Here’s the reason why EastEnders isn’t on tonight

The BBC1 soap won't be showing on Friday

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There’ll be no episode of EastEnders airing this evening as BBC1 hands over Friday night’s schedule to charity fundraiser Comic Relief, coverage of which begins at 7.00pm.

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But viewers haven’t missed out on any Walford drama as the BBC1 has already shown its usual four episodes of EastEnders this week, thanks to a double bill being shown on Thursday.

The soap will be back in its usual scheduling pattern on Monday, when fans can catch it as normal at 8.00pm.

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The upcoming drama will see Ruby (Louisa Lytton) turning up at the Arches and offering Phil (Steve McFadden) a wad of cash in return for a mysterious favour.

Elsewhere, Mitch (Roger Griffiths) is determined to buy new football boots for Bailey (Kara-Leah Fernandes), but after losing out on a job, he resorts to desperate measures – and steals one of Patrick’s rare records.

Linda (Kellie Bright), meanwhile, arrives back with Ollie and tells Shirley (Linda Henry) and Tina (Louisa Bradshaw-White) that Mick (Danny Dyer) is spending some quality time with Nancy following her nuptials.

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