Footballers' Wives is a British television drama series created by Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus which surrounds the fictional Premier League Association football club Earls Park F.C., its players and their wives against the backdrop of bitchiness, back stabbing, adultery and murder.
The series aired in the UK on ITV from 8 January, 2002 to 14 April, 2006. There are 42 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
The series originally aired in South Africa on SABC3 from 13 January, 2003 to 15 January, 2007. It was rebroadcast on SABC3 in 2012. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
A rebroadcast of Season 5 premiered on SABC3 on Friday 22 March 2013, at 22h35. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are eight episodes in the fifth and final season.
They're young, they're rich, they're sexy and they've got everything that fame and money can buy.
As the wives of players on the soccer team known as the Sparks, they should be having the time of their lives... but the reality is very different.
They say football is the new rock 'n' roll, and the Earls Park FC wives are living it to the full. They've got the designer gear, the palatial homes, the flash cars, the platinum credit cards, and the handsome superstar husbands.
But underneath it all they are ordinary women, struggling to keep their marriages intact while their husbands dazzle the crowds on the pitch... and the girls in the nightclubs.
Three couples - Donna and Ian Walmsley, Tanya and Jason Turner and Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe and Kyle Pascoe - deal with marriage, sex, drugs, high fashion, fast cars, staggering salaries, catfights, mansions, copious affairs and life in the celebrity spotlight.
Season 1 (8 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 13 Jan 2003 | Finale: 3 Mar 2003 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 9 Mar 2012 | Finale: 4 May 2012 | Fridays, 22h00
Season 2 (8 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 10 Mar 2003 | Finale: 28 Apr 2003 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 11 May 2012 | Finale: 29 Jun 2012 | Fridays, 22h10
Season 3 (9 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 21 Jun 2004 | Finale: 16 Aug 2004 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 28 Sep 2012 | Finale: 23 Nov 2012 | Fridays, 21h30
Season 4 (9 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 6 Feb 2006 | Finale: 3 Apr 2006 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 7 Dec 2012 | Finale: 15 Mar 2013 | Fridays, 22h35
Season 5 (8 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 13 Nov 2006 | Finale: 15 Jan 2007 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 22 Mar 2013 | Finale: 10 May 2013 | Fridays, 22h35