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Internet show a hit

Internet show a hit
The series is designed for viewing on the internet

When Australian Nellie McQuinn first arrived in the UK in 2004, she was hoping to pursue her dream of becoming an actor.

Faced with the cost of living in London, she took a job at a pub to pay the bills. But rather than wait to be cast in someone else’s production, she set about creating her own.

McQuinn, 21, from Sydney, along with her English boyfriend, Nick Jones, wrote The London Affair — a romantic comedy about the loves, lives and fate of a group of 20-somethings who are living in London.

The series is designed for viewing on the internet, with McQuinn in the lead role and Jones directing five episodes. The pilot episodes were picked up by social networking site Bebo and have been a major success — receiving 320,000 hits in the first 24 hours they were on the site.

“In the first week we had 1.7 million hits on our first episode,” McQuinn says.“It’s a whole new way of entertainment — each character has their own Bebo page, blog and photos so people are getting really involved in the plot and writing to the characters saying ‘leave him, he’s cheating on you’ and that sort of thing.”McQuinn says it’s great being able to interact with the audience. 

“It’s not like Home And Away which you see at 7pm and then at the same time the next day. You can log on and watch any time you like,” she says.


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