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Emmerdale loses BAFTA to rivals Corrie and EastEnders in shortlist snub

Emmerdale won’t be winning any awards in the Virgin Media BAFTAs this year.

The beloved northern soap has been left out of the shortlist for the awards show’s nominations list.

BAFTA announced the groups on their social media platforms Wednesday, and while there were many incredible TV shows up for awards, there were just as many surprises.

The Soap and Continuing Drama shortlist revealed fellow ITV soap Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks all made it in to the category.

Medical soap Casualty was also included, though Holby City was left out.

The last 12 months has been one of the most difficult years for soaps ever.

In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, TV productions had to find new and innovative ways around the social distancing measures and give whole casts and crews constant COVID-19 tests.

And what’s more, there were periods where soaps had to go off air altogether – despite producers doing all they could to simply trim down the episodes.

With changes galore, it’s a wonder soaps have survived at all, but despite that, fans have still been able to watch some incredible stories unfold.

Emmerdale had one of its most despicable villains ever with the introduction of Paul Ashdale (Reece Dinsdale), who was Vinny Dingle’s abusive biological father.

The soap managed to pull off some of its most explosive action sequences ever with the climax of the horrific storyline, sending Paul to his grave.

On top of all the other changes, the BBC’s soap continues to produce shorter episodes than usual – being a channel without ad breaks.

Casualty also had the opportunity to tell stories from throughout the pandemic being set in a hospital, and star Amanda Mealing recently said on Lorraine she and the rest of the cast and crew had received positive feedback from frontline workers about their portrayals of it.

The Virgin Media BAFTAs airs June 6 on BBC One.

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