Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale to air first ever soap crossover

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Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders are among the soaps joining together to air the first ever soap crossover storyline.

The plot will tackle climate change, and begin airing from November 1.

Other soaps to be included in the groundbreaking new plot are Hollyoaks, Casualty, Doctors and Holby City.

In what will be a historic event for British television, for the first time in history soaps will amalgamate into one world.

A Hollyoaks character will pop up in Walford, while the Chester residents will be learning about events going on at Holby City hospital.

Meanwhile, a social media video featuring two Emmerdale residents will be shown to Coronation Street regulars, while one of BBC's Doctors appears on the cobbles.

Emmerdale viewers will also get to hear Casualty being discussed in the Woolpack – while a social media clip from Corrie's Weatherfield can be heard about in EastEnders' pub the Queen Vic.

The special week of episodes will coincide with the meeting of world leaders to discuss the current climate crisis at the COP26 conference.

Emmerdale Executive Producer Jane Hudson said of the plotline: "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."

While Hollyoaks' Executive Producer Lucy Allan commented: "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."

Head of Continuing Drama at BBC 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."

Soaps including Coronation Street have already begun airing climate change storylines – as Maria Connor's son was recently diagnosed with asthma, potentially as a result of air pollution.

Meanwhile, Sally Metcalfe has been campaigning to reduce parked cars on the cobbles, while the Platts have experienced a yawning sinkhole opening in their back garden which will cause death and destruction in the upcoming super soap week.

This will be the first time ever that so many soaps converge to tell such an important storyline – but it isn't the first ever crossover.

In 2010, EastEnders and Corrie both joined forces for a special Children In Need special, dubbed East Street.

The plot involved EastEnders characters including Jane Beale, Zainab Masood and Darren Miller travelling from Walford to Weatherfield to meet the likes of Sean Tully, Hayley Cropper and Eileen Grimshaw.

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