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Monday 27th January 2020

Emmerdale confirms new schedule will see a return to six epsiodes a week

The show had been airing seven eps

Over the last four months Emmerdale fans have been treated to an extra episode every week.

But that is set to change as the show drops back down to its usual six outings per week.

From the week beginning August 26, there will no longer be an extra ep at 8pm on Tuesdays.

Charity was devastated when Debbie left in this week's extra Tuesday episode (Credit: ITV)

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Throughout the summer months, the Dales drama has continued on Tuesday nights with a half hour break after the 7pm episode, before we return to the village at 8pm.

The extra episode has seen big storylines such as Debbie's departure this week (August 13) and Robert Sugden attacking rapist Lee Posner with a shovel last month.

Going forward, ITV will instead show Save Money: Good Health at 7.30pm and Love Your Garden in the 8pm slot.

Robert lashed out at Lee (Credit: ITV)

The extra episode on a Tuesday, which was never officially announced, has been airing since early April.

The soap often increases its run over the summer months, but previously they made the Tuesday episode into an hour-long special.

This year, some fans wondered if the show was going to be permanently seven episodes per week.

The start of the extra episodes coincided with huge storylines such as the Big Night Out where Victoria Barton was raped, and Maya Stepney was caught grooming Jacob Gallagher.

Maya was caught out (Credit: ITV)

But the drop down to six outings a week doesn't mean the next few months are set to be any less dramatic.

Famer Moira Dingle is about to embark on a steamy affair with farmhand Nate. And when her husband Cain Dingle finds out - which he will - it's set to be explosive.

Nate and Moira will give into their passion (Credit: ITV)

The aftermath of the factory fire, in which Frank Clayton lost his life, is ongoing as Tracy continues to try to clear her dad's name, but the evidence against him is stacking up.

With Kerry and Amy Wyatt hiding their guilt and letting dead Frank take the blame, it's only a matter of time before the truth about that comes tumbling out.

Amy and Kerry are guilty (Credit: ITV)

Chas and Paddy's baby is also due in October - exactly a year after they lost their first child, Grace, when she was born with bilateral renal agenesis.

And we have the exit of Jessie Dingle to look forward to after actress Sandra Marvin announced earlier this week she had quit the soap after two years.

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