Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale are amongst the British soaps which will come together for a very first crossover to highlight climate change during Glasgow’s COP26 conference.
For the very first time in history, in the same week as world leaders will meet to discuss the climate crisis in Scotland, the TV giants will join Hollyoaks, Holby City, Casualty, and Doctors will take part in a huge crossover storyline.
The overall storyline will be focused on climate change and will begin airing from November 1.
Plans for the ‘amazing’ venture were revealed by soap expert Sharon Marshall appeared on This Morning.
Sharon told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “It’s the first time it’s ever been done. In November, we’re going to be having the world’s first soap crossover.
“Now for the first time, all five British soaps – and our continuing dramas – they’re all going to come together and tell the same story at the same time. That story is going to be climate change.”
She continued: “All of these people have been talking about it in secret for months and months to make this work and what they’re each going to do is film a scene, have a reference that is going to cover a different aspect of climate change and – this is the fun bit – a soap first.
“You’re going to see all the programmes do a nod to the other and characters will start popping up from one soap in another soap on screen. That has never been done before.”
Amongst the scenes planned are a social media video featuring two of Emmerdale’s residents, which will be shown to Corrie characters, while one of Doctors’ stars will be shown to Corrie characters.
Casualty will be discussed in The Woolpack and a social media clip from Coronation Street will be talked about in Eastender’s The Queen Vic.
Emmerdale’s Executive Producer Jane Hudson said: “Never before have all five soaps and both continuing dramas come together and united in telling one story. And we certainly haven’t seen characters pop up in other shows before.
“This is a real treat for our audience, whilst also allowing us to get across a very important message.”
BBC Studios’ Head of Continuing Drama Kate Oates added: “I’m thrilled that our soaps and serial dramas have all come together to help highlight the issue of climate change amongst our millions of viewers.
We’re grateful to the teams that made this happen, and hugely look forward to seeing the talent from our own shows popping up in other iconic programmes.”
Hollyoaks boss Lucy Allan added: “We know how important climate change and environmental issues are to our youthful audience, and to all soap viewers.
“It has been great to work together on an engaging way to, hopefully, inspire conversations about issues that are so important.”