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Tuesday, 1 October, 2002, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Thaw among TV nominees
John Thaw
John Thaw died in February this year
Actor John Thaw is in the running to receive a posthumous honour at the National Television Awards, whose nominations have been announced.

Thaw, who died of cancer in February, is up for the Most Popular Actor award for his performance in Buried Treasure, which already won him a posthumous Bafta TV award earlier this year.

However, his old rival David Jason is nominated in the same category for A Touch Of Frost, one of four nominations for the actor.

Both Thaw and Jason have won the most popular actor award at the awards twice in the past.

Frost

In Buried Treasure, Thaw played a hard-nosed businessman whose heart was melted by a granddaughter he had not known for 10 years.

The programme won the Lew Grade Audience Award - voted for by the public - at the Baftas, beating off competition from A Touch Of Frost.

Jason has also been nominated in the comedy actor category, while the shows in which he stars, Only Fools And Horses and A Touch Of Frost, are up for most popular comedy and drama respectively.

EastEnders is also poised to pick up more trophies, following its success at the Inside Soap awards this week when it won six prizes.

Three of the soap's leading actors - Perry Fenwick, who plays Billy Mitchell, Steve McFadden, who stars as Phil Mitchell and Alex Ferns, who plays bad guy Trevor Morgan, join Thaw and Jason in the Most Popular Actor category.
David Jason
David Jason has received four nominations

Norton

EastEnders screen siblings Jessie Wallace and Kacey Ainsworth - Kat Slater and Little Mo - are competing for the Most Popular Actress crown, against Julie Walters, Pauline Quirke and Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell.

The show is also nominated for Most Popular Serial Drama, while actress Kim Medcalf, who plays Sam Mitchell, is nominated for Most Popular Newcomer.

Other nominees include Ant and Dec, who will battle it out against Graham Norton, Davina MacCall and Lily Savage for Most Popular Entertainment Presenter.

Norton's show V Graham Norton is also shortlisted in the Best Talk Show category, where it faces competition from Parkinson, Des O'Connor Tonight and The Kumars At No 42.

The awards, which will be hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald, will take place on 15 October.

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