Corrie, Emmerdale and EastEnders Broadcast Their First-Ever Crossover Soap Story
Casualty, Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City and Hollyoaks will come together to broadcast a special story on climate change, which airs the first week of November.
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Coronation Street, EastEnders, and Emmerdale are among a number of soaps joined together in their first crossover episode.
The theme of the story will focus on climate change and will start broadcasting from 1 November.
Soap queen Sharon Marshall appeared this morning to announce the news, calling it “amazing.”
She told the hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield: “It’s the first time it’s ever been done. In November we’ll have the world’s first crossover soap. Now for the first time, all five British soaps – and our ongoing drama – are all going to come together and tell the same story in Same time. That story is going to be climate change.”
Among those involved include losses, Coronation Streetand Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City, and Hollyoaks.
She continued, “All these people have been secretly talking about it for months and months to get this job done and what they’re going to do each one of them is shoot a scene, have a reference that’s going to cover a different aspect of the climate. Change and — that’s the fun thing — soap first.”
“You’ll see all the shows make a gesture to the other and characters will start appearing from one soap into another soap on the screen. Never before.”
A video on social media will also feature two Emmerdale residents featuring Corrie characters, while one of the star doctors will feature Corrie characters.
Meanwhile, losses will be discussed at The Woolpack and a social media clip from Weatherfield will be talked about in The Queen Vic.
Jane Hudson, executive producer at Emmerdale, came up with the idea and was in touch with other soap producers.
She said, “Never before have all five entertaining series and ongoing drama come together to tell one story. We certainly haven’t seen the characters appear on other shows before. This is a real treat for our audience, while also allowing us to deliver a very important message.”
While BBC Studios Head of Continuing Drama, Kate Oates, said: “I am thrilled that our dramas and drama series have come together to help shine a light on the issue of climate change among our millions of viewers. We are grateful to the teams that made this happen, and we very much look forward to seeing the talent of our own shows appearing on other iconic shows.”
Lucy Allen, President of Hollyoaks added: “We know how important climate change and environmental issues are to our young audience and all viewers of the series. It’s been great working together in an engaging way, and we hope it inspires conversations about issues of relevance.”
*The Big Week will begin broadcasting on November 1st.