The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
National Library of the Czech Republic
The National Library of the Czech Republic is the central library of the Czech Republic. It is directed by the Ministry of Culture; the library's main building is located in the historical Clementinum building in Prague, where half of its books are kept. The other half of the collection is stored in the district of Hostivař; the National Library is the biggest library in the Czech Republic, in its funds there are around 6 million documents. The library has around 60,000 registered readers; as well as Czech texts, the library stores older material from Turkey and India. The library houses books for Charles University in Prague; the library won international recognition in 2005 as it received the inaugural Jikji Prize from UNESCO via the Memory of the World Programme for its efforts in digitising old texts. The project, which commenced in 1992, involved the digitisation of 1,700 documents in its first 13 years; the most precious medieval manuscripts preserved in the National Library are the Codex Vyssegradensis and the Passional of Abbes Kunigunde.
In 2006 the Czech parliament approved funding for the construction of a new library building on Letna plain, between Hradčanská metro station and Sparta Prague's football ground, Letná stadium. In March 2007, following a request for tender, Czech architect Jan Kaplický was selected by a jury to undertake the project, with a projected completion date of 2011. In 2007 the project was delayed following objections regarding its proposed location from government officials including Prague Mayor Pavel Bém and President Václav Klaus. Plans for the building had still not been decided in February 2008, with the matter being referred to the Office for the Protection of Competition in order to determine if the tender had been won fairly. In 2008, Minister of Culture Václav Jehlička announced the end of the project, following a ruling from the European Commission that the tender process had not been carried out legally; the library was affected by the 2002 European floods, with some documents moved to upper levels to avoid the excess water.
Over 4,000 books were removed from the library in July 2011 following flooding in parts of the main building. There was a fire at the library in December 2012. List of national and state libraries Official website
In Welsh culture, an eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature and performance. The tradition of such a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to at least the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd of Deheubarth at his court in Cardigan in 1176, but the decline of the bardic tradition made it fall into abeyance; the current format owes much to an 18th-century revival arising out of a number of informal eisteddfodau. The closest English equivalent to eisteddfod is "session". In some countries, the term eisteddfod is used for certain types of performing arts competitions that have nothing to do with Welsh culture; the date of the first eisteddfod is a matter of much debate among scholars, but boards for the judging of poetry existed in Wales from at least the early 12th century. These judging boards had derived from ancient Celtic bardic traditions; the first recorded eisteddfod was held under the auspices of The Lord Rhys at Cardigan Castle in 1176. There he held a gathering to which were invited musicians from all parts of Wales.
A chair at the Lord's table was awarded to the best poet and musician, a tradition that prevails in the modern day National Eisteddfod. The earliest large-scale eisteddfod, known is the Carmarthen Eisteddfod in 1451 under Thomas ap Gruffydd of Llandeilo; the next recorded large-scale eisteddfod was held in Caerwys in 1568. The prizes awarded were a miniature silver chair to the successful poet, a little silver crwth to the winning fiddler, a silver tongue to the best singer, a tiny silver harp to the best harpist; the contests were limited to professional Welsh bards who were paid by the nobility. In the 16th century, Elizabeth I of England commanded that the bards be examined and licensed to ensure performance standards, but interest in the Welsh arts declined during the 17th and 18th centuries, leading to the standard of the main eisteddfod deteriorating. Gatherings became more informal; these meetings kept traditions alive. A chair was a prized award because of its perceived social status. Throughout the medieval period, high-backed chairs with arm rests were reserved for royalty and high-status leaders in military and civic affairs.
As most ordinary people sat on stools until the 1700s, an armchair conveyed status to a winning bard. In 1789, Thomas Jones organised an eisteddfod in Corwen, where for the first time the public were admitted; the success of this event led to a revival of interest in Welsh music. The earliest known surviving Bardic chair made for an Eisteddfod was built in Carmarthen in 1819. Iolo Morganwg founded "Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain" in 1792 to restore and replace the ancient eisteddfod; the first eisteddfod of the revival was held on London. The Gentleman's Magazine of October 1792 reported on the revival of the eisteddfod tradition; this being the day on which the autumnal equinox occurred, some Welsh bards resident in London assembled in congress on Primrose Hill, according to ancient usage. Present at the meeting was Edward Jones who had published his "The Musical and Poetical Reelicks of the Welsh Bards" in 1784 in a belated effort to try to preserve the native Welsh traditions being so ruthlessly stamped out by the new breed of Methodists.
The Blue Books' notorious attack on the character of the Welsh as a nation in 1846 led to public anger and the belief that it was important for the Welsh to create a new national image. By the 1850s people began to talk of a national eisteddfod to showcase Wales's culture. In 1858 John Williams ab Ithel held a "National" Eisteddfod complete with Gorsedd in Llangollen. "The great Llangollen Eisteddfod of 1858" was a significant event. Thomas Stephens won a prize with an essay demolishing the claim of John Williams that Madoc discovered America; as Williams had expected Stephens's essay to reinforce the myth, he was not willing to award the prize to Stephens and, it is recorded, "matters became turbulent". This eisteddfod saw the first public appearance of John Ceiriog Hughes who won a prize for a love poem, Myfanwy Fychan of Dinas Brân, which became an instant hit. There is speculation that this was a result of its depiction of a "deserving, moral, well-mannered Welshwoman", in stark contrast to The Blue Books' depiction of Welsh women as having questionable morals.
The National Eisteddfod Council was created after Llangollen, the Gorsedd subsequently merged with it. The Gorsedd holds the right of governance while the Council organises the event; the first true National Eisteddfod organised by the Council was held in Denbigh in 1860 on a pattern that continues to the present day. One of the most important eisteddfods is the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe, its eight days of competitions and performances in the Welsh language, are staged annually in the first week of August alternating between north and south Wales. Competitors number 6,000 or more, overall attendances exceed 150,000 visitors. Another important eisteddfod in the calendar is ` the Youth Eisteddfod. Organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru, it involves Welsh children from nursery age to 25 in a week of competition in singing, dancing and musicianship during the summer half-term school holiday; the even
Letters to Juliet
Letters to Juliet is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. This was the final film of director Gary Winick; the film was released theatrically in North America and other countries on May 14, 2010. The idea for the film was inspired by the 2006 non-fiction book Letters to Juliet, by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman, which chronicles the phenomenon of letter-writing to Shakespeare's most famous romantic heroine. Sophie is a young American woman, she goes on a pre-honeymoon with her chef fiancé Victor to Italy. Victor is unmoved by the romance of Italy and uses his time to research his soon-to-open restaurant neglecting Sophie. Sophie discovers that thousands of "letters to Juliet" left in Juliet's Verona courtyard are answered by the "Secretaries of Juliet". Sophie asks to join them and accidentally finds an unanswered letter by a Claire Smith from 1957, she answers it and within a week the now-elderly Claire Smith arrives in Verona with her handsome barrister grandson Charlie Wyman.
Claire and Sophie take an instant liking to each other. Following the advice in Sophie's reply, Claire decides to look for her long-lost love, Lorenzo Bartolini. Sophie, thinking Claire's story might help her with her writing career and has genuine interest in the story, helps Claire; the two find out. After many days of searching for the right Lorenzo, they find. Charlie blames Sophie for his grandmother's sadness, he accuses her of not knowing. Claire, witnessing the dispute, tells Charlie that he was wrong and that Sophie's mother had walked away from her when she was a little girl; the following day, Claire insists. After dinner, Sophie talks to Charlie about love, still believing Claire's Lorenzo is still alive, the two kiss; the following morning is their last day of searching for Lorenzo. On a whim, Claire points out a vineyard to Charlie and asks if he could stop so they can have a farewell drink for Sophie; as Charlie drives down the road, Claire sees a young man who looks like her Lorenzo.
They discover the man is Lorenzo Bartolini's grandson, Claire and the elder Lorenzo reunite. When Sophie heads back to Verona, Claire pushes Charlie to pursue her, but he backs off when he sees Sophie reunite with Victor. Back in New York, Sophie breaks up with Victor before returning to Verona to attend Claire and Lorenzo's wedding, she finds Charlie with another woman and runs out crying. Charlie comes out to find her, she admits she loves him but tells him to go back to Patricia. Charlie tells Sophie he loves her, he climbs up the vine to the balcony, recreating the original famous scene from Romeo and Juliet, but accidentally falls down, they kiss as he lies on the ground. Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Hall, a fact checker living in New York. Christopher Egan as Charlie Wyman, Claire's grandson, who has trouble coming to terms with his grandmother loving anyone other than his late grandfather, his parents died in a car accident. Vanessa Redgrave as Claire Smith-Wyman, the girl who wrote the letter to Juliet 50 years before, is hoping to find her Lorenzo.
Franco Nero as Lorenzo Bartolini, Claire's love interest. Nero is Redgrave's real life husband. Roger Ebert, having interviewed both Nero and Redgrave on the set of Camelot, noted how much of the love story between their characters is nearly autobiographical. Gael García Bernal as Victor, Sophie's chef fiancé, preoccupied with anything having to do with food and the opening of his restaurant. Luisa Ranieri as Isabella, the most important of the four original Juliet's secretaries in the film and a friend of Sophie's. Marina Massironi as Francesca, one of Juliet's secretaries. Lidia Biondi as Donatella, one of Juliet's secretaries. Milena Vukotic as Maria, one of Juliet's secretaries. Oliver Platt as Bobby, the editor of The New Yorker who wants Sophie to remain a fact-checker. Daniel Baldock as Lorenzo Jr. the older of Lorenzo's sons. Stefano Guerrini as Lorenzo III, grandson of Lorenzo. Ashley Lilley as Patricia, Charlie's cousin who has the same name as his ex-girlfriend. Fabio Testi as Count Lorenzo.
Luisa De Santis as Isabella's mother. Letters to Juliet received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 40% based on 151 reviews, with an average score of 5.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads "Letters to Juliet has a refreshingly earnest romantic charm, but it suffers from limp dialogue and an utter lack of surprises." Metacritic gives it an average score of 50 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called the film "cheerfully ridiculous", pointing out the differing accents from both Amanda Seyfried and Christopher Egan, but gave praise to Vanessa Redgrave for a "likably, if not quite intentionally mad performance." Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle was positive towards Redgrave, describing her performance as being "elegant, clear-eyed and nurturing" and noting that she "commands the corniest dialogue to stand up and sound like poetry." Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News praised both Redgrave and Seyfried, saying the former brings "a lovely gravity to the lightweight proceedings" and the latter displays "an unusually levelheaded presence."
Roger Ebert was aware of the film's genre and how it operates but that he didn't care about that: "I know the ending is preord
Kings (U.S. TV series)
Kings is an American television drama series which aired on NBC from March 3 to July 25, 2009. The series' narrative is loosely based on the biblical story of King David, but set in a kingdom that culturally and technologically resembles the present-day United States. Advance showings received positive critical reviews; the Sunday March 15, 2009 premiere placed fourth in network television ratings for that evening. After four episodes aired, NBC moved it to a Saturday slot, but only showed one more episode before pulling the series until summer; the remaining seven episodes were aired on Saturdays in July. Kings is set in the fictional Kingdom of a modern absolute monarchy. Gilboa is ruled by King Silas Benjamin, who formed the united kingdom two decades before from the three warring countries of Gilboa and Selah, he believes that he has been divinely anointed king, he cites the day when a swarm of monarch butterflies once landed on his head in the form of "a living crown" which called upon him to form the Monarchy and Kingdom.
All is not well for Silas: his policies and actions are being manipulated by his queen's brother, William Cross, who holds substantial control over the royal treasury and appears to be the major stakeholder as CEO/Chairman of Crossgen. Events of the series are set into motion when young David Shepherd, a Gilboan soldier in a war against the Republic of Gath, single-handedly rescues a captive soldier from behind enemy lines and destroys a "Goliath-Class" tank with a shoulder fired missile launcher; the captive soldier is Prince Jack, David not only becomes an instant star in the national media, but he earns the gratitude of King Silas, much to the chagrin of the prince. King Silas brings David into the capital city of Shiloh where he is promoted to Captain and maneuvered into the plum position of military liaison to the media, he soon finds himself in the midst of royal court politics with little initial awareness of the forces acting behind them. He develops feelings for Silas's daughter, Princess Michelle, which she reciprocates.
Queen Rose runs the royal household with an iron fist and does her best to keep the warring factions of the family from destroying the monarchy. She is the one person to whom the King will listen, while he will not hesitate to turn his back on or order the death penalty for his own children. Queen Rose, in many ways, rules the Kingdom from behind the scenes. In the pilot episode, much like Silas years before, is set upon by a living "crown" of monarch butterflies, as Silas witnesses the event from a discreet distance. Silas has been told that God no longer supports his reign, this implies that David is the divine choice as his successor; this troubles the King so much that he plots to have David killed. David, soon comes to interpret the appearance of the monarch butterflies as an omen that he is meant to serve King Silas, the sovereign accepts this, progressively drawing David deeper into his court. Through the series and Michelle's romance blossoms, first secretly and publicly when Michelle informs King Silas.
Silas falsely accuses David of being a traitor because David lied to Silas about his relationship with Michelle. During David's imprisonment, Michelle learns; the intervening episodes continue to use symbolism and images to add depth to the basic story line, such as casting shadows in the shape of a cross on David and other characters and biblical stories being intertwined in the plot, return of a prodigal son, King Silas making promises and pleas directly to God that are answered, but not always as he had hoped. There are references to more modern themes, such as the Cold War, encroachment of technology in our lives, companies that perpetuate wars to make money, national policy being influenced by holding the nation's treasury hostage. In the two-part season finale, William Cross orchestrates a coup with the intention of placing Jack on the throne as his puppet. Silas survives. Although Silas has framed David for treason, David helps return him to power. Reverend Samuels, Silas' long-time spiritual advisor and confidant, is killed under William's orders but appears in posthumous visions to David, the Princess, Silas, confirming to them that God has chosen David to be the next king.
David flees to Gath on Samuels' advice, Michelle is sent into exile to bear his child in secret. Silas declares. Ian McShane as Silas Benjamin, King of Gilboa – a counterpart to the biblical King Saul. Silas has united the kingdom of Gilboa and built its capital city, but now fears that God has forsaken him. Christopher Egan as Captain David Shepherd – a counterpart to the biblical David. David is an idealistic young soldier. Susanna Thompson as Rose Cross Benjamin – queen of Gilboa, a counterpart to the biblical Ahinoam, is the wife of King Silas; the queen ruthlessly manipulates court life from behind the scenes. Allison Miller as Michelle Benjamin – princess of Gilboa, a counterpart to the biblical Michal. Silas's daughter, a few minutes older than Jack, crusader for improving the kingdom's health care system
Australia the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area; the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north. The population of 25 million is urbanised and concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, its largest city is Sydney; the country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians for about 60,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, it is documented. After the European exploration of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, who named it New Holland, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia's national day; the population grew in subsequent decades, by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies established.
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated. Australia has since maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, comprising six states and ten territories. Being the oldest and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils, Australia has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres. A megadiverse country, its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east and mountain ranges in the south-east. A gold rush began in Australia in the early 1850s, its population density, 2.8 inhabitants per square kilometre, remains among the lowest in the world. Australia generates its income from various sources including mining-related exports, telecommunications and manufacturing. Indigenous Australian rock art is the oldest and richest in the world, dating as far back as 60,000 years and spread across hundreds of thousands of sites. Australia is a developed country, with the world's 14th-largest economy.
It has a high-income economy, with the world's tenth-highest per capita income. It is a regional power, has the world's 13th-highest military expenditure. Australia has the world's ninth-largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 26% of the population. Having the third-highest human development index and the eighth-highest ranked democracy globally, the country ranks in quality of life, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights, with all its major cities faring well in global comparative livability surveys. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Pacific Islands Forum and the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism; the name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis, a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times. When Europeans first began visiting and mapping Australia in the 17th century, the name Terra Australis was applied to the new territories.
Until the early 19th century, Australia was best known as "New Holland", a name first applied by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1644 and subsequently anglicised. Terra Australis still saw occasional usage, such as in scientific texts; the name Australia was popularised by the explorer Matthew Flinders, who said it was "more agreeable to the ear, an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth". The first time that Australia appears to have been used was in April 1817, when Governor Lachlan Macquarie acknowledged the receipt of Flinders' charts of Australia from Lord Bathurst. In December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office. In 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known by that name; the first official published use of the new name came with the publication in 1830 of The Australia Directory by the Hydrographic Office. Colloquial names for Australia include "Oz" and "the Land Down Under". Other epithets include "the Great Southern Land", "the Lucky Country", "the Sunburnt Country", "the Wide Brown Land".
The latter two both derive from Dorothea Mackellar's 1908 poem "My Country". Human habitation of the Australian continent is estimated to have begun around 65,000 to 70,000 years ago, with the migration of people by land bridges and short sea-crossings from what is now Southeast Asia; these first inhabitants were the ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal Australian culture is one of the oldest continual civilisations on earth. At the time of first European contact, most Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherers with complex economies and societies. Recent archaeological finds suggest. Indigenous Australians have an oral culture with spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime; the Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, obtained their livelihood from seasonal horticulture and the resources of their reefs and seas. The northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited s
Home and Away: Secrets and the City
Home and Away: Secrets and the City is an exclusive-to-video and DVD special of Australia's most popular soap opera Home and Away. In 2002, it was only released on video and a year it received a DVD release, it is hosted by Home and Away star Tammin Sursok — in character as Dani Sutherland, not as herself — and contains three episodes, two of which were aired on TV: Shattered Hearts and Broken Dreams, from the fifteenth season of Home and Away, while the third episode and the City will never be aired on TV. The story follows the breakup of the Sutherland family as a secret from Rhys' past comes back to haunt him. Years ago, Rhys had an affair with Angie Russell and now she's living in Summer Bay with her son Dylan. Angie reveals to Dylan than he is Rhys' son and he can't see Rhys' daughter Kirsty any more because they are brother and sister. Shelley discovers his secret. At a family dinner, Rhys tells all to his family hurting Kirsty the most; the following day, the girls find a note from Rhys saying.
Dani and Josh, along with Noah, search for Rhys in the City. Tammin Sursok - Dani Sutherland Rebecca Cartwright - Hayley Smith Beau Brady - Noah Lawson Chris Egan - Nick Smith Christie Hayes - Kirsty Sutherland Kate Garven - Jade Sutherland Mitch Firth - Seb Miller Paula Forrest - Shelley Sutherland Michael Beckley - Rhys Sutherland Ray Meagher - Alf Stewart Norman Coburn - Donald Fisher Kate Ritchie - Sally Fletcher Ada Nicodemou - Leah Patterson Susie Rugg - Brodie Hanson Danny Raco - Alex Poulos Daniel Collopy - Josh West Ben Unwin - Jesse McGregor Martin Dingle-Wall - Flynn Saunders Lynne McGranger - Irene Roberts Lyn Collingwood - Colleen Smart Sebastian Elmaloglou - Max Sutherland Laurie Foell - Angie Russell Brett Hicks-Maitland - Dylan Russell Cornelia Frances - Morag Bellingham Harry & James Roberts - V. J. Patterson Stephen Leeder - Inspector Carter Julieanne Newbould - Jackie West Secrets and the City was a let down to fans of the show as they expected more to come from Australia's first DVD of Home and Away.
Two episodes which had aired on TV and the special episode was only a 3 minutes longer than a normal episode. The special features on the release were a great contribution, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes with Bec Cartwright and Beau Brady. Home and Away Home and Away: Hearts Divided Home and Away: Romances Home and Away: Weddings Home and Away: Secrets and the City at the Internet Movie Database Home and Away at the Internet Movie Database