Coronation Street is returning to its normal format very soon, with six episodes airing a week on ITV - and it's not alone as Emmerdale is doing the same.

Both soaps managed to stay on air during the coronavirus pandemic despite filming halting in March.

But an episode shortage meant the episodes went down to just three a week, instead of six for each soap.

The pattern has remained as a 30-minute episode airing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday ever since.

Now, Corrie is reverting back to the old format of two episodes on each of these days, while Emmerdale will go back to one episode a day, with a double on Thursdays.

Coronation Street is returning to six episodes per week

There isn't long to wait either, as the move kicks in this month ahead of the Corrie's 60th anniversary.

From Monday September 14, there will be three extra episodes per week for both shows.

For Corrie, they will air at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on the channel, it seems, while schedules are yet to be confirmed.

Emmerdale will air extra episodes again

The return of extra episodes comes amid huge drama in Weatherfield, leading up to the milestone celebration in December this year.

Meanwhile over in the Dales, there's family showdowns and secrets threatening to explode.

Speaking about the news, Corrie boss Iain MacLeod revealed a lot of work had gone into getting the show back to its normal pace.

Corrie's new Todd Grimshaw is heading to the street

He explained: "The amount of work that has gone into keeping Coronation Street on the air, and getting it back to six episodes a week, has been staggering.

"I am so proud of the tireless efforts of everyone behind the scenes and onscreen. We have been energised and motivated by the nearly 60 years of heritage behind the show, and the massively important place it still holds in the Nation’s hearts.

"Throughout lockdown and beyond, the regular instalments of Britain’s best-loved soap have taken on even greater significance, giving viewers a beacon of familiarity and normality amid the craziest of times.

Corrie has plenty of drama to come

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"It is often said that our characters are like members of the viewers’ extended families."

He went on: "And at a time when many people couldn’t see their loved ones in real life, their fictional friends on the cobbles became even more essential, as the audience escaped in half-hour bursts into the wonderful world of Weatherfield.”

There's plenty to come on the Cobbles too, including the return of Todd Grimshaw, Leanne Battersby's fight to save son Oliver and loads more.

Emmerdale has plenty of drama to air in the coming months

Meanwhile, Executive Producer of Emmerdale Jane Hudson said: "I’m so proud of the tireless work that everyone has put into getting us back to six episodes a week.

"The commitment, loyalty and enthusiasm from our cast, crew and different teams has been phenomenal. I couldn’t be prouder of them."

Emmerdale currently airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV, with Coronation Street at 7:30pm.