Discussion in 'World Cup of Soaps' started by Angela Channing, Aug 7, 2019.
that's the one! Thanks xx
1) Glenroe: Irish farming life down in Co. Wicklow and village shenanigans. As the show's 18 year duration went on saucier aspects came into the equation, along with all the usual soapy stuff. IMHO a much missed soap opera, from the Emerald Isle.
2) Red Rock: I probably watched about two complete episodes but there were fine drama ingredients exhibited, from what I did see.
3) Rederiet: Having heard a lot about this Swedish show I think 3rd place is in order.
1. RED ROCK for me, LOVE/HATE’s slightly less sweary, slightly less bloody but still enjoyably grubby cousin.
2. GLENROE, never seen it but it sounds lovely.
3. VARUHUSET, never seen it but it sounds mental.
1. Glenroe - gotta love Miley, Biddy, Dinny and the rest of the gang.
2. Shortland Street - medical drama with other stuff.
3. Red Rock - another brill Irish soap drama.
So...all soaps got a vote except for WESTENWIND .
If it makes you feel any better, Riviera hasn't had a look in either. Even from me, who originally nominated it.
The folks at Chateauvallon are correct, vote for the soap operas you would like to see in the next round before the poll closes at midday tomorrow.
Here are my votes
1) SHORTLAND STREET - I have to pick this as my first choice as it the only one of the soaps listed that I've actually seen. I've watched the episodes produced between 1992 (its inception) and 1995 when these were shown on Granada daytime before it was inexplicably dropped from the TV schedules.
Certainly during the era of the show that I watched, it was like a more modern day version of The Young Doctors which is perhaps not all that surprising given that for a time both shows shared the same producer in Alan Coleman.
The characters I remember are Kirsty and Lionel who had a mobile kiosk trolley (similar to Ada Simmonds on TYD), clinic director Michael McKenna (smilar to Brian Denham on TYD), his faithful secretary Jenny Harrison (similar to Helen Gordon on TYD) plus an assortment of dashing young doctors and pretty young nurses.
The show is also to be revered for its longevity - 27 years young and still going strong just behind Neighbours and Home and Away in the longest running drama serial stakes.
2) RADIO WAVES - I like the concept of this show which is similar to the Australian soap, The Box, albeit that this was set in a radio, rather than tv station. Also notable for having Alan Dale in its cast.
3) GLOSS - again I like the description of this series, it sounds like a NZ version of Dynasty.
That makes me feel a lot better, thank you
We are cool.
I'll have to get back on the other two as I don't want to be biased.
Shortland Street's lack of success in the UK always surprises me. It's no worse than any of the other soapy daytime fare from overseas that UK viewers lapped up over the years, so I don't know how it hasn't clicked. Even on Living, where ratings expectations would be significantly less than on ITV, it was still dumped from the schedules after only a few months.
The poll has now closed and the votes have been counted and verified. The final 2 shows to qualify for the World Cup of Soap Operas are as follows:
Red Rock - 14 points
Chateauvallon - 13 points
The line up of the 32 soap operas that will compete to win the World Cup of Soap Operas is now complete. Thank you to everyone who voted in this and the previous qualification rounds. I will put the names of qualifying soaps into the fixture software and post details of the first 2 knock out matches tomorrow.
Separate names with a comma.