ITV has announced that it will bring both Emmerdale and Coronation Street back to full time schedules from Monday 14 September.
Both soaps will air six episodes weekly, with Emmerdale airing every weekday with an extra episode on Thursdays, while Corrie will return with double bills on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Dark days await the village in Emmerdale. Dawn and Harriet face the fallout of their murder of Malone, and a family war is afoot with Belle having chosen a Tate over the Dingles.
Meanwhile, even more chaos ensues when Moira’s brother enters the fold.
Emmerdale’s executive producer, Jane Hudson, said: “I’m so proud of the tireless work that everyone has put into getting us back to six episodes a week.
“The commitment, loyalty and enthusiasm from our cast, crew and different teams has been phenomenal. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
As Coronation Street builds up to its 60th anniversary on 9 December, it promises a lot of love, loss and heartbreak.
Romance sparks once more for old flames David and Shona, and Daniel’s infatuation with sex worker Nicky deepens.
Abi and Debbie begin a fierce battle, with Peter’s part in Abi’s dark past threatening his current relationship with Carla, and Leanne will stop at nothing to save her son Oliver.
Among the familiar faces returning to the cobbles are Natasha Blakeman and Todd Grimshaw. Todd’s return is bad news for Eileen, but a newcomer may quell the heartache.
Producer Iain MacLeod commented: “Throughout lockdown and beyond, the regular instalments of Britain’s best-loved soap have taken on even greater significance, giving viewers a beacon of familiarity and normality amid the craziest of times.
“At a time when many people couldn’t see their loved ones in real life, their fictional friends on the cobbles became even more essential, as the audience escaped in half-hour bursts into the wonderful world of Weatherfield.”
From 14 September, Emmerdale will air Monday to Friday at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursday. A double bill of Coronation Street will air on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.