ITV to Film Live Episode of U.K. Soap Opera ‘Coronation Street’
The special episode of the classic soap will mark ITV’s 60th anniversary
U.K. broadcaster ITV has revealed plans for a special live episode of long-running soap opera Coronation Street, which will be filmed in 2015 at its new facilities in Manchester.
The episode, announced on Wednesday, will air in September next year to celebrate the channel’s 60 years on the air.
"We’re delighted to be marking ITV’s 60th anniversary with a live episode from Coronation Street’s brilliant new studios and set,” said executive producer Kieran Roberts.
"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 program’s 50th anniversary episode was received so brilliantly by the audience,” he added.
Coronation Street last ran a live episode in 2010 to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. The storyline featured a gas explosion, tram crash and several character deaths. It attracted an average of 14 million viewers.
The new live special will be produced by series producer Stuart Blackburn, who will continue to look after the soap. His production team will pre-record episodes across the summer of 2015, which will dovetail into the live episode in September.
"It’s an honor to be at the helm as Coronation Street goes live once more," said Blackburn. "We have 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."