Emmerdale Wins Big at the British Soap Awards

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A beautiful, historic thing happened at the weekend: Emmerdale won Best Soap at the British Soap Awards! Finally the country is catching up with the fact that Emmerdale is awesome and after 18 years of gracious loser faces, the cast and crew en masse were allowed up on stage to collect the trophy. Victory at last! Here is a run down of what prizes they won:

Best Scene: Val’s Death

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What I wouldn’t give to be able to bring the magnificent Valerie Pollard back from the dead, but seeing Val’s death triumph as Best Scene was a great feeling. You couldn’t fail to grin as Charlie Hardwick (Val) took theatrically to the stage, joined by the fantastic Elizabeth Estensen (Diane) who seemed fairly emotional about the win. Two Emmerdale icons in their own right, this was the perfect choice and the actresses clearly loved working together. Val’s death was superbly dramatic and fitting for such an iconic character. Sure, being beheaded by a sheet of glass isn’t a nice way to go, but Val’s exit will be remembered forever.

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Best Male Dramatic Performance AND Best Actor: Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle)

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Back in The Dales and back at the top of his game, Danny Miller stormed the soap awards with two big wins – one voted for by the experts and one by us mere mortals, the fans. Pretty impressive when you consider that Emmerdale is often seen as the underdog. But it’s no surprise that people voted for him to win when you see Danny’s powerhouse performances during the child abuse storyline. It would have been a complete injustice if he’d walked away empty handed considering we’ve seen his best work to date, as well as being part of soap’s biggest and most talked about couple of the moment – Robron, obvs. It was lovely to see all the cast behind him and while I was secretly hoping he might just nab Best Onscreen Partnership with Ryan Hawley, or the Best Storyline award – a double win is definitely great going.

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Best Soap: Emmerdale

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Can you believe in the British Soap Awards’ 18 year history that Emmerdale had never won Best Soap? Well that all changed on Saturday as they picked up the big prize and you could tell by the cast reactions that they weren’t expecting it either. It’s been an amazing year and they’ve consistently given us a great mix of high drama and laughs delivered by a fantastic cast and an wonderful range of characters. Emmerdale has it all and watching them win gave me huge pride to be a fan. John Middleton’s speech on stage really evoked all the emotions. It was a rousing, passionate and joyous moment. Go Team Emmerdale! Keep up the hard work – you’re amazing.

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And if you want to help keep Emmerdale victorious – throw them a vote at the TV Choice Awards!

Fave or Fail? (23-27 May 2016)

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Every week I run through the best and worst bits of the week on Emmerdale. Tell me your faves and fails in the comments! Secrets, lies and dangerous decisions – just your average week in The Dales!

Faves

The Bartons Come to Blows

em7_0005_BackgroundThe Barton Drama was at full throttle this week and the family collided in so many ways that it was far far better than your standard Pete vs Ross war. First you have Emma vs Charity which is all kinds of fun, particularly now that they’re bound forever by cute little Moses, then there’s Holly fracturing the powerhouse of Coira from within. I was really glad that Moira believed Cain and it didn’t go the soapy route of her jumping to the wrong conclusions and while her take-down of Holly was a tad harsh, it was kind of satisfying to see Moira crack. Moira being Moira was quick to become regretful and make it up with Cain too, but with Holly overdosing and Cain making the terrible decision to delete the voicemail it’s going to be a rocky road when his wife finds out the truth. I’m braced and ready. It was great to see the Bartons all come together with tensions boiling over from all their complicated past. It was the first time that the extended family – with Ross and Pete rescuing their cousin – really felt like a family. One big question though, where are Adam and Vic in all this? Their absence felt like a major oversight.

Lawrence’s Angst

em7_0001_BackgroundThe Lawrence and Ronnie storyline is one of my favourites at the moment, even if it gets nudged down my ‘faves’ list for the slightly ridiculous moment of Lawrence getting Sam to put a shotgun on Ronnie. Let’s just pretend that never happened! Anyway! With Ronnie revealing he and Lawrence used to be lovers, shit got real as Lawrence was confronted with the past that he’d tried to bury for so long. With Ronnie hanging around the village to help Rakesh and Lawrence plagued with panic and guilt about his past catching up with him, it’s very exciting indeed. What will Bernice think when it all comes out? Chrissie? And what are Lawrence’s true feelings? Is Ronnie really now nothing to him or is he so desperate to get rid because those long repressed feelings haven’t actually gone away? This is a GREAT storyline.

Friendship Goals

em7_0002_BackgroundThis week was all about friendship goals. I’m talking about two solid friendships in the village getting some air-time: Sam and Megan, Tracy and Carly. Sam is an angel as we all know and this week saw him buy some essentials for Megan as she tried to give him a smarter makeover to get his job back at Home Farm. Theirs is a friendship so unlikely but it’s so sweet how they seem to genuinely care about each other. As for Tracy and Carly, they had their own sing along to Steps (One For Sorrow) as Tracy moved into Tug Ghyll and gave Vanessa a bit of a stress headache. It’s early days but the gal pad of feisty blondes could be really good fun!

Fails

Bad Babysitter

em7_0003_BackgroundI really love Jimmy King and his buffoonery, especially when it comes to his hilarious relationship with wife Nicola, but I just wasn’t sure he’d be so shameless in using Ashley as a hideaway and an excuse not to do the things Nicola needed him for. Would Jimmy really be as selfish as to park his bum down and send Ashley down the shops and tell Nico how desperately worried he was for his pal, just to avoid a bit of shopping and chores? I can’t help but feel bad for poor Ashley too – even though he doesn’t remember – because everyone is lying and tip-toeing around him. Surely there must be a better way to protect Ashley?

Messy Meddling

em7_0004_BackgroundI’ve got to admit, Holly is one of my least favourite characters and there’s little I’ve enjoyed about her return so far (except for the drama she’s been a catalyst for, as I mentioned above) but this week she gave me a serious attack of the cringe. If flirting with Cain and hanging onto his every word wasn’t bad enough, this week saw her move in for a kiss. Yikes! But the worst bit of the week? Trying to get one over on Charity and dye her hair blue. Not only did the scene give me second hand embarrassment but her impression of Bernice was so unconvincing that unless Charity had shampoo in her ears I’d find it impossible to believe she’d fall for it. Charity’s been a little panto since her return and this kind of “hilarious” prank did neither character any favours.

 

Scene of the Week (23-27 May 2016)

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“We were in love!” SAY WHAAAT!? Okay, so many of us guessed it was coming and that there was more to it than Ronnie simply being Chrissie’s secret father but it was still a great moment when Ronnie revealed that he and Lawrence had once been lovers. I seriously enjoyed all the ambiguity of their scenes and right up until this moment – even in the earlier scene on the bench – it wasn’t quite clear what the story was. But as soon as Ronnie dropped the bombshell everything fell into place. It was beautifully played, even more so was the simmering tension of years’ worth of secrets and lies, with Lawrence declaring Ronnie now meant nothing to him. Even though I’d had the feeling that these two characters had shared a romantic past it was still a bit of a gasp moment and probably even better for those viewers who hadn’t even begun to speculate just who Ronnie Hale was!

Emmerdale Cast: Best Dressed

Expect a full British Soap Awards breakdown from me tomorrow and why the cast of Emmerdale are awesome, but for now I’m all about celebrating the totally talented and gorgeous cast we’re blessed with. So here’s my take on last night’s best dressed.

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Three of the Emmerdale ladies who looked elegant in classic black were Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle), Fiona Wade (Priya Sharma) and Gemma Atkinson (Carly Hope). First of all, Lucy’s new ‘do was stunning and she pulled off a sophisticated look while keeping it simple. Fiona wowed with a flash of her gorgeous legs which really makes me think we should see a sexier side to businesswoman Priya on screen! Gemma showed off her amazing and toned arms. Chic, classy – all babes.

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The thing I love most about these three outfits worn by Isabel Hodgins (Victoria Barton), Sophie Powles (Holly Barton) and Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty) is that they all look fresh and fun and maybe aren’t what you’d expect for awards outfits. Isabel’s statement skirt is gorgeous and even though another soap star wore the same one, there’s no need to debate who wore it better they both looked incredible. Sophie’s floral two piece was pretty and summery and really, I just want it for myself! Isobel’s dress was cute and suited her perfectly. These were all great choices girls!

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The boys! Who doesn’t love a man in a well tailored suit and all the Emmerdale lads looked hot and smart last night. I picked Mike Parr (Ross Barton) and Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle) as my best dressed males of the night for opting for slightly more daring outfits. Mike went for a summery blue blazer and light trousers which makes a nice change from the grungy black you usually see on Ross. Danny’s plaid three-piece suit had a Peaky Blinders feel to it – dapper to the max. Both lads managed to make cool look completely effortless.

Fave or Fail? (16-20 May 2016)

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Every week I run through the best and worst bits of the week on Emmerdale. Tell me your faves and fails in the comments! The kids were alright this week – Pierce and Rhona were definitely not.

Faves

Dragging Him Down

em6_0002_BackgroundEver since Megan went to town on Jai in court last year, calling him out for being a lying, cheating scumbag she’s developed into a great character. I’ve loved her strange friendship with Sam, but even more I’ve enjoyed seeing her stand up for herself as an independent woman and single mother. This week put Megan firmly at the top of my ‘Faves’ list for the brilliant scene where she landed Jai right in it with his potential new wife. In what was an incredible awkward and tense moment for Jai, the punches just kept coming from Megan. It was fantastic. She played it perfectly – just when you thought she might go a bit easier on him, she pulled out every trump card – the cheating, the wives, the coke habit, the revenge on Charity. All followed by a smug little cackle.

Kind Heart

em6_0005_BackgroundOh Jakey. What a sweetheart. He’s understandably really worried about David’s chemo and he went to great lengths this week to try and look after him. First of all it was reading the forums and putting together a chemo kit to keep David occupied during the boredom of his treatment and then he bonded with Dylan. Of course Dylan’s tragic demise meant Jacob was extra paranoid about losing David and began panicking about every last germ. Poor guy! With him reaching for the gloves and bleach every few minutes it wouldn’t be surprising if Jacob developed OCD or germaphobia. Props to Joe-Warren Plant who’s making Jacob into a loveable and caring young lad – and we certainly need them in the village!

Star of the Family

em6_0001_BackgroundIt was a bad week for another of the village’s youngsters as poor lil Arthur got injured helping to build the pirate ship and then was left at the hospital when Ashley forgot about him! Seeing the little one’s lost face as he wandered the hospital car park in the search for his dad really tugged at the heart strings but Arthur, being the resilient trooper that he is, recovered pretty quickly and was in high spirits the next day despite the family’s worries. Using Arthur as a key player in Ashley’s dementia story is a real strength, showing the impact of his illness on a greater scale for the whole family. But sadness aside, Arthur is shaping up to be a right little smiley star of the family and I love the innocent joy he brings to the Thomases, even in their difficult times.

Fails

Disappearing Storyline

em6_0003_BackgroundSometimes, when Carly’s in the background of scenes, aiding Tracy with her love-life or restocking David’s shelves it’s easy to forget what a powerful and emotionally draining moment it was when Carly confessed to having lost a baby. It’s easy to forget that Carly has had a rough few years and covers this sometimes with a hard layer. But since those confessional episodes it’s barely been mentioned and what a shame that is. Gemma Atkinson knocked those scenes out of the park and ever since then her scenes with Marlon have held a depth that she just hasn’t had with those not privy to her secret. So a fail this week? Not giving Carly a story. We were teased with the idea they might revisit her tragedy when she offered support for Laurel, but isn’t it about time Carly herself had a bit of focus? It’s taken me a while to warm to her but I hope her sensitive side doesn’t go to waste if all the material she gets is serving customers.

Screaming into the Wind

em6_0004_BackgroundIf this week proved anything, it has to be this – there’s something in the water at Smithy Cottage. First it was Paddy, acting completely out of character and shagging Tess (RIP btw) and now it’s Rhona who’s gone completely barmy. As if befriending the slightly unhinged (albeit slightly attractive) Pierce wasn’t a bad enough idea – wake up Rhona he’s vulnerable and unstable – she’s now having a secret relationship with him! I could understand that she’s lonely and vulnerable too, seeking someone who was also hurt by the Paddy/Tess CAR CRASH (um…literally) but he’s hardly casual fling fodder. The fact he seems likely to go to extremes to avenge his wife seems quite a soapy fun character trait, but dragging Rhona into it is weird and unbelievable. She’s been quick to lie and turn against BFF Vanessa and as for the whole shouting into the wind and acting like two randy teens – yeesh. It’s all very strange and out of character. Sure, keep Pierce as mysterious and unpredictable, but don’t make Rhona unrecognisable – that’s what happened to Paddy and no one liked that. Now excuse me while I go and scream my Emmerdale frustrations into the wind…

 

Scene of the Week (16-20 May 2016)

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In another harrowing week for Aaron, Chas did her very best to lighten the mood with a bit of car karaoke and a powerful burst of Total Eclipse of the Heart. After visiting Gordon in the morgue and feeling miserable that he wasn’t able to speak his mind, Chas reminded Aaron of the good things in his life. When that didn’t put a smile on his face, singing into her keys just about did it. This touching (if slightly cringey) scene was hopefully a lovely glimpse into what the future holds for the show under new producer Iain MacLeod as he’s promised more warmth between characters. Not only did we get to hear a burst of Soapstar Superstar runner up (sidenote: wasn’t that show great?!) Lucy Pargeter sing, but it shifted the tone of the moment, leading to a brief spell of peace for Aaron. I mean, it didn’t even last until the end of the episode but a girl can dream, right?!