Definition of docusoap in English:



  • A documentary following people in a particular occupation or location over a period of time.

    • ‘Alongside these were fly-on-the-wall docusoaps, ‘reality TV’ and ‘manufacture a pop-star’ programmes.’
    • ‘This is something that is so often the weakest part of docusoaps - a fact noted by many commentators.’
    • ‘As UK television churns out dismal sitcoms and docusoaps, the nation that invented trash TV is taking risks and winning.’
    • ‘In all his wisdom, he has arranged for a documentary crew to film a docusoap in our hotel!’
    • ‘Of course, we don't really know them - like all docusoaps, this one was played carefully to camera.’
    • ‘Those docusoaps can be brilliant, although the level of acting in them is incredible now.’
    • ‘It was a startlingly original format, combining the popular docusoap and game show genres with the voyeuristic qualities of the webcam and closed-circuit television.’
    • ‘The biggest threat to a grand comedy tradition has come from docusoaps and reality programmes.’
    • ‘Truth is often stranger - or more horrific - than fiction, which is why, after years of docusoaps and other imitations of reality, documentaries are growing in popularity.’
    • ‘Whatever reality TV means, it's obvious that it is taking over the schedules, ousting frail sitcoms, pricey dramas and once-fashionable docusoaps from their prime-time slots.’
    • ‘The latest in a recent spate of docusoaps, it is bound to make compulsive viewing.’
    • ‘Why do people volunteer to be in Type Two docusoaps?’
    • ‘The cheap, shouty, schedule-packers which include talk shows and docusoaps, quiz shows and lifestyle-makeover or cookery slots all rely heavily on real people.’
    • ‘I certainly don't advocate these docusoaps, they drive me nuts.’
    • ‘It was fascinating, like seeing someone obliviously making a fool of themselves on a docusoap, and this made up for any annoyance the lengthy and loud argument would otherwise have caused.’
    • ‘She was at home in Middleton today making plans to return to Greece next summer and hoping she might find more TV work from the holiday docusoap.’
    • ‘Understandably, the most talented want to follow Grierson's tradition of one-off, authored films, rather than the kind of docusoaps and reality TV currently in vogue.’
    • ‘The rector has been inundated with letters, e-mails and telephone calls from people who have watched him in the docusoap.’
    • ‘So are quiz shows of today another fad, a favourite of the nation, just like docusoaps were 2 or 3 years ago?’
    • ‘In the same way the docusoap was big five years ago, now you can't move for people buying one another's houses and doing them up.’


1990s: from docu- + soap.