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Soap opera characters have higher mortality than steeplejacks

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7123.0c (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:c

Investigators from King's College London have quantified the size of the pinch of salt which people who watch soap operas should take before taking them to heart (p 1649.). A cohort analysis of characters revealed that they are more likely to die than steeplejacks or Formula One racing drivers, making Coronation Street, Albert Square, Brookside Close, and Emmerdale some of the most dangerous places in the United Kingdom. Could all this hyperbole be contributing to our national neurosis about death and violence?