Coronation Street chiefs have whetted fans’ appetites for this month’s live episode with a thrilling trailer depicting bad boy Callum Logan in pursuit of the Platt family.
The hour-long live episode is set to hit our screens during the week of September 21, in celebration of 60 years of the famous cobbles, with drug dealing thug Callum, played by Sean Ward, at the heart of the drama.
Producer Stuart Blackburn has promised that the events of the episode will have ‘life-changing’ consequences for some street residents.
“Plans for the live episode are going really well. The important thing for me is that the central character in the episode is the Street itself and the community,” he said.
The show topped Wednesday’s ratings, pulling in an impressive 6.85 million viewers and ITV bosses will be hoping this year’s live episode will surpass previous viewing figures.
2010 was the last time we were treated to a live performance from the Street’s stars, with 15.9 million viewers tuning in to see the infamous tram crash.
Blackburn commented on how this year’s work will differ from previous showings: “It will have a different feel from the last live episode. It will feature one life-changing story, and there’ll be real danger and excitement.”
Naturally, Corrie fans have been speculating as to what could lay in store for stars of the street, particularly the ever-troubled Platt family, as months of conflict between David, Kylie and Sarah Platt – played by Jack P Shepherd, Paula Lane and Tina O’Brien – reaches boiling point.
Elsewhere, Tracy Barlow, played by Kate Ford, is once again caught up in crime as she begins to develop a conscience in the wake of last month’s fire.
There has also been speculation that the much-loved Lloyd Mullaney, played by Craig Charles and Andrea Beckett, played by Hayley Tamaddon, will be making their exits during the episode.
Old favourites Kevin and Sally Webster, played by Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor, are also embroiled in controversy during the special as Tim, played by Joe Duttine, finds out about the kiss between the two former lovers.
Ironically the last live episode was centered on Kevin’s affair with best mate Tyrone’s wife Molly.
As always with live TV, Corrie bosses will be on edge during the performance, praying that no glaring errors occur.
Of course, the increased viewing figures and publicity will make all the stress worth it as the nation’s favourite street continues to pull in the viewers.
A word of warning though, it’s probably best to steer clear of public transport during filming, just to be on the safe side!