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Last Updated: Monday, 8 September, 2003, 23:03 GMT 00:03 UK
EastEnders cleans up at TV awards
Award winners Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie
Award winners Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie after the ceremony
EastEnders stars Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace scooped the titles of best soap newcomer and best soap actress in British soaps at the TV Quick awards.

The pair, who picked up their awards at a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel on Monday, impressed the viewers with their on-off love affair behind the bar in the Queen Vic.

Wallace, who plays fiery barmaid Kat Slater, beat off competition from her co-stars Kacey Ainsworth (Little Mo) and Natalie Cassidy (Sonia) to take the crown.

The soap also took the overall best soap award for the third year running.

Full list of winners
Best Daytime TV Show - This Morning
Best Lifestyle Show - Bargain Hunt
Best Entertainment Show - Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Best Factual Programme - Wife Swap
Best New Drama - William And Mary
Best Comedy Show - My Family
Best Reality TV Show - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here
Favourite Digital Channel - E4
Best Soap Newcomer - Shane Richie
Best Loved Drama - Bad Girls
Best Soap Actress - Jessie Wallace
Best Soap Actor - Brian Capron
Best Actress - Claire King
Best Actor - James Nesbitt
Best Soap Storyline - Tricky Dicky's reign of terror
Best Soap - EastEnders

Best soap actor award went to Brian Capron for his role as murderer Richard Hillman in Coronation Street, while his campaign of terror earned the Street best soap storyline.

The night's other accolades went to ITV1's Bad Girls.

The prison saga was voted best loved drama and Claire King, who plays prison boss Karen Betts, won best actress.

Best actor went to Cold Feet star James Nesbitt, who had the nation in tears with his portrayal of grieving husband Adam after wife Rachel was killed in a car accident.

Ant and Dec had two reasons to celebrate - best entertainment show for Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, and best reality show for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

Channel 4 ratings winner Wife Swap won best factual programme and the BBC's Bargain Hunt scooped best lifestyle show.

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