Discussion of Eastenders Essay

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Discussion of Eastenders

‘Switch that rubbish off!’ this is often a sign that the younger generation of a household are gathered to watch the next instalment of the UK’s most highly viewed soap opera ‘Eastenders’. In my experience, I always knew when one of the many soap opera’s was about to begin as I would hear that exact instruction, (or one of similar meaning), being aimed, towards my sisters as they switch on the television between the hours of seven and nine o’ clock of most weekday evenings. My Father felt so strongly that this word ‘rubbish’ was the only way to describe soap operas, for a while we had a television ban and had to force ‘conversation’ during dinner times!

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Other television channels such as Channel Four and Channel Five have tried to keep up with the Soap Opera revolution but have never managed to achieve such high viewer ratings as the likes of Coronation Street and Eastenders, I think this is because they will never strike people as being original. Coronation Street was the first ever British television soap based in Manchester and Eastenders was obviously based in the East-end of London, these cover the North and South of England, so they didn’t leave much space for originality in any new soaps as far as community is concerned. Although Channel Four’s latest attempt, ‘Hollyoaks’ has had good ratings, which seems to be due to its majority of young cast members and its early showing at six o clock on most weekdays.

One particular Soap Opera, which has brought its own genre to our screens, is Neighbours; this came onto the BBC from Australia in March 1985. The main reason for its success was the fact that it was based in a whole new environment in the sunny, leisurely lifestyle of Australia. It is still on television today and is considered to be the third most successful Soap Opera in the UK.

In terms of codes and conventions, I feel Eastenders is the best platform to look into. In my opinion, a big part of its success is from the major, ongoing storylines, it creates and perfects the

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