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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.
Tony Warren's script for Coronation Street forerunner found(10/22/17) (bbc.com) A script for Coronation Street creator Tony Warren's previously unknown first attempt at a soap opera has been found.
Before Warren changed the TV landscape with Coronation Street in 1960, he started writing Seven, Bessie Street.
His friend David Tucker said it centres on a terraced street but is otherwise very different from Coronation Street.
The script was found in his possessions after he died in 2016 and is now part of an exhibition dedicated to Warren at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
Warren left his estate to Mr Tucker, a friend of 22 years, with an instruction to destroy all creative works that weren't already in the public domain.
But Mr Tucker decided to keep the Seven, Bessie Street - with the proviso that no one else could read it.
The script is in a frame in the Salford exhibition with just the cover page, billing it as "a new soap opera in half-hourly episodes", on show.
Mr Tucker has read it, however, and says it was "quite obviously planned as a soap opera".
"The only thing really that relates to Coronation Street is the setting of a terraced street and the fact that it jumps a little bit between peoples' lives," he told BBC News.
"But there are no characters that relate to Coronation Street at all, and no scenarios. It's very different."
Seven, Bessie Street revolves around a family - perhaps inspired by Warren's own - who all have theatrical connections.
"That's what Tony did know about in his youth," Mr Tucker said. "That's probably why it would never have worked as it was, because there was so much in the stories about theatre.
"He was writing from what he knew in that Bessie Street script, but it probably wasn't going to relate that well to everybody else.
"So he then shifted the focus to the more mundane aspects of terraced street life."
Although Warren cast the script aside, Bessie Street did make its way into Coronation Street. Weatherfield's local primary school is called Bessie Street School.
The exhibition also includes the typewriter Warren used in his early years.
After jettisoning Seven, Bessie Street, Warren pitched a drama titled Our Street to the BBC. But he didn't hear back, so he reworked it as Florizel Street for Granada.
Florizel Street was changed to Coronation Street because - as legend has it - a tea lady named Agnes remarked that Florizel sounded like the name of a disinfectant.
Coronation Street launched in December 1960 and soon became one of the most popular programmes on television.
The exhibition also traces Warren's early life and career, which included acting in the BBC's Northern Children's Hour and writing for police series Shadow Squad.
According to a 1958 receipt, he was paid £150 for the latter.
The exhibition also shows his past as a male model, appearing on the cover of a 1957 edition of Knitters Digest and on the packet for a pullover knitting pattern.
There are many mementos from the Corrie years too, including his MBE, various awards, his red This Is Your Life book and letters from former poet laureate John Betjeman describing it as his "favourite programme".
Betjeman and Laurence Olivier were such fans that they were chairman and president respectively of the British League for Hilda Ogden, established in 1979.
Tony Warren's Coronation Street runs at Salford Museum & Art Gallery until 3 July.
Notable Deaths: Liz Dawn (1939 – 2017), starred on British soap opera “Coronation Street”(9/27/17) (legacy.com) Liz Dawn, the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 30 years, has died, her family said Tuesday. She was 77.
Dawn's family said in a statement that the actress died "peacefully in her sleep" Monday night.
"Coronation Street" has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic story-lines and down-to-earth humor.
Born Sylvia Butterfield, Dawn was a nightclub singer before beginning an acting career with television commercials and guest appearances.
She appeared on the show from 1974 to 2008, as Vera, wife and verbal sparring partner to work-shy, pigeon-fancying Jack Duckworth. Their rocky but enduring relationship was at the show's emotional heart.
Dawn was diagnosed with emphysema in the early 2000s, and Vera was written out of the show in 2008, dying in her sleep. Bill Tarmey, who played Jack, died in 2012.
"Coronation Street" executive producer Kieran Roberts said "Dawn was a true 'Coronation Street' legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person."
"Coronation Street" has fans around the globe — including rapper Snoop Dogg, who recorded a message to mark its 50th anniversary in 2010.
Dawn is survived by her husband Don Ibbetson, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth actor Liz Dawn 'rushed to hospital' with serious lung condition(9/11/17) (independent.co.uk) Coronation Street veteran Liz Dawn has reportedly been rushed to hospital with a serious lung condition.
The 77-year-old, who is known for playing Vera Duckworth on the soap opera, reportedly felt ill suddenly on Thursday.
She was admitted to a hospital in Manchester with emphysema and chest pains.
The actor, who played her character for 34 years, was forced to quit the soap in 2008 due her health, and said she was "devastated" not to be able to attend the soap opera's 50th anniversary in 2010.
She was reportedly housebound for weeks before being admitted to hospital.
A source close to the family told The Sun: "She’s been in and out of hospital quite a few times in the last few years and normally the family are quite upbeat, but this time they seem more concerned.
"She’s not in a good way and her loved ones are obviously very worried."
Dawn was also unable to attend the wedding of her grandson, Thomas, who married the 27-year-old niece of Coronation Street’s Debbie Rush, in Italy in June as she recovered from surgery linked to a heart condition.
Bill Tarmey, who played Dawn’s on-screen husband Jack Duckworth, died in 2012 in Tenerife.
A year later, Dawn had a pacemaker fitted after a heart attack whilst on holiday in Spain.
She first appeared on the soap opera in 1974.
Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Clash in Tin Star — Get Trailer, Premiere Date(8/31/17) (Video) Tim Roth’s lawman locks horns with Christina Hendricks’ oil refinery bigwig in the trailer for Tin Star, which is set to premiere all 10 episodes on Amazon Friday, Sept. 29.
Created by BAFTA award-winner Rowan Joffé (28 Weeks Later) and set in the Canadian Rockies, Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth (Lie to Me’s Roth), a former British detective who brings his family to the tiny, tranquil town of Little Big Bear, where he is police chief, for a better life. When a vast oil refinery, fronted by corporate liaison Elizabeth Bradshaw (Mad Men‘s Hendricks), opens nearby and inundates their home with workers looking for drugs, gambling and prostitution, Jim must work hard to protect his family and town from organized crime.
The cast for Tin Star also includes Genevieve O’Reilly (The Honourable Woman), Abigail Lawrie (The Casual Vacancy), Oliver Coopersmith (Dickensian), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels), Stephen Walters (Outlander), Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street), Roark Critchlow (Pretty Little Liars), Sarah Podemski (Cashing In), Ryan Kennedy (Hellcats) and Kevin Hanchard (Orphan Black).
New photos reveal shocking state of abandoned Coronation Street(8/21/17) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) It looks more like something from a horror film than part of a beloved British soap opera. Until recently, however, this eerie abandoned lane was the set for Coronation Street.
Located in the backlot of Granada Studios, between Manchester's Liverpool Road and Quay Street, the set was opened by the Queen in 1982. It was used for filming until 2014, when the ITV show moved to a new production studio in Salford's MediaCity.
Now the Rovers Return pub stands vacant, a hollowed-out husk with missing windows, while the show's corner-shop The Kabin is completely overrun with weeds.
A series of photographs, taken by 23-year-old urban explorer Mark Andrew, reveal how the set has fallen into decline in just three years.
"It looks really old and there’s been a dramatic change," Andrews told the Manchester Evening News. "It looked a right state – dirty and run down. There are no cobbles there and I am not sure what is being done with it.”
There may be no future for the TV landmark, but MEN reports the former Granada House building adjacent to the set is due to become a 210-room hotel.
Coronation Street creator Tony Warren celebrated with Salford exhibition(8/17/17) (independent.ie) The life and work of Coronation Street creator Tony Warren will be celebrated in a new exhibition in Manchester from this autumn.
Warren, who died last year aged 79, devised the soap opera – based in fictional inner-city Salford town Weatherfield – at the age of just 24.
His early life and career will be remembered at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, near to where he grew up and where he came up with the idea for the world’s longest-running serial drama.
Visitors will be able to learn about Warren’s younger days, from his formative years in Pendlebury, Salford, to his work as a script writer and how he came to develop Coronation Street.
Original scripts from the show, which debuted in 1960, and other pieces of Warren’s written work are set to go on display.
“He brought the lives of ordinary Salford people to the television screen, which hit a note with the nation and continues today.”
Kieran Roberts, ITV’s executive producer of Coronation Street, said: “Coronation Street is the story of the everyday lives of ordinary folk living on a cobbled back-street somewhere in Manchester.
“The unique blend of heart-warming comedy and powerful drama has been at its heart since the very first episodes in 1960.
“Tony Warren was a wonderful and brilliant man who created not just the programme but an entire genre of British television. Tony left a huge legacy which is still growing and evolving.
“Coronation Street is the nation’s street and I hope that many people will enjoy this new exhibition that gives fascinating insights into the genesis of the programme and the genius of its creator.”
The exhibition, titled Four Miles From Manchester; Tony Warren’s Coronation Street, will run from Saturday October 21 2017 until Tuesday July 3 2018 at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
'Coronation Street' Episodes Now Available on BritBox a Day After U.K. Debut(5/12/17) BritBox, the subscription VOD service recently launched in North America by BBC Worldwide and ITV, is making each new episode of U.K. soap opera Coronation Street, known as the world's longest-running soap opera, available within 24 hours of its debut in Britain. Each will be available for 120 hours.
The ITV soap's latest episode is now available on the service, which costs $6.99 per month after an introductory free-trial period, under its "Now" category.
Coronation Street, which has followed the everyday lives of a tightly knit community for 57 years, is the U.K.'s highest-rated soap.
Soumya Sriraman, president of BritBox, said: "Coronation Street has been the most requested show for our service, and we know that subscribers and fans will jump for joy now that BritBox not only has the series, but will be running them stateside hours after viewers get to see them in the U.K."
BritBox, also backed by AMC Networks, which has a joint venture with BBC Worldwide for cable channel BBC America, wants to offer "the most comprehensive collection of British television, across all genres, available anywhere in the U.S."
It also features U.S. premieres of new dramas and a library of iconic series. Among the shows offered are New Blood from writer Anthony Horowitz, Tutankhamun from Guy Burt, the original version of The Office, Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson, Gavin & Stacey with James Corden, Miss Marple starring Joan Hickson, Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett, as well as soap operas EastEnders and Emmerdale.
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