Coronation Street fans can enjoy the first Thursday episode in the soap’s 50-year history, as ITV gears up to become the destination for soap and drama on Thursdays.

ITV announced recently that the soap would be switching from its usual slot on Wednesday nights to 7.30pm on Thursdays, starting on July 23.

The channel said the move was necessary to make way for coverage of this year’s UEFA Champions League.

Fans have watched Coronation Street on Wednesdays since the soap fired aired in 1960.

In addition, the hour-long Emmerdale episode on Tuesdays has been cut to 30 minutes – with a double bill now showing on Thursday nights instead.

This means that soap fans can enjoy Emmerdale at 7pm and 8pm followed by Coronation Street at 8.30pm.

These changes come at ITV1’s long-running police drama The Bill moves to its new post-watershed time of 9pm.

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