Is Casualty about to follow in the footsteps of such soaps as Coronation Street and EastEnders and do a live episode?
Speaking tonight at a press event to mark the medical drama’s 30th anniversary, executive producer Oliver Kent revealed that he was up for the idea.
“I would absolutely love to do a live episode,” said the show boss, before adding, “but I don’t think its likely. The problem is that everyone else already has. So it would be difficult to do one and not be compared. Plus, how on earth do you do a live stunt?”
Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Connie (Amanda Mealing) in BBC1’s Casualty
Casualty’s one-time US counterpart ER did attempt a live episode back in 1997 with a plotline that saw the emergency department staff filmed for a PBS documentary. A 2005 live episode of The West Wing centred around a presidential debate between two candidates played by Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda.
In the UK, The Bill, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale have all featured live specials, the most recent being a Corrie episode in September 2015 to mark ITV’s 60th anniversary.
However, despite Kent appearing to rule out a similar move on the part of Casualty, fans of the drama perhaps shouldn’t give up hope just yet:
“It’s something that we talk about from time to time and I get very excited about it,” he said. And then I get quite rightly told to shut up because it’s silly.”
You can watch the trailer for Casualty’s 30th anniversary episode below