The British Soap Awards 2016 Sunday May 29th ITV1 & UTV Ireland 8.00pm

Embargoed: for publication from 22.30 on Saturday 28th May 2016 From ITV Studios THE BRITISH SOAP AWARDS 2016 Sunday 29th May w2016 on ITV Pictured: Best Soap Winner John Middleton Emmerdale accepts the award from Joan Collins The British Soap Awards returns to celebrate another mammoth year in soap opera, looking back on twelve months of murder, mystery, make ups, break ups, trials, tribulations and tears. An incredible year in which Kathy Beale returned from the dead on EastEnders, Callum Logan met his maker on Coronation Street, the glove handed killer continued her reign in Hollyoaks, the Summer fete in Emmerdale changed lives forever and Doctors celebrated their 3000th episode with an hour long special. The 18th annual awards will take place later this month in London at the Hackney Empire Theatre. They will honour the nationÕs biggest and best-loved TV shows, as well as the stars that have appeared in this yearÕs most talked about storylines. The five biggest soaps - Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks - will be battling it out to win recognition for their work over the past year. Stars from all five soaps will be hitting the red carpet for the most star-studded event in the soap calendar. Hosted by Phillip Schofield, the awards will be presented by an array of well-known faces from across the TV and showbiz world. The British Soap Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the countryÕs most popular television genre. There are 15 awards voted for either by both the public and a panel of expert judges. (c) ITV Photographer: Kieron McCarron

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Joan presented The Best Soap Award to the cast of Emmerdalesoap awards logo at The British Soap Awards 2016 which was held at The Hackney Empire in London on Saturday May 28th 2016.. The show can be seen on Sunday 29th May on ITV1 & UTV Ireland at 8.00pm .

Joan told the audience –

 

” It is a real, real honour to be here because having worked on a few soaps myself, I really know not only how hard you work, but how truly talented you all are.

And I also know how difficult it is to be able to turn on the waterworks at the drop of a hat, and most of you do that so brilliantly, so it’s really, really impressive. ”

– DAME JOAN COLLINS, SPEAKING AT THE BRITISH SOAP AWARDS