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  • 1. History of Soap Operas
  • 2. A soap opera is a long-running, never- ending program of roughly half-an-hour stints, usually more than once a week, that follows the lives of many fictionalcharacters as they battle their own issues, written to reflect those of real-life, however events happening in real-life do not impact on the lives of the characters (e.g the current recession), unless it is by coincidence that the writer wants this to be the case.
  • 3. The main convention in any soapopera is the verisimilitude reflection of it to everyday life.
  • 4. This verisimilitude is used so the soap is believable to the audience and is a form of escape from their own life - especially if the characters are in adifficult situation, when it comforts the audience into realising their own problems aren’t that bad - or the characters’ actions help them to deal with their own life.
  • 5. Once upon a time, instead of being on the TV, soap operas were transmittedon the radio and were called "dramatic serials".
  • 6. These dramatic serials were sponsored by various different soap manufacturers which eventuallyinfluenced the change in title to "soap operas“; a nickname that stuck.
  • 7. NOW THEN The longest running soap opera ontelevision is Coronation Street with the show first premiering on the 9th December 1960. Obviously, the much-loved soap opera is still being filmed to this day.
  • 8. However, the longest running soap opera ever is The Archers. This soapopera was first broadcast on the radioin 1950, as a five-part pilot, and now it is still on-going on BBC Radio 4 today.
  • 9. Originally, soap operas, like TheArchers, were broadcast in the middle of the day and aimed at housewiveswho could listen whilst doing chores.
  • 10. According to a Digital Spy forum, Corries Fiz is the most popularcharacter, across the soap operas, however it does come down to personal opinion.
  • 11. Coronation Street viewers favouriteever character was Jack Duckworth, as votes top him in a recent Digital Spy poll (May 2012).
  • 12. One of Eastenders‘ original characters’,Sharons, return on August 13th 2012, prompted recent polls to pronounce that she was the viewers favourite character.
  • 13. Eastenders was the most watched soap on Tuesday 28th August 2012 when it had 7.3m viewers to watchSharons decision, suggesting this was also one of the most popular storylines.