BBC is facing a major schedule shake-up next week as the World Cup kicks off on Monday 20 November.

The popular sporting event is controversially being held in Qatar.

In light of its warmer climes, the World Cup is being hosted in November rather than the summer, as the spring and summer months can reach temperatures as high as 41°C in the Middle Eastern country.

As football fans prepare for the event, soap fans will be less than pleased that EastEnders won’t be aired on BBC One as usual.

Instead, those who want to keep up on Walford’s happenings will have to switch over to BBC Two for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays instalments will all be airing on BBC Two from 7.30pm. Monday’s episode will still be on BBC One as usual, however.

Meanwhile over on BBC One on Tuesday, France will face Australia ahead of Belgium and Canada’s match on Wednesday.

This year’s World Cup has already received a lot of criticism in light of Qatar’s criminalisation of homosexuality and its human rights violations.

Despite this, several celebrities have still chosen to be ambassadors for the event – David Beckham included.

Beckham signed a contract with Qatar tourism earlier this year to promote the country ahead of the sporting event. The deal was worth an estimated £10 million, according to the Metro.

Other celebs have since hit out at those endorsing the controversial World Cup, with Joe Lycett and John Whaite leading the comments.

Whilst attending the TV Choice Awards, John spoke out about the controversy stating that: “I think it’s disgusting…cheapening himself.

“Millions, if not billions of eyes are on him, and he’s making the wrong step right now.”

He added: “As someone with so much power and money, he has a chance to really, literally change lives, and he’s doing the exact opposite. Shame on him.”


John’s comments came after Joe’s protest, where he threatened to shred £10,000 as he called on the footballer to disassociate himself with Qatar.

He has also threatened to shred Beckham’s status as a “gay icon”, in a scathing statement.

Joe said: “However, if you do not, I will throw the money into a shredder at midday next Sunday, just before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it right here. Not just the money, but also your status as gay icon will be shredded.

“Also, you’ll be forcing me to commit what might be a crime. Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught wh*cking off a lad in Doha. The choice is yours. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Urging the footballer to rethink his role with the country, Joe added that he would, however, donate the sum to LGBTQ+ charities if David resigned.

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