EastEnders to clash with Emmerdale and ditches Friday episode in major shake up

EastEnders will drop its Friday outing as of next month, instead airing four consecutive nights a week.

From Monday March 7, the BBC One soap will now air at a fixed time of 7:30pm from Monday to Thursday.

This move will now pit the flagship serial drama it in direct competition with Emmerdale, which will similarly move to 7:30pm as of March, as part of ITV’s new schedule.

In typical EastEnders fashion, the first week in the new schedule will be a highly dramatic one, as the truth about Gray Atkins is finally exposed.

Gray, as viewers know, has desperately tried to bury the truth about his crimes but since Christmas just past, the walls have been closing in on him but just what happens when the truth comes out remains to be seen.

EastEnders, however, isn’t the only BBC One soap on the move, as Doctors, while also airing in its afternoon slot, will now addition transmit on BBC Two at 7pm.

Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios added: ‘We’re delighted that, from 7th March, there will be new regular time slots for EastEnders on BBC One, and Doctors on BBC Two.

‘Both shows have a loyal following; and this new simplified schedule means it’s even easier for viewers to get their fix, as well as being able to watch whenever and wherever they choose on iPlayer.

‘A 7pm time slot gives a whole new audience chance to enjoy the drama in Letherbridge; while EastEnders‘ new 7.30pm slot begins with a hugely exciting week, as killer Gray Atkins is finally exposed…”’

A source told The Mirror: ‘Bosses made the decision to change up the schedule when ITV made their announcement. In the past, if there was ever a clash between the soaps it was the audience who lost out, but viewers consume TV differently these days.’

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