Soap fans were just about adjusting to the new TV scheduling shake-up when coronavirus shuts put the production, but there’s another shift for EastEnders fans next week.
EastEnders fans will have to wait even longer to find out about the latest Albert Square drama.
Viewers have already adjusting to the current TV schedule, which reduces the number of weekly episodes due to a coronavirus pandemic that has stopped shooting, but there is another change to next week’s listing.
EastEnders usually airs at 8:00 p.m. on Monday evenings, but due to the Bank Holiday scheduling shake-up, the latest installation of the long-running soap will air at 8:30 p.m. instead.
BBC One is treating fans of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull at 6:40 p.m. on Bank Holiday Monday, followed by EastEnders.
BBC One soap production has been suspended due to the current pandemic and will only be broadcast twice a week instead of the normal four times before further notice.
The BBC spokesperson said in a statement: “In the light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it was decided that EastEnders shooting would be delayed until further notice.” The decision was made after the latest government update.
“We will continue to follow the latest reports and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.
“We have also taken a decision to decrease the number of episodes we broadcast to two each week so that we can guarantee that the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible.” EastEnders is scheduled to air at the regular time of 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday 14 April.
Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Hollyoaks were all affected by reduced timetables. Corrie’s number of episodes has since been cut from five a week to three.
It will air at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as usual, but there will be no double episodes.
ITV had initially confirmed that Emmerdale would continue at 7 p.m. every weekday.
However, the schedule has now shifted, and soap will be aired on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, like Corrie. Despite initially vowing to continue, Channel 4 decided to suspend the shooting of Hollyoaks.
As a result, the number of weekly episodes will cut from five to two. These episodes will be broadcast on Mondays and Tuesdays.
To complete the schedule on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, viewers will be given a chance to recreate some of their beloved Hollyoak memories for a special show.
EastEnders continues on BBC One on Monday, April 13, at 8:30 p.m.