• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

British Soap Operas

Extracts from this document...


British Soap Operas Essay (400-600 WORDS) The two British soap operas that we have studied are Eastenders and Brookside. These come on TV on a regular basis and are no longer than 30 mins, except the omnibus edition. There are several codes and conventions that are used in soap operas. Opening titles. Eastenders starts with a map of London and zooms in to the Eastend. Brookside uses real images, several cuts of people doing normal daily things, ands how's recognized Liverpool buildings. International soaps usually use the opening title with the characters of the soap. I.e. neighbours. Opening narratives- these soaps have been running on TV, the same time for several years, they are open narratives as the stories never finish they carry on for several episodes. ...read more.


Finishes in one episode, but are used to have a long-term effect o the characters i.e. Paul, stresses even more about his mother. Categories. Soaps use many stories in one episode, but they evolve round a small amount of categories, e.g. * Business/money- Ian and wife want to go on holiday, financial problems. * Relationships- Jackie and max s marriage. * Social issues- jimmy Corkhill's emotional custody battle for his child. * Comedy/serious- martin and Pauline's arguments. All the stories have some sort of conflict, which leads to suspense and drama. * Stories about social issues. - The main convention of British soap operas is the use of social issues. ...read more.


* Audience Superiority - Past knowledge of the story lines helps to create dramatic irony, e.g. in Brookside, the audience knows that Max has killed Suzanne, and Jackie doesn't, so we feel superior, so we react different as to a person who is just watching Brookside for the first time, as we know what is happening. Also continuous recaps of what is happening is a famous convention of British Soaps, e.g. Brookside, we see Katie, and just say you were watching it for the first time, the nurse acts as the audience and so Katie tells the story of what is happened. * Character Types - These are used to appeal to a wider audience but character types change after they are used for there function e.g. Martin when he became a addict, was seen as a Rowdy youth. Sajid Mehmood Hussain? Media studies AKS. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. Soap Operas.

    In this instance, the soap is portraying a negative message to its audience and conveys the horrible thought that women want to be raped.

  2. Soap operas or 'soaps' criteria

    I don't like Coronation Street because whenever I watch it, the only people on it are some old people struggling out of their tiny old terraced houses, or some lonely kid kicking a football against a wall in a small backyard.

  1. Final Term Project of Marketing Management.

    If it is too corrosive, more water needs to be added. This is a time consuming process that requires burning one's own organic materials over an open fire or in a cast iron pot. If a feather dissolves in the lye, the pH is probably about right.

  2. The Key Conventions of Soap Operas.

    Characters will go to parties, open presents and would generally do anything that they would be doing on Christmas day. If it was autumn, the trees would be becoming bare and extra leaves will be placed in the outside scenery to reflect what the scenery would look like in the time of broadcasting.

  1. Soap Operas.

    1 This is obviously not true, but to younger audiences who do not understand their sexuality yet, they might be getting the wrong message. In the soap operas, "All My Children," and "Another World," there are sexual issues that revolve around teenage relationships.

  2. Compare and contrast the codes and conventions of soaps.

    The main family in Neighbours is probably the Scully's. Many of the storylines revolve around them and the family has five members. Husband and wife Joe and Lynn, are the parents of, in age order, Steph, Flick and Michelle. Joe is the overprotective father figure who tends to compete with neighbour Karl Kennedy in many petty things.

  1. English media - soap operas

    The audience are left questioning "Will she tell the truth or will she risk loosing her job, husband and being locked up in jail?" The theme tune indicates the end of the programme and entices the audience to watch the next episode to find out what will happen next.

  2. Analysis of Brookside Title Sequence

    a modern building, so this would suggest that this soap is also a modern soap.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work