SOAP fans have been left furious as Coronation Street’s special 10,000th episode will clash with EastEnders tonight.
The hour-long Corrie milestone begins on ITV at 7.30pm, with EastEnders playing out in its regular 8pm slot on BBC One.
Viewers have questioned why EastEnders hasn’t been pushed back half an hour as is usually the case when there is a particularly big clash in soapland.
One baffled viewer wrote online: “At 8.30 on BBC1 A Question OF Sport is on which is basically a filler programme. So why isn’t Question OF Sport on at 8pm and EE at 8.30.
“They could easily change the schedule. Maybe they still will.”
Meanwhile tonight’s Corrie episode is particularly special for show legend William Roache, who appeared in the first ever episode 60 years ago.
The actor is the longest serving character on Britains longest-running soap.
EastEnders is on tonight at 8pm
Coronation Street legend Roache in the soap’s first episode 60 years ago
The 87-year-old, who plays Ken Barlow, and girlfriend Claudia Colby, played by Rula Lenska, 70, join a residents bus trip to Blackpool planned by Rovers landlady Jenny Connor Sally Ann Matthews, 49.
Corrie boss Iain MacLeod hoped the episode would be a classic and said it was not without dramas.
It will see tragedy strike during a coach trip to Blackpool and leave one character with the realisation they need to move on to pastures new.
In the anniversary episode, Rita is shocked when she receives the ashes of her estranged husband Dennis in the post along with a note requesting she scatter them in Blackpool.
Jenny gets wind of Ritas mission and decides to organise a day out for the residents – which will end in disaster.
According to ITV, the episode will see memories shared, secrets aired and tensions rise as it starts to look as though they wont make it to Blackpool before nightfall, if at all.