Coronation Street wins Best Soap gong at BAFTA TV Awards 2022

Coronation Street won the Best Soap & Continuing Drama gong at the 2022 BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday 8 May.

The ITV soap went up against Casualty, Emmerdale and Holby City in the coveted category.

Corrie stars Sally Dynevor and Charlie de Melo, who play Sally Metcalfe and Imran Habeeb on the ITV soap, took to the stage to accept the gong.

During the winner's speech, Sally paid tribute to campaigner Sylvia Lancaster following her passing last month.

Sylvia was the mother of Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered after she and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were targeted for being goths.

Since her daughter's passing in 2007, aged 20, Sylvia has spent the last fifteen years campaigning to create education programmes to combat prejudice and intolerance against those from alternative subcultures. She was given an OBE in 2014 for her efforts.

Last year, Coronation Street tackled the issue of hate crime during one of its storylines that had many similarities to what happened to Sophie.

On stage, Sally said according to Metro: "We weren’t expecting this tonight, we really weren’t, so thank you so much Bafta for this award. Working on this show is just a privilege – and the drama and the comedy go so well on Corrie.

"And one of the most important stories we have told this year was the hate crime story. So we would like to dedicate this to Sophie Lancaster and her mother Sylvia Lancaster."

The 2022 BAFTA TV Awards, which took place on Sunday 8 May, have been held at London's Royal Festival Hall and it is the first ceremony since 2019 to be held with an audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Ayoade has returned as host for the third year in a row while George Ezra led the celebrations with red-carpet performance of his brand-new single Green Green Grass.

Prior to the ceremony, presenters Vick Hope and Zeze Millz hosted the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards red-carpet show.

Leading the nominations on Sunday night was Russell T Davies' powerful Channel 4 drama It's A Sin with 11 nods, including writer drama category, leading actor — Olly Alexander for his role as Ritchie Tozer and leading actress — Lydia West for her role as Jill Baxter.

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