It's official – Casualty has been crowned the "Best Soap" of 2021, thanks to the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards.
The BBC One soap has been praised over the past year, as it worked the reality of the coronavirus pandemic into its storylines, highlighting the struggle faced by the NHS.
In their acceptance speech, the Casualty crew paid tribute to the NHS, admitting the production was only permitted to resume thanks to the hard work of doctors and nurses.
Four contenders were nominated for the Best Soap and Continuing Drama category in the star-studded ceremony, with Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks competing against one another.
Comedian and IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade hosted the event, which took place at London's TV Centre in a socially distanced blow-out.
Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey – who won the Glitterball trophy on last year's Strictly – hosted the award.
Emmerdale won the dong for Best Soap at last year's BAFTA TV Awards, following a spectacular year of script-writing, which saw Moira Dingle have an affair with her son-in-law Nate Robinson.
While Emmerdale continued to produce more cutting edge drama throughout the pandemic, the ITV soap opera didn't make the nominations this year.
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