Soap operas - PAU Madrid 2015

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Soap OperasWatching  TV  is  a  very  popular  pastime  in  Britain,  but  what  kind  of programmes  do  British people  like  to  watch?  Well,  the  most-watched  TV programmes  are  dramas  based  in  one  neighbourhood  that  try  to  depict ordinary life. We call these dramas “soap operas” or “soaps”.
Most soap operas these days are shown in the evening. Each show will have several  different  storylines  happening  at  once  that  continue  over  several shows.  The  same  actors  will  appear  in  every  show  too.  There  are  lots  of different  soaps  on  in  the  UK  these  days,  but  there  are  three  main  popular
Coronation  Street has  been  on  since  1960.  It  is  set  in  a  suburb  of Manchester and it’s supposed to represent working class life in the north of England. Then there’s Eastenders, which started in 1985, set in the East End of London. And we should not forget Emmerdale, which is set on a farm in Yorkshire, in the north of England.
In  the  early  days  of  TV,  most  of  these  daytime  dramas  were  aimed  at entertaining  the housewives  who  would  traditionally  be  at  home,  probably doing the washing. Companies selling washing powder would advertise their products   at   times   when   these   dramas   were   on,   and sometimes   those companies would even sponsor the drama. Hence the word “soap”. So what about the word “opera”? Well, that’s because these dramas are often an exaggeration of real life. They are supposed to represent ordinary lives but, to  make  them  entertaining,  lots  of  dramatic  events,  like  murders, divorces, affairs,  etc.,  all happen  probably much  more  regularly than  they would in a normal neighbourhood.



1.- Are  the  following  statements  TRUE  or  FALSE?  Copy  the  evidence  from  the  text.  No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE.
a) Every episode of the soap operas has one single narrative running through it.

2.- In your own words and based on the ideas in the text, answer the following questions. Do not copy from the text.


3.- Find the words in the text that mean:      
  • a) describe (paragraph 1): depict
  • b) at the same time (paragraph 2): at once
  • c) go on (paragraph 2): continue
  • d) take place (paragraph 3): happen

4.- Complete  the  following  sentences.  Use  the  appropriate  form  of  the  word  in  brackets when given.


5.- Write about 100 to 150 words on the following topic.
Which  are  your  favourite  TV  programmes?  Describe  them  and  explain  why  you  like them.


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