Homer Simpson helped save Wakefield schoolboy's life

Homer Simpson helped save Wakefield schoolboy Alex Hardy's life.

As Alex choked on a ham sandwich best pal Aiden Bateman strode over with a scene from one of the most popular Simpsons episodes etched in his mind.

He performed the Heimlich Manoeuvre after seeing the same lifesaving technique on The Simpson's third season episode "Homer at the Bat."

Now Aiden's heroics – in the canteen at Crofton Junior School in December 2007 – are to feature in new film 'The Simpsons Anniversary Special – In 3D! On Ice!', to mark next year's Simpson's 20th anniversary celebrations.

American documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock travelled from New York to Wakefield in August to meet the two pals and film a re-creation of the life-saving moment in the canteen at Thornes Park College in Wakefield.

Spurlock, who shot to fame with Supersize Me and Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden, was commissioned by Simpsons creator Matt Groening to make a film documenting how the Simpsons has affected people's lives across the globe.

It will be screened in America in January before being rolled out in the UK and across the globe.

Alex was struggling for breath and had turned purple as dinner ladies patted him on the back in a vain bid to dislodge the offending sandwich.

Aiden stepped in after recalling the episode when Homer chokes on a donut at a softball game while a poster explaining how the Heimlich Manoeuvre works is on the wall behind him.

Alex, now aged 12, of Willow Walk, Kinsley, near Pontefract, said: "I remember everything slowing down and I heard Aiden shouting that I was choking. Aiden picked me up and performed the Heimlich Manoeuvre and the sandwich just popped out of my mouth."

He added: "I was surprised they wanted to film it. Having to pretend I was choking for the film wasn't very nice, but it's great that we will be part of the Simpsons 20th anniversary celebrations, I'm still a fan."

Spurlock waded through 440 episodes of The Simpsons, trying to capture the essence of the show.

He said: "We really wanted to dive in and find the interesting people, the interesting stories, the things that are a little more than just a typical 'look how great we are' kind of special.

"And so, for me, that's why I'm really trying to root it in the fans and the people who kept this show on the air for the last 20 years.

"I think it's important to hear how people have been affected."