BBC One schedule shake-up: Why is EastEnders not on?

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EastEnders is a classic staple in the BBC One evening schedule and avid fans look forward to tuning in during the evenings. The TV schedule has been shaken up for the time being, meaning the much-loved soap will not be airing on the network. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about why EastEnders is not on BBC One.

Why is EastEnders not on?

EastEnders fans look forward to watching the drama on Albert Square continue each weekday evening.

The soap airs every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8.05pm on BBC One, and it is a popular slot in the BBC schedule.

However, this week will see the soap taken off the network, to make way for another live show.

From 7pm, Match of the Day Live will be airing on BBC One, covering the European Championship.

The coverage comes after a year-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the football competition to be postponed.

Tonight (June 11), will see Turkey go up against Italy, with kick-off commencing at 8pm.

This, of course, means Eastenders is unable to air on its usual platform, but fans can still tune in to the new episodes.

During Euros, new episodes will be added straight to BBC iPlayer on Monday so viewers do not miss out.

For the week beginning June 14, the episodes will be airing on their usual platform on BBC one on Tuesday at 7.35pm and Wednesday at 8.10pm.

Both days will see double bills air, meaning nobody is missing out on the latest episodes.  

Euros is a huge part of the TV schedule this year, as it has been a long time coming for football fans.

The TV shakeup has seen a number of other programmes move network or get postponed to make way for the coverage.

Gary Lineker will be back to present the coverage of the delayed tournament, which will take place in Rome.

Euros coverage will continue into the weekend, as well as Monday, June 14.

On Monday, Spain will take on Sweden, with kickoff starting at 8pm – coverage will begin at 7.30pm.

The normal schedule resumes on Tuesday, June 15, with Holby City and The Repair shop also returning to their regular slots.

Fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the shakeup, with one saying: “I find it so annoying when sport messes around with the soap schedule!”

Another said: “Just waiting for EE fans to cry their eyes out despite having EE on for 52 weeks of a year while football fans only have a few games a year to watch on free tv.”

The official Twitter account for the series confirmed the schedule shakeup, saying: “Due to the UEFA Euros 2020 kicking off this week, there will be no episode of #EastEnders on Friday 11th June.”

In another post, they said: “Agadoo not worry that #EastEnders is not on tonight. iPlayer will be dropping all 4 of next week’s episodes on Monday morning. Enjoy!”

Fans said they would miss watching the soap during its usual slot, but the changes will not be in place for long.

As for the Euro 2020 schedule, Turkey will play Italy at 8pm tonight, with Wales taking on Switzerland at 2pm on Saturday.

Denmark is up against Finland at 5pm on Saturday, with Belgium taking on Russia at 8pm.

England goes against Croatia on Sunday at 2pm, with Austria taking on North Macedonia at 5pm.

The Netherlands faces Ukraine at 8pm on Sunday, with the matches continuing into next week.

Eastenders will be airing on BBC iPlayer during Euros.  

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