Region’s stars are set to shine at TV awards

Emmerdale and Leeds-born funnyman Leigh Francis have each netted three nominations in this year’s National Television Awards.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman and The Voice coach Ricky Wilson.
Kaiser Chiefs frontman and The Voice coach Ricky Wilson.

Leigh’s comedy panel show Celebrity Juice – which he hosts as alter-ego Keith Lemon alongside stars Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby – is up for the Multichannel trophy against the hugely successful US series Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Keith is also up for the Entertainment Presenter prize – an award Ant and Dec have scooped for the past 13 years.

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And the comedian also makes an appearance in the Entertainment Programme category with Through The Keyhole – which he presents – up against Celebrity Big Brother; Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

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A host of Leeds stars are set to glitter at this year’s event, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena on January 21 and is broadcast on ITV.

The X Factor, featuring Mel B as a judge, is shortlisted for best Talent Show, as is The Voice, starring former Leeds College of Art and Design lecturer and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson as a coach.

Dales-based soap Emmerdale, filmed in Leeds, has clocked up three nominations, including best serial drama.

Actress Verity Rushworth is up for Serial Drama Performance for her portrayal of terminally-ill mother Donna Windsor, who committed suicide.

And Michael Parr, who plays bad boy Ross Barton – with whom Donna fell in love – is also shortlisted in the Newcomer category.

The Great British Bake Off is up for Skills Challenge Show. But Peter Capaldi failed to make the shortlist for top drama performance – the first time the star of Doctor Who has been snubbed since it was revived by the BBC.

Voting opens today at www.nationaltvawards.com.