Emmerdale to mark anniversary with live episode

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 May 2011
Emmerdale star Sammy Winward

Emmerdale star Sammy Winward

'Emmerdale' will mark its 40th anniversary with a live episode and bosses are already planning dramatic plots that will reach a climax in next year's show

'Emmerdale' will mark its 40th anniversary with a live episode.

The ITV1 soap wants to follow in the footsteps of its rivals 'Coronation Street' and 'EastEnders' by airing a completely live episode and bosses are planning several dramatic plots that will reach a climax in next year's show.

'Coronation Street' director Tony Prescott - who masterminded last year's live 50th anniversary show when Weatherfield was hit by a tram crash - has been recruited for the show and says he can't wait to get to work.

He revealed: "I would love to do more live drama on TV. Television as an event is the future. Look at shows like 'The X Factor' - all the biggest grossing shows are now live."

Although the final plot has yet to be decided, bosses are lining up something spectacular for the cast, which includes Sammy Winward (Katie Sugden).

A source told The Sun newspaper: "No storylines have been decided yet. Bosses want a big surprise and a big disaster. 'Corrie' pushed the limits with their lives stunts last year."

'Emmerdale' was first aired in 1972 as 'Emmerdale Farm' but was given a massive shake-up in 1993 when a plane crashed into the sleep Yorkshire village.

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