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CLIP 9781

Soap 'EastEnders', 1985

Soap 'EastEnders', 1985

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Key Info
  • Soap 'EastEnders', 1985
  • Duration: 02:25
  • Opening titles and theme music introduce this 'EastEnders' extract from its first year on air. Michelle Fowler(Susan Tully) asks her grandmother Lou (Anna Wing) about her baby brother. Lou says she thought it was irresponsible of Pauline to have another child and reminisces about the days of illegal abortions. She guesses Michelle is herself pregnant, and Michelle tearfully admits it. This was a popular and controversial storyline, and the episode attracted 9.4 million viewers.
  • Subject:

    Media Studies


    TV Genre

  • Keywords: soap opera, genre, drama, representation, teenagers, abortion, pregnancy, family, relationships, television, tv, tvgenres
Ideas for use in class
  • Mise-en-scene – the creation of a scene and its authenticity. Produce a time line of of moments of drama from modern soap operas. Provides a strong introduction to student's knowledge and understanding of soap opera by using their own knowledge. Analysis of the camera shots, editing and the ways they create dramatic tension. Students are given a piece of script with a similar dramatic tension and consider how they would shoot it.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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