Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Corrie fans left on tenterhooks

Molly Dobbs, played by Vicky Binns, became the second victim of this week's tram disaster
Molly Dobbs, played by Vicky Binns, became the second victim of this week's tram disaster

A live hour-long episode of Coronation Street marking its 50th anniversary passed smoothly as the cast acted out the aftermath of a dramatic tram crash.

Sixty-five actors and actresses and a crew of 300 were involved in Thursday night's highly-anticipated production, which featured a death, a birth and a wedding.

Molly Dobbs, played by Vicky Binns, became the second victim of this week's tram disaster after finally confessing to Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) that her husband, Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) was the father of her baby, Jack.

Viewers also saw Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) give birth to a premature baby girl and a seriously-injured Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) married Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) from his hospital bed before flatlining, leaving fans to wonder if he would survive.

The transmission came after months of feverish speculation about who would die when an explosion rocked the Joinery and caused a tram to career on to the cobbles in the soap's anniversary week.

It appeared to go smoothly, with barely a fluffed line from the cast, but fans on Twitter wondered whether they had spotted disabled Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) standing up from her wheelchair.

Programme-makers pre-recorded a dress rehearsal as a back-up in case of a technical emergency, and police were drafted in to make sure the event was secure.

A show spokesman said the episode was transmitted "absolutely live" and there was no need to revert to the pre-recorded run-through.

In a further revelation during the nail-biting episode, paramedics found that Charlotte Hoyle (Becky Hindley) had a pulse after a frantic John Stape (Graeme Hawley), who had clobbered her with a hammer, tried to pass her off as a victim of the tram crash.

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