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

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.

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

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.

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RIP Larry Hagman. Dallas’ JR Ewing hangs up his cowboy hat


Larry Hagman has died at the age of 81.  The actor who spent more than a decade playing TV villain JR Ewing suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. He died in hospital on Friday afternoon according to a family statement.

Born in Texas, Hagman battled alcoholism for many years. Even on the hardworking set of Dallas, he consumed five bottles of champagne a day for years and was finally diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 1992.

Three years later he had a liver transplant and kept a photo of the organ donor above his mirror. “I say a prayer for him every morning,” he said.

Despite this, Hagman continued to drink secretly until a further life-saving operation in 2003 forced him to stop.

Hagman  first performed as JR Ewing in 1978 and became its highest-paid star, as the programme came to define 1980s excess. During 13 years as the most scheming oil tycoon in Dallas, JR in his Stetson became one of the most distinctive faces on television screens across the world.

It quickly became one of the network’s top-rated programmes – with its 356 episodes being seen by an estimated 300 million people in 57 countries . It was revived this year and is currently screened on Channel 5.


Bill Tarmey’s funeral details announced

The 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.”


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

Labour 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.



Geoffrey Hughes, best known as Coronation Street’s Eddie Yeats, passes away

The actor behind one of the best-loved Coronation Street characters has passed away. Geoffrey Hughes, who played lovable rogue Eddie Yeats from 1974 to 1983, died over the weekend after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

Geoffrey brought a charm and likeability to the character of Eddie and his partnership with Stan and Hilda Ogden, with whom Eddie lodged, was responsible for some of the most memorable character comedy in the soap’s history. It was Eddie who created Hilda’s ‘muriel’ on which was mounted her famous flying ducks and he was always to be found trying to earn a dodgy crust by selling suspect goods while working as a window cleaner or bin man.

As well as Eddie Yeats, Geoffrey is remembered for his turns as Ounslow in Keeping Up Appearances, as Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and as Twiggy in the Royle Family. In an early role he even provided the voice of Paul McCartney in the Yellow Submarine animated film.

Away from acting, Geoffrey owned a small holding, ran a wood supply company and was even made Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle Of Wight, where he lived with his with Sue.

Here are some classic clips of Geoffrey in action.

British Soap Awards 2012: Michelle Keegan and Brooke Vincent pictures


The Corrie and Hollyoaks leading ladies stole the style show at this years British Soap Awards.

Doing it for the cobbles were Michelle Keegan, who went for a stunning midnight blue long backless frock, while Brooke Vincent also followed the backless trend in a purple plunge neck number.

Samia Smith kept it safe, yet stylish, in a simple black frock.

Over in the ‘Oaks camp Jennifer Metcalfe showed off her curves in a turquoise long bodycon frock, while Claire Cooper went for a slinky silver number. Anna Shaffer also stood out in a red vintage lace short frock.

Flying the fashion flag for Eastenders was Preeya Kalidas who went for a racey red strapless frock with empire line styling and Shona McGarty kept it simple in a black frock.

Making a special appearance was Emma Bunton who also kept it simple in a black batwing dress.

See the winners of the British Soap Awards below (via Digital Spy) SEXIEST FEMALE (Last year’s winner was Michelle Keegan, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) – WINNER EastEnders: Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning) EastEnders: Preeya Kalidas (Amira Masood) Hollyoaks: Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen)

SEXIEST MALE (Last year’s winner was Scott Maslen, EastEnders) Coronation Street: Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth) EastEnders: Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) – WINNER Emmerdale: Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) Hollyoaks: Danny Mac (Dodger Savage) VILLAIN OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was Emmett Scanlan, Hollyoaks) Coronation Street: Andrew Lancel (Frank Foster) – WINNER EastEnders: Ace Bhatti (Yusef Khan) EastEnders: Joshua Pascoe (Ben Mitchell) Hollyoaks: Jeff Rawle (Silas Blissett)

BEST ACTOR (Last year’s winner was Danny Miller, Emmerdale) Coronation Street: Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) EastEnders: Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) – WINNER Hollyoaks: Emmett Scanlan (Brendan Brady)

BEST ACTRESS (Last year’s winner was Jessie Wallace, EastEnders) Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor) – WINNER EastEnders: Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop) EastEnders: Nina Wadia (Zainab Masood) Hollyoaks: Karen Hassan (Lynsey Nolan)

BEST BRITISH SOAP (Last year’s winner was EastEnders) Coronation Street Doctors EastEnders – WINNER Emmerdale Hollyoaks

Panel-voted categories:

BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Patti Clare, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Stephanie Cole (Sylvia Goodwin) – WINNER Doctors: Jan Pearson (Karen Hollins) EastEnders: Tameka Empson (Kim Fox) Hollyoaks: Joe Tracini (Dennis Savage)

BEST YOUNG PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Alexander Bain, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Alexander Bain (Simon Barlow) Doctors: Charlie Kenyon (Cameron Waterhouse) EastEnders: Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning) – WINNER Emmerdale: Eden Taylor-Draper (Belle Dingle)

SPECTACULAR SCENE OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was The Tram Crash, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Carla’s car crash EastEnders: Fire at the B&B Emmerdale: John and Moira’s car accident – WINNER Hollyoaks: Rae’s murder

BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP (Last year’s winners were Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, EastEnders) Doctors: Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh (Daniel Granger and Zara Carmichael) EastEnders: Jake Wood and Jo Joyner (Max Branning and Tanya Jessop) – WINNER Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley and Emma Atkins (Cain Dingle and Charity Sharma) Hollyoaks: Ashley Taylor Dawson and Jessica Fox (Darren and Nancy Osborne)

BEST NEWCOMER (Last year’s winner was Emmett Scanlan, Hollyoaks) Coronation Street: Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames) – WINNER Doctors: Lu Corfield (Freya Wilson) EastEnders: Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning) Emmerdale: Gemma Oaten (Rachel Breckle)

BEST EXIT (Last year’s winner was Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald) – WINNER EastEnders: Pam St Clement (Pat Evans) Emmerdale: James Thornton (John Barton) Hollyoaks: Kim Tiddy (Heidi Costello)

BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Jane Danson, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor) Doctors: Owen Brenman (Heston Carter) EastEnders: Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop) – WINNER Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle)

BEST STORYLINE (Last year’s winner was End of the line for the Websters and Dobbs, Coronation Street) Coronation Street: Carla’s ordeal Doctors: Lauren’s murder EastEnders: The Brannings deal with Tanya’s cancer diagnosis Emmerdale: Jackson’s choice – WINNER

BEST SINGLE EPISODE (Last year’s winner was Coronation Street Live) Coronation Street: Becky’s Final Farewell – WINNER Doctors: ‘Last Words’ EastEnders: Pat: The End of an Era Emmerdale: The Longest Day

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Last year’s winner was Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street) Pam St Clement (EastEnders) – WINNER

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Last year’s winner was Gavin Blyth, Emmerdale) Simon Ashdown (EastEnders) – WINNER

You can see the British Soap Awards on ITV1, Wednesday May 2nd.

Corrie stars settle pay dispute – protect ITV2 repeat payments

The dispute concerned ITV moving omnibus editions of the show from ITV1 to ITV2 which meant that repeat payments for the actors would have been lower as terrestrial showings pay more than satellite.

The repeat fees are worth around 37.5% of the actors’ income but ITV and the union Equity have now come to an agreement which will help protect the money.

An Equity spokesman said: We’ve prevented members’ incomes falling off the edge of a cliff. That’s what would have happened if they’d lost 37.5 per cent. You never get everything you ask for, but we have got more than they initially wanted to give away.”

There had been the possibility of strikes or even resignations if the proposed pay cuts had happened but they seem, for the time at least, to have been averted.


Rosie-Tinted spectacles: Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan goes to Specsavers

By Dave Lee Ex-Corrie actress Helen Flanagan (who played street ‘sex bomb’ Rosie Webster until February this year) has landed her first post-Weatherfield gig – for Specsavers.

The glasses company has released a set of pictures showing Helen modelling their specs in a variety of poses to help launch their Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Specsavers apparently want to find ‘ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses’. Helen, who has worn glasses since she was 9, said: “I first realised I needed to wear glasses when I couldn’t see the whiteboard at school. I was delighted as I was always nagging my mum to get me a pair. I love trying out new looks with my glasses, they bring out a different side to me.”

Ex Corrie star Helen Flanagan in Christine Keeler pose

She added: “I love doing photoshoots, it’s probably the only thing I had in common with Rosie, we are both really girly and like modelling. I really enjoyed the 1960s-themed shoot for this campaign. I wore lots of different wigs which made me wish I had long hair again! But the best thing about this campaign is that it supports anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. Anything that helps stamp out bullying of any kind, especially if it’s for wearing glasses, is a great thing.”

The founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins, had this to say: “Helen is the perfect ambassador for us, she’s young, fun and uses her glasses to completely transform her look. She is the ideal role model for all young specs wearers out there.”

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 and there are a variety of prizes on offer including a one year modelling contract.

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Coronation Street’s Norris Cole collapses on set

Popular Corrie star Malcolm Hebden – who plays busy body newsagent Norris Cole – was taken to hospital last week after collapsing on the set.

Malcolm (72) was taken ill in his dressing room and taken to hospital for tests but was later given the all clear and allowed home. He was back at work a few hours later.

The Mirror reports yer man ‘Corrie Source’ as saying: ‘It was nothing serious but our medical staff thought it was for the best to give him a thorough check over.’

Seeing as Norris is one of our favourite characters here at TV Scoop, we’re delighted that Malcolm is feeling better and we wish him continued good health.