Emmerdale wins best soap for fourth straight year at NTAs

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ITV soap Emmerdale beat off competition from Coronation Street, Eastenders and Hollyoaks to scoop the Best Serial Drama prize at the National Television Awards for the fourth year running.

Over the last 12 months, Emmerdale has featured a number of dramatic storylines, including Maya Stepney grooming Jacob Gallagher, Robert Sugden's exit and his husband Aaron Dingle's subsequent struggles and a dramatic boat explosion.

Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David Metcalfe on the show, was first on stage to accept the award and said: "This is the fourth year in a row Emmerdale has picked up the award, which is just unbelievable. We're so proud of this show."

Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn picked up an NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance for her character Sinead Osbourne's battle with cancer.

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In her acceptance speech, she thanked her Corrie bosses for "trusting" her with Sinead's story, saying that she was "humbled" they had asked her to do it.

Viewers saw Sinead pass away in devastating scenes back in October, but she continued to appear in some episodes after her death in the form of video messages that she has recorded for her husband Daniel (Rob Mallard).

Co-star Peter Ash scooped the award for Best Newcomer for his role as Paul Foreman on the serial drama, beating Max Bowden, Imran Adams and Jurrell Carter.

Since Peter’s arrival on the ITV soap, his character Paul has featured in a number of storylines — but the revelation that he was abused by stepdad Kel Hinchley (Joe Alessi) has been his biggest on the soap to date.

Ant and Dec won the best TV presenter NTA for the 19th time, beating Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Bradley Walsh and Graham Norton to the award.