New Corrie and Emmerdale specials to air this summer

If you simply cannot get enough of Coronation Street and Emmerdale — and to be quite honest, who can? — then you’ll be pleased to know that there are three new specials on the way this summer.

In addition to regular episodes of both soaps, fans can expect three new soap specials — two for Corrie and one for Emmerdale — that will reminisce about all the years full of drama that have gone by in each respective serial drama.

These specials will air alongside new episodes, which are continuing to be filmed at their respective studios.

ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning, Katie Rawcliffe said: ‘Not only will new episodes of the soaps continue in the schedules, we now have these new specials to join them and entertain viewers. 

‘Both soaps have a rich history and we’ve delved into the archives with these new programmes to celebrate that. 

Tom McLennan, Director of ITV Studios Entertainment North, said: ‘It has been a joy and a privilege to delve into the archives of the nation’s favourite soaps. 

‘The characters and storylines are as gripping today as they were then and it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them.’

Coronation Street Memorable Moments

The first Corrie special series — which will be narrated by Jason Manford — aims to do reflect on the decades’ worth of drama that has been produced on the cobbles — highlighting the moments that viewers will never forget.

Split into eight parts, the series will consist of episodes which will focus on weddings, villains, stories that gripped the nation, battle axes, scandals, partnerships, famous faces and high days & holidays.

Coronation Street Icons

The second of Corrie’s special series’ will centre on the soap’s most iconic characters, and will feature narration from Sally Lindsay, as she takes us back through the archives to check out the legends who have frequented the cobbles.

Split into four parts, episodes will centre on Ken Barlow, Sally Metcalfe, Liz McDonald and Roy Cropper.

Emmerdale Family Trees

Gaynor Faye — who portrayed Megan Macey — will narrate Emmerdale’s retrospective, which focuses on three generations of the soap’s most loved familes: the Tates, the Sugdens and the Dingles.

The series will also be split into four parts — with two episodes focusing on the Dingle clan.

The Sugden instalment features discussions with Alyson Sprio — who portrayed Sarah Sugden — and Joe Sugden actor Frazer Hines, while the Tates episode will feature chats with Alexander Lincoln and Claire King.

The Dingles’ first instalment will feature James Hooton and Lisa Riley, while the second will see Danny Miller and Jurrell Carter discuss the clan in question.

The Coronation Street and Emmerdale specials will air this summer.

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