Coronation Street to air rare weekend hour-long special amid Euros disruption
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Coronation Street will air a special weekend episode after the disruption caused by Euro 2020 football schedule, ITV producers confirmed.
The much-loved soap will screen the episode during the second week of the football tournament on a Sunday due to the rearrangement needed to televise the match.
The Euros take place from 11 June to 11 July with our favourite soaps moved into different slots of the TV schedule to accomodate the many extra football matches.
Loyal Corrie viewers have been left disappointed as the show was changed from its usual airing schedule throughout the month-long sporting season.
However, fans of the cobbles will be treated to an hour-long episode on Sunday June 20 at 8pm to make up for the disruptions.
As matches will take place throughout June and July, the show compromised by producing hour-long episodes to make up for the sporadic airing of the show this month.
The extended specials will take place on Monday, June 21 at 9pm, Wednesday, June 23 at 9pm and Friday 25 at 7.30pm.
This comes after Coronation Street and Emmerdale both announced they will be following in the footsteps of EastEnders and debuting episodes online during the Euro 2021 tournament.
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ITV have now revealed that their two soaps will be moving on to the ITV Hub in the form of boxsets so fans can binge watch the week's worth of programmes.
Each Monday, six episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be uploaded online so they can be watched in one sitting – or spread out across the week to avoid the footie.
Coronation Street's producer Iain MacLeod 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."
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