Jean Alexander

Jean Alexander

Commuters catching the train from Southport to Manchester in the 1980s probably paid little attention to the TV star in the same carriage. After all, they saw her every day. For the neatly dressed woman doing the crossword was none other than Liverpool actress Jean...
This week – Duran Duran play the Apollo…

This week – Duran Duran play the Apollo…

December 7, 1983: Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon belts out one of the group’s hits in front of a screaming audience at the Apollo, Manchester. Duran Duran were in the city as part of a global tour which included the band’s first major stadium dates in the USA. A...
Dame Beryl Bainbridge

Dame Beryl Bainbridge

It’s extraordinary to think that one of Britain’s greatest post-war writers was expelled from school for hiding a naughty rhyme in her gymslip pocket. But renowned Liverpool author Dame Beryl Bainbridge claims that’s precisely why she had to leave Merchant Taylor’s...
Corrie Women in Prison

Corrie Women in Prison

It’s probably little comfort to Sally Metcalfe, but she’s not the first woman to be wrongly imprisoned on Granada’s TV soap Coronation Street. Sally, played by Middleton actress Sally Dynevor, was jailed for 18 months for fraud last week after being framed by bogus...