The Conventions of British Soap Opera Essay by EMMZ04

The Conventions of British Soap Opera
This paper discusses the endlessness of soap time and the familiarity of its space, while studying the conventions of British soap opera.
# 5507 | 2,510 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2001 | GB
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Film (Television) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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This essay focuses on British Soap Opera and its conventions. It gives a brief history of the soap opera genre and it origins. It gives examples of current and past british soap operas and their popularity and reasons for it. It also looks at theories of audience enjoyment and uses for such media.

From the Paper:

"The soap opera genre originates from the American radio serials of the 1930's so called because of their sponsorship by major soap powder companies. Due to its incredible success the genre grew and by the 1950's it had developed into television productions. The first soap to be televised in Britain was The Groves, which first aired in 1954 and lasted for three years. It was followed by what is now the longest running and most successful soap in Britain, Coronation Street. Rival terrestrial channels soon picked up on the success of Coronation Street (and the soap opera genre in general), this resulted in the arrival of Channel 4's Brookside in 1982, followed by the BBC's EastEnders in 1986."

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