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ITV unveils new Thursday drama schedule

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ITV has revealed a new-look drama schedule for Thursday nights.

From July 23, Coronation Street's usual Wednesday evening edition will shift to 8.30pm on Thursday, while Emmerdale's one-hour episode on Tuesday will be canned for a Thursday double-bill at 7pm and 8pm.

A 30-minute instalment of Emmerdale will still transmit on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.

Speaking of the move, an ITV spokesperson said: "Coronation Street will make a move from Wednesday to Thursday nights on ITV1 from July 23 as part of a change to the schedule to reflect ITV's contracts for the Champions League, FA Cup and England internationals, which will see ITV1's live football broadcast on Wednesday evenings."

They added: "In addition, two separate episodes of Emmerdale will be broadcast on Thursdays from the same date. We're delighted that Thursday evenings on ITV1 will be a great showcase for soap from Weatherfield and The Woolpack."

Meanwhile, The Bill's new post-watershed episodes will begin airing on Thursdays at 9pm. For the first week of the revamp only, a second episode will transmit on Friday, July 24.

ITV's Coronation Street and Emmerdale output will remain the same, with 180 minutes of the rural soap and 150 minutes of Manchester action airing across five days.

> Click here to take a look at ITV's new Thursday evening lineup

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