Emmerdale‘s live anniversary show has been ‘a logistical and financial nightmare’ to plan, the soap’s producer has revealed.
The ITV1 soap is celebrating its 40th birthday with a dramatic hour-long live show, filmed on location, on Wednesday, October 17.
Producer Stuart Blackburn told BBC News: “All the other live episodes (on EastEnders and Coronation Street) have been based around a studio so obviously all their resources were there – all the equipment’s there, all the power’s there, the canteen’s there.
“Things like the make-up and costume departments are there. They’re not here [in the village]. Every single thing has to be brought in – the generators and entire departments from Emmerdale have got to be moved up here. We’ve got to feed the extras and transport them up here. It’s a logistical and financial nightmare at every single level.”
Stuart is hoping the gripping events on the live episode – which will include the wedding of Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) – will attract new viewers to the show.
“If the irregular viewers come, and the curious – those that only watch live episodes to see if the actors mess up – that’s great,” he said.
“If we can get new viewers and viewers who haven’t been with us for a while, I’m convinced they’ll look at it and go ‘Wow, that’s a really good drama.'”