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'Emmerdale's Rik Makarem praises show for avoiding "stunts", "tricks"

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Rik Makarem as Nikhil Sharma in Emmerdale

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Rik Makarem has praised Emmerdale for its devotion to simple storytelling.

The Nikhil Sharma actor also believes that the rural soap, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, has refreshed itself in recent years.

When asked by STV to explain its success, the star reflected: "I would say that it's much more modern, and much more up-to-date with many different age groups.

"That's the good thing about the show, it has the right balance between the serious storylines and the fun storylines.

"I think it connects with a lot of people, and the good thing about our show is that we don't rely on any tricks.

"We don't rely on big stunts, we don't rely on any kind of effects. They just keep the faith with the characters, the storylines and the actors. That's why it connects to people that much."

Makarem is playing a central role in Wednesday's special live episode with on-screen fiancé Sian Reese-Williams.

The 30-year-old added that he has "put a request in" to outgoing producer Stuart Blackburn to sign up Men in Black star Will Smith for a cameo on the show.

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