Soaps traditionally reflect real life, and part of that involves covering difficult issues, such as River City's storyline about Alice's alcoholism and imprisonment. But what does creating such a storyline involve?
A lot of research is done into the issue being covered before any of the scenes are written. Researchers consult support groups and experts, and take advice from those who've been affected by the problem.
You'll find advice on a range of subjects on the BBC Health site and Radio 1's One Life site. If you've been affected by any of the issues that have featured in River City, you'll find the links on this page a useful guide for getting further information on the topics.
BBC Scotland Action Line: 0800 099 099
Adoption and Fostering:
Counselling and advice:
Domestic Violence and abuse:
Gay & Lesbian
Your neighbourhood :
Starting your own business:
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