The Canadian soap opera that followed the love lives of diplomats
Canadian-made Foreign Affairs series hit the airwaves in the fall of 1992
The soap opera was called Foreign Affairs and it centred on the sexy world of international diplomacy.
The title had a double meaning — get it?
"The storyline focuses around the lives and loves of the people who work at the Canadian, American and Dutch embassies [in Buenos Aires]," said Midday's Kevin Newman, when describing the premise of Foreign Affairs to viewers in August of 1992.
The Argentina-set Foreign Affairs was getting set to make its debut that fall.
It was going to get a long look from viewers, as the producers had assembled 135 episodes that were ready to go to air.
Exotic setting a plus
Charles Falzon, the executive producer of Foreign Affairs, told CBC's Midday that there were compelling reasons that the diplomatic circuit would make a good setting for a soap opera.
"It's an interesting life," said Falzon.
"I mean the Canadian ambassadors around the world and the Canadian cultural attaches and press attaches lead a very exciting life because they are transformed into another location, a totally different world."
Falzon also said the international setting of the soap opera made it easier to sell to other television markets around the world.
"The international aspect has made this actually be able to travel much more than ... most of the American soaps," said Falzon.
The Canadian Press reported, in fact, that Foreign Affairs was going to be broadcast to audiences in Europe and South America, in addition to Canada and the United States.
Playing a 'sophisticated ice maiden'
Michèle Duquet was playing the role of Miranda de Mers, a cultural officer, on the forthcoming soap.
"It has a lot to do with relationships between people and love affairs and what can happen in those kinds of relationships between diplomats and the diplomatic world," she told Midday.
The CBC's Laurie Brown also wanted to know if Duquet could confirm what had been said about her character in promotional material for Foreign Affairs.
"I love the description of your character in the little bio that we got: 'Sophisticated ice maiden, her passion is there, but it lurks deep beneath her cool exterior and so far no man has been able to reach it,'" Brown said, when leading up to her question.
"I want to know, after 135 episodes, does anyone manage to reach it?"
"Oh yeah!" Duquet said, laughing while responding to the question.
'It's an exciting story'
Brown asked Falzon what the odds were that Canadians would get to see the full slate of Foreign Affairs aired.
"It's exciting, there's a lot to appeal to people to at least get them to tune in to the beginning to see what this is all about. I mean, it's exotic, it's Buenos Aires and it's international and so on," he said.
"Once they start watching, we feel that they're going to be hooked because it's an exciting story," Falzon added.
Alas, the steamy storylines of Foreign Affairs would only last for one season — though The Globe and Mail would report that all 135 episodes did air in Canada on Global.