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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Presidential poll win for Homer
Homer Simpson
The Simpsons has been a huge hit since it was first shown in 1989
Homer Simpson has topped a poll of the fictional character TV fans in the UK would like to see become US president.

As the real presidential race between George Bush and John Kerry hots up, The Simpsons' loveable oaf beat other characters from US TV shows.

Josiah Bartlet - the president in political drama The West Wing, played by Martin Sheen - came second in the Radio Times survey of 2,000 readers.

Frasier, Sergeant Bilko and CSI agent Gil Grissom completed the top five.

Jack Bauer from terrorism drama 24 was sixth, followed by The Cosby Show's Dr Cliff Huxtable and Phoebe from Friends.

1. Homer Simpson - The Simpsons
2. Josiah Bartlet - The West Wing
3. Dr Frasier Crane - Frasier
4. Sgt Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show
5. Gil Grissom - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Source: Radio Times
Mob boss Tony Soprano and Roseanne round out the top 10. US voters go to the polls for real on 2 November.

Former US President Bill Clinton is the latest high-profile target for a cameo appearance in The Simpsons, producer Al Jean has revealed.

An episode featuring UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was broadcast a year ago.

Mr Jean said they tried to get appearances from all former presidents 10 years ago.

"The only nice letter we got was from the assistant to President Reagan, but everybody else said, 'you're out of your mind'," he said.

"We're going to try for Bill Clinton again when he's feeling better - we haven't tried since Blair did it, but that might make a difference."

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