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Home & Away postponed by Channel 5 following Queen Elizabeth II’s death

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Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, this evening’s (9 September) episode of Home and Away has been postponed.

Following the announcement yesterday evening that the Queen had passed away at the age of 96 and that the United Kingdom had commenced a period of national mourning, Channel 5 confirmed a number of schedule modifications.

As a result, World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys will begin airing at 2 p.m. today instead of Home and Away’s 1.45 p.m. slot, and Iceland with Alexander Armstrong will begin airing at 1.20 p.m.

EastEnders will now air on BBC Two this evening at 7 p.m. as BBC One dedicates the entire day to special programming about the Queen. This comes after a number of significant schedule changes across UK broadcasters.

After being replaced with extended news coverage yesterday evening, Coronation Street and Emmerdale will not air tonight as scheduled. A new air date for the two soap operas has not yet been determined.

Daytime programs like This Morning, Loose Women, Dickinson’s Real Deal, Tipping Point, and The Chase have all been canceled in favor of an all-day news special on ITV.

The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral in the late afternoon, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace yesterday. King Charles III, the newly crowned monarch, paid tribute to his mother after the announcement.

He said, “For me and all members of my family, the passing of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness.”

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the nation, the Realms and the Commonwealth, as well as by countless people throughout the world. We mourn profoundly the passing of a beloved Mother and cherished Sovereign.

“My family and I will be sustained and comforted during this time of mourning and change by our knowledge of the reverence and deep affection in which The Queen so widely believed.

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