Two of the most successful program formats in the history of television have in recent years eroded to the point of near-oblivion – daytime dramas and prime-time soap operas. Those of us who have always appreciated both genres – which thrived in the Eighties and Nineties, then began to drop away with the approach of the new Millennium and the rise of the Internet – have never accepted the idea that people simply were not interested in ongoing, emotion-powered sagas about families, friends and communities.
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