BAFTA TV 2021: Casualty wins BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama

Casualty was awarded at the BAFTAS (Picture: BBC)

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 dramatised the struggles of the ED as coronavirus spread.

The medical drama’s doctors and nurses worked long hours, and found themselves overwhelmed, as they fought to keep on top of the workload amid the pandemic.

Mainstay Noel, however, lost his fight for life.

Casualty hasn’t stopped since its superb return, with characters such as Fenisha, Jan, Iain and Faith all taking centre stage.

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

Full list of the Bafta TV Awards 2021 winners:

  • Leading actress: Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
  • Leading actor: Paul Mescal, Normal People
  • Comedy entertainment programme: The Big Narstie Show
  • Current affairs: America’s War On Abortion
  • Daytime: The Great House Giveaway
  • Drama Series: Save Me Too
  • Entertainment performance: Romesh Ranganathan, The Ranganation
  • Entertainment programme: Life & Rhymes
  • Factual series: Once Upon A Time in Iraq
  • Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace
  • Female performance in a comedy programme: Aimee Lou Wood, Sex Education
  • International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge
  • Live event: Springwatch 2020
  • Male performance in a comedy programme: Charlie Cooper, This Country
  • Mini-series: I May Destroy You
  • News coverage: Sky News Inside Idlib
  • Reality and constructed factual: The School That Tried To End Racism
  • Scripted comedy: Inside No. 9
  • Short form programme: They Saw The Sun First
  • Single documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence
  • Single drama: Sitting In Limbo
  • Soap and continuing drama: Casualty
  • Specialist factual: The Surgeon’s Cut
  • Sport: England v West Indies Test Cricket
  • Supporting actor: Malachi Kirby, Small Axe
  • Supporting actress: Rakie Ayola, Anthony
  • Virgin Media’s must-see moment: Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020

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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