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Tragic storyline lands trio of TV awards for EastEnders

A controversial EastEnders storyline that left some fans unhappy at a popular character's sudden death helped the soap win three TV awards last night.

The story of Danielle Jones and the revelation that she was Ronnie Mitchell's long-lost daughter won the best soap storyline prize at the TV Quick & TV Choice awards.

EastEnders was named best soap and Lauren Crace, who played Danielle, took the acting award for best soap newcomer.

The storyline upset some Albert Square fans in April when Danielle was killed in a road accident just after telling Ronnie — played by Samantha Womack — she was her daughter.

The hour-long episode was a ratings hit, but many viewers wanted to see how the characters' relationship as mother and daughter would develop.

At the time, the BBC defended the twist, saying the show contained all the elements of high drama associated with a great soap episode.

Across the soap divide, Coronation Street's on-screen couple Steve McDonald, played by Simon Gregson, and Becky Granger, played by Katherine Kelly, took the best soap actor and actress awards.

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Former Corrie star Denise Welch was named best actress.


Best Comedy Show

The Inbetweeners (E4/C4)

Best Daytime Show

Loose Women (ITV1)

Best Entertainment Show

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV1)

Best Lifestyle Show

Top Gear (BBC2)

Best Family Drama

Waterloo Road (BBC1)

Best New Drama

Merlin (BBC1)

Best Drama Series

Ashes To Ashes (BBC1)

Best Reality Show

The Apprentice (BBC1)

Best Actor

Philip Glenister - Ashes To Ashes

Best Actress

Denise Welch - Waterloo Road

Best Talent Show

Britain's Got Talent (ITV1)

Best Gameshow

Deal Or No Deal (C4)

Best Soap Actor

Simon Gregson - Steve McDonald, Coronation Street (ITV1)

Best Soap Actress

Katherine Kelly - Becky Granger, Coronation Street (ITV1)

Best Soap Newcomer

Lauren Crace - Danielle Jones, EastEnders (BBC1)

Best Soap

EastEnders (BBC1)

Best Soap Storyline

Danielle and Ronnie, EastEnders

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