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The British Soap Awards 2014
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Who succeeds this year will depend on the length of the voters’ memories. EastEnders had a nightmare 2013, but a resurgent 2014 thanks to the introduction of the Carter clan and Lucy’s murder. Corrie struck gold with Hayley’s exit, but hasn’t had the same critical acclaim for Tina’s affair with Peter.
If there’s any justice, Emmerdale will receive some overdue trophies – its Bafta snub was baffling seeing as the Woolpack siege was among its best episodes yet. But the big news is that Hollyoaks is topping the shortlist with 20 nominations, both John Paul’s rape and October’s deadly explosion getting recognition.
What’s also noteworthy is EastEnders’ definition of Spectacular Scene - amid the car crashes and floods fielded by its rivals is the moment when Johnny Carter came out to dad Mick. It was beautifully touching and my own personal highlight from the past 12 months.
From the Hackney Empire in London, Phillip Schofield hosts the star-studded ceremony celebrating the best of Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors over the past 12 months. Famous faces from the entertainment world hand out awards in 14 categories, including Villain of the Year, featuring Charlie Brooks (EastEnders' Janine), Dominic Power (Emmerdale's resident serial killer Cameron) and no less than three Hollyoaks baddies - Greg Wood (Trevor), Jesse Birdsall (Fraser) and Anna Passey (Sienna). David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh (Corrie couple Roy and Hayley) are nominated for Best On-Screen Partnership as well as the individual Actor and Actress gongs, while David makes a third shortlist in Best Dramatic Performance.
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