Soap opera scheme of work - Sample Essay

Year 10. Soap opera scheme of work. In this essay I am going to analyse the representation of women and young people in Hollyoaks and Eastenders. The target audience of Hollyoaks are young people because there are young people in Hollyoaks. It won’t be for an older audience because they will be watching other soaps like Eastenders because there are old and young people in it. Hollyoaks is on at 6:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, some people will be at work but the younger people would of come home from school a couple of hours before Hollyoaks starts.

Older people will be able to watch Hollyoaks on Sunday because they might not be working on a Sunday. It’s on at 12:00 so they will be able to watch it if they what to. There is a range of characters in Hollyoaks young school kids, young women and some old people. Old and young people watch Eastenders because most people would of come home work, young people would of come home from school so all ages could watch it. Eastenders starts at 8:00 and sometimes at 7:30 so old and young people have time to watch it.

It is also on, on Sunday. There is a range of characters in Eastenders, there are old people like Dot and Pat, there are middle-aged women like Laura and Kat, and there are young people like Zoel and Sonya. The main ingredients of soaps are things like: affairs, murders, most people get pregnant, generally negative things. If these things were not in soaps they would be boring and no one would watch it because they would be dull. For example in Eastenders ‘Natalie’ is have an affair with ‘Ricky’,

‘Laura is pregnant with someone else’s baby. People will carry on watching this soap because they what to know who’s baby it is because they find it interesting. In Hollyoaks there are not many affairs or murders. From a boys point of view they would watch it because of the attractive woman. People watch soaps because they are entertaining or it fits into its schedule or they watch them because the soap is put towards their age group e. g. Hollyoaks, young people. Eastenders all ages.

In Hollyoaks the women are very stereotypical. Some of the women are blond bimbos and attractive, for example Izzy is attractive but can be bossy at some times. this will make more boys watch the soap. They are represented as sex objects. This is very much a young persons programme. There are other attractive girls in Hollyoaks, which aren’t blond. There not a lot of old people in Hollyoaks because it is aimed towards young people and they don’t what to see old boring people.

In Eastenders there are a lot of stereotypical people for example, ‘Dot’ she is old and boring and very anointing, a very stereotypical old lady. There are about to sex objects in Eastenders, Sam and Kat, who act like tarts. Sharon from Eastenders is the only businesswomen, she wears a blackly, grey suit and quite a bit of make-up. I think at the moment people will be feeling sorry for Kat and Laura because they are both pregnant an because Laura has been chucked out on the streets by Ian. I think most people dislike Kat because she is a tat.

I think people like and dislike Pat, Pauline and Peggy because the can be nice and they can be horrible. Conclusion: The differences between the representation of women in the two soaps Eastenders and Hollyoaks are because of their target audience. Eastenders target audience is all ages so there is a range of women represented. Hollyoak’s target audience is mainly younger people because of all the young people in it and the plots focus on teenage issues. They are both similar in the way like represent women in a negative way.