Emmerdale's live 40th anniversary episode...by numbers

As anticipation mounts ahead of the soap's birthday, we break down the statistics involved in bringing this special show to life

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Emmerdale's live 40th anniversary episode...by numbers
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David Brown

Emmerdale is marking its 40th birthday with a special live episode on Wednesday 17 October and, as series producer Stuart Blackburn told RadioTimes.com, the event will be quite a challenge: 

“We’re in a field, on a hill, in Yorkshire, in October, at night. There’s an element of insanity about it,” he said. 

So, what exactly is needed to bring this anniversary offering to life? Here are the behind-the-scenes statistics:

1 stunt co-ordinator will be on set, as the cast will bravely be doing their own stunts. 

4 golf buggies will be powered up to transport the cast around the village. And actors have approximately a maximum of 4 minutes to change and move between sets. 

4 newborn babies will be on set. 

5 generators will be used to power the village. 

6 versions of the live episode script have so far been produced. 

7 wedding dresses will be made available to cast members. 

20 rain deflectors for the cameras will be on standby in case of extreme weather. 

23 make-up artists, 26 prop assistants, 27 cameras and 30 costume staff are needed for this single hour of drama.

61 cast members are to feature. 

70 crew members will be at work, a figure that’s almost double those needed on a regular Emmerdale shooting day. 

110 hours of rehearsal time will be given over in the lead-up to the big day, which breaks down at 10 hours a day for 11 days.

350 supporting artistes will be required. 

How many fingers will be crossed on the night in question is anyone’s guess!

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