Popular streaming site Hulu announced last week that they have officially acquired the popular, long-running soap opera Coronation Street for broadcast in America. The site started streaming the drama for free online as of January 15 and already has over twenty episodes available, with more to come. Affectionately referred to as Corrie by its fans, the soap chronicles the lives and loves of the residents of Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on a real place in Greater Manchester. The series premiered in 1960 and has been something of a British institution ever since.
Episodes are currently being posted about two weeks behind the UK timetable, which isn’t bad at all – though there are no current plans to add archival episodes to the mix.
Downton Abbey’s Rob Thomas-Collier was once a star on Coronation Street and other faces you may recognize who have appeared on the show in years past include Bernard Cribbins, Patrick Troughton, Kevin Whatley, Suranne Jones and more. (Even Prince Charles has made a cameo.) Celebrities ranging from Sir Anthony Hopkins to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch have all admitted that they are addicted to the show’s twists and turns. That’s good enough for me!
This is the third British program that Hulu has contracted to offer to American audiences. The most recent seasons of The Thick of It and Misfits have both streamed day-and-date here in America. While, yes, we’ll have to adjust to still being a tiny bit behind on Corrie, the fact that Hulu’s experiment with putting UK programming online is clearly seen as successful business model for the video streaming site so far – well, that’s certainly something to be celebrated. Who knows what else we might see pop up there in the future. Keep your fingers crossed!
Are any of you Coronation Street fans? I might actually try it out for myself now that it's so easily available. (Though I suppose I am going to need to do some research on who all the characters are!)