Coronation Street is to broadcast a live episode in September, marking ITV’s 60 years of broadcasting.
The special episode will be filmed at Coronation Street’s new state-of-the-art production base on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal overlooking MediaCity in Salford.
Coronation Street’s executive producer Kieran Roberts said: “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.”
Coronation Street series producer Stuart Blackburn, who oversaw Emmerdale’s live special to celebrate the drama’s 40th anniversary in 2012, will mastermind the live episode while continuing to run the soap.
His production team will pre-record episodes across the summer of 2015 which will dovetail into the live episode in September.
“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.”
Earlier this year, EastEnders announced Lucy Beale’s killer would be unmasked during a live episode to mark the show’s 30th anniversary in February.