Manukau Courier : February 1st 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, February 1, 2011 3 February 2011 NO EXPERIENCE required. So polish up your jandals, dust off your leis and call for more information 0800 467 472 Soap hooks Sir Peter Touch then go: As the clock nears 12.30pm, Sir Peter Leitch nestles in for the latest Emmerdale episode. Photo: MATT BOWEN By MATT BOWEN THE Mad Butcher thought last year was great when he was knighted but it got even better when he received the ultimate accolade. Sir Peter Leitch is now an honorary member of the Emmerdale fan club. The long-running English television soap has a strong hold on him. MY SKY recordings save his bacon if he misses the daily 12.30pm slot on TV1. Though catching up on it after an eight week trip over- seas proved to be a challenge. That took a lot of watching let me tell you,'' the Buckland Beach resident says. Affairs, tears, divorce, mental instability, drink, drugs and rows make up the daily grind in the quaint Yorkshire Dales village of Emmerdale. Now and then a plane crashes or a house explodes. Just last week someone got the wrong end of the stick and accused Gennie of burgling the vets. I get a lot of pleasure out of the programme,'' Sir Peter says. It's just real life, dramas. They have their ups and downs. It just grows on me.'' The acting is top-notch too, he reckons. The Emmerdale Club wrote to Sir Peter around the time he was knighted last year and the offer of honorary membership was graciously accepted''. From humble beginnings in 1990 the club now has members from Finland, Sweden, Ireland and New Zealand as well as the UK. But it's yet to take off here -- Sir Peter accounts for half of New Zealand's member- ship. Members have access to numerous perks among Emmerdale fans including a newsletter three times a year. The most prized of those is the members-only Emmer- dale Weekend. Irish mother and son Ralph and Chrissie O'Flaherty raved about the intimate peek behind the scenes and the chance to mingle with the stars. It left them feeling almost a part of the show. Sir Peter's got that in his sights too, this year or the next. Until then he'll make do with his daily dose of Emmerdale drama. My dear mother-in-law who passed away recently used to love it. She watched it every day. We'd often talk about it -- they had some very good storylines. It doesn't have the follow- ing in New Zealand of Coro- nation Street because that's at night. It's during the day which makes it awkward for people to watch.'' Email jenny.godfrey@ itv.com or visit www.itv.com/ emmerdale to join the club. Go to www. manukau courier.co. nz to see the video of Sir Peter talking about his love of the popular TV series Emmerdale.
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