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How are teenagers represented in Eastenders?

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How are teenagers represented in Eastenders? Eastenders is a soap opera shown on the BBC four times a week. It was initially shown on 19th February 1985 with only two episodes per week. As of the 23rd October 2009 3871 episodes have been broadcasted. Eastenders is ranked as one of the top watched shows in the UK. Eastenders has won five BAFTA awards, and inside soap award and eleven National Television Awards. When Eastenders first started it showed some of the more controversial topics in which many programmes did not include. Eastenders has featured storylines on many topics that reflect reality such as: rape, shoplifting, sexism, mixed-racial relationships, cot death of a baby, abortion, alcoholism, sickness and drug addiction. Due to the remit, an agreement made between the BBC and the government, Eastenders has to be both educational and entertaining. This can be seen through many of its storylines, which both entertain people and inform people on many topics in life. Due to the wide range in audience and early viewing time the producers of Eastenders have a hard challenge in making it suitable for all whilst also making a educational and entertaining programme. ...read more.


In my opinion many people watch Eastenders simply for entertainment and to relax. Also, people watch Eastenders to stay up to date and have a talking point with friends and family at work or at school. Teenagers are represented in a very diverse way in Eastenders. Jay Brown is a troubled teenager; problems at home have led to Jay's involvement in gang culture. Jay is used to represent the position of thousands of teenagers across the country. Jay is a very individual character, he shows typical features of teenagers: disrespect to authority, to the elderly and lack of interest in school and education. Jay's character is shown in his expression and clothes. Often Jay wears a hoody with any buttons on his top undone. When Jay is in school uniform he will always have his shirt untucked, tie too short and top button undone. This builds up Jay's character of being rebellious, he has disregard for school rules about uniform, as he is often very untidy in his presentation. Jay's facial expressions also are in line with his rebellious character. ...read more.


Lucy Beale, like many teenagers, often shows no regard for her education and wants to go out and have fun. Lucy, like Jay, is often wearing her uniform in an untidy way, this is part of her rebellious characteristics that she has. The current stereotype of teenagers is that they are rebellious and badly behaved. Currently in the media teenagers are portrayed in a negative way, this is because of the increase in knife crime of teenagers. Eastenders shows the current stereotype of teenagers and gang culture through characters such as Jay Brown. On the other hand Eastenders also shows teenagers such as Tamwar Masood that are well behaved and take care in their education. In my opinion Eastenders does show teenagers fairly as they show the different types of teenagers. It would not be a fair representation of teenagers if they were only teenage gangs members in Eastenders or if every teenagers was very studious and smart. Eastenders does however show all the different types of teenagers, which is a fair representation of teenagers today as everybody is different. Media Coursework ...read more.

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