|This article is written
from the Real World
point of view.
Canada, a Commonwealth of Nations country in northern North America, of about 30 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.
Coronation Street began airing in Canada in the late 1960's on CBC. There were some episodes ran in the 1970's on CTV, most repeats from the 1960's. The 2002 edition of the Guinness Book of Records recognises the 1,144 episodes sold to CBC-owned Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, TV station CBKST by Granada TV on 31 May 1971 to be the largest number of TV shows ever purchased in one transaction. CBC was extremely far behind the UK during the late 1970's and much of the 1980's. As a result, numerous episodes from 1987-1988 were skipped in the early 1990's broadcasts of Coronation Street in Canada in an attempt to catch up the UK. This lead to wide protesting. In 2001, several 1997 and 1998 (including some from the Deirdre prison storyline) episodes were again skipped for similar reasoning.
Repeats of episodes from 1989 to 1995, were shown on WTN in Canada during the late 1990's. Country Canada ran a number of 1980s episodes in 2006 before the network became Bold.