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Are there some stories that are justAre there some stories that are just
too sensitive for soap operas totoo sensitive ...
• Soap operas are needed to connect withSoap operas are needed to connect with
the audience in a way that makes thethe aud...
• Soaps should be able to allow theSoaps should be able to allow the
audience to escape from their ownaudience to escape f...
• Danielle was introduced as aDanielle was introduced as a
young girl whose parents had justyoung girl whose parents had j...
Eastenders- Cot Death/Baby StealingEastenders- Cot Death/Baby Stealing
Storyline 2011Storyline 2011
The controversial stor...
Presenter AnnePresenter Anne
Diamond alsoDiamond also
complained about thecomplained about the
storyline, she felt thatsto...
Rape on Coronation StreetRape on Coronation Street
Coronation Street was criticised by a TV regulator for
failing to offer...
Rape on Coronation StreetRape on Coronation Street
The storyline is reported to have caused controversy
on the set with ma...
Some controversy due to the fact that there wereSome controversy due to the fact that there were
multiple similarities to ...
The story is about theThe story is about the
character Newt who wascharacter Newt who was
attempting to end his lifeattemp...
Soap operas cover these stories so that they can inform
their audiences about issues that are relevant at the time.
Howeve...
 http://http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1219300/Channel-
4-broadcast-Hollyoaks-suicide-pact-storyline-despit...
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Are ther some stories that are just too sensitive for soap operas to cover?

  1. 1. {{ Are there some stories that are justAre there some stories that are just too sensitive for soap operas totoo sensitive for soap operas to cover?cover? In relation to examples taken from the television and radio.
  2. 2. • Soap operas are needed to connect withSoap operas are needed to connect with the audience in a way that makes thethe audience in a way that makes the audience fully believe that the soap operaaudience fully believe that the soap opera is real life.is real life. • Soap operas have to connect with theSoap operas have to connect with the audience in a way in which the channel isaudience in a way in which the channel is able to sustain a loyal audience.able to sustain a loyal audience. • The Soap Opera is at the heart of popularThe Soap Opera is at the heart of popular culture.culture. • ““Soap Operas have undertaken a realisticSoap Operas have undertaken a realistic function in their representation of Britishfunction in their representation of British Society”Society” Soap OperasSoap Operas
  3. 3. • Soaps should be able to allow theSoaps should be able to allow the audience to escape from their ownaudience to escape from their own lives and and immerse themselveslives and and immerse themselves in the characters lives.in the characters lives. • Soaps have proven to be soSoaps have proven to be so successful due to the stories andsuccessful due to the stories and characters being so relatable to thecharacters being so relatable to the target audience.target audience. • This can be seen as why someThis can be seen as why some subjects are too sensitive for Soapsubjects are too sensitive for Soap operas…operas… Soap OperasSoap Operas
  4. 4. • Danielle was introduced as aDanielle was introduced as a young girl whose parents had justyoung girl whose parents had just died and she was looking for adied and she was looking for a new start.new start. • In fact she was Ronnie’sIn fact she was Ronnie’s presumed dead daughter.presumed dead daughter. • When Ronnie found out that sheWhen Ronnie found out that she was her daughter Danielle waswas her daughter Danielle was killed.killed. • This story received complaints asThis story received complaints as the audience liked Ronnie’sthe audience liked Ronnie’s character.character. Eastenders – Danielle DeathEastenders – Danielle Death storyline 2008/09storyline 2008/09
  5. 5. Eastenders- Cot Death/Baby StealingEastenders- Cot Death/Baby Stealing Storyline 2011Storyline 2011 The controversial storyline sees Ronnie finding her baby James dead from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She is then seen swapping her dead child for the alive son of Kat Moon • Received over 8000 complaints to OFCOM. Most complained about Soap Storyline just ahead of the storyline of Danielle Jones’ death which received 7000 complaints. • Audience called the storyline “sick”, “disturbing” and “filmed in a tasteless way”.
  6. 6. Presenter AnnePresenter Anne Diamond alsoDiamond also complained about thecomplained about the storyline, she felt thatstoryline, she felt that the storyline was notthe storyline was not “a good way at“a good way at informing the publicinforming the public about a serious issueabout a serious issue that is Cot Death”.that is Cot Death”. Anne DiamondAnne Diamond suffered the loss of hersuffered the loss of her child to Cot Death inchild to Cot Death in 1991.1991. Eastenders- Cot Death/Baby StealingEastenders- Cot Death/Baby Stealing Storyline 2011Storyline 2011
  7. 7. Rape on Coronation StreetRape on Coronation Street Coronation Street was criticised by a TV regulator for failing to offer a viewer helpline after the traumatic rape of Toyah Battersby. Ten viewers complained to the Independent Television Commission that the only help offered after the show was on the Granada website. This is the shocking scene which viewers of Coronation Street will see after barmaid Toyah Battersby is raped. The images are the most harrowing shown in the 40-year history of the soap opera.
  8. 8. Rape on Coronation StreetRape on Coronation Street The storyline is reported to have caused controversy on the set with many former stars believing it is too distressing to show and is not in line with the soap's tradition. Georgia Taylor, (Toyah) defended the decision to include the rape and said it could help girls facing the same horror in their lives to speak out and seek help. 'There are many women out there who have been raped or sexually assaulted and we owe it to them to make sure that the story-line is handled sensitively and accurately”
  9. 9. Some controversy due to the fact that there wereSome controversy due to the fact that there were multiple similarities to the Clyde deaths inmultiple similarities to the Clyde deaths in which 2 teenage girls made a suicide pact bywhich 2 teenage girls made a suicide pact by jumping into the river which is what thejumping into the river which is what the Hollyoaks writers had planned on creating theHollyoaks writers had planned on creating the story around.story around. Broadcast on Hollyoaks, to highlightBroadcast on Hollyoaks, to highlight Teen suicide and schizophrenia.Teen suicide and schizophrenia.
  10. 10. The story is about theThe story is about the character Newt who wascharacter Newt who was attempting to end his lifeattempting to end his life with his "friend" Rae whowith his "friend" Rae who infact is a figment of hisinfact is a figment of his imagination. The writersimagination. The writers went ahead in producingwent ahead in producing the episode even thoughthe episode even though there was multiplethere was multiple disputes due to respect thedisputes due to respect the mourning of the teenagemourning of the teenage girls family. However theygirls family. However they did show the storyline,did show the storyline, and it raised awarenessand it raised awareness and support forand support for Schizophrenia.Schizophrenia.
  11. 11. Soap operas cover these stories so that they can inform their audiences about issues that are relevant at the time. However some of the stories covered get brushed aside so the show can continue with a storyline. This then gives the audience a reason to complain. As soaps differ in their target audience the stories they cover change and the way they cover them also changes. We believe that there are some stories that could be deemed too sensitive, but it all depends on whether the issue is relevant at the time of broadcast. ConclusionConclusion
  12. 12.  http://http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1219300/Channel- 4-broadcast-Hollyoaks-suicide-pact-storyline-despite-similarities- Clyde-teens-deaths.html  http://http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s12/emmerdale/news/a3238 39/emmerdale-jackson-plot-complaints-assessed-by-ofcom.html  http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/society/2009/feb/09/chilhttp://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/society/2009/feb/09/chil dline-sexual-abuse?dline-sexual-abuse? code=AQBqJze3XetAJVZ_CuzeaRNUXyy3V5ATjZDxFKxZ_sI8XhIcode=AQBqJze3XetAJVZ_CuzeaRNUXyy3V5ATjZDxFKxZ_sI8XhI MZooPkXee4J3Qjl0rqkaZkT4XOez0KpjvHqaXasU5ivavU0r7NI9r2MZooPkXee4J3Qjl0rqkaZkT4XOez0KpjvHqaXasU5ivavU0r7NI9r2 dOI5Z06PRNiV2HX1txzlOrDvxiuEVL3ZgN6D-dOI5Z06PRNiV2HX1txzlOrDvxiuEVL3ZgN6D- r7fTn8l9_zxkbE8c4sBNb0PSXWNTCt8sWf7FA1m8L5WnRp11oZcXr7fTn8l9_zxkbE8c4sBNb0PSXWNTCt8sWf7FA1m8L5WnRp11oZcX AtwBw#_=_AtwBw#_=_ BibliographyBibliography
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