20 Facts About Soap operas


Soap operas rarely conclude all the current storylines at the same time.

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UK soap operas frequently make a claim to presenting "reality" or purport to have a "realistic" style.

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Soap operas quickly became a fixture of American daytime television in the early 1950s, joined by game shows, sitcom reruns and talk shows.

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Many long-running US soap operas established particular environments for their stories.

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Soap operas were originally broadcast live from the studio, creating what many at the time regarded as a feeling similar to that of a stage play.

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Soap operas is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the actor with the longest uninterrupted performance in a single role.

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Several decades, most daytime soap operas concentrated on family and marital discord, legal drama and romance.

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Many other soap operas planned lavish storylines after the success of the All My Children shoot.

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UK and Australian soap operas move through storylines at a faster rate than daytime serials, making them closer to US evening soap operas in this regard.

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The chief difference between the two is length of series; while soap operas usually have indefinite runs, telenovelas typically have a central story arc with a prescribed ending within a year or two of the show's launch, requiring more concise storytelling.

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Turkish soap operas have a large following across Asia, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

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Daytime soap operas were non-existent until the 1970s because there was virtually no daytime television in the UK.

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Nevertheless, soap operas gained increasing prominence on UK television schedules.

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UK soap operas are shot on videotape in the studio using a multi-camera setup.

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The majority of Australian television soap operas are produced for early evening or evening timeslots.

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Thereafter Nine attempted many new replacement soap operas produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation: Taurus Rising, Waterloo Station, Starting Out and Possession, along with Prime Time produced by Crawford Productions.

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Relatively few daily soap operas have been produced on English Canadian television, with most Canadian stations and networks that carry soap operas airing those imported from the United States or the United Kingdom.

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Indian soap operas mostly concentrate on the conflict between love and arranged marriages occurring in India, and many includes family melodrama.

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Many soap operas produced in India are broadcast overseas in the UK, Canada, the United States, and some parts of Europe, South Africa, Australia and South East Asia.

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Soap operas have been very popular in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

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