Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera devised by Alan Bateman. It has been produced in Sydney, New South Wales since July 1987 and has aired on the Seven Network since 17 January 1988. It is the second-longest-running drama and most popular soap opera on Australian television. It originally screened as a 93-minute pilot episode, or a television film as it is known, and a day later aired at its usual time of 22 minutes. At the beginning, the show was screened on Seven at 6:30 pm and currently airs at 7:00 pm, five days a week.