Emmerdale to celebrate 40th anniversary with live episode

Special edition of the soap will be broadcast as part of a week-long celebration in October

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The first ever live episode of Emmerdale will be broadcast this October in celebration of the soap’s 40th birthday.

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Series producer Stuart Blackburn has confirmed that the special episode will make up part of a week-long celebration of the soap’s four decades on air, which he describes as “must-see TV featuring two weddings, one of which will be the most unexpected we have ever seen, plus the birth of two babies.”

Emmerdale is the last of the big three British TV soap operas to produce a live edition. Coronation Street, which began life as a live show, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2000 and 50th anniversary in 2010 with live broadcasts.  It’s BBC rival, EastEnders, marked its 25th birthday with a 30-minute special, live from Walford.

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Details of the date, content and length of the episode will be released soon.