Educating Yorkshire up for National Television Award

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A hit TV show which made stars of staff and pupils at a Dewsbury school is among several small screen contenders from West Yorkshire up for National Television Awards.

TV bosses have today announced that Educating Yorkshire, filmed at Thornhill Community Academy, is up for a gong in the documentary series category at the annual awards show.

The ratings-winner was one of the surprise hits of the year, as cameras followed heart-warming stories including schoolboy Musharaf Asghar who conquered his stammer with the help of his English teacher and a technique tried and tested by King George V, as told in the King’s Speech.

It is up against fellow strong contenders such as Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald, Penguins – Spy in the Huddle and Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain at the star-studded ceremony later this month. What was your favourite TV show of 2013? Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you

The region’s TV talent is also represented with Leeds-born funnyman Leigh Francis who has netted two nominations with his alter ego Keith Lemon.

His comedy panel show Celebrity Juice - which he hosts with stars Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby - is up for the entertainment programme trophy. Keith is also up for the entertainment presenter prize - an award TV duo Ant and Dec have netted for the past 12 years.

Dales-based soap Emmerdale, which is filmed in Leeds, is also up for two nominations.

The soap is in the running for the serial drama category, which last year saw Coronation Street pip age-old rivals Eastenders to the post.

But this year could be the year for Emmerdale which has had some noteworthy storylines including the armed hostage siege at The Woolpack, which saw scenes including Cameron Murray (played by Dominic Power) hold Debbie Dingle (played by Charley Webb) in the pub’s flooded cellar. The storyline was hailed one of the most ambitious in Emmerdale’s 41-year history.

And one of Emmerdale’s latest cast members Leeds actress Michelle Hardwick - who plays Vanessa Woodfield - has now officially made her mark in soapland, earning a nomination in the newcomer category.

Michelle studied performing arts at Park Lane College, Leeds and then attended Scala Performing Arts, Leeds before landing the Emmerdale role in October 2012.

Voting for the awards opens today and organisers are hoping the people of Yorkshire get behind their favourite stars before the glittering ceremony is broadcast live on ITV on Wednesday January 22 from London’s O2.


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