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WRIXAS 7 (AKA WRIXAS: Winter '14) was the seventh Writers Express Awards ceremony, and the first of 2014. It marked the beginning of the awards being held twice a year instead of thrice a year. The results were revealed on 21st February 2014 (over five-and-a-half months after WRIXAS 6), although the process had begun in January 2014. The event again included established projects such as City Girls, Cross My Heart, Hope To Die, High Hopes, These Days and Uncertain Nights. There were several new projects during this era, mostly dramas. There was a second season of Cross My Heart, Hope To Die and a standalone drama called Words Of Comfort, as well as a fan fiction version of ITV's former crime serial The Bill, by allthingsuk. There were also two new but short-lived soaps on the horizon - City Lights and the very successful Looking Forward.

As ever, several projects disappeared during this era, including Peaks & Troughs. Park Close failed to submit its nominations in time, and this was to be a prelude to the project's axing as well. Meanwhile, authors of The Avenue, Lem and Ross, decided not submit the project this time as it had gone on a lengthy break for much of the eligibility period.

Most notably of all, WRIXAS 7 was to be the final inclusion for Birmingham soap opera Uncertain Nights, which had announced it was to end earlier in the year. To date, Uncertain Nights remains the only soap opera in the forum's history to officially end, without being either abandoned or rebooted. It was also to prove the most successful WRIXAS ever for the serial. Uncertain Nights also retains the record for the most installments of any project ever produced, at 270 episodes.

AwardsEdit

Below is a table featuring both nominated and winning projects and their respective categories. All winners are highlighted in bold:

Award Longlist Shortlist
Best Cameo/Newcomer/Returnee
  • John Roberts: Cameo (City Girls)
  • Tony Luciano: Newcomer (City Girls)
  • Melanie Heaton: Cameo (CMHHTD)
  • Patrick Heaton: Cameo (CMHHTD)
  • Eileen Fields: Newcomer (High Hopes)
  • Harry Campbell: Newcomer (High Hopes)
  • Jamie Donaghy: Newcomer (Looking Forward)
  • Leanne Bedford: Newcomer (Looking Forward) - WINNER
  • Joyce Warren: Returnee (These Days 1.0)
  • Vanessa Pritchard: Newcomer (These Days 1.0)
  • John Robinson: Newcomer (Uncertain Nights)
  • Joan Clark: Returnee (Uncertain Nights)
  • Tony Luciano: Newcomer (City Girls)
  • Leanne Bedford: Newcomer (Looking Forward) - WINNER
  • Joan Clark: Returnee (Uncertain Nights)
Best Exit
  • John Roberts (City Girls) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Evan Kennedy (City Lights)
  • Len Marshall (City Lights)
  • Stuart Heaton (CMHHTD)
  • Patrick Hale (High Hopes)
  • The Fletcher-Thornes (Uncertain Nights)
  • Oscar Clark (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER/DRAW
  • John Roberts (City Girls)
  • Patrick Hale (High Hopes) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Oscar Clark (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER/DRAW
Best Family/Couple
  • Jolly - Holly Newman & Jake Garrison (City Girls)
  • Mizzie - Izzie Roberts & Max Warren (City Girls) - WINNER
  • Matthew Bennett & Megan Kennedy (City Lights)
  • Ray & Christine Lawrence (City Lights)
  • The Connors - Michael, Heather, Josh, Vicki & Jake (High Hopes)
  • The Donovans - Cole, Naomi, Olivia, Noah, Ava & Megan (High Hopes)
  • The Donaghy Brothers: Jamie & Adam Donaghy (Looking Forward)
  • Liamie: Liam Hayes & Jamie Donaghy (Looking Forward)
  • Jamita - James Warren & Anita Johnson (These Days 1.0)
  • Stannah - Steven & Hannah Cowell (These Days 1.0)
  • The Franklins - Cass, Rob, Joel, Ash, Amber, Billie & Charlotte (Uncertain Nights)
  • Oschia - Oscar & Sanchia Clark (Uncertain Nights)
N/A
Best Christmas Episode (Eve/Day)
  • 4.10: It's Not Such A Merry Christmas - Christmas Day (City Girls)
  • 4.11: The Past Is Our Present - Boxing Day (City Girls)
  • Episode 17 - Christmas Day (City Lights)
  • 2x22 'Crack Open That wine, I Think We're Gonna Need It' - Christmas Day 1 (High Hopes)
  • 2x23 'You Two Have Murdered Enough Christmas Classics As It Is Sweetheart' - Christmas Day 2 (High Hopes) - WINNER
  • 4.11: The Past Is Our Present - Boxing Day (City Girls)
  • 2x22 'Crack Open That wine, I Think We're Gonna Need It' - Christmas Day 1 (High Hopes)
  • 2x23 'You Two Have Murdered Enough Christmas Classics As It Is Sweetheart' - Christmas Day 2 (High Hopes) - WINNER
Best New Year Episode (Eve/Day)
  • 4.12: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing - New Year's Day (City Girls) - WINNER
  • Episode 19 - New Year's Day (City Lights)
  • 2x26 'His Luck Began The Day He Met Me' - New Year's Eve 1 (High Hopes)
  • 2x27 'And Here's Me Thinking Our Family Was Screwed Up - New Year's Eve 2 (High Hopes)
N/A
Best Scripted Episode
  • 4x12: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing - Izzie/Jake Two Hander (City Girls)
  • Episode 18 (City Lights)
  • Episode 23 (City Lights)
  • 2x13 'He Lies As Often As He Breathes' - Matthew/Olivia/Naomi/Cole Four Hander (High Hopes)
  • Episode 152: Sister Sister (These Days 1.0) - WINNER
  • The Uncertain Nights Monologues: Episodes 1-5 (Uncertain Nights)
  • Episode 248 (Uncertain Nights)
  • 4x12: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing - Izzie/Jake Two Hander (City Girls)
  • Episode 152: Sister Sister (These Days 1.0) - WINNER
Best Drama Male
  • Jake Garrison (City Girls)
  • Max Warren (City Girls)
  • DI Chris Rickman (CMHHTD)
  • Jay Donnelly (CMHHTD)
  • DCI Gary Ashcroft (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Supt Jack Meadows (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Harry Winters (Words Of Comfort) - WINNER
  • Jake Garrison (City Girls)
  • Max Warren (City Girls)
  • Harry Winters (Words Of Comfort) - WINNER
Best Drama Female
  • Izzie Roberts (City Girls) - WINNER
  • Nicole Foster (City Girls)
  • DS Lauren Saunders (CMHHTD)
  • Melanie Heaton (CMHHTD)
  • DC Grace Desari (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Sgt Jo Master (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Coleen Winters (Words Of Comfort)
  • 'WonderlandAlice' (Words Of Comfort)
  • Izzie Roberts (City Girls) - WINNER
  • DS Lauren Saunders (CMHHTD)
Best Drama Scene
  • John Roberts Reveals That Jake Garrison Is His Son (City Girls)
  • John Roberts Dies With Daughter Izzie By His Side (City Girls) - WINNER
  • Chris Rickman Fires Kim Myers (CMHHTD)
  • Melanie Heaton Kills Father Stuart (CMHHTD)
  • The Meadows/Kevin Dean/Commander Simpson Confrontation (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Smithy Talks To Emotional Father About Daughter's Comatose State (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Coleen Tries To Make Harry Realise He Has Everything To Live For (Words Of Comfort)
  • Harry and 'WonderlandAlice's' Online Chat (Words Of Comfort)
N/A
Best Drama Plot
  • Izzie Roberts/Jake Garrison Siblings Reveal (City Girls)
  • John Roberts' Death (City Girls)
  • The Mole Exposed (CMHHTD)
  • The Stuart Heaton Murder Investigation (CMHHTD)
  • Nico Price's Stabbing (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Teen Killed by Illegal Alcohol (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Harry's Cancer Battle (Words Of Comfort) - WINNER
N/A
Best Drama Episode
  • 4.11: The Past Is Our Present (City Girls)
  • 4.12: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing (City Girls) - WINNER
  • 2x01: The Season Opening (CMHHTD)
  • 2x05: The Killer Revealed (CMHHTD)
  • Ep 5: Jigsaw Blade Part 3/3 (ATUK's The Bill)
  • Ep11: New Year's Resolution (ATUK's The Bill)
N/A

Best New Drama

  • ATUK's The Bill (allthingsuk) - WINNER
  • Words Of Comfort (Lem)
N/A
Best Drama
  • ATUK's The Bill (allthingsuk)
  • City Girls (Hannah) - WINNER
  • Cross My Heart, Hope To Die (Hannah)
  • Words Of Comfort (Lem)
N/A
Best Soap Male
  • Jason Desai (City Lights)
  • Ray Lawrence (City Lights)
  • David Fields (High Hopes)
  • Matthew Fitzgerald (High Hopes)
  • Jamie Donaghy (Looking Forward)
  • Stuart Summers (Looking Forward)
  • Glen Wright (These Days 1.0)
  • Steven Cowell (These Days 1.0)
  • Oscar Clark (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER
  • Jamie Donaghy (Looking Forward)
  • Oscar Clark (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER
Best Soap Female
  • Moira Hancock (City Lights)
  • Emma Case (City Lights)
  • Chloe Charles (High Hopes)
  • Naomi Donovan (High Hopes)
  • Leanne Bedford (Looking Forward)
  • Sienna Hayes (Looking Forward)
  • Hannah Cowell (These Days 1.0)
  • Lisa Hopkins (These Days 1.0)
  • Mia Palmer (Uncertain Nights)
  • Sanchia Clark (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER
  • Leanne Bedford (Looking Forward)
  • Sanchia Clark (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER
Best Soap Scene
  • Heather's Midnight Arrival (City Lights)
  • Evan's Attack On Jason (City Lights)
  • Naomi Breaks Down And Is Sectioned (High Hopes)
  • Noah's Role In The Siege Is revealed To Megan (High Hopes) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Jamie And Liam Address Their Mutual Feelings (Looking Forward)
  • Jamie Loses His Temper With Adam (Looking Forward)
  • Carrie Accidentally Discovers She Is Steph's Daughter (These Days 1.0)
  • Post-Natally Depressed Liam Breaks Down In Doyle's (These Days 1.0)
  • Oscar Dies (Uncertain Nights)
  • Oscar's Closing Monologue (Uncertain Nights) - WIINNER/DRAW
  • Noah's Role In The Siege Is revealed To Megan (High Hopes) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Oscar Dies (Uncertain Nights)
  • Oscar's Closing Monologue (Uncertain Nights) - WIINNER/DRAW
Best Soap Plot
  • Evan/Jason Domestic Violence (City Lights)
  • Moira/Robbie's Affair (City Lights)
  • Chloe's Rape (High Hopes)
  • Patrick's Death (High Hopes) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Jamie's Sexuality Struggle (Looking Forward)
  • Carrie/Steph Maternity (These Days 1.0)
  • Ricki Comes Between Steven And Hannah (These Days 1.0)
  • Leah/Joel/Ash - Who's The Daddy? (Uncertain Nights)
  • Oscar's Cancer (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Patrick's Death (High Hopes) - WINNER/DRAW
  • Oscar's Cancer (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER/DRAW
Best Soap Episode
  • Episode 14 (City Lights)
  • Episode 23: Scripted (City Lights)
  • 2x13 'He Lies As Often As He Breathes' Scripted (High Hopes)
  • 2x24 'You Two Have Murdered Enough Christmas Classics As It Is Sweetheart' (High Hopes)
  • Episode 2 (Looking Forward)
  • Episode 3 (Looking Forward)
  • Episode 152: Sister Sister (These Days 1.0)
  • Episode 155: What A Carrie On! (These Days 1.0)
  • Episode 248: Scripted (Uncertain Nights)
  • Episode 270: Final Episode (Uncertain Nights) - WINNER
N/A
Best New Soap
  • City Lights (Walfman - now Jamie)
  • Looking Forward (Jess) - WINNER
N/A
Best Soap
  • City Lights (Walfman - now Jamie)
  • High Hopes (Hannah/Jaay)
  • Looking Forward (Jess)
  • These Days 1.0 (Noxy) - WINNER
  • Uncertain Nights (AppleCobbler/Noxy/Ross)
  • These Days 1.0 (Noxy) - WINNER
  • Uncertain Nights (AppleCobbler/Noxy/Ross)

WRIXAS League Table (as of February 2014)Edit

Project Author/s Genre

Awards (WRIXAS 7 only)

Awards (TOTAL)
Alone Lem Drama N/A 3
ATUK's The Bill allthingsuk Fan:Fic 1 1
The Avenue Lem/Ross Soap N/A 6
Back To The Start Lem Drama N/A 5
Beneath The Surface Ross/Walfman - now Jamie Soap N/A 1
City Girls Hannah Drama 7 20
Cross My Heart, Hope To Die Hannah Drama 1 1
Crown Law allthingsuk Drama N/A 4
The Forest's allthingsuk Drama N/A 4
High Hopes Hannah Soap 3 5
High Peak MGambitt | Noxy Soap N/A 5
In Gear allthingsuk Drama N/A 1
Lem's Casualty Lem Fan:Fic N/A 1
Lem's Coronation Street Lem Fan:Fic N/A 1
Looking Forward Jess Soap 2 2
Ocean Lane Jark Drama N/A 3
Saints High allthingsuk Drama N/A 1
St. George's Ross Soap N/A 2
These Days 1.0 Noxy Soap 2 32
Uncertain Nights AppleCobbler | Noxy | Ross Soap 6 19
Words Of Comfort Lem Drama 2 2

Forum Members League Table (as of February 2014)Edit

Forum Member Awards (WRIXAS 7 only) Awards (TOTAL)
allthingsuk 1 11
AppleCobbler 6 19
Hannah 10 26
Jaay 3 3
Jark N/A 3
Lem 2 18
MGambitt 0 5
Noxy 8 48
Ross 6 21
Walfman - now Jamie 0 1

Stats & TriviaEdit

This time there were 20 sub-categories, up four from WRIXAS 6. There were six in the Crossover category, 7 in Drama and 7 in Soap. There were 23 winners this time - seven more than last time - with three shared awards (compared with zero at WRIXAS 6). Also notable was a big jump in outright winners from Longlist votes. There were 144 options to choose from - an increase of fifteen on WRIXAS 6.

Having won five awards at WRIXAS 6, long-running romantic drama series City Girls managed to strengthen its presence in the Drama category yet further, breaking records by winning a whopping seven WRIXAS - at the time the most ever won at one ceremony by either any project or any drama. These awards were for:

  • Best Exit (John Roberts)
  • Best Family/Couple (Mizzie AKA Max & Izzie)
  • Best New Year Episode (4.12: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing)
  • Best Drama Female (Izzie Roberts)
  • Best Drama Scene (John Roberts Dies/Izzie By His Side)
  • Best Drama Episode (4.12: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing)
  • Best Drama

This was the third time it had won both 'Best Episode' and 'Best Drama', and for both the second time in a row!

Meanwhile in Soaps, after a barren 2013 - and with a poetic sense of irony - outgoing Birmingham soap opera Uncertain Nights went out with a bang at WRIXAS 7, putting in its best ever performance with a storming six WRIXAS for the trophy cabinet:

  • Best Exit (Oscar Clark)
  • Best Soap Male (Oscar Clark)
  • Best Soap Female (Sanchia Clark)
  • Best Soap Scene (Oscar's Closing Monologue)
  • Best Soap Plot (Oscar's Cancer
  • Best Soap Episode (270: The Final Episode)

The harrowing and character-driven story of Oscar Clark's terminal testicular cancer proved a major hit with forum members, with all six of its gongs in some way related to that storyline. This was the most WRIXAS the show had ever won at one ceremony, but it wasn't the only record-breaking achievement - couple Oscar Clark and Sanchia Clark both won 100% of Longlist votes cast for 'Best Soap Male' and 'Best Soap Female' respectively.

High Hopes also broke its own best record by picking up three more accolades. These were for:

  • Best Christmas Episode (2x23: You Two Have Murdered Enough Christmas Classics As It Is, Sweetheart)
  • Best Soap Scene (Noah's Role In The Siege Is Revealed To Megan)
  • Best Soap Plot (Patrick's Death)


Short-lived soap Looking Forward got off to a strong start, picking up 'Best Newcomer' (Leanne Bedford) and 'Best New Soap' for its efforts.

In the face of intense competition this time round, These Days 1.0 had to settle for two WRIXAS, although they were both strong awards. Episode 152 - another scripted episode following the success of the first (144) - again won 'Best Scripted Episode.' Impressively, even after the whirlwind performance of Uncertain Nights, These Days managed to retain its award for 'Best Soap' for an amazing seventh consecutive time.

As she always had done, Lem made a mark with one of her dramas, this time a teenage cancer standalone project called Words Of Comfort, which bagged two WRIXAS - one for 'Best Drama Male' (Harry Winters) and 'Best Drama Plot' (Harry's Cancer Battle) - the latter of which won outright on Longlist votes alone.

Finally, allthingsuk returned with a well-recieved fan fiction version of a former ITV police procedural. ATUK's The Bill subsequently won a WRIXA for 'Best New Drama'.

Despite continued critical acclaim, Cross My Heart, Hope To Die was unable to secure any more awards, thanks to strong competition from Words Of Comfort and a very popular series of City Girls. The only other project leaving empty handed was new soap City Lights. Only two projects won no awards this time, compared to three last time.

A record seven projects won WRIXAS at this ceremony, two more than last time.

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