Holby City cancelled amid coronavirus fears for EastEnders and The One Show

Holby City has been cancelled tonight – leaving fans furious with the BBC.

The popular hospital-based drama will be taken off air tonight to make way for an extended 6pm news bulletin on the coronavirus pandemic.

The show's official account tweeted: "News just in. We’re postponing tonight’s #HolbyCity episode due to an extended 6pm news bulletin. Sending hugs"

The decision has to scrap tonight's episode of Holby City, which was set to start at 8pm on BBC One, has been slammed by die hard fans.

It has also prompted speculation that The One Show will also be cancelled – with EastEnders pushed back to a later time.

EastEnders tweeted: "Due to an extended news bulletin tonight, #EastEnders will now be on @BBCOne at 8pm."

But Holby City fans are questioning why their show has been cancelled for an extended 6pm news bulletin when The One Show airs at 7pm.

There has been no update on when tonight's episode of Holby City will be aired.

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When asked when the episode would be shown, Holby replied: "Will let you know as soon as we do."

"Can you please put the episode on Iplayer tonight? A lot of us were looking forward to watching the episode to distract us from all of the real life drama. Soap fans often lose out, so it would be nice if for once you made proper use of having an alternative platform," said one angry viewer on Twitter.

A third said: "Can’t Coronavirus respect our 1 HOUR OF HOLBY?????"

"That is a big shame; I am such a fan of the show. All the cast are utterly excellent," said fourth.

Holby City fans were looking forward to tonight's episode, which was set to see Xavier piece together the puzzle of Evan's death and get dangerously close to exposing the truth.

Elsewhere, Ben deals with Roger Ffolkes, who forces him to face some difficult facts.

While Jac is keen to impress the Board with a complex and rare surgery that will put them ahead of the competition.

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