New replica sets, weddings and fake babies are just a few of the requirements which have had to be arranged well ahead of time to ensure everything runs smoothly when the ITV1 soap goes live next week.
Here, Gillian gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the preparations for Emmerdale Live.
What challenges have you met while preparing the village?
"The most challenging aspect of preparing the village for the live episode has been building the sets. We had two interior sets we needed to build especially for the live. We're building the inside of The Woolpack, which is going into the building which is usually just the shell of The Woolpack."
What is the reason for building new sets?
"During the live episode, everything has to be shot at the village. There aren't really any interiors that are large enough, so we have had to scale down the sets that are going in those locations. We have been working on this since May, starting with the planning and drawings before handing over to the construction team. It's complicated, as The Woolpack is not the same size as the version we film in at our studios in Leeds.
"It has also been a full-time job for one of our team members to source many of the fittings in The Woolpack. We discovered the fabric coverings are a discontinued line, so research was done for how to acquire some to match it up.
"Fortunately we have found some, otherwise we would have had to change the fabric beforehand in the Woolpack studios for continuity. We have been scouring bric-a-brac shops and eBay looking for props to match up."
The live episode is next week, but the scenes directly before and after have already been filmed. Does this present continuity issues?
"There have been a few continuity issues whilst filming, as the scenes before and after the live episode were filmed in August. We will be matching these up to what we record during the live episode. So there's a lot of pre-planning to work out."
How about the two babies being born in the live episode?
"As well as using real babies in the live episode, we will be using fake babies which we have had to pre-order well in advance. We can order exactly what is needed. They can have valves that make them look like they breathe, as well as umbilical cords.
"However, as they are made of gelatine they do have a very short shelf life. They are extremely fragile, so we ensure they aren't over-handled. For that reason, the gelatine babies will just be used for the actual births in the live."
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How will you plan the live births?
"We do have to plan the births, as we have to work out how we use the fake and then the real babies. Also, we do have to watch how much blood we use, as we are a 7pm show. It is all implied rather than actually seen."
What are you most excited or worried about on the night?
"Probably the wedding. The wedding is our biggest set-up and that is something that is only there for the live. There's a marquee, there's music and dancing and there are fireworks that have to be timed perfectly. If fireworks are heard during other scenes, it would be awful because they shouldn't be heard.
"On the night of the live, we are dressing up all the props men as waiters and wedding guests, so if they are seen on camera they will blend in!"
Are there any technical issues for the design department?
"Telephones must be considered, as we have got lots of live messages that have to be timed precisely. There is limited phone reception at the village, so we are having to make alternative arrangements on the night. The telephones have been established well ahead so we can use the ones that work for us."
Are there any other special things you are doing for the live episode?
"We're having to build a soundproof booth to house the babies, cast and crew. Obviously we don't want to hear a crying baby when we shouldn't. It's not so bad around the hospital because you'd presume it was just another baby in another delivery room. However, there are other locations where it would be detrimental.
"We also have a stunt or two to take into consideration, so we are having to recreate a hard area in the village. It is a material that looks like it's hard, but it is actually soft plus easy enough to walk on."
Emmerdale Live airs on Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm on ITV1.