BRITISH SOAP AWARDS 2018 TO AIR LIVE; SHORTLIST NOMINATIONS REVEALED 24

The British Soap Awards returns to ITV in June and for the first time in the show’s history will be broadcast live. Celebrating its big 2-0, the annual awards will take place in London at The Hackney Empire and will honour the nation’s biggest and most-loved TV shows.

Celebrating another mammoth year in soap opera, the awards will look back on twelve months of murder, mystery, make-ups, break ups, trials, tribulations and tears. An incredible year in which the Slater family returned to Albert Square in EastEnders, Phelan’s reign of terror continued in Coronation Street, Lily self harmed on Hollyoaks, Ross Barton’s life changed forever in Emmerdale and PC Rob Hollins life was shattered after Ayesha’s Mum died on his watch in Doctors.

The five biggest soaps – Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – will be battling it out to win recognition for their work over the past year.  Some of the biggest faces from all five soaps will be hitting the red carpet for the most star-studded and glamorous event in the soap calendar. 

Hosted by Phillip Schofield, the live awards will be presented by an array of well-known faces from across the TV and showbiz world. 

The British Soap Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the country’s most popular television genre.  There are 16 awards voted for either by the public or a panel of expert judges.

Here, we presents the full Soap Awards shortlist.

VIEWER-VOTED CATEGORIES

Best British Soap
Coronation Street
Doctors
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Best Actor
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)
Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)
Theo Graham (Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Actress
Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price, Coronation Street)
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)
Anna Passey (Sienna Blake, Hollyoaks)

Greatest Moment
Richard Hillman drives his family into the canal (Coronation Street, 2003)
Vivien’s rape (Doctors, 2008)
‘You ain’t my mother’ (EastEnders, 2001)
Hotten bypass crash (Emmerdale, 2016)
Jade says goodbye to Alfie (Hollyoaks, 2016)

PANEL-VOTED CATEGORIES

Villain of the Year
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Ryan Prescott (Liam Slade, Doctors)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Gillian Kearney (Emma Barton, Emmerdale)
David Easter (Mac Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

Best Male Dramatic Performance
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Chris Walker (Rob Hollins, Doctors)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell, Hollyoaks)

Best Female Dramatic Performance
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Laura Rollins (Ayesha Lee, Doctors)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nadine Mulkerrin (Cleo McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Storyline
Phelan’s reign of terror (Coronation Street)
‘Consequences’ – Rob Hollins’s PTSD (Doctors)
Karma for Max (EastEnders)
Who Killed Emma? (Emmerdale)
Lily’s self-harm (Hollyoaks)

Best Newcomer
Nicola Thorp (Nicola Rubinstein, Coronation Street)
Reis Bruce (Austin Lonsdale, Doctors)
Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Andrew Scarborough (Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Young Actor
Matilda Freeman (Summer Spellman, Coronation Street)
Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)
Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty, Emmerdale)
Ela-May Dermican (Leah Barnes, Hollyoaks)

Best On-Screen Partnership
Bhavna Limbachia and Faye Brookes (Rana Nazir and Kate Connor, Coronation Street)
Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Dr Daniel Granger and Dr Zara Carmichael, Doctors)
Lacey Turner and Jake Wood (Stacey Fowler and Max Branning, EastEnders)
Ned Porteous and Andrew Scarborough (Joe Tate and Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Theo Graham (Prince McQueen and Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Single Episode
Eva and Aidan’s wedding debacle (Coronation Street)
‘Stop All The Clocks’ (Doctors)
Max’s last stand (EastEnders)
Cain and Faith flashback (Emmerdale)
Three Mothers, Three Daughters (Hollyoaks)

Best Comedy Performance
Louiza Patikas (Moira Pollock, Coronation Street)
Ian Midlane (Al Haskey, Doctors)
Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, EastEnders)
Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Scene of the Year
The grooming of Bethany (Coronation Street)
Bollywood proposal (Doctors)
Lauren and Abi’s rooftop fall (EastEnders)
Emma meets her fate (Emmerdale)
Scott’s suicide note (Hollyoaks)

The winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award and The Tony Warren Award will be announced on the night.

The British Soap Awards 2018 will be held at London’s Hackney Empire on Saturday, June 2 and will air live on ITV for the first time in the ceremony’s history.

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ALL CHANGE BEHIND THE SCENES ON CORRIE & EMMERDALE 38

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 39

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.”