ITV continue schedule shake up with triple Emmerdale on Thursday

Emmerdale fans will be pleased to know that ITV will be airing three back-to-back episodes of the well-loved soap on Thursday 15 September.

The decision by ITV comes after the broadcaster has shaken up its usual television schedule following the death of Her Majesty the Queen last week – something which has since dominated TV channels across the UK.

While Emmerdale will finally be back on our screens again, it will still be behind its usual schedule and will air at 7:30pm. The three episodes that are being shown were due to be aired earlier this week.

Following the Emmerdale marathon, an hour-long episode of Coronation Street will be shown at 9pm.

ITV news will then follow, Metro Online reports.

As well as ITV soaps, BBC’s EastEnders was also cancelled following the Queen’s passing. It returned to screens on Monday 12 September however, alongside Corrie.

While EastEnders, Corrie and Emmerdale are slowly being reintroduced to British TV schedules, one show that won’t be back until next week is Strictly Come Dancing.

It was revealed yesterday, Tuesday 13 September, that the show’s 2022 debut was pushed back from this weekend to Friday 23 September.

Strictly fans went on to express their disappointment as they branded the show as a “welcome distraction” amid the ongoing national period of mourning.

One person penned online: “Really sad that they have postponed the #Strictly launch show, it’s just the welcome distraction I need at the moment. Thank goodness for #GBBO tonight.

“When you’re grieving and all around you is talk of death, miserable music etc. it’s a bit much.”

Another said: “I am very sad about the Queen & her family but cannot believe Strictly has been out back a week, come on BBC we need some sparkle”.

A third added that they think the cancellation of the popular programme wouldn’t be “what [the Queen] would have wanted”.

Her Majesty the Queen was said to have been an avid television watcher herself, with some of her favourite shows being Coronation Street and Line of Duty.

In 2003, she was reportedly annoyed to have missed Coronation Street due to an official UK visit by President George Bush, however, one royal fan recorded the shows for her and mailed the tapes to the palace.

The Queen had an eclectic taste and also apparently enjoyed shows such as Pointless, with presenters Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.

In 2016, a courtier told The Telegraph: “Her Majesty’s diary always stops for her afternoon cup of tea in her private sitting room and it’s now customary for Pointless to be on the television.”


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