Four much-loved BBC shows axed from schedule in huge shake-up

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A significant reshuffle of the BBC's schedule is set to see four popular shows taken off air this week.

Recent coverage of the Live UEFA Euros 2024 football has already caused major changes to the schedules of both ITV and BBC, dominating prime time television slots. Now, with Wimbledon commencing on Monday 1 July, viewers will see even more BBC programmes removed from their regular time slots this week.

Over the next few days, Wimbledon coverage will take over BBC One and BBC Two, affecting fan favourites such as Rip Off Britain, The One Show, Escape To The Country and Animal Park. In another blow for TV enthusiasts, EastEnders will also be off air until Wednesday.

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Rip Off Britain, presented by Strictly star Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville, usually airs at 2pm on BBC One but will be replaced by Wimbledon coverage. Similarly, Animal Park, hosted by Ben Fogle and Kate Humble and typically airing at 2.30pm, will also make way for the tennis.

Escape To The Country, normally broadcast at 3pm, will also be off-air due to Wimbledon, while hit chat show, The One Show, which airs every weeknight at 7pm, has also been removed for the tennis, reports the Mirror.

It's a jam-packed week for telly, with Live UEFA Euros 2024 football coverage and Wimbledon taking centre stage, alongside BBC One's live coverage of the 2024 election from 9:55pm on Thursday evening. But it's not just the Beeb feeling the impact; ITV has also had to shuffle around its beloved soap schedules.

On Monday 1 July, EastEnders fans will be left disappointed as the show is bumped off the schedule due to the football and Wimbledon. Over on ITV, Emmerdale and Coronation Street will still air, but at later times - 8pm and 9pm respectively.

The following day, Tuesday 2 July, sees another no-show for EastEnders, while over on ITV, Emmerdale is also given the chop from its usual slot.

However, Wednesday 3 July brings better news for soap enthusiasts, with a double bill of EastEnders airing from 7pm to 8pm on BBC Two. One of these episodes can already be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

Meanwhile, over on ITV, Emmerdale and Coronation Street will air at their regular times of 7:30pm and 8pm.

Thursday 4 July offers another double dose of EastEnders from 7pm to 8pm on BBC Two. On ITV, Emmerdale will broadcast its usual hour-long Thursday episode from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Unfortunately, Friday 5 July brings more disappointment for soap fans, as both Emmerdale and Coronation Street are sidelined due to the football.