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New EastEnders: The Prequel

Razmi, Anahita (2018) New EastEnders: The Prequel. In: Stuart Hall Library Research Network 2017: Virtualities, 25 January 2018, Iniva, London UK.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Razmi, Anahita

This lecture performance by Anahita Razmi considers and broods on the launch and structure of a non-existent “coming to your living room soon” soap opera, titled “New Eastenders”, and some of its possible and multi-referential preconditions.

Referring to the long-running British BBC soap opera “Eastenders”, set in London’s East End, the “New Eastenders” are proposing a geographical shift, considering the “Global East” – with its unclear definition – as the series’ new quixotic setting. The Near East- ‘Middle East’- Far East-Enders make the cast of the series, drafting a shifted storyboard for an ‘East and its End’.

The event considers TV soap operas from different contexts and countries, stereotypical storylines, pilots, prequels, trailers, happy-endings, sad-endings, open-endings, drama and TV studio sets as possibilities for its developing script. Film and TV narratives of the Beginning and the End, colonial, post-colonial and political references are included in the search for inspiration.

As a prequel to something not already scripted or broadcast, the series structure might be seen as deliberately non-linear and non-original.

Other Contributors:
ResearcherSaha, Anamik
Official Website: https://iniva.org/programme/events/research-network-new-eastenders-the-prequel/
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 25 January 2018
Event Location: Iniva, London UK
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2023 15:59
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 15:59
Item ID: 19985
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19985

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