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MAL V PHIL FOR TV AWARD; MERSEYSIDERS BATTLE FOR SOAP OPERA GLORY.



Byline: PETER GRANT

MERSEYSIDE'S soap masters are battling it out for one of TV's top honours.

Phil Redmond's Hollyoaks and BBC BBC
 in full British Broadcasting Corp.

Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927.
 drama chief Mal Young's EastEnders have both been nominated as best soap in this year's Royal Television Society Awards.

Doctors, Mal's BBC daytime success story, is also in the running.

Phil Redmond's Hollyoaks, now in its sixth year, is made by his Childwall-based Mersey TV company for Channel 4.

St Helens star The St Helens Star is a local newspaper delivered to houses within the borough of St Helens, Merseyside in England. It has about 131,000 readers. The Star has been in circulation since 1975, which pre-dates rival paper St Helens Reporter.  Johnny Vegas Johnny Vegas (September 11, 1971 - October 20, 2007) was an English comedian. He was known for his random rants, his husky voice, his support of rugby league (St Helens RFC in particular, whom he had played for in a guest appearance[1]) and his drinking of Guinness.  has been nominated in the Network Newcomer On Screen section for his debut acting role in BBC2copyrights comedy drama Happiness.

The awards will be presented at a black tie gala evening at London's Grosvenor House hotel The Grosvenor House Hotel is one of the largest and most famous luxury hotels in London. It was built in the 1920s on the site of the former London residence of the Dukes of Westminster, whose family name is Grosvenor.  in Park Lane.

But the annual TV industry event on March 19 will not be broadcast on television.

It will be compered by the multiaward-winning Graham Norton Graham Norton, (born Graham William Walker on 4 April 1963 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actor, comedian and television presenter. He achieved fame as a broadcaster on Britain's Channel 4 and also through his role as Father Noel Furlong in the critically acclaimed  who has also been nominated for the Best Entertainment Performance, taking on Jonathon Ross and Alistair McGowan Alistair McGowan (born November 24, 1964) is a British impressionist, comedian and actor. McGowan is best known for his work with Ronni Ancona on Big Impression (formerly Alistair McGowan's Big Impression). .

More than 25 awards will be presented during the star-studded evening, including Best Drama series, Best Male and Female actors and Best sit-com.

Johnny Vegas, currently recording rugby league voiceovers in London, took a break from the studio to tell he ECHO today: "I suppose I'll have to blag blag
Verb

[blagging, blagged] Brit slang

1. to obtain by wheedling or cadging

2. to steal or rob [origin unknown]
 a black tie now."

Hollyoaks producer Jo Hallows said:

"It is our passion to make an enjoyable drama that tackles real life issues and so it makes it even more rewarding for Hollyoaks to be nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in recognition of our efforts."

Mal Young said: "Every nomination you receive is a recognition of an overall team effort."

The industry awards recognise programmes which have made a material and positive contribution and set standards which other programmemakers can emulate.

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TROUBLE AND STRIFE: Geri (Joanna Taylor) heads to her Hollyoaks wedding. Below, EastEnder Little Mo hits Trevor with an iron MAL YOUNG PHIL REDMOND
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2002
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