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Last Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Final curtain for BBC radio soap
Westway cast
Westway has a global audience of around 45 million
The final episode of BBC World Service radio drama Westway, which has an audience of millions worldwide, has been aired.

The twice-weekly soap, set in a London medical practice, is being dropped from the schedule after eight years.

Westway has in the past been praised for its culturally diverse cast, and the issues it tackles.

From 2006, the new English language schedule on the World Service will concentrate on factual programmes.

Humorous

A new world drama strand will also be introduced at weekends.

Westway's storylines over the years have included a Nigerian businessman whose fiancée discovers she is HIV positive.

In 2004, a listener from Singapore won a competition to create a new character for the drama serial.

The character Zoe Chan Li-Fen - played by actress Wendy Kweh - was a 27-year-old Chinese-Singaporean physiotherapist who also practices traditional Yi-Ching reflexology and massage.

In 2001, the drama won an award from the UK's Commission For Racial Equality for Race In The Media.

The judges said Westway had the best representation of ethnic characters and presented them in a relaxed and humorous manner while sensitively handling the mix of health and religion.




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