Depends entirely on the target audience empathising with a range of authentic, convincing characters and age speciaifc situation and worrie/anxieties.
Eg... Skins, Grange Hill, Hollyoaks
Never end, convey a sense of real time, depends on audience accepting them as socially realistic.
Eg... Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale
Perios/ Costume Dramas
Usually based on classic novels/plays. Set usually in historical settings, the futrue or the past.
Eg... Life on Mars, Rome, Bleak House
Balance our interest in health/treatment of illnesswith narrative based on workplace and relationships. Second strand similar to soap opera in conventions.
E.g... Holby City, Casualty, Green Wing
Work in th same way as Medical/hospital dramas but with representation of criminals/victims instead of health.
E.g... Prime Suspect, Spooks, A touch of frost
Attempt to dramatise significant real events which usually have human/celebrity /politica/ interest.
E.g... The Hamburg Cell, Cook's last Voyage, Inside WACO