content that is scripted and (normally) fictional. This excludes, for example, sports
and game shows
, stand-up comedy
and variety shows
. Also, by convention, the term is not generally usually used for situation comedy
or soap opera
Most dramatic programming for TV falls within other standard categories such as miniseries, made-for-TV movies or certain rather circumscribed dramatic genres.
Some examples of BBC dramatic programming would be the serials The Six Wives of Henry VIII or Our Friends in the North.