In news that will no doubt disappoint soaps and soap fans alike, the British Soap Awards has made the difficult decision to cancel its live ceremony for the second year running.
The awards, which usually air on ITV, were cancelled last year at the height of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A year later, with restrictions in the UK now slowly easing, the organisers have decided it is not yet safe enough to hold the awards as hoped.
ITV confirmed the news in a statement, telling Digital Spy that the next awards will be hosted “when it is safe to do so”, although there’s no word yet on when that might be.
“As a result of the pandemic, and following careful consideration of the ongoing safety measures in place for both drama productions and live events, ITV can confirm that the British Soap Awards will not take place this year,” the statement said.
“We look forward to hosting the awards again, when it is safe to do so, and honouring the actors and shows that are so close to viewers’ hearts.”
The last ceremony to air on TV was back in 2019, when Hollyoaks scooped the coveted award of Best Soap. The Channel 4 series bagged a total of four awards on the night, but it was rival soap Coronation Street that clocked up the most with five.