When are EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale on? Here’s how Coronavirus has affected filming and scheduling of your favourite soaps

We've rounded up when your favourite soaps are on TV so you won't miss a thing...

With so many scheduling changes going on thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to remember when EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are on.

With coronavirus causing TV studios to shut down around the world as governments recommend people honour the new social distancing rules, there is understandably a knock-on effect to what is airing on TV each day.

Here is a round up of what is happening with your favourite soap, when it is on, and how the scheduling will look going forward…

EastEnders

Linda wants to stop working in the bar in EastEnders

EastEnders filming has been put on hold thanks to the coronavirus pandemic (Picture: BBC)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? EastEnders will now air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. 

A EastEnders spokesperson announced last week: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.

“The decision was made after the latest government update. We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

“We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two, so that we can ensure the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long as possible”

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Coronation Street

Evelyn tears a strip off Tyrone

Coronation Street filming has been postponed until further notice (Picture: ITV)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? Coronation Street now airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm.

The usual six episodes of Coronation Street has now been reduced down to just three in a bid to keep the soap on screen for as long as possible during the filming break.

In a statement an ITV spokesperson said: “The continued transmission of both soaps is a priority to all of us at ITV and to our audiences who enjoy the shows.

“Whilst carefully adhering to the latest health advice from the Government and Public Health England, our production teams are continuing to film episodes in Manchester and Leeds.

“With this change of transmission pattern it will ensure we have great new soap episodes coming to air every weekday night until at least the early summer.”

Emmerdale

Paddy takes Marlon to hospital leaving Eve in the car in Emmerdale

Emmerdale episodes will now air just three times a week (Picture: ITV)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? Emmerdale is currently airs on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm.

Emmerdale bosses originally cut the usual six episodes a week down to five, but after further consideration, it has been announced that Emmerdale will now air just three episodes a week, like Coronation Street.

Hollyoaks

Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks

Hollyoaks has also followed government guidance and stopped filming (Picture: Channel 4)

Production: Filming has been postponed until further notice

When is it on? Hollyoaks is currently on Channel 4 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6.30pm.

Channel 4’s director of programming Ian Katz explained: “The coronavirus outbreak is an enormous challenge for all broadcasters and though it is having a profound impact on getting some of our productions onto screen, it is a time when public service broadcasters like Channel 4 can step up and help people navigate though the extraordinary challenges we now all face.”

In a statement earlier this week, a Hollyoaks spokesperson announced: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to pause filming of Hollyoaks.

“To make sure we stay on air every week night, fans can look forward to extra special episodes every Thursday and Friday on E4, as we begin a brand new series of ‘Hollyoaks Favourites’.

“Introduced by Kieron Richardson and Jorgie Porter, this series will give viewers a chance to revisit some of our biggest episodes, from weddings, bust-ups, heartbreaks and some of our biggest and best stunts.”

Neighbours

Neighbours, 10pm

Neighbours studios are open for filming at the moment (Picture: Channel 5)

Production: Filming has restarted with social distancing plans in place.

When is it on? Neighbours has returned to normal scheduling, and now airs Monday to Friday at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

After a reduced scheduling plan was put in place for a few months, Neighbours has returned to being shown five days a week.

Neighbours has gone down in history as being the first soap to return to filming after the coronavirus pandemic lead to TV studios being temporarily closed down, and they are now filming with strict social distancing measures in place.

The cast has been divided into two, filming in different studios, and the crew are now stepping in as extras on the daytime soap.

Home and Away 

Home and Away, Alf Stewart, Martha Stewart

Home and Away has been taken off air in Australia (Picture: Channel 5)

Production: Filming will start again on Monday 25th May with social distancing plans in place.

When is it on? Home and Away has returned to normal scheduling and now airs Monday to Friday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.

Thankfully for Home and Away fans the daytime soap has returned to normal scheduling after episodes were previously reduced to just two, and then three, times a week – and good news is that filming is due to start again before the end of the month.

A Channel 7 spokesperson told us: “Home and Away will resume filming on May 25 at Seven’s studios. This follows a seven-week break that was implemented as a precautionary response to COVID-19 but also included Easter holidays.

“A range of measures will be in place to minimise risk for cast and crew, to be overseen by dedicated safety officers. The measures include temperature checks on arrival, increased hygiene practices and rigorous cleaning schedules.

“Scripts will also be reworked to reduce close contact, in constant consultation with the cast and crew to ensure the health and safety of all.”

It has also been revealed that while studio filming will resume, filming on location at Sydney’s infamous Palm Beach will be put on hold for now.

Holby City 

Holby City logo

Holby City is back in June (Picture: BBC)

Production: Filming for Holby is due to resume shortly.

When is it on? Holby City is currently off air, but the BBC have announced it will be back on Tuesday 2nd June.

Holby City fans have been waiting patiently for their favourite medical drama to return to their screens… but the wait is almost over because the BBC has announced that the show will return on 2nd June – the first episode to air since April 14th.

Fans of the medical drama will know that Holby City  has been off air thanks to a halt in filming after studios were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show has now been off air for more than a month, but next month will see the show returning to its usual Tuesday night slot at 8pm.

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