ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham has revealed that Coronation Street is to broadcast a live episode to mark the 60 year anniversary of the television company being on air.
Speaking today at the Salford Media Festival, he says the episode will broadcast from its new production base in Trafford, Manchester in September 2015.
Cast, crew and writers were told the news this morning ahead of the announcement.
Speaking at the broadcaster’s website, executive producer Kieran Roberts said: ”We’re delighted to be marking ITV’s 60th anniversary with a live episode from Coronation Street’s brilliant new studios and set.
”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 producer Stuart Blackburn, who produced Emmerdale’s live special to celebrate the drama’s 40th anniversary in 2012, will be in charge of the live episode as well as continuing to oversee the soap.