Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale fans devastated as episodes cancelled in schedule shake up

BBC and ITV viewers were livid they could not sit down with their favourite soaps tonight after they were cancelled.

Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale were all cancelled tonight following the news of Prince Philip's death.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years, passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle this morning at the age of 99.

But soap fans said the decision was "stupid" because there had already been "hours of coverage" about his life and death.

"So stupid that Corrie is cancelled because of Prince Philip like how does that make sense," wrote one Twitter user.

Another added: "Why do we need a tribute to Prince Philip instead of #Emmerdale? There can’t be anything they haven’t already said about him on TV today!"

And a third said: "Say what you want about Prince Philip, but I just know if this difficult time he would have wanted us be able to watch #EastEnders #ripprincephilip".

The channels made the decision to air special programming about the royal's life as a mark of respect.

The BBC and ITV suspended all other viewing today as well apart from news programmes.

A BBC spokesperson said: “With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended.”

ITV News broadcast continuous coverage throughout the afternoon, celebrating Prince Philip’s life, his unique contribution to British history, and looking back at his decades of service to the Queen and the country.

At 5pm a specially commissioned film, Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh aired, followed by the news and then a live programme called Prince Philip, Fondly Remembered.

At 9pm ITV will air a documentary special, Prince Philip: A Royal Life, followed by an extended news at 10.

The BBC made the decision to suspend all non-news programming and will instead air special programmes regarding the late Prince until 6pm.

Earlier today This Morning was taken off air abruptly – but viewers were not given an explanation.

During an interview with Coronation Street's Alan Halsall, Eamonn Holmes cut in to say: "Sorry I have to interrupt you for some very, very important news because we now, viewers, have to end This Morning and go straight to the ITV newsroom for more."

ITV newsreader Lucrezia Millarini then came on screen to announce the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

She then read the Queen's statement about her 99-year-old husband.

The statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

The royal passed away two months and one day short of what would have been his 100th birthday.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been married to the Queen for 73 years.

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