Bill Tarmey’s Star Trek tribute, Natalie Cassidy looks “exhausted”, and Natalie J Robb talks being a mum!
Our first look at the soapy news is The Sun’s reports that former Corrie star Bill Tarmey – who of course played Jack Duckworth – revealed he tweaked his final lines on the show to pay tribute to Star Trek.
During the scenes filmed with Liz Dawn, who played Jack’s wife Vera, in which Jack was dying, Bill used a line taken from Star Trek: Generations, which was uttered by Captain James T Kirk as he died…
Bill explained, “According to the script I was supposed to say ‘I’m tired, Vera’.
“But I couldn’t resist making a minor addition to my farewell speech.
“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Star Trek since it first appeared and I remembered the last words of Captain James T Kirk.
“As he took his final breath, he said, ‘Oh my,’ as if death was another great adventure.
“As a dedicated Trekkie, I decided to pay my own tribute to Captain Kirk and his crew by adding those words.
“I didn’t tell anybody what I was planning to do or why. I thought I’d see if I could get away with it – and I did.
“So I changed the dialogue and said, ‘Oh my. I’m getting tired now, Vera’.”
Liz Dawn as Vera then said, “Well, put the paper down and come with me.”
Bill added, “It was a sad moment for me when Captain Kirk joshed it. His final words clearly made a big impact on me.”
Over to EastEnders now, and the Daily Mirror has the above picture of Natalie looking tired ahead of the court hearing which her partner Adam Cottrell faces on charges of assault and criminal damage.
Natalie was pictured near her home in Broxbourne along with the couple’s daughter and a friend.
An onlooker told the paper, “I see Natalie frequently and she’s always chirpy. But today she looked exhausted.”
Some media outlets are reporting that in the wake of the assault, Natalie has called off the couple’s engagement and is currently living with her father.
Finally, over in Emmerdale, Natalie J Robb – who plays Moira Barton – says that although her character is facing a tough time with her family right now, “it’s a mother’s job” to put up with such traumas.
Speaking to Inside Soap, Natalie said, “It’s every mother’s job to put up with that. It’s a constant worry from the moment kids are born.
“Moira should count her blessings as well, though. She’s got a nice husband and three great kids. This is exactly what she signed up for.”
And while discussing her on-screen son’s affair with Ella Macey, Natalie said, “It’s such a mess, and she’s so disappointed Adam.
“He’s always been her little ray of sunshine, and it’s odd for Moira that he’s sleeping with a woman the same age as her!”
More soapy news soon!