Coronation Street schedule changes slammed by I'm a Celebrity winner

I'm a Celebrity winner Tony Blackburn has criticised ITV amid more schedule changes for Coronation Street.

The ITV soap has been frequently moved over recent weeks due to the ongoing FA Cup, with yesterday's episode being shifted to tonight (Thursday, February 29) from 8pm to 9pm, before it returns tomorrow (Friday, March 1) at the same time.

It's not the only soap to be moved in favour of football coverage, with EastEnders fans seeing the timing of their weekly episodes changed. This week's schedule will see the BBC soap hit screens at 7.30pm tonight, and a double episode from 7.30pm tomorrow.

Many fans of the show have aired their frustrations over the schedule changes, including legendary DJ and TV presenter Blackburn.

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Taking to X to air his frustrations, he wrote: "This is now beyond a joke for all us Coronation Street fans. More football this evening on BBC and ITV which means no Corrie.

"Why can't they put football on other channels and leave us Coronation Street fans alone or put Coronation Street on say ITV2 we will follow it anywhere!!!"

Copious Corrie fans agreed with the star, whilst actor Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew in the soap, taking the time to thank Blackburn for his love of the show.

"This has made my night! I grew up listening to you. I love it that you love us," he wrote.

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This week's episodes have been well worth the wait, however, with plenty of drama unfolding. Steve McDonald's world was rocked when Tracy Barlow's affair with his idol Tommy Orpington was exposed.

Tracy finally told Steve she was bored of their marriage and ended things with Steve, leaving him devastated in the wake of the revelation as he was planning to ask Tracy to renew their wedding vows.

Elsewhere, Dee-Dee Bailey deals with the aftermath of discovering boyfriend Joel Deering had a secret life complete with a wife, Emily, and a daughter, Maisie. After throwing him out and continuing with her life, Emily urged Dee-Dee not to give up on Joel and assured her that their marriage is well and truly over.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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