Wednesday 21 February 2018

Corrie Live: Sean's double duvet day and other behind-the-scenes episode secrets

The Coronation Street live episode is part of ITV's 60th birthday celebrations (ITV/PA)
The Coronation Street live episode is part of ITV's 60th birthday celebrations (ITV/PA)
Sean Ward and Tina O'Brien rehearsing thrilling fight scenes which will be aired in the first part of the Coronation Street Live episode. (ITV)
The villain, played by Sean Ward, was the bookies' favourite to be killed off and within minutes his former girlfriend Kylie Platt had left him lying in a pool of blood after a blow to the head with a wrench.

The Coronation Street live episode was full of drama, but how did they do it?

Here are some of the behind-the-scenes secrets which were revealed in a special show after the live episode.

:: Sean Ward, who plays the newly-deceased Callum, is so tall (6ft 1in) that the wardrobe team had to sew two duvet covers together to cover him as his body was hidden.

:: Terence Maynard (Tony Carter) revealed that the cast had pre-recorded the episode a few days beforehand in case anything went wrong with the live broadcast.

:: Maynard also revealed that Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, was waiting in a different part of the set to perform a stand-in scene in case they had to quickly cut away from what they were filming.

:: The live show required 550 people, 47 cast members, 32 cameras, 15 miles of cable, 30 microphones and a mobile control room.

:: Eleven hidden camera were rigged around the Media City set which allowed viewers an unprecedented look behind the scenes at the cast and crew in an online stream called Access All Areas (AAA).

:: A short delay on the AAA stream meant the drama wasn't spoiled for viewers who would have been able to see Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) rush through the Platts' house on her way to save Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) from Callum's clutches. The identity of Callum's killer was not revealed until after the fatal blow was struck.

:: A couple got engaged during the show. @literallyadam tweeted the show asking them to write a message on a chalkboard in the bar of the Rovers Return. The crew had just one minute and 15 seconds to get the board from Stephen Mulhern in Kevin Webster's living room to the pub so viewers could read "Katie Lowe, will you marry me?" Luckily, she said yes and the groom-to-be later tweeted: "I'm officially engaged, thanks @itvcorrie what a night!!"

:: After two weeks rehearsing her fight scene with Sean Ward, Tina O'Brien had to use thick make-up on her arms to cover up her bruises.

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