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How would you account for the continuing fascination that British Soap operas have for such a large and diverse audience.

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How would you account for the continuing fascination that British Soap operas have for such a large and diverse audience. The soap opera genre originated in American radio serial of the 1930s, and owes the name to the sponsorship of some of theses programmes by major soap powder companies. So, Like many television genres (e.g. news and quiz shows), the soap opera is a genre originally drawn from radio rather than film. Television soap operas are long running serial with everyday life. The serial is not to be confused with the series, in which the main characters and format remain the same programme to programme but each episode is a self-contained plot. In a serial at least one storyline is carried over from one episode to the next. A series is advertised as having a specific numbers of episodes, but serials are potentially endless. Soaps in general have a predominantly audience although recently this has changed deliberately to aim it a wider audience. ...read more.

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How would you account for the continuing fascination that British Soap operas have for such a large and diverse audience. The soap opera genre originated in American radio serial of the 1930s, and owes the name to the sponsorship of some of theses programmes by major soap powder companies. So, Like many television genres (e.g. news and quiz shows), the soap opera is a genre originally drawn from radio rather than film. Television soap operas are long running serial with everyday life. The serial is not to be confused with the series, in which the main characters and format remain the same programme to programme but each episode is a self-contained plot. In a serial at least one storyline is carried over from one episode to the next. A series is advertised as having a specific numbers of episodes, but serials are potentially endless. Soaps in general have a predominantly audience although recently this has changed deliberately to aim it a wider audience. This reason for this is simple, because women are often interested in the family issues and love affairs. ...read more.

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The soap opera genre originated in American radio serial of the 1930s, and owes the name to the sponsorship of some of theses programmes by major soap powder companies. So, Like many television genres (e.g. news and quiz shows), the soap opera is a genre originally drawn from radio rather than film. Television soap operas are long running serial with everyday life. The serial is not to be confused with the series, in which the main characters and format remain the same programme to programme but each episode is a self-contained plot. In a serial at least one storyline is carried over from one episode to the next. A series is advertised as having a specific numbers of episodes, but serials are potentially endless. Soaps in general have a predominantly audience although recently this has changed deliberately to aim it a wider audience. This reason for this is simple, because women are often interested in the family issues and love affairs. In 'realist' soaps female characters are portrayed as more central than in action drama, as ordinary people copying with every day problems. However, soaps today are being watched by different types of people from different backgrounds. ...read more.

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