Does anyone read the Walrus? The winter issue has a good article about the Street, essentially trying to explain its appeal for outsiders in the midst of the 50th anniversary push.

For the 'too long, didn't read' crowd, here's the general gist:

  • Canadian producer Harry Elton's (former host of Cross Country Checkup) involvement in making sure the show wasn't called Florizel Street (apparently a cleaning lady thought "Florizel" sounded like the name of a disinfectant.) He convinced Granada's producers to gamble on the show.
  • Explores our national love affair with the show: "It is fair to suggest that Canadians continue to watch Corrie in such impressive numbers because the show simultaneously speaks to an entrenched anglophilia, to our working-class roots in the Empire, to a national inferiority complex and a desire to distinguish ourselves aesthetically from America's cultural imports."
  • The show is CBC's most watched "narrative program", and draws higher numbers than The National. (Wonder if Peter is sad about that?)
  • CBC General Manger Kristen Stewart goes further on Corrie's value: "We want to bring the best of the world to Canadians, and Corrie is a legacy piece. It's not just something you look back on with nostalgia; it reinvents itself. It reinvigorates. And Coronation Street fans are the most loyal, except maybe for curling viewers, of all CBC viewers."
  • Deserved praise for Corrie's writing, giving well-due recognition to the brilliant dialogue. They actually got a good quote from Corrie Canuck's John: "The show has a fifty-year history; that street is really its own universe," he says. "The script employs an awful lot of irony, and sneaks in very clever dialogue. It's one of the best-written shows on TV."

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We have the show today only because Elton's return to Canada in 1963.  He pushed CBC to bring it here and they did.  

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