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Media Soap Brief

Media Soap Brief

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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.
 
Including an older couple Robert andDaisy Jarvis who he targets afterfinding out about their secret son(Brad Richmond) which they gave upat birth who coincidently works in thecafé ‘Edgars’.Brad is a young attractive male who is a ‘nice guy’ but always getting in troublebecause of his humour and charm. He however is in love with Jessica the streetsbeautiful sweet resident who coincidently is in a relationship with Brads oldestclosest friend Patrick Langdon; the local hero after he recently saved RochellaWembridge’s life when she was kidnapped by criminals blackmailing her fatherfor money.
 
Our rebellious male will be similar to thecharacter of ‘Caine Dingle’ from ‘Emmerdale’who comes across as nasty and conniving. He isrecently involved in a plot where he has been blackmailing a female member of the cast after discovering she has committed murder. Thisstoryline has similar aspects to it as the character ‘Leo Brown’ will have.Our old married couple we will liken to ‘Jack and Vera’ from Coronation Street who arecharacters that bring some humour and light-heartedness to the soap. Jack and Vera are agood example of the sort of loving characters wewish The Jarvis’ to adopt as they are parental tothe rest of the characters but with somestorylines of their own. (Such as when Vera passed away)The character of Maria in Coronation Street issimilar to the sort of character we wish ‘Jessica’to be. She gets involved in drama generallythrough no fault of her own and is innocent andnaïve to the people around her. A storylineMaria has recently been involved in is her fallingin love with the un-known to her killer of her dead husband. She is typically an attractive ‘girl-next-door type’ who is quick to win hearts of local residents.‘Leon’ from Eastenders is anexample of the ‘jack the lad’character we would like Bradto come across as. He isstereotypically mischievousand getting into trouble but isa nice to guy who doesn’tintentionally do any greatharm to other characters.

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