Emmerdale At 40: The party begins today! But Nick Miles slams live show, saying, “We shouldn’t be doing it, I’m not impressed”

by Lynn Connolly

Fans of Emmerdale will of course know that the show’s landmark 40th anniversary celebrations begin today and continue all week ,with the jewel in the crown being the live broadcast on Wednesday…

We have all the details you’ll need to access special behind-the-scenes webcams on the big night – more on that shortly – but first, there’s at least one of the show’s stars who very much isn’t looking forward to the hour-long live episode!

Nick Miles, who plays the long-suffering gonk Jimmy King has told TV Biz that he’s dreading the live show.

He said, “I’m unenthusiastic about it. We shouldn’t be doing it. I’m not impressed.

“We seem to be doing it for the sake of it, because it’s become a soap tradition on an anniversary.

“For the crew, it’s a really huge challenge.”

The paper adds that he even “moaned” about filming outdoors in October, saying it will be “too windy.”

O ‘eck!

However, the vast majority of his co-stars, though nervous, are looking forward to the live show, and on Saturday night, several of them rehearsed late into the night.

Gemma Oaten who plays Rachel Breckle, and Nicola Wheeler who plays Jimmy’s wife Nicola, both took to Twitter to say they were tired after a very busy week, but excited about airing live. And ITV posted this image from the rehearsals…

Meanwhile, ITV have now released the link to Live Stream where viewers can interact throughout the live show.

And of course, we’re to be treated to special access all areas webcams which will be placed all around the show’s set in order that viewers can see not only the broadcast as it happens, but also the rest of the action backstage.

Click here to go there, and right now, you can see all the video footage so far, including cast interviews and promos!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.