Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Greatest Love of All (TV series)

The Greatest Love of All is a Singaporean drama which was telecast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp TV Channel 8. It made its debut on 29 May 2007, and ended on 25 June 2007. This drama serial consists of 20 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night, 9pm.

This drama serial mainly showcases cases of children who are autistic and those suffering from dyslexia. Through these cases, the drama hopes to reitterate to the audience to give children suffering from these type of illnesses a little more respect and care. A heartwarming series to tug the heart strings.


Main Cast

*Joanne Peh as Luo Wen Xin
*Zhang Yao Dong as Zhao Jia Xuan
*Chen Hanwei as Zhao Jia Ming
*Apple Hong as Yang Qing Ru

Supporting Cast

* Huang Hui as Tang Cai Ning
* Chen Shucheng as Zhao Zhi Peng
* Constance Song as Zhang Ying
* Huang Yi Liang as Li Ying Xiong
* Aileen Tan as Mo Li Hua
* Zhang Wen Xiang as Hong Jian Ping
* Chen Hui Hui as Chen Xin Lin
* Lin Yu Yun as Liu Feng Yi


When Wenxin was a child, she had severe dyslexia and was kept out of all mainstream educational institutions. Fortunately, her parents' unfailing love and support gave her the strength to complete her studies and graduate from university. She then becomes a social worker to help more disabled children lead healthy lives.

Kaixin is a little girl with a slightly lower I.Q. and is enrolled into a school for students with special needs. Her parents, Yingxiong and Lihua are not highly educated and do not know how to cope with a child like her. Furthermore, they are under a lot of pressure because of their financial difficulties, therefore, Wenxin is often quarreling with Kaixin's parents whenever Kaixin fails to attend her classes in school. New counselor Jiaxuan thus regards Wenxin as a hot-tempered social worker.

Although Jiaxuan does not agree with Wenxin's way of doing things, he respects her for her undying devotion to her work. After some time of interaction, Wenxin and Jiaxuan begin to develop feelings for each other. However, Wenxin notices that rich girl Caining is always around Jiaxuan. Caining even becomes a volunteer because of Jiaxuan. It turns out that Caining is secretly in love with Jiaxuan, although his father Zhipeng sees her as his elder son Jiaming 's girlfriend. Wenxin remembers her own medical record and cannot muster enough courage to tackle the prospect of love.

Caining runs a modeling agency and Qianru is one of her outstanding models. Many years ago, Qianru was studying overseas and had a boyfriend whom she was going to marry. Unfortunately, her fianc¨? was killed in an accident while she gives birth to an autistic daughter, Huanhuan . Qianru, who only wants the best for her daughter, often loses control and beats Huanhuan while trying to discipline her. Qianru's mother, Fengyi tries to talk her into accepting the fact that Huanhuan is autistic but Qianru is unwilling to face reality. After some time, under Wenxin's patient persuasion, Qianru finally agrees to send Huanhuan to a school for children with special needs.

Qianru gets to know Jiaming during a performance and both have a good impression of each other. Fengyi suggests pretending that Huanhuan is her daughter instead of her granddaughter so that Qianru can pursue her own happiness without any burden. Qianru is caught between kinship and love and feels tormented.

Meanwhile, Jiaxuan's father Zhipeng, who lost his wife a long time ago, gets to know a starlet Zhang Ying overseas and they had a child together. The child Jiaxi is born deaf and dumb, and has a cleft lip. Zhipeng, a manufacturer of branded attire, is afraid of ruining his reputation, and so forbids Zhang Ying from letting others know about Jiaxi. Zhang Ying overly-protects her son, and he ends up being very dependent on her and unable to communicate with people.

Under Jiaxuan and Wenxin's persuasion, Zhang Ying finally changes her attitude and sends Jiaxi to the school for children with special needs. Qianru intends to reveal Huanhuan's true identity to Jiaming. At the same time, Zhipeng finds out that Jiaxi has been attending classes at the special school. He is outraged and creates a big fuss. Therefore, Qianru is still unable to tell Jiaming the truth.

Huanhuan feels that her mother has become more distant to her. One day, she disappears after school. Qianru experiences the fear of losing her daughter for the first time and panics. Qianru looks everywhere for Huanhuan, and is touched when she finally hears Huanhuan calling her "Mother". She finally decides that she will give up everything for the sake of her child.

Caining discovers that Jiaxuan likes Wenxin. She also finds out from Qianru about Wenxin's past. In order to steal Jiaxuan from her, Caining spills the secret of Wenxin's past, bringing about a huge commotion.

Just as Wenxin is troubled by affairs of the heart, Yingxiong is arrested for drug abuse. The family is thrown into chaos and financial hardship. Lihua wants Kaixin to perform at the Ghost Festival events to earn them some money. Wenxin voices her objections but to no avail.

Yongle is a disabled boy who is in the PSLE class of the school for children with special needs. When his father Jianping , a senior executive, first found out that his son was disabled, he turned cold towards the child. In the following years, the hardworking Yongle was constantly supported and cared for by his mother Xinglin . A few years later, Xinglin gets pregnant unexpectedly and Jianping insists that she goes for an abortion. Xinglin refuses. Under immense pressure, Xinglin develops pre-natal depression and the task of caring for Yongle suddenly falls on Jianping. Yongle begins to question his existence, wondering if his parent's problems will cease if he does not exist anymore.

Wenxin encounters one blow after another. She witnesses the pain the children are going through and is thrown into despair. Fortunately, Jiaxuan and a bunch of children she has helped in the past quietly appear at her side to help her through this difficult time of her life...

Viewership Ratings

Awards and nominations

This drama serial had received 4 nominations in the Star Awards 2007, MediaCorp's annual awards ceremony. The nominations are as follows:

* Zhang Yao Dong was nominated Best Actor, but lost to Zheng Ge Ping
* Huang Hui was nominated Best Supporting Actress, but lost to May Phua
* The theme song of this drama was nominated for Best Theme Song, but lost to Honour and Passion's theme
* 3 children who acted in this drama were being nominated for the Young Talent Award, of which Kyle Chan won for this drama.

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