Corrie – 50 years young today – goes live tonight

Coronation Street will mark its 50th anniversary with an hour-long live episode tonight, featuring death, destruction and the aftermath of the tram crash.

Viewers will be on the edge of their seats with a further two deaths during the show, just hours after appearing to see long-serving character Ashley Peacock’s demise.

The programme will be the first live edition for a decade and features a cast of 65, with more than 300 crew members working on the show.

Ashley (Steven Arnold) was seen apparently being crushed to death on Wednesday. And viewers are still unclear whether Nick Tilsley and Peter Barlow will survive after highly-charged scenes in which The Joinery bar collapsed.

Weatherfield has been rocked by an explosion and tram crash which has dominated the soap throughout the week.

Street bosses are ramping up the excitement and putting their cast and crew to the test by broadcasting the show live from the Manchester studio.

As a back-up, programme-makers have also recorded a run-though to play out in case of any hitches.

Producer Phil Collinson said: “We are pre-recording the dress rehearsal so we have something to switch over to in the event of something terrible happening technically. We won’t need to do that – we didn’t need to do it before.”

The show’s last live broadcast was screened to mark the 40th anniversary of the world’s longest-running TV series in 2000.

Producers have also taken precautions in case troublemakers try to sabotage the episode.

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