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Emmerdale is named Best Soap AGAIN... and the show has Danny Miller and Lucy Pargeter to thank

Judges praise Aaron's brave abuse storyline.

Emmerdale has been crowned Best Soap at the Broadcast Awards for the second year running, chiefly thanks to stars Danny Miller and Lucy Pargeter.

The judges particularly noted the heartbreaking storyline of Aaron Dingle (Miller) telling his mother Chas (Pargeter) that he had been a victim of child sexual abuse.

The performances of the two stars were praised, as well as how the locations and direction gave it a "Scandi drama" feel.

Aaron bravely confiding in his mother that his father Gordon had abused him as a child was one of the most talked about soap moments of the year.

Aaron feels backed into a corner
©  ITV

Fans praised his performance at the time, and the Broadcast Awards judges described the episode as "emotionally satisfying", adding that it was "the most consistent of all continuing dramas in terms of both storytelling and acting".

The abuse storyline aired a year ago, with Aaron first telling ex-lover Robert Sugden that he was abused, before opening up to mother Chas.

Gordon was eventually found guilty of raping Aaron in much-watched trial scenes in April 2016.

The soap beat Casualty, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Holby City and Hollyoaks to be named Best Soap.

Emmerdale airs on ITV.

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