When is EastEnders on? All you need to know about the World Cup 2022 schedule changes

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EastEnders will change schedules to accommodate the World Cup 2022. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders will face some scheduling changes over the coming weeks to make way for the World Cup 2022.

The major sporting event has now kicked off in Qatar, and EastEnders will be having regular schedule changes that soap fans will need to look out for if they want to catch the latest episodes.

Earlier in the year, EastEnders episodes were released early as a boxset on BBC iPlayer to accommodate a big summer of sport, such as Wimbledon 2022 and the Commonwealth Games.

So far it doesn't look like these boxsets will be making a comeback, but instead, BBC iPlayer will be dropping that day's episode at 6 am... so more than 12 hours ahead of when it is being shown on TV. 

The next set of schedule changes have been revealed, so if you want to know when EastEnders will be on during the sporting season, you can read below...

What channel is EastEnders on tonight? 

On some dates during the World Cup, EastEnders will air on BBC Two instead of the usual BBC One. 

We will update this page as further dates and changes are announced, but here are the confirmed changes so far...

  • On Monday, November 21, EastEnders will air in its usual slot of 7:30 pm on BBC One, and also lands at 6 am on iPlayer
  • On Tuesday, November 22, EastEnders will air at 7:30 pm on BBC Two, and also lands at 6 am on iPlayer
  • On Wednesday, November 23, EastEnders will air at 7:30 pm on BBC Two, and also lands at 6 am on iPlayer
  • On Thursday, November 24, EastEnders will air at 7:30 pm on BBC Two, and also lands at 6 am on iPlayer
  • On Monday, November 28, EastEnders will air a double episode at 7 pm on BBC One, and also lands at 6 am on iPlayer
  • On Tuesday, November 29, EastEnders will not air. 
  • On Wednesday, November 30, EastEnders will not air.
  • On Thursday, December 1, EastEnders will air a double episode at 7 pm on BBC One, and also lands at 6 am on iPlayer

Over the upcoming weeks, you can also look at our UK TV Guide which will include the latest information on where and when you can watch the BBC soap.

Mick Carter in a blue shirt with his arms on his hips

Mick Carter will leave the soap this Christmas. (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

The schedule changes come as EastEnders gears up for their explosive Christmas storylines which sees Mick Carter's (Danny Dyer) 'epic' exit story as he leaves the soap after nearly a decade.

EastEnders usually airs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series and much-loved soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.