What is it?
What Regional Identities does England
How do TV Dramas use Regional Identity
Regional Identity - What is it
• The notion that part of a person’s identity is
root not only in the country they are from
but also in the region that live in
• Can be offensive
• From Liverpool (and looks scummy)
• Strong Liverpool accent - "we do dat doe
dont we doe?"
• Big football Fans (often violent)
• Come with knives, tracksuits or shell suits
• High Crime
• Lower Class.
• Up for a laugh and parties
• From London – the east of London in particular
• Great contrast between Rich and Poor – Cockney
is mostly associated with working classes
• Associated with guns and stabbings
• ‘Top Boys’ who do con jobs
• Use of hoddies
• Cockney rhyming slang - "telephone" is replaced
by "dog" (= 'dog-and-bone'); "wife" by "trouble"
(= 'trouble-and-strife'); feet" by "plates" (=
'plates of meat').
• Normally referring to Irish people
and not a favourable term
• A bit stupid (think of jokes)
• Associated with thieving and other petty crime
• Lower class
• a unintelligible language that "isn't English, it
isn't Irish, it's just Pikey" (Snatch)
• From Birmingham
• Not very clever at all!!!
• Strange way of speaking
• Very common in the way they behave
• A bit ‘dodgy’
• The Original Chavs….
• Tight fisted
• Hate the English
• All have ginger hair and very pale skin (with
• Very Proud Heritage
• Bad Weather
• Associated with kilts, bagpipes and Whiskey
• Vast Countryside
• ‘Sheep shaggers’
• Very strong accent
• They all ‘live in the valley’
• Passionate about Rugby
• Great singers
• Tight knit community
• Working in your production groups you need to
research a set soap and explore the way they
represent Regional Identity.
• You must prepare a presentation
(keynote/powerpoint) that discusses the
Regional Identity of your soap (what are they,
how are they shown, what ‘messages are there,
does the TVD support/challenge stereotypes)
• You need to include at least on youtube clip,
images from the TVD and produce a one page
summary of you finding for the class.