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Surprise Surprise: Exclusive interview with guest star Amy Fricker

IMG_0422I know you lot perceive me as a strong, butch, muscular, tough shelled alpha male beast of a man (and that IS partially true) but if there’s one television show that brings out my emotional side then it has to be Surprise Surprise. For those of you who are too immersed in the adventures at Waterloo Road, the concept is that Holly Willoughby and friends spring surprises on members of the public who give a lot and achieve a lot in their lives. It’s people who have done good or brave things and seek no reward for it receiving well deserved pats on the back and the stories are always inspiring.

We have had a lovely young chap who runs youth clubs and hostels for young people being surprised with a newly refurbished kitchen and we also had the lovely Jodi Ann Bickley who spends much of her time writing and sending letters of hope and love to people in need of a boost being surprised with the funds to be able to send more letters. This week we met Amy Fricker, who, at the young age of 26, has endured more hardship than most people do in their lifetime.  Continue reading

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Emmerdale: Interviews with Jane Cox (Lisa) and Nicola Wheeler (Nicola)

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS which some readers may wish to avoid

lisa_dingleRemember the days when Emmerdale used to be about sheep, bails of hay and the occasional lesbian vet? No, me neither. It’s never quiet in the village and the next two weeks are going to hit that home in a big way.

I’m personally just recovering from Donna breaking the fragile heart of Ryan before leaping to her death and I really cannot take much more excitement. But Declan Macey has other ideas; he is intent on offing his wife Charity as he takes her to a derelict countryside cottage and, mark my words, this explosive week in the Dales will end in a shocking way.

But, past the splashes of drama that Macey Madness will bring this week, there are more shocks to come in the village and Jane Cox, who plays the long suffering Lisa Dingle and Nicola Wheeler who plays the high maintenance blonde bombshell Nicola King, discuss the big plots on the way for their alter egos, in a double interview…

It’s not been an easy few years for the Dingles. Bereavements, rape, serial killers, floods, hostage dramas, debt, breakdowns, teenage murders, prison and Sam have just been a few of their pains in their unwashed necks and it’s a wonder that the glue of the family, matriarch Lisa, manages to hold it all together. However, as the true extent of Sam’s debts become known in coming weeks and with the ongoing trauma of daughter Belle’s incarceration, it is all about to get too much…   Continue reading

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The Chase: Interview with contestant Charlie Gardner

Charlie and BradleyIn my long running quest to expose every intimate avenue of ITV’s quizzing daytime hit The Chase, I’ve heard from two of its titans: the fearsome ‘Governess’ Anne Hegerty (see HERE) and the monstrous ‘Beast’ aka Mark Labbett (see HERE)

But what is it like to come up against a quizzing genius on a show watched by millions? I was lucky enough to spend some time chatting to one of the contestants from the most recently televised episode of the show in which comedian Paul Sinha, affectionately known as ‘The Sinnerman’ took down a team vying for £8000 with only five seconds remaining.

It was a close call, and Charlie Gardner, who had the unenviable ‘Seat 4’ position, has endured hell since her crushing defeat. “It’s been bleak. I’ve hardly eaten anything but spaghetti since,” she told me through hysterical sobs. “And it’s all down to Paul Sinha!”   Continue reading


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Emmerdale: Interview with Duncan Preston

medium_Yq4gQlagfP7T8cTg4wGj7qwBrpvR9Va-rQShARQUnYQThe older generation are the glue of any soap opera. They have the connections with the characters and enough life experience of love, loss, murders and, in some cases, crabs, to be able to watch over the younger folk. Emmerdale hasn’t been lacking drama lately but if it is short of one thing, it’s the quantity of older characters.

When she is around, Betty is as much of a joy as ever, and she is never short of a bit of gossip at the moment. Diane, meanwhile, is juggling a pub and the antics of her dizzy daughter Bernice, while Edna continues to create a fascinating character whom we all learn from. Just last week, we had the revelation that her marriage had been a sham.

Based on my affection for the old guard of the Dales, it’s been a welcome sight to see Diane’s old flame and Laurel’s dad, Doug, back in the village. Actor Duncan Preston, who reprises the role after a lengthy absence, discusses the circumstances surrounding his alter ego’s reappearance.

Doug’s back where he belongs, where his roots are. He’s finding it as exciting as I am to be back,” enthuses the acclaimed actor. Duncan (and, may I add, in an utterly unbiased fashion, what a strong, pure forename that is?) reveals that Doug is back primarily to see Laurel and, while his predominant focus is his niggling doubts about her pairing with Marlon, there is also unfinished business with Diane.   “He would love to reunite with Diane, but she’s being careful. But she blew him out, remember, or it was at least a mutual thing,” Duncan recalls. “He has loads of regrets about leaving her behind to try again with Hilary. When he walks into the pub for the first time, there’s a spark there but he tries to hide it. He’s surprised by his feelings. They both are.”   Continue reading

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