EastEnders wins TV BAFTAs as huge resurgence for the soap continues

EastEnders has beaten off competition from Coronation Street, Casualty and Hollyoaks to win the Continuting Award (or best soap to you and I) at the TV Bafta Awards 2019. The soap has experienced a resurgence after a number of questionable years with episodes such as the knife crime funeral and the consent episode involving Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) in the Queen Vic setting them apart from their tough competition.

As the award was announced cast including Danny Dyer took to the stage to accept. This year, Emmerdale was snubbed for the nomination and last year’s winner was Casualty.

In recent months, EastEnders has undergone a number of major changes with Kate Oates and Jon Sen taking the helm of the popular drama. With less block storytelling and improved characterisations plus the celebrated and dramatic returns of Sean Slater (Rob Kazinsky) and Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden), EastEnders seems to be getting back to where it’s meant to be.

And having a freshly polished Bafta on its mantelpiece will do that increasing reputation no harm.

Coronation Street had storylines including Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward)’s suicide while Casualty aired the rape of Alicia Munroe (Chelsea Halfpenny) while Hollyoaks had the much acclaimed footballer abuse storyline.

Other soap related awards have yet to be announced including Best Newcomer and Gail’s monologue which is up for Moment of the Year. More to follow.

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