Corrie goes live at 50

Keith Duffy who plays Ciaran McCarthy

Coronation Street star Keith Duffy

'Coronation Street' bosses have confirmed they are working on a live episode to air in celebration of their 50th anniversary later this year.

'Coronation Street' will broadcast a live episode in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Bosses on the ITV1 soap confirmed the plans in a statement today (01.09.10) after cast member Keith Duffy - who plays Ciaran McCarthy - broke the news over the weekend.

When asked if a live episode was planned, he replied: "I don't know if I'm allowed to tell you this, but yes, they are!"

The official ITV statement said: "Everyone is very excited, if not to say a little nervous, about the prospect of a live episode but we felt it was fitting to go out live to the nation to celebrate such a prestigious anniversary."

Show bosses previously revealed plans to stage a dramatic tram crash to coincide with the 50th anniversary in December. Several of 'Coronation Street's most popular residents are to be wiped out after the Street's viaduct collapses, sending a tram crashing into the Weatherfield cobbles.

It is thought that the live episode will focus on the aftermath of the tragedy.

'Coronation Street' celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2000 by broadcasting an hour-long live episode with a special appearance by the Prince of Wales in a pre-recorded segment.

In February of this year, BBC soap 'EastEnders' marked its 25th anniversary with a live broadcast.


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