Coronation Street star Sean Ward has said taking part in the soap’s live episode is “very scary”.
The 26-year-old actor, who plays Weatherfield bad boy Callum Logan, revealed how he is going to cope with the hour-long instalment – by pretending it is just another recorded take.
“There are lots of rumours floating about, which is kind of exciting because it keeps us on our toes. As actors, it’s phenomenal – to be a part of it, and have a scene in it, is part of history.”
His co-star Laura Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt, said: “We haven’t seen the scripts. We know the gist of what is happening. It is scary though.”
The live episode will air during ITV’s 60th anniversary week beginning September 21, and will see David, Kylie and Sarah Platt pushed to the edge by evil drug dealer Callum.
“It’s really fun. It’s extremely exciting (to play a villain),” Sean said.
“As an actor, playing that sort of role, people will tell you on the streets how they feel about it. You get instant feedback after every episode has been on television, which is great fun. It’s generally, ‘You’re a scary, horrible man’, which means I’m hopefully doing my job.”
The last live episode on the ITV soap was in December 2010, to celebrate the 50th anniversary. The 2010 instalment saw a tram crash, which led to the deaths of Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) and Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns), a marriage between Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) and Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson), and Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) giving birth prematurely to her daughter Hope.
Sean teased: “I think it is going to be stripped back – there’s not going to be a tram crash or anything. In a way that gives the actors the opportunity to show they can do it and carry the show, and hopefully (it will be) one of the best episodes.”
The actor hinted his character will soon get his just desserts, saying: “He’s causing trouble to a lot more people now, which is always going to topple and cause him a lot more trouble if the net’s wider.
“It’s all going to catch up with him but he’s always just got one step ahead. He wings it but he gets away with it. He’s backed into a corner, where he can either crumble or come out swinging, and he comes out swinging.”