I'm a huge fan of Coronation Street - the English soap opera. I've watched it for years. In Canada, we have two options for watching our fav show on CBC - 4 times a week for a half hour each, or, Sunday morning CBC shows the 2 hours in one go. The Sunday morning show is my choice and the VCR is always set to catch it on tape. I usually watch it on Sunday evening - after a day of cycling or skiing depending on the season.
In Canada, we are 7 months behind the UK. I sometime succomb to temptation and read the show spoilers on the <a href="http://www.itv.com/page.asp?partid=91">website</a>.
I can't quite explain its appeal to me - but - somehow I find it quite comforting to watch. Perhaps because the characters become almost like friends - I've watched many of them grow up. It is certainly not glamorous like the American soaps - that really what I like about it.