Dame Eileen Atkins quits Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs Downstairs actress Dame Eileen Atkins has pulled out of the second series after becoming unhappy with the scripts. Atkins along with co-star Jean Marsh co-created Upstairs Downstairs in the early 1970s, with the original programme produced for ITV by London Weekend Television between 1971 and 1975, although only Marsh appeared in the original version. Dame Eileen was one of the key cast for the revival of the series on

Brookside Corkhill Cross-over to Corrie?

Dean Sullivan who played one of Brookside’s best-loved characters, Jimmy Corkhill, has said he’d love to reprise the role, only this time in another serial. Jimmy first appeared in the Channel 4 soap back in 1986 and became part of many of the shows most memorable storylines including becoming a drug addict, accidentally killing neighbours Frank Rogers and Tony Dixon in a road accident and discovering the ‘body under the

Prospect Park offer All My Children cast contracts

{jcomments on}Prospect Park has approached some of the cast of All My Children with initial contract offers. Prospect Park are set to takeover production of the daytime soap when it ends its television run in September when – at a now unspecified date – it will re-launch online as an internet based soap. The original idea was for AMC to re-launch on the internet the following Monday from its television

Casualty Memorabilia up for grabs

There will be a chance for Casualty fans to purchase rare and unique memorabilia from the much-loved medical drama this month, when the series donates a range of items to Bristol Children’s Hospital to be auctioned online to raise funds for charity. The items are being ditched as the show moves its production facilities from Bristol to Cardiff.   Items up for grabs include framed signed cast photographs, a set

David Essex to leave EastEnders

{jcomments on}A tabloid newspaper states that David Essex will bow out of EastEnders later this year. The actor joined the cast of the BBC One soap earlier this year as Eddie Moon as EastEnders expanded the popular family further. Eddie arrived in Walford to visit his cousin Alfie (Shane Richie) and discovered his estranged son Michael (Steve John Shepherd) was also in Walford. The Moon family was extended even further

Erin Chambers to leave General Hospital

{jcomments on}Erin Chambers is to set the ABC medical soap General Hospital after a year. Chambers joined the cast of the daytime soap in September 2010 as Siobhan McKenna originally on a recurring basis before being bumped to the regular cast in January. However, several months later and a change in head-writer at General Hospital and the character is being written out. The soap is shifting its focus back onto

Stephanie Cole will limit her time on Coronation Street

{jcomments on}Actress Stephanie Cole has said she won’t stay in ITV soap Coronation Street forever. Cole joined the Manchester based soap earlier this year as Sylvia Goodwin; the outspoken mother of Roy Cropper (David Neilson). The character is seen by some as a replacement for Blanche Hunt because of her blunt and outspoken characteristics. The character has been well received by fans but actress Stephanie Cole has said, in a

Nicola Stapleton discusses her EastEnders return

{jcomments on}Nicola Stapleton has discussed her forthcoming return to EastEnders. The actress will return to the BBC One soap later this month after a 17 year absence as she reprises her role of Mandy Salter. Stapleton first appeared in the soap as Mandy in 1992 and remained with the London based soap until 1994. Mandy was a troublesome presence on Albert Square causing trouble for various residents but perhaps her

Jamie Lomas to leave Hollyoaks

{jcomments on}Jamie Lomas has announced he, once again, to bow out of Channel Four soap Hollyoaks. The actor has opted not to renew his contact with the soap and will leave Hollyoaks later this year. Lomas will record his final scenes with the soap in October. The actor reprised his role of bad-boy Warren Fox on Hollyoaks last October despite supposedly being killed off in 2009. “Last time I left,

Jennifer Aniston NOT joining Days of our Lives

{jcomments on}Rumours claimed that Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston was set to join NBC’s daytime soap Days of our Lives but in this case the rumours are untrue. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the stories regarding Aniston joining Days of our Lives, which stars her father John Aniston as Victor Kirakis, are untrue and there are no plans for the actress to join the NBC soap. The rumours even made it