Why is there no EastEnders on tonight?

Football coverage pushes the soap out of its usual slot

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EastEnders will not be showing an episode on Friday 25 January due to live coverage of Arsenal’s match against Manchester United at London’s Emirates Stadium. FA Cup Match of the Day Live starts at 7.30pm on BBC1, but soaps fans need not despair as there was a double helping of Walford drama on Thursday 24 January at 7.30pm and 8.30pm to make up for Friday’s change in the schedule.

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Thursday’s dramatic double bill confirmed the fate of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) who has gone on the run and faked his death, leaving wife Kat (Jessie Wallace) a secret stash of cash he borrowed from Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) so as to provide for his family in his absence.

Fans will now have to wait to see if Kat reveals the truth of her debt-ridden husband’s whereabouts or keep quiet and pocket Phil’s cash.

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When is the next episode of EastEnders on BBC1?

We’re back to the normal transmission pattern on Monday 28 January at 8pm on BBC1, when some familiar faces return to Albert Square. Mel Owen (Tamzin Outhwaite) and son Hunter (Charlie Winter) are back to cover their tracks following Hunter’s brutal murder of sinister stepdad Ray Kelly, and Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) gets home from visiting BFF Michelle Fowler in Australia to find toy boy Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) locking lips with her stepdaughter Louise (Tilly Keeper). Will jealousy push Shazza back into her ex-lover’s arms?

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Also on Monday, Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner) encourages Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) to ask Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) out on a date, while Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) is looking forward to some alone time with wife Linda (Kellie Bright), only for a broken beer pump and some ill-timed back pain to ruin the moment…

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