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Corrie live ep receives rave reviews

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Peter and Leanne marry in Corrie's live episode

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Coronation Street's first live episode in ten years has secured a warm response from critics and fans.

Last night, the ITV1 soap marked its 50th anniversary with an hour-long live transmission, which featured life-changing moments for several Weatherfield residents in the aftermath of the tram crash disaster.

Writing in the Manchester Evening News today, critic Deanna Delamotta commented: "Flawless acting all round and not a fluffed line in sight. Take a bow Street actors, this was your finest hour."

The Daily Star's Mike Ward remarked: "I kept forgetting it was live. That's how brilliant it was… a whole bunch of huge storylines smashed into one another - leaving a tangled mess of human wreckage."

In today's Mirror, writer Jim Shelley said that there had been "inevitably winners and losers" in the cast, but summed up the episode as a "harrowing, heart-rending hour of high drama, tears, trauma, death and romance".

The Independent's Gerard Gilbert added that the special event had "passed with flying colours", while The Guardian's Mark Lawson said that the live edition had crowned "one of the best weeks" in Corrie's history.

Retired critic Ken Irwin - who infamously predicted that Corrie would be axed in 1960 - also offered a review of the episode, telling The Mirror: "I thought some of the actors looked uncomfortably nervous - which wasn't so surprising, considering they are not used to doing 'live' acting any more. But they coped admirably, with one or two exceptions. With so many different storylines going on, it all added up to a very clever way of tying these things up."

On the DS forums, meanwhile, Jane Danson's performance as anguished Leanne Battersby received particular praise from fans. Viewers also applauded Vicky Binns (Molly Dobbs), Sally Dynevor (Sally Webster), Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow), Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) and Julia Haworth (Claire Peacock) among others. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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