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BBC to Launch New Soap Opera to Rival ‘Coronation Street’

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It’s something every soap fans loves to hear that a new soap will be developed and debut.  It’s something here in America we just never hear about happening behind the scenes anymore … that a new daytime drama will launch.

However, now comes word that the BBC is set to put in production and launch a new soap opera focusing on the north of England and less-London-centric, but other reports share it may be more of a weekly series, than a daily one.

According to The Telegraph, the plan is for BBC to produce a show to rival the long-running Coronation Street from ITV.

 

They share that,”The BBC will relocate 400 jobs, including 200 in the News department, to locations including Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds. A further 600 new roles will be created.  Viewers will see “a noticeable shift in portrayal of different parts of the UK in key genres such as drama, comedy and factual” including a soap “from the North of England”‘.

The moves come as part of a new six-year plan and are part of a project entitled “Across the UK”, and is partly a response to criticism that the BBC is too London-centric and fails to represent the social and political viewpoints of all license fee payers.

Tim Davie, the director-general of BBC expressed: “Now, as we look to the future, we must play our part in supporting social and economic recovery; rebuilding the creative sector and telling the stories that need to be heard from all corners of the UK.”

So, what do you think of a new soap in development in the UK that will be targeted to viewers from the north of England? Do you think we can ever launch a new soap opera that lasts for years here in the United States? Comment below.

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Corrie is way too dark like our American serials

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I could sign up for this! I really could! Beginning from scratch in 2021 is interesting, however, the only place I could imagine this happening is the UK, so I am here for it. I know American television could not accomplish this, whether in daytime or even primetime on a potentially five-episodes-per-week basis. Let’s hope it is available to American viewers via Hulu, because I don’t want to miss this one!!! I’ve also begun watching Coronation Street on Hulu, and, while it is not Hollyoaks, I am enjoying it thus far. We need more British soaps on American streaming! I… Read more »

Eden
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Scott, You should also try and catch the New Zealand programme, SHORTLAND STREET. It is wonderful! X

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I have heard about Shortland Street, and I will have to see where I might be able to check it out! Thank you, Eden!

Joe
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Joe

So what does this mean for EastEnders?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

BBC can’t produce two soaps at once?

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Kate Oates who went from Emmerdale to Coronation Street to the BBC to rescue Eastenders which was really failing. A bus crash through the market stalls, Denise eating out of trash cans. John Yorke came back and helped her fix it quickly now she’s heading up all programming at the BBC including Holby City(the deadliest hospital on earth I call it); and Casualty. I’m not surprised they’re letting her create another soap.

Den
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It’s interesting an ODD, that BBC has a new soap in the works.
Post-Covid, it’s flagship EastEnders has become unwatchable. Makes one wonder that it’s not due to Covid production, but a rather blatent attempt to to kill and replace?..to appease the politically correct, yet ignorant masses? Hmmm.
I unsubscribed from Britbox a month ago, I joined just to watch EastEnders, but post Covid it just became a mess?
Things are not as they seem.

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I’m too late getting into Coronation Street, but my experience in watching Brit tv over the years is that they turn out really good shows with good actors. So if it’s shown here across the pond I will give it a try, especially if it takes up the unwatchable space in the afternoon the networks are giving us now with talk shows.

Carla A Deville
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Yes. I cannot wait to watch!

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Television legend, Betty White, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 99, will have the upcoming Monday, January 17th of The Bold and the Beautiful dedicated to her.

What makes the choosing of this date to honor White s so meaningful is that it would have marked Betty’s 100th birthday.

Within her storied career, Betty played Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful – the mother to Pam and Stephanie.  She made her final appearances on B&B in 2009 when the show killed-off the character.

White, passed away a few weeks ago on New Year’s Eve, and earlier this week it came to light that she suffered a stroke six days before her death.

Pictured in this post are Alley Mills (Pam_, the late Lee Phillip Bell (Co-creator B&B and Y&R), Betty White and Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie).

So, what do you think of B&B honoring Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday by dedicating the episode to her? Comment below.

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In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

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The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

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The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

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To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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According to Soap Opera Digest, longtime Guiding Light veteran, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis) will be taking over the role.

Look for Robert to begin airing next month in February.

Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

So, what do you think of Robert Newman as the Genoa City’s new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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