Thursday, March 16, 2006

Top Soap Mechanics

“Pass us a spanner”

Ricky Butcher - yes, the gloomy bloke from Eastenders - has been named as the UK's favourite car mechanic in a poll organised by online car leasing Lingscars. 500 people were asked for their votes, the only rule being that the mechanic had to be a character in a soap opera.

Butcher (played by actor Sid Owen) took first place with 36% of the votes, but it was a close-run thing, since Kevin Webster of Coronation Street (Michael Le Vell) scored 34%. Phil Mitchell of Eastenders (Steve McFadden) was a distant third on 12%, and enough people remembered that Kylie Minogue used to play the part of mechanic Charlene Mitchell in Neighbours to place her fourth on 7%.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Coronation Street was represented by characters Tyrone Dobbs, Chris Collins and Brian Tilsley, Emmerdale by Scott Windsor, Neighbours by Drew Kirk and Hollyoaks by Dan Hunter.

A good result generally for Corrie, then, but top marks to Ricky Butcher nonetheless. "I think the nation has a soft sport for the unlucky dimwit," says Lingscars founder Ling Valentine, charitably.

Wot? No Nathan? I demand a recount!

Source: ITV Motoring

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