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

among those involved include casualty, coronation street, doctors, eastenders and emmerdale, holby city and hollyoaks.

All seven shows taking part have filmed scenes or will have references to climate change, and fans will see some characters making cameo appearances in rival programmes.

she said : "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."

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."

Hollyoaks boss Lucy Allan added : "We know how important climate change and environmental issues are to our youthful audience, and to all soap viewers.

"it has been great to work together on an engaging way to, hopefully, inspire conversations about issues that are so important,"

Further details about the storylines will follow, producers said.

The drama begins on Monday November 1, the same week as World Leaders meet to discuss the climate crisis at the COP26 conference.

British soaps and continuing dramas have joined forces for the first time in a bid to highlight climate change.

Each soap will film a scene with a climate change reference and then nod to the other, and characters will start to pop up from one soap in another on screen.

A social media video featuring two of Emmerdale's residents will be shown to Coronation Street characters, whilst one of BBC One ’ s Doctors will appear on the cobbles of Coronation Street.

casualty will also be discussed in the woolpack, and a social media clip from weatherfield will be chatted about in the queen vic.

Emmerdale's Executive Producer Jane Hudson came up with the idea and has been in contact with other soap producers.

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