ITV soap Coronation Street has beaten its BBC rival EastEnders at the BAFTA TV Awards.

The Manchester based soap picked up the award last night beating the London based series. EastEnders and Coronation Street were nominated in the Soap and Continuing Drama category alongside medical drama Holby City and Channel Four series Shameless. Notably ITV’s other soap Emmerdale was absent from the short-list.

Last year’s winners of the award was EastEnders which managed to beat Corrie as well as Waterloo Road and Casualty – both BBC One dramas. EastEnders also won the award in 2010 but was beaten in 2009 by the now cancelled ITV drama The Bill. Other previous winners of the award include Holby City and Casualty.

The win for Corrie comes as EastEnders faces criticism for the amount of younger characters in the cast and a decline in ratings so far this year; executive Producer Bryan Kirkwood has stepped down from his role. The BBC One soap also has a number of female cast members on leave or about to go on leave; Patsy Palmer, Lindsey Coulson, Charlie Brooks, June Brown with Jo Joyner expected to take time out next year.

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