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

The Key Conventions of Soap Operas.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Key Conventions of Soap Operas. Soap operas have many conventions that make them different to the other types of programs we watch on TV. Soaps can be separated from even their closest types of programs by looking into and studying their conventions. The Bill for instance shares many of the conventions of a soap, but not all of them, which separates it from being a soap. Broadcasting To get a wide range of viewing, almost every single soap is broadcasted before the 9 o'clock watershed. So children can watch them as well as adults. Some soaps are broadcasted around lunchtime and repeated after school around 5. One reason for broadcasting at lunchtime is for the housewives to take a break, sit down has lunch while watching what they want to watch. If they have small pre-school children, they would feel safe with them watching it too because its before the watershed and is unlikely to contain anything unsuitable. ...read more.

Middle

Cliffhangers At the end of all episodes there is a cliffhanger, an enigma that is there to encourage you to watch the next episode. The most well used cliffhanger is when a character finds some bad news out; the viewer will have to watch the next episode to find out how that character takes the bad news, and what he or she will do about it. Characters In the very popular soaps there is always a wide range of strong characters. Characters usually cover a wide range of ages, races, religions, professions, stereotypes, backgrounds, relationships and more. For instance in Eastenders there are black white and Asian characters. Characters go from very young - Nitta's children to old - Dot. There are teenagers, parents, doctors, landladies, market stall owners and more. As Eastenders is set in London, is has to represent the sort of people living there, for example there are a lot more ethnic minorities in London then in Emmerdale which is set in Yorkshire. ...read more.

Conclusion

For example in public areas you can show people meeting and having public discussions. In private areas you can show love scenes and more, that wouldn't be shown in a public scene like a pub. Realism Soaps are meant to seem very real for the audience so they go to a lot of trouble to make the soap as realistic as possible. The word mise en scene means everything that creates the scene, this is something very important to consider when making something realistic. For example some of the older soaps like crossroads had scenery and props that used to wobble, fall over and generally look unrealistic. Newer soaps such as Eastenders use partly real scenes (Albert Square) and partly made up scenes in the studio. Some soaps even go to the trouble of buying a whole street of houses to film in, to make it more realistic looking. Although in convention soaps are meant to reflect real life, many of the storylines are very unbelievable, but they are essential to draw in more viewers. ...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. Examine the conventions of the soap opera genre with reference to at least two ...

    keep the audience occupied and interested in the action without them becoming bored. Location is another example of the conventions of the soap opera genre: almost all major soaps are located in cities. "Eastenders" is located in Albert Square, London, while "Coronation Street" is set in suburban Manchester.

  2. Codes And Conventions

    Archive programmes have the majority of the time a lot of video clips or music clips (in the Only Fools case it was video clips) and normally they play the clips first then either have a freeze frame of part of the clip or a plain background with either one

  1. Multi-channel means lower Television broadcasting standards,

    In addition, Mike Best, director of Yorkshire Television, correctly points out "Regardless of whether it is a PSB or a commercial channel...the key aim of all programmes has surely to be to entertain." With increased competition and the desire to make higher profit margins, both the BBC and ITV were

  2. The key developments that have occurred in television since 1970.

    free campaign because the BBC spend a large amount of time advertising its own products. Querying why this advertising is acceptable but commercial advertising is not. Also stating that the licence takes no account of whether you use the services provided by the BBC or of ability to pay, based only on whether you have a television or not.

  1. Why are soap operas so popular?

    help women test the waters to see how far they can go in challenging social norms" (Brown, 1994: 12). Men play sensitive roles in soaps and this provides comfort to women whose roles are often publicly silenced. Soaps value women's lives and by including paternity plots, give the women characters

  2. English media - soap operas

    keep the audience occupied and interested in the action without them becoming bored. Location is another example of the conventions of the soap opera genre: almost all major soaps are located in cities. "Eastenders" is located in Albert Square, London, while "Coronation Street" is set in suburban Manchester.

  1. Soap operas or 'soaps' criteria

    I think Martin should go to prison, Jamie was a very good character and cause many storylines to develop, like when he slept with Zoe, Sonia wasn't happy and it took a lot for Jamie to win her back. Then Jamie had a huge bust up with Phil and decided

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

    Gossip queen Dot Cotton, as innocent as she may seem, she often puts her foot in it. The Grumpy boss Ian Beal will sack an employee with no hesitation, even his own ex wife. Workaholic, Little Mo Slater, has her own cleaning business.

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