Emmerdale appoint Corrie director for live episode

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Emmerdale actress Charlotte Bellamy

'Emmerdale' bosses have hired Tony Prescott, the director of Coronation Street's live tram crash episode, to take charge of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

'Emmerdale' bosses have hired the director of Coronation Street's tram crash episode to take charge of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

The Yorkshire soap is planning to work live on location later this year to mark 40 years on screen and have enlisted Tony Prescott to direct the episode following his success taking the helm of the Manchester show for their live episode on 2010.

'Emmerdale' producer Stuart Blackburn said: "The entire episode is going to be shot on location at the village set in the Yorkshire Dales.

"We are aware we may be presented with one or two challenges and couldn't think of a better director to tackle them."

Tony is delighted to be taking charge of the "ambitious" episode.

He said: "It's a great honour to be asked to direct Emmerdale's 40th anniversary episode.

"It is ambitious and will mirror the aspirations that have made the drama so successful."

Stuart recently admitted there are no stunts planned for the live episode, but promised viewers they are still in for a treat.

He said: "We're not going down the line of stunts for the anniversary. However, there will be two or three momentous things that we're going to try to keep under our hats. I think the biggest gift we can give our audience is surprise. We want people to say, 'Wow - did I just see that? Has that really happened?'

"So we really hope everyone will play along with us. Spoilers can often help to build up excitement, but in this case, it would be great if we could have two or three surprises that the audience didn't see coming at all."

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