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Coronation Street’s Sophiya Haque, 41, dies of cancer

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Actress Sophiya Haque has died after a short battle with cancer, it has been announced. Sophiya, 41, appeared in Corrie in 2008, playing barmaid Poppy Morales.

Her agent Oliver Thomson spoke about his client after she passed away peacefully in a London hospital, saying: “Sophiya was a wonderful actress, a wonderful client but so much more than that a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed.”

Sophiya also had a successful stage career and had been appearing in Privates On Parade in the West End when she became ill with pneumonia. It is understood she developed a clot on her lungs.

Her uncle, Syed Haque called her “a loveable person and very beautiful,” the Evening Standard reported.

Review: Tom Daley’s Splash! ITV1. Omid Djalili’s dive saves the day

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Omid Djalili after completing his rather impressive dive from the 10m high board

Maybe it was seeing Tom Daley and a few B-list celebrities without many clothes on (I’m thinking the Sugababes girl and Benidorm actor here, rather than Helen Lederer or Omid Djalili)? Or maybe it was the fact that there really wasn’t much else on telly that night and it was a cold evening.

Whatever, it seems that Splash! really did make a Splash! in the ratings on Saturday, reaching over 6 million (sad?) people. Certainly it was as cheesy as hell. Right down there with the rest of ITV’s reality TV programmes. But in my opinion whatever brings the art of diving to a greater audience has to be a good thing.

For years councils up and down the land have been mercilessly ripping out diving boards at local pools for fear of being sued if someone lands on the boards on their head, so it’s about time that diving – one of the most technically complex and frightening of Olympic sports – began to fight back. The show is filmed at the brand spankingly new £26 million Inspire leisure centre in Luton, complete with Olympic sized swimming pool, and rarely has Luton looked this good on camera, thanks largely to some nice red lighting illuminating the boards.

Presented by Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay, who looked like an accountant who has just rolled his trousers up to go for a walk on the beach (those long shorts looked terrible), the show wasn’t without its moments, including Jo Brand’s judging commentary – the wittiest I’ve ever seen her. But if ex-Olympic diver Leon Taylor was supposed to be Simon Cowell (ie the bad guy on the panel) it didn’t really work.

Ultimately the problem with diving as a massive spectator sport is that it’s over in a few seconds. Really I think each of the divers needed to have at least a  couple of dives so there is a bit more to judge them on. Other than the dive off at the end following the cheesy elimination process of the rubbish divers (Helen Lederer being the worst by some distance) we only got to see them once. Perhaps it was because there simply wasn’t time to cram it all in alongside the inevitable emotionally heart wrenching back story about how the contestants were scared out of their wits by water/heights/diving etc.

Still, even if you hated the programme, it was undoubtedly worth watching for Omid Djalili’s performance alone. The actor/comedian is a big fella and when he said he was going off the top 10m board (the height of more than double decker buses) I feared the audience members might be in for a chloriney water soaked shower. Would it be like Peter Kay bombing into the pool in the John Smith’s ad or would it be a fat man embarrassingly belly flopping into the pool? Actually it was neither. It was a fairly decent dive – OK with a bit of over rotation – but better than anything I could do. The man clearly has guts. You can see it here: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-01-05/see-comedian-omid-djalilis-winning-splash-dive/.

You can see the divers who took part in Saturday’s episode below:

Splash! with Tom Daley

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Olympic diver Tom Daley is the mentor for the celeb divers

 

 

 

 

Come Dive With Me! Tom Daley puts celebrities through their paces in Splash!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Splash! with Tom Daley

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Olympic diver Tom Daley is the mentor for the celeb divers

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It’s been hyped to death, but I am genuinely interested in seeing Splash! this weekend – though they really should have called the programme Come Dive With Me (maybe legal issues prevented it). Featuring Olympic diver and all round pretty boy Tom Daley as mentor, it stars fifteen celebrities, all of whom will try and master the art of diving off the boards. One of the most difficult Olympic disciplines, diving is one of the few sports that is genuinely terrifying (even Daley himself admits that he gets scared every time he dives so heaven knows what the molly coddles slebs will be feeling).

Hosting the show will be Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan. Says Kay: “I’m looking forward to bantering with anyone in Speedos!” while Gabby Logan adds, rather more intelligently: “It’s fascinating to watch people try to overcome the fear factor. Watching people climb up the stairs and decide which board to dive from is one of the most exciting moments of the whole programme.”

Celebrities in the first episode include Sugababes singer Jade Ewen, TV Presenter Jennie Falconer and best of all comedian Omid Djalili. I don’t want to sound mean but I’m kind of expecting him to do a Peter Kaye type ‘bomb’ off the high board like the John Smith’s advert. But then maybe he will surprise us all!

Here’s the full line celeb line up:

Show 1

  • Jake Canuso, actor
  • Omid Djalili, comedian
  • Jade Ewen, Sugababes singer
  • Jennie Falconer, TV presenter
  • Helen Lederer, comedian

Show 2

  • Caprice, model
  • Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, ski jumper
  • Joey Essex, TOWIE
  • Diarmuid Gavin, TV gardener
  • Charlotte Jackson, Sky Sports presenter

Show 3

  • Linda Barker, TV designer
  • Dom Joly, comedian
  • Tina Malone, actress
  • Jennifer Metcalfe, actress
  • Anthony Ogogo, Olympic boxer

Splash! Saturday January 5, ITV1,  7.15pm

End of the world as we know it. But I’ll just sit and watch Corrie!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

It seems frankly amazing to me, but according to research carried out by digital TV solution YouView over 1 in 10 of us would spend our last half an hour on planet Earth watching Coronation Street.

Apparently, should the world end tomorrow – as predicted by the Mayan Calendar – 11 per cent of us would rather spend our final moments on the sofa watching Corrie than doing something, let’s say, more physical with a loved one/passing stranger.

Other shows that we would choose to watch in the final moments include Dr Who (9%), Downton Abbey (9%), Homeland (8%) and Eastenders (7%).

Surprisingly very few would turn to their TV for some light-relief during their last hours on Earth, with no comedy programmes featuring in the top five at all.

Classic comedy Dad’s Army was the first to make an appearance in joint sixth place alongside Gavin and Stacey, with one in 20 (5%) of the 2,000 respondents surveyed looking for laughs in their last hours.

It may come as little shock to some that reality shows The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea failed to make it into the top ten at all, although together they were still the preferred pick for 3% of the nation.


For more information visit: http://www.youview.com

Dancing On Ice 2013: Meet the celeb skaters

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

It’s back! Dancing On Ice, the celebrity ‘reality’ show that demands the most work of the contestants while offering the least reward. Seriously, which of the former winners have gone on to do particularly well? We reckon you’d even struggle to remember who actually won in previous years. Go on, try and remember Sam Attwater or Hayley Tamaddon. Or Gaynor Faye. Yet these poor people have to spend weeks learning not only how to skate but how to dance while skating. No easy task.

Anyhow, here are the runners and riders for the new series, which kicks of on ITV on Sunday the 6th of January.

Anthea Turner

Anthea hasn’t been on our TV screens much since the ill-advised incident at her marriage to Grant Bovey when they ate Cadbury’s chocolate bars for money. A cheap stunt that backfired quite severely and which Anthea probably doesn’t want anyone to mention any more. Oops.

Beth Tweddle

Beth is an multi-medal winning artistic gymnast, which must surely make her a favourite to win the show. All she has to do is learn to skate and she should walk it. Bit of a ringer, truth be told.

Gareth Thomas

2013 should be quite a year for Gareth as he is due to be the subject of a Hollywood biopic. Mickey Rourke was due to be playing Gareth but has recently dropped out, presumably because the film would have to end with Gareth’s appearance on Dancing On Ice and Rourke would look insane in lycra.

Joe Pasquale

Come on Pasquale, you’ve already been King of the Jungle. Let someone else have a go!

Keith Chegwin

Here’s hoping Cheggers doesn’t decide to make this series of Dancing On Ice the second time he’s appeared on TV nude.

Lauren Goodger

The latest of the woeful crop of ‘scripted reality’ show ‘stars’ to make the move to ‘proper’ ‘reality’ shows, Lauren will be rubbish at skating. You watch, rubbish.

Luke Campbell

Hull’s Olympic boxing hero, Luke has wasted no time in making a bid for TV stardom. You’d think he’d be to busy building a boxing career to take part but apparently not.

Matt Lapinskas

This year’s token Ex-Eastender. We’re seriously struggling to remember who he played. Was it Dirty Den?

Oona King

So Oona used to be an MP but lost her seat to George Galloway, then Galloway went on Celebrity Big Brother and made a complete fool of himself, now he’s an MP again. Will Oona be attempting to do the same thing by making a complete fool of herself on Dancing On Ice and then running for parliament again? We hope so.

Pamela Anderson

A few years ago, getting Pamela Anderson on Dancing On Ice would have been a genuine coup. Now it just weems weird. One for the dads, though.

Samia Ghadie

This year’s token Corrie star. ITV know how to get the most value from their salaried artistes, don’t they.

Shayne Ward

Go on, think real hard, you remember the name don’t you, yes, no, do you want a clue? OK, he won X Factor. No? Still don’t remember? Neither do we.

X Factor: What happened to the past winners?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

So James Arthur has fought off double-pronged attacks from a 9-foot tall, perma-tanned, blubbing scouser and a midget bible-basher with weirdly angular hair to become the winner of X Factor 2012. And doesn’t he seem delighted about it? No, he doesn’t. He just continues to shuffle around sulkily like a grumpy teenager who’s been told to tidy his room. Maybe it’s because now that he’s a somebody for the night he’s realised he has to start the hard work of becoming a nobody again.

You see, though they are famous for a while and some of them shift a few singles, most X Factor winners subsequently become spectacularly unsuccessful. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look at the Ghosts of Winners Past then, shall we?

2004 – Steve Brookstein

Yeah, see? We’ve proven our point already! Brookstein won, released a Phil Collins cover version and then got dropped. He has spent the intervening years complaining about winning, about releasing a Phil Collins cover version and about being dropped.

He now claims to be a jazz singer.

2005 – Shayne Ward

He may have sold over 3 million records since winning but Mr Ward is now appearing in ‘80’s themed musical’ Rock Of Ages instead of being a pop star. He hasn’t troubled the charts for 5 years.

2006 – Leona Lewis

OK, we admit, she did alright. International hits etc, etc. BUT she still lives in Hackney, so can she really considered a success.

2007 – Leon Jackson

We know – who? We can’t remember him either. Apparently he was Scottish. Ring any bells? No? Let’s just move on.

2008 – Alexandra Burke

Success-wise, Alexandra Burke is kind of Leona Lewis-light. She had a few hits and still lingers in the periphery of the media, but really she’s all but had it. The only recent news we could find about her was that she bought a Range Rover. Says it all.

2009 – Joe McElderry

Yeah. Nice lad. That’s about all though, eh? Does musicals, releases Christmas albums, smiles a lot, makes a living. Good luck to him.

2010 – Matt Cardle

First single – No.1, second single – No.6, third single No.185. Say no more.

2011 – Little Mix

A bit early to tell how these munchkins dragged through a branch of Claire’s Accessories will get on. After a year of frantic dieting and photoshopping their debut album has only just come out. It could take anything from 2 to 6 months for them to hit the bargain bins.

Charlie Brooks condemns I’m A Celebrity for going ‘too far’

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The new I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Queen of the Jungle Charlie Brooks has lashed out at the show’s producers for involving her daughter in the one of the show’s trials.

Brooks’s daughter Kiki was hidden behind one of four doors in a jungle trial while she and Eric Bristow tried to pick which one had the best prize behind. They did not pick the right door and so Brooks did not get to see her daughter.

Now that she has left the show, Brooks has said that producers went “too far” by involving her daughter. She told the Sun: “I signed up for this show, but Kiki didn’t. I didn’t want her to be so upset. I had no idea this was happening. It was my lowest point. My mum gave the green light for her to be there because it was an opportunity for Kiki to see me – and I think she thought she would.”

She continued: “I felt like I’d been kicked when I realised she had been behind that door. I felt so sad for both of us and I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards. I kept picturing Kiki’s face. She would have been excited about seeing me and nervous about being on the show – and then disappointed when we failed the task. Afterwards I went straight up and spoke to the show bosses. They said she ‘had a moment’, but assured me she was okay after they gave her a bowl of ice cream.”

Brooks outrage appears to have stopped short of refusing her fee for the show, however.

BBC and ITV confirm their Christmas Day schedules

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Although these days there are a million TV channels and programmes can be recorded or viewed on catch-up with ease, there is still a great deal of interest in what the BBC and ITV have got planned for us on Christmas Day. Well today we found out.

The BBC lead with the now-traditional Doctor Who special ‘The Snowmen’ at 5:15PM (featuring the introduction proper of new assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman) and then a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

The big clash of the night is at 8:45 when the BBC have put a festive edition of Call The Midwife against the Xmas Downton Abbey. Downton will win that one.

Then everyone will switch back to BBC1 at 9:45 for the Royle Family Xmas special, which apparently feature Dave (Craig Cash) pitching an idea on Dragons’ Den.

Earlier in the day ITV have a cartoon double bill either side of the Queen’s speech with Toy Story and Tangled. And then a You’ve Been Framed Christmas special and something called Paul O’Grady’s For The Love Of Dogs, which sounds awful.

Elsewhere, the BBC have Boxing Day Xmas specials of unfunny comedy Miranda and even-unfunnier Mrs Brown’s Boys and the final ever Merlin will be shown on Christmas Eve.

Helen Flanagan booted out of I’m A Celebrity with the worst bushtucker performance. Ever!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I'm a Celebrity: Helen Flanagan

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Taking a relaxing shower in the jungle. Don't worry Helen no one's looking.

Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan became the latest contestant to leave the jungle maintaining that she was proud of her performance despite having achieved the worst performance in the bushtucker trials ever.

Appearing a little dazed and confused as she left the camp to be interviewed about her time on the show, Flanagan described her exit as ‘completely crazy’ given that the jungle had been her entire life for the past two weeks.

Flanagan then asked for a pillow to cringe into as a VT of her best and worst trial moments were shown, with Dec informing her that she was statistically the worst contestant ever after managing five trials without winning a single meal.

Helen Flanagan cringed as she watched back her I’m A Celebrity bushtucker trials:

‘When I first came on the show I thought I’d be able to do all the trials,’ she said. ‘I didn’t think they would be as hard as they were.

‘But even though the trials were bad I’m still proud as I feel I tried my best.’

Helen admitted that Eric had ‘really annoyed’ her throughout her time on the show, but insisted that while she was irritated by her jungle buddies she still ‘loved every single person in the camp’. Yeah right, Helen.

The 10 Best I’m A Celeb Moments

Monday, November 26th, 2012

With the current series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here proving a little thin on classic moments we thought we’d trawl the archives to find some highlights from previous series.

Now, admittedly, this list contains a lot of eating trials but, let’s be honest, they are always the best bits. And we have included the greatest trial in the history of the programme. That’s right – Gaffney!

Helen Flanagan and Nadine Dorries 2012

Robert Kilroy-Silk 2008

Joe Swash and Nicola McLean 2008

Part 2

Dean Gaffney 2006

Martina Navratilova 2008

Stacey Solomon 2010

Shaun Ryder and Gillian McKeith 2010

Fatima Whitbread 2011

Mark Wright and Freddie Star 2011

Katie Price and Kim Woodburn 2009

The truth about Brian Conley’s I’m A Celeb exit finally revealed

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

After days of avoidance, obfuscation and evasion the real reason why Brian Conley left I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has been revealed, by Conley himself.

Speaking on Daybreak he said that producers had removed him from the show after he refused to take prescribed anti-depressants.

Conley was only allowed to take part in the show if he took his pills so producers were given no choice but to remove him when he refused. He left shortly after being seen crying as a result of an argument with fellow contestant David Haye.

He says that exhaustion and malnutrition also played a part in the deterioration of his condition: “Two days after six days of not eating, I didn’t have antidepressants. They said if I did not comply with these regulations, then I would not be on the show. I started feeling really bad, and very shortly after that I did have to leave. I found out I was malnutritioned (sic) and I was suffering from exhaustion, that’s what the doctor said. They then sedated me for two days, they gave me a tablet that could knock out a horse and I woke up with a saline drip in my arm. I was thinking, ‘What on earth has happened here?’ All because of a fluffy show that Ant & Dec do. I can tell you it’s not fluffy out there, it’s the real world. It’s tough, real tough.”

The reason for Conley’s exit wasn’t mentioned during the ITV show, only that he had left the jungle and was recuperating.

Conley also says that the jungle experience has helped him with his depression and his reliance on medication to deal with it: “I’ve taken those for 15 years, I’ve had people say, ‘You probably don’t need them now’. I’m proud I stuck to my guns and I got through it, and it’s made me a much stronger man. You’re looking at a man who doesn’t need antidepressants.”

Bill Tarmey’s funeral details announced

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

BILL TARMEY.jpgThe funeral of the late Bill Tarmey will take next Tuesday at the Albion United Reform Church in Ashton-Under-Lyme, Greater Manchester.

Bill died at his home in Tenerife on November the 9th at the age of 71, he was, of course, famous for playing legendary Corrie character Jack Duckworth.

His family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, members of the public who wish to honour Bill’s memory do so by making a donation to the Brain Tumour Research charity. Bill’s son was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009 and Bill subsequently became a patron of the charity. Donations can be made on a specially set up Justgiving page.

The Tarmey family released this statement: “Bill’s family are very grateful for the messages of condolence, comfort and support they are receiving from Bill’s friends, colleagues and members of the public at this very sad time.”

 

The 10 best Christmas TV adverts

Monday, November 19th, 2012

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ sang Andy Williams sang of Xmas. It’s certainly the best time of the year for TV ads. Traditionally, the big firms pull out all the stops in an attempt to grab attention in the build up to the festive period. Big budgets, big stars and big piles of fake snow are the order of the day when it comes to creating convincing the public to open their wallets.

Here are 10 of the best:

Coca Cola ‘Holiday’s are coming’

While Coca Cola isn’t Christmassy per se, we should remember that we have them to thank for Santa Claus being red and white. Per Noel had, in fact, generally been pictured in green or brown before Coke’s ad men got hold of him. This ad ran for quite a few years, mainly thanks to its horribly addictive tune.

Toys R Us ‘Magical Place’

Another one with a diabolically memorable earworm of a tune. Maybe music is the key to a great Xmas ad?

John Lewis Xmas 2011

John Lewis have now created a tradition of making mini-features for their Xmas ads, emotion-filled short films with a touching message. This year it’s a glove-buying snowman, last year it was this blub-causer.

Irn Bru Snowman Ad

Funny, clever and affectionate – If only all Xmas ads were as fantastic as this one.

Ferrero Rocher ‘The Ambassador’s Reception’

Yeah, we know, we didn’t realise this was a Christmas ad either. But not only is it a Christmas ad it’s probably the only one on the list that was shown outside of the festive period and that has become a cultural touchstone. That big pile of foil-covered sweets has been seen in everything from Father Ted to Little Britain and the line ‘with these Ferrero Rocher you are really spoiling us’ has entered the language.

Marks & Spencer ‘Xmas wouldn’t be Xmas without…’

M& S must have spent a small fortune on this campaign featuring numerous expensive-looking celebs expounding its virtues.

John Lewis 2007 ‘Shadows’

This very clever ad could have worked at any time of year but there was just something Christmassy about the concept.

Yellow Pages ‘Mistletoe’

Super-cute, super-schmaltzy, super-Christmassy.

Woolworths ‘Cracking Christmas’
Back when Woollies was still a thing they used to corral the big TV stars of the day and film then merrily gambolling around that year’s hot gifts while a terrible tune played in the background. It was the beginning of the end, probably.

Boots 1981

No stars, no big budget, just a decent song and a Christmassy feel. Warms the cockles, dunnit?

A Beginner’s Guide To Helen Flanagan – All you need to know about the jungle babe

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

She may be currently ‘wowing’ the nation by wearing a series of very revealing bikinis and crying at the sight of anything that comes within 10 feet of her, but Helen Flanagan did, in fact, have a life before joining I’m A Celebrity Get me Out Of Here. Not a very varied one, but a life just the same.

 

Helen was born in 1989 in Bury and went to school until she was 10 years old. She then joined Coronation Street (in 2000) and continued to go to school while playing Kevin and Sally Webster’s daughter Rosie.

 

Rosie, you may remember, had been born in a taxi on Christmas Day. Helen was not, as far as we can ascertain, born in a taxi. But she might have been. We can’t rule it in or out, to be honest.

 

Nothing much then happened to Rosie (or Helen) for a few years until she suddenly turned into a schoolgirl minx and started seducing her teacher John Stape (this is Rosie now, not Helen. Again, as far as we know). Then, almost overnight, Rosie turned into complete flibbertigibbet. The producers seemed to take any opportunity to include scenes where Rosie needed to appear wearing just her underwear, she started trying to pull all the men in Weatherfield, wearing very skimpy outfits and behaving, generally, like a bit of a gold-digging slapper.

 

Helen, meanwhile, started dating footballer Scott Sinclair.

 

After Helen took a 3-month break from the soap in 2011 life started to imitate ‘art’ as Rosie was a fairly unsuccessful model in the show and Helen decided to quit Corrie to become a sort-of unsuccessful model. She has dedicate the last few months of her life to a couple of fairly low profile modelling jobs that involved her wearing very few clothes and tweeting pictures of herself wearing very few clothes.

 

And now she has returned to our screens! Wearing very few clothes and squawking. Welcome back, Helen!

 

 

Coronation Street’s Jack Duckworth dies. RIP Bill Tarmey

Friday, November 9th, 2012

One of Corrie’s greatest stars, the man who played Jack Duckworth for more than 30 years, Bill Tarmey has passed away.

Bill left the soap in 2010 to spend more time with his family after suffering with heart problems for many years. Details of his death are not yet available.

Bill Tarmey joined Corrie after a career as a singer and acting extra. Brow-beaten Jack and his battle-axe wife Vera swiftly became one of the greatest double acts in soap and beloved by the nation. The constant battles they had with wayward son Terry and combative yet loving relationship they shared ensured they stayed at the heart of the show right up until Liz Dawn, who played Vera, left in 2008. Bill stayed with the show for a couple of years after but Jack was killed off and he retired.

Goodbye, Bill. Creator of one of the funniest, most touching and universally-loved characters that British TV has seen.

 

Jack and Vera

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You can see the final touching scenes from Coronation Street when Jack Duckworth passes away below:

 

Meet the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contestants

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

It’s that time again. A smatterin of C list celebrities don khaki and spend a couple of weeks sweating, rowing, starving, sulking and eating animal testicles. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is back. Ace.

The show starts on Sunday at 9PM on ITV1 but today the line-up was officially announced and the runners and riders revealed to a faintly interested public.

Here’s our guide to who’s who, who isn’t who and who isn’t who you thought they were.

Helen Flanagan

I'm a Celebrity: Helen Flanagan

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Taking a relaxing shower in the jungle. Don't worry Helen no one's looking.

See Helen Flanagan in the Jungle Shower above! ALL PICTURES: ITV.com

Helen is probably best known for playing Coronation Street ‘model’ and flibbertigibbet Rosie Webster. She left the show earlier this year and since then has concentrated on his new career of posting pictures of herself in skimpy clothing on Twitter.

Expect to see Helen in a bikini with seconds of the show starting and shots of her checking her reflection in any available mirrored surface.

You can see her in the jungle shower in the gallery below!

David Haye
David used to be a WBA world boxing champion but since retiring has concentrated on his first love – worm charming. David spends up to 14 hours per day wandering around his garden using various implements to mimic the sound of rain on the ground, this tempts the worms to the surface and David then collects them. ‘I don’t do anything with them’, David told us ‘I just find the activity relaxing. Normally I just take the worms round to Ricky Hatton’s house and release them in his raised vegetable beds. It drives him crackers.’

Colin Baker
Former Doctor Who Colin has found it very difficult to let go of the role that made him famous. Though hasn’t played the Doctor since 1986 he still wears the costume every day and insists on calling his bathroom ‘The Tardis’. He also has a sonic screwdriver (which is actually a normal Philips that he’s painted silver) and a cat called K-9. This used to be a dog but he had to give it away when he found he was allergic to it.

Brian Conley
Brian Conley started began his comedy career while still welder in the shipyards of Glasgow. He used to play banjo and sing in folk clubs and found that his between song banter was lasting longer than the songs so he started getting gigs as a comic. After he appeared on the Parkinson chat show in 1975 he became a household star and swiftly rose to become on of the best loved comedians in the UK. He married Pamela Anderson, stopped drinking and found fame in the US before returning to the UK to play Buttons in Cinderella every year since 1993. No, wait, we’re getting confused here.

Eric Bristow
Darts legend Eric Bristow is also known as ‘The Craft-obsessed Cockney’ as he dedicates his spare time to various undemanding handiwork pastimes. He makes model planes, enjoys decoupage and is renowned for his quilling. In 2002 he was given a lifetime membership of Hobbycraft’s loyalty scheme and celebrated by learning to crochet. He now makes all his own clothes.

Hugo Taylor
No idea who this bloke is.

Charlie Brooks
Better known as ‘Janine off of Eastenders’ Charlie is hoping that her experience in the jungle will open up new career paths. ‘I really want to be a snake wrangler’, she says ‘I hope that I will get to handle a few while in Oz and learn more about them. I tried to get the producers of Eastenders to write a snake into the soap but they wouldn’t have it. I wanted Janine to carry a snake round her neck everywhere she went, like as a character trait, but they said it would prove “logistically difficult” and kiboshed the idea. Good job really cos I’m terrified of them. Slimy little buggers.’

Linda Robson
It seems Linda Robson was booked by the I’m A Celeb production team in error. ‘We thought we were getting the dark haired one who played Dorian’, an insider told us ‘but I guess we’ll have to make do. Shame really, Dorian would have been funnier but there you go, she’s here now.’

Nadine Dorries
The inclusion of serving MP Nadine Dorries in this series has already caused great controversy. Not because no one has really heard of her, or because she will be missing important parliamentary business to appear in the show, ut because it’s obvious that no-one else will get voted to do a bush tucker trial. Expect at least the first five publicly voted trials to feature Nadine and absolutely every eating trial. There’s going to be a tory MP eating kangaroo cock on our TV’s for weeks. Great, innit?

Ashley Roberts
Used to be in Pussy Cat Dolls, or something. Meh.

 

Ed Milliband shares his ‘one nation’ vision to Coronation Street’s Rovers Return regulars

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

ed miliband in the rovers.jpegLabour leader Ed Miliband chose to end his week at his party’s conference in Manchester with a visit to Weatherfield.

Mr Miliband went into the Rovers to meet Michelle Collins (Stella Price), Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price) and Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) and out on the cobbles he spoke to Eileen Derbyshire (Emily Bishop and Malcolm Hebden (Norris Cole) during filming for scenes to air at Xmas.

After delivering his keynote at the conference without notes or autocue, Mr Miliband wanted to know how the actors managed to learn their lines to which Michelle Collins replied that actors sometimes cheat by hiding their lines on props like beer mats.

“It feels very real”, Mr Miliband said after being asked his thoughts on the set. He later admitted that he is usually too busy to watch the soap but that his wife, Justine, is a fan.

Via Corrieblog.tv

 

I’m A Celebrity cast takes shape as Eric Bristow and Linda Robson sign up

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Several sources are stating that former darts legend Eric ‘Crafty Cockney’ Bristow and Linda ‘Her from Brids of a Feather’ Robson have both signed up for the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. They join Helen ‘Rosie Webster in Corrie’ Flanagan, Ryan ‘Jason Grimshaw in Corrie’ Thomas and Grace ‘Bound to really good value’ Jones in the ‘they’re-probably-doing-it’ file.

The new series doesn’t start until November so expect plenty more rumours and confirmations on the coming weeks. Apparently recently retired MP Louise Mensch is on the producer’s wish list and presenters Ant & Dec want Chris Moyles. We reckon they’re both long shots. We shall see……

Sir Jimmy Savile’s huge headstone unveiled – it’s also available on Kindle

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Since his death in October last year, Sir Jimmy Savile’s grave at Scarborough has been unmarked. This is because he requested that to be buried at a 45 degree angle (so he would be looking at the sea?!?!) and so his family had to wait until the land to settle before his stone could be laid. And now we can see why – it’s enormous!

The triptych stone features 2 pictures, a cross, family details, a list of Sir Jim’ll’s achievements and a sort-of poem written by the man himself. It even has another section of text on the back, which lead to some wag on Twitter joking that the headstone is also available for Kindle.

The stone cost £4,000 so it’s a shame that the makers didn’t spot the misspelling of chieftain on the right hand stone. Someone will be getting a slapped wrist for that one.

In other Savile news (amazing, isn’t it, that a bloke who died 11 months ago is still making news?) ITV are to air a documentary that he sexually assaulted young girls during the 70’s and 80’s. His friends are denying the claims.

Gary Lineker appeals to Simon Cowell to do the right thing

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

For the past few years one of the later live shows of the X Factor has aired at the same time as the Sports Personality of the Year. Both shows have suffered reduced ratings as a result. With 2012 being a landmark year for British sport, SPOTY host Gary Lineker has taken matters into his own hands by tweeting X Factor boss Simon Cowell directly to appeal to him to avoid a schedule clash.

Lineker tweeted: “Be a lovely gesture and mark of respect to our wonderful athletes if X Factor didn’t run against SPOTY. What do you think @SimonCowell?”

There was no response from Cowell but Lineker later retweeted a message from Mirror journalist Mark Jefferies which said: “Good news @GaryLineker and sport fans, I’ve been told by ITV spokesman there’s “no chance” X Factor will clash with SPOTY.”

How the clash will be avoided has still not been revealed and there has been no official statement from either the BBC or ITV so the stand off may yet happen. Watch this space….