Emmerdale's 40th anniversary live episode director confirmed

Emmerdale's 40th anniversary live episode will be directed by Tony Prescott.

To mark the fourth decade of the Yorkshire drama, the soap is to screen a special one-off live edition.

Prescott directed Coronation Street's 50th anniversary live tram crash special, for which he won a BAFTA.

He also shot the Weatherfield's live 40th anniversary edition in 2000.

Emmerdale's series producer Stuart Blackburn said in a statement: "The entire live episode is going to be shot on location at the Emmerdale village set in the Yorkshire Dales.

"We are aware we may be presented with one or two challenges and couldn't think of a better director to tackle them.

"We are delighted Tony has agreed to be part of Emmerdale's 40th celebrations."

Meanwhile, Prescott said: "It's a great honour to be asked to direct Emmerdale's 40th anniversary episode.

"It is highly ambitious and will mirror the great aspirations that have made the drama so successful. This will be a celebration of all the superb art and craft that exists here in Yorkshire."

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