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Emmerdale fans angry at ‘outrageous’ decision to ignore show at top TV awards

Vanessa Woodfield in Emmerdale

Emmerdale may have won the NTA top gong, but there's no Bafta nod for the hit soap

Emmerdale fans have been left fuming after the soap failed to win a nomination in the Soap and Continuing Drama category for the upcoming Bafta TV awards.

Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks have been shortlisted for the prestigious gong – but Emmerdale was surprisingly ignored despite some huge plotlines, include the Joe Tate storyline.

Viewers were quick to point out the irony that the ITV soap had only recently picked up the Serial Drama Performance prize at the National Television Awards.

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Emmerdale has featured some huge storylines, including the Joe Tate saga, but it hasn't won a Batfa nomination this year

Summing up the mood of many, one fan wrote: “Three months ago, Emmerdale won the viewers choice NTA but Bafta doesn’t nominate it.

“This is quite outrageous. I feel mostly sorry for the producers and writers. Some of the best in the country.”

Another tweeted: “Emmerdale should be on list too as it’s done some great work this past year.”

“Prepare for the backlash from the Emmerdale fans,” tweeted another.

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Mind you, Emmerdale being ignored wasn’t the only shock on the Bafta shortlist, with Bodyguard star Richard Madden missing out on a nomination in the best actor list.

Killing Eve, which will be back soon for a second series, looks set to dominate the award bash, winning 14 nominations for the main awards and the Bafta TV Craft awards.

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Killing Eve looks set for an amazing night at the Baftas

Meanwhile, A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, has 12 dominations, while Bodyguard - considering its enormous success - only got a modest five nominations.

The Bafta Television Awards will be shown on BBC1 in May.

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