I watched some of the British Soap Awards last night and once I’d got over the irritation of each group of cast members “whooping” when their respective show received a nomination, the results were actually quite interesting.
Coronation Street won half of the awards, including three of the five that were decided by a public vote. It was perhaps as well that the programme wasn’t even more successful, because all the other potential recipients are currently on bail...
In stark contrast, Eastenders sloped away from Manchester with only Adam Woodyatt’s Lifetime Achievement award to show for another year of misery in Walford. Hollyoaks (which I must admit I’ve never watched) scooped five awards including the year’s most Spectacular (and it certainly was) Scene for “the bus crash” and the prestigious Best Actress was presented to Claire Cooper.
It was no real surprise that Natalie Gumede featured extensively during the evening for her wonderful and convincing portrayal of Corrie’s Kirsty Soames – the abuse storyline enabling Alan Halsall (as Tyrone) to show off his skills, his reward was to be named Best Actor. Natalie looked lovely in a short red and gold dress, but surely there’s only one way to finish any soap blog... with the sexiest female... for the fifth year running: Michelle Keegan. A decent effort since her character has been pregnant for several months, but as this picture proves, she’s a stunningly attractive young woman.
So with the ceremony done and dusted for another year, is there a “New Order” in soapland?
I don’t know, but for the Eastenders cast, I’m sure today will have been a very “Blue Monday”.
See what I did? That’s really clever...
All my own work... almost.