Following rumours that ITV was creating a Canadian version of Coronation Street, the production company have confirmed that the soap will not be remade for Canada, but a source confirmed that they are developing a new soap based in Toronto.
A newspaper report had initially claimed that the popular soap, which won best serial drama at this year’s National Television Awards, would be remade for a Canadian audience, set in Toronto. However, a source confirmed that the show was not moving abroad.
“Coronation Street is already shown in Canada,” a source told Mirror Online. “So we are not remaking Corrie.” The show has a large international following as it is screened in over 60 countries worldwide, Canada included.
That’s not to say that a Canadian soap has been completely ruled out. “ITV studios are helping to develop a new show,” added the source. “A domestic Canadian soap. The process of these things is quite lengthy.”
It’s been an emotional time for fans of the show, who were left devastated by the loss of character Hayley Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh. The 43-year-old actress won best soap performance at this year’s National Television Awards. She beat fellow actor David Neilson, who plays her on-screen husband Roy, but the pair accepted the award together.
“We said that if either of us were lucky enough to get this tonight we would come up together,” she told the audience. “Because there ain’t no Roy without Hayley and there ain’t no Hayley without Roy.”
Julie’s departure is the first of the year, with Michelle Keegan preparing to leave the soap in which she plays Tina McIntyre. "Corrie is all I've know since I got into acting," the 26-year-old said. "I'm really excited because it's going to be a massive, explosive ending.”