SOAP fans are fuming as Emmerdale and EastEnders go head-to-head as schedule shake-up starts this week.
The move – which starts from March 7 – will see ITV’s Emmerdale shift from its usual 7pm slot to 7.30pm.
Soap fans are not happy with the new schedule shake-up
EastEnders and Emmerdale are set to clash from tomorrow
his means that the countryside soap will clash directly with BBC One’s EastEnders – putting the two show’s in direct competition for four days a week, with Emmerdale airing an hour-long episode on Thursdays.
EastEnders will be will no longer air episodes on a Friday, with a “simplified schedule” that will see it air at 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
It will see uninterrupted hour-long episodes of Coronation Street on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm.
EastEnders said the new schedules would kick off with what it called a “hugely exciting” week of plots that will include killer Gray Atkins finally being exposed.
However, some fans have voiced their discontentment over the decision and fear it could “kill off” EastEnders, which is currently in a ratings slump.
One asked, referring to Emmerdale’s ongoing storyline involving Meena Jutla: “How am I supposed to choose between you and Meenadale?”