Summer Wine

Summer Wine

The much-loved TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine may have been set in West Yorkshire, but most of its stars were born and bred in Manchester. No less than seven of the major characters, ranging from the redoubtable Nora Batty to war veteran Walter ‘Foggy’ Dewhurst,...
Bread

Bread

It’s amusing to reflect that one of Liverpool’s most famous TV comedies was based on a bit of cockney rhyming slang. The show was Bread – and it ran on BBC1 from 1986 to 1991 with an audience of 20 million viewers at its peak. The humour revolved around a Dingle...
Liverpool Entertainment

Liverpool Entertainment

When Beatlemania gripped the country in the early 1960s, it wasn’t just the Fab Four’s music that made a splash. Everything from wallpaper and waxworks to toys and tribute bands became part of the Merseyside phenomenon. Even hairsprays got the Beatles’ treatment,...
Rovers’ Misfortunes

Rovers’ Misfortunes

Coronation Street’s cornerstone pub, the Rovers Return, has had its fair share of misfortunes during six decades of the country’s longest-running soap. Vehicles have crashed into it, two fires have gutted it, two major characters have died in it and, just for good...
Police TV Dramas

Police TV Dramas

It’s no exaggeration to say that some of the nation’s most riveting crime dramas have come alive on the streets of Manchester. Cracker, Strangers, Prime Suspect and Blue Murder are just some of the powerful TV programmes shot in the city. More recently, we’ve seen...
Corrie Couples

Corrie Couples

It doesn’t seem 40 years since Hilda Ogden hilariously took up art to motivate her habitually lazy husband Stan. Of course it had no effect. Stan, exquisitely portrayed by actor Bernard Youens, was completely unmoved by Hilda’s efforts to improve the couple’s lot. But...