Plus, Ken Barlow’s former mistress Wendy Crozier headed back to the Street, and Chelsea Halfpenny on Amy’s fight scenes
We’ll start today’s look at soapy news with former EastEnders star Barbara Windsor, who reckons that if she ever went back to the soap – which she hasn’t ruled out – she’d expect the younger members of the cast to behave better than they apparently do now!
Branding the soap’s younger cast members as “undisciplined” and “mobile phone obsessed” Barbara told the Daily Mirror that the show’s bosses should discipline cast members who are late or distracted on set.
While discussing her return to the show in 2005, Barbara said, “Everybody was late or everybody was talking on their mobiles.
“I don’t like that but the governors are not so strict now. It’s a generational thing. It was difficult.
“It was not their fault as it starts at the top. If they are not taught it then it is not there.
“A lot of the young stars have not had to work their way up.
“If you are on EastEnders, you can go into Tesco and everybody knows you. I used to tell them off.”
Barbara also revealed that while she was still on the show, she fell out with Jessie Wallace, who of course plays Kat Moon, for her accusing her poor timekeeping…
While appearing on the Rob Brydon Show, Barbara said, “It’s common knowledge I fell out with Jessie because she was late sometimes.
“I am sure she has changed now. The business has changed though.
“June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton, says I should provide a masterclass to those starting out.
“Punctuality is important to me. You have to be early and dressed. There were no jeans in my day.
“When I started off, if you were late you got a ticking off. Then you got a fine and then you were out.”
And finally, when asked if she’d ever go back to EastEnders, Barbara said, “Never say never.”
He’ll reportedly meet up with Wendy again when they’re both up for the same role as a new governor at Bessie Street School.
The Sun adds, “After an initial shock, the pair hit it off again but he keeps her presence a secret from wife Deirdre.”
Wendy had an affair with Ken in 1989, which subsequently led to him divorcing Deirdre, although he later regretted leaving his family and he split with Wendy, who then left the area.
The show’s producer, Phil Collinson, said, “Ken’s affair with Wendy was one of Coronation Street’s defining stories during the Eighties.
“Viewers were on the edge of their seats as they watched the disintegration of the Barlows’ marriage and now, more than 20 years later, I hope they will be again.
He added that Ken’s reunion with Wendy “will be one of many must-see storylines this summer.”
Finally, it’s over to Emmerdale, where Chelsea Halfpenny has revealed that she loves acting out fight scenes in her role as Amy Wyatt.
And we’re about to see her do just that when Amy’s estranged mum Kerry turns up in the village, having bumped into Amy – though at first, she has no idea who she was – in a club where she ends up slapping her daughter round the face for flirting with her boyfriend.
Speaking to What’s On TV, Chelsea said, “Fight scenes are my favourite because then you get a stunt man on set, and that makes me feel like I’m in Charlie’s Angels or something.
And of the arrival of Amy’s mum, Chelsea said, “I want to explore her emotional side, because the only time you got to see her deep down without this front was when she had the baby and she was talking to him.
“I think it’s going to be nice to see her vulnerable side behind all her orange make-up and dreadlocks.
“I think Amy gets [her taste in make up] from her mum. I think she saw her put it on and thought ‘That looks class!’”
Well, it really doesn’t, and I’ve so often wondered why Amy can’t see she has an orange line under her chin!
More soapy news soon!