'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' marathon replaces cancelled National Television Awards

Emmerdale and Coronation Street will play catch up in place of the NTAs. (ITV)
Emmerdale and Coronation Street will play catch up in place of the NTAs. (ITV)

ITV has announced a soap marathon is set to take the place of tonight's cancelled National Television Awards.

The NTAs were due to air live tonight, but have been rescheduled for 13 October following the death of the Queen - leaving a lengthy slot to fill on ITV.

Read more: How to watch the Queen's funeral on TV

With soap episodes pulled from schedules since the Queen's death on Thursday, viewers will get the chance to catch up with the latest from Emmerdale and Coronation Street in a marathon of back-to-back episodes instead.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in the press room after winning the Daytime award for This Morning at the National Television Awards 2021 held at the O2 Arena, London. Picture date: Thursday September 9, 2021.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby at the National Television Awards 2021. (PA)

From 7.30pm, ITV will air three episodes of Emmerdale which had originally been due to be broadcast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week but were bumped back after schedules were cleared at the end of last week to cover the monarch's passing.

They will then be followed by an hour-long episode of Coronation Street which was supposed to air on Wednesday.

The NTAs will now air on ITV from the OVO Arena Wembley on Thursday, 13 October.

Read more: How broadcasting is affected when a monarch dies

ITV has recently announced its plans for coverage of the Queen's funeral on Monday, 19 September, which will give over the entire day's schedules to the state funeral and will cancel all advertising for the day.

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Strictly Come Dancing has moved its launch date. (BBC)

Other broadcasters have also announced changes to their schedules, including BBC One moving the launch of Strictly Come Dancing from Saturday, 17 September to Friday, 23 September.

It will be followed on Saturday, 24 September by the first live Strictly show.

The Celebrity MasterChef semi-finalists arrive for a task. (BBC)
The Celebrity MasterChef semi-finalists arrive for a task. (BBC)

Celebrity MasterChef's schedule has also been disrupted at BBC One, with last week's unaired two semi-finals episodes showing back-to-back tonight from 8.30pm.

The finals episodes will then air on Friday, Tuesday and next Thursday.

EastEnders paid tribute to the Queen in a specially recorded scene on Monday where Linda Carter, Denise Fox and Kathy Beale talked about her death.

Denise (Diane Parish) said: “It’s like we’ve lost our nan."

Linda (Kellie Bright) replied: “Well, we have. I mean the country’s lost… we’ve all lost our nan. She dedicated her entire life to serving us."

Watch: EastEnders pays tribute to the Queen with special scene