Emmerdale stars start live rehearsals

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 October 2012

Emmerdale's 40th anniversary

'Emmerdale' stars have begun rehearsing for the soap's upcoming live episode, which will be aired later this month as part of the show's 40th wedding anniversary celebrations

'Emmerdale' stars have begun rehearsing for the soap's upcoming live episode.

The ITV1 soap is celebrating its 40th anniversary later this month with an hour-long special and cast and crew had their first practice runs yesterday (02.10.12).

Lucy Pargeter, who plays Chas Dingle, tweeted last night: "#EmmerdaleLive 1st day of rehearsals done!!!!! WOW, OUCH and hope your gonna love it??? And relax... (sic)"

Sian Reese-Williams - who plays Gennie Walker - added: "I think it's hit me today. YIKES. (sic)"

The cast and crew will have 11 days of rehearsals for the live episode in total, working for 10 hours across each of the days and 'Emmerdale Live' director Tony Prescott admits it's a challenge.

He said: "The problem we have with trying to create a rehearsal schedule for something like this is that 'Emmerdale' is a serial drama. If we take that time out of the schedule, when do the other episodes get made?

"It would be nice to have a lot more time to rehearse, but [series producer] Stuart Blackburn has distinctly said, 'There is no point in doing a live and getting an audience bounce of millions if we don't produce the same drama the following night'.

"Producing the drama that will play out following the live is just as important as the live."

Emmerdale's 40th anniversary week kicks off on Monday October 15 and show bosses have confirmed that a popular character will be killed off in the live episode.

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