Coronation Street is going live again to mark ITV’s six decades on air.
The long-running soap, which previously filmed live episodes to mark its 40th and 50th anniversaries in 2000 and 2010, will broadcast live for one night in September.
The 2010 episode, which featured a dramatic tram crash, won several awards for the Manchester-set show.
Speaking about the announcement producer Stuart Blackburn said: “It’s an honour to be at the helm as Coronation Street goes live once more. We’ve a reputation to uphold after the success of the tram crash and I’m going to enjoy working with the storyliners and writers as we plot stories for our live episode in 2015. We’ll be doing all we can to eclipse what’s gone before.”
The executive producer, Kieran Roberts, added: “We’re delighted to be marking ITV’s 60th anniversary with a live episode from Coronation Street’s brilliant new studios and set.
“We’re immensely proud of our new home and it’s been the most amazing first year of production. The cast, writers, and production team are exhilarated by the prospect of a live broadcast as the programme’s 50th anniversary episode was received so brilliantly by the audience.”
Its BBC rival, EastEnders, is also planning for a live show next year, to mark 30 years, when Lucy Beale’s killer will be unmasked.
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