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Its awards season and time for the palms of TV executives across the UK to get sweatier than the after parties as they hope to take home the glory. As the National Television Awards releases its final shortlist, it reveals a hotly fought contest between the soaps – particularly EastEnders and Emmerdale who have netted the most nods.

Its been a major year in the world of soap with EastEnders knife crime story, Chas Dingles harrowing baby loss in Emmerdale, Coronation Street airing David Platts rape storyline and Hollyoaks focusing on the footballer abuse storyline.

With issue led and hugely sensitive plotlines taking centre stage in all of the soaps, fans are being presented with one of the most difficult decisions yet.

Emmerdale went home with the Serial Drama glory last year but could one of the other three topple them in 2019? Theyve all pulled out every stop in their arsenal but now its down to the viewers to make the final decision.

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Serial Drama Performance

Bonnie Langford, Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders

Emma Atkins, Charity Dingle, Emmerdale

Jack P Shepherd, David Platt, Coronation Street

Lucy Pargeter, Chas Dingle, Emmerdale

Both EastEnders and Emmerdale have gained two nominations in this category which could either mean its a given one of them will win or it could lead to a split in fans. Therefore, lets not rule out Jack P Shepherd either – all five performers have huge fanbases and have given arguably some of their best material this year.

Newcomer

Aedan Duckworth, Oliver Morgan, Hollyoaks

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Alexandra Mardell, Emma Brooker, Coronation Street

James Moore, Ryan Stocks, Emmerdale

Neet Mohan, Dr Rashid Rash Masum, Casualty

Ricky Champ, Stuart Highway, EastEnders

Aedan has proven to be a revelation with his deeply challenging initial Hollyoaks storyline and could well be a star of the future while James quickly won a major fanbase in Emmerdale fans. Alexandra has classic Corrie written all over her while Ricky has the menace factor in Walfords most complex villain for some time while Rashs ongoing will they/wont they story with Gem has warmed the hearts of Casualty lovers.

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

Calls cost 25p per minute, plus your network access charge, and should last no longer than seven minutes and votes must be in by 12 noon on Tuesday 22 January 2019. All new votes will be added to those already submitted in the first round of voting, and the results will be revealed at the NTA ceremony, LIVE, on ITV from The O2 London on 22nd January 2019. Advertisement Advertisement

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