Corrie bosses plan birthday deaths

'Coronation Street' bosses plan to kill off several of the show's best-loved character in the week leading up to their 50th birthday celebrations in December

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Coronation Street's longest-running star Bill Roache

'Coronation Street' bosses will kill several best-loved characters as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Executives on the long-running soap - which will celebrate the landmark birthday this December - are planning their biggest-ever stunt as the Street's viaduct collapses onto the famous cobbles and leaves numerous residents fighting for their lives.

The plot will air during a week of special episodes leading up to the birthday on December 9.

'Coronation Street's official website reads: "Not even our cast and crew know which residents will die and the drama will continue into 2011 as the people of Weatherfield come to terms with the tragedy and the dramatic twists and turns that follow."

Executive producer Phil Collinson has promised the disaster will "rock the lives" of everyone in the show.

He said: "As we celebrate the show reaching such an incredible milestone it feels fitting that we will be screening an event of this magnitude which will affect the lives of all the residents of 'Coronation Street'.

"We'll be using all the wonders of modern television production to bring you a disaster that will rock the lives of everyone in Weatherfield. At the heart of the drama, though, will be ordinary people on an ordinary street battling adversity - the template for the programme created by Tony Warren 50 years ago."

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