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What is a soap Opera? The history of soap

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What is a soap Opera? The history of soap soap opera n serial drama: a serial on television or radio that deals with the lives of a group of characters, especially in a melodramatic or sentimental way [Soap from the fact that they were originally often sponsored by soap manufacturing companies] Radio Serials during the 1920s and 1930s, radio listeners could turn on their radios and hear action-packed adventure dramas complete with sound effects. Whole families gathered around the radio every day at a given time to listen to the next episode of their favourite radio adventure story, such as "The Shadow Expand Soap opera grew out of American commercial radio in the late 1920s, when all the smaller stations were being hooked up to make two large, rival national networks, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) ...read more.


To television in the 1950s came a family saga, The Grove Family, then a hospital soap, Emergency! Ward Ten, both of which were highly popular and catered to insatiable tastes for stories about inter-generational strife and "back-from-the-brink" hospital medicine. The tradition of depicting working-class life, with an element of comedy, began with Coronation Street, created by Tony Warren for Granada TV in 1960. It has been Britain's most successful drama series ever since. ATV's motel saga Crossroads originally ran for 24 years (1964-1988), and was revived 15 years later by ITV in 2001. The BBC was slower to commit funds and energy to soap operas until 1985, when it launched EastEnders, a story about cockneys suffering every social problem including alcoholism, unemployment, abortion, racism, and homophobia. Continuously the corporation's top-rated series, it suggests that other people's misery holds endless fascination. ...read more.


Yet they have great appeal throughout the world, probably because the themes * betrayal, * marriage break-up * children in danger * loss of money * Standing in the community etc. These are of universal interest. They may be seen to offer an unspoken reassurance that whatever happens to you, a solution exists. There is always another episode with a new set of problems to overcome or solve. People, especially women, in soaps prove remarkably misfortunate.. This is appealing as someone else's misery not only makes you feel good but it is entertaining and at times gripping. It makes people watch because the issues that soaps deal with are true to real life so it's like watching someone else's life but it is more interesting than any normal person's life because there is so much more misfortune placed on each person in the soap. Some things are more or less certain in soaps: happiness never lasts. ...read more.

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