The first ever soap crossover storyline is coming: what we know so far

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by Nathan Katnoria |

Television history is about to be made as, for the first time EVER, the UK’s biggest soaps and continuing dramas are joining forces for a series of crossover storylines to highlight the issue of climate change.

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks are all taking part in the landmark episodes, as are Doctors, Casualty and Holby City.

The scenes, which all reference the impact of climate change and will air next month, have already been filmed and will either involve a much-loved character making a cameo in a rival soap or a nod to other shows, such as a character reading about a different soap on social media.

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Emmerdale’s executive producer Jane Hudson came up with the idea and teased, “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."

Which shows are taking part in the soap crossover?

The four most popular soaps - Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks - are taking part in the soap crossover alongside Doctors and continuing dramas Casualty and Holby City.

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Which characters are taking part in the soap crossover?

It hasn't yet been revealed exactly which characters will pop up on rival soaps, however, it's been reported that a much-loved Hollyoaks face will appear in Albert Square on EastEnders, while a Doctors character will rock up on the Corrie cobbles.

Meanwhile, Casualty will be discussed in the Woolpack when one an Emmerdale character reads something on social media and Holby City gets a mention in Hollyoaks.

More details about the exciting storylines will be revealed in due course.

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When does the soap crossover air?

The crossover begins on Monday 1 November, the same week that world leaders meet to discuss climate change at the COP26 conference.

It's thought that the crossover scenes will air throughout the week, although the exact schedule hasn't been revealed yet.

However, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Holby City and Doctors all air on Mondays, so it's thought this could be when the biggest exchanges take place.

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How can I watch the soap crossover?

All of the programmes taking part will air on the same channels and at the same times they usually do, so just tune in to your TV when you would normally enjoy your fave soap.

If you miss a show, however, or just want to watch it again, the programmes will also be available on the usual streaming services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or All4.

Why is the soap crossover taking place?

The crossover is the idea of soap bosses who want to help raise awareness of the impact of climate change.

Kate Oates, head of continuing drama for BBC Studios, said: "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."

"It has been great to work together on an engaging way to, hopefully, inspire conversations about issues that are so important," added Hollyoaks executive producer Lucy Allan.

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