Both soaps will air six episodes weekly, with Emmerdale airing every weekday with an extra episode on Thursdays, while Corrie will return with double bills on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
After jumping ship from Hollyoaks to Emmerdale, MacLeod explains his excitement at bringing new ideas to the Yorkshire-based soap.
“I’m always looking for ways to do something differently or surprise the audience with something they haven’t thought of before,” he says.
And that he did. During a week-long storyline, which was ten months in the making, the small village turned to chaos when a multi-car pile up left viewers guessing who would exit the soap, with central characters at the heart of one of the biggest disasters in Emmerdale history.