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Soap 'Compact', 1962
Opening titles and music introduce the extract from 'Compact', a soap opera centred around the employees of a women's magazine broadcast by BBC TV from 1962 until 1965. The magazine's agony aunt Alison is sitting in a cafe with her daughter Rosemary and Ted Willis, a famous TV writer. Rosemary has run away from school in hope of becoming an actress. The sequence is mostly shot in close-up, with the adults talking over the girl's head. The scene allows Ted Willis to give the audience, via Rosemary's character, advice on how to get a career on the stage. All episodes of 'Compact' were broadcast live from a TV studio, when BBC TV was only one channel and shortly after the launch of ITV. The show went out on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm, scheduled to avoid clashing with 'Coronation Street' on ITV. This episode got a 15% share of the audience.
Analysis of the presentation of characters in terms of dress, hair and make up and overall mise-en-scene. Language - comparative analysis with modern soap operas. Consideration of how soap opera passes information and messages to audiences (in this case careers) could be linked to other clips from EastEnders and Grange Hill where young people get advice.
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