Why is Emmerdale not on tonight and when is it back on TV?

Many Emmerdale fans up and down the country will no doubt be saddened to know that the Tuesday night episode of the soap will not be airing.

Fans won’t have too long to wait however, as the popular soap will next be on our screens on Wednesday.

This week isn’t the only one that will see fewer episodes of Emmerdale than the number we’ve become accustomed to having. Here’s why…

Why is Emmerdale not on tonight?

Emmerdale isn’t on this evening because the soap has halted production in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was announced last week that filming for the soap, along with ITV’s other popular serial drama Coronation Street, would be shut down.

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An ITV spokesperson said: ‘ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March. 

‘We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.

‘However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming. We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.’


Following this announcement, an Emmerdale spokesperson told Metro.co.uk that the number of episodes shown each week would be reduced to three from Monday 30 March.

They said: ‘Following yesterday’s announcement that filming of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be suspended, ITV has taken the decision to reduce Emmerdale’s transmission pattern to three episodes per week from Monday 30 March.

‘The Yorkshire based soap will air on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Coronation Street airing at 7.30pm on the same nights.

‘The change to Emmerdale’s transmission pattern will ensure we have episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.’

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