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‘Nae Bevvying, Nae Skiving’: Language and Community in the Scottish Soap Opera

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0008
‘Nae Bevvying, Nae Skiving’: Language and Community in the Scottish Soap Opera

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Soap opera has been a component of Scottish television since the 1960s. Until the BBC began transmitting River City in 2007, it was STV, the Corporation's principal commercial rival north of the border, which was responsible for Scottish soap output. The chapter examines all of STV's soaps, and contrasts the company's most successful production, High Road, which secured partial networking and was set in the Highlands, with River City which is set on Clydeside and has not yet been networked. The chapter explores the issues of class and dialect which are thrown up by River City and relates them both to the difficulties involved in securing UK network access and also to wider social questions in contemporary Scotland.

Keywords: STV; High Road; River City; network access; class and dialect; social questions

Chapter.  6149 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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