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ITV's Yorkshire-set soap was looking for cycling extras for Tour de France-themed episodes...

Updated: A casting agent who launched an appeal to find cyclist extras to appear in special Tour de France-themed episodes of Yorkshire-set ITV soap Emmerdale has told road.cc that she has been inundated with enquiries for hopefuls - and is pleading for people to STOP sending in applications.

On Wednesday, we reported how a Bradford-based casting agency and artiste management firm was looking to find some cycling extras for filming of the episodes of the long-running progamme.

The main requirement was that applicants should be “an experienced and keen looking cyclist with a good road bike, usual Lycra and equipment.”

The agency added, “basically if you look like you wouldn’t be out of place at the Tour de France, I could book you in for some days’ filming at the Emmerdale village in Harewood.”

Judging by the response to our original article, they will have had no shortage of interest.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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eddie11 [113 posts] 2 years ago
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lol, i can just picture the the kind of people volunteering who 'think' they look the part now.

Surely they they could have asked a few of the local cycling clubs if their fast guys are available for a day and resolved this in minutes?

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Dapper Giles [69 posts] 2 years ago
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"What do you mean I don't look pro? I followed all the rulez..."

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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If they'd have thought on they could have got some really good footage of actual pro-riders yesterday. I think Kittel may be more of a Heartbeat fan but I'm sure they could have twisted his arm.

The key question is how much are they paying?

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Simmo72 [609 posts] 2 years ago
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its the scene with the out of control combine harvester and 18 pints of cider that gets me nervous

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Yorkshie Whippet [541 posts] 2 years ago
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Simmo72 wrote:

its the scene with the out of control combine harvester and 18 pints of cider that gets me nervous

After 18 pints of cider, I'll not notice the combine let alone look like a pro.  21

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mickcee [71 posts] 2 years ago
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So I'm out with my fat gut!

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pmr [198 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm soo Pro my new Ribble even looks like a Dogma.  4

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jollygoodvelo [1466 posts] 2 years ago
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mickcee wrote:

So I'm out with my fat gut!

Nah, just wear an AG2R jersey and speak Colombian.  4

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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i would love it if it was full of fat mamils, although not that I am going to watch emmerdale either way.

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don simon [781 posts] 2 years ago
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Complete SKY kit on order.

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badback [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Simmo72 wrote:

its the scene with the out of control combine harvester and 18 pints of cider that gets me nervous

Cider - it's up norf. More likely 18 pint's of best.

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stealth [254 posts] 2 years ago
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I would do this, one of my mates was an extra in 'The Flying Scotsman', it would probably be something like that. I wonder when they are filming?

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 2 years ago
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don simon wrote:

Complete SKY kit on order.

No shortage of these - I see at least 4 or 5 on every ride - all shapes and sizes

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Sudor [188 posts] 2 years ago
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"Paula from the agency adds, “basically if you look like you wouldn’t be out of place at the Tour de France, I could book you in for some days’ filming at the Emmerdale village in Harewood.”

I'll need to starve myself to death for months to "get the look"

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stefv [212 posts] 2 years ago
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Is this worth shaving my legs for?  39

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [397 posts] 2 years ago
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Guys, if you're thinking of doing this, please ensure you are paid for your appearance. Don't be fooled by anyone who says that there "isn't the budget for it". These programmes make significant amounts of money for ITV, there's plenty of cash to pay you.

I'd want at least £100 a day, plus expenses (source - works in television). And bear in mind that for much of the day, you'd be doing nothing - so take warm clothes.

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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RIGHT I'm off to shave my head and grow a mustache. Where's my testosterone at...

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giff77 [1256 posts] 2 years ago
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Also be ready to be asked to change your kit. I've been an extra before and had to change my jacket to a plain one because of the logo of the maker on it. So you may find pro kit is out but you may get away with club kit depending on the sponsers on it. And as peow says bring warm clothes cause there will be an awful amount of sitting around.

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notfastenough [3706 posts] 2 years ago
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Be interesting to see how many clubs manage to get themselves on this...

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:

Guys, if you're thinking of doing this, please ensure you are paid for your appearance. Don't be fooled by anyone who says that there "isn't the budget for it". These programmes make significant amounts of money for ITV, there's plenty of cash to pay you.

I'd want at least £100 a day, plus expenses (source - works in television). And bear in mind that for much of the day, you'd be doing nothing - so take warm clothes.

I believe the natives vernacular is "Don't do owt for nowt".

I've always picked up between £100 and £150 a day, the majority though have been nearer £100, but that's for just standing round in normal every day clothes not having to wear expensive cycling gear and bringing along potentially a few grands worth of bike.

And what happens if the type of chopper that tears though people at the beginning of sportives (only to be found burnt before the end) gets himself extra giddy and loses control whilst trying to get his race face into the "epic" shot and cleans out your pride and joy and all it's crabonz?

Who's liable or will all liability be waived away when you sign on?

This is all worst case scenario and very pessimistic but worth bearing in mind.

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Roberj4 [218 posts] 2 years ago
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On Tuesday I sent in a photo (of myself) to the casting agent but it was rejected with a note saying "thanks for your interest but keep of the beer"  36

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littlelloydy [4 posts] 2 years ago
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eddie11 wrote:

lol, i can just picture the the kind of people volunteering who 'think' they look the part now.

Surely they they could have asked a few of the local cycling clubs if their fast guys are available for a day and resolved this in minutes?

But if they wanted "fast guys" then maybe they would of asked for them!

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littlelloydy [4 posts] 2 years ago
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eddie11 wrote:

lol, i can just picture the the kind of people volunteering who 'think' they look the part now.

Surely they they could have asked a few of the local cycling clubs if their fast guys are available for a day and resolved this in minutes?

But if they wanted "fast guys" then maybe they would of asked for them!

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littlelloydy [4 posts] 2 years ago
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eddie11 wrote:

lol, i can just picture the the kind of people volunteering who 'think' they look the part now.

Surely they they could have asked a few of the local cycling clubs if their fast guys are available for a day and resolved this in minutes?

But if they wanted "fast guys" then maybe they would of asked for them!

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ch [188 posts] 2 years ago
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mickee > So I'm out with my fat gut!

think positive - please look at picture number 11!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/26/world/asia/north-korea-bike-race/