Emmerdale Six Days a Week! (Whats not to like?)
Emmerdale is returning to the normal service of six episodes after enjoying an extra episode of Dales drama each week since the spring.
Official schedules for the week commencing Monday, August 26 have revealed that Emmerdale will be switching back to airing six episodes each week rather than the seven viewers have been enjoying.
Since early April, Emmerdale has been airing seven episodes, with an additional edition added at 8pm on Tuesday evenings. With fans used to the odd extra Tuesday episode or an hour-long to make up for schedule interruptions by the football, nothing was thought of it at first. The longer it remained, the more convinced fans became that it was a permanent fixture.
Not everyone will be disappointed to see Emmerdale return to it’s six episode schedule as some viewers and critics felt the extra edition was causing the quality to decline and dialogue to become repetitive.
David Brown, soaps writer for the Radio Times, said: “Have you noticed that the characters on Emmerdale keep having the same conversations over and over again? My theory is that the second episode added to Tuesdays has resulted in a lot more padding to fill the show’s allotted screen time. Seven instalments a week is just too much: it seems writers are struggling to come up with enough plot and I fear the end result will be the viewers skipping episodes because their perceive them to be disposable.
This year, the extra episodes started running earlier in the year and carried on for a much longer period, creating a special slot at 8pm.
The extra instalments also coincided with major storyline peaks, including the Big Night Out, Maya Stepney’s comeuppance and the recent fire at the factory, which killed Frank Clayton.
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