March 2015, and February 2016 respectively. The Avenue 1.0 picked up 15 awards in all, from WRIXAS 5. These were for as follows:

  • Best Soap Male four times, including twice-in-a-row at one point: twice Aleks Glukhov (WRIXAS 9 and WRIXAS 11), once Graham Anderson (WRIXAS 6) and once Dylan Baker (WRIXAS 5)
  • Best (Soap) Family thrice: twice The Brannigans (WRIXAS 6 and WRIXAS 8) and once The Jameses (WRIXAS 11)
  • Best Soap Scene twice-in-a-row: Viv's Private Goodbye To Thomas (WRIXAS 8) and Linda Comforts Michael In Hospital After His Stroke (WRIXAS 9)
  • Best Soap twice (WRIXAS 9 and WRIXAS 11)
  • Best Big Week: Season 2 Finalé Week (WRIXAS 6)
  • Best Soap Episode - Episode 151: Indecent Proposal (WRIXAS 10)
  • Best Soap Female (Carla Westaway) - WRIXAS 5
  • Best Exit (Carla Westaway) - WRIXAS 5

The Avenue 1.0: Final Cast

Status Character Actor Duration (by episode) Duration (by year)
Regular Leyla Baker Kylie Minogue 1-167 2013-16
Regular Carla Baker Billie Piper 1-81, 133-167 2013-14, 2015-16
Recurring Shirley Wilkins Ann Mitchell 1-167 2013- 16
Regular Sonia Wilkins Sally Lindsay 1-122, 160-167 2013-15, 2016
Regular Vivian Wilkins Ali Bastian 1-167 2013-16
Regular Luca Rossi Joseph Long 1-167 2013-16
Regular Nicola Seaby Preeya Kalidas 1-167 2013-16
Regular Maria Glukhov Michelle Collins 2-167 2013-16
Regular Aleksander Glukhov Neil McDermott 2-167 2013-16
Regular Jacques Glukhov Christian Cooke 2-167 2013-16
Regular Yasmin Brannigan Nicola Stapleton 3-4, 50-167 2013, 2014-16
Regular Steven Carwell James Sutton 28-167 2014-16
Recurring Doris Carwell Gwen Taylor 45-167 2014-16
Recurring Michael Brannigan Chris Chittell 50-167 2014-16
Recurring Linda Brannigan Barbara Windsor 50-167 2014-16
Regular Eddie James Rob Norbury 55-82, 127-167 2014, 2015-16
Regular Ruby Brannigan Jorgie Porter 60-167 2014-16
Recurring DCI Elaine Radford Victoria Pritchard 67-167 2014-16
Regular Dylan Baker Tyger Drew-Honey 73-167 2014-16
Regular Saskia Baker Dannii Minogue 74-167 2015-16
Regular Crystal O'Reilly Christine Bleakley 82-167 2015-16
Regular Jade O'Reilly Karen Hassan 82-167 2015-16
Regular Nina Anderson Nina Toussaint-White 84-167 2015-16
Regular Bobbie-Lea Anderson Maisie Richardson-Sellers 85-167 2015-16
Recurring Alfie Anderson Arian Chikhila 85-167 2015-16
Regular Ronan O'Reilly Colin Morgan 87-167 2015-16
Recurring Diane Brannigan Harriet Walter 89-167 2015-16
Recurring Arthur 'Artie' Brannigan Jr. Uncredited 112-167 2015-16
Regular Jez Thatcher Michael French 113-167

2015-16

Regular Sandra Murphy Nicola Duffett 117-167 2015-16
Regular Perry Castle Ray Fisher 118-167 2015-16
Regular Cameron Murphy Danny-Boy Hatchard 118-167 2015-16
Regular Will James Dominic Power 127-167 2015-16
Regular Danica James Katie Goldfinch 127-167 2015-16
Regular Lucy James Julia Joyce 127-167 2015-16
Recurring Maggie Baker Deena Payne 134-167 2015-16
Recurring Phil Baker Brian Conley 134-167 2015-16
Recurring Maeve O'Reilly Brenda Fricker 135-167 2015-16
Recurring George Baker Uncredited 135-167 2015-16
Recurring Stan Bishop Michael Caine 144-167 2016
Recurring Lorna Thatcher Patsy Kensit 146-167 2016
Recurring Kia Thatcher Nelly Currant 146-167 2016
Recurring Tia Thatcher Gwen Currant 146-167 2016
Regular Dan Baker Nigel Harman 147-167 2016
Regular DC Ethan Castle Richard Blackwood 148-167 2016
Regular Olly Castle Samuel Anderson 150-167 2016
Recurring Benji Wilkins Uncredited 150-167 2016
Recurring Beth Wilkins Uncredited 150-167 2016
Recurring Jeannie Castle Angela Wynter 155-167 2016
Recurring Darcus Castle Don Warrington 155-167 2016