#EastEnders cancelled in major BBC schedule shake-up - here's why

EastEnders will not air tonight as viewers will have to wait an extra day to catch up with the lives of their favourite Walford residents. Instead of the BBC soap airing in its usual spot off 7.30pm, it has been postponed until Thursday where it will continue as normal. Tonight, the BBC One schedule will be dominated by FA Cup football instead. 

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The fifth-round match between Chelsea and Liverpool will air tonight with coverage from 7.30pm until 10pm.

The FA Cup match will kick off at 7.45pm and coverage will come live from Stamford Bridge. 

If you’re a West Bromwich Albion or Newcastle United fan, there’s an option to switch over and watch that match instead using the red-button.

Kick-off is at 8pm while Reading and Sheffield United’s clash also kicks-off at this time and can be followed on BBC Radio 5 live. 

EastEndersEastEnders has been postponed (Image: BBC)

EastEndersEastEnders has made way for FA Cup coverage (Image: BBC)

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The soap returns Thursday at 7.30pm, with an hour-long episode on Friday to make up for tonight’s shake-up.

EastEnders fans weren’t pleased with the schedule shake-up and took to Twitter to comment.

One wrote: “I’m fed up with the soaps being moved to accommodate sport.”

While another stated: “I still don’t get it. Why can’t they just move the football to BBC Two instead of affecting EastEnders or vice versa.”

EastEndersEastEnders fans will have to wait till Thursday to see how Whitney is coping (Image: BBC)

"At least give us the episode on Wednesday but NOOOOOOO we have to wait two days, not one lol,” someone else wrote. 

A fourth added: “It’s Tuesday morning, you’re just waking up when you check your phone to see what time EastEnders is on tonight. 

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