EastEnders delays episodes due to Scotland v England football fixture

For the first time in a while, the iconic BBC soap will air on a Friday.

BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

EastEnders has pushed back episodes in one week in December due to a football match, meaning the soap will air a one-off Friday night episode on BBC One.

There will be no episode on Tuesday 4th December, so instead there will be an episode on Friday 8th December to make up for the missed instalment.

That means that week’s schedule will see an episode air on BBC One on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm.

This is due to the UEFA Women’s Nations League football game between Scotland and England on 4th December.

The match will air on BBC One, with Eilidh Barbour leading the action from Glasgow’s Hampden Park in the final round of group games in the inaugural competition.

Some EastEnders fans have already noticed the change, with many pleased with the one-off Friday episode.

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One fan wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Omg finally an EE episode on a Friday!”

In March 2022, EastEnders confirmed there would be scheduling changes to its broadcast pattern, which meant the BBC soap wouldn’t air on Friday nights and instead would air every Monday to Thursday evening.

Harriett Thorpe as Elaine Peacock and Kellie Bright as Linda Carter on EastEnders
Harriett Thorpe and Kellie Bright. BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

The change was the first time in EastEnders history the soap aired regularly on Wednesday nights.

Speaking about the changes at the time, BBC Studios’ continuing drama chief Kate Oates said she was “delighted” with the new regular time slots.

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