TV CHOICE AWARDS 2016: THE LONGLIST REVEALED 120

The longlist for the 20th TV Choice Awards has been revealed.

You have until 3rd June to cast your first round votes at the TV Choice website or by post. Shortlist nominations will be announced on 28th June, when voting will re-open (online only) until 8th July. Alternatively, you can vote by post. Details and voting forms are in the current and next issues of TV Choice.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 5th September, hosted by comedian Jo Brand.

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Death In Paradise (BBC1)
Doc Martin (ITV)
Downton Abbey (ITV)
Endeavour (ITV)
Grantchester (ITV)
Happy Valley (BBC1)
The Hollow Crown (BBC2)
Home Fires (ITV)
Indian Summers (Channel 4)
In The Club (BBC1)
Line Of Duty (BBC2)
Midsomer Murders (ITV)
Mr Selfridge (ITV)
Murder (BBC2)
The Musketeers (BBC1)
My Mad Fat Diary (E4)
Peaky Blinder (BBC2)
Prey (ITV)
Ripper Street (Amazon Prime Video)
Scott & Bailey (ITV)
Shetland (BBC1)
Silent Witness (BBC1)
Strike Back: Legacy (Sky1)
Suspects (Channel 5)
The Syndicate (BBC1)
This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
The Tunnel: Sabotage (Sky Atlantic)
Vera (ITV)

BEST FAMILY DRAMA
A Place To Call Home (BBC2)
Call The Midwife (BBC1)
Casualty (BBC1)
The Coroner (BBC1)
The Doctor Blake Mysteries (BBC1)
Doctor Who (BBC1)
The Durrells (ITV)
Father Brown (BBC1)
Fungus The Bogeyman (Sky1)
Holby City (BBC1)
Moving On (BBC1)

BEST NEW DRAMA
The Aliens (E4)
And Then There Were None (BBC1)
The A Word (BBC1)
Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands (ITV)
Black Work (ITV)
Dicensian (BBC1)
Doctor Foster (BBC1)
Doctor Throne (ITV)
From Darkness (BBC1)
Harlan Coben’s The Five (Sky1)
Humans (Channel 4)
The Last Kingdom (BBC2)
The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic)
London Spy (BBC2)
Marcella (ITV)
The Night Manager (BBC1)
Not Safe For Work (Channel 4)
River (BBC1)
The Secret (ITV)
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky1)
Thirteen (BBC3)
Undercover (BBC1)
Unforgotten (ITV)
War & Peace (BBC1)

BEST DAYTIME SHOW
Bargain Hunt (BBC1)
Breakfast (BBC1)
The Chase (ITV)
Come Dine With Me (Channel 4)
Countdown (Channel 4)
Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4)
Decimate (BBC1)
Eggheads (BBC2)
Family Finders (BBC1)
Fifteen To One (Channel 4)
Four In A Bed (Channel 4)
Good Morning Britain (ITV)
Holiday Of My Lifetime (BBC1)
Homes Under The Hammer (BBC1)
The Jeremy Kyle Show (ITV)
Judge Rinder (ITV)
Loose Women (ITV)
Lorraine (ITV)
Masterpiece With Alan Titchmarsh (ITV)
Pointless (BBC1)
The Saturday Show (Channel 5)
Think Tank (BBC1)
This Morning (ITV)
Tipping Point (ITV)
The TV That Made Me (BBC1)
The Wright Stuff (Channel 5)

BEST ENTERTAINMENT SHOW
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave)
A League Of Their Own (Sky1)
All Star Mr & Mrs (ITV)
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Big Star’s Little Star (ITV)
Can’t Touch This (BBC1)
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Crackanory (Dave)
The Cube (ITV)
Dinner Date (ITVBe)
Drive (ITV)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Duck Quack Don’t Echo (Sky1)
The Getaway Car (BBC1)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)
Have I Got News For You (BBC1)
It’s Not Rocket Science (ITV)
The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV)
Keep It In The Family (ITV)
The Last Leg (Channel 4)
Lip Sync Battle UK (Channel 5)
Lookalikes (Channel 4)
Mock The Week (BBC2)
Most Haunted (Really)
Ninja Warrior UK (ITV)
Only Connect (BBC2)
Prized Apart (BBC1)
QI (BBC2)
Release The Hounds (ITV2)
Room 101 (BBC1)
Singing In The Rainforest (W)
Surprise Surprise (ITV)
Take Me Out (ITV)
Taskmaster (Dave)
TFI Friday (Channel 4)
Through The Keyhole (ITV)
Top Gear (BBC2)
Two Tribe (BBC2)
Up Late With Rylan (Channel 5)
Virtually Famous (E4)
Would I Lie To You? (BBC1)
You’re Back In The Room (ITV)

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHOW
The 100 (E4)
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (E4)
American Horror Story: Hotel (Fox)
Aquarius (Sky Atlantic)
Better Call Saul (Netflix)
The Big Bang Theory (E4)
The Blacklist (Sky Living)
Blindspot (Sky Living)
Bones (Sky Living)
The Bridge (BBC4)
Castle (Alibi)
Deutschland 83 (Channel 4)
Elementary (Sky Living)
Empire (E4)
Family Guy (ITV2)
Fargo (Channel 4)
Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
The Goldbergs (E4)
The Good Wife (More4)
Gotham (Channel 5)
Grey’s Anatomy (Sky Living)
Homeland (Channel 4)
House Of Cards (Netflix)
Jane The Virgin (E4)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Universal)
Limitless (Sky1)
Modern Family (Sky1)
NCIS (Fox) / NCIS: LA (Sky1) / NCIS: New Orleans (Channel 5)
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
Outlander (Amazon Prime Video)
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (BBC2)
Scandal (Sky Living)
Scream Queen (E4)
The Simpsons (Sky1)
Supergirl (Sky1)
Transparent (Amazon Prime Video)
Trapped (BBC4)
Veep (Sky Atlantic)
Vinyl (Sky Atlantic)
The Walking Dead (Fox)
Wentworth Prison (Channel 5)
The X-Files (Channel 5)
Zoo (Sky1)

BEST REALITY SHOW
10,000 BC: Two Tribe (Channel 5)
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (ITV)
Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5)
Close To The Edge (BBC4)
Desi Rascals (Sky1)
Hunted (Channel 4)
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)
The Island With Bear Grylls (Channel 4)
Ladies Of London (ITVBe)
Love Island (ITV2)
Made In Chelsea (E4)
The Only Way Is Essex (ITVBe)
The Real Housewives Of Cheshire (ITVBe)

BEST COMEDY
Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters (Sky Atlantic)
Benidorm (ITV)
Birds Of A Feather (ITV)
Boomers (BBC1)
Boy Meets Girl (BBC2)
Camping (Sky Atlantic)
Catastrophe (Channel 4)
Chewing Gum (E4)
Citizen Khan (BBC1)
Cradle To Grave (BBC2)
Crashing (Channel 4)
Cuckoo (BBC3)
Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave)
Detectorists (BBC4)
Flowers (Channel 4)
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Going Forward (BBC4)
I Want My Wife Back (BBC1)
The Job Lot (ITV2)
The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (ITV2)
Love Nina (BBC1)
Man Down (Channel 4)
Mount Pleasant (Sky1)
Mum (BBC2)
Peep Show (Channel 4)
Plebs (ITV2)
Raised By Wolves (Channel 4)
Rovers (Sky1)
Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC2)
Stella (Sky1)
Toast Of London (Channel 4)
Top Coppers (BBC3)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC1)
Trollied (Sky1)
Two Doors Down (BBC2)
Siblings (BBC3)
Stag (BBC2)
Still Open All Hours (BBC1)
Upstart Crow (BBC2)
Vicious (ITV)
The Windsors (Channel 4)
Witless (BBC3)

BEST TALENT SHOW
The Apprentice (BBC1)
Bake Off: Crème De La Crème (BBC2)
BBQ Champ (ITV)
Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
Forged In Fire (History)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC1)
Great British Menu (BBC2)
The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC2)
The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2)
The Great Pottery Throw Down (BBC2)
The Jump (Channel 4)
Masterchef (BBC1)
The Naked Choir (BBC2)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
The Voice UK (BBC1)
The X Factor (ITV)

BEST LIFESTYLE SHOW
Antiques Roadshow (BBC1)
Antiques Road Trip (BBC2)
Back In Time For The Weekend (BBC2)
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild (Channel 5)
Body Shockers: Nips Tucks And Tattoos (Channel 4)
Country Strife: Abz On The Farm (BBC2)
DIY SOS: The Big Build (BBC1)
Don’t Tell The Bride (BBC1)
Eamonn & Ruth: How The Other Half Lives (Channel 5)
Fake Or Fortune? (BBC1)
Fearne & Gok: Off The Rails (ITVBe)
First Dates (Channel 4)
Food Detectives (BBC2)
The Gadget Show (Channel 5)
Gardeners’ World (BBC2)
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (Channel 4)
Gogglebox (Channel 4)
Grand Designs (Channel 4)
The Hotel Inspector Returns (Channel 5)
The Instant Gardener (BBC1)
Kevin McCloud’s Escape To The Wild (Channel 4)
Location Location Location (Channel 4)
Long Lost Family (ITV)
Love Your Garden (ITV)
Married At First Sight (Channel 4)
The Martin Lewis Money Show (ITV)
Mary Portas Secret Shopper (Channel 4)
Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (Channel 4)
Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages (More4)
The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC2)
The Restoration Man (Channel 4)
Storage Hunter UK (Dave)
Sugar Free Farm (ITV)
Supershoppers (Channel 4)
Tattoo Fixers (E4)
Time Crashers (Channel 4)
Trust Me I’m A Doctor (BBC2)
The Undateables (Channel 4)

BEST ACTOR
Roger Allam (Endeavour)
Sanjeev Bhaskar (Unforgotten)
Jim Broadbent (London Spy)
Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster)
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin)
Tom Cullen (Harlan Coben’s The Five)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hollow Crown)
Paul Dano (War & Peace)
Sacha Dhawan (Not Safe For Work)
Stephen Dillane (The Tunnel: Sabotage)
Kevin Doyle (Happy Valley)
Neil Dudgeon (Midsomer Murders)
Shaun Evans (Endeavour)
Laurence Fox (Lewis)
Don Gilet (Holby City)
Joseph Gilgun (This Is England ’90)
Philip Glenister (Prey)
Robson Green (Grantchester)
Douglas Henshall (Shetland)
Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)
Tom Hollander (Doctor Thorne)
Lee Ingleby (The A Word)
Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager)
Adrian Lester (Undercover)
Richard Lintern (Silent Witness)
Kris Marshall (Death In Paradise)
Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders)
James Nesbitt (The Secret)
James Norton (War & Peace)
Craig Parkinson (Line Of Duty)
Jeremy Piven (Mr Selfridge)
Stephen Rea (Dickensian)
Stellan Skarsgård (River)
Aidan Turner (And Then There Were None)
Charles Venn (Casualty)
Kevin Whately (Lewis)
Ben Whishaw (London Spy)

BEST ACTRESS
Zawe Ashton (Not Safe For Work)
Brenda Blethyn (Vera)
Samantha Bond (Home Fire)
Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey)
Caroline Catz (Doc Martin)
Rosie Cavaliero (Prey)
Gemma Chan (Humans)
Morven Christie (The A Word)
Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who)
Olivia Colman (The Night Manager)
Jodie Comer (Thirteen)
Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager)
Judi Dench (The Hollow Crown)
Anne-Marie Duff (From Darkness)
Emilia Fox (Silent Witness)
Anna Friel (Marcella)
Rebecca Front (Doctor Thorne)
Jill Halfpenny (In The Club)
Keeley Hawes (Line Of Duty)
Lily James (War & Peace)
Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster)
Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley)
Vicky McClure (This Is England ’90)
Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders)
Amanda Mealing (Casualty)
Tuppence Middleton (Dickensian)
Sophie Okonedo (Undercover)
Judy Parfitt (Call The Midwife)
Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel: Sabotage)
Miranda Richarsson (And Then There Were None)
Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife)
Claire Rushbrook (Home Fires)
Catherine Russell (Holby City)
Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey)
Sheridan Smith (Black Work)
Sarah Solemani (Harlan Coben’s The Five)
Nicola Walker (Unforgotten)
Julie Walters (Indian Summers)

BEST FACTUAL SHOW
24 Hours In A&E (Channel 4)
24 Hours In Police Custody (Channel 4)
An Island Parish: Falklands (BBC2)
Autumnwatch / Springwatch / Winterwatch (BBC2)
Big Blue Live (BBC1)
British Army Girls (Channel 4)
The Catch (Channel 4)
Child Genius (Channel 4)
Countryfile (BBC1)
Countrywise (ITV)
Davina McCall: Life At The Extreme (ITV)
Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4)
Dragons’ Den (BBC2)
Educating Cardiff (Channel 4)
Fierce (ITV)
Food Unwrapped (Channel 4)
Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough (BBC1)
Great Railway Journey (BBC2)
Into The Wild With Gordon Buchanan (BBC2)
Karl Pilkington: The Moaning Of Life (Sky1)
Making A Murderer (Netflix)
The Murder Detectives (Channel 4)
One Born Every Minute (Channel 4)
The One Show (BBC1)
Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs (ITV)
Reggie Yates’ Extreme UK (BBC3)
Royal Navy School (Channel 4)
The Secret Life Of 4 5 And 6 Year Olds (Channel 4)
The Supervet (Channel 4)
The Tiny Tots Talent Agency (Channel 4)
The Tribe (Channel 4)
Vet On The Hill (More4)
Watchdog (BBC1)
What Would Be Your Miracle? (ITV)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1)

BEST FOOD SHOW
Eat Well For Less? (BBC1)
Gino’s Italian Escape: Islands In The Sun (ITV)
The Hairy Bikers’ Northern Exposure (BBC2)
James Martin: Home Comforts (BBC1)
Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (Channel 4)
Jamie’s Super Food (Channel 4)
Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking (BBC2)
Paul Hollywood: City Bakes (Food Network)
Rick Stein’s Long Weekends (BBC2)
Saturday Kitchen (BBC1)
Simply Nigella (BBC2)
Sunday Brunch (Channel 4)

BEST SOAP ACTOR
Coronation Street’s Jack P Shepherd (David Platt)
Coronation Street’s Ben Price (Nick Tilsley)
Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw)
EastEnders’ James Bye (Martin Fowler)
EastEnders’ Danny Dyer (Mick Carter)
EastEnders’ Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell)
Emmerdale’s John Middleton (Ashley Thomas)
Emmerdale’s Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle)
Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe)
Hollyoaks’ Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne)
Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson (Ste McQueen)
Hollyoaks’ Greg Wood (Trevor Royle)

BEST SOAP ACTRESS
Coronation Street’s Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby)
Coronation Street’s Paula Lane (Kylie Platt)
Coronation Street’s Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt)
EastEnders’ Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell)
EastEnders’ Diane Parish (Denise Fox)
EastEnders’ Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler)
Emmerdale’s Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Thomas)
Emmerdale’s Zoe Henry (Rhona Goskirk)
Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle)
Hollyoaks’ Jacqueline Boatswain (Simone Loveday)
Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen)
Hollyoaks’ Anna Passey (Sienna Blake)

BEST SOAP NEWCOMER
Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes (Kate Connor)
Coronation Street’s Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Habeeb)
Coronation Street’s Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor)
EastEnders’ Tilly Keeper (Louise Mitchell)
EastEnders’ Riley Carter Millington (Kyle Slater)
Emmerdale’s Gemma Atkinson (Carly Hope)
Emmerdale’s Rosie Bentham (Gabby Thomas)
Emmerdale’s Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty)
Hollyoaks’ Richard Linnell (Alfie Nightingale)
Hollyoaks’ Kassius Nelson (Jade Albright)
Hollyoaks’ Annie Wallace (Sally St Claire)

BEST SOAP
Coronation Street (ITV)
Doctors (BBC1)
EastEnders (BBC1)
Emmerdale (ITV)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4)
Home & Away (Channel 5)
Neighbours (Channel 5)

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ALL CHANGE BEHIND THE SCENES ON CORRIE & EMMERDALE 35

ITV today confirmed Iain MacLeod had been appointed as the new Producer of Coronation Street, following Kate Oates’ decision to leave the soap and move into drama series production.

Kate is moving to work with ITV Studios owned label Tall Story Pictures, where she will produce the forthcoming second series of Bancroft, starring Sarah Parish.

ITV also announced that former ITV Drama Commissioner Jane Hudson has been appointed Emmerdale’s Executive Producer responsible for the future editorial and creative direction of the award-winning soap. Assistant Producer Kate Brooks becomes Producer alongside current Series Script Producer Laura Shaw who also becomes a Producer. Kate and Laura will produce blocks of episodes on a rotational basis and take responsibility for the day to day running of the programme. The Emmerdale appointments will take effect from the beginning of June, to coincide with Iain taking the helm at Coronation Street.

Kate and Iain leave their respective soaps in strong form, as each is up +5% year-on- year for volume, on both consolidated and overnights ratings. In 2018 to date, Emmerdale has increased its average audience in the consolidated ratings, pulling ahead to become the UK’s second most popular soap.

Coronation Street continues to be the UK’s most popular soap, with Good Friday’s 8:30pm episode scoring the highest rating in this slot in more than 4 years when 9.4m viewers tuned in to see Phelan confess his string of crimes to Eileen at the lighthouse. Across that week, Coronation Street delivered an impressive 40% share among 16-34s, the soap’s highest share for this demographic since just before the tram crash in 2010.

ITV Studios Creative Director for Coronation Street and Emmerdale, John
Whiston, said: “There’s a lot to praise here! Kate Oates has transformed Coronation Street during her tenure. This has been reflected both in the huge critical acclaim the show has been getting and in the ratings. We are now used to opening the overnights and seeing Coronation Street has delivered its highest ratings for many years, a herculean achievement in this box set era.

Kate has done this whilst putting on screen some groundbreaking and socially important stories such as the Bethany grooming story and David’s rape story. It is a testament to her brilliant editorial touch that these stories, though difficult, have been both credible and engaging.

Meanwhile, Kate has unleashed on us one of the finest villains in soap history with Pat Phelan and his dastardly deeds. And the show has continued day in day out to provide the viewer with top notch Corrie humour from Liz to Moira, from Steve to Tracy, from Sally to Tim. Doing all this while taking the show from 5 episodes to 6 episodes a week is a phenomenal achievement by Kate and something of which those who work on the show and those who watch it are hugely appreciative.”

On Iain MacLeod’s time at Emmerdale, John commented: “Meanwhile, over the Pennines, Emmerdale has been going through its own golden period under Iain MacLeod’s aegis. It too has built its audience volume and share. And it has delivered some truly memorable storylines. Ashley’s dementia was notable not just for the strength of the story, but for the way it was told with some soap defining drama, such as the episode all seen through Ashley’s point of view.

Equally hard hitting, though in a different way, was the multi car pile up on Hotten bypass. Emmerdale has a reputation for delivering big stunts and this one wasthe biggest and most spectacular, as well as the most intricately plotted and it came from the perfect soap brain of the supremely talented Iain MacLeod. It is no wonder Emmerdale has won pretty much a clean sweep of the awards in the last year, a run interrupted only by Coronation Street’s RTS Award.”

On Jane Hudson’s appointment John said: “Jane Hudson was the ITV Commissioner for the soaps during their recent renaissance, leaving last summer. She is the ideal person to take on the leadership of Emmerdale as she has soap running through her veins and understands and loves the genre like no other. She is also forthright and humane, both qualities needed to lead a soap these days. She has a brilliant story mind which makes me excited to see where Emmerdale will go next.”

Iain MacLeod moves to Coronation Street following his successful tenureas Producer of Emmerdale which has seen the Yorkshire based soap tackle a range of notable storylines including the recent acid attack inflicted on Ross, the reuniting of Robron following an acrimonious break up after Rebecca gave birth to Robert’s son, Seb, the realisation
that Faith Dingle has suffered a double mastectomy and Emma Barton’s demise following the death of James.

Emmerdale has also received a remarkable string of awards during Iain’s time as Producer including a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama in 2017, the RTS Award for Continuing Drama in 2016 and 2017 and the National Television Award for Serial Drama for consecutive years in 2017 and 2018.

Prior to Iain taking his position at Emmerdale in 2015 he was Series Producer at Hollyoaks, a role he held since 2013. A former Coronation Street researcher and Story Editor from July 2009 until 2013, Iain left the programme in 2013 to join Hollyoaks and was promoted to Series Producer shortly afterwards.

Iain MacLeod added: “Working on Emmerdale at a time when it’s enjoyed such success hasbeen a total joy and I will miss the people and the place immensely – it’s a special show full of huge talent. Only Corrie could have tempted me away. It gave me my first job in TV asan assistant researcher many years ago and to be returning as producer is the fulfilment of a longstanding dream. It’ll be like a reunion with an old friend and I look forward to continuing the amazing work already being done by everyone connected with the show.”

Jane Hudson began her television career as a storyliner for Coronation Street before progressing to Script Editor. She moved to Casualty where she worked as Series Editor and Producer from 2004-2007. Jane is also a former producer of Law & Order: UK, Hustle, Waterloo Road and Robin Hood. Most recently Jane spent four years as an ITV Drama
Commissioner overseeing Coronation Street and Emmerdale from the network’s perspective. Jane joins Emmerdale from the independent television production company, Eleven, where she has been working as Executive Producer, Drama.

Jane Hudson, on her appointment as Executive Producer of Emmerdale commented: “I’m delighted to be returning to my Yorkshire roots and becoming partof the nation’s much loved soap, Emmerdale. I can’t wait to be back around the story table working with the writers on ideas that will have our audience laughing, crying, suspecting and occasionally hiding behind a cushion. I want to continue to give our loyal audience the drama they love whilst also bringing new viewers to the Dales, because believe me, there really is no better place.”

A former Producer of Radio 4’s The Archers from 2003-2010, Kate Oates has successfully produced Coronation Street since 2015. Prior to taking up the reins at Corrie, Kate produced Emmerdale from 2013-2015. She had previously worked as Coronation Street’s Assistant Producer following a stint as Emmerdale’s Story Editor. Kate leaves Coronation Street in an exceptionally good place after seeing the iconic soap transition from five to six episodes each week in September 2017.

Kate has also recently overseen an array of significantly memorable storylines including Eva and Maria’s infamous catfight following Aidan’s admission on his wedding day that he’d been in love with both women, Bethany’s grooming story, the realisation Zeedan’s wife Rana was in love with Kate, the return of Carla Conner to Coronation Street and Phelan’s reign of terror on the Weatherfield community.

Kate has also been responsible for the powerfully compelling story of David Platt’s rape, which has recently won huge praise for the soap from the audience and critics alike for tackling such difficult subject matter and raising awareness of such a devastating sexual assault. During Kate’s time as Producer Coronation Street also achieved theprestigious BAFTA Best Soap and Continuing Drama Award in 2015 and the RTS Award for Continuing Drama earlier this year.

Speaking today, Kate explained: “Being a part of Coronation Street has quite simply been one of the best experiences of my life. I am proud of the stories we have told and the impact they have had – and I’ve had a ball working with one of the best and most talented teams in television. I’ll be forever grateful for this opportunity and all it has given me; but I’m also excited to try something new. I can’t wait to make a start on Bancroft, working with the brilliant Sarah Parish and Tall Story Pictures – and I’ll continue to love watching both ITV soaps from the comfort of my sofa.

Catherine Oldfield, Creative Director at Tall Story Pictures says: “Kate Brooke and I are delighted that Kate has chosen Bancroft 2 as her first production after her fantastic run at Corrie. Kate has shown how brilliantly she delivers stories that thrill and surprise ITV audiences. We can’t wait to work with her.”

On Kate Brooks and Laura Shaw’s appointments as Emmerdale Producers John Whiston said: “Kate Brooks and Laura Shaw are both exceptional at what they do. Whilst they’ve worked on Emmerdale the show has been its best ever. They are both really good people who foster a supportive working atmosphere in which people who work for them thrive. Their appointments are a tribute to them and to the show for being the sort of place where good people do good and prosper. All in all, a top new team for Britain’s top soaps.”

SUPERSTAR DJ AVICII FOUND DEAD AGED 28 38

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman.

Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said.

Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. His biggest hit was “Levels.”

His death comes just days after he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for top dance/electronic album for his EP “Avicii (01).”

His hits include “Wake Me Up!” ”The Days” and “You Make Me.” He is the subject of the 2017 Levan Tsikurishvil documentary “Avicii: True Stories.”

Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.

“It’s been a very crazy journey. I started producing when I was 16. I started touring when I was 18. From that point on, I just jumped into 100 percent,” Avicii told Billboard magazine in 2016.

“When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price – a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me – but it was the best journey of my life.”