Emmerdale to air live episode for 40th anniversary

Emmerdale is to broadcast a live episode for its 40th anniversary.

The broadcast will take place in October to celebrated the soap's birthday.

Show stars Jason Merrells and Gaynor Faye, who plays Declan and Megan Macey, revealed the news at the British Soap Awards.

Merrells told Digital Spy: "We've got the 40th anniversary of the show [coming up], it's got a live ep so everybody's positive about that.

"It should be pretty good, the stories are getting stronger and everything's hotting up."

Faye add that she though the live broadcast would feature plenty of "fireworks".

She said: "None of us actually know whether we're involved or not... I think they're going to try and involve everybody because it's such a celebration and such an achievement to get to the 40th year.

"So fingers crossed everybody will be involved."

An Emmerdale spokesperson said in a statement: "In celebration of its 40th birthday, Emmerdale will be going live for the first time for an episode in October.

"Series producer Stuart Blackburn has already confirmed that the anniversary will be a week long celebration of 'must see TV featuring two weddings, one of which will be the most unexpected we have ever seen, plus the birth of two babies'.

"Further highlights and the date and length of the episode will be announced on a separate occasion."

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