When are EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale on? Here’s how Coronavirus has affected filming and scheduling of your favourite soaps

We've rounded up when your favourite soaps are on TV so you won't miss a thing...

With so many scheduling changes going on thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to remember when EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are on.

With coronavirus causing TV studios to shut down around the world as governments recommend people to honour the new social distancing rules, there is understandably a knock on effect to what is airing on TV each day.

Here is a round up of what is happening with your favourite soap, when it is on, and how the scheduling will look going forward…

EastEnders

Linda wants to stop working in the bar in EastEnders

EastEnders filming has been put on hold thanks to the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: BBC)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? EastEnders will now air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. 

A EastEnders spokesperson announced last week: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.

“The decision was made after the latest government update. We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

“We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two, so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible”

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Coronation Street

Evelyn tears a strip off Tyrone

Coronation Street filming has been postponed until further notice (Picture: ITV)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? Coronation Street currently airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV, but as of Monday 30th March scheduling will change to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm.

From next week we will see the usual six episodes of Coronation Street reduced down to just three in a bid to keep the soap on screen for as long as possible during the filming break.

In a statement an ITV spokesperson said: “The continued transmission of both soaps is a priority to all of us at ITV and to our audiences who enjoy the shows.

“Whilst carefully adhering to the latest health advice from the Government and Public Health England, our production teams are continuing to film episodes in Manchester and Leeds.

“With this change of transmission pattern it will ensure we have great new soap episodes coming to air every weekday night until at least the early summer.”

Emmerdale

Paddy takes Marlon to hospital leaving Eve in the car in Emmerdale

Emmerdale episodes will now air just three times a week (Picture: ITV)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? Emmerdale is currently on every weeknight at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays. From Monday 30th March this will reduce to three episodes a week on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm.

Emmerdale bosses originally cut the usual six episodes a week down to five, but after further consideration, it has been announced that Emmerdale will now air just three episodes a week, like Coronation Street.

Hollyoaks

Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks has also followed government guidance and stopped filming (Picture: Channel 4)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? At the moment Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. But scheduling is changing daily at the moment.

Originally Hollyoaks announced that the soap would be aired three times a week, on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, instead of the usual five from March 30th.

But today an update was announced, revealing there will just be two episodes a week shown from Monday 6th April and these will air on a Monday and Tuesday.

Channel 4’s director of programming Ian Katz explained: “The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, it is a time when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate though the extraordinary challenges we now all face.”

In a statement earlier this week, a Hollyoaks spokesperson announced: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to pause filming of Hollyoaks.

“To make sure we stay on air every week night, fans can look forward to extra special episodes every Thursday and Friday on E4, as we begin a brand new series of ‘Hollyoaks Favourites’.

“Introduced by Kieron Richardson and Jorgie Porter, this series will give viewers a chance to revisit some of our biggest episodes, from weddings, bust-ups, heartbreaks and some of our biggest and best stunts.”

Neighbours

Neighbours, 10pm

Neighbours studios are open for filming at the moment (Picture: Channel 5)

Production: Continuing as usual after a short studio closure.

When is it on? Neighbours is currently on every weekday at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5

It was reported earlier this month that the Neighbours studios were forced to close after an employee came into contact with a person who had tested positive for coronavirus.

The soap already films six episodes a week to get ahead, meaning the cast and crew can have extended breaks over Christmas and time off throughout the year without it viewers noticing.

Filming has resumed this week with a small, skeleton cast and crew but the decision to cut the number of episodes aired on Channel 5 has been announced today.

From Monday 30th March Neighbours will be reduced to just two episodes a week, airing on a Monday and a Friday.

In a statement a Channel 5 spokesperson explained: “As a result of Covid-19, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of episodes for Neighbours and Home and Away from five to two per week for both soaps, so that our viewers can continue to enjoy them for as long as possible. Both programmes will air on Monday and Fridays, effective from Monday 30th March.”

Home and Away 

Home and Away, Alf Stewart, Martha Stewart

Home and Away has been taken off air in Australia (Picture: Channel 5)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? Home and Away currently airs weekday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5

Seven in Australia has made the decision to stop production of Home and Away because of the tricky logistics that coronavirus has presented, and it has also been taken off air in Australia to make way for news bulletins on the virus pandemic.

Until recently the UK schedule had been unaffected, however it was announced today that, along with Neighbours, the usual five episodes a week has been reduced to two, airing on a Monday and Friday from Monday 30th March.

The official statement from Channel 5 reads: “As a result of Covid-19, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of episodes for Neighbours and Home and Away from five to two per week for both soaps, so that our viewers can continue to enjoy them for as long as possible. Both programmes will air on Monday and Fridays, effective from Monday 30th March.”

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