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These Days
(commonly 'TD' or 'TDS') was an urban and darkly emotional serial drama produced by Equanox Media (now Frequency Media) and published on the creative writing forum Writers Express (now Lit). It was set in and around two fictitious Leicester suburbs: Newben and Linford. The long-running setting of Middlehampton was dropped for this version of the project.

This is the second online incarnation of the project, and began on 1st February 2015 in real time. Like its predecessor, it was initially set in the near future (TDS time), but once it caught up, it fell behind real time, and so was essentially set in the past. In TDS time, the show aired three days a week - on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - since the 1st September 2015.

The project won 28 forum awards in all, including 'Best Soap' three times in a row.

On the 20th January 2016, as part of an efficiency drive, the project's Twitter account was mothballed. All information relating to the project was then published under Equanox Media's Twitter account. From 2011-2016, this was Noxy Productions. However, at the end of 2016, it was announced the company was changing its name to Impossible Princess Productions (named after the 1997 Kylie Minogue album), which it did at 00:00 on 1st January 2017. On 4th September 2017, the company changed its name again to its current branding, Equanox Media. This later became a subsidiary of the now main company, Frequency Media.

Also at the end of 2016, it was announced that the show would be published once a week on Fridays from Friday 13th January 2017, with a maximum of three episodes per calendar month. That same week, it was also announced that the project would receive a visual revamp, effective as of Episode 37, which was published on Sunday 1st January 2017. Another visial revamp took place at Episode 53, which was published on Thursday 1st January 2017, although this was unannounced.

From 18th July 2017, an unannounced soap bubble called This Love began airing episodes, focusing on the relationship between characters Carrie Donnelly and Frankie Wells. Although five installments were planned - published sporadically to match the narratives in the main show at the time - only two were published.

On 20th October 2017, Equanox Media published an unannounced scripted episode, focusing on the harrowing rape of character Lindsay Adams. This went on to win the award for Best Soap Episode at LITFAs 14 in May 2018. Another issue-based storyline, namely Jodie 'JJ' Jacobson's Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, saw that character win Best Young Female at the same ceremony.

On 2nd February 2018, an unnannounced new look coincided with the arrival of Episode 71.

The project aired on Fridays, averaging three episodes per calendar month. The final episodes was released on 20th April 2018 in real time (18th February 2016 in TDS time), and was Episode 75.

For an in-depth guide to These Days, check out the official wiki

Cancellation

On 1st August 2018, Noxy announced in an article on Lit that the project had been axed after 75 episodes. It was, and remains, the longest-running serial drama on the forum to date, and outlasted the original version by around two months. On her decision, Noxy expressed 'dissatisfaction' with the project, promising to discuss her thinking further at some point in the future.

Title Card

The final title card was revealed unannounced on 2nd February 2018. The blue and urban environment mosaic elements of previous title cards were discarded. Instead the background now consisted of a generic, orange-brick housing estate, blurred out behind the logo. The logo was made up of two red squares, the left of which is almost transparent save for the outline. The words 'THESE' (in red) and 'DAYS' (in white) appeared alongside each other in block capitals, in two different boxes, the left of which was slanted higher than the lower, and the combination gives a winged-like image. Of the look, Noxy said: "This is the happiest I've ever been with a TDS title card. The housing in the background gives it a homely feel, but the progressive, quite futuristic logo hints at a modern, urban environment." The font used in the logo is Open Sans Semibold. In addition to the new look, break bumper images were introduced to replace the enduring 'Break' label, which had been used since 2011. The break bumpers had the logo in front of images of familiar settings, such as the park, the garage and the pub. The break bumpers were quickly discarded however in favour of simply the show's logo in white lettering.

Theme Tune

The theme tune was 'Distance' by Schiller ft. Kim Sanders. Noxy felt that the song's 'ethereal atmosphere and emotional lyrics' captured the essence of what the show was about. In 1.0, the theme was 'Unfinished Sympathy (Paul Oakenfold Remix)' by Massive Attack.

Episode Recaps

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Final Cast

Status

Character

Actor

Duration (by episodes)

Regular

Lisa Wright

Anna Acton

1-75

Regular

Glen Wright

Samuel Anderson

1-75

Regular

Rosy Lyons

Emma Rigby

1-75

Regular

Danielle Harvey

Jodie Bagnell

1-75

Regular

Liam Hardacre

Shaun Blackstock

1-75

Regular

Liz Doyle

Lysette Anthony

1-75

Regular

Anita Johnson

Michelle Monaghan

1-75

Regular Lee Rogers Chris Fountain 2-75
Regular Jack Matthews Joseph Whelan 2-75
Regular Stephen Chapman Max Brown 2-75
Regular Jason Warren John Partridge 2-75
Regular Maxine Donnelly Denise Welch 2-75
Regular Chandra Patel Nikki Patel 2-75
Recurring Bob Emerald Clive Mantle 2-75
Regular Phil Donnelly David Crellin 2-75
Regular Ed Marshall Ben Barnes 2-75
Regular Carrie Donnelly Karen Gillan 2-75
Regular Paul 'Woody' Woodley Will Merrick 3-75
Regular Donna Lynch Samantha Mumba 3-75
Regular Keeley Thompson Alice Barlow 3-75
Regular Lindsay Adams Anna Shaffer 3-75
Regular Tom Hornby Guy Burnet 3-75
Regular Rachel Hornby Alice Connor 4-75
Recurring Finn Walker Luke Blackmore 4-75
Regular Frankie Wells Eva McGillivray 9-75
Recurring DS Helen Symanski Kazia Pelka 10-75
Regular Ricki Marshall Kate Maberly 12-75
Regular Jade Hudson Gemma Atkinson 14-75
Recurring Kieran Woodley Richard Summers-Calvert 14-75
Recurring Paige Hudson Charlotte Hewitson 14-75
Recurring Jodie 'JJ' Jacobson Eleni Foskett 15-75
Recurring Alan Stanley Philip Martin Brown 23-75
Recurring Parminder 'Pam' Patel Patsy Prince 24-75
Recurring Declan Jenkins Elliot Hanna 26-75
Recurring Jaimee Jenkins Roxanne Pallett 27-75
Regular Mark Johnson Declan Bennett 27-75
Regular Tony 'Dex' Dexter Chris Coghill 27-75
Recurring Jerome Curtis Micah Balfour 35-75
Recurring Trish Hobson Sue Johnston 36-75
Reccuring Kaiden 'Bomber' Bombwell James Fletcher 38-75
Reccuring Martin Walker Steven Pinder 41-75
Recurring Saffron Lawson Madeleine Peart 50-75
Regular Steph Lawson Katie Tranter 50-75
Regular Casper Lawson Adam Philps 50-75
Recurring Neil Lawson Andrew Hayden-Smith 53-75
Regular Matt Macauley Ben Ryan Davies 63-75
Regular Baz Patel Salman Khan 71-75
Regular Raj Patel Waris Hussein 71-75
Guest Vanessa Wells Anna Passey 73-75
Recurring Marley Donnelly Uncredited (dog) 73-75