Coronation Street will broadcast a live episode in 2015 from its new production base in Trafford, Manchester it has been confirmed.
The special episode will mark ITV’s 60 years on air and has been confirmed by ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham who will talk more about it at the Salford Media Festival today.
“We’re delighted to be marking ITV’s 60th anniversary with a live episode from Coronation Street’s brilliant new studios and set,” said Executive Producer Kieran Roberts.
“We’re immensely proud of our new home and it’s been the most amazing first year of production. The cast, writers, and production team are exhilarated by the prospect of a live broadcast as the programme’s 50th anniversary episode was received so brilliantly by the audience,” he added.
Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn, who produced Emmerdale’s live special to celebrate the drama’s 40th anniversary in 2012, will mastermind Coronation Street’s live episode.
“It’s an honour to be at the helm as Coronation Street goes live once more,” said Stuart. “We’ve a reputation to uphold after the success of the tram crash and I’m going to enjoy working with the storyliners and writers as we plot stories for our live episode in 2015. We’ll be doing all we can to eclipse what’s gone before,” said Stuart.
The live episode will be broadcast in September 2015 and will feature the dramatic climax to some ongoing storylines.