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Corrie live director: 'Event TV is the future'

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The residents of Coronation Street in the wreckage

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The director of Coronation Street's 40th and 50th anniversary live episodes has said that "event" television is "the future".

Tony Prescott recently scooped a BAFTA TV Craft Award for his work on last December's live episode, which saw the aftermath of a tram cash on the Street.

"I would love to do more live drama on television and I think television as an event now is the future," he told The Stage. "Look at shows such as The X Factor and Dancing on Ice - all the biggest grossing shows now are because they are live and they are events.

"You can't have an opinion the next day if you have not watched them live, can you?"

Prescott expressed his belief that weekly dramas could begin broadcasting live, while also implementing an interactive element: "Imagine, in the future, audiences could change the end of a show by voting on [it]. That's the future, isn't it?"

The director - who has been in the industry for 30 years - is said to have hinted that ITV1 soap Emmerdale could celebrate it's 40th anniversary with a live episode next year.

However, he admitted that work on the soaps has become "more and more difficult" due to budget cuts.

"I am working on Emmerdale at the moment and we are down to nine days for [shooting] four episodes," he said. "We used to have 11 days. But it's getting tighter and tighter and it's getting more and more difficult. For 12 hours of each day you are filming without one minute's break."

The Coronation Street tram crash was named 'Best Storyline' at the British Soap Awards. It also won 'Best Single Episode' and 'Spectacular Scene of the Year'.

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