Bethany and Daniel hunt for evidence against Ray; Kevin informs David that his car is a write-off; Seb introduces Emma to his ex, Alina.
Gary's pleased to see Maria so positive; Bethany gives Alya a warning; David takes the train to Leeds to visit Shona.
Bethany accuses Cindy of being in cahoots with Ray; Emma and Seb offer Alina a room in the salon apartment; Abi apologizes to Alya for disbelieving her.
Gary inadvertently drives Maria into Ali's arms; Ed reconnects with his old mate Danny; Beth's harsh words prick Daniel's conscience.
Episode 1: Gary's explanation causes Maria to regret her actions; Abi turns up at Ray's charity gala with a plan; Danny urges James to come out to Ed.
Episode 2: Abi seeks an alibi after Ray reports her to the police; Maria delays giving Gary an answer to his proposal; James invites Danny back to Number Three.
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News, Rumors & Scoop(News section last updated April 8, 2019)
‘Coronation Street,’ Long-Running British Soap, Introduces Its First Black Family(4/8/19) (nytimes.com) “Coronation Street,” Britain’s (and the world’s) longest-running soap opera, which has chronicled working-class life near Manchester, England, since 1960, is introducing the first black family in the history of the series.
“Say hello to the Bailey family,” the show’s producers said in an announcement on Saturday. “A brand-new family moving to Weatherfield in June this year!” they added, referring to the fictional town based on Salford, an industrial city about two miles west of the center of Manchester.
The announcement did not address the family’s race or ethnicity, but the show’s network, ITV, said the black family would be the show’s first.
To many observers, the addition, while welcome, came astonishingly late for a show, known as “Corrie,” that debuted in December 1960 and that has been watched by up to a third of the British public — including, reports say, Queen Elizabeth II.
“How have the producers managed to get away with this for almost 60 years?” Matthew Xia, a theater director, told The Guardian, saying he was stunned it had taken so long for the show to reflect Manchester’s multicultural character.
“It’s about time, a street right in the heart of Manchester and they’ve never had a black family live there,” one Twitter user, Carly Purland-Goodey, wrote on Saturday.
For decades, the set where the show was filmed was in central Manchester. In the 1970s and ’80s, the show was broadcast in the United States, first on public television to a lukewarm reception, and then on cable.
The show’s producer, Ian MacLeod, told ITV News that he did not know why the soap took so long to introduce a black family.
“Manchester has a large proportion of black residents, so it did feel sort of overdue we did this and represented modern Manchester a bit more accurately,” Mr. MacLeod said.
“Coronation Street” has had individual characters who are black or members of other racial and ethnic groups before. In 2013, a character of Pakistani origin appeared, followed shortly by members of his family, the Nazirs. (In 2016, Marc Anwar, who portrayed the father, Sharif Nazir, was fired over anti-India posts on Twitter.)
The series, based on the residents of fictional Coronation Street, has been a British favorite for years alongside “EastEnders,” set in East London, and “Emmerdale,” set in Yorkshire. The story lines revolve around lives that viewers can easily identify with and have produced quotations and characters that are firmly engraved in British culture.
The shows have given rise to some of the most popular television celebrities in the country, including Pat Phoenix, who played the glamorous Elsie Tanner on “Coronation Street,” and Barbara Windsor, who appeared as Peggy Mitchell, the protective pub owner in “EastEnders.”
Both shows are so iconic that they appear in guides to British culture that applicants for citizenship have to study to take the test.
“Coronation” was anointed the world’s longest-running TV soap when “As the World Turns” aired its last episode in 2010 on CBS, according to the Guinness World Records.
In recent years, soap operas have seen a decline in viewership, according to a report published in 2018 by the Office of Communications, or Ofcom, Britain’s telecom regulator. In 2007, “EastEnders,” “Coronation Street” and “Emmerdale” averaged 8.7 million viewers among them. By 2017, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million, the report said.
In contrast with the aspirational settings and improbable plots of American soaps, the British shows have lured viewers by portraying daily life with all its difficulties, such as joblessness, poverty and raising children as single parents. Still, their plot lines have been criticized for being nostalgic for a bygone era and tone-deaf to the changes in modern Britain.
The addition of the new family to “Coronation Street” appeared to be an attempt to address those issues, especially with the character of James Bailey, the 19-year-old younger son played by Nathan Graham. A talented footballer, the character will face the challenges of coming out as gay to his family and teammates.
The rest of the family includes the father, Edison, a builder, played by Trevor Michael Georges; the mother, Aggie, a pharmacy assistant, played by Lorna Laidlaw; and the older son, Michael, played by Ryan Russell.
The new family will make its debut on the show in June.
Shane Rimmer Dies: Longtime Screen & Voice Actor In Bond Films, ‘Thunderbirds’ & Much More Was 89(3/30/19) Shane Rimmer, whose 60-year career as a character and voice actor included three James Bond films, a lead turn in the 1960s puppet series Thunderbirds and uncredited bit role in the original Star Wars, died early today at his home in England. He was 89. No cause of death was announced.
IMDb list more than 160 credits for Rimmer spanning six decades — from early TV through current series The Amazing World of Gumball. Along the way he appeared in such high-profile films as Batman Begins, the first three Superman films with Christopher Reeve and Best Picture Oscar winners Gandhi and Out of Africa. Four of his other films — Reds, Star Wars, Julia and Dr. Strangelove — were nominated for the Academy’s Big Prize. He also turned up in the 007 films The Spy Who Loved Me, Diamonds Are Forever and You Only Live Twice.
Born on May 28, 1929, in Toronto, Rimmer moved to the UK in the 1950s. He would go on to appear on dozens of TV shows there, including the long-running soap opera Coronation Street — playing different characters in the late 1960s and again in 1988 — mid-’60s Doctor Who, Orlando and numerous miniseries.
He also carved out quite a career as a voice actor in series including Space: 1999, Joe 9, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Dick Spanner, P.I. But he might be best known as the voice of Scott Tracy, a member of the International Rescue team in Gerry Anderson’s popular marionette series Thunderbirds (1965-66) and subsequent film and TV remake.
Elsewhere, Rimmer had writing credits on such TV series as The Protectors, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Absolutely Fabulous' June Whitfield Dead at 93(12/30/18) Dame June Whitfield, best known to television audiences for her supporting role in Absolutely Fabulous, has died at the age of 93, the BBC reports. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
Whitfield’s career in British entertainment spanned six decades. In 1992, she was cast in Absolutely Fabulous as the mother of Jennifer Saunders’ Edina Monsoon. The sitcom ran for a total of five seasons, then returned for a series of three 20th anniversary specials in 2011 and 2012. Whitfield last reprised her role in 2016’s feature-length film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
Prior to AbFab, Whitfield co-starred as Rose Garvey in the British comedy Beggar My Neighbour, which ran from 1966-1968. She then starred opposite Terry Scott in both Happy Ever After (1974–1978) and Terry and June (1979–1987). Her most recent TV credits include episodes of Doctor Who, EastEnders and You, Me and the Apocalypse. Her work also extended to radio, where she voiced Miss Marple in a series of Agatha Christie adaptations for BBC Radio 4.
Whitfield was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1985. In 2017, at the age of 92, she was granted damehood for her services to drama and entertainment.
Norris Cole star speaks out on soap return after heart attack(7/6/18) (express.co.uk) CORONATION STREET’S beloved curtain twitcher Norris Cole has been notably absent from the soap in recent months as the actor behind the role, Malcolm Hebden, has been on extended leave due to ill health.
Now, the star of ITV soap Coronation Street has revealed whether he’ll be returning to the cobbles any time soon.
Malcolm, 78, has been off screens for quite some time as a “silent heart attack” brought him to the brink of death.
He told the Blackpool Gazette: “Most of December I was in an induced coma, in the care of these brilliant, wonderful people at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
“Fortunately I didn't realise how bad it was; I was dying. The cardiac team, headed by Mr [Joseph] Zacharias, simply saved my life."
Unbeknownst to Malcolm, he had originally visited his GP for a chest infection before he was informed of what had really happened.
He explained: ”I was informed by my doctor I had had at least one heart attack. I was sent to hospital, by emergency ambulance to Blackburn hospital and was there one night.
“While there I collapsed and was brought here to Blackpool Victoria - where I was operated on, in a procedure which was described by my surgeon Mr Zacharias as 'groundbreaking’.
"The heart attack tore a hole in my heart, they operated and took a chance.
“From getting into that ambulance at home, I don’t really remember much at all.
“It was almost like I thought it was happening to Norris Cole, like a soap opera about the NHS.”
But when it came down to returning to Coronation Street, Malcolm said it isn’t clear if he will.
“People are asking if I’m returning to the Street, but that’s just not known yet,” the actor said.
“I may do, I may not, it depends on my recovery.”
Fans of the long-running programme will no doubt be keen to see Malcolm back on the box as Norris has become a firm favourite on the soap.
Viewers have taken to Twitter to wish Malcolm well in light of his health problems.
One wrote: “Best wishes to Malcolm Hebden. What a shock to hear about his heart problems. Hope Malcom continues to make a good recovery. Corrie not the same without Norris #Corrie.”
Another said: “Sending love and good wishes for a strong recovery to #MalcolmHebden. 'Weatherfield' is duller without Norris and his gossip!”
“Get well soon Malcolm, I really miss your character Norris #corrie,” a third added.
Malcolm joined the soap as Norris back in 1997 for reoccurring role before being reintroduced in 1999.
But that wasn’t his only part as he also portrayed Mavis Riley’s (played by Thelma Barlow) Spanish lover Carlos.
'Coronation Street' star Helen Flanagan welcomes baby number 2(6/25/18) British actress Helen Flanagan has given birth to her second child.
The former Coronation Street star, 27, welcomed daughter Delilah Ruby with her soccer player fiance, Scott Sinclair, in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday and she debuted her baby girl on Instagram on Saturday as she shared details about the tot’s natural birth.
“I had a very quick labour, a water birth with just gas and air, absolutely besotted so in love,” she captioned a black-and-white photo of herself cradling the newborn as Scott kisses her forehead.
“Feel so blessed to have our healthy baby girl and I feel good after my labour.”
Flanagan also expressed her thanks to the “amazing midwives” who had taken care of mother and baby.
She went on to share a snap of the couple’s two-year-old daughter Matilda holding her little sister.
“So lucky Matilda was very quiet at the hospital,” she wrote.
Flanagan and Sinclair announced the news of her pregnancy in a special reveal for OK! magazine in December, when they also revealed their plans to wed.
“We both would love to get married and for us all to have (the) same name,” the actress said.
It is not yet known when the pair plans to exchange vows.
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