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)
That’s it for now. Join me on Tuesday for a preview of all the week’s soaps. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.
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