Eastenders and Neighbours are very different soap operas. Eastenders is a ‘prime-time’ programme usually shown at 7. 30pm or 8pm, whereas Neighbours is shown twice a day at the earlier times of 1.
45pm and 5. 35pm respectively. Eastenders is shown at a later time to attract the older viewers as well as the younger ones. Being on at a later time gives people time to get home from work in order to watch it. However, Neighbours is shown during the late-lunch and teatime slots, which generally attract the younger viewers who have returned home from school by this time and are able to watch it.The second showing of Neighbours, shown at 5. 35, is shown immediately after the Children’s BBC airing so therefore it is likely to attract a greater younger audience for this reason also.
Both Eastenders and Neighbours are stereotypical soaps with regard to their settings. Eastenders is set in a small London suburb called Walford, with most of the characters living in the houses around Albert Square. The area is not a very clean or respectable looking place, and the majority of the characters are working class and quite poor.The characters that do have some money behind them, like Steve Owen and Phil Mitchell, seem to have acquired it dishonestly. On the contrary however, Neighbours is set in a relatively wealthy area known as Erinsborough in Australia. .
The majority of the characters live down a single street of this neighbourhood, known as Ramsey Street. Most of the characters seem to be quite well spoken compared to those of Eastenders. Eastenders is more dramatic than Neighbours. It has a lot more serious and controversial storylines where Neighbours is more light-hearted and taken less seriously.Eastenders has a typical British climate but Neighbours is very hot and sunny.
Both Eastenders and Neighbours have familiar places in them, but some more than others. For example, in Eastenders the Queen Vic is probably the most well known location, and in Neighbours the Coffee Shop can probably claim the same honour. Both of these are regular meeting places for the characters and some of the most important storylines take place in them, more so the Queen Vic than the Coffee Shop. The Queen Vic is a typical East end local pub and it has its fair share of fights and arguments, along with parties and celebrations.It is usually the place where a lot of bombshells are dropped about characters which often leads to them leaving the programme. It is also the place where characters that return after along absence turn up to surprise the unsuspecting locals.
The Coffee Shop however is part of the Lassiters Complex. It is often the meeting place for many of the characters and the place they go for their lunch and a snack. Unlike the Queen Vic, the Coffee Shop rarely sees any violence or arguments, but it is often just a place to hang out for the younger characters. Eastenders also has a coffee shop known to everyone as ‘The Caff’.This appears in the majority of episodes but is not so much a meeting place but just a place where either someone goes to look for someone or where people go to have breakfast if they can’t be bothered to cook. It doesn’t seem a very clean place and the service is not often the best.
Neighbours also has a pub, called ‘Lou’s’, named after its owner Lou Carpenter. This is the place where people often go to relax or to have lunch with a client etc. It is not a rowdy pub like the Queen Vic and is owned by a well-respected businessman who also owns the Erinsborough Garage.Another well-known place in Eastenders is the bench in the Square. It is a memorial bench in honour of Arthur Fowler, and is the spot where most of the Square goes to think things through or to get away from it all. A similar spot in Neighbours is the memorial in the park but it is not often used. Eastenders is often shown in the Archers too.
This is the mechanics garage owned by Phil Mitchell. A location in Neighbours that Eastenders does not have is a school. Erinsborough High is the setting for quite a lot of scenes with the younger characters.
The most talked about family in Eastenders has to be the Mitchell’s.They have been in the soap for many years now and they own many businesses in Walford between them, such as, Peggy owns the Queen Vic, and Phil owns the Archers, the Cafi?? , and the Snooker Halls. They have also been at the heart of many of the major storylines over the soap’s history. Not all of the Mitchell’s have a clean background and Phil is probably known as the soap’s ‘bad guy’.
However, Peggy, his mother, is very proud of her family and will not hear a bad word said about any of her children, despite all of the crimes and bad deeds they may have committed in the past.There is not really any similar family in Neighbours as very few of the storylines are as big as the ones involved in Eastenders. Another family in Eastenders that have had a lot of big storylines lately are the Slaters, being Mo, Charlie, Kat, Little Mo and Zoi??. Charlie is the caring father of Kat and Little Mo but also acts as Zoi?? ‘s father. Mo is the aunt of the girls. She is into dodgy deals and will do anything to get prices knocked off for her own benefit.
The rest of the family aren’t happy with her dodgy dealing as they feel she might get in trouble for it. Kat is known as the ‘man eater’ in the Square.She had Zoe when she was very young so she lived the life of being her sister and Charlie and his late wife bought her up as their own. Little Mo is the quietest of the family. She always tries to do the right thing but has had trouble with her husband, Trevor, who she almost killed when he constantly beat her and she finally had enough and attacked him with an iron.
The main family in Neighbours is probably the Scully’s. Many of the storylines revolve around them and the family has five members. Husband and wife Joe and Lynn, are the parents of, in age order, Steph, Flick and Michelle.Joe is the overprotective father figure who tends to compete with neighbour Karl Kennedy in many petty things. Lynn is the caring mother who wants the best for her children. Steph, the oldest of three daughters is in her early twenties and is just getting over splitting up with her boyfriend her boyfriend. Flick is the girl most boys in Ramsey Street have a soft spot for.
She knows this however but is remaining single. Finally, Michelle is the youngest. She is just hitting her mid-teens and has started to get into trouble with her new friends. Joe isn’t too happy about this and wants it to end.