Coronation Street

24 May 19
My Blog

Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines — Carabaos kneel in Pulilan, Bulacan every May of each year in celebrating Thanksgiving for San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint for bountiful harvests. The Thanksgiving festival is highlighted by kneeling of carabaos in front of the church and the symbolic floats. Every year, a sea of frolicking humanity comes in droves […]

24 May 19
Metro
[metro-video id=”1931782″ video=”https://videos.metro.co.uk/video/met/2019/05/24/1906301468268577698/1024x576_MP4_1906301468268577698.mp4” image=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/05/24/09/13900928-0-image-m-15_1558687163842.jpg” expires=”07-06-2019″] Coronation Street bosses have found themselves in the spotlight recently, with a string of cast members leaving the show. However, Helen Worth has shut down claims there is a crisis backstage – following reports actors are unhappy with ‘gruelling hours and a toxic atmosphere’. During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, the Gail Rodwell star praised the ITV soap as a ‘fantastic place to work’. So that’s that then. ‘It’s fantastic, it’s a fabulous place to work,’ the 68-year-old told Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway. ‘I work with an amazing family, and have been working with them for a long time. ‘Everyone who joins us seems to join in with us.’ The soap veteran did admit it is ‘hard work’ behind the scenes, but insists she has loved every second of her 45 years on the show. Helen Worth hit out at Coronation Street claims (Picture: ITV) ‘Yes it’s hard work, there are six episodes a week, but the camaraderie is fantastic and we’re all in it together,’ she added. ‘I wouldn’t have changed any of it, really.’ Helen’s words come after a host of stars revealed they would be leaving the cobbles over the last year. Lucy Fallon, Faye Brookes, Bhavna Limbachia, Kym Marsh and Katie McGlynn are just some of the names who have announced their departures from Weatherfield. Lucy Fallon recently announced her Coronation Street exit (Picture: ITV) While Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster) confirmed she would be taking a leave of absence. The exodus has sparked speculation over what is happening backstage. But Lucy – who plays Bethany Platt – commented on her exit, explaining her decision was made a while ago. [metro-zone-post-strip] She wrote at the time: ‘Just to clarify, my decision to leave was made in August last year and has nothing to do with ANYONE at Coronation Street.’ While it has been reported Faye (Kate Connor) is taking time out to explore new opportunities and spend more time with fiancé Gareth Gates. Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV. [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/24/game-thrones-star-charles-dance-sums-everything-wrong-finale-tears-last-episode-apart-9674332/” title=”Game of Thrones star Charles Dance sums up everything wrong with finale as he tears last episode apart”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/24/paris-hilton-says-really-nice-spending-time-old-friend-kim-kardashian-9673315/” title=”Paris Hilton says it’s ‘really nice’ spending time with her old friend Kim Kardashian”]
24 May 19
The Scottish Sun
FORMER Manchester United and Chelsea winger Mickey Thomas has revealed he is cancer free. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer this year but had surgery to remove the tumour. Mickey Thomas was a cult hero at United and for Wales Ex-Wales ace Thomas, 64, tweeted: “After a massive operation I have just found out  I am cancer free. “I still have a nine-week chemo course as an insurance policy and a long road to recovery. “Thank you for all the support and especially to the  people who saved my life.” Thomas won 51 caps for Wales and famously scored the equaliser for Wrexham in their FA Cup third-round giantkilling over Arsenal in 1992. He shot to fame for his antics off the pitch and was dubbed the Welsh George Best. Thomas featured in the Wrexham side that reached the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final in 1976 before he joined United in 1978. [article-rail-section title=”Most read in football” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] The popular ace made 110 appearances for the Red Devils over three years. In February, Phil Jones – who recently signed a new contract with United – joined Coronation Street stars in fundraising for the cult hero’s treatment. A GoFundMe page called ‘Help Mickey T fight cancer’ was set up to support Thomas. Mickey Thomas thanks fans for their support
24 May 19
The Sun
FORMER Manchester United and Chelsea winger Mickey Thomas has revealed he is cancer free. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer this year but had surgery to remove the tumour. Mickey Thomas was a cult hero at United and for Wales Ex-Wales ace Thomas, 64, tweeted: “After a massive operation I have just found out  I am cancer free. “I still have a nine-week chemo course as an insurance policy and a long road to recovery. “Thank you for all the support and especially to the  people who saved my life.” Thomas won 51 caps for Wales and famously scored the equaliser for Wrexham in their FA Cup third-round giantkilling over Arsenal in 1992. He shot to fame for his antics off the pitch and was dubbed the Welsh George Best. Thomas featured in the Wrexham side that reached the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final in 1976 before he joined United in 1978. [article-rail-section title=”Most read in football” posts_category=”339″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] The popular ace made 110 appearances for the Red Devils over three years. In February, Phil Jones – who recently signed a new contract with United – joined Coronation Street stars in fundraising for the cult hero’s treatment. A GoFundMe page called ‘Help Mickey T fight cancer’ was set up to support Thomas. Mickey Thomas thanks fans for their support
24 May 19
The Irish Sun
FORMER Manchester United and Chelsea winger Mickey Thomas has revealed he is cancer free. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer this year but had surgery to remove the tumour. Mickey Thomas was a cult hero at United and for Wales Ex-Wales ace Thomas, 64, tweeted: “After a massive operation I have just found out  I am cancer free. “I still have a nine-week chemo course as an insurance policy and a long road to recovery. “Thank you for all the support and especially to the  people who saved my life.” Thomas won 51 caps for Wales and famously scored the equaliser for Wrexham in their FA Cup third-round giantkilling over Arsenal in 1992. He shot to fame for his antics off the pitch and was dubbed the Welsh George Best. Thomas featured in the Wrexham side that reached the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final in 1976 before he joined United in 1978. [article-rail-section title=”Most read in football” posts_category=”10″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] The popular ace made 110 appearances for the Red Devils over three years. In February, Phil Jones – who recently signed a new contract with United – joined Coronation Street stars in fundraising for the cult hero’s treatment. A GoFundMe page called ‘Help Mickey T fight cancer’ was set up to support Thomas. Mickey Thomas thanks fans for their support
24 May 19
University of Southampton Special Collections

To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth on 24 May, we look at some of the Special Collections that we hold relating to the monarch known as the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India. The most notable material is a cache of several hundred letters […]

24 May 19
Metro
(Picture: BBC/ITV/Lime Pictures) Accusations are flying left, right and centre in soapland as Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) finds himself in hot water when Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) goes missing in EastEnders while in a bumper week of Coronation Street, the net closes in on Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) and the truth about the money is revealed. As is the truth about the killer of Rana. Over in Emmerdale, Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) is playing a dangerous game by lying to Kim Tate (Claire King) to help Megan acey (Gaynor Faye) while in Hollyoaks: In other news, there’s baby news and two enemies come together for a common cause in the Dales, EastEnders sees a surprise new venture while one father has to impart difficult news, Weatherfield sees Carla Connor (Alison King) hit rock bottom and in Hollyoaks EastEnders (Picture: BBC) 1. After facing further rejection from Kush after trying to lure him into a seduction, a broken Bex flees Walford and wanders the streets paranoid and distressed dueto taking the pills. As a stranger then approaches, she runs away… 2. In the wake of the death of Dinah, Karen and Keegan try to take Bailey’s mind off of things but Mitch knows he has to do the right thing and he explains to his daughter that her mum took her own life. (Picture: BBC) 3. After selling her expensive necklace, Kathy buys the Albert, surprising Kim. As Kathy presses Ben for details on his love life, she later announces her plans to open a gay bar. 4. As Martin and Sonia panic over missing Bex, Stuart finds himself in the frame as Max accuses him on the basis of the photo Rainie took. Rainie guiltily tells Stuart and he becomes more determined to find Bex – and clear his name. 5. Ruby becomes jealous when she sees Jay and Lola talking together and looking close but when Jay later assures her of his dedication to her, her mind is put to rest. (Picture: BBC) 6. After a violent altercation between the kids, Phil winds Dennis up about being hit by a girl while there are repercussions when Riley and Chatham are water ballooned. Later though, Mick and Linda discover that Ollie is the one who has been lashing out… 7. Louise confides in a shocked Sharon that she is actually still pregnant but what will she advise? Coronation Street (Picture: ITV) 8. As Carla reaches rock bottom and spirals out of control, a special episode focuses on her mental health and her deterioration and Peter does his best to pull her back from the brink but is it oo late? 9. After Gary gets his passport back, he plans to make his escape but Rick is too quick for him and takes him hostage. As Rick makes it clear that he is about to kill Gary, is this the end? 10. The net closes in on Nick when Natalie turns up with bad news and it leads David to confide the awful truth in Audrey that Nick stole her money, leaving her feeling utterly betrayed. 11. Sally, Jenny, Sinead and Yasmeen take ownership of a beautiful racehorse but realise they have been duped when it is replaced with an old nag which is soon causing trouble. (Picture: ITV) 12. On a holiday lodge getaway, Gail is starstruck to find that Lorraine Kelly is staying at the same place and she, Sarah and Bethany chase her on a pedalo but disaster strikes. 13.  Shona finds David in close conversation with Natalie and angrily declares that their engagement is at an end. 14. The culprit of the roof collapse – and Rana’s killer – is finally unmasked. Emmerdale (Picture: ITV) 15. Chas and Paddy head for the scan of their baby and are worried about what bad health news they might hear but they get the good news that everything is fine and decide to keep the sex of the baby a secret from everyone – except Grace. 16. Somewhat hypocritically, Kim publicly shames Megan in the pub and urges her to accept responsibility for her crime and Megan is devastated to find so much hate coming her way. 17. When Dawn goes missing, Harriet is beside herself and Will turns up, seemingly equally worried for her. Against her better judgement, Harriet decides she needs to join forces with Will to find Dawn. (Picture: ITV) 18. Kim coazes Rhona into offering Jamie an extra incentive at the vets to stick around in the village and then tries to entice her son to move into Home Farm with her. 19. Graham is guilty over Kim’s behaviour towards Megan and secretly pays her legal fees, without telling Kim. But when Frank appears to find out, will Megan lie to cover up where the money came from? 20. Jai heads out on a date but will it all go to plan? Hollyoaks (Picture: Lime Pictures) 21. Leah is distressed by Ste’s increasingly angry and abusive behaviour and when he lashes out at Sally’s assembly in school, she is mortified. Meanwhile, Tony realises that Ste is being groomed by a far right gang and panics. 22. Jack is furious with Nany for supporting Laurie and going for a drink with him but later, it transpires that she and Sienna are working together, determined to get a confession out of him and bring him down for good. 23. Mercedes returns and Liam tries to tempt her with drugs but she tries to focus her attention elsewhere. Later, Liam makes it clear that he plans to frame Harry for the recent car crash. (Picture: Lime Pictures) 24. Cleo absent mindedly suggests that Joel joins her and Mitchell at the cinema but then worries about how awkward it will be. Before long though, Mitchell is taking romantic advice from Joel! 25.Grace breaks down as she emerges from hospital but Farrah’s family encourage her to take her dream job. Our weekly soaps teasers for even further ahead can now be found exclusively in our free soaps newsletter. Sign up in the box below for that and more exclusive soaps content to your inbox!
24 May 19
History... the interesting bits!

Today it is a pleasure to welcome author Toni Mount to History … the Interesting Bits with a fascinating guest article based on her new novel The Colour of Lies. Silk-women, femmes soles and Ellen Langwith In my latest Seb Foxley medieval murder mystery, The Colour of Lies, set in London in the 1470s, the […]

24 May 19
Metro
(Picture: ITV) The truth will always, always out and despite Nick Tilsley’s (Ben Price) best efforts, his secret is about to become hot topic of conversation for the Platts and Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls). The family and their other halves all head off on a little getaway, but both Nick and David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) are shocked when Natalie shows up with some worrying news. Shona Ramsey (Julia Goulding) is pretty put out when she spots David in close conversation with Natalie, and she sees red – telling David the engagement is off. Meanwhile, supersleuth Gail (Helen Worth) – who was the one to sort of foil Lewis Archer’s scheme – has clocked that Natalie’s tattoo looks familiar. She Googles her and zooms in on her online profile photo – and memory-like-an-elephant Gail recognises it as the girl from the CCTV footage stealing Audrey’s money! She calls the police – and Nick and David are left pretty damn worried. David finds Audrey sitting by the lake and plucks up the courage to tell her the truth. Nick realises what he’s doing and hurries over just as David drops on her that Nick stole the money, but he helped him spend it. Audrey is left absolutely floored. The family return to Weatherfield where Nick tells Leanne David forced him to steal the money. Nick then offers David a deal – take the rap for the £80k and Nick will hand over his half of the Barber’s. Will David be tempted to say yes? [metro-zone-post-strip]
24 May 19
News Archives Uk

Panels will probably face each other as the biggest issues of the week are debated (Image: GETTY / BBC) The panels will probably face each other when the biggest problems of the week are debated. The topics discussed will likely include Thursday's vote in the European elections. Other topics that will certainly be discussed include […]

24 May 19
Going in Circles

South-East Asia part  4: Mae Sot, TL – Chiang Mai, TL Entering Thailand was a huge culture shock. At first, it felt like we had just entered the U.S. We were back on the left side of the road which had gone from a pot-holey 1 lane in Myanmar to a 6 lane immaculately asphalted […]

24 May 19

British actor Andrew Hall has died at the age of 65.  He died on Monday after a short illness.  He is best known to North American audiences for his role as  Russell Parkinson in Butterflies which he played between 1978-1983. A tweet from his management group InterTalent Rights said: “It is with deep sadness that […]

23 May 19
The Sun
AFTER Twist and Pulse and Ashley and Pudsey, Britain’s Got Talent is set for its greatest double-act yet. Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan have been lined up to perform at the live semi-finals. An insider said: ‘It will be the first time Sheridan has performed songs from the musical publicly, so  it’s a coup for ITV’ They will sing a medley of hits from musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in which the pair are starring when it returns to London’s West End this summer. An insider said: “It will be the first time Sheridan has performed songs from the musical publicly, so  it’s a coup for ITV. Bosses expect decent ratings.” The talent show’s live semi-finals begin on Monday and run through to next Friday, with ten acts making it through to the final next Sunday. It is yet to be confirmed which night Jason and Sheridan will perform. Sheridan’s role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was announced in March. Jason is returning to Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat inLondon’s West End this summer Talking about the stage show, she said: “I wore a purple T-shirt in the Joseph choir at primary school . . . and with my senior school, I went to the London Palladium and watched it. Amazing memories.” Joseph starts an 11-week run at the Palladium on June 27. BGT is the ideal curtain-raiser. Jason first played Joseph back in the 90s – but this time he’ll take the role of the  Pharaoh in the 2019 show [bc_video video_id=”5832794424001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=” Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reunite at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park for their first duet in six years”] READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV COLUMN A grape job for Amanda No, it’s not Ant and Dec looking on, but Amanda Holden in the very funny new series of ITV2’s Ancient Roman sitcom Plebs NO, this isn’t the new Britain’s Got Talent panel… much as Amanda Holden might like to be fed grapes on live telly by Simon Cowell. This is the first proper look at Amanda in the very funny new series of ITV2’s Ancient Roman sitcom Plebs. Amanda – wearing just the type of outfit she sports normally on primetime – plays Rufina, a lusty aristocrat who sets her sights on Jason (Jonathan Pointing) at a banquet he gatecrashes. Joining Amanda in the new series is Blackadder legend Tony Robinson, who plays an archaeologist in a nod to his days presenting Time Team. Also appearing in Plebs’ fifth series will be Silent Witness star Emilia Fox, who crops up as a detective, and Cold Feet’s John Thomson. I doubt John will be playing a cabbie somehow. Must Watch WHAT? The Graham Norton Show, BBC1, 10.35pm. WHY? X-Men special with the stars of Dark Phoenix – Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and James McAvoy. [boxout headline=”NUCLEAR WINNER” featured-image=”9142026″ intro=”WHEN I first heard about Sky Atlantic’s new series Chernobyl, I thought it looked good but worried it might be another programme retelling an old story. I couldn’t have been more wrong.”]I am three episodes into the drama and it is one of the best things I’ve watched in years. And it seems the public agree. Yesterday it became the top-rated show on IMDB in telly history. It is currently rated 9.6 out of ten, with 32,000 punters agreeing just how good it is. That beats critical darlings such as Breaking Bad, The Wire and The Sopranos. The five-parter – which boasts Emily Watson, Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard among the stellar cast – tells the story of the 1986 blast at the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The hospital scenes will stay with you for ever. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. [/boxout] Biz Bit FILMING has started on a third series of BBC1’s The A Word. The drama will pick up two years on from the end of series two, with Christopher Eccleston set to return as Maurice Scott, the grandfather of a lad with autism. Rachel’s My Famous Babysitter Will kids prove a conundrum for Rachel Riley? AS Countdown’s human calculator, Rachel Riley is always solving bewildering maths problems on TV. Now she faces a rather different challenge – dealing with other people’s children as a celebrity childminder in new reality show My Famous Babysitter, on the W channel. Each week in the four-part series, a different celebrity is tasked with looking after another family’s children for seven long days. Rachel is dating her former Strictly pro dance partner Pasha Kovalev but has no kids of her own. She might find this harder than any Conundrum. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV” posts_category=”351″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Biz Bit THE first series has only just started but BBC bosses have already ordered a second helping of period drama Gentleman Jack. It stars Suranne Jones as a lesbian landowner who defies the conventions of Victorian England. [boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”9142077″]LEYLA decides to confront David in Emmerdale, while things are strained between  Rhona and Pete. In Coronation Street, Leanne and Toyah search Rick’s office for clues and have a dangerous encounter. Natalie decides to make David and Nick sweat – and ends up causing a rift between Shona and David. Elsewhere, Eileen, Liz and Tracy stage a takeover bid. In EastEnders, Mel struggles to cover her tracks after Max catches her looking at Jack’s laptop. Kat is touched when Kush tells her he wants them to go public about their romance while Mitch opens up to Mick. And in Home And Away, Bella takes drastic measures to retain Raffy’s friendship after being caught in a lie. [/boxout] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
23 May 19
The Irish Sun
AFTER Twist and Pulse and Ashley and Pudsey, Britain’s Got Talent is set for its greatest double-act yet. Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan have been lined up to perform at the live semi-finals. An insider said: ‘It will be the first time Sheridan has performed songs from the musical publicly, so  it’s a coup for ITV’ They will sing a medley of hits from musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in which the pair are starring when it returns to London’s West End this summer. An insider said: “It will be the first time Sheridan has performed songs from the musical publicly, so  it’s a coup for ITV. Bosses expect decent ratings.” The talent show’s live semi-finals begin on Monday and run through to next Friday, with ten acts making it through to the final next Sunday. It is yet to be confirmed which night Jason and Sheridan will perform. Sheridan’s role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was announced in March. Jason is returning to Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat inLondon’s West End this summer Talking about the stage show, she said: “I wore a purple T-shirt in the Joseph choir at primary school . . . and with my senior school, I went to the London Palladium and watched it. Amazing memories.” Joseph starts an 11-week run at the Palladium on June 27. BGT is the ideal curtain-raiser. Jason first played Joseph back in the 90s – but this time he’ll take the role of the  Pharaoh in the 2019 show [bc_video video_id=”5832794424001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=” Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reunite at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park for their first duet in six years”] READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV COLUMN A grape job for Amanda No, it’s not Ant and Dec looking on, but Amanda Holden in the very funny new series of ITV2’s Ancient Roman sitcom Plebs NO, this isn’t the new Britain’s Got Talent panel… much as Amanda Holden might like to be fed grapes on live telly by Simon Cowell. This is the first proper look at Amanda in the very funny new series of ITV2’s Ancient Roman sitcom Plebs. Amanda – wearing just the type of outfit she sports normally on primetime – plays Rufina, a lusty aristocrat who sets her sights on Jason (Jonathan Pointing) at a banquet he gatecrashes. Joining Amanda in the new series is Blackadder legend Tony Robinson, who plays an archaeologist in a nod to his days presenting Time Team. Also appearing in Plebs’ fifth series will be Silent Witness star Emilia Fox, who crops up as a detective, and Cold Feet’s John Thomson. I doubt John will be playing a cabbie somehow. Must Watch WHAT? The Graham Norton Show, BBC1, 10.35pm. WHY? X-Men special with the stars of Dark Phoenix – Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and James McAvoy. [boxout headline=”NUCLEAR WINNER” featured-image=”4132517″ intro=”WHEN I first heard about Sky Atlantic’s new series Chernobyl, I thought it looked good but worried it might be another programme retelling an old story. I couldn’t have been more wrong.”]I am three episodes into the drama and it is one of the best things I’ve watched in years. And it seems the public agree. Yesterday it became the top-rated show on IMDB in telly history. It is currently rated 9.6 out of ten, with 32,000 punters agreeing just how good it is. That beats critical darlings such as Breaking Bad, The Wire and The Sopranos. The five-parter – which boasts Emily Watson, Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard among the stellar cast – tells the story of the 1986 blast at the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The hospital scenes will stay with you for ever. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. [/boxout] Biz Bit FILMING has started on a third series of BBC1’s The A Word. The drama will pick up two years on from the end of series two, with Christopher Eccleston set to return as Maurice Scott, the grandfather of a lad with autism. Rachel’s My Famous Babysitter Will kids prove a conundrum for Rachel Riley? AS Countdown’s human calculator, Rachel Riley is always solving bewildering maths problems on TV. Now she faces a rather different challenge – dealing with other people’s children as a celebrity childminder in new reality show My Famous Babysitter, on the W channel. Each week in the four-part series, a different celebrity is tasked with looking after another family’s children for seven long days. Rachel is dating her former Strictly pro dance partner Pasha Kovalev but has no kids of her own. She might find this harder than any Conundrum. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV” posts_category=”19″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Biz Bit THE first series has only just started but BBC bosses have already ordered a second helping of period drama Gentleman Jack. It stars Suranne Jones as a lesbian landowner who defies the conventions of Victorian England. [boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”4132518″]LEYLA decides to confront David in Emmerdale, while things are strained between  Rhona and Pete. In Coronation Street, Leanne and Toyah search Rick’s office for clues and have a dangerous encounter. Natalie decides to make David and Nick sweat – and ends up causing a rift between Shona and David. Elsewhere, Eileen, Liz and Tracy stage a takeover bid. In EastEnders, Mel struggles to cover her tracks after Max catches her looking at Jack’s laptop. Kat is touched when Kush tells her he wants them to go public about their romance while Mitch opens up to Mick. And in Home And Away, Bella takes drastic measures to retain Raffy’s friendship after being caught in a lie. [/boxout] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
23 May 19
The Scottish Sun
AFTER Twist and Pulse and Ashley and Pudsey, Britain’s Got Talent is set for its greatest double-act yet. Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan have been lined up to perform at the live semi-finals. An insider said: ‘It will be the first time Sheridan has performed songs from the musical publicly, so  it’s a coup for ITV’ They will sing a medley of hits from musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in which the pair are starring when it returns to London’s West End this summer. An insider said: “It will be the first time Sheridan has performed songs from the musical publicly, so  it’s a coup for ITV. Bosses expect decent ratings.” The talent show’s live semi-finals begin on Monday and run through to next Friday, with ten acts making it through to the final next Sunday. It is yet to be confirmed which night Jason and Sheridan will perform. Sheridan’s role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was announced in March. Jason is returning to Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat inLondon’s West End this summer Talking about the stage show, she said: “I wore a purple T-shirt in the Joseph choir at primary school . . . and with my senior school, I went to the London Palladium and watched it. Amazing memories.” Joseph starts an 11-week run at the Palladium on June 27. BGT is the ideal curtain-raiser. Jason first played Joseph back in the 90s – but this time he’ll take the role of the  Pharaoh in the 2019 show [bc_video video_id=”5832794424001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=” Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reunite at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park for their first duet in six years”] READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV COLUMN A grape job for Amanda No, it’s not Ant and Dec looking on, but Amanda Holden in the very funny new series of ITV2’s Ancient Roman sitcom Plebs NO, this isn’t the new Britain’s Got Talent panel… much as Amanda Holden might like to be fed grapes on live telly by Simon Cowell. This is the first proper look at Amanda in the very funny new series of ITV2’s Ancient Roman sitcom Plebs. Amanda – wearing just the type of outfit she sports normally on primetime – plays Rufina, a lusty aristocrat who sets her sights on Jason (Jonathan Pointing) at a banquet he gatecrashes. Joining Amanda in the new series is Blackadder legend Tony Robinson, who plays an archaeologist in a nod to his days presenting Time Team. Also appearing in Plebs’ fifth series will be Silent Witness star Emilia Fox, who crops up as a detective, and Cold Feet’s John Thomson. I doubt John will be playing a cabbie somehow. Must Watch WHAT? The Graham Norton Show, BBC1, 10.35pm. WHY? X-Men special with the stars of Dark Phoenix – Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and James McAvoy. [boxout headline=”NUCLEAR WINNER” featured-image=”4280256″ intro=”WHEN I first heard about Sky Atlantic’s new series Chernobyl, I thought it looked good but worried it might be another programme retelling an old story. I couldn’t have been more wrong.”]I am three episodes into the drama and it is one of the best things I’ve watched in years. And it seems the public agree. Yesterday it became the top-rated show on IMDB in telly history. It is currently rated 9.6 out of ten, with 32,000 punters agreeing just how good it is. That beats critical darlings such as Breaking Bad, The Wire and The Sopranos. The five-parter – which boasts Emily Watson, Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard among the stellar cast – tells the story of the 1986 blast at the Chernobyl power plant in northern Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The hospital scenes will stay with you for ever. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. [/boxout] Biz Bit FILMING has started on a third series of BBC1’s The A Word. The drama will pick up two years on from the end of series two, with Christopher Eccleston set to return as Maurice Scott, the grandfather of a lad with autism. Rachel’s My Famous Babysitter Will kids prove a conundrum for Rachel Riley? AS Countdown’s human calculator, Rachel Riley is always solving bewildering maths problems on TV. Now she faces a rather different challenge – dealing with other people’s children as a celebrity childminder in new reality show My Famous Babysitter, on the W channel. Each week in the four-part series, a different celebrity is tasked with looking after another family’s children for seven long days. Rachel is dating her former Strictly pro dance partner Pasha Kovalev but has no kids of her own. She might find this harder than any Conundrum. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV” posts_category=”7″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”recent” /] Biz Bit THE first series has only just started but BBC bosses have already ordered a second helping of period drama Gentleman Jack. It stars Suranne Jones as a lesbian landowner who defies the conventions of Victorian England. [boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”4280257″]LEYLA decides to confront David in Emmerdale, while things are strained between  Rhona and Pete. In Coronation Street, Leanne and Toyah search Rick’s office for clues and have a dangerous encounter. Natalie decides to make David and Nick sweat – and ends up causing a rift between Shona and David. Elsewhere, Eileen, Liz and Tracy stage a takeover bid. In EastEnders, Mel struggles to cover her tracks after Max catches her looking at Jack’s laptop. Kat is touched when Kush tells her he wants them to go public about their romance while Mitch opens up to Mick. And in Home And Away, Bella takes drastic measures to retain Raffy’s friendship after being caught in a lie. [/boxout] GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk