Belfast Telegraph

Corrie live for 50th anniversary

Coronation Street will mark its landmark 50th anniversary with an hour-long live episode - featuring death, destruction and further misery in the aftermath of the tram horror.

Viewers will be on the edge of their seats with a further two deaths during the show, just hours after long-serving character Ashley Peacock's demise.

The programme will be the first live edition for a decade and features a cast of 65, with more than 300 crew members working on the show.

Ashley (Steven Arnold) was seen being crushed to death - leaving the programme after 14 years. And viewers are still unclear whether Nick Tilsley and Peter Barlow will survive after highly-charged scenes in which The Joinery bar collapsed.

Weatherfield has been rocked by an explosion and tram crash which has dominated the soap throughout the week.

Street bosses are ratcheting up the excitement and putting their cast and crew to the test by broadcasting the show live from the Manchester studio.

As a back-up, programme-makers have also recorded a run-though to play out in case of any hitches.

Producer Phil Collinson said: "We are pre-recording the dress rehearsal so we have something to switch over to in the event of something terrible happening technically. We won't need to do that - we didn't need to do it before."

The show's last live broadcast was screened to mark the 40th anniversary of the world's longest-running TV series.

Producers have also taken precautions in case troublemakers try to sabotage the episode.

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