The British Soap Awards: Coronation Street sweeps the boards


It’s the night that recognises those shows which have been a constant on our screens for up to half a century; a chance for the casts of the soaps to mingle and show that there really is no rivalry (unless their name is Danny Miller, of course!), an opportunity to relive all of those precious and heartwarming moments we’ve seen with our families such as swapping dead babies, seeing a tram slaughter half a community or a fire subtly wipe out two long running residents and also a time for the teenage fans of Hollyoaks and EastEnders to set up multiple accounts in order to ensure the fittest star of their chosen show gets the recognition their pecs deserve.

A total of 17 gongs were handed out to celebrate the over-the-top carnage tearing apart fictional communities and it was a successful night for both EastEnders and Coronation Street in particular. Hollyoaks also fared well thanks to the one man saviour that is Emmet J Scanlan and Emmerdale didn’t go away empty handed either after a mostly gripping year. Even the cast of Doctors, bless them, turned up for a night out and to fill the extra seats that the caretaker on work experience accidentally left out.

So where did the prizes go? The night arguably belonged to Coronation Street which took away an impressive 9 prizes for its dramatic fiftieth year. But, despite taking away over half of the available prizes, Coronation Street was beaten to the main gong by BBC flagship soap, EastEnders, which was crowned Best Soap.     

The acting accolades went to Danny Miller of Emmerdale and Jessie Wallace of Eastenders. Both well-deserved in my opinion after some raw performances over the year. Although, it has seemed to me that these characters have been rammed down our throats by their respective shows for a little bit too long and these awards might just tempt the show bosses to give another year of none stop Aaron and Kat misery!

Viewers still seem to think that Scott Maslen (Jack from EastEnders) and Michelle Keegan (Tina from Corrie) are propa fit 2k11 and they took home the Sexiest statuettes. A real honour indeed!

Hollyoaks’ twisted Brendan beat off the stiff competition of Walford’s superbitch Janine to win Villain Of The Year and he was also crowned as Newcomer Of the Year… a fantastic mercy as I had been dreading that the overrated ‘Fatboy’ of EastEnders would win again.

Kat and Alfie Moon were partnership of the year, despite spending most of the year split up. Corrie racked up the rest of the awards which went to the hilarious Patti Clare (Mary) for comedy performance, the extremely talented Jane Danson (Leanne) for Dramatic Performance and the loveable Alex Bain (Simon) for young actor.

Meanwhile, the epic tram crash week won several awards, gaining a Best Storyline, Best Single Episode (the Live Episode) and Spectacular Scene Of The Year.  Street legend Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth) ended his time on Corrie with two awards: a Lifetime Achievement and a Best Exit, which goes to show that you don’t need to be blown up to have a poignant departure from a soap. Jack’s final scenes were some of the most touching that British television have seen.

The last award went to the late and much-missed Gavin Blyth for a Special Achievement. Emmerdale certainly hasn’t been the same without him and it’s only right that his superb efforts on the show before his untimely death were recognised.

A very successful night overall for Coronation Street after a fantastic fiftieth year. Despite not winning the ‘Best Soap’ trophy, it’s very clear that this night was very much the Street’s night.

What do you think of the results? Do you agree? Who would you have liked to have seen win a prize?

Leave your thoughts in the comments box.

Posted By our Man In The North

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One response to “The British Soap Awards: Coronation Street sweeps the boards

  1. pauseliveaction

    Very good summary, but I have to take exception to your description of Fatboy as “overrated.” Ricky Norwood lights up the screen whenever he’s on.
    Also disagree about Mary-from-Corrie. Occasionally funny, but way too contrived. The joke got stale around the time she had Norris prisoner in a holiday home.
    Graham Hawley should have had a category all of his own for “Best Accidental Murderer.”
    And Scott Maslen? He looks like the lost member of Gorillaz (and I mean the cartoon version).