Another ATV Sunday celebrating the world of showbiz and broadcasting with ATV Today’s Mike Watkins.
Save Big Ben
Not the bell in the tower down at the Houses of Parliament, no we’re talking EastEnders‘ Ben Mitchell, who for some bizarre reason is being written out of the saga. Having brought his mother Kathy back, and father Phil around, the link between the two is set to be spilt again with the departure of the character at the hands of the caretaker bosses who are trying to drag the show back into something worthy of broadcasting on the BBC. Fans of the young Mitchell have started a campaign to save the Walford regular.
“EastEnders fans are furious that a legendary character has been axed and have taken drastic action to prevent it.” – The Daily Star
The Daily Star report the ‘drastic action’ is in fact an online petition on Change.org begging producers to change their mind. After all there are plenty of other ‘young’ characters with less family links on the square they could ditch instead of dear Ben.
Big baby blunder?
Emmerdale fans, ever observant, claim to have spotted a ‘big baby blunder’ in the rural ITV soap opera.
“Fans of the soap were left baffled after she showed off her rather large tot… as they claimed Moira’s newborn looks about three months old.” – The Sun
The Sun reported how the storyline has seen Moira give birth, having previously had no inkling she was pregnant until she went into labour and at first no one was quite sure whom the father of the rather large babba was. A DNA test later revealed the father to be Cain.
‘Wow that is one large new born baby on #emmerdale how come she didn’t know she was pregnant with a baby of that size’ the tabloid notes one viewer noting on social media. Well the slogan used to be how it was a small village with big drama, and now clearly very big newborns too.
Harry Reid stars as Ben Mitchell on BBC One saga EastEnders – but not for much longer to the bemusement of viewers
TV Highlight of the Week
This week the highlight came via Sky News and Sunrise when Sarah-Jane Mee thanked co-host Jonathan Samuels and the sports presenter for their input to a segment of the show, as if she was the lead star of the programme. Who does Mee think she is, Eammon Holmes? Maybe ITV need lure her to Good Morning Britain, someone who may just give Piers Morgan a run for his superiority…
Sky News Sunrise – Sarah Jane and Johnathan – a dual partnership, or is it?
National Television Awards rename gong in tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth
Got some bottle: Jedward on Celebrity Big Brother for Channel 5
TV Boss gave Judy Finnigan the willies
Former Loose Women and This Morning personality Judy Finnigan has claimed that a ‘sleazy TV boss’ once flashed his penis at her during a dinner party when she was 22. The Sun report that the 69-year-old journalist, who forged her television career in regional news with both Norwich-based Anglia Television and Granada Television in Manchester, was at the executives home when he unleashed his ‘dangly bits’.
“He emerged from the kitchen with his dangly bits released from his fly… Charming it was… When I told him to get lost and that I was going home, he replied I was obviously frigid… Virtually every woman in the wider media has experience of these beasts.” – Judy quoted by The Sun
Judy had a dinner party dick experience when she was 22
Actress Claire King, recently seen in Coronation Street, has opened up about her ex-husband Peter Amory’s affair with Samantha Giles.
Giles and Amory had their ‘ding dong’ during their time on ITV Yorkshire saga Emmerdale where Amory played son-in-law Chris Tate to Claire’s Kim, while Giles plays Bernice. Talking on Channel 5’s In Therapy on Friday night she noted,
“We split up due to his infidelity…. What hurt was the fact that every b*gger knew. I suspected but everyone knew who because it happened in my house, in the local pub, the workplace. I did suspect and I did suspect who but officially I was the last to know.”
The couple split following his affair with his co-star Giles, while Claire was starring in ITV drama Bad Girls and working in London. “The distance thing was not great.” she noted.
Claire also discussed the passing of her best mate Fiona who died of Bladder Cancer in December 2015,
“We were thick as thieves, we did everything together. It’s been really hard, I’ve put up a big wall… It’s the worst loss that I’ve ever experienced, and I haven’t dealt with it and haven’t talked about it… I feel vulnerable, like I’m losing control, and I don’t like it…. I’m not used to letting it all go.”
Not so much a ‘That’s Nice more a ‘Thats Painful’ for Mrs Brown
The man behind Mrs Brown – and indeed her boys – Brendan O’Carroll – has spoken about a recent health scare on RTÉ chat show, The Late Late Show. Described by the Irish network as ‘looking tired and withdrawn’ O’Carroll told presenter Ryan Tubridy that he’d been ‘taken ill’ while filming the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials at the BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow.
“Monday… I got this bug… And it’s really, really painful. About two in the morning I had to wake up [Jenny his wife]… I just went in and said, ‘Listen, I think you should call an ambulance. I think I’m having a heart attack’.”
It turned out the performer and comedian wasn’t having such a serious issue with doctors discovering he was suffering from a very violent bug. He told the long running chat show that he is now feeling ‘much better’.
Mrs Brown’s Boys is recorded for the BBC and RTÉ at the beeb’s Glasgow Pacific Quay studios (image: ATV Network)
This week it was farewell to Coronation Street actress Melanie Hughes, American script writer – who worked on sitcom I Love Lucy – Bob Schiller, former British footballer Dick Hewitt and 105-year-old Marian Cannon Schlesinger best know for her work as an American artist and author.
This week its a return to the Loose Women Body Stories with this delightful bunch of celeb hunks…