British Soap Awards 2008 – Winners

Hello and welcome to A Slice Of Soap! It’s the Bank Holiday weekend and, in a special edition, we’re bringing you news and reaction from The British Soap Awards 2008. Held on Saturday, ITV1 will air the ceremony this Wednesday (don’t ask me why they’re doing so days later when we’ll all know the results).

As expected, EastEnders walked away with the big prize of Best Soap. However, it was Hollyoaks, the show we’ve jokingly dubbed ‘Hollywoodoaks’ (cos it’s the soap with all the beautiful people) that led the way, scooping six gongs. The Channel 4 drama claimed Best Actor and Actress awards, as well as prizes for Sexiest Female, Best Exit and Spectacular Scene Of The Year award. Hollywoodoaks has finally come of age.

Coronation Street weighed in with five awards, including a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement award for Liz Dawn, the legendary Vera Duckworth. She first appeared in the soap in 1974 and bowed out this year due to illness. Accepting her award, she said: "I wish I was young again, I could do it all over again. It’s only when you leave that you realise what a lovely life you’ve had. It’s been fantastic." She paid tribute to her co-star Bill Tarmey who plays husband Jack in the show. "I won the Lottery when I got Bill," she said. "We’ve worked so hard together and he’s a lovely man."

So Hollyoaks is finally getting the recognition it deserves; it’s tackled some serious subjects such as anorexia, incest and drug addiction and it is hugely popular with youngsters. I’m pleased that Corrie’s Maggie Jones, who plays monster mother-in-law Blanche Hunt, got the Best Comedy Performance because she’s brilliant. If it hadn’t been her, I would’ve liked Katherine Kelly (Becky in Corrie) to get it. If she stays for a few years, she’ll become a Corrie legend – you heard it here first. Best Exit rightfully went to Hollyoaks for Clare Cunningham’s cunning departure (loved the look to camera!) and there could only be one winner as far as Best Villain is concerned – for his excellent performance as ‘Damien’ David Platt, Corrie’s Jack Shepherd took home his latest award. It won’t be his last…

Full list of winners and pictures from the night here: are you happy with the results? Unhappy? Think your favourite soap was robbed? Leave a comment… 

British Soap Awards – Winners
Best British Soap - EastEnders
Best Actor - Chris Fountain (Hollyoaks’ Justin Burton)
Best Actress – Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks’ Hannah Ashworth)
Sexiest Male - Rob James-Collier (Corrie’s Liam Connor)
Sexiest Female - Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks’ Louise Summers)
Best Newcomer - Michelle Keegan (Corrie’s Tina McIntyre)
Best Exit - Gemma Bissix (Hollyoaks’ Clare Cunningham)
Best Comedy Performance - Maggie Jones (Corrie’s Blanche Hunt)
Best Partnership - Matt Littler and Darren Jon Jeffries (Hollyoaks’ Max and O.B.)
Best Dramatic Performance – Jo Joyner (EastEnders’ Tanya Branning)
Best Young Dramatic Performance – Jamie Borthwick (EastEnders’ Jay Brown)
Best Villain - Jack P. Shepherd (Corrie’s David Platt)
Most Spectacular Scene - Hollyoaks for Clare and Katy drive off a cliff
Best Storyline - Max Branning’s affair with Stacey (EastEnders)
Best Single Episode - "Heartbreak" (Emmerdale)
Special Achievement Award - Tim Fee (a line producer in Emmerdale)
Lifetime Achievement Award - Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street) 

Official Sites
Coronation Street
Emmerdale
EastEnders
Hollyoaks

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23 Responses to British Soap Awards 2008 – Winners

  1. Tia says:

    I can\’t believe Emma Rigby didn\’t get more awards for her storyline with the anorexia. I personally enjoyed it more than Max\’s affair, and I think her performance was better than Jo Joyner, not that she wasn\’t good!

  2. Unknown says:

    i cant ve James ans Guy dint win, that was my fave storyline …so sad

  3. Karen says:

    Its nice to c Hollyoaks getting somewere in award land these days :D bout time it was given reconition (spelling??) for its hit home story lines (apart from the reece and beth story that was just crap lol), Emma Rigbys performance in the anorexia story line was g8 and she deserves the award she got :)
     
    woooo go hollyoaks :)

  4. Dilys says:

    Award for the sexiest male to the actor who plays \’Liam\’ in Corrie?
    What a hoot…I\’d have put a doz of males out of Corrie and Emmerdale higher than him, for this Award.
    Whatever turns you on! 

  5. Bianca says:

    ooh crappy eastenders gets best soap but atleast hollyoaks got afew more than usual, i agree hannahs anarexia(sp?) shuda got best storyline, max and stacey was ridiculous!

  6. Tia says:

    HANG ON! Roy and Kelly didn\’t get best on screen partnership? There\’s been a HUGE mistake there! The funniest, cleverest and mismatched partnership there is! Max and OB I suppose it was their last chance, but come on, who made you giggle and look on in shock more? Kelly and Roy or Max and OB. And this is coming from a huge Hollyoaks fan!

  7. Tia says:

    And (carried on from before), Tina as best newcomer? Come on, she only had one storyline so far, her baby thing. Best newcomer should have been Roxy in my opinion. She has had much more story lines, and she brings more fun! These judges had some weird ideas…. And sexiest male should have been calvin valentine or warren fox from hollyoaks. Rant over now!

  8. Tia says:

    Erm, I think you meant Becky, Kelly is the actress\’s last name! Roy and Becky. Agree with you though! lol!

  9. Jane says:

    Scott Maslen should have been voted sexiest male because HE IS GORGEOUS!!!!

  10. Sue says:

    Well what a surprise Doctors won nothing!
    When the so called sponsor of the soap awards ‘what on tv’ mag can’t even be bothered to give it a write up in their weekly soap guide, what chance do they have. They don’t even have an official site anymore, unlike even the Australian soaps.
    Some on should give this program a break, if it was shown at a decent time or repeated like all the others were, I think you would see a difference in the voting, it is a really good program, I never miss it.

  11. Bev says:

     
     
    I think Emmerdale should have won Best Soap it\’s brilliant, it\’s always between Corrie & Eastender\’s, I haven\’t watched eastenders since Angie & Den, I love Corrie & Emmerdale, I love Becky & Roy\’s relationship & Laurel what a brilliant actress (Daniels Death)

  12. Sam says:

    British Soap Awards – WinnersBest British Soap – EastEnders Im sorry but how has Eastenders been the best soap this year? If there was any justice in the world Hollyoaks should have been run away winners this year! Best Actor – Chris Fountain (Hollyoaks\’ Justin Burton) *cough cough*Should have won Dancing on ice lets make amends, buy any chance? David Platt was robbed!! Best Actress – Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks\’ Hannah Ashworth) Finally recognized for her powerful acting! Her anorexia scenes have been the most emotional ive seen in a long time. Sexiest Male – Rob James-Collier (Corrie\’s Liam Connor) Naturally.Sexiest Female – Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks\’ Louise Summers) Well dur.Best Newcomer – Michelle Keegan (Corrie\’s Tina McIntyre) Hmmmm ive never really liked this category. I thought Heather was better, she really made a contribution to Eastenders.Best Exit – Gemma Bissix (Hollyoaks\’ Clare Cunningham) Eviiiilllllll!! :p Definitely the right choice. I have wondered whether her Eastenders character is just her Hollyoaks character but with a different spelling of Claire! If she starts plotting her husbands death, Hollyoaks sound sue! lol Best Comedy Performance – Maggie Jones (Corrie\’s Blanche Hunt) LOL her sarcasm is one of Corry\’s biggest assets.Best Partnership – Matt Littler and Darren Jon Jeffries (Hollyoaks\’ Max and O.B.) Omg clearly because it is no more. Buuut saying that they have been rather amusing over the years! Best Dramatic Performance – Jo Joyner (EastEnders\’ Tanya Branning) Best Young Dramatic Performance – Jamie Borthwick (EastEnders\’ Jay Brown) *blinks*Best Villain – Jack P. Shepherd (Corrie\’s David Platt) Again duur. Bit obvious, but well deserved! Most Spectacular Scene – Hollyoaks for Clare and Katy drive off a cliff :DBest Storyline – Max Branning\’s affair with Stacey (EastEnders) Still makes me shudder to this day. It was tooooooooo long, really drawn out but reached a nice climax! Best Single Episode – "Heartbreak" (Emmerdale) Guess ill have to wait like everyone else to see what happened in this episode, i cant thing what happened. But Hollyoaks has had some crackers this year…hannahs friend dying of anorexia, clares exit, resse and beths affair coming out, john paul and criags affair coming out and so on.Special Achievement Award – Tim Fee (a line producer in Emmerdale) Lifetime Achievement Award – Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street) Well naturally, miss you Veeeera! :]

  13. Soap Blogger says:

    Sam, I\’ve enjoyed your alternative awards! I don\’t understand how EastEnders won Best Soap either – I think Hollyoaks deserved it. I also think that Cheryl Fergison (Enders\’ Heather) has made a much bigger impact on EastEnders than Michelle Keegan has in Corrie (as Tina McIntyre). I think EastEnders has a problem with Bobby Davro (remember all the fuss in the papers about Davro and that the producers were hoping he\’d be the new Alfie Moon?) – he wasn\’t even nominated as Best Newcomer and he\’s a name. I\’m not buying his character and I think he\’ll be gone soon, you watch…

  14. a says:

    cant believe heather and shirley didnt win anything from eastenders – they are fantastic!!

  15. Tia says:

    Did anyone else notice that Lacey Turner who plays Stacey in Eastenders seems incabable of smiling? Even when her name is read out or her soap wins an award, she still sat with a mardy look on her face. What was with that? Is being at a big, TV awards ceremony not fun enough for her?

  16. Tia says:

     I meant incapable! lol!

  17. Cam says:

    British Soap Awards – WinnersBest British Soap – EastEnders I dont think Eastenders deserved to win this year. What have they done? Roxy sleeping with jack and thats all i can think of! Oh yeah Max and Stacey which went on far to long! Hollyoaks should have won. Anorexia, incest, drug addiction and, even though its got a 6.30 slot, it tackles more important matters than any of the other soaps.
     Best Actor – Chris Fountain (Hollyoaks\’ Justin Burton) WHAT! i disagree with this one, hes not really a very good actor, Charlie Clements should\’ve won it
    Best Actress – Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks\’ Hannah Ashworth)
    couldnt agree more! her portrayal as hannah was truly amazing, i cried when Melissa (i think it was melissa) died, its about time she go the attention she deserves cos she is a truly astounding actress
     
    Sexiest Male – Rob James-Collier (Corrie\’s Liam Connor)
    obviously! gorgeous :)
    Sexiest Female – Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks\’ Louise Summers)
    obv!
    Best Newcomer – Michelle Keegan (Corrie\’s Tina McIntyre)
    Okay, i like tina but i think it shouldve been roxy or heather who won this. shes only had an abortion and isnt really that interestng whereas heather and roxy have made a much bigger impact
    Best Exit – Gemma Bissix (Hollyoaks\’ Clare Cunningham)
    voted for this one myself! fantastic exit!
    Best Comedy Performance – Maggie Jones (Corrie\’s Blanche Hunt)
    disagree. i hate blanche, she should leave soon she is ridiculous, shouldve gone to heather, i proper LOLed ar her clip, shes fantastic
    Best Partnership – Matt Littler and Darren Jon Jeffries (Hollyoaks\’ Max and O.B.)
    bout time these two got this award! would like to see shirly and heather next year though
     
    Best Dramatic Performance – Jo Joyner (EastEnders\’ Tanya Branning)
    what!? what dramatic performance :S :s shes a fantastic actress but emma rigby shouldve won for her anorexia storyline, frankly im repulsed she won
    Best Young Dramatic Performance – Jamie Borthwick (EastEnders\’ Jay Brown)
    i agree, fantastic li sprog!
    Best Villain – Jack P. Shepherd (Corrie\’s David Platt)
    obv, but hes boring now so he should stay in juvie
    Most Spectacular Scene – Hollyoaks for Clare and Katy drive off a cliff
    agree, loved it!
    Best Storyline – Max Branning\’s affair with Stacey (EastEnders)
    to long and boring after a while – hannahs anorexia shouldve won
    Best Single Episode – "Heartbreak" (Emmerdale)
    dont watch emmerdale
    Special Achievement Award – Tim Fee (a line producer in Emmerdale)
    whatever, dont really know what that is ha
    Lifetime Achievement Award – Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street)
    she gets on my nerves
     
    sorry if stuffs spelt wrong wth letters missing my keyboard is very gay!

  18. Tia says:

    (no name) 08 May 10:01, I think Chris Fountain is a good actor. This year he\’s been scared by Warren, then had to hide his relationship with Warren\’s sister, then been hit by a car, then all that stuff with Claire, then he\’s been feeling lonely, and he\’s stood up to Warren, and found out he has a son who has cancer, just to name a few. I think he\’s had a much more busy year than Charlie Clements, who\’s only had one main story line, Stacey\’s affair. Not to mention Chris has done all of this whilst practising and performing on Dancing on Ice. I think he is convincing as Justin, and that he deserves praise for his acting.

  19. Amy says:

    I love the fact hollyoaks won more awards than corrie and eastenders, even though let\’s be honest 50% of them cant act. Yes they have some amazing actors like emma rigby who got awarded justily, and hollyoaks is higly addictive, but it doesnt have the level of compatent actors like eastenders does.
    Eastender DESERVED to win deffinatly. I\’ve always found corrie and emmerdale boring and dont have the level of intresitng story lines.
    Eastenders story line with the beales at the moment is amazing. With hollyoaks they become ridiculos they have sisters and brothers going out and a priest and a gay. I mean serisously. eastenders keeps the drama at a intresting level without being wierd like hollyoaks.
    I also cannot believe best newcomer didnt go to ronnie or roxy its a joke.
     
    and sexiest male should have gone to shaun from eastenders anyday! the scruffy look is so much more attractive.

  20. Unknown says:

    Ok, yes Hannah\’s anorexia deserved a few more awards that it got, it was brilliant acting!!  But since… has anyone noticed how bad Hannah’s acting has gone??!!!  To the point that sometimes I cringe!!
    Jo Joyner is a brilliant actress well done…
    I love all the soaps, except doctors.. why were they there again??!!  Emmerdale\’s Laurel deserves a whopping great big award for her performances lately!!  I have been truly sobbing and she is the most believable actress in all of the soaps!!

  21. Soap Blogger says:

    I\’ve enjoyed reading all your comments. Kate – I\’m making a small edit as this is a PG-rated blog.
     
    KateI agree what was up with Lacey Turner (Stacey from Eastenders) she had a face like a well slapped a***, and the cameras seemed to always span on over to her miserable face as well. I really don\’t agree with the sexiest male, but each to the their own. Ricky Whittle from Hollyoaks being mine! I honest agree with most of you that Hollyoaks should of won the best soap award, but we all knew it wasn\’t going to happen, because overall soaps like Eastenders, Corri, and Emmerdale (yawn) have a bigger audience. I think Hollyoaks should get the praise they deserve, they have come on leaps and bounds, with brillant acting at times and interesting storylines. I agree that Hannah\’s suffering of Anorexia deserved an award, but her acting in general is nothing special, but I am glad she got the award anyway. I am also glad that Liz Dawn won the lifetime achievement award she is hilarious and well deserved it.

  22. Joanna says:

    I\’m so pleased for Hollyoaks. They never get much recognition as a proper soap.
    Theyve won a lot. And im so proud tbh :)
     
    Best partnership, that was well deserved, but i also think that Newt should have won best newcomer, he is an amazing actor, and he tackled really good storylines this year.

  23. Charlotte says:

    What was up with the lack of nominations for doctors? especially the whole storyline of Jimmy\’s kidnapping. It was a major storyline this year, and it wasn\’t even mentioned, not once! I know given that it one during the day, not many have the chance to see it, but surely me and my mum weren\’t the only ones to see that storyline.

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