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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: ITV1 shakes up schedules Reply with quote

ITV1 soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street have been moved in the schedules as part of the network's radical 2008 revamp.

Both soaps' Sunday episodes have been moved to weekdays in the new schedule, with Corrie effectively reduced to three outings a week.

Despite the reduction in the number of nights each soap is broadcast, the total number of minutes per week remains the same. Emmerdale will transmit Monday to Friday at 7pm, with its Tuesday episode turning into a one-hour special airing between 7pm and 8pm.

Coronation Street, meanwhile, will air twice on Mondays and Fridays (7.30pm and 8.30pm) with a single episode on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

An ITV source told DS that the new scheduling will remain for the "foreseeable future" - even beyond the 10-week run of Dancing on Ice which will now air on Sundays.

Of the new schedule, ITV director of television Simon Shaps said: "We've responded to viewer feedback on Coronation Street and Emmerdale so that fans can catch up with their favourite soaps over fewer nights."

An Emmerdale spokeswoman told DS: "The hour episodes will all be storyline driven. We've played specials in the Tuesday night slot before and there is always a real viewer appetite for it."

ITV's decision to broadcast an hour-long Emmerdale on Tuesday nights will result in a weekly clash with BBC soap EastEnders which begins at 7.30pm.

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The twice a night episode worked for Corrie last year ( Monday wasn't it ? The odd hour Emmerdale worked too Now they will add it in full time... The end of the day whatever they will replace it with on a Sunday will be to late for people to stay up to watch?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ITV has confirmed that a radical overhaul of ITV1's schedule - including the return of iconic news bulletin News at Ten and a shakeup of soap timeslots - will launch on Monday, January 14.

News at Ten will run from Monday to Thursday on the new schedule, with a later news bulletin airing on Fridays and at weekends as part of a "renewed focus on new comedy, entertainment and drama". Friday nights will feature a mixture of comedy and entertainment, starting with Al Murray's Happy Hour, and Saturday nights will focus on family drama such as Primeval.

The network's Sunday night lineup will be noticeably reshaped, with Coronation Street and Emmerdale's weekend episodes moving to Tuesday and Friday respectively, in an effort to focus the night on entertainment programming such as Dancing on Ice.

ITV director of television Simon Shaps explained: "One of the principal ideas behind these changes is to make the weekends on ITV1 feel special. We have always been the home of Saturday night entertainment and we want to broaden that out to make the whole weekend on ITV1 something to look forward to. This has meant a wholesale spring clean for Friday nights with new comedy, drama and feature films to get the weekend started, and a much fresher look to Sunday evenings with entertainment shaking up the historically drama-led schedule."

The return of news to the 10pm slot for most of the week has resulted in an emphasis on hour-long drama for the 9pm slot. Among the shows to be launched in the time period this month are interlinked comedy and soap Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach, along with fictional Buckingham Palace drama The Palace and Amanda Redman's Honest.

Shaps explained: "The restructuring of the peak time schedule and the return of News at Ten means that weve got a great opportunity to recapture some lost ground at 9pm and weve responded to viewer feedback on Coronation Street and Emmerdale so that fans can catch up with their favourite soaps over fewer nights.

"The new shape allows greater freedom and flexibility to create new hits within the schedule. In all, these changes make for a more streamlined, user friendly schedule that plays to ITV1s strengths as an entertainment powerhouse and the home of original drama."
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The new set looks quite dark. Rumours are that the opening titles will bean updated version of the 1980's virtual flight across the London nightime city.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is rumoured to be a great set of opening titles to the newly revamped News At Ten with an updated version of the 80's flight across London ending at Big Ben when the clock strikes 10.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DONG! and there's bugger all happening this evening.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bong! hear the same news you heard yesterday Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DONG! and I.. want my desk baaack.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gfloyd wrote:
There is rumoured to be a great set of opening titles to the newly revamped News At Ten with an updated version of the 80's flight across London ending at Big Ben when the clock strikes 10.



But will it really be ten o'clock, or four minutes past, after a load of adverts?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bong: First, some breaking news for our reporter, Mark Occomore! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BONG: "Britney Spears is released from hospital...."

BONG: "The Spice Girls deny rumours they are about to tour again...."

BONG: "Er.... is anyone out there watching us?"
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briant wrote:
Bong: First, some breaking news for our reporter, Mark Occomore! Laughing
Laughing

Ceefax will have to get their pages updated a little bit quicker then! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks more like a photoshoot from Tales of the Unexpected, the guy on the right did it. Very Happy

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