EMMERDALE, Coronation Street and EastEnders fans will see some changes to their favourite TV shows scheduling all thanks to Euro 2020.
Football coverage for the 16th UEFA European Championship means that there’ll be fewer episodes of our fave soaps airing during the week of the tournament. Here’s what you need to know…
Britain’s biggest soaps – Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders – face scheduling changes this September.
The week commencing Monday, September 9, 2019 will see a change in format for the three main soaps.
Only five episodes of the ITV drama series will air in the week, due to football coverage of the 16th UEFA European Championship.
Emmerdale will lose its usual Tuesday slot to make way for live coverage of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo from 7pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
Show bosses have not yet revealed whether fans will get more episodes to make up for the cancelled shows.
For the last four months the programme has aired a whopping seven episodes per week.
Coronation Street is set to air an hour long episode on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Normally, the show broadcasts a double bill at the end of the working week but this format has been trialled a few times this year.
As Coronation Street is undergoing a change to their schedule the BBC have also decided to make some adjustments.
EastEnders, which normally airs at 8pm on Friday, will move back to 8.30pm to avoid a clash with one of its biggest rival shows.
But this is not the first time show bosses have taken the initiative to switch times to prevent an unwanted overlap.
In late July, the BBC One soap’s producers pushed the show back when Corrie began airing hour long episodes on Friday night.
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Meanwhile, England will also play Bulgaria in another Euro 2020 qualifier on the Saturday but as there are no soaps on the weekend the match will not affect any of the shows.
However, it could cause troubles for Strictly Come Dancing fans as the game and the launch of the BBC One show will briefly clash.
Series 17 of Strictly Come Dancing begins on Saturday, September 7, 2019 on BBC One, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the helm.