Westway (radio series)

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Westway BBC World Service.jpg
Genre Soap opera
Running time 15 minutes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
Created by David Hitchinson
Original release November 1997 – October 2005
Website www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/arts/features/westway/

Westway was a radio soap opera broadcast twice a week on the BBC World Service from November 1997 to October 2005. It focused on life in and around the fictional Westway Health Centre in West London.[1][2] It was named after the Westway, the main road route into London from the west.

The principal actors were Jillie Meers as Dr Margaret Sampson, head of the health centre, Nigel Carrington as Dr David Boyce, and Abi Eniola as Dr Joy Onwukwe. It was created and edited by David Hitchinson.

At its peak, it was cited that its worldwide listening figures was in the region of 1.7 million with some estimates even higher.[2] Its axing was announced in April 2005 as part of a shake-up of World Service programming.[3]

BBC7 repeated the series between May 2004 and March 2008.[4]

See also


  1. ^ The way we live now: Westway The Guardian, 23 July 2000
  2. ^ a b Eight years of Westway end BBC News, 28 October 2005
  3. ^ From the Westway to the world...no more The Independent, 4 April 2005
  4. ^ Westway, BBC World Service's globally popular radio serial, to broadcast on BBC 7 BBC Press Office, 20 April 2004

External links

  • Official BBC Westway site
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