|This article is written
from the Real World
point of view.
Canada, a Commonwealth of Nations country in northern North America, of about 35 million people, is occasionally mentioned in the script of "Coronation Street". It's 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 1960s in Ottawa and then on CBC when the first 260 episodes were sold to that company in April 1966. There were some episodes which ran in the 1970s on CTV, most repeats from the 1960s. 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 31st 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 1970s and much of the 1980s. As a result, numerous episodes from 1987-1988 were skipped in the early 1990s 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 episodes (including some from the Deirdre Rachid prison storyline) were again skipped for similar reasoning.
It now runs on CBC, one week behind the UK.