EastEnders‘ Sharongate has been voted the best soap moment of all time.
More than 25 million viewers tuned in to watch Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) cheat on husband Grant (Ross Kemp) with his brother Phil (Steve McFadden) in the 1994 episode of the BBC show, which topped an Inside Soap poll to mark the magazine’s 20th birthday.
Coronation Street‘s devastating tram crash, which was shown during the 2010 live episode celebrating the ITV soap’s 50th anniversary, took second place.
Inside Soap editor Steven Murphy said: “It goes to show that soaps have lost none of their power in the last 20 years with the No 1 moment – the emotional explosion of EastEnders’ Sharongate way back in 1994 – only narrowly beating the literal explosions of the Corrie train crash in 2010.”
The EastEnders episode when Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) told Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan) that she was her real mum came third, followed by Deirdre Barlow’s incarceration in Coronation Street.
Emmerdale’s plane crash, Brookside’s discovery of a body under the patio and the death of Danielle Jones (Amy Mitchell) in EastEnders also made the top ten.