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  • 1. Representation of working class
  • 2. Eastenders
    • Cockney accent – stereotypical working class dialect.
    • Graffiti – connotates a run down city, vandalism, yob culture.
    • Run down businesses – laundrette/café/ market – represents the poorer end of incomes, self employed businesses.
    • Strong, dominant female characters – Janine/ Lauren – street confrontation, no shame, not afraid to publicly express feelings, bitchy characters.
  • 3.
    • Darren has social mobility – trying to improve his standard of living and employability.
    • Vanessa and Jodie – previously middle class – trying to maintain middle class lifestyle without a steady income.
    • Arthur – trying to earn a living as his middle class father has lost his job – doesn’t want to work towards better employment; wants money.
    • Dysfunctional families – Butcher family – Mother in prison, daughter prostitute, son excluded from school, clever daughter.
  • 4. Brookside
    • Accent – from Liverpool; stereotypically working class area.
    • Channel 4’s first soap.
    • Economic threat – job cuts/ people on dole – usually associated with working class.
    • Rape/Murder storylines.
    • Tolerance of homosexuals.
    • Youth culture – graffiti in houses
  • 5.
    • Middle class suspicious of working class – living in same estate – supposed threat to lifestyle and possessions.
    • Housing looks middle class – working class families aspiring for a better lifestyle.
    • Aimed at a working class audience – can relate to issues discussed in the show.
    • Decline in industry – reflects social problems at the time – sense of realism.
    • Aim was to create a programme that reflected Britain in the 1980s.
  • 6. Old Coronation Street
    • Theme music – northern brass band
    • Audience predominantly female
    • Strong female characters – Ena Sharples/ Barmaid.
    • Typical working class – spend a lot of time in the pub.
    • Shop – everything stored behind the counter – insecurities.
  • 7.
    • The Tanners – loving family, hard up, bad reputation, single mother renown for her affairs.
    • Son - Dennis Tanner – young, angry, ex-convict, thinks society is prejudice against him, unemployed.
    • Stereotypical working class family – son and daughter unemployed, not allowed credit in the shop or pub, untidy house.
    • The Barlows – working class family.
    • Son – Ken Barlow – ashamed of being working class – snob at university where he has picked up other values – Ken aspires to get away from his working class background.
    • Family are close – help each other (fixing bike in living room) – Ken is embarrassed by this.
  • 8.
    • Terraced housing and cobbled streets.
    • Factory workers – mostly female & a homosexual – stereotypical.
    • Modernisation – decoration and neat.
    • Café & pub – stereotypical misé en scene.
    • Accent – Mancs.
    • Deals with current issues – financial issues and domestics.
    • Teenage pregnancy & immigration – current issues.
  • 9.
    • Strong female characters – barmaids – Becky & Liz – gobby. Liz is an interfering and intimidating lady.
    • Tolerance to gays – Young lesbians and a gay.
    • Ethnic groups running shop – stereotypical portrayal.
    • Tolerance to disabled as well.
    • Ken Barlow – never escaped his working class background.
    • Kevin Webster – Mechanic – working class.
    • Carla – Dominant business woman.
  • 10. How soaps have changed:
    • More teenagers actors, dealing with teenage issues.
    • Diversity in other cultures and sexuality.
    • Industrialisation offers job opportunities for women.
    • Aimed at a broader demographic audience.
    How soaps have stayed the same:
    • Dominant female characters still exist.
    • Deal with domestic and personal problems.
    • Deal with current affairs.
    • Maintain their working class background stereotype.