EastEnders spoilers – Fans FURIOUS as soap is cancelled yet again; plus Emmerdale & Coronation Street cast news

EMMERDALE and EastEnders fans devastated as the soaps did not air last night.

The most recent instalments of the two soaps were postponed by ITV and BBC last night.

Fuming fans took to social media to express their anger at the soaps being cancelled in favour of FA Cup matches.

One fan raged: "Football should be on a separate channel!!"

While another wrote: "Enjoy an hour tonight girls and boys as it’s bloody football all week."

And a third said: "The FA Cup schedule has been in place for weeks, so you would think you would have found out more then 6 hours before".

Emmerdale will return tonight at 7pm, while EastEnders will be back on Thursday at 7.40pm.

Read our soap spoilers live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Sarah Jayne Dunn: Hollyoaks bosses didn’t let me say goodbye

    SARAH Jayne Dunn has blasted "ruthless" Hollyoaks bosses for not allowing her to say goodbye to her co-stars before she was sacked from the soap.

    Speaking on the Tis Yourself podcast, the former soap star said: "I got pulled in for a meeting on Friday and by Wednesday morning they’d terminated my contract with immediate effect.

    "So I didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye to anyone, or go in to film my final scenes. 

    "Considering I put so many years in… went in filming when Stanley was poorly in hospital and things like that, I feel like it’s a really ruthless way to be treated. There was no, ‘Let's work this out’ or ‘What can we do?’.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Good morning, Milica Cosic with you today reporting on all the latest news, gossip and spoilers from your favourite soaps.

  • John Hall

    Gray Atkins wakes up from coma

    When he wakes up in next week’s EastEnders, the lawyer makes a shock discovery about his wife Chelsea Fox.

    Chelsea finally makes her way to hospital after a fun morning with his children, Mack and Mia. This could lead to the beautician taking her son Jordan away from Gray, as she outs him for abusing her physically and mentally.

    Horrified by Whitney and Kheerat’s revelations about Gray, who are both adamant on protecting her, Chelsea has tried to crawl her way out of her marriage.

    But her attempts perpetually fell flat as Gray has constantly outsmarted her.

    Released from hospital, Gray returns home but is disgruntled when he sees that a bigger deal hasn’t been made about his arrival.

    However, Gray will have to focus on other matters as another one of his secrets has been found out in the Argee Bhajee.

    Will Gray finally get the justice he deserves?

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    EastEnders’ Lorraine Stanley takes selfies with Zack Morris

    Eastenders actress Lorraine Stanley was a far cry from her character Karen as she attended Zack Morris’ leaving party.

    The 45-year-old swapped Karen’s messy bun for relaxed curls framing her face and wore a chic black dress.

    She shared a series of pictures with Zack, who has just quit playing her onscreen son Keegan on the BBC soap.

    Reminiscing about their time on the soap, she wrote: “Well it’s been an absolute honour to play your Mum @_zack_morris you are a little gem!!

    “You’re passion and commitment to the craft is just so impressive! I’ve laughed so much working with you & the whole Taylor/Baker famalam ,memories I will cherish forever!

    “You are sooooo Talented,you’re generous,kind,professional,real,the list goes on…Go shine like the star you are 🌟🌟🌟I love you Son!! ✌🏼💙(Mummy 2) xxxxx.

    An emotional Zack replied: “This brought a tear to my eye and warmed my heart at the same time. Love you too Lou, so much! I really couldn’t of asked for a better on screen mum💙 You’ve been nothing but a blessing X”

  • John Hall

    Corrie Spoiler: Imran makes a decision about Toyah

    As Emma struggles to make sense of her connection with Jon, another pair of characters could take their relationship to the next level.

    While couples in Weatherfield often fail to make it to the alter, Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo) wants his love with Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) to last a lifetime.

    Despite the many obstacles they’ve had to encounter, the couple enjoy a romantic dinner at the Bistro when Toyah discovers an engagement ring buried in her pudding.

    She understands that Imran has decided to ask for her hand in marriage.

    Slipping the ring on her finger, she assures her partner she’s thrilled to be wearing it.

    But one Coronation Street resident won’t be celebrating the engagement anytime soon.

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    Corrie Spoiler: Hope tells Chesney a shocking secret

    Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) calls at No.5 and encourages Hope (Isabella Flanagan) to tell Chesney what her cousin Joseph told her.

    Hope reveals that Joseph never wanted to leave for Portugal but only went along with Linda as he felt his father and stepmother couldn’t afford to keep him around.

    Chesney is devastated and realises he has made the worst decision of his life.

    Panicked, both Gemma and Chesney drive off for the airport in pursuit of the boy.

    But will they get to him in time?

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    Corrie spoilers: Brian and Cathy in for shock exit

    CORONATION Street’s Brian Packham will tease his soap exit with partner Cathy Matthews after the pair succumb to the seaside.

    Spoiler scenes show the pair excitedly parking up on the Cobbles after a trip to Cornwall, with Cathy bundling her items out of their blue car.

    Corrie‘s Brian, played by Peter Gunn, is stopped by Shona, who has been taking care of their business, as she asks about their trip.

    The former teacher gushes about their break and reveals they have found a village shop, just like Rita’s Kabin, in a Cornish village – and they are tempted to up sticks and buy it.

    This leaves Shona stunned but it remains to be seen if the pair stay true to their word, or the allure of Weatherfield keeps them rooted.

    Their UK getaway comes after soap bosses revealed an online bullying storm was about to descend on the duo.

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    Corrie boss on Brian & Cathy’s exit

    Executive producer Iain MacLeod told Express.co.uk: “I think Brian and Kathy have the flavour of an archetypal Corrie couple for me.

    “They just feel like you could have probably had them on screen at any point in the history of the show and they would have felt right and very Coronation Street.”

    The cobbles’ top producer also teased that the couple may be heading in a new direction.

    He continued: “It’s not the biggest story we’re doing by any stretch.

    “But there’s a really interesting story about the kind of perils of social media and the kind of hell storm that can rain down on you if you take on the trolls and that will arrive in the first quarter of next year.”

    Expanding on the upcoming angle, Iain added: “Essentially, Cathy will make some unwise choices in her online life which will threaten to sort of seeing them completely ostracised from their friends and sees them getting viciously trolled online and it’ll bring in, bring in Alex as well.

    “So there’s a kind of angle for him in terms of the online cruelty that sometimes faces disabled people when they venture into social media.

    “So it’s really kind of complicated, modern story.”

  • John Hall

    Corrie spoilers: Chesney & Gemma make a horrifying mistake

    Next week things take a drastic turn when Chesney starts to believe that it might be a good idea that he moves abroad.

    The dad-of-five tells the young lad that he’s happy with him moving to Portugal with granny Linda.

    But little does he know that Joseph is absolutely heartbroken.

    Later on Chesney meets up with Linda to tell her that she can take Joseph back to the holiday hot spot for a better life.

    But they’re all left lost for words when they’ve not got much time to let it sink in.

    Linda reveals that she has to fly back as soon as possible because of a family emergency.

    Chesney and Gemma fight back the tears when Joseph agrees to go with his grandma and they wave goodbye to the pair outside Number 5.

    Later on Hope throws a spanner in the works when she tells the couple the truth.

    The school girl tells Chesney and Gemma that Joseph said he never wanted to go to Portugal.

    Chesney’s heart begins to sink and realises the damage he’s done.

    The fast food shop assistants quickly get a cab and rush to the airport to try and stop the youngster.

    Will they make it in time to stop Joseph?

  • John Hall

    EastEnders spoilers: Gray Atkins wakes up from coma

    When he wakes up in next week’s EastEnders, the lawyer makes a shock discovery about his wife Chelsea Fox.

    Chelsea finally makes her way to hospital after a fun morning with his children, Mack and Mia. This could lead to the beautician taking her son Jordan away from Gray, as she outs him for abusing her physically and mentally.

    Horrified by Whitney and Kheerat’s revelations about Gray, who are both adamant on protecting her, Chelsea has tried to crawl her way out of her marriage.

    But her attempts perpetually fell flat as Gray has constantly outsmarted her.

    Released from hospital, Gray returns home but is disgruntled when he sees that a bigger deal hasn’t been made about his arrival.

    However, Gray will have to focus on other matters as another one of his secrets has been found out in the Argee Bhajee.

    Will Gray finally get the justice he deserves?

  • John Hall

    Corrie Spoiler: Hope tells Chesney a shocking secret

    Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) calls at No.5 and encourages Hope (Isabella Flanagan) to tell Chesney what her cousin Joseph told her.

    Hope reveals that Joseph never wanted to leave for Portugal but only went along with Linda as he felt his father and stepmother couldn't afford to keep him around.

    Chesney is devastated and realises he has made the worst decision of his life.

    Panicked, both Gemma and Chesney drive off for the airport in pursuit of the boy.

    But will they get to him in time?

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    Joseph leaves the cobbles this week

    As the oldest sibling of a large family, Joseph (played by William Flanagan) has been feeling lost and neglected.

    So when his grandmother Linda Hancock (Jacqueline Leonard) returns to Weatherfield and suggests he moves to Portugal to live with her, the schoolboy considers it.

    Coming up, Linda calls at No.5 to collect him from school.

    Reflecting on recent events, and despite the rift Linda's return has caused within the family, Chesney (Sam Aston) admits to Gemma (Dolly-Rose Campbell) it's time he accepted Joseph's departure.

    Later, he meets up with Linda and tells her she can give Joseph the life he deserves better than he ever could as an overwhelmed and swamped father of five children.

    Shockingly, Linda calls at No.5 again, explaining that she is due to fly back to Portugal that same evening due to an emergency.

    Joseph asserts that he'll go with her and Chesney reels in shock alongside Gemma.

    However, Chesney recognises that this is probably his best chance at making Joseph happy.

    Outside their home, an emotional Chesney, Gemma, Bernie, Fiz, Hope and Ruby wave Joseph and Linda off in their taxi.

    But Hope has a devastating secret to tell Chesney.

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    Kat struggles to cope

    Next week, Tommy Moon (Sonny Kendall) begins to act out and leaves his mother Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) devastated.

    Jean (Gillian Wright) is the first to realise Tommy isn't himself when she finds him skiving from school.

    Tommy then begs Kat for some money for a school trip, but is disappointed when she refuses.

    As keeps being the target of bullies, it becomes clear Tommy can't get rid of them as of yet.

    Tommy receives a message demanding money by the end of the day.

    Later on, Kat realises Mitch Baker's (Roger Griffiths) wages have gone missing.

    And with Tommy's request for money still fresh on her mind, her suspicious automatically turn to her young son.

    She inadvertently embarrasses her son in front of his bullies, only making matters worse for him at school.

    Despite feeling humiliated, Tommy denies he took Mitch's money and insists that he is no longer being bullied.

    The pair are at each other's throats.

  • Joseph Gamp

    All 3 main soaps begin airing at different times next week

    As of next week, all three of the main evening soaps will begin airing at new times. 

    ITV's Emmerdale will move to a nightly 7.30pm slot – with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.

    And Coronation Street will air Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings for an hour every episode at 8pm.

    In response to the reshuffle at ITV, the BBC has moved its flagship soap EastEnders.

    Trips to Albert Square will now air Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm on BBC One with the Friday episode dropped.

    It will mean a permanent soap clash between Emmerdale and EastEnders.

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    BBC daytime soap Doctors to get new primetime slot

    Lunchtime soap Doctors has been promoted to primetime, and no one is more delighted than Sarah Moyle, who plays the surgery's receptionist Valerie.

    She told The Sun's Rod McPhee: "Primetime is our new favourite phrase, no matter what happens we're like, 'Yeah we're primetime!'

    "I don't think it'll change anything about the show. What we have is unique, it's quirky and it's different but hopefully it'll be something new."

    Co-star Dex Lee, who plays practice manager Bear, also added: "That's our selling point, we're going to double down on that quirkiness and hopefully our new audience will love it as much as we love doing it."

    From March 7, Doctors will air at lunchtime and then be repeated each day on BBC2 at 7pm, Monday to Thursday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Emmerdale and EastEnders fans FURIOUS after soaps are cancelled tonight for football

    SOAP fans were fuming tonight after being left with nowhere to turn as BBC and ITV both aired hours of football.

    That meant EastEnders and Emmerdale were yanked from schedules and replaced with FA Cup action.

    Many fans have been left fuming, with one insisting football stayed on specialist channels so soap viewers could watch their shows.

    One wrote: "These football needs to go back to the main channels like sky sports instead of taking over BBC one and itv we need to watch @emmerdale and @bbceastenders."

    Another loudly complained: "I THINK ITS SCANDALOUS THEY KEEP MOVING USUAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOTBALL!

    "DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WHO WATCH FOOTBALL ARENT CLEVER ENOUGH TO SWITCH TO BBC2."

    The BBC is airing Middlesbrough v Tottenham from 7.30pm while ITV have Peterborough v Manchester City at 6.45pm.

    The only soap that is making it to air is Hollyoaks, which was at 6.30pm, as Channel 4 doesn't hold any FA Cup rights.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Emmerdale Chelsea Halfpenny’s plea after grandad involved in hit & run

    EMMERDALE actress Chelsea Halfpenny is begging for anyone with information to come forward as her granddad fights for his life after a hit and run.

    The soap star, 30, is appealing for witnesses to come forawrd after the 85-year-old was struck by a car in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on Friday night.

    n an emotional online post she branded those responsible for the callous incident at “scum”.

    She said: “There are four lads who all have mams, dads, aunties, uncles, and friends so there are a lot of people in a very small area that have information on what happened last night.

    “Do the right thing. You have left somebody in a critical condition. You will be found.

    “Group of 18/19 year-olds, one with fair hair, who came back to where the 85-year-old victim was lay bleeding and picked up the pieces of their damaged car and drove away. Scum of this earth.”

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    Who is Chelsea Halfpenny?

    Chelsea Halfpenny is the niece of well-known Geordie actress Jill Halfpenny.

    The Emmerdale actress also starred as Alicia Munroe in Casualty.

    Halfpenny is currently playing Jenna Hunterson in the touring musical Waitress, which will head to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal next week.

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    Kimberly Hart-Simpson used a vision board to help her score Corrie role

    Actress Kimberly has told how she made her return to the screen happen with a vision board within hours of deciding she wanted to return.

    She said: “Well this isn’t for everyone but I like vision boards, the things I like in my life I want to see on the daily, it gives me direction and purpose.

    “And on the day that I got the call for Corrie I had made a vision board including the 10 things that I wanted in my life at that time, and Corrie went back on there. I pin it up, write the reason, and how it would feel, how the call would go and who I would tell first. 

    “This is part of something I have read online and within two hours I got the call to ask if I wanted to go back. 

    “Whether that was the power of the board I don’t know, but for me it solidified the decision and made no secret of the fact this is where I want to be in life. 

    “I love being on Corrie, it is the best job I have had and I always felt like it wasn’t a full stop, it was a semicolon and am back now to do the other part.”

    Corrie's Kimberly Hart-Simpson claims she ‘manifested’ her return

    KIMBERLY Hart-Simpson has revealed she manifested her return to Coronation Street.

    The actress – who plays sex worker Nicky Wheatley on the ITV soap – has told how she used a vision board to bring herself back to the soap.

    She first joined the soap in 2020 for a three month stint.

    Playing prostitute Nicky who struck up a relationship with grieving widower Daniel Osbourne, Kimberly became a fan favourite.

    Daniel gave Nicky money so she could quit sex work and make a new life for herself and her daughter far away from Weatherfield.

    The Sun exclusively revealed her comeback last year – and now it is happening next week.

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      Coronation Street trailer shows drugs horror for Abi Franklin

      CORONATION Street's Abi Franklin's drug relapse reaches terrifying new lows as she spirals out of control.

      Sally Carman's troubled character recently linked back up with ex Dean as she broke her sobriety streak.

      Abi, who last year lost son Seb after he was murdered in a hate crime, then took things one step further with drug addict Dean as the pair re-kindled their romance.

      This left Kevin (played by Michael Le Vell) heartbroken to find out his wife was unfaithful and the married couple separated in a brutal fashion.

      A Coronation Street trailer has now revealed Abi's dire state of mind as this week's episodes play out.

      Entitled Drama, Deceit and Life Or Death Dilemmas, it opens with Abi getting her fix before she is seen slumped on her front door.

      Her colleague Tyrone Dobbs berates her and rages: "Look at you, you can barely stand up."

      Looking worse for wear, Abi retaliates: "I aint got time for this."

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      Joseph leaves the cobbles this week

      As the oldest sibling of a large family, Joseph (played by William Flanagan) has been feeling lost and neglected.

      So when his grandmother Linda Hancock (Jacqueline Leonard) returns to Weatherfield and suggests he moves to Portugal to live with her, the schoolboy considers it.

      Coming up, Linda calls at No.5 to collect him from school.

      Reflecting on recent events, and despite the rift Linda’s return has caused within the family, Chesney (Sam Aston) admits to Gemma (Dolly-Rose Campbell) it’s time he accepted Joseph’s departure.

      Later, he meets up with Linda and tells her she can give Joseph the life he deserves better than he ever could as an overwhelmed and swamped father of five children.

      Shockingly, Linda calls at No.5 again, explaining that she is due to fly back to Portugal that same evening due to an emergency.

      Joseph asserts that he’ll go with her and Chesney reels in shock alongside Gemma.

      However, Chesney recognises that this is probably his best chance at making Joseph happy.

      Outside their home, an emotional Chesney, Gemma, Bernie, Fiz, Hope and Ruby wave Joseph and Linda off in their taxi.

      But Hope has a devastating secret to tell Chesney.

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      EastEnders Spoilers: Karen realises something about Mitch

      Mitch Baker will soon have a new love interest.

      However, he is initially oblivious to newcomer named Rita, as she is flirting with him in the cab office.

      Keegan and Bailey pick up on this, so the latter (who tried to make her father give a previous relationship a second chance) tells Rita that Mitch will meet her at Ruby’s.

      Although Mitch goes along with the plan, he’s unsure it’s the right thing for him to do.

      Later, Mitch joins the rest of his family for a drink and looks happy.

      But as Mitch moves on, his ex Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley) realises her feelings for him and becomes increasingly jealous.

      She’s surprised how news of his date has affected her and is left confused.

      Is there a chance for Mitch and Karen to give their relationship another go?

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      Emmerdale fans call out ‘laughable’ police blunder as Meena Jutla CONFESSES to murders

      EMMERDALE viewers were left fuming at the Dales' police force as Meena Jutla candidly confessed to murder.

      Soap fans were irked as the evil ITV character laid bare her crimes to Reverend Charles Anderson while in her prison cell – but the authorities appeared none the wiser.

      Meena, played by Paige Sandhu, is now in police custody and has confessed to killing Ben Tucker.

      She has insisted it was self-defence and initally denied having anything to do with the deaths of Nadine Butler, Leanna Cavanagh and Andrea Tate.

      A police officer told her that she was also being held responsible for the attempted murders of Victoria Sugden and Leyla Cavanagh, as well as the possession of an unregulated firearm.

      Meena was left speechless when with the copper also charged her for the kidnap, false imprisonment and attempted murders of Manpreet Sharma and Vinny Dingle.

      She also got charged for kidnapping and the false imprisonment of Billy and Dawn Fletcher.

      Yet when she called Reverend Charles Anderson into her cell for "forgiveness and redemption" fans were left hugely confused.

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