Eastenders to screen first live episode
TV soap EastEnders is to broadcast a live episode for the first time to mark the programme's 25th anniversary next year, it was announced today.
The 30-minute episode will crown a week of special episodes in February next year as Albert Square celebrates its milestone birthday.
Although plot details have yet to be announced, producers said the instalment will round off a major storyline in the BBC1 series.
EastEnders will follow shows such as ER, The Bill and even its arch rival Coronation Street by screening a live episode which will keep cast and crew on their toes.
The show will be broadcast from its usual home at Elstree Studios on Friday, February 19.
EastEnders' executive producer, Diederick Santer, said: "It's too early to discuss the exact storyline at this point, but viewers are assured that this live episode will bring them all the high drama and excitement they expect from EastEnders and then some.
"The episode will feature - amongst other things - the resolution to a big storyline which will keep the audience (as well as the cast and crew) guessing until the very last moment.
"Every time I think about this episode I get excited as well as a little nervous, but nonetheless we are all thrilled to be celebrating our 25 years on screen with a live episode. It's a big test for every member of the production here, and hopefully a big treat for the audience."
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