Emmerdale and Coronation Street rescheduled in ITV shake-up

Emmerdale and Coronation Street rescheduled in ITV shake-up

Postby dutchman » Tue Jan 25, 2022 1:11 pm

ITV has announced a shake-up of its evening schedule which will see its news programme extended and top soaps given new slots

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Under the plans, ITV News will be broadcast from 18:30 to 19:30, with more focus on stories outside London.

Emmerdale, which currently airs in the 19:00 slot, will move half an hour later, to 19:30, to make room.

And Coronation Street will broadcast three hour-long episodes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the network said.

This means the soap will no longer be divided into two separate half-hour chunks with a different programme in between, as it is currently.

On certain nights of the week, ITV's soaps will also be on at the same time as EastEnders, which is on at 19:30, 20:00 and 20:30. ITV's soaps have been more popular in TV ratings than EastEnders for a few years, so when the shows clash, ITV will probably feel it is in the stronger position.

Other changes mean there will be a total of 90 minutes of ITV news programming broadcast on the channel from 18:00.

ITV's most popular soaps will move into new back-to-back schedule slots "destined to build a strong block of continuing drama", the network said.

Emmerdale will continue to broadcast one half-hour episode every weeknight, but its slot will move further into prime time and air at 19:30 instead of the current 19:00.

There are also changes for Coronation Street, which currently broadcasts six episodes per week across three nights. These are normally split between one half-hour episode at 19:30, and another at 20:30.

Under the current schedule, a different programme is usually scheduled between the two Coronation Street episodes. Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs and Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad are among the programmes scheduled in the 20:00 slot this week, for example.

However, under the new schedule, Coronation Street will be broadcast in a single hour-long chunk, from 20:00 until 21:00, interrupted only by regular advert breaks.

ITV said this new "super soap" scheduling means live TV viewers of Coronation Street and Emmerdale "can get their soap fix back-to-back".

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