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New Zealand is one of the countries where "Coro" is regularly broadcast. It started in 1964. There was a huge outcry when the State-owned channel proposed to stop broadcasting it.

Behind UKEdit

For several years it got an hour (including commercial breaks and a weather forecast) every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm. There were catch-up periods when it screened on Wednesdays too. Because the UK had started getting five episodes a week, New Zealand started falling further behind.

New Zealand is still over a year behind Britain with "Coro" episodes. (Canada is only 9 months behind.) Vernon Tomlin proposed to Liz McDonald on 3 June 2008, as far as New Zealanders are concerned, but it was really 13 April 2007.

However, TV1 has recently upped its game. In 2017 Coro started getting six episodes a week - an hour on three consecutive days. But as the UK has been getting six per week for some time, that was not a catch-up. In a memorable week early in May 2018, there were seven episodes. TVNZ's website hinted that there might be more such weeks.
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Recently TV ONE started broadcasting an omnibus edition at noon on Saturdays covering the previous week.

Important change, 2018Edit

Around 10 May 2018, TVNZ announced a real almost-catch-up. On 10 June at 8:30pm there will be a 2-hour show covering most of the significant screen events in the 400-odd episodes that we are behind: births, deaths, marriages, breakups. Then a week or two after that we will be getting six episodes a week, at about 9:30pm three days a week, only one week behind the UK.

For Kiwis who want to catch up more slowly, the currently-airing episodes will continue with an hour at 1pm every weekday, which will catch up in a little over 2 years if nothing changes.

More precise details at tvnz.co.nz/coro and on the Coronation Street Wikia.

On-screenEdit

New Zealand is occasionally mentioned in the script. 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.


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