BRITISH SOAP AWARDS 2017: THE WINNERS REVEALED 173

Emmerdale was the big winner at the British Soap Awards 2017.

The Yorkshire-set soap scooped a total of six awards at the ceremony, including the most coveted Best Soap gong, at a glittering event at The Lowry theatre in Salford.

Emmerdale‘s heart-wrenching story-line focused on Ashley Thomas’ dementia won Best Single Episode and Best Storyline, while the actor who played him, John Middleton, took double glory with both the Best Dramatic Performance and the Best Actor award, which was voted by the public. Middleton’s on-screen wife, Laurel, played by Charlotte Bellamy was awarded Best Actress.

Coronation Street also did well, with a huge win for Kym Marsh after her heart-breaking portrayal of Michelle Connor and the loss of her and Steve McDonald’s baby Ruari. She gave an emotional speech about her “biggest and best year” on Corrie, and dedicated her Female Best Dramatic Performance award to her baby son Archie, who she lost at just 23 weeks old.

The soap’s Dolly-Rose Campbell won Best Comedy Performance for her role as Gemma Winter; Best Young Performer went to Ellie Mulaney who plays Amy Barlow and Best Newcomer went to the show’s Rob Mallard. Both Ellie and Rob have been at the centre of the soap’s gripping who pushed Ken Barlow down the stairs whodunnit. Rob got one of the biggest cheers of the night when he singled out his fellow Corrie star boyfriend Daniel Brocklebank and said:

“While this is fantastic, Dan you’re the best thing I’ve ever taken home.”

There was also a poignant tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack at the event from show host and Oldham-lad Philip Schofield who said:

“As an Oldham lad it’s an honour to be hosting these awards in Manchester, a city whose spirit has inspired the world over the last two weeks.”

Hollyoaks claimed three awards, including Outstanding Achievement Award for Nick Pickard who has been in the soap for 21 years.

EastEnders won just one award on the night – the Outstanding Achievement Award for scriptwriter Gillian Richmond who has celebrated her 30th year with the show, while Doctors also claimed just one award – for former Coronation Street star Lucy-Jo Hudson who won the Best Villain gong for her portrayal of Rhiannon Davis.

Held at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, the ceremony had been due to air live on ITV for the first time this year.

But after the devastating Manchester Arena terror attack, the broadcaster switched the Britain’s Got Talent live final to Saturday night, while the Soap Awards will be aired on Tuesday evening.

Show host Philip Schofield paid tribute to his home city, saying: “As an Oldham lad it’s an honour to be hosting these awards in Manchester, a city whose spirit has inspired the world over the last two weeks.”

Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard was honoured for his 21 years on the show, and his former co-star, Stockport’s Will Mellor, headed on stage to present him with the Outstanding Achievement Award, hailing him “The Ken Barlow of Hollyoaks”.

The British Soap Awards will be screened on ITV1 on Tuesday, June 6, at 8pm.

You can see a full list of the winners below:

Best Single Episode (Presented by Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton)
Emmerdale – Ashley’s Point of View

Best Male Dramatic Performance (Presented by John Thomson)
Emmerdale – John Middleton (Ashley Thomas)

Best Comedy Performance (Presented by Rebecca Front)
Coronation Street – Dolly-Rose Campbell (Gemma Winter)

Best Female Dramatic Performance (Presented by Martine McCutcheon)
Coronation Street – Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor)

Best On-Screen Partnership (Presented by Lee Latchford-Evans & Faye Tozer)
Hollyoaks – Richard Linnell and Kassius Nelson

Villain of the Year (Presented by Gray O’Brien)
Doctors – Lucy-Jo Hudson (Rhiannon Davis)

Best Young Performance (Presented by Honor Kneafsey)
Coronation Street – Elle Mulvaney (Amy Barlow)

Best Storyline (Presented by Charlene White)
Emmerdale – Ashley’s Dementia

Best Newcomer (Presented by Roman Kemp & Vick Hope)
Coronation Street – Rob Mallard (Dan Osbourne)

Scene of the Year (Presented by Stephen McGann & Laura Maine)
Hollyoaks – Jade says goodbye to Alfie

Best Actress (Presented by David Bradley)
Emmerdale – Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Thomas)

Best Actor (Presented by Tamzin Outhwaite)
Emmerdale – John Middleton (Ashley Thomas)

Best Soap (Presented by Adrian Dunbar)
Emmerdale

Outstanding Achievement Award (Presented by Will Mellor)
Hollyoaks – Nick Pickard

The Tony Warren Award
EastEnders – Gillian Richmond (scriptwriter)

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HOLLYOAKS CONFIRMS SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER STORYLINE 75

Hollyoaks are set to launch a powerful new mental health storyline for Alfie Nightingale as he starts hearing a voice and is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

The teenager has been struggling to cope with life since the loss of his soulmate Jade Albright and his loved ones started to fear that he was exhibiting odd behaviour when he worked on a robot to replace Jade.

But in coming weeks, when a voice in Alfie’s head starts communicating with him and ordering him to do things, it becomes clear that things are extremely serious. And Hollyoaks has been working with the charity Mind to ensure that it represents the condition with sensitivity and accuracy.

The storyline, which will form part of the soap’s award-winning #DontFilterFeelings campaign

In episodes due to air at the beginning of April, Alfie will freak out when a voice in his head tells him not to trust his family and when he tries to ignore it and goes stargazing with Ellie, he is continuously plagued by the voice which is warning him off.

It is just the beginning of a difficult journey for Alfie who will be given the diagnosis, which involves patients experiencing psychotic symptoms not dissimilar to schizophrenia and the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Richard Linnell who plays Alfie said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to have been trusted with such a strong and complex story for Alfie. We’ve been working closely with both Mind, and talking to people who have been kind enough to share their personal experiences of the condition.

‘It’s going to be a tumultuous road ahead for Alfie and in telling a deeply truthful, powerful story we hope to continue to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health as a whole.’

A spokesperson for Mind added: ‘We are so pleased that Hollyoaks are tackling the mental health condition Schizoaffective Disorder and have enjoyed working with them over many months. We know that when done well soap storylines can have a really positive affect on a huge audience, changing attitudes and encouraging people to seek help.’

As part of the #DontFilterFeelings campaign, which has included other storylines such as Scott’s depression and Lily’s self harm, Hollyoaks also sought the help and advice of mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who helped to create the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Stranger On A Bridge.

He said: ‘It was a real privilege to work with Hollyoaks on this storyline. The soap has done fantastic work in increasing understanding and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues in the past. The team I worked with were wonderful.

‘I really hope this storyline will make an impact on public perception of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, which has for too long been misconceived and feared. I’m so pleased Hollyoaks have been brave and bold enough to tackle this sensitive subject.’

The storyline kicks off on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm on E4.

HOLLYOAKS ANNOUNCES SHOCK NEW SEX ABUSE STORYLINE 79

Hollyoaks bosses are planning a sexual abuse storyline for show newcomers Ollie Morgan and Buster Smith.

A dark new plot will see football coach Buster abuse his position of power to groom Ollie, who was introduced as Luke Morgan’s teenage son two months ago.

Brody reacted with hostility when Damon’s dad Buster showed up in the village after Maggie’s death which implies that he may have been a previous victim of the manipulative football coach.

Up until now, Buster has settled into the village well, setting up sporting opportunities for youngsters and embarking on a romance with Marnie Nightingale. But his true colours will be revealed when he takes advantage of his position of power.

When he starts opening up to Buster about problems at home, Buster will start to groom him in secret and Hollyoaks are working with Survivors Manchester to ensure that the difficult story is tackled in the correct and appropriate way.

The Hollyoaks team have been working closely with the Survivors Manchester charity while creating this storyline. The charity previously consulted on John Paul McQueen’s male rape story in 2014.

Duncan Craig from Survivors Manchester said: ‘It is once again an absolute pleasure to be working with Hollyoaks on another hugely important storyline that is so topical and relevant. Working with producers, researchers, script writers and the cast, we have been able to develop a story that is rooted firmly in the present day and will show the intricacies of grooming and the difficulty in speaking out as a young male.

‘The team at Hollyoaks has again 100% committed to working with us to ensuring the male survivor sat at home watching the story will feel he is understood, as a survivor led organisation, this is important part of this work.’

Aedan Duckworth who plays Ollie, added: ‘It’s a privilege to have been given this challenging storyline for Ollie. To ensure I accurately depict Ollie’s situation I have had guidance from Survivor’s Manchester and support and advice from Gary Lucy during the filming process.

‘I hope to continue to raise awareness around this subject and encourage those who may have found themselves in a similar situation, to reach out and seek the support they deserve.’

Meanwhile, show boss Bryan Kirkwood commented: ‘While the backdrop of this story is football, the issue itself is far broader and we hope it will encourage all children and young adults to speak out if they ever find themselves in Ollie’s situation.

‘As with all our issue stories we want to encourage parents to open a dialogue within the home about subjects that are difficult to talk about. We are in a unique position of being able to talk to a bright and engaged audience about important issues without lecturing them.’

Hollyoaks will launch the story on April 16 on E4, as Buster starts to get close to Ollie and Brody confides in Luke’s ex-wife Scarlett about his own past.