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article imageCoronation Street airs live show, characters die

By Lynn Curwin     Dec 9, 2010 in Entertainment
Coronation Street continued to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a live episode on December 9, with some of the character’s dying during the programme.
An explosion and tram crash took place on Monday’s episodes, causing major destruction and many injuries. On Thursday ITV aired the live episode which appeared to go very smoothly.
Some of the actors were nervous about the live show beforehand.
"I can't believe it's all over - I've been worrying about it for weeks and it was brilliant,” Digital Spy quoted Meanwhile, Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, as saying.
One of the characters who died was Molly Dobbs, who was played by Vicky Binns. Before dying she confessed to Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) that Sally's husband Kevin is the father of her baby.
"I can't actually remember a single thing about it. Unlike other people, I didn't have to move anywhere - but the adrenaline rush was incredible,” Digital Spy quoted her as saying. “I can't wait to watch it."
Actor Graeme Hawley, who plays John Stape, was one of the most active during the episode.
"I've got to sprint so fast from scene to scene that I've asked them to beef up my shoes with special grips because I'm worried about slipping over,” The Mirror quoted him as saying before the show.
"In one scene I'm in the alley and then exactly one minute and 40 seconds later I'm due inside the Stapes' house. They are filmed on two completely different sets.
"I timed it the other day and it took me one minute and 30 seconds to run from one to the other at full speed, which only gives me 10 seconds to spare.
"I'm hoping the grips will help me go a bit faster, especially if there's still snow and ice on the ground.
"The worst thing is that on screen it only looks like I've done a six-foot walk so I'm not supposed to be out of breath - I've no idea how I'm going to cover that up."
Ashley Peacock, played by Steven Arnold, who first appeared on the show in 1995, died and Peter Barlow, played by Chris Gascoyne, who made his first appearance the same year, was seriously injured.
The Guardian reported that Peter, who was marrying Leanne in the hospital, “expired, his final words, with a mordant humour typical of the show, "till death us do part.”
Charlotte Hoyle, who John first thought he had killed, was left seriously injured. Baby Jack was in hospital suffering from injuries and Fiz and John’s baby, Hope, was born prematurely.
The Guardian added that there have been a dozen deaths in the show so far this year.
The live episode can be seen on YouTube.
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