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Feb 18th, 2009 at 18:29 GMT
I wouldn't really describe Byker Grove as a soap opera at all, it was a children's programme. If you include Byker Grove then you might as well include Grange Hill etc too because they're in the same genre.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 18:39 GMT
I agree, Byker Grove is not a soap opera!
Feb 18th, 2009 at 18:43 GMT
Neither Byker Grove nor Casualty are soap operas - Byker Grove, as has already been said, is a children's programme, while Casualty is a drama, for award show purposes at least.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 18:47 GMT
Something's wrong here. First, it only includes soaps made in the UK: `Neighbours' (1986-) and `Home and Away' (1989-) are missing, though `Home and Away' had a break in 2000/01, which might explain its absence. Also, if `Casualty' is a soap, surely `The Bill' (1984-) is, too?
Feb 18th, 2009 at 18:56 GMT
..and Holby City, and London's Burning etc. etc. Strange list. Got 7 though.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 18:59 GMT
The Bill is surely a soap!
Feb 18th, 2009 at 19:18 GMT
I think something has gone wrong with this one - Take the High Road and Neighbours (Australian) are both coming up twice and EastEnders and Brookside don't appear at all. Not up to Sporcle's usual high standard.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 19:26 GMT
Hey, what would a Soap Opera quiz be like without some drama!! OK, so we had some problems with this one and while fixing it, things went from bad to worse. I think it should be all better now (hopefully).
Feb 18th, 2009 at 19:28 GMT
Nice to see a quiz like this, but I'm afraid there's a few problems with it. :-( To agree with and add to the above:
1. The quiz title says "Soap Operas in the U.K.",
"Soap Operas made in the U.K.", so why are two of the biggest Soap Operas in the UK,
Home and Away
(1989-) missing? Indeed, rumour has it that the former would have stopped being made in Australia years ago were it not for the fact that the Brits like it so much and keep buying it - unsurprising as it usually gets the highest daytime rating of any programme bar the news.
2. I'd like to make a strong case that
(2000-) qualifies as a soap opera; it's shown every weekday for much of the year, and with over 1500 episodes so far it certainly has more than double the episodes of
, and in 2008 it didn't take the customary summer break that might otherwise disqualify it.
are soap operas, however if you
include them, then surely you must also include
(which I confess I tried) and
? One could also argue that if they're included, so should be
. Personally I'd leave out the lot of them though.
4. You could always have
(1992-1993) as bonus answers! Maybe even
(1995-1998, but local to London only).
5. On the plus side, kudos for remembering those regional soaps,
Take The High Road
Pobol y Cwm
. Sorry to have been so negative...
Feb 18th, 2009 at 19:31 GMT
Heh, I see my point 3 is now moot, Sporcle got there first. :-)
Feb 18th, 2009 at 19:53 GMT
Where is Doctors?
Feb 18th, 2009 at 19:56 GMT
where is the archers - remember the radio
Feb 18th, 2009 at 20:03 GMT
Heh, I thought of
(1951-), but decided not to even
on the radio ones in my essay above - you'd have to include
Mrs Dale's Diary
(1967-1980), and God knows what else (I don't)...
Feb 18th, 2009 at 20:05 GMT
I think Doctors should be there. I'm not a fan but it's widely regarded as a soap. River City should also be on the list. It's a Scottish soap which was introduced when (Take the) High Road finished. The Archers could also be included it's probably the longest running soap ever - despite being on the radio.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 20:16 GMT
I'm not a fan of soaps (although I got all bar Take the High Road and Pobol y Cwm as well as getting four bonus answers). However, the quiz does not say TV. Therefore, The Archers should be an answer or the quiz should be reworded.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 21:01 GMT
Well, I got the two with Doctor Who connections. Which is what I figured I'd get.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 21:08 GMT
erm, River City? I know its bad but thats practically the definition of a soap!
Feb 18th, 2009 at 21:11 GMT
where's eldorado? it was bad, but it was still a soap
Feb 18th, 2009 at 21:58 GMT
Managed four bonus answers. But I have never, ever, ever heard of Take the High Road of Pobol y somethingorother.
Feb 18th, 2009 at 23:23 GMT
@beatricekiddo: The quiz is about *long running* soaps, not ones that were so bad they were axed after barely a year.
Feb 19th, 2009 at 00:09 GMT
@Paul: they're Scottish and Welsh regional soaps respectively.
Pobol y Cwm
is only shown on S4C these days, but I remember it being shown around 9 in the morning on BBC1 when I was a child in the 1970s.
@davidr: that's why I suggested they should be bonus answers. :-)
Meanwhile, I'm amused to find out that there's a bonus answer that nobody has mentioned in any of our "that one's missing!" comments so far - I had to google to find out what it was!
Feb 19th, 2009 at 02:09 GMT
@MissInformed: I can't remember what bonuses I got. But I can't see Family Affair mentioned anywhere here and I'm sure it was one of mine. Channel Five's flagship soap when the channel was launched I believe.
Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:35 GMT
River City is a major Scottish soap and is not included.
Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:54 GMT
@linda: Once again, the quiz is about *long-running* soaps. River City isn't even seven years old.
Feb 20th, 2009 at 15:40 GMT
'High Road' should be accepted for 'Take the High Road' as the soap was known as that from 1994
Feb 20th, 2009 at 16:46 GMT
I tried Eldorado!
Feb 23rd, 2009 at 18:07 GMT
I got 11, most of these I've never seen so i'm reasonably happy :)
Mar 8th, 2009 at 22:42 GMT
What about Heartbeat?
Apr 7th, 2009 at 19:31 GMT
The Bill Is A Bonus Answer
Apr 15th, 2009 at 10:47 GMT
I GOT SO MANY BONUS ANSWERS Yet missed 3 ""main"" answers ...
May 4th, 2009 at 09:28 GMT
I tried to remember the soaps I watched with my granny when I went to Ireland back in the day and Eastenders was all I could come up with.
Jun 9th, 2009 at 12:42 GMT
Where on earth is The Archers?
Aug 17th, 2009 at 16:19 GMT
Agree with peanut4 - where is the Archers? That's the longest running British soap opera.
Aug 26th, 2009 at 10:53 GMT
my grandmother used to wath crossroads day in, day out, and still denies it!!
Mar 7th, 2010 at 10:54 GMT
The Archers was the first one I thought of, very surprised not to see it, especially considering it's the UK's longest running soap of all time
Mar 23rd, 2010 at 16:58 GMT
Dead easy, only one I missed is the Welsh one, but that's only shown in Wales which would be why!!
Nov 20th, 2010 at 20:58 GMT
Got Pobol y cwm but couldn't spell it, so it didn't count :)
Apr 24th, 2011 at 12:54 GMT
Davidr: it says that it is only TV soap operas from the UK and "Neighbors" and "home and away" are Australian soaps.
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