Coronation Street boss Stuart Blackburn has revealed that the soap’s upcoming live episode will rely upon strong storytelling rather than set-piece stunts – and that the Platt family will be at the centre of the drama.
Corrie is set to air a 60-minute live instalment written by Debbie Oates in September to tie in with ITV’s 60th anniversary celebrations. And fans should be braced for plenty of emotive action featuring drug dealer Callum’s battle with the Platts.
After promising a “back to basics” approach and recognising that the event would be “a huge challenge”, producer Blackburn said that he wanted to capture the essence of what Corrie is before adding:
“At he heart of all this is going to be the Platts and their ongoing feud between the good guys – and whoever thought David Platt would be one of the good guys? – and Callum.
“It’s going to be full of shocks and twists and really will make everything that has come before look like a prologue.
“Decisions are going to be made that start with Sarah stupidly thinking she can get one over on Callum. From that point on, all decisions will have ripple effects for years to come. And that’s not just hyperbole. It will happen.
Blackburn also revealed that Roy and Cathy’s tentative pairing is to be “put under huge threat” after the pair hit a key moment in their relationship.
Recognising that getting Roy romantically involved with another character following the death of soulmate Hayley had been tricky, he said:
“It’s been a tough one for us to do because the memory of Hayley is still so fresh. And yes, we want Roy to be happy. But do we want him to be happy now with somebody other than Hayley?
“Well, I think the answer is yes. Whether it happens or not is up for grabs.”
Amid the drama, there will be light relief in the form of Sally and Tim, described by Blackburn as “the gift that keeps on giving”.
Viewers know that Sally recently shared a clandestine kiss with former husband Kevin and it appears that her new fiancé will not remain in the dark for much longer.
“The secret will come out. The live episode is the week before Sally and Tim’s wedding. And when did a soap wedding ever go to plan?”
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.