Gogglebox WILL air tonight as C4 vows to bring ‘sense of continuity’ for viewers

Channel 4 has confirmed that Gogglebox will air as planned this evening (Friday 9 September).

There had been some speculation over whether it would be pulled as regular programming has been adjusted across the wider network in the wake of the Queen's death.

A two hour news special will go ahead this evening between 7to 9pm but Channel 4 has confirmed to OK! that Gogglebox will be on as usual at 9pm.

A spokesperson said: "Channel 4 has made significant changes to our schedule, including added extended news coverage, to ensure that Channel 4 is respectful following the news from Buckingham Palace about the death of Her Majesty The Queen."

They added: "Channel 4 exists to offer viewers an alternative and that is particularly important at times like this. Gogglebox is a much loved national institution and it will air as planned tonight bringing a valuable sense of continuity for many of our viewers.”

In the wake of the Queen's death, and as the country enters a 10-day period of national mourning, TV schedules across all major stations and channels have been altered as a mark of respect.

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral at the age of 96 on Thursday. In an unprecedented move, the public were notified of the Queen's ill-health in the afternoon, and broadcasters swiftly switched to airing special news coverage.

When her death was sadly announced just hours later, schedulers began the task of rearranging programming for the coming weeks, with tributes replacing dramas, reality television shows and comedies.

Programmes affected include daytime TV such as This Morning and Loose Women, as well as soaps such as EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

BBC One is airing news coverage for the rest of the day with its usual schedule pulled.

BBC Two will air EastEnders tonight at 7pm. Richard Osman House of Games, Gardeners' World and Gone Fishing remain in the schedule.

ITV daytime programmes have been pulled and replaced with rolling news.

Emmerdale was cancelled on Thursday night, as was Friday's episode. Coronation Street has also been pulled from Friday's schedule with plans for next week's episodes due to be confirmed in due course.

ITV will instead air news coverage followed by The Longest Reign, a documentary on Her Majesty.

Elsewhere, some big shows are expected to be postponed or potentially rescheduled.

Strictly Come Dancing was set to return for 2022 with a pre-recorded launch show on Saturday 17 September 17, but fans have been speculating over whether that could be postponed.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 was set to begin 22 September on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer but it's thought it will be delayed.

Channel 4 was also planning to show a satirical musical about Prince Andrew next month which will likely be delayed.

The Crown was also set to air on Netflix next month and while changes to this are yet to be announced, production is thought to have been paused. OK! has contacted Netflix for confirmation.

Comedy shows on TV and radio are unlikely to be aired during the mourning period.

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