I realize that Coronation Street may not be an SOD subject, but it should be. Just wondering if anyone out there watches this show and would like some thoughts on it
Quote:I realize that Coronation Street may not be an SOD subject, but it should be. Just wondering if anyone out there watches this show and would like some thoughts on it Grandma, I've never heard of this soap. Is it a Canadian broadcast? In the past I have been able to watch a few soaps on BBC America that aren't on our usual stations and I love the differences. What kind of setting does "Coronation Street" have?
Quote:Quote:I realize that Coronation Street may not be an SOD subject, but it should be. Just wondering if anyone out there watches this show and would like some thoughts on it Grandma, I've never heard of this soap. Is it a Canadian broadcast? In the past I have been able to watch a few soaps on BBC America that aren't on our usual stations and I love the differences. What kind of setting does "Coronation Street" have? Hey Glossy, yes Coronation Street is a CBC T.V. program I watch, however I think you might be able to get it through BBC since the setting is in England. This show has been on probably longer than any other Soap in history. My grandma use to listen to it on the BBC radio.What I really like about it is that is more based on the common man and his problems. No one on the show is super rich everyone is a plain old working class grunt.Actually you may be able to get more info on the following website:www.cbc.ca/coronationyou can actually watch some of the shows and it would give some idea. You might even figure out why I like it so much.I actually started watching one Sunday morning cause there was nothing else on, and I got hooked just like my grandma did.Anyway hope this answers your question.
Hi,I'm from the UK and enjoy those soaps and I also enjoy watching the US soaps on You Tube and think it is a shame that there have been a number of your soaps cancelled over the years.Just thought I'd give you some info regarding Coronation Street - people since the 1990's probably refer to it as Corrie.Coronation Street is filmed in a place called Manchester - which is about 15 miles from where I live and it has its own purpose built exterior set at the studios and a large studio for the interior scenes - so for instance, when someone goes in the pub from the outside, it is just an empty shell and then the interiors are done later at the large studio which is attached.The show is not the longest soap in history - I think that would probably be Guiding Light as Corrie started on 9th December 1960 and it is a channel called ITV. Whereas the BBC is funded by us paying a licence fee, ITV is funded by advertisers paying to show their commercials in the breaks.There is one original cast member in Corrie called Ken Barlow and there is a common misconception - think it was even printed in the Guinness Book of Records - that he is the longest running soap star in the world, but that is not true as I think the man who played a member of the Hughes family in ATWT started in early 1960 and has never had a break. The lady who played Nancy doesnt count I dont think as although she was in it from the start in the 50's, she has not had an interrupted service.Corrie is one of 4 major soaps in the UK - there are also Emmerdale; set in Yorkshire - also on ITV (I have just finished work experience on it working in the camera department), EastEnders; set in London and Corries great rival - on BBC TV and Hollyoaks which is on Channel 4 -another commercial station.There isnt as much pressure on Eastenders to get ratings as they dont have advertisers to answer to when there are low ratings but I suppose there is pressure as it would be axed eventually if people werent tuning in.Hollyoaks gets the lowest ratings but they are acceptable as it is a minority station.Like your soaps, coz of multi-channels we have now, the ratings are not a patch on what they were.
Sorry, forgot to add that Coronation Street was never on radio; always the tv, but there is a poplular radio soap called 'The Archers' since 1950/51 but I guess this still doesnt beat Guiding Light coz although GL is not now on radio it has existed in one form or another since the 30s.
Jaytee, that was some interesting info. I have watched EastEnders and Hollyoaks. They both used to be on either BBC America or our Public Broadcasting System. I really loved both of them. They seemed to be more real than most of the soaps we see in the U.S. The characters didn't all have to look like models and be rich and glamorous, which was really refreshing, but it was easy to get involved in the storylines. I don't have either available anymore, but I sure wish I did.
Quote:I realize that Coronation Street may not be an SOD subject, but it should be. Just wondering if anyone out there watches this show and would like some thoughts on it Hi, grandma53! I think a discussion of CORONATION STREET would fit nicely in our new "Off Topic" thread -- which is meant to be a place to discuss programs that are not specifically related to daytime TV (in the U.S.). So feel free to start a conversation there!
Quote:Sorry, forgot to add that Coronation Street was never on radio; always the tv, but there is a poplular radio soap called 'The Archers' since 1950/51 but I guess this still doesnt beat Guiding Light coz although GL is not now on radio it has existed in one form or another since the 30s. Thank you so much for the history lesson just started watching about 9 years ago, just remember my grandma loving the show.But I got to tell ya have watched the Eastenders, not to keen on it, but to love Coronation Street it is so down to earth and unlike the U. S. soap is not based on money, but on real life without over exaggerating things. Don't get me wrong our soaps are based on real life situations that occur in everyday life they just make larger than life itself.
Actually, Joe is wrong. LOL. Coronation Street discussion can absolutely stay here in the Misc. board because it IS a longstanding soap, albeit not a U.S. one.
(Clearly we're still working out our kinks and figuring out what goes where. Bear with us.)
Quote:Actually, Joe is wrong. LOL. Coronation Street discussion can absolutely stay here in the Misc. board because it IS a longstanding soap, albeit not a U.S. one.(Clearly we're still working out our kinks and figuring out what goes where. Bear with us.) Thanks for the info. I will be patient and wait to see where the discussion for Coronation Street will fit. I am just glad that there are people out there other than myself especially in the U. S. that recognize this as a very long running and would like to discuss many of the topics.I look forward to finding out where it belongs and have forums on it.
Few more bits of info re: Coronation Street.With Coronation Street being set in the North of England - compared with EastEnders being down south in London; people are generally different - they say people in the North are more friendly and in London people are 'always in a hurry' and dont have time to speak to people. I dont really know if this is a stereotypical myth really. I suppose these variations are highlighted though with the characters in the different shows.Anyway, for those of you who have watched Corrie; I dont know how far behind the UK you are but I imagine you cant be that far behind that you have not seen a character called Peter Barlow.The character has been played by several people but one person has played him on and off since 2000 but when I saw the latest actor in 2000, I remembered him from two shows I loved when I was growing up in the 80's and I had not seen him on anything since until Corrie.In 2005, after he had left the show, I saw him in a pub in Manchester and I am not one of these celebrity stalkers lol but I had had a few drinks and had the 'dutch courage' to approach him. When I did do I sensed from the look on his face that he was sick of talking about Corrie but I mentioned these two programmes I remembered when I was a child and I recounted them to him and he was amazed and said I had a better memory than him! lol - he was a really decent person and we ended up chatting for an hour or so and he did mention Corrie and said he would never go back because it is like working in a factory - meaning the number of scenes that need to be filmed; quick turnaround; long hours etc....I have read a month or so ago that he is going back on a long contract and he has been back briefly since our conversation - so like anything; money talks! lol.With realism, I think that although Coronation Street and Eastenders; and the other UK soaps are slightly more realistic than American soaps, they are still unrealistic when; for example, you consider that everyone is always in the pub as a meeting place and the amount of bad things that happen to each character.We have our own daytime soap opera - not a major soap and as only confined to a doctors surgery it is not a true soap - but it unimaginatevely called 'Doctors' and it is quite entertaining but another issue with realism is that a character walks into the surgery and can be seen straight away without having an appointment - if only that were true in real life lol.
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