ChatterBank1 min ago
Corry v's Eastenders
Has anyone else noticed that on weekdays, when Eastenders follows Corry, Corry starts just after 7:30 & slightly overruns into Eastenders.
I noticed on Sunday (a day when Eastenders doesn't follow) Corry started just before 7:30.
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The tv companies deliberately adjust the start finish times of tv programmes to disrupt the viewing of their rival's programmes. There was big uproar in all the newspapers last year when the BBC deliberately ran a 33-34 minute episode of Eastenders so that those viewers turning over to watch Corrie missed that first few minutes and the gay kiss which it had been building up to for months. Consequently it is now a fairly popular tactic between rival broadcasters and they can cover it up extremely well.
Obviously there are instances when the programme would be running later than scheduled for legitimate reasons eg a live programme slightly overrunning, a sports event starting late or an impromptue news bulletin etc. It is rare that a programme will start early though