Soap Opera Brief
Our soap opera will explore the every day lives of a small wealthy interlinkedcommunity in Chigwell, The Epping Forest district of Essex. Our cast willconsist of upper class characters, many who have been born into money and veryfew have earned their own living. There is a communal golf club where thecharacters often meet to socialise and interact with one another named ‘GreenLake’, which portrays an upper-market life style as it is modern and is well fittedto the characters and the theme of our soap. There is also a small coffee housenamed ‘Edgar’s’ which has been recently refurbished by one of the foundingelderly couples (The Jarvis’), where the characters (especially the females) meetfor lunch and coffee on a regular basis to interact and ‘gossip’. The householdbuildings are all similar looking and all equally large to reflect the wealth of thecommunity. They are modern and up-market which is classic for homes from theChigwell area which is stereotypically known as a place of residence for thewealthy.There is a variety of characters including a young married couple, thehusband being a business man named Victor Rolfe whose loving wife Emma-Louise is not from a wealthy background there for securing her loyalty to herrich husband - although she has recently found out about his infidelity withanother promiscuous neighbour – Rochella Wembridge .
Another key character to the soap is the stereotypical rebellious male (who hascome to his money through fraudulent activities and gambling), Leo Brown whothroughout plots against and blackmails various members of the street.
The ‘gold digger’ type wife is also exampled in‘Hollyoaks’ by the character ‘Cindy Hutchinson’who has recently got engaged to a very wealthyolder man whom she barely knows. This is a perfect example of the neediness to stay with arich husband no matter what which we want our character ‘Emma-Louise’ to display.An example of the rich male characters is ‘CarlCostello’ from the soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’. He istypically rich and recently revealed to have slept withhis wives cousin. Although he is not a nasty character he is just thoughtless with his actions (sleeping withfamily members under the influence) which lead towell established storylines. We want ‘Victor Rolfe’ to play a similar role.