New Coronation Street cast photo released ahead of tonight’s live episode

A total of 47 cast members will be involved in this evening's hour-long special

Following two weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Coronation Street is ready to go live at 7.30pm tonight on ITV.

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Before transmission, the 47 cast members involved in the hour-long special will have had four full run-throughs, including a final dress rehearsal today, before going live to the nation.

Characters key to the episode include Sarah (Tina O’Brien) and drug dealer Callum (Sean Ward), whose confrontation at the close of Monday’s visit to Weatherfield will continue at the start of this evening’s instalment.

Rival BBC1 soap EastEnders – who went live over its 30th anniversary back in February – have issued a good luck message via Twitter. 

And Corrie fans will get the chance to go behind the scenes as the soap airs, thanks to 11 hidden cameras that have been rigged in and around the set. Viewers will have the chance to see the cast and crew at work during the live episode.

One lucky Corrie devotee will even get their Tweet or Facebook message written on an empty blackboard in the Rovers Return.

And a poll will give those watching the chance to choose what gets played on the pub’s jukebox at Andrea and Lloyd’s leaving party.

Click here to get the full-size cast image

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.

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