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Compare ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Eastenders’ paying particular attention to their suitability for their respective audiences.

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MEDIA COURSEWORK ESSAY Compare 'Neighbours' and 'Eastenders' paying particular attention to their suitability for their respective audiences. Eastenders and Neighbours are very different soap operas. Eastenders is a 'prime-time' programme usually shown at 7.30pm or 8pm, whereas Neighbours is shown twice a day at the earlier times of 1.45pm and 5.35pm respectively. Eastenders is shown at a later time to attract the older viewers as well as the younger ones. Being on at a later time gives people time to get home from work in order to watch it. However, Neighbours is shown during the late-lunch and teatime slots, which generally attract the younger viewers who have returned home from school by this time and are able to watch it. The second showing of Neighbours, shown at 5.35, is shown immediately after the Children's BBC airing so therefore it is likely to attract a greater younger audience for this reason also. Both Eastenders and Neighbours are stereotypical soaps with regard to their settings. Eastenders is set in a small London suburb called Walford, with most of the characters living in the houses around Albert Square. The area is not a very clean or respectable looking place, and the majority of the characters are working class and quite poor. The characters that do have some money behind them, like Steve Owen and Phil Mitchell, seem to have acquired it dishonestly. On the contrary however, Neighbours is set in a relatively wealthy area known as Erinsborough in Australia. ...read more.


Flick is the girl most boys in Ramsey Street have a soft spot for. She knows this however but is remaining single. Finally, Michelle is the youngest. She is just hitting her mid-teens and has started to get into trouble with her new friends. Joe isn't too happy about this and wants it to end. The stereotypical characters in Eastenders are probably as follows: * Man Eater- Kat Slater, when under the influence of alcohol is all over men. * Lady Killer- Steve Owen, although married had several flings. Now deceased. * Gossip- Dot Cotton, as innocent as she my seem, she often puts her foot in it. * Grumpy Boss- Phil Mitchell, will sack an employee with no hesitation, even his own nephew. * Workaholic- Little Mo Slater, has her own cleaning business. * Bad Guy-Phil Mitchell and Steve Owen, always enemies, Phil got the last laugh when he killed Steve in a car chase. * Funny Guy- Robbie Jackson, nothing ever goes right for him and he can't understand why. * Dodgy Dealer- Barry Evans, co-owner of the car lot, always finding ways of flogging cars. The stereotypical characters in Neighbours are probably as follows: * Man Eater- the closest to this category is probably Flick Scully. She could probably have anyone she wanted. * Lady Killer- Darcy Tyler, got engaged and cheated on his fianc´┐Że with her best friend. * Gossip- nobody really fits this description. ...read more.


I think they did this to give the impression that Steve was definitely dead and that Phil had finally won the battle between the two villains. In conclusion, I have established and given reasons that Eastenders and Neighbours are very different soap operas. The main factor are the lengths that Eastenders' creators will go to get ratings with outrageous storylines that sometimes are beyond belief, whereas Neighbours' storylines are somewhat more believable and the whole nature of the show is more viewer friendly. Eastenders is far more controversial but it seems that that's what the viewers want judging by the rating figures. Another major factor in the difference between the soaps is the characters. In Eastenders they tend to be working class and quite common, although in Neighbours they seem to be of a better class and background. The attitude of the characters also seems to be different. In Eastenders there are far more 'bad guys' and arguments, but in Neighbours it is rarely seen that there is hatred between groups of people or that any fights might break out in the pub etc. So, my final view on soaps is that although they are somewhat over the top and unrealistic, they provide entertainment for millions of people nationwide and they bring up important issues that you might not consider otherwise. It is important to have two soaps like Eastenders and Neighbours that contrast each other in so many ways I feel, because otherwise viewers would get bored of seeing repetitive and boring programmes. Kieran Tallon 1 ...read more.

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