Emmerdale: Famous faces back bid for TV honours

Stars from across Leeds are backing local soap Emmerdale at next week's National Television Awards.

Sir Jimmy Savile, Leeds United manager Simon Grayson and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jim McKenna, are among those supporting the show's bid to be named Best Serial Drama.

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The YEP has teamed up with Emmerdale to offer 100 readers the chance to attend the awards on Wednesday, with two coaches, provided by Company Coaches of Ferrybridge, driving the "army" to London's o2 Arena.

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Entrants will find out today if they have been successful - and in the meantime, the YEP asked some of Leeds's most notable stars why they would be supporting Emmerdale this year.

Speaking before tomorrow's match against Portsmouth, Leeds United manager Simon Grayson said: "Emmerdale is a great show and it would be fantastic if they brought an award back to Leeds. The show epitomises everything that Yorkshire is all about."

Sir Jimmy Savile added: "Emmerdale is based in the star county and should certainly get top billing in the awards provided voters use their common sense."

As well as being nominated for Best Serial Drama against EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, Emmerdale stars Danny Miller and Marc Silcock - who play Aaron Livesy and Jackson Walsh - are shortlisted in the Best Serial Drama Performance and Best Newcomer categories.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jim McKenna, said: "Its great news that Emmerdale has been nominated for three awards this year, and a fitting tribute to the popularity of the programme across the whole country.

"The city is already proud of the success of Emmerdale, and it would be fantastic for Leeds and indeed the whole region if they win any of these categories."

To vote for Emmerdale, visit: www.itv.com/emmerdale

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