BBC viewers say TV scheduling has 'gone to pot' after Wimbledon takes over main channels

Izzy Lyons
The BBC has been criticised for the amount of Wimbledon tennis being broadcast  - Getty Images Europe

The BBC has been criticised for showing nothing but tennis on all of its main channels.

Frustrated viewers said the TV schedules had “gone to pot” after the broadcaster prioritised Andy Murray’s mixed doubles match with Serena Williams and Dan Evans’ final game, both which ran over on Saturday night. 

As a result the soap drama Casualty was cancelled to make way for the tennis and the popular BBC quiz show Pointless Celebrities was also taken off the schedule.

The coverage of Wimbledon - which for several hours dominated BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Scotland - was supposed to have wrapped at 7.35pm but had still not finished in time for the two shows to air. 

Broadcaster India Willoughby said non-tennis fans were “stuffed on a Saturday night” because of the wall to wall tennis coverage. “You cannot be serious,” she added. 

License fee payers also took to social media to vent their frustration at the last minute revived scheduling, with one user writing: “I’m not very happy because the @BBC have had to push back then CANCELLED Casualty tonight! It was meant to be on at 8:25pm and maybe Killing Eve will be pushed back or cancelled . @Wimbledon has run over. This is unbelievable!”

“Why does the BBC think everyone is a massive #Wimbledon fan?” Alison Coulter asked. “Changing the schedule (at this early stage especially) is not "a treat" it's bloody annoying. Why can't tennis fan press the red button like every other sports fan has to.”

A spokesman for the BBC said: “Occasionally we make changes to the schedule to take account of live sporting events. 

“On Saturday evening Dan Evans was playing the fifth set of his match and we felt viewers would want to see the conclusion of a game involving the last British male player in the draw. The scheduled episode of Casualty will be shown next Saturday.”