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Saturday 17th August 2019

Soap fans divided over EastEnders' BAFTA win

Some felt other, better, shows were overlooked

The British Academy Television Awards took place on Sunday night (May 13) and EastEnders was crowned winner of the Soap and Continuing Drama Award.

Former show boss John Yorke accepted the gong alongside stars Danny Dyer (Mick Carter), Davood Ghadami (Kush Kazemi), and Zack Morris (Keegan Baker).

The cast and crew were delighted with their win (Credit: BBC)

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He took to the stage and said: "Thank you so much, we are thrilled to receive this. If I was to thank everybody I needed to thank I would be standing here for the next hour and you would be throwing rocks at me."

He continued to say an overall thank you to the cast and crew - picking out Danny Dyer, joking that he might start talking about David Cameron if he didn't get a mention.

Earlier in the evening Danny had presented an award for Must See TV Moment alongside Holly Willoughby, and referenced his previous rant about the former prime minister.

I must thank Kate Oates for leaving Coronation Street.

John's final words were: "I must thank Kate Oates for leaving Coronation Street."

Fans were divided over the soap winning, given it's not had the best last few years.

EastEnders was in a category with Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, and Casualty.

Many people watching at home were outraged that ITV soap Emmerdale wasn't even nominated for the award.

There were plenty of people annoyed that Casualty didn't get the nod after such brilliant storylines of late, including Iain's depression plot.

Some people accused the ceremony of BBC bias - although other than screening the show, the BBC are not involved in the awards themselves.

But there were plenty of other viewers who were thrilled to see EastEnders win.

The show has been gaining in strength following the arrival of new boss Kate Oates, and it seems the hard work is paying off.

Entertainment Daily has contacted BAFTA for comment.

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