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The wedding of Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) will take place during the live episode
Emmerdale's live anniversary show has been "a logistical and financial nightmare" to plan, the soap's producer has revealed.
The ITV1 soap is celebrating its 40th birthday with a dramatic hour-long live show, filmed on location, on Wednesday October 17.
Producer Stuart Blackburn told BBC News: "All the other live episodes (on EastEnders and Coronation Street) have been based around a studio so obviously all their resources were there - all the equipment's there, all the power's there, the canteen's there.
"Things like the make-up and costume departments are there. They're not here [in the village]. Every single thing has to be brought in - the generators and entire departments from Emmerdale have got to be moved up here. We've got to feed the extras and transport them up here. It's a logistical and financial nightmare at every single level."
Stuart is hoping the gripping events on the live episode - which will include Chas Dingle's (Lucy Pargeter) wedding - will attract new viewers to the show.
"If the irregular viewers come, and the curious - those that only watch live episodes to see if the actors mess up - that's great," he said.
"If we can get new viewers and viewers who haven't been with us for a while, I'm convinced they'll look at it and go wow, that's a really good drama."
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