British Soap Awards 2013 – a recap

[Not so] live from Salford hosted by the fabulous Phillip Schofield.

Anybody following me on Twitter will be more than aware of my love for great British soaps. From the superb storylines to the dullest, I’m there watching and tweeting on.

We’ve laughed at them, we’ve cried at them, we’ve shouted at the screen at them and we’ve taken to social media to complain about them – tonight looks back at and celebrates some of the most iconic soap drama moments of the past year.

Will Doctors walk away with anything tonight? Will Emmerdale fall behind the might giant of Coronation Street? Will EastEnders walk away with every gong? It’s time to find out…

Category one: Best single episode.

Nominations: Kirsty’s lies leading to Tyrone’s arrest (Coronation Street), Emmerdale Live, Assisted suicide (Doctors), Bus crash (Hollyoaks) and Kat’s lover is revealed (EastEnders)

Winner: Emmerdale Live

Tasha’s take: Deserved. Apart from a few real-name verses stage-name gaffs, the live episode went off without a hitch and showcased the fantastic acting that inhabits Emmerdale Farm. Captivating storylines saw two births, a death and some other plot twists along the way.

Category two: Spectacular scene of the Year

Nominations: Cain rescues Zak (Emmerdale), Bus crash (Hollyoaks), Julia’s car crash (Doctors), The Rovers ignites (Coronation Street) and the Olympic touch relay (EastEnders).

Winner: The bus crash – Hollyoaks. 

Tasha’s take: I don’t watch Hollyoaks all that much, probably not well versed on this one. I did catch the crash afterwards – the cause of the crash was a unique plot twist with the girl in the road and then the spectacular effects which led to the explosion of the venue…pretty special!

Category three: On-screen partnership

Nominations: Jennie McAlpine and Alan Halsall (Fiz Stape and Tyrone Dobbs, Coronation Street), Emmett J Scanlan and Kieron Richardson (Brendan Brady and Ste Hay, Hollyoaks), Nitin Ganatra and Nina Wadia (Masood Ahmed and Zainab Khan, EastEnders), Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Doctor Daniel Granger and Doctor Zara Carmichael, Doctors), Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Power (Chas Spencer and Cameron Murray, Emmerdale)

Winner: Emmett J Scanlan and Kieron Richardson – Brendan Brady and Ste Hay, Hollyoaks.

Tasha’s take: Don’t watch, can’t comment.

Category four: Dramatic performance 

Nominations: Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames, Coronation Street), Jo Joyner (Tanya Cross, EastEnders), Lucy Pargeter (Chastity Dingle, Emmerdale), Dido Miles (Dr Emma, Doctors) and Claire Cooper (Jackie McQueen, Hollyoaks).

Winner: Natalie Gumede – Kirsty Soames in Coronation Street.

Tasha’s take: Very pleased with this one as I personally think that Natalie is one of the best actress the soap has ever seen. Her energy, her skills, her brilliant on-screen presence took Tyrone’s abuse storyline to the top of the ‘best ever Corrie plots’ for many people across the nation. Gripping.

Category five: Best young performance

Nominations: Ellie Leach (Faye Windass, Coronation Street), Eden Taylor-Draper (Belle Dingle, Emmerdale), Ellis Hollins (Tom Osborne, Hollyoaks) and Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders).

Winner: Eden Taylor-Draper as Belle Dingle in Emmerdale.

Tasha’s take: Although Tiffany Butcher is a fantastic character and Maisie is a brilliant young talent, Eden has really shone this year as she came out as the rebellious teenager in Emmerdale. Taylor-Draper’s storylines showcased this talent brilliant, leaving Belle in sticky situations all over the village.

Category six: Sexiest Female

Nominations: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street), Georgia May Foote (Katy Armstrong, Coronation Street), Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning, EastEnders), Natalie Anderson (Alicia Gallagher, Emmerdale) and Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen, Hollyoaks).

Winner: Michelle Keegan.

Tasha’s take: Well, at least she cannot make it number six next year – she’ll bail out with five consecutive gongs. Michelle is the definition of a sexy soap female but I feel slightly saddened that Natalie Anderson didn’t take this one – Alicia is a stunner.

Category seven: Sexiest Male

Nominations: David Witts (Joey Branning, EastEnders), Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth, Coronation Street), Danny Mac (Dodger Savage, Hollyoaks), Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe, Emmerdale) and Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay, Hollyoaks).

Winner: Danny Mac.

Tasha’s take: I wouldn’t say no. Put it that way. Not that I would kick Chris Fountain out of bed either. Or most that long-list we had to choose from actually. Moving on.

Category eight: Best storyline

Nominations: Tyrone suffers abuse at the hands of Kirsty (Coronation Street), Zak’s depression (Emmerdale), Sam’s assisted suicide (Doctors), Esther’s bullying ordeal (Hollyoaks) and Derek’s death (Eastenders).

Winner: Tyrone’s abuse in Coronation Street. 

Tasha’s take: As well as watching more television than is healthy, I am also reading a sociology degree. For this reason, among others, I was elated at a domestic abuse storyline which didn’t involve the male being the perpetrator of violence. It upturned many views of abuse, I bet, as well as did the fantastic job of encouraging some men to come forward and end their abuse. Furthermore, it was brilliantly acted – Alan and Kirsty are real credits to the soap.

Lifetime achievement

Adam Woodyatt as Soapland’s Ian Beale (EastEnders). Longest serving ‘Ender’s actor, a brilliant one as well and a great guy.

Category nine: Best exit

Nominations: Nigel Havers (Lewis Archer, Coronation Street), Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning, Eastenders), Tom Lister (Carl King, Emmerdale), Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady, Hollyoaks) and Lu Corfield (Freya Wilson, Doctors).

Winner: Nigel Havers as Lewis Archer in Coronation Street.

Tasha’s take: This was the most cringeworthy storyline of the past year – seeing Lewis with Gail. It wasn’t even a well executed exit. Tom Lister deserved this one.

Category ten: Best comedy performance

Nominations: Patti Clare (Mary Taylor, Coronation Street), Ricky Norwood (Arthur Chubb, EastEnders), Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks), Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale) and Ian Kelsey (Horward Bellamy, Doctors).

Winner: Patti Clare.

Tasha’s take: Mary may make me want to repeatedly hit myself with a cushion, but she is a funny one. Her scenes with Norris Cole drive me mental though. Great actress, would have liked to see Dominic take this one though…Paddy is just so tragic.

Category eleven: Best newcomer

Nominations: Marc Bayliss (Rob Donovan, Coronation Street), Khali Best (Dexter Hartman, EastEnders), Laura Norton (Kerry Wyatt, Emmerdale), Joseph Thompson (Dr Browning, Hollyoaks) and Ian Midlane (Dr Haskey, Doctors).

Winner: Joseph Thompson as Dr Browning.

Tasha’s take: Really think Marc Bayliss should have walked with this one – he is a fantastic actor. He’s gorgeous, he’s sly, he’s cunning – all we need really. Laura Norton has also been a brilliant addition to Emmerdale as Kerry Wyatt – although her future is uncertain right now.

Category twelve: Villain of the Year

Nominations: Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames, Coronation Street), Dominic Power (Cameron Murray, Emmerdale), Nigel Havers (Lewis Archer, Coronation Street), Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady, Hollyoaks) and Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning, Eastenders)

Winner:  Natalie Gumede as Kirsty Soames!

Tasha’s take: Well deserved, powerhouse of an actress! An evil villain as well – I was genuinely scared of Kirsty a little bit. You can tell how fantastic she was at depicting the villain because people were actually tweeting her how much they hated HER!

Category thirteen: Best Actor

Nominations: Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, EastEnders), Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs, Coronation Street), Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale), Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady, Hollyoaks) and Shane Richie (Alfie Moon, Eastenders)

Winner: Alan Halsall as Tyrone Dobbs!

Tasha’s take: The abuse storyline is the strongest Alan has ever been and I couldn’t think of a better man to have highlighted such an important issue. Extremely well deserved. Here’s to the first of many I say!

Category fourteen: Best Actress

Nominations: Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Stape, Coronation Street), Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon, EastEnders), Nina Wadia (Zainab Khan, EastEnders), Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street) and Claire Cooper (Jacqui McQueen, Hollyoaks).

Winner: Claire Cooper as Jacqui McQueen.

Tasha’s take: Can’t slate this one – what a talent!

Category fifteen: Best Soap

Nominations: Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Doctors.

Winner: Coronation Street.

Tasha’s take: YAY. My favourite of the lot owing to the cast and the writing. I feel EastEnders has become, well, rubbish in the past months so I am very glad they didn’t get their hands on this one. Did anybody seriously think Doctors would though?



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