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Entertainment website Digital Spy has branched out into the world of awarding soaps. In their inaugural Soap Awards, EastEnders and Hollyoaks took top honours. The BBC soap triumphed in seven of the 14 categories, voted for by Digital Spy members. The awards it won included the coveted one of Best Soap and Best Single Episode, for Phil and Stella’s wedding. Jo Joyner (Tanya Branning) was named Most Popular Actress ahead of Corrie’s Tina O’Brien and ‘Enders colleague Lacey Turner.
Hollyoaks bagged five gongs, including Storyline of the Year for John Paul and Craig’s gay affair. James Sutton (John Paul McQueen) was named Most Popular Actor.
Coronation Street took home just one accolade. Jack P Shepherd won Villain of the Year for his role as Weatherfield’s troubled David ‘Damian’ Platt. If I was a Coronation Street writer, I’d be worried about opening my letters in case it’s my P45. Clearly, something is very wrong because Corrie lost out to The Bill at the Royal Television Society Awards and, for the first time in ages, it isn’t even up for a Bafta TV Award. Holby City is nominated, but Corrie isn’t. Imagine being associated with Corrie and knowing that your soap is beaten to a Bafta by Holby City. Holby City! For ages now, myself and the people commenting on this blog, have been saying that Corrie has lost its way. It let really bad storylines drag on for too long: Violet/Sean baby rubbish and the baby swap non-drama for starters. So I’m not surprised that Corrie’s getting snubbed left, right and centre. It’s time the old soap pulled its socks up and went back to basics. Get rid of the deadwood and get some proper storylines back. Stop trying to be too sensationalist and go back to what you do best.
FULL WINNERS LIST
Best Soap: EastEnders
Most Popular Actor: James Sutton (John Paul McQueen – Hollyoaks)
Most Popular Actress: Jo Joyner (EastEnders)
Best Single Episode: Phil and Stella’s Wedding (EastEnders)Storyline of the Year: John Paul and Craig’s Affair (Hollyoaks)Best Serial Drama: The Bill
Best On-Screen Partnership: Samantha Janus and Rita Simons (EastEnders)
Villain of the Year: Jack P Shepherd (Coronation Street)
Best Newcomer: Rita Simons (EastEnders)
Best Child Actor: Ellis Hollins (Hollyoaks)
Sexiest Male: Scott Maslen (EastEnders)
Sexiest Female: Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks)
Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers)
Best Exit: Gemma Bissix (Hollyoaks)
Best Pet: Wellard (EastEnders)
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