Home and Away will not air on Channel 5 in the UK or Channel 7 in Australia on Monday 19th September due to the Queen’s funeral.
Australian viewers will see the postponed episode the following day, while UK viewers will only be able to watch it on My5.
Home and Away schedule changes in Australia
In Australia, Channel 7 will feature coverage of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from midday, continuing through to the morning of Tuesday 20th September.
The episode which was due to air on Monday will instead air on Tuesday, with the rest of the week’s episodes pushed back by one episode to compensate.
Single episodes will air on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., and three episodes will air on Thursday, September 22, as originally scheduled.
Two episodes are currently slated to run the following Wednesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., to make up for the dropped episode. The episodes will start airing as planned from this point on.
Home and Away schedule changes in the UK
In the UK, the episode scheduled to air on Channel 5 on Monday 19th September at 1:45pm will no longer be shown.
Instead of airing the state funeral coverage and royal documentaries that take up most of the schedules of the UK’s other public service broadcasters, Channel 5 will instead show kids’ shows and movies all day.
The station will now air Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly in place of the repeat of Home and Away, which regularly airs on 5STAR at 6 o’clock.
The following day’s transmission of the show is cancelled. As a result, My5 will be the only place to watch the first look episode if you missed it on 5STAR on Friday night or in the omnibus on Saturday morning.
The first look, which gives viewers a preview of the show that will air on Channel 5 on Tuesday, will air as normal at 6:30 p.m. on 5STAR.
On Tuesday, the regular schedule will resume with episodes airing on Channel 5 at 1:45 PM and 5STAR at 6 PM.
Home and Away has been broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK since 2001, however in 2021 it made the decision to move the 6pm broadcast to 5STAR instead of keeping it on the main channel.
It did, however, reaffirm its dedication to the programme earlier this year after the serial opera was fully cancelled as a result of its decision to remove Neighbours off its schedules.
Home and Away is currently safe, according to a Channel 5 spokeswoman who issued the following statement to the media:
“Home and Away has broadcast on Channel 5 since 2000, and it has a longstanding and continuing home on the channel,” they said.
“It will continue to air on Channel 5 on weekdays at 1:15pm and on 5STAR at 6pm, with a first look on 5STAR every weekday at 6:30pm.”
Channel 5’s deal to air the show came in March 2000 when they outbid existing broadcaster ITV, in an agreement rumoured to be worth up to £40million over the first five years.
Although they reportedly hadn’t offered as much money as ITV, it was their commitment to air the show for its lifetime that swung the bid in their favour.
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