Corrie Stage Stars

Corrie Stage Stars

There’s a well-trodden path from the cobblestones of Coronation Street to the boards of the serious stage. Stars who’ve made the transition include Pat Phoenix, who played the incomparable Elsie Tanner, and Roy Barraclough, who was irrepressible Rovers’ landlord Alec...
Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada TV shows like Coronation Street, University Challenge and the Comedians will forever hold a special place in the nation’s viewing memories. But how many will remember less familiar productions like The Man in Room 17, Nice Time or the 1970s pop sensation...
Underworld

Underworld

Fires, murders, take-overs, burglaries, kidnaps and car crashes – Coronation Street’s fictional factory Underworld has seen it all over the past 30 years! The lingerie-making business at 14 Coronation Street has been a hot-bed of human passions since Mike Baldwin...
Hall of Fame – Joanne Whalley

Hall of Fame – Joanne Whalley

The career of film and TV actress Joanne Whalley could have taken a very different turn if she’d stuck to her musical roots. For the star of Scandal, the Singing Detective and the Borgias was the once the lead singer of an all-girl group called Cindy and the Saffrons....
Do You Remember – Kathy Staff?

Do You Remember – Kathy Staff?

Dukinfield actress Kathy Staff is most fondly remembered for her brilliant portrayal of Nora Batty in the BBC TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. She played the redoubtable café owner in her ever-present pinny and hair-curlers from the first episode in 1973 until 2008....
Hall of Fame – Robert Powell

Hall of Fame – Robert Powell

No-one could ever accuse Salford film and TV star Robert Powell of being type-cast in his long and varied acting career. His roles have ranged all the way from Jesus of Nazareth to hapless cop David Briggs in Jasper Carrott’s comedy sitcom The Detectives. He played...
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