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6 June 2017, 10:42 | Updated: 14 July 2017, 11:11
Well, this is awkward. The Yorkshire soap has walked away with all the big trophies this year.
This is one plot twist that the residents of Albert Square did not see coming. The BBC One drama was trounced at the British Soap Awards on Saturday – only achieving one trophy. Meanwhile, ITV’s Emmerdale walked away with SIX. Ouch.
The event, hosted by good old Philip Schofield, was held on Saturday night at The Lowry in Salford, Greater Manchester. It was meant to be broadcast live but after the One Love Manchester concert was arranged, the Britain’s Got Talent final was moved to Saturday night instead. You can still see all the action tonight at 8pm on ITV, and judge how good some of your favourite actors really are by their reactions when they lose.
Good old Pip. Picture: ITV
The EastEnders win was a special award for scriptwriter Gillian Richmond, who has contributed to the show for an impressive 30 years. But the night was Emmerdale’s. The good folk from TV’s most dramatic village went home with the big one – Best British Soap – for the second year running. Boom.
Emmerdale’s moving exit storyline for former vicar Ashley Thomas won the show the bulk of its awards. John Middleton won for Best Actor and Best Male Dramatic Performance while his co-star Charlotte Bellamy (who plays Ashley’s wife Laurel) won Best Actress. This is a huge moment and a deserved win for both stars. Best Actor and Best Actress often goes to Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and EastEnders’ Lacey Turner.
Ashley’s highly praised dementia storyline also won Emmerdale the Best Storyline trophy and the Best Single Episode award for a special episode shown from Ashley’s perspective.
Coronation Street, meanwhile, won four awards, including Best Female Performance for Kym Marsh.
One thing’s for sure – the Hollyoaks lot are always guaranteed to be the rowdiest and most vocal on the night, regardless of what they win.
FULL WINNERS’ LIST:
The British Soap Awards are on ITV at 8pm tonight.