please note no spoilers were used in the preparation of this post
It's finally happened!
CBC's French language television network, Radio-Canada, has announced that Coronation Street will be broadcast in French starting in the fall of 2014.
According to a news release, Radio-Canada spokesperson Suzanne Vide said the decision follows the unprecedented success of Downton Abbey currently in its third season on the French network.
"Coronation Street is just like Downton Abbey," said Ms. Vide. "But without the beautiful costumes, magnificent mansions, conspicuous wealth and refined accents. It's a no-brainer."
Of course there will be some minor modifications as producers rush to adapt the working-class Manchester series to the Radio-Canada audience. 'Rue Coronation', as it will be known, will feature all the familiar characters and locales including the Retour des Nomades (Rovers Return) and 'Rouge Desastre' (Red Rec) to name a few.
Certain phrases will also be adapted, For example, the term 'legover' will become a 'jambe-on'. Similarly 'skinful' will be known as 'peau de vin'. Some character names will be changed as well. Norris will be known as 'Monsieur Niaiseux' (or Mr. Annoying) and the Barlow's dog, Eccles, will be called 'Poutine'.
Rue Coronation debuts on Radio-Canada on April 1, otherwise known as April Fool's day.