ITV has confirmed that The British Soap Awards will not take place for the second year running due to the pandemic and that the next ceremony will next take place when it is "safe to do so".

The awards were also cancelled last year at the height of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but even as restrictions ease amid the UK's vaccination roll-out, organisers have decided it is not yet safe enough to hold the awards as hoped.

In a statement, said, "As a result of the pandemic, and following careful consideration of the ongoing safety measures in place for both drama productions and live events, ITV can confirm that the British Soap Awards will not take place this year,"

"We look forward to hosting the awards again, when it is safe to do so, and honouring the actors and shows that are so close to viewers' hearts."

The last ceremony to air on TV was in 2019, when Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks won four awards including Best Soap. Coronation Street took home five awards on the night.