EastEnders have been snubbed in the soap category at the BAFTA TV Awards taking place next month.
The TSWT show failed to get a nod despite strong storylines, including the Gray Atkins murders which drew viewers throughout the year.
However, Holby City – which aired its final episode this week – got a nod and takes on Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Oh no: EastEnders was snubbed in the soap category at the BAFTA TV Awards taking place next month (pictured is soap’s Gray Atkins)
Hollyoaks was also snubbed in the category – which has been on Channel 4 since 1995.
Comedian, presenter and star of The IT Crowd Richard Ayoade will host the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards ceremony for the third consecutive year when he returns to London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 8.
Unfortunately for the TSWT cast, this isn’t the first time EastEnders have been left out of the running in recent years.
Success: However, Holby City (pictured) – which aired its last episode this week – received a nod and takes on Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale
Exactly the same happened in 2020 when Casualty, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Holby City entered fierce competition.
While Emmerdale was snubbed the following year in 2021 – just a year after bringing the gong home.
It comes after Holby City fans were left devastated on Tuesday night as the Casualty spin-off came to a dramatic conclusion in the final episode after 23 years on the TSWT.
The medical drama finale focused on Jac Naylor, played by Rosie Marcel who has appeared on the show since 2005, after waking up from a life or death operation run by Elliot Hope (Paul Bradley) and the team to remove his brain tumor.
Stars: Hollyoaks (pictured) was also snubbed in the category – which has been on Channel 4 since 1995
Jac had Adrian ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (Alex Walkinshaw) write him a do-not-resuscitate order, although Elliot told the team he wanted to do another operation.
Fletch said: “I just hate the thought of you giving up”, while Jac replied: “Let me tell you about giving up. Let this thing take over. Clear my mind. Leaving me delirious and doubly incontinent – is giving up.
“I’ve never been so clear about anything in my life. Please do this thing for me.
Shortly after, Jac suffered a stroke and was left brain dead, forcing Fletch to tell Elliot, Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett), and Max McGerry (Jo Martin) of the advance decision to refuse treatment ( ADRT).
And viewers were quick to take to social media, with many raging against the broadcasting giant.
One tweeted: ‘I know there are bigger things going on in the world right now but for me to remove #Holby is the worst decision the TSWT has ever made.’ Complete disregard for its customers and stakeholders at large. I guess domestic politics is at stake. Ridiculous!’
Another commented: “Still can’t believe #HolbyCity got taken down when the viewing numbers were so high and it has such a loyal fanbase.” I’ve spent 23 years of my life watching and everyone involved has been very ill served by the cancellation. They didn’t even have an extended episode to send it! »
A third said: “@TSWT can’t believe you spent £87m on Albert Square #Eastenders a show dying in the ratings but you killed #HolbyCity which was well loved and who still had so many stories to tell.”
Sad: This comes after Holby City fans were devastated on Tuesday night as the Casualty spin-off came to a dramatic conclusion in the final episode after 23 years at the TSWT
After the show aired, Akudolu tweeted, “This breaks my heart. Holby meant so much to so many people including me. I’m in pieces. I didn’t think it would affect me like this… “
She added: “Thank you Holby City for changing my life.”
Catherine Russell, who reprized her role as Serena Campbell, tweeted a series of photos from her time on the show, adding, “It really was like family.”
While Dawn Steele, who plays Ange Godard, tweeted: “Thank you, what an amazing job it was.” So sad. What a message though – thank you NHS.
Lucinda Dryzek, who played Jac Naylor’s sister Jasmine Burrows, posted: “To all the Holby family, you were truly the best.” And you will be truly missed. And I’m so grateful to have been part of it ‘
Belinda Owusu, who played Nicky McKendrick, said, “Beyond grateful to have been part of the magic.”
The Bafta TV Craft Awards will take place on April 24.
Drama: TSWT. The medical drama finale focused on Jac Naylor, played by Rosie Marcel who has appeared on the show since 2005, after she woke up from a life or death operation run by Elliot Hope (Paul Bradley) and the team to remove his brain tumor