A wedding scene from Emmerdale
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Emmerdale marks 40 years with live episode

Critics have described Emmerdale's live episode, on Wednesday, as "flawless".

Directed by Tony Prescott, who oversaw the 50th birthday live edition of Coronation Street, much of the show was shot outdoors in the purpose-built village in Yorkshire - at the mercy of the elements - with cast and crew dashing between locations as the action evolved.

The episode involved 27 cameras - all controlled and edited in the same giant scanner truck - 350 extras and 110 hours of rehearsal.

Viewers were promised two births and a death in the special hour-long ITV show to mark the soap's 40th birthday, as well as two weddings.

Clip courtesy of ITV1

  • 18 Oct 2012