Emmerdale is absent once again from ITV’s schedules on Monday 14th October as the channel airs live coverage of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match between England and Bulgaria in the soap’s usual slot from 7pm, with the match kicking off proper at 7.45pm.
It’s the second time in a row Emmerdale has been dropped for footie, as England’s clash with the Czech Republic on Friday also took over primetime, so there hasn’t been an episode since last Thursday.
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Spare a thought for Coronation Street fans, as the bumper footie fixtures have meant a week between episodes, with no visits to Weatherfield since last Wednesday 9th October – don’t panic, it’s back this Wednesday 16th October.
Back to Emmerdale, and when we return to the countryside community on Tuesday 15th October it will be an hour-long special from 7pm (meaning a direct clash with BBC One rival EastEnders, which airs at 7.30pm, so set your planners).
It’s set to be an unmissable instalment as Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) and Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) are forced to go on the run when rapist Lee Posner dies from the injuries caused by the beating Rob’s gave him for attacking his sister Victoria Barton.
Hawley is leaving the soap after five years, but exact details of how and when are still a closely-guarded secret. Miller has teased Robron fans about filming his final scenes with his co-star, saying: “During one of the emotional last scenes together it hit me that it’s real and is actually happening, and there are genuine tears in there!
“It’s not going to be the same without him, but the show goes on so to speak. And it will be interesting to see what happens with Aaron still in the show.”
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