BAFTA TV Awards 2017: Emmerdale wins Best Soap and Continuing Drama

Casualty, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks fought it out for the soap crown

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Emmerdale has won the British Academy Television Award for Best Soap and Continuing Drama, seeing off competition from TV rivals EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

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Coronation Street was left out of the running in this year’s category, to the surprise of some, with EastEnders receiving a nod in new editor Sean O’Connor’s first year on the soap. 

The ceremony, held at Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, was hosted by Sue Perkins and attended by British TV’s biggest stars including Ant and Dec, Olivia Colman, Thandie Newton and Ed Balls.

This year’s BAFTA nominations were ruled by The Crown with five nods, followed by BBC3’s Fleabag, BBC1’s Happy Valley and one-off BBC drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy – all with three nominations.

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In order to be eligible for this year’s shortlist, programmes must have aired between 1st January and 31st December 2016.