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...
Z Cars

Z Cars

Believe it or not, popular Merseyside TV series Z Cars started life on a scriptwriter’s sickbed. Creator Troy Kennedy Martin was so bored when he was laid up with mumps that he tuned into police messages on his radio to pass the time. It gave him the idea for the...
Hall Of Fame – Violet Carson

Hall Of Fame – Violet Carson

There can be few more familiar sights on TV soaps than Coronation Street’s Ena Sharples sipping milk stout with Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst. The fearsome yet matronly Ena, played by Ancoats-born actress Violet Carson, ruled the Rovers snug for two decades...
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