|This article is written
from the Real World
point of view.
Australia, a Commonwealth of Nations country and continent of about 21 million people, is occasionally mentioned in the script of "Coronation Street". A handy place to send characters so that viewers don't expect to see them again, or to dredge up "long-lost" relatives without having to explain why they have not been mentioned before.
It has also produced the occasional actor or other production worker.
The show was first shown in Australia in 1963 and by 1966 it was more popular there than in the UK. The show left free to view television in Australia by 1983 but is still shown on the UK.TV service since 1995. Nine Network ran a few episodes in 1994, 1995 and in 2000 to mark the 40th anniversary.