EastEnders was again named Best Soap at the British Soap Awards, but there was surprise success for BBC One's daytime soap Doctors. The weekday medical soap set near Birmingham won awards for Best Storyline, Best Single Episode and Best Dramatic Performance to actress Anita Carey. EastEnders capped a magical year for the BBC One soap when Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater) won Best Actor, Scott Maslen won Sexiest Male, Maisie Smith won Best Young Actor, Nina Wadia won Best Comedy Performance and teamed up with Nitin Ganatra to win Best On-Screen Partnership. As well, Barbara Windsor received an award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2008 Hollyoaks took six of the main prizes; in 2009 they received none. FULL WINNERS' LIST: Sexiest Male - SCOTT MASLEN, Eastenders Sexiest Female - MICHELLE KEEGAN, Coronation Street Villain of the Year - GRAY O'BRIEN, Coronation Street Best Comedy Performance - NINA WADIA, EastEnders Spectacular Scene of the Year - EMMERDALE, Victoria falls through the ice Best Dramatic Performance - ANITA CAREY, Doctors Best Performance from a Young Actor/Actress - MAISIE SMITH, EastEnders Best Exit - ROB JAMES-COLLIER, Coronation Street Best On-screen Partnership - NINA WADIA, NITIN GANATRA, EastEnders Best Storyline - VIVIEN'S RAPE, Doctors Best Newcomer - CRAIG GAZEY, Coronation Street Best Single Episode - A KIND OF HUSH, Doctors Special Achievement Award - PETER WHALLEY, writer Coronation Street Best Actor - ROB KAZINSKY, EastEnders Best Actress - KATHERINE KELLY, Coronation Street The British Soap Awards screen on ITV1 on Wednesday, May 13 at 8pm Best Soap - EASTENDERS
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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