Table 1

Five year survival rates in percentages (with SEs) of characters in two British soap operas according to age at first introduction and in comparison with general population

Age (years)Coronation StreetEastEndersGeneral population*
0-2990(5.4)91(4.0)99.7
30-4410079 (8.6)99.5
≥4586(4.6)73(12.1)97.3
  • * Survival in 1990 of people aged 20, 35, and 50 in 19853