Everybody is praising both Emmerdale and actor John Middleton for the portrayal of dementia in a special one-off episode.
Tuesday night’s emotional programme followed a day in the life of long-running character Ashley Thomas, who has been battling with stroke-related early onset vascular dementia.
As viewers watched him struggle to understand his surroundings and recognise the people and places around him, they took to Twitter to show their appreciation of how the condition was shown.
John Middleton deserves a BAFTA and an NTV award for tonight's episode so moving and brilliantly portrayed then not know Laurel #emmerdale— carole beattie (@carolebeattie2) December 20, 2016
Such a sad episode makes you think what all these people are going through. Well done in bringing this to the forefront.— Susan Surgener (@SusanGSurgener) December 20, 2016
Oh #Emmerdale. I'm at a complete loss for words. If that isn't an award winning performance from John Middleton I don't know what is 👏👏👏— dawn (@dali_leveridge) December 20, 2016
@emmerdale wow what an episode emotional and moving great writing and great acting back to it's best well-done— Barbara boyles (@Barbaraboyles2) December 20, 2016
Emmerdale needs so many awards just for that episode— Cody💗 (@codyandrews1599) December 20, 2016
Sadly, different forms of dementia are not uncommon, and viewers who have experience of dealing with its effects were first to congratulate the programme.
give that man an award......fantastic acting,highlights my mums plight! 👍— Jeanette Benge (@BengeJeanette) December 20, 2016
— Ronnie Warren ✌🏻 (@RonnieWarren99) December 20, 2016
Incredible ep of #emmerdale. Heart-breaking & insightful. like watching my dearly loved grandad on screen 😥 well done to all involved x— andrea plumpton (@andreaplumpton) December 20, 2016
It certainly wasn’t easy watching at times, but it gave everybody something serious to think about.