I got a record number of hearts and retweets this morning when I posted a snap of Danny Miller and Ryan Hawley behind the scenes of Emmerdale’s long awaited Robron wedding. It’s clear that what soap fans want on this Valentine’s Day is not hearts, flowers and chocolates, but a big dollop of Robron love, […]

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It’s been a busy time here at soap towers and it’s taken me up until now to get over ITV’s super soap week. This week, I was in Leeds, talking to the Emmerdale cast about Christmas storylines. Imagine my shock when I looked out of the window somewhere near Doncaster and saw snow covered fields. […]

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Soaps just got serious. Last night’s multiple pile-up in Emmerdale was one of the most shocking soap stunts I have ever seen. And as for the whole Ashley story. That was a stunning script and John Middleton gave a most brilliant, subtle yet searingly honest portrayal of a man in the grip of dementia. I […]

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  I’ve been to hundreds of press launches during my career as a journalist, but have never seen anything quite like it. A sofa full of hardened hacks, reduced to blubbering heaps dabbing their eyes with serviettes, faux fur throws…anything they could lay their hands on. For a moment, it felt like a bereavement counselling support group, […]

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18 years. That’s how long it’s taken for Emmerdale to win the award for Best Soap at the British Soap Awards. The cast and crew were stunned, but I wasn’t. The Yorkshire based drama HAD to get the prize this year as it has been exceptional. Under Kate Oates’ helm, the storylining was mind bogglingly […]

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I am often approached by soap fans who are envious of my job. They ask me who my favourite actor/actress is, they often want to know if the stars are like their on screen characters and I regularly get envious tweets from women when I interview the likes of Mike Parr, Anthony Quinlan and Kelvin Fletcher […]

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  I don’t get star struck easily. In fact, looking back at my 30 years in journalism I can’t recall the last time I felt genuinely excited about a celebrity interview – I suppose I did experience something approaching a small thrill when my husband answered the phone and said: ‘For you. It’s Sylvester Stallone.’ […]

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The new Emmerdale boss looked a bit nervous as he met the UK press at London’s Mondrian* hotel yesterday for a special screening and who could blame him. I certainly wouldn’t want to take over from where Kate Oates left off – that woman has the Midas touch, plus she wears the most incredible shoes […]

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Bernice Blackstock couldn’t have asked for better weather when it came to her autumn wedding to Lawrence White. The sun shone like a lemon lozenge in a cloudless sky and Creskeld Hall in Arthington which doubles as Emmerdale’s Home Farm, looked magnificent. There were doves, a string quartet, a vast marquee and flowers everywhere. Lawrence […]

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  One thing that really struck me at this year’s Soap Awards which was filmed in Manchester,  is that you get a different class of soap fan up North. I can only describe the crowd clustered around the Palace Theatre in Manchester, asking for selfies and autographs, as super fans. One bloke had a tattoo of […]

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  I’ve written about countless celebrity weddings during my 30 years as a journalist, but I felt privileged to cover Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick’s nuptials, which feature in this week’s TV Times. When I say cover, I wasn’t actually at the Yorkshire wedding that took place over Easter, although by all accounts, it sounded like […]

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  I’m going to let you into a little secret about Emmerdale star Anthony Quinlan – he smells delectable. I met him in the flesh for the second time at the Emmerdale press quiz night and asked him the name of his aftershave, but the aroma left me so giddy, I cannot for the life […]

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    You’d think that after writing about Emmerdale for the best part of 15 years, I’d be a bit of an expert. If I were ever to go on Mastermind, it would be my specialist subject so you can’t blame me for feeling quietly confident when the show’s press team held a special pub […]

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Every so often, a soap star surprises me by revealing an unusual passion or hobby. Earlier this year, EastEnders actress Lacey Turner told me about her penchant for making furniture and more recently, I chatted to Emmerdale’s Samantha Giles about being a witch. Yep, a witch. Not the sort with a beaky nose and a […]

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Not sure what to get your soap loving pals for Christmas? Look no further than the EastEnders Children In Need calendar which features all your favourite Albert Square regulars wearing very little. Highlight of the calendar year has to be the lovely Ben Hardy who showed off his pecs appeal earlier this year by posing […]

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  It’s natural to assume that soap actors will be just like their screen persona when you meet them and whilst a few are, most couldn’t be more different. Take June Brown who plays Dot Cotton – in real-life she is incredibly eloquent and would never dream of using the bad grammar that often punctuates […]

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    Hollyoaks never hold back when it comes to stunts and this week they air one of their biggest ever – a catastrophic train crash which endangers all on board, namely the wedding party guests of Porsche McQueen and Lockie Campbell. To film the scenes, which air on Wednesday this week (Nov 12th C4 […]

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  If you are anywhere near a newsagent’s this week, do take a look at this week’s TV Times cover. It’s one of my favorites in a while and features Emmerdale’s Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle) with actress Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor). Amelia is only five-years-old, yet she plays Marlon’s daughter April as if she has been […]

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  As a rule, soap stars are a secretive lot. They are happy to do interviews about their up and coming storylines, but often shy away from talking about their personal lives. If they do reveal a little of themselves, it is more than likely a whitewashed version, so three cheers for Steve Halliwell who has […]

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I’m not talking about soaps this week because I’ve been obsessing over Justin Gellatly’s doughnuts ever since I previewed the BBC Two show Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes for TV Times. In the show, which airs tomorrow at 9pm,  a slimline Tom Kerridge who clearly hasn’t been eating many doughnuts, visits the bakery school where […]

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