It’s been confirmed Coronation Street and Emmerdale will not air for the rest of the week following the news the Queen has died.
Earlier today, schedules for BBC and ITV began to change as the channels started covering the news of the Queen’s ill health.
Episodes of Emmerdale and EastEnders were then pulled from tonight’s schedules following the news of the monarch’s death.
The Queen died peacefully at the age of 96 at Balmoral, ending a remarkable reign of more than 70 years.
The country will now go into a period of mourning, led by Charles – to be known as King Charles III following his automatic accession to the throne.
It has been seven decades since a monarch has died in the UK, meaning many of the traditional protocols now in motion will be seen for the first time by the majority of people in the hours, days and weeks to come.
Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke Of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.
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Now, ITV have officially confirmed their schedule for the rest of the week, and it is as follows:
0600 – 0900: GMB presented by Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard.
0900: Extended ITV News Special
2030: Queen Elizabeth II – The Longest Reign. Presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, the programme is an authored tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, charting her historic reign, from its unlikely beginnings, through the splendour of the coronation, the triumphs and tragedies of the 20th century, to the present day.
Using a powerful archive, this feature length documentary examines the vital role Elizabeth has played both at home, during a period of rapid social and cultural change, and abroad, leading Britain and the Commonwealth on the international political stage.
2200: ITV News At Ten
Due to the the special news coverage, episodes of Emmerdale and Coronation Street – which would’ve aired at 7:30pm and 8pm will now not air.
The schedule is subject to change, and it is currently not known when soaps will return to their normal time slots.
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