Why are soaps not on on New Year's Day

Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders not airing on New Year’s Day

New Year's Day is usually full of drama in Soapland, but not this year

New Year’s Day is a typically dramatic affair in the soaps, but Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders won’t be on tonight.

In an unusual move all three big soaps decided to air on New Year’s Eve instead.

Things in the schedule often change over Christmas and New Year to accommodate festive specials. And soaps are generally a huge part of the line-up with big-hitting storylines to keep us hooked.

However, things are looking different as we begin 2022, with no soaps on at all tonight.

We’ll have to wait to find out Manpreet’s fate (Credit: ITV)

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Why are the soaps not on tonight?

As January 1, 2022 falls on a Saturday, the soaps don’t air on weekends, so all three have decided to stick to that schedule pattern.

Although they made an exception last week for Christmas Day, when Corrie aired a happy Christmas, EastEnders had the wedding of Chelsea and Gray, and Emmerdale aired a huge explosion at the Woolpack, this weekend is back to normal.

It’s a particularly surprising move for EastEnders who usually air massive episodes on New Year’s Day – think the death of Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell.

Coronation Street Dec 28 Abi glares at Kelly during the drug support group
Abi finally managed to call a truce with Kelly (Credit: ITV)

What happened on New Year’s Eve?

Coronation Street saw Abi Webster and Kelly Neelan call a truce, but when Kelly noted Abi didn’t look well, it was later reveal Abi thinks she’s pregnant with Imran’s baby!

Elsewhere, fans weren’t impressed when Sally Metcalfe weed in Victoria Garden.

In Emmerdale, there was a surprise proposal from Billy to Dawn. And Belle and Kyle were in serious danger after being abandoned by Ellis.

Meanwhile, Manpreet’s escape attempt was foiled by Meena, who has now decided to kill her sister.

In EastEnders, Phil took Raymond and went on the run, and Sonia refused to forgive Rocky.

When will the soaps be on again?

We’ll have to wait until Monday, January 3 for our next fix.

But the good news is that things should start to get back to normal from there.

Emmerdale returns to its 7pm slot, Coronation Street’s double bill sits back in at 7.30pm and 8.30pm and EastEnders returns to a full half hour at 8pm.

The Masked Singer judges promo shot Joel Dommett Mo Gilligan Davina McCall Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross pose
The Masked Singer returns tonight (Credit: Bandicoot/ ITV)

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What is on TV tonight?

ITV are starting the New Year with a bang as they air the new series of The Masked Singer at 7pm.

The Joel Dommett-hosted show returns to screens with judges Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan.

The first lot of mystery celebs battling it out are Mushroom, Robobunny, Doughnuts, Chandelier, Lionfish and Firework.

Following the Masked Singer, it’s the terrestrial television premiere of the Downton Abbey film.

Over on BBC it’s an outing for Doctor Who and Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel before new drama The Tourist begins at 9pm.

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Carena Crawford
Associate Editor (Soaps)