16 Jan 19
The Irish Sun
CASUALTY’S long- serving nurse Duffy faces devastating news this Saturday when tests confirm she has early-onset dementia.
In one of the BBC1 drama’s most heart- breaking storylines, the veteran medic, played by Cathy Shipton, is given the news but is told she can carry on working because her disease is in the early stages.
Long-serving nurse Duffy faces devastating news this Saturday when tests confirm she has early-onset dementia
Duffy has appeared in the show on and off for 33 years and is currently going through relationship woes with nurse Charlie Fairhead, played by Derek Thompson.
Producer Simon Harper spoke of Casualty’s record of covering big health, social and emotional issues and added: “We are mindful of telling them authentically and sensitively, which is why we are always so grateful to fantastic charities like Dementia UK, who give us invaluable advice.
“Depicting this cruel disease will help raise awareness, and Cathy is knocking it out of the park with her heartbreaking performance.”
This is soaps doing what they do best.
Duffy has appeared in the show on and off for 33 years and is currently going through relationship woes with nurse Charlie Fairhead, played by Derek Thompson
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Danny’s whistle and lute
Danny tried on a full suit of armour as he researched his past for new BBC1 history show Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family
IT’S our old armour plate – sorry, china plate – Danny Dyer, looking more like Metal Mickey than his usual landlord Mick in EastEnders.
The Cockney actor tried on a full suit of armour as he researched his past for new BBC1 history show Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family.
Danny playing the lute in Tudor outfit
The two-part series, starting on Wednesday, sees Danny research his surprisingly aristocratic ancestors.
It follows his 2016 discovery on ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are? that he is descended from Edward III.
Sounds a right old giraffe.
Soap star Danny with ancient music expert Tamsin Lewis
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WHAT? Death In Paradise, BBC1, 9pm.
WHY? DI Jack Mooney is called in to investigate the death of a zoo owner who is killed by a tranquiliser dart – with the finger of suspicion pointing at one of his colleagues.
[boxout headline=”F - ING HARD FOR PARAS” featured-image=”3639351″ intro=”THE phrase “swearing like a trooper” is taken to a different level on ITV’s three-part documentary series The Paras: Men Of War.”]A whopping 77 F-words are barked throughout tonight’s hour-long episode.
It comes after the Sun On Sunday revealed 44 f***s had to be taken out of one show following the gruelling 28-week training process to become a paratrooper.
At one point corporal Ronnie Harris berates recruits taking part in a log race, shouting: “Get your f***ing hand in it now. Now stop f***ing jerking. Stand up. Stand the f*** up, take the weight. Take the f***ing weight. Shut the f**k up.”
Viewers will see one recruit collapse while running and the youngest in the platoon laughed at and told to “f*** off” as he tells his seniors he can’t meet the demands.
This isn’t one for the faint-hearted.
NTAs sign up DeVito
Danny DeVito is flying over the Pond to present one of the drama awards at the NTAs ceremony
THE organisers of the National Television Awards will be rubbing their hands with glee after bagging Hollywood royalty to hand out a gong.
Danny DeVito is flying over the Pond to present one of the drama awards at the ceremony, which will air on ITV on Tuesday. The Most Popular Drama category sees Call The Midwife, Casualty, Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who and Our Girl battle it out.
Westlife will return for their first live TV performance in eight years
Meanwhile, boy band Westlife will be doing their first live TV performance in eight years as they take to the stage with new single Hello My Love. A backstage source said: “Bagging Danny is a real coup for the show.
“He’s a massive fan of the UK and loves a lot of the dramas in the awards category. He’s excited about being the guest of honour on the night.”
Hopefully, he’ll be up for a selfie or 20.
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THE Voice sees some familiar faces audition in boyband NxtGen on Saturday. The trio – Cian, Sonny and Joel – were previously in X Factor band Yes Lad. Sonny said: “The Voice is better for us than X Factor. We’re older and ready for it.”
[boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”3639352″]A worried Linda grows increasingly concerned about Mick’s moody behaviour in EASTENDERS.
And after some probing she gets him to open up about his time in prison.
Later on, she gives him permission to coach the football team with Mitch.
Over on NEIGHBOURS, Paul is shocked when Leo tells him that Mannix was Delaney’s mystery contact – and that he is still alive.
Delaney admits she lied about the supposed death – the corpse was actually a former colleague of her dad’s.
Meanwhile, on EMMERDALE, Eric confronts Bob over his unpaid B&B bill.[/boxout]
THE Greatest Dancer will show same-sex dancing on Saturday in a bid to test the waters for Strictly Come Dancing. A lesbian couple dance the jive to a standing ovation, which gets Cheryl Tweedy and Oti Mabuse up on stage to join in.
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