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Doctors gets its first hat-trick at The British Soap Awards 2009


Doctors, BBC One Daytime's award-winning drama, has three more awards to add to its collection, as it came away victorious winning Best Storyline, Best Single Episode and Best Dramatic Performance at The British Soap Awards 2009.

The Doctors story of receptionist Vivien March being raped, and the subsequent aftermath of the trial and Vivien's recovery, was chosen by a panel of expert judges as the Best Storyline.

Will Trotter, Executive Producer of Doctors, says to win the Best Storyline award is a huge honour: "To win any award is fantastic, but to win Best Storyline against the four other soaps is a first for Doctors, and is the pinnacle of the soap awards. Quite simply Doctors has the Best Storyline in soap drama on TV last year and that's as good as it gets."

With the five soaps transmitting 1,262 episodes across the last year, A Kind of Hush – in which viewers discover that Vivien has been raped – was chosen as the Best Single Episode, and Anita Carey's portrayal of Vivien won her the Best Dramatic Performance award.

Actress Anita Carey says to win the three awards is absolutely thrilling: "It is fantastically satisfying for everyone on Doctors to win these awards, and I'm especially flattered to have won Best Dramatic Performance, as it shows just how hard we all worked to get this storyline right.

"It was very important that Vivien's rape and everything that she went through afterwards was as true to life as possible because of those who have experienced for real what she went through. These awards are acknowledgement that we managed to do that and I'm delighted."

Will Trotter adds: "To win three awards in one year at the Soap Awards – all voted for by a panel of experts that are acknowledged in the industry – is unprecedented for Doctors and is just amazing."

Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC One Daytime, adds: "These three awards for Doctors simply reinforces that BBC One Daytime is committed to making high quality drama that isn't afraid of tackling strong, contemporary issues in a responsible way."

He adds: "The team behind Doctors is currently working on a five-part serial Land Girls (working title) which starts filming shortly and will be on BBC One Daytime later this year, and Moving On, a series of five unique, contemporary dramas stripped over a week, start next Monday (18 May)."

The multi-award-winning Doctors airs weekdays at 1.45pm on BBC One and also at 6.00pm on BBC HD.

Viewers can keep up to date with the programme online on BBC iPlayer.

Notes to Editors

BBC One drama EastEnders was named Best Soap among seven award wins for the programme, also including a Lifetime Achievement honour for actress Barbara Windsor.

EastEnders awards on the night:

  • Best soap: EastEnders
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Barbara Windsor
  • Best actor: Robert Kazinsky
  • Sexiest Male: Scott Maslen
  • Best Comedy Performance: Nina Wadia
  • Best Onscreen Partnership: Nina Wadia and Nitin Ganatra
  • Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress: Maisie Smith


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