Why isn’t EastEnders on tonight, March 18?

EASTENDERS will not air tonight as usual due to schedule changes BBC One.

The Friday, March 18, 2022, airing of the long-running soap has been axed. Here's the reason why.

Why isn't EastEnders on tonight?

EastEnders fans will be disappointed to discover the soap will not be shown tonight (March 18, 2022) due to Comic Relief airing instead.

The fundraising show will begin at 7pm on BBC One.

The schedule for both The One Show and EastEnders has changed to allow space for Comic Relief to air from 7pm to 10pm on BBC One.

Comic Relief then switches to BBC Two from 10pm-10.35pm before returning to BBC One after the News At Ten.

It will then air from 10.35pm until 11.40pm.

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When will EastEnders return to TV?

EastEnders will return to BBC One on Monday, March 21, for a half hour episode as usual.

The East End soap will return at 7.30pm after The One Show airs at 7pm.

EastEnders will be followed by an episode of Panorama which will reveal Ukraine's resistance against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Which celebrities will appear on Comic Relief?

This year's hosts includes founder Sir Lenny Henry, Alesha Dixon, Paddy McGuinness, Zoe Ball and David Tennant.

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Vernon Kay is replacing Joel Dommett who had to pull out of the line-up after getting Covid.

Strictly Come Dancing winner and EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis is also set to dance on stage alongside Giovanni Pernice.

Radio 1 DJ Jordan North raised almost £700,000 for the charity after bravely taking on a five-day rowing challenge between London and Burnley.

An episode capturing Jordan's feat aired on BBC One on Tuesday, March 14, 2022.

Rowing Home With Jordan North is now available to stream on the BBC iPlayer.

Tom Daley's Homecoming aired on Monday, March 14, 2022, at 9pm – and saw the champion diver row, cycle, swim and run from Stratford in London to his hometown of Plymouth.

How can I donate to Comic Relief?

You can donate to Comic Relief by text up until May 5, 2022.

Text YES to 70205 to donate £5.

Text YES to 70210 to donate £10.

Text YES to 70220 to donate £20.

Text YES to 70230 to donate £30.

There are other alternative short codes to donate to on comicrelief.com.

Donations can also be made via the Comic Relief website.

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