Former Emmerdale actress Catherine Tyldesley will reportedly portray a lesbian when she takes on the role of Eva, who is on-screen daughter of Michelle Collins’ character, Stella.
The Daily Mirror points out in their report that if Eva is gay, she’ll be the Street’s fifth gay character, however, the show’s bosses haven’t confirmed or denied the story.
However, last year, Corrie boss Phil Collinson said, “We’ll look at sexuality in a much more hard-hitting way.”
But apparently, not everyone is embracing that philosophy as former Corrie star Jean Alexander – who played Hilda Ogden – has reportedly described the number of gay characters on the show as “excessive”.
Tonight – Monday 9th May, between 8.00pm to 9.00pm – various members of the cast will be logged into Twitter to answer some of your questions and chat to fans.
Planning to chat are Brooke Vincent (Sophie), Sacha Parkinson (Sian), Katherine Kelly (Becky), Antony Cotton (Sean), Shobna Gulati (Sunita), Chris Fountain (Tommy), Andrew Lancel (Frank), Jennie McAlpine (Fiz), Graeme Hawley (John) and Craig Gazey (Graeme) – subject to commitments.
To join in, simply log into Twitter and use the hash tag #Corriearmy to tweet your comments and questions and to see all the tagged tweets.
Due to the nature of the event, not all tweets can be answered, but we’ll have fun talking all things Corrie!
How to follow Twitter accounts: You’ll need to access Twitter via a computer or wap enabled phone
1) Log onto Twitter at http://twitter.com/ or download the application for your phone, and create an account for yourself
2) Once you’re signed up/in, search for the account you want to follow, such as “itvcorrie” – the official Corrie Twitter account – by clicking the search button on the top of your screen
3) The profile should then appear, i.e. “itvcorrie”
4) Simply, click on the profile and press follow and that’s it – you are following that account.
So, what are you waiting for? Get following, tweeting and see you on Monday @itvcorrie : )
Cheryl Cole’s American X Factor dream met with a frosty start after Simon Cowell warned her she’ll be playing second fiddle to fellow judge and ‘America’s sweetheart’ Paula Abdul.
Despite being Simon’s premier sidekick on the UK version of the show, Cheryl has now been demoted on the judging panel as the music mogul announced she will no longer sit next to him.
Instead, former American Idol judge Abdul would get the top spot because it ‘feels right’. Cunning Simon has also warned that bitchiness between the ladies could be on the cards.
The first round of US auditions kicked off yesterday at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. And it is clear Cheryl’s doing her best to be accepted by the US audience as she quickly realises judging the show across the pond is a whole new kettle of fish.
In a desperate effort to fit into the American market, Cheryl turned up to the auditions sporting a garishly bright outfit with a bouffant hairdo that, together, made her look like she’d stumbled off the set of an Abba video.
Wearing purple Diane von Furstenberg trousers, a floaty orange Oscar de la Renta top and a turquoise belt, it’s safe to say she made herself stand out. Matching the daring outfit with a huge hairdo that would have made queuing fans think she’d been electrocuted (maybe), she also adorned long fluttery lashes and a bright white smile that America would be proud of as she endlessly posed for photographers desperate to get the first snaps of her.
Here’s a clip of Cheryl’s new stateside look!
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Not only is Chezza being snubbed in the seating arrangements, but she was also left posing for the cameras alone while her fellow judge – and apparent future rival – Paula was joined by Cowell before they entered the auditorium Cowell and Abdul flirted away in front of the lenses, even embracing in a smooch as Paula seductively wrapped her leg around her boss’ body.
Paula opted for a sophisticated look for her first day in her new job, wearing a purple silk Yves Saint Laurent dress. Cheryl’s certainly got her work cut out if she wants to steal back Simon’s devoted attention during the show.
Speaking to MailOnline, Cowell revealed Cheryl would no longer be sitting next to him but, keeping his fellow Brit in the mix, he wouldn’t rule out the seating plans changing throughout the competition. He went on to hint that he was hoping for a little female rivalry between his two leading ladies, saying: ‘You put pretty girls together, it’s like three cats in a sack, isn’t it? And it needs a bit of a shake.’
However, Paula is already defying Cowell, saying of Chezza: ‘I’m excited I get to meet her, I’ve heard such lovely things about her.’
The 48-year-old even posted a snap of the two on her Twitter page accompanied with the message: ‘Pic of me & Cheryl Cole. Gotta tell you about Cheryl- ‘The Fierce’ is STRONG w/ this one! she’s lovely! xoP.’
Meanwhile, fellow judge and former music producer LA Reid has admitted he hadn’t heard of the new British addition to the panel and has never listened to her music. But, determined to brush off his comments, Cheryl responded: ‘I quite like it, it means I feel really challenged. I have so much respect for LA Reid. ‘I’ve always admired him, so it’s great for me.’
Cheryl was only officially announced as a judge on the US version of the show last week after months of speculation. The news was met with fears that her Geordie accent would confuse audience members but Cheryl has vowed she won’t change for anyone.
‘I’m hoping people are going to embrace it. I’m not worried,’ she said. ‘It’s going to be interesting. I hear a lot of accents here too.’
However, she made a point of addressing the issue as she stepped onto the stage for the first time as Cowell introduced the new judges.
‘You might have to bear with me on the accent,’ she smiles, before adding – a little nervously: ‘I hope you are all looking forward to getting to know me.’
Channel 4 has just announced that filming has begun on Series 3 of E4′s Bafta-nominated smash hit drama series Misfits, and that Joe Gilgun (star of This Is England ’86) has joined the community service team as new guy Rudy.
He lines up alongside Misfits resident delinquents Bafta nominee Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon in the super-sized series which sees its run extended to eight episodes.
New kid on the block Rudy gets a rude awakening in his first few days of community service, learning that with the keys to the infamous locker comes a great deal of running and screaming and, in some instances, bloodletting.
But that really is the least of his worries.
More pressing is just how to keep his secret superpower, well, secret. And is it super? As in from the A- List? The rest of the gang are also back with all-new powers. But just how did that trade off with Seth (Matthew McNulty), the superpower dealer, go down?
You would hope that at least one of them has a power approaching something halfway useful. You would hope…
Is Simon any closer to fulfilling his destiny as Superhoodie? And just where does he learn to do all that nifty parkour? With Seth still trading powers, zombies on the loose, havoc being wreaked with events from the past and even more havoc being wreaked in the present, things haven’t got any quieter for our gang…
The 8 x 60 min series will be produced by Clerkenwell Films (Afterlife, Persuasion) for transmission on E4 later in 2011. And it’s not just a new look cast – the production team get their very own make-over. Matt Strevens (Skins) produces while Alex Garcia and Wayne Yip (Coming Up, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) take on co-directorial duties.
Writer Howard Overman (Misfits, Merlin) will be writing five of the eight episodes and executive producers for Clerkenwell Films Murray Ferguson and Petra Fried both return.
The new series has been greenlit by Drama Commissioning Editor Robert Wulff-Cochrane.
US network HBO have released a brand new promo video for the highly anticipated ‘True Blood’ season four premiere, and we’ve got a first look at it for you…
The video, ‘Screen Test’, sadly doesn’t feature any new footage from the new season, but it does depict the show’s main stars such as Joe Manganiello, Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Ryan Kwanten.
Rumour has it that the first episode of season 4 will be entitled ‘She’s Not There’ and will feature Eric and Bill trying to secure the trust of the human public, and Jason learns that “no good deed goes unpunished”.
Also, apparently, Tara finds refuge, Sam bonds with his own kind, while Hoyt and Jessica debate their dinner menu.
Last snippet of spoilery news is that Jesus will urge Lafayette to join a coven, and Terry tries to ease Arlene’s worries about the baby.
In the US, ‘True Blood’ season 4 premiere airs on Sunday June 26 at 9 P.M. ET on HBO. Here’s the new promo…
Booking for the BBC Proms 2011 opened today and 85,921 tickets were sold within the first 12 hours.
This is a 7.39% increase compared with last year, when 80,000 tickets were allocated during the first day (which included one extra hour of booking). 39,348 individual orders for tickets were processed, compared with 36,406 in 2010, showing that more people than ever are being enticed by the broad range of concerts on offer at the Proms.
71,808 tickets were sold online, while the remainder were purchased by music-lovers who used telephone or postal booking, or went to the Royal Albert Hall in person.
The introduction of a new, fairer and fully integrated live booking system in 2010 helped the BBC Proms secure record attendances across last year’s festival. In total 313,000 tickets were sold in 2010.
Roger Wright, Director, BBC Proms and Controller, BBC Radio 3, says: “The Proms remain the world’s largest music festival and the demand for tickets on the first day of booking has been extremely high.
“We’re delighted that so many people have been able to get their tickets successfully and look forward to welcoming them to the Proms this summer.
“It’s worth reminding people that there are still tickets available for the vast majority of events and also encourage them to try for returns, come and Prom on the day, or listen and watch on the BBC.”
All seated tickets for Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (5 August) sold out within three hours, quickly followed by Verdi’s Requiem (24 July). Seated tickets for Havergal Brian’s gargantuan The Gothic Symphony (17 July) have also now sold out – though up to 1,400 £5 Promming tickets are released on the day of each concert.
Tickets for the vast majority of other events are still available. Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Albert Hall, said: “After the incredible success of last year’s launch of the Hall’s online ticketing system for the BBC Proms, we are very pleased to see even more people this year having taken advantage of the opportunity to buy tickets on the first day.
“The Proms has always been about bringing the very best classical music to the widest number of people and we’re delighted to have proved not only our ability to host the festival but also to facilitate the enormous undertaking of ticketing it in such a fair way and to so many.”
Season 7 of Desperate Housewives concludes in the States with a two-hour long finale made up of two episodes… ‘And Lots of Security’ is followed by ‘Come on over for Dinner’, and we have a clip for you from the finale, but first, here’s what ABC has to say of the finale…
And Lots of Security: A progressive dinner party thrown for Susan to celebrate her move back onto the lane leads to a shocking murder.
Meanwhile, Gaby is stunned to learn the identity of the mysterious man who has been stalking her; Lynette and Tom attempt to put the spark back into their marriage by spending a few days alone together at a romantic B&B.
After being placed under arrest for allegedly poisoning Paul, Susan must convince the police that she was being framed for the deed by Felicia.
Bree begins to suspect that her new boyfriend may be gay, and Renee is devastated when she learns that her ex-husband is getting re-married.
Come on Over for Dinne: Part 2 of the juicy 2-hour season finale.Gabrielle is stunned to learn the identity of the mysterious man who has been stalking her, Lynette and Tom attempt to put the spark back into their marriage by spending a few days alone together at a romantic B&B.
Also, after being placed under arrest for allegedly poisoning Paul, Susan must convince the police that she was being framed for the deed by Felicia.
Meanwhile, Bree begins to suspect that her new boyfriend may be gay, Renee is devastated when she learns that her ex-husband is getting re-married, and a big dinner party thrown in honor of one of the ladies results in a shocking murder, on the two-hour season finale of “Desperate Housewives”.
And Lots of Security and Come on Over for Dinner airs on Sunday, May 15th at 9/8c on ABC in the US, with a later broadcast date here in the UK.
Downton Abbey and Human Planet both picked up two awards at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards, held yesterday.
Downton Abbey won awards for direction and sound while Human Planet took factual editing and factual photography.
Other winners included the popular The Cube which won in the Entertainment Craft Team category beating The Apprentice, Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor. Presenter Philip Schofield took to Twitter to announce the news saying. “Congratulations to the Cube creative team who have just won the entertainment craft BAFTA! What a night, so proud of a great team.”
Other winners included Merlin for Visual effects and Misfits for Production Design.
It’s a big week for Deal Or No Deal, as the official blog for the show reveals!
Here’s what it has to say…
The Banker is just a big kid at heart, and for his birthday party this year, he’s playing Cowboys and Indians, complete with fancy dress and a few dastardly twists thrown into the mix.
So we decided to put a few questions to Old Money Bags himself as we approach The Banker’s Birthday week:
Would you say you’re more of a Cowboy or an Indian at heart?
If I had a heart I’d tell you. As it is, next question.
As ever Noel will oversee proceedings, spending half the week as a sheriff and the other as chief. Which Noel did you prefer?
They were both equally disagreeable and as ever, badly dressed. The players will get a chance to test their skill or put faith in lady luck for an extra special gift if they are still in live play at five box.
Could you tell us a little bit more about the twists we can expect this year?
Yes I could. I could tell you. I think you mean “would”. Next time ask me if I would tell you. The answer will be no.
Friday the 13th is thrown into the mix this week, is that normally a luck day for you?
I got married on Friday the 13th. So, no.
Could you give us some more information about the fancy dress you have picked for this year?
You seem fascinated by my capabilities. Why not assume I could do anything and instead ask me if I choose to? The answer will be no.
What presents are you hoping for?
1p winners galore.
Has Noel ever brought you a birthday gift?
Yes, this year and every year he gives me the thrill of watching a television legend effortlessly making amazing television. It’s a gift he gives me every day…
I’m joking of course. No.
How many birthday cards do you normally receive?
Four. One from my mother, one from my butler, one from my dogs and one from me. I make my own.
How many candles will be on your cake this year?
Will you be sharing any Birthday fun with your thousands of followers on Twitter?
Oh, I have something in store for them Oh yes.. .Mwahahahaha!!
What is your highlight of the year so far?
The ones in Noel’s hair.
What is you lowlight of the year so far?
Join in the celebrations at the Dream Factory as The Banker throws a week-long party to celebrate his birthday starting on Monday 9th May Channel 4, at 4pm!