Eastenders fans left annoyed after soap is replaced in scheduling shake-up this week

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Die-hard Eastenders fans have taken to Twitter to vent about their favourite soap being taken off-air in a scheduling shake-up this week.

The BBC One soap, which is showcasing an age gap romance with characters Honey Mitchell and Jay Brown, will be replaced by the FA cup football.

The soap usually airs every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week, but will not be airing on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

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Instead, an episode will be shown on Wednesday at 8pm for 20 minutes, and a double-bill will air on Friday from 8:10pm to 9pm.

Fans of the Walford drama have been left frustrated by the shake-up and have shared their feelings on Twitter.

One viewer expressed: "Great, stuck indoors and football on BBC1, so no Eastenders or Holby City tonight. Why can't they put football on BBC2?

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"Doesn't help coping with the Covid regs for those who are not keen on football."

"Football is taking up my Eastenders time and I'm not impressed at all," another Twitter user vented.

A third added: "This is absolute rubbish. Clash with @itvcorrie on Friday. There are football channels! On the upside a Wednesday edition and double on Friday."

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The news comes after it was announced that new character Zack Hudson will be descending upon the Square.

He will be played by actor James Farrar who shared his excitement about his new role.

James said: "I'm thrilled to be joining Eastenders. As a born and bred Londoner myself, I can’t wait to bring my experience of a place I love and know to such a well-respected long running show, with such iconic characters."

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