EastEnders in Monday double bill after BBC shake-up for Prince Philip coverage

Fans of Eastenders will receive a double helping on Monday evening as the programme is scheduled to air twice due to BBC's Prince Philip coverage on Friday night.

The East London-based drama, which usually airs on Fridays at 8.30pm, was placed on hiatus due to the sudden death of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Tonight, viewers will be given the chance to catch up on Eastenders as Friday and Monday’s episode will be shown back to back from 8:10pm.

ITV will also follow suit with their schedules, as they prepare to run hour-long episodes of both Emmerdale and Coronation Street on Tuesday night from 7pm.

BBC One and ITV decided to make drastic changes to their schedules following the sad news of Prince Philip’s death and opted to ditch their regular programming after receiving the news on Friday at midday.

Replacing their usual schedule, the BBC dedicated their channel to coverage on the late Prince Philip, his life, and the sad news of his passing.

Out of respect for Prince Philip, ITV also decided not to broadcast Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and instead aired special programming dedicated to the Royal.

Though the BBC dedicated the majority of their schedules to Prince Philip, the television broadcaster received a high number of complaints from viewers due to their blanket coverage on the Royal.

Prince Philip, passed away aged 99 on April 9 while at his and the Queen's Windsor Castle residence.

The Royal Family announced the tragic news online in a brief statement posted to their Twitter account and official website.

The full statement from the palace read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Last month Prince Philip returned home from hospital after a four-week stay.

The Duke was admitted to King Edward VII's hospital in central London on February 16 following complaints of feeling unwell.

After a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew's – Philip returned home to Windsor Castle.

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