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...
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...
Corrie’s New Faces 1968

Corrie’s New Faces 1968

Weddings on Coronation Street are always a hit-and-miss affair – witness Steve and Tracey’s recent nuptials – but one of the happiest took place in May 1968. Newlyweds Jenny Sutton, played by Mitzi Rogers, and Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) danced down the cobbles to a...
Manchester Sitcoms

Manchester Sitcoms

Nearest and Dearest, The Lovers, The Dustbinmen and The Cuckoo Waltz – many of the nation’s best-loved sitcoms sprang to life in the Manchester studios of Granada TV. A gifted group of writers, including Manchester’s Jack Rosenthal, produced some of comedy’s most...
Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Doctor Who, the nation’s favourite TV science fiction series, enjoys a powerful connection with Liverpool and the North West. Four actors from the region have played the Doctor since the programme’s launch in 1963 – and three more have appeared as his time-travelling...
Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Doctor Who, the nation’s favourite TV science fiction series, enjoys a powerful connection with the North West. Four actors from the region have played the Doctor since the programme’s launch in 1963 – and three more have appeared as his time-travelling companions....