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The "Vic" pub from the BBC soap opera "Eastenders": The very picture of tedium? (AFP/Getty Images)
The "Vic" pub from the BBC soap opera "Eastenders": The very picture of tedium? (AFP/Getty Images)

John Doyle: Television

Why do Brit soaps endure? Add to ...

There are few things in the TV racket more enduring and daunting than Brit soap operas. In truth, they terrify me. I'm deeply afraid that if I start watching one of them, I'll end up spending half my day wondering about the outcome of Audrey's date with Nick, or if Sally has discovered that Dave did, in fact, spend the mortgage money at the bookies.

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