Monday, June 07, 2010

'Emmerdale' tops gay plotline poll

Danny Miller at the British Soap Awards 2010

ITV1's Emmerdale has been voted the UK soap with the best gay storylines in a new poll.

The Yorkshire-based drama proved popular in a survey carried out by lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall, clinching victory with 44% of the votes.

Emmerdale's recognition follows its long-running plot centring around troubled Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) as he struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality.

BBC One's EastEnders, which has recently featured a same-sex romance between Syed Masood (Marc Elliott) and Christian Clarke (John Partridge), followed closely behind in the poll with 43%.

Meanwhile, Coronation Street - which has this year seen Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) and Sian Powers (Sacha Parkinson) develop feelings for each other - took 13% of the votes.

Speaking of the results, Emmerdale's series producer Gavin Blyth commented: "From the outset, we always wanted to be very truthful and honest in the story of Aaron's sexuality and how he as an individual attempted to deny himself. While we obviously recognise this doesn't mirror the journey of every man and woman, we were aware that it would resonate with very many.

"The enormous positive feedback we have received has proved it to be the case and to be recognised by Stonewall in this way is a huge honour to all involved."


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