While Britain may have one of the oldest running soap operas (on Radio 4) it has by no means cornered the market on them. I have seen at least two of their soap operas – which are aired in the evenings rather than during the morning and early afternoon hours. While I’ve only seen around a week’s worth of either one of them, they certainly struck me as different from what we have here in the US. I mean they aren’t without their gratuitous drama, but the storylines certainly seemed to flow and not get stuck in one place for ages. Of course if I were to watch more than one week’s worth, I might very well have a different opinion. And another thing I noticed is that Jean didn’t talk about the characters as if they were real live people. Again, this may be chalked up to Jean just being a different sort of person who happens to enjoy the soaps, but I doubt it. Here in the US, the line between reality and fantasy is a blury one where soap operas are concerned.