EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale fans will get SIX less episodes next week! And here’s why!

EastEnders Mick Carter
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You'll have to be on the ball to make sure you don't miss the action from Albert Square next week

EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale fans will get a combined total of six less episodes than normal next week as the World Cup continues to cause the schedules to be turned upside down.

But the good news for soap fans is that a lot of their soaps will be enjoying extended episodes. Next Monday’s [25th June] episode of EastEnders will be 55 minutes long and will start at 9.10pm. This is because BBC1 will earlier in the night be showing the World Cup clash between Spain and Morocco, fronted by Gary Lineker (below).

Gary Lineker fronting the Beeb's World Cup coverage

EastEnders viewers will then have to wait until Friday [29th June] for the next action from Albert Square. Unusually, there are two episode of EastEnders on that evening – 8pm and 9m.

While Coronation Street regularly has double bills, EastEnders normally sticks to one episode a night. EastEnders, then, will be on only three times next week, not the normal four.

As for Coronation Street, Monday [25th June] will see an hour-long episode, starting at 8pm; Tuesday [26th June] will also be an hour-long episode at 8pm before a double bill on the Friday [29th June], at 7.30pm and 8.30pm. So Corrie will be on four times next week, instead of the normal six.

Emmerdale will only be on three times instead of the normal six, but the Monday [25th June] episode will be an hour-long, starting at 7pm. Tuesday’s [26th June] episode will be half-an-hour, starting at 7pm; with another episode on Friday [29th June] also at 7pm.

Hollyoaks fans must be pleased the footy isn’t on C4 as it will be shown next week at his normal time of 6.30pm every weekday!

David Hollingsworth

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