Coronation Street to air weekend episode as Euros cause havoc with TV schedules

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Coronation Street is set to air a special Sunday episode in order to fit the soap around ITV’s jam-packed football schedule.

The beloved ITV show usually airs on weekdays, but across the next month, the regular schedule is set to be interrupted by ITV’s coverage of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

Coronation Street bosses have confirmed that they’re treating fans to an hour-long episode on Sunday 20 June to make up for the disrupted schedule, as the soap will air on different days and times than viewers are used to.

On 20 June, fans can tune in to the special hour-long episode at 8pm on ITV.

Corrie will then return at 9pm on the following evening’s schedule, June 21, with another late-night, hour-long special episode.

Hour-long episodes have also been scheduled for Wednesday 23 June at 9pm, and Friday 25 June 25 at 7.30pm.

ITV also recently announced that both their staple soaps, Corrie and Emmerdale, will debut on the ITV Hub as weekly boxsets during the Euro 2020 tournament.

Starting 14 June, both shows will be available on the Monday at the start of the upcoming week, so viewers can still get their fix.

Corrie boss Iain McLeod said: “There are loads of key rivalries across the Cobbles this summer and I think it will be like following your favourite team – there will be times where they let you down, make mistakes and maybe score a few own goals.

"But you’ll back them till the end and woe betide anyone else who criticises them.

“Given how exciting the stories are, it’s great that fans will have the chance to binge watch all the episodes on ITV Hub at the start of each week – as with football, sometimes when it’s an exciting face-off, you really want extra time.”

Recent dramatic Coronation Street storylines include the fall out from Nina Lucas’ hate-crime attack ,due to her gothic dress sense.

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Nina (played by Mollie Gallagher) was brutally attacked by Corey and his gang of thugs, who killed her boyfriend Seb Franklin (played by Harry Visinoni).

This gripping storyline is based on the real-life murder of Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered by two teenage boys in 2007 for being a goth.

Sophie’s mother Sylvia helped to develop the character of Nina and advised Coronation Street so they could make the soap as authentic as possible.

Episodes of EastEnders will also be able to view on BBC iPlayer before they air on BBC One during the Euros.

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