'Coronation Street' Live Episode Planned As Part Of 60th Anniversary Celebrations

'Corrie' To Go Live For 60th Anniversary

'Coronation Street' is set to go live in a one-off episode to celebrate the ITV soap's 60th year on the box, it has been revealed.


The special episode will be filmed at Corrie's new state-of-the-art production base on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal overlooking MediaCity in Salford.

The all-live episode is due to hit our screens in September 2015.

The cast of 'Coronation Street'

The decision to mark Coronation Street's 60th year with a live special comes after Emmerdale's live transmission to mark its 40th anniversary in 2012.

Rival BBC soap 'EastEnders' has also treated viewers to a live episode in the past.

Executive Producer Kieran Roberts, said: “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."

New Corrie set

New Coronation Street Set

Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn will mastermind the live episode whilst continuing to oversee 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 honour to be at the helm as Coronation Street goes live once more,” Stuart said.

“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."

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