EastEnders Voted Best Soap

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.

Well, it looks like the cast of EastEnders have got a lot to be happy about after beating Corrie and Emmerdale at the TVQuick and TVChoice awards. Last year, in a bit of a shock, Corrie actually won. Not so this year.

The big thing about the TVQuick and TVChoice awards is that they’re voted for by the people that read the magazines. Clearly, most of the readers are EastEnders fans because the BBC soap tends to win year after year. I don’t know why members of any other soap bother turning up. Charlie Clements, 21, who plays Bradley Branning had cause for double celebration after he picked up the award for Best Soap Actor for the second consecutive year and Best Soap for EastEnders. He said: "It’s always good for the show to win, it’s recognition for the show as a whole, for everyone behind the camera as well, it’s a hard slog so it’s great that it’s paid off." Emmerdale’s Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Thomas) was handed the Best Soap Actress trophy along with the Best Soap Storyline title for the cot death plot earlier this year. Blimey, Emmerdale winning is a bit of news too. 

While we’re on the subject of EastEnders, Zahra Ahmadi who plays Shabnam Masood, is off. Apparently she’s quitting the soap after being frustrated by a lack of storylines for her character…yes, we viewers know exactly what you mean Zahra. I mean, even Nikki Patel (who plays Dev’s daughter Amber on Corrie) gets more action than you do. Her character’s busy falling for lanky, pasty Darryl just before the Morton family leave. Back to Zahra and the 29-year-old said: "I’ve made the tough decision to leave as I’m still young and I want to try other roles. But I’m really happy the door has been left open for me to return as it has been a great experience."

In my opinion Zahra Ahmadi has probably made the right decision. She’s played the role of Shabnam for just over a year, but in all honesty I can’t recall a single decent storyline involving her character (or any of the Masoods for that matter). If we’re to believe executive producer Diederick Santer, that could all change in the next few months. He said that the family are a great addition and they’ve got some goodies in the pipeline for them. However, it would appear that it’s a case of too little, too late for actress Zahra Amadi….

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9 Responses to EastEnders Voted Best Soap

  1. Sam says:

    Eastenders definitely deserved their win. I cant think of one major storyline thats popped out in Coronation street this year. And to be honest im uninterested in Emmerdale. The Viv storyline is dull, i dont feel any sympathy for Bob…his recent antics have provoked irritation for me not emotion. As for the Masood family, one down one two to go! lol I just don\’t see what entertainment Eastenders can bring with the personalities they\’ve created for the character\’s. Theyre not funny, the mother flips between pleasant and ignorant and the husband is hardly around! Plus…if these "goodies" are going to be yet another storyline based on the differences between our cultures, im 99.9% it will flop! I mean, there\’ so much diversity in the UK now its one of the most diverse countries in the world so the majority of us are more than aware of the differences that exist between our country and not only the Masood familys home culture but various other countries too…so to present a storyline based on these differences and culture shock..is boring and if its some kind of campaign to create social awareness of these issues (like they may have done a number of years ago) its pointless showing us what we already know…it show\’s theyre scrapping the barrel with the Masood family if you ask me! Give the family a chance! When writing for the Masood family I think Eastenders should treat them as any other resident of Albert square and base story lines on their situation like they do with other characters. And not keep focusing story lines solely based on the fact they\’re immigrants, be broader with them: Adultery, crime, tragedy etc. Thats where Eastenders seem to go wrong in my opinion, they do show the most diversity out of all the soaps (even Hollyoaks which is a little shocking given its based around the university lifestyle :/) but they continue to stick with stereotypes usually do more damage that good. Plus how many more relatives can the Masoods have visiting the UK and bullying the wife?

  2. Soap Blogger says:

    Excellent points raised Sam! Thanks

  3. dale says:

    eastenders best soap every  the street dead & gone the farm dead & Gone as well

  4. Desna says:

    Eastenders is a great soap, story lines are fab keep it up. Congrats to all the cast and writer\’s  \’ -\’

  5. jan says:

    Well done Eastenders, I love it best soap on the box, tackles sensitive issues with care, very realistic too. Congratulations.

  6. sue says:

    eastenders is the only soap to watch!!!

  7. Unknown says:

    Im really glad that eastenders won its the best soap ever and deserves to win all the time!!!!!!!!!

  8. Rachel says:

    Hiya!I Have Entered In The Soap Awards Thing On The Website And I Was Wondering If Anyone Knew When The Winners Of The Tickets Were Announced?  =]Thanks!XxXxX

  9. Kerry says:

    I watch Eastenders but it pales in comparison to Corrie!!
     
    Corrie has the right combination of humour and drama and it is belivable..! A lot of story lines in Eastenders are far fetched and i find they make it up as they go along. For instance …..who is this Danielle? They just throw random people in..would a young girl really start living with a random family?? Her cat just kept appearing…! Also the B & B…when does anyone ever stay there? not just now but since its been there? Pathetic!! Some shocking actors in it too…Bobby Davro for example…he is more wooden that Pinochio!!!
     
    Corrie was robbed…!!!!

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