The BBC soap EASTENDERS was taken off the air this evening and replaced in a shake-up to the regular Monday night schedule as the broadcaster covers a major sporting event.
Fans of EastEnders will have to wait an extra day for the latest drama from the Square, as it will not air on Monday night. Typically, the 30-minute episodes air from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with three more episodes of Walford action airing during the week. However, with the football season in full swing, the BBC’s executives have decided to allow coverage of the game to take precedence over the weeknight serial drama.
The match between Manchester United and Aston Villa will begin at 7:30 p.m., immediately following The One Show.
For 25 minutes before the game begins at 7:55 p.m., presenters in the studio will analyze what they expect from the game.
This implies that the first half of the 90-minute competition, which will run until 10 p.m., will take the place of EastEnders.
The program has no possibility of airing on the evening schedule, but fans need not worry because they will not miss any of the four episodes scheduled for this week.
Instead of airing on Monday, a double-bill of the Walford-based drama will air on Tuesday night, prior to Holby City.
After reducing three of the four weekly programs to 30 minutes, Monday’s broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
Tuesday episodes will be roughly 20 minutes long, therefore this episode will air from 8 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., when the most recent episode of Holby City will be broadcast.
It’s pretty uncommon for a weeknight serial drama to double up in order to ensure that viewers don’t miss out on anything.
Tiffany Butcher’s (Maisie Smith) farewell was featured as part of a double-bill just before Christmas, leaving fans heartbroken by the end of the 50-minute agony.
As the FA Cup continues to be broadcast on both the BBC and ITV, there will likely be additional disruptions to the schedule in the following weeks.
Coronation Street was replaced on the Friday night schedule with coverage of Manchester City’s match against Swindon Town.
On Tuesday night, though, fans can expect an action-packed double-bill as the aftermath of last week’s New Year’s Eve continues to affect local residents.
As he struggles to safeguard his family from Far-Right radicals, Harvey Monroe (Ross Boatman) is thrust into the middle of the drama.
Will Aaron Monroe’s (Charlie Wernham) father be able to defend him from the enemy when he finds himself in grave danger?
Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) isn’t having the greatest of times either, as her deception was uncovered on Christmas Day, and her loved ones have yet to forgive her.
Dotty appears to be in for a difficult start to the New Year, with no one to turn to and no place to call home.
Chelsea Fox (Zaraah Abrahams) will try to maintain her composure so that her husband, Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith), does not murder her.
Dotty appears to have a savior in the form of her on/off lover, Vinny Panesar, in the second episode of the evening (Shiv Jalota).
Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell) will become increasingly concerned about Aaron’s behavior as he tries to help the young woman reconstruct her life.
Will Bobby be thrown to the side by his girlfriend, Dana Monroe (Barbara Smith), when he shares his theories with her, or will she trust what he’s saying about her brother?
Following Ash Panesar’s (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha) expulsion from the Square as a result of a hate crime attack, the rest of the inhabitants who were victims of the horrible act will continue to suffer.
Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) will begin to withdraw after witnessing his husband Callum Highway (Tony Clay) get beaten up in the past.
After his father-in-law, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), declared Ben would have to take over the family business, Callum will appeal to his father-in-law to ease up on his son.
It remains to be seen whether the mobster would help his son get through a difficult period in his life or will put on the burden.
Two more 30-minute episodes will air in their regular time slot on Thursday and Friday nights, bringing the schedule back to normal.
In the recent few months, the show has returned to 30-minute episodes for the first time since September 2020, however it is now intended that there will be three hair hour episodes every week for the foreseeable future.
Former executive producer Jon Sen praised the cast and crew’s efforts throughout the epidemic last year, saying: “We’ve all had a difficult year, but we’ve managed to keep the show on the road. We’ve survived COVID, lockdowns, and the pingdemic while still putting on a show.” The cast and crew have been incredible; they’ve learned new skills, and the cast has completely changed the way they work; they now act to tennis balls like they would in a Marvel film, and it’s been incredible to watch.
“The team has done the same, they’ve completely altered the way they work, so I’m very pleased of what we’ve accomplished together, and now we’re just looking forward to returning to more normal circumstances as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
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