EASTENDERS fans will have to hit pause on their favourite soap opera tonight as there won’t be a new episode airing.

That’s right, the BBC show is not on this evening – January 10, 2022 – but here’s why, and what you can watch instead…

Eastenders won't be airing tonight, January 10, due to the third round of the FA Cup

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Eastenders won’t be airing tonight, January 10, due to the third round of the FA Cup

Why is EastEnders not on tonight, January 10?

EastEnders is not on tonight, despite usually airing at 8pm on Monday nights.

This is due to a football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa airing tonight on BBC One instead, throwing the normal schedule for the soap into chaos.

The two teams are going head to head for the third round of the FA Cup.

If you don’t fancy the football, Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport will be airing at the same time on ITV and BBC Two will be showing the semi-final of game show Only Connect.

When will the next episode of EastEnders be aired?

Fear not, you don’t have long to wait until the next episode.

The soap will be catching up with a double feature tomorrow night – Tuesday, January 11 at 7.30pm.

The two episodes will air back to back, with the first marking the soap’s return to full length, half an hour long episodes after a year of shortened episodes due to pandemic-related filming restrictions.

The second part of the double feature will, however, only be around twenty minutes in length.

Eastenders had been airing shortened episodes, but is set to return to full length

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Eastenders had been airing shortened episodes, but is set to return to full length

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After that, the soap will then be back to normal, with new half an hour long episodes set to air on both Thursday, 13 January and Friday, 14 January.

The soap typically airs four nights a week, but it looks like bosses may be considering extending the show’s offerings to five nights a week in an attempt to “stop the slide” of falling viewer numbers.

You can also watch past episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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