Coronation Street is not on tonight – here’s why and when the new schedule starts

Friday's double bill was dropped pre-pandemic changes

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Soap schedules are in flux due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on production and transmission of the UK’s continuing dramas, but the cancellation of Friday 27th March’s double helping of Coronation Street was already decided before the new schedule was announced.

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ITV are showing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens this evening instead and originally Corrie planned to air extra Thursday episodes in April to make up the shortfall.

That all changed with the recent announcement visits to Weatherfield were being reduced to single episodes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Monday 30th March, following the decision to suspend filming to ensure the show could stay on the air for as long as possible.

So in the new transmission pattern there would normally be a Corrie on a Friday, making tonight’s schedule something of an anomaly – just to confuse soap fans even more!

In summary, Corrie will be back on Monday 30th March at 7.30pm, beginning the temporary thrice-weekly showings. Got that?

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Monday’s episode sees Alya Nazir eager to rumble evil Geoff Metcalfe’s deceitful efforts to keep wife Yasmeen Metcalfe from attending her grandson’s wedding in Spain, and David Platt getting mugged as he spirals further into self-destruction following wife Shona’s request for a divorce.

Channel stablemate Emmerdale also starts it’s new schedule which sees it broadcast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm, giving viewers a soap double bill three times a week.

Keep up to date with all the schedule tweaks of your favourite soaps in our handy guide.

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