Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Coronation Street live episode for ITV's 60th birthday

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog November 2014, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Coronation Street is going LIVE for a special episode in celebration of ITV's 60th Anniversary.

Speaking today at the Salford Media Festival, ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham will confirm Coronation Street is to broadcast a live episode in 2015 from its new production base in Trafford, Manchester.

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, and will mark ITV’s 60 years on air.

Cast, crew and writers have received the news this morning (19 November) ahead of the announcement. The live episode will broadcast in September 2015 and will ensure viewers are tantalised by storylines reaching a dramatic climax.

"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 whilst continuing to oversee 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,” said Stuart.

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Anonymous said...

Since Corrie will not be shown on Christmas in Canada, and ITV is showing an extra hour long episode on Christmas in the UK, am I correct in assuming that this will then put us an hour and a half further behind, compared to the mere week behind that we've been since early October? Is the CBC making any plan to add extra episodes any time soon?

Tvor said...

I've asked CBC and they say no plans to catch up. We will only be one hour (i.e. one day or two more episodes) behind due to there only being one episode on the 19th of December (I think it was). Therefore as of New Year's week, the Friday episode on our week will be the one from the Wednesday before in the UK. For example, Friday January 9 in Canada shows the episode aired on December 31 (New YEar's Eve, a Wednesday) and so on.

missusmac said...

Compared to the months long lag there used to be, I am absolutely okay with the time lag!

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