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Sunday 23rd February 2020

Soap fans set for more frustration as schedules change AGAIN due to football

EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are all affected

Soap fans should prepare themselves for a little disturbance in the coming weeks, as their favourite shows will be affected by the football calendar AGAIN.

All three of the most popular serial dramas - Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders - will be forced to change times due to the upcoming European Championship.

Emmerdale fans are dying to discover Robert's fate as he faces jail (Credit: ITV)

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Next month, starting from September 9, the new schedules have confirmed that ITV's Emmerdale will only air five episodes during that week.

As England take on Kosovo in the Euro 2020 qualifier from Southampton, hosted by Mark Pougatch, Emmerdale will lose its usual Tuesday slot.

Meanwhile, Coronation Street will air an hour-long Friday episode on September 13.

Corrie fans will get an hourly fix on Friday (Credit: ITV)

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Due to the change, the Beeb has also been forced to change the schedule of EastEnders.

It will go back to 8.30pm to avoid clashing with its ITV rival.

Football should be on sports channels.

England also play Bulgaria at Wembley on September 7 but, as the match is on a Saturday, it does not affect the hallowed soap schedules.

Instead the match briefly clashes with the launch of Strictly Come Dancing, which kicks off at 7.10pm on BBC1.

EastEnders' Bianca returns in the coming weeks (Credit: BBC)

It's not the first time football has interfered with soap schedules, and it won't be the last.

In June, soap fans were livid after learning that their favourite shows had been messed about with AGAIN in the weekly schedules.

BBC's EastEnders clashed with ITV's Emmerdale in the unfortunate but, luckily, rare occurence.

This was due to the FIFA Women's World Cup.

"Football should be on sports channels," fumed one, who wasn't alone.

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