Emmerdale and Coronation Street cancelled: ITV soaps taken off air in schedule shake-up

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Emmerdale and Coronation Street have become staples of Wednesday night television, with the latter usually airing a double-bill for the middle of the week. Unfortunately for fans of the ITV soaps, the shows have been airing at different times and on different days over the past month as coverage of the UEFA Euro championships has caused upheaval for the network’s schedule. For this reason, the programmes have been cancelled and removed from the TV listings as England get ready to take on Denmark in the second semi-final of the week.

On Tuesday evening, it was the turn of the BBC to air the first semi-final of the competition between Italy and Spain.

The former eventually won when the game went to penalties, with Wednesday night’s match determining who they will be facing on Sunday, July 11 at Wembley Stadium.

Coverage of the face-off between England and Denmark will begin at 7pm, with presenter Mark Pougatch overseeing proceedings.

This is when Emmerdale would usually have aired, with the first episode of Coronation Street broadcasting straight after at 7:30pm.

A second episode would be shown at 8:30pm, rounding off the soaps schedule for the evening but with the match not ending until 10:35pm, there is no scope for them to air.

However, Emmerdale will return on Thursday evening at its usual time slots of 7pm and 8pm and viewers will watch as Meena Jutla (played by Paige Sandhu) continues her reign of terror.

In episodes airing later this week, fans will see Meena claim her first victim as she turns into one of the most sinister killers to live in the village.

Whereas Coronation Street won’t return until Friday as an hour-long episode was broadcast on Tuesday evening.

The final instalment of the cobbles-based drama will air as another extended episode instead of being split into a double-bill.

Really not happy

Emmerdale and Coronation Street viewer

Since Monday morning, however, viewers of the soaps have been able to access all of this week’s episodes on the ITV Hub.

This is an initiative the network has been using for the past few weeks to ensure fans could watch the dramatic instalments of the show when they wanted to.

Unfortunately, the game against England and Denmark isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and loyal fans have been sharing their disappointment the episodes aren’t airing on their usual days.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “Why has the football got 1.5 hours of chatting s**t before kickoff when they could have the soaps on #Corrie. Roll on Monday when it’s all over.”

Another posted: “Really not happy that both soaps #Corrie and #Emmerdale episodes have been screwed around so much due to football.

“Why not show them on ITV2? All very well saying stream the week, but many older people not online or have weak WiFi signal,” they continued.

Whilst a third remarked: “#Emmerdale both @ITV and @BBCOne have plenty of other channels for football without all this delayed or cancelled usual programmes.”

A fourth shared: “Come on @ITV f**k the football get #Emmerdale on! I hate it when you f**k about like this when there’s sport on. Takes the p**s.”

Speaking of the changes put in place to air the soaps in the midst of the football coverage, Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod said: “There are loads of key rivalries across the cobbles this summer.

“And I think it will be like following your favourite team – there will be times where they let you down, make mistakes and maybe score a few own goals.

“But you’ll back them until the end and woe betide anyone else who criticises them.

“Given how exciting the stories are, it’s great that fans will have the chance to binge-watch all the episodes on ITV Hub at the start of each week.

“As with football, sometimes when it’s an exciting face-off, you really want extra time.”

Emmerdale and Coronation Street are available to watch on the ITV Hub. Emmerdale continues Thursday at 7pm and Coronation Street continues Friday at 7:30pm on ITV.

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