I’ll have to get a new hat at this rate because I’ve been to yet another wedding in the Dales. This time, it was for Priya and Rakesh’s do which was a blaze of colour thanks to the fact that Priya is determined to give her day a Hindu flavour. There was a traditional mandap, […]

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  Honestly, some people will do anything for the excuse to litter their blog with pictures of Chris Gascoyne… I blogged about Chris’ departure from Corrie the other week and he talked about his forthcoming theatre tour in Canada where he will be doing Q&A sessions. A few fans have asked me where he’s appearing, so […]

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  There are many perks to my job, but it doesn’t get much better than a lunchtime chat with Peter Barlow in the Bistro. Yes ladies, I know it’s unfair, but consider this – a starter is nine quid in that place. Nine quid! No wonder Roy’s Rolls is always heaving. Sadly, there was no […]

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Verity Rushworth will be watching closely when Donna Dingle is buried next Thursday (August 28th). She is hoping for a huge outpouring of grief and if recent scenes are anything to go by, she’ll get it. ‘Michael Parr who plays Ross has sent photos of the funeral,’ she told me. ‘I want to watch to […]

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    I must say,  I was very worried about Deirdre Barlow’s neck last night which gave a BAFTA winning performance as she raged at Ken. It’s nice to see Bill Roache back on the show and he looked surprisingly dapper and well given all that he has been through of late. I wondered if […]

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Enders fans will be overjoyed to see the return of Stacey Slater this week. She’s one of the most popular young actresses in soap and what I love about her, is the fact that despite all the accolades (she has 11 awards on her mantelpiece!) she’s refreshingly down to earth. There’s none of the big […]

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Remember when I mentioned that I’d been to a soap wedding? Well, I can finally reveal whose it was and brace yourselves, because you’ll be ‘well jel’ as they say in Essex. I was lucky enough to get an invite for Kerry and Dan’s wedding, which is due to take place in the Emmerdale village […]

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It wasn’t how I envisaged my 15 minutes of fame, but yesterday, I appeared fleetingly on BBC news talking about the time I was groped by Rolf Harris at a press event. I was in my twenties and worked for The Sun newspaper as a TV reporter. It happened at the end of a press […]

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  The first thing that came out of my mouth when I caught up with Emmerdale stars Kelvin Fletcher (Andy) and Samantha Giles (Bernice) at LWT studios in London yesterday was much praise for the fake tan scene in Tuesday evening’s hour long episode. For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed the episode, […]

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  It was a case of the blind leading the blind. A soap writer who knows nothing about football, interviewing two Emmerdale actresses who were equally disinterested in the beautiful game. It didn’t help that the calls came whilst I was in Waitrose – at the till of course. Sod’s law. So there I am, […]

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  I’ve just read the sad news about Rik Mayall which made me think about the time I met him 12-years-ago for an interview that ran in What’s On TV. I was a little nervous about meeting Rik, but he turned out to be delightfully bonkers. Shame he didn’t live to see another World Cup. […]

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  I’ve been busy at soap towers this week, but sadly, all the interviews I’ve done are embargoed, so I can’t tell you much. I know it’s annoying. I’m sorry. I hate secrets myself, but it’s more than my job’s worth to break an embargo. I can tell you that I met a newcomer to […]

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    I wondered if somebody should have called 999 when I listened to an interview that Chris Chittell had done with the Emmerdale press office the other week as he was horribly out of breath. I couldn’t understand why the press officer continued to fire storyline questions at him without asking if he was okay. […]

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    I apologise for the picture of myself and Danny Mac, but the dropped jaw is an involuntary reflex when you are faced with a thing of such beauty. Even so, is it right that Danny is now officially ‘Sexiest Male’ in a British soap? There had been a lot of talk amongst soap […]

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I knew that Maddy Hill was my kind of woman the minute I walked into the room at Elstree Studios and caught her licking the jam off a Danish pastry. She laughed unashamedly and then proffered the plate, which bore two sad jamless cakes and a smattering of crumbs. I declined the cakes, and introduced […]

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  I’m not a huge fan of weddings. I always feel slightly uncomfortable when people make big promises in public that might be broken. There’s also the fact that I can’t walk in high heels, hold my drink or dance without looking like an embarrassing maiden aunt. However, I cannot resist a good soap wedding. […]

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