Corrie, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Casualty and Doctors to crossover for 'very important message'

By Jessica Sansome

For the first time ever, the country’s soaps are joining forced to deliver an important message.

Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Casualty and Doctors will be involved in a super soap crossover that has never been seen before.

Each soap and continuing drama have filmed scenes, or has included references, to cover different aspects of climate change and environmental issues.

In a soap first, five of the soaps will also be referencing each other as each drama will also give a nod to another.

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Viewers will see some of Britain's best-loved characters pop up in another soap as they discuss, or see the moments, that have been debated in another show in a bid to raise awareness of climate change.

The landmark event will see a Hollyoaks character pop up in Walford while villagers of the Chester soap will learn about events at Holby City.

A social media video featuring two of Emmerdale’s residents will be shown to Corrie's characters, whilst one of BBC One's Doctors will appear on the cobbles.

Casualty will also be discussed in The Woolpack, and a social media clip from Weatherfield will be chatted about in The Queen Vic, as the soaps all come together for a special week.

Casualty will also be involved as well as Doctors (BBC)

The drama begins on Monday, November 1, the same week as World Leaders meet to discuss the climate crisis at the COP26 conference.

Emmerdale’s Executive Producer, Jane Hudson, originally conceived the idea for this unique initiative and has been co-ordinating with her fellow executives.

And after many months of planning and meetings between the respective soaps and continuing drama editorial teams, the scriptwriters on each of the productions each took on the task to feature the other soaps storylines.

Jane Hudson, on behalf of Emmerdale and ITV Studios, 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."

Kate Oates, head of continuing drama at BBC Studios 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."

Lucy Allan, executive producer at Hollyoaks, said: "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."

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