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Cult US TV show Breaking Bad is tipped to dominate Sunday night’s Emmy Awards in Hollywood – leaving rivals such as Downton Abbey and Homeland trailing.

The series – about a terminally ill chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer in a bid to secure his family’s financial future – is due to air its final ever episode in the US next weekend.

And bookmakers Ladbrokes have hinted that it is almost unbeatable in the best drama series category at the event – the TV equivalent of the Oscars – offering odds of 2-5 on it walking away with the best drama series prize.

Meanwhile its star Bryan Cranston is the hot favourite to win the best drama actor award for the fourth time – with the bookies offering him odds of 5-6 ahead of nearest rivals Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).

Breaking Bad’s easily been the cult hit series of the last year and it’s impossible to see how Homeland or our beloved Downton Abbey could win the main gong,” Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge revealed.

Britain’s best hope of glory could lie with Maggie Smith who is nominated for best supporting actress in a drama for her role as Downton’s Dowager Countess.

Both Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville are nominated for best actor and actress but are considered outsiders – with the latter’s odds only a distant 100-1.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will take place at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre on Sunday night.