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The BBC One soap will now air on BBC Two (Picture: BBC)

EastEnders will air on BBC Two in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, it has been confirmed.

Her Majesty died peacefully on Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish home in Balmoral, after an incredible 70 year reign.

The BBC suspended its regular programming from lunchtime yesterday when it was announced that there were concerns about her health.

Coverage continued throughout the day on BBC One, before news broke at 6.30pm that The Queen had died.

The broadcaster has now revealed an altered schedule for Friday, confirming that BBC One will air coverage of the monarch’s death until 6.30pm, with a series of BBC News specials. 

BBC Two, meanwhile, has also faced changes to the schedule, with a number of BBC One programmes now airing on the channel throughout the day.

The Queen pictured when meeting new prime minister Liz Truss two days before she died (Picture: PA)

Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke Of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

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The episode of EastEnders for example, which was due to air on Thursday (September 8), will now air on BBC Two on Friday September 9.

Altered BBC schedule for Friday, September 9 2022


06:00 BBC News Special 

10:00 BBC News Special

13:00 BBC News

13:30 Regional News

13:45 BBC News Special 

18:00 BBC News 

18:30 Regional News


06:00 Coast – addition to the schedule

06:30 Escape To The Country – as billed

09:00 Summer: Earth’s Seasonal Secrets – as billed

10:00 Animal Park – addition to the schedule

10:45 Farmers Country Showdown – addition to the schedule

11:15 Homes Under The Hammer – addition to the schedule

12:15 Bargain Hunt – addition to the schedule 

13:00 Best Bakes Ever – addition to the schedule

13:45 Doctors – addition to the schedule

14:15 Money For Nothing – addition to the schedule 

15:00 Escape To The Country – addition to the schedule 

15:45 Garden Rescue – addition to the schedule

16:30 The Bidding Room – addition to the schedule

17:15 Pointless – addition to the schedule

18:00 Richard Osman’s House Of Games – as billed

18:30 Unbeatable – as billed

19:00 Garden Rescue – addition to the schedule

19:30 EastEnders – addition to the schedule

The outing of the serial drama will pick up from the previous, which saw Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) arrested by DCI Keeble for an historic crime which he did not commit.

Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis), meanwhile, becomes aware that she is being followed home, and is later accosted by the man from the club. She’s trapped, until a passer-by intervenes, giving her an opportunity to escape. 

Sharon’s date continues on Friday (Picture: BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron)

Elsewhere in the Square, Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) is delighted when Mick (Danny Dyer) allows her to say goodnight to Annie, but she’s left feeling sidelined when he goes upstairs to help Shirley. 

And Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) assures a hurt Freddie (Bobby brazier) that his mum will have answers for him, and Sharon invites a man named Matt back to her place – but her feelings for Phil leave her confused.

EastEnders airs on Friday September 9 at 7:30pm on BBC Two.

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