Emmerdale recently took part in a multi-soap crossover event to raise awareness about climate change, which took place in conjunction with the COP26 Climate Summit. Dr. Liam Cavanagh’s (Jonny McPherson) sustainable community allotment project went viral, to the point where Coronation Street’s Gary Windass (Mikey North) mentioned him while discussing plans for a new bypass in Weatherfield with Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon).
Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City, and Hollyoaks all aired scenes referencing the important work of various characters from other soaps to benefit the environment as part of the special event.
The historic episodes, according to Emmerdale executive producer Jane Hudson, should not be viewed as a one-time event, and she hopes that the various soaps will reunite in the future to address other pressing social issues.
Hudson recently told Digital Spy and other outlets, “That idea should’ve been on screen before COVID.” “I think it was a great idea for the soaps to band together, and we’ll keep working on climate issues in the future. I believe that doing something similar again so quickly will prevent it from becoming extraordinary. We must exercise caution, but never say never. Our attention is currently focused on the 50th anniversary.”
Hudson went on to tease how Dr. Cavanagh’s allotment will continue to play a role in future plots, implying that it could be the setting for some more “sinister” plots.
“We’ll keep talking about green issues and climate change; we’ve got our allotment, which will continue to be a part of our show; I’m pretty sure it won’t just be about vegetables! Something sinister is bound to happen in that allotment sooner or later. Or an affair will take place in the greenhouse, or possibly in the shed, because the greenhouse is made of glass, which would be a terrible place to have an affair!”
Apart from the allotment, David Metcalfe’s (Matthew Wolfenden) shop is going green by using an electric bike for deliveries, and characters will be encouraged to use reusable coffee cups and ‘bags for life.’
But the changes won’t just be onscreen; Hudson also revealed that Emmerdale has a “green team” that meets once a month to discuss the issue and ways to implement new ideas to reduce the soap’s carbon footprint during production.
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