3rd February 1999



Lincoln student Vivek Sharma got to meet his heroes when he appeared alongside actors from ‘Eastenders’ in a tribute quiz show broadcast on BBC Choice.


Vivek, a first-year journalism student at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, answered questions on the TV soap posed by questionmaster Mike Reid, who plays Frank Butcher in the drama.


But Vivek and teammates Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) and Lenny Wallace (Desune Coleman) were beaten by one point by their opponents, whose team featured Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and Teresa Di Marco (Leila Birch).


Vivek applied for a place in the quiz after seeing it advertised on the Internet. But he insists he's not such an avid ‘Eastenders’ fan as some of the other contestants he met!


“I’ve watched it ever since I can remember,” he admitted. “I used to be obsessed by it, and even though I’m not that bad now it is just about the only TV programme that I watch.”


Now Vivek hopes to take time out from his university course work to compete in another Eastenders quiz. “I received an e-mail recently inviting me to apply to appear on another show,” he said. “I sent a reply back, so now I’ll just have to wait and see whether I can get on television again!”


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