Casualty wins BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama

Casualty has picked up the Virgin Media BAFTA award for Best Continuing Drama.

Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and EastEnders were also among the nominees.

After being forced off the air due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Casualty returned to screens in January with an acclaimed instalment, which examined the struggles that the doctors and nurses of the medical drama’s ED faced as coronavirus spread.

Yes, set during the first national lockdown, the episode saw characters such as Connie Beauchamp struggle with the long work hours, and the lack of PPE amid the height of the pandemic – and they soon found themselves overwhelmed.

What’s more, mainstay Noel tragically lost his fight for life.

In the weeks that followed its raw depiction of Covid, Casualty hasn’t stopped, with characters such as Fenisha, Jan, Iain and Faith all taking centre stage in one episode or another.

Connie, meanwhile, made a shocking exit several months ago, although actress Amanda Mealing has suggested that she will return.

Last year was certainly a difficult one for the soaps, as they were forced to adapt and devise new filming methods in order to continue production amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Casualty, like EastEnders and Hollyoaks, was forced to go off air for extended periods.

However, they all returned to screens soon enough – with Covid secure measures implemented on set, and strict social distancing rules in place.

Corrie and Emmerdale, meanwhile, rationed out their pre-lockdown episodes, and were able to resume production before said episodes ran out.

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