A HUDDERSFIELD pensioner is hoping for TV fame when he battles it out in an "Art-Idol" style competition.
Painter Leslie Boothroyd, 70, will be competing against 100 other artists from the North of England when he takes part in the regional heats of a new television show - A Brush With Fame - this week.
The programme, presented by Carol Smillie, will see 900 people across the country taking part to win the title of Britain's most talented portrait painter.
Heats are being held in nine cities around the country.
Painters will also get the chance to paint some of the 20 celebrities being used as models in the programme.
Leslie, of Rock Road, Birchencliffe, said: "There are so many clever amateur painters now.
"I am going to have to do something different to get through.
"I feel with my background and experience I might get through to the second day but whether I get through any further I just don't know."
Married father-of-three Leslie will be among 100 contestants in Manchester today and tomorrow showing off their portrait-painting talents.
They will be asked to paint a self-portrait in the first stage of the competition.
Judges will then eliminate contestants and those showing the most potential will go through to the next round.
Former commercial artist Leslie said: "If I get through I will be delighted but when it comes down to the last 10 you're going to have to be very slick.
"I am just thrilled to have the opportunity to take part. I am really looking forward to it."
The programme, by Granada, will be broadcast on ITV in the autumn.