Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse for Sinead O’Connor in Hollyoaks….
Fans of the award-winning Channel 4 soap will know how, after being sacked from the Loft for selling drugs, Sinead (Stephanie Davis) has found being a new mum living on her own a struggle to say the least.
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It’s been reported today that fans of defunct cop drama The Bill – which ended its long run on ITV in 2010 – can now own their very own piece of the show’s set, or indeed, the whole set!
The Sun reports that a replica courtroom and a prison, both of which featured in multiple episodes of the drama set in the fictional town of Sun Hill, will go up for auction on eBay.
The paper adds, “Film buffs can also bid for the House of Commons set used in blockbuster movie The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep. The auction starts on Monday and will go on for up to ten days.”
Piers Read, the managing director of Wimbledon Studios, in south-west London, said, “There are a lot of people who love collecting memorabilia… Read more & comment »
Thousands of fans of police drama The Bill were disappointed when the long running show was cancelled in 2010, having aired on ITV since 1984…
However, there’s some good news for those fans today as it’s been revealed that they can now take a tour of the studios and sets where The Bill was filmed.
The Sun reports that fans will be “taken on an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Sun Hill set by a former cast member.”
You can get tickets, and more information, by clicking here, but for now, here are the dates that the tours are set to run on… Read more & comment »
EastEnders actor, Sid Owen has revealed that he is quitting the show for good and moving to France as he is “done with the UK”.
Owen has played Ricky Butcher in the hit BBC soap for almost 25 years, although has yo-yo’d back and forth from his role more times than we care to remember, or wanted for that matter!
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Who knew!!! Emmerdale’s Dominic power, who plays love cheat, Cameron Murray in the hit ITV soap, was once in EastEnders, but it doesn’t sound like he has any desires to return!
Power, who joined the cast of Emmerdale in 2011 as a love interest for mechanic teen-mum, Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb), has described his experience on the BBC rival soap as “awful”.
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Ben Richards, who formerly starred in The Bill as PC Nate Roberts – and in Footballers’ Wives as Bruno – has revealed that for five months, he ignored the warning signs that there was something badly wrong with him.
Ben, who has bowel cancer, told Hello! magazine that he only ended up going to his doctor about his symptoms – such as rectal bleeding and pain – when his wife Helen insisted he go.
He said of ignoring his worrying symptoms, “I was being a typical bloke.”
But of the shock of hearing that he had bowel cancer, Ben said, “It was like the wind had gone out of my sails, like someone had punched me.”
While Ben was hearing the terrible news, Helen was an another hospital where she was receiving infertility treatment.
Of hearing the news of Ben’s illness Helen said, “I said [to Ben], ‘If you don’t tell me I’m going to think it’s something really bad like cancer.’
“He just went quiet. I dropped the phone and ran outside and sat in my car and cried…” Read more & comment »
39 year old actor Ben Richards, who starred in The Bill and Footballers’ Wives, has vowed that he’ll be cancer free in six months.
Ben broke the news that he has cancer – though he hasn’t revealed which type – via Twitter, where, he wrote, “After getting scariest news yesterday, I have to now postpone my LA adventure for at least six months.
“I was born a fighter and will fight this.”
He later added, “Great meeting with oncologist today, lovely guy, v positive, I was terrified he’d give me bad news.”
Ben and his wife Helen have already had more than their fair share of tragedy, having lost four babies due to a rare condition which causes stillbirth.
When Ben broke the news of his diagnosis, he said Helen is the “rock by my side” before adding, “Yep, time to battle the big C… Read more & comment »
Sad news today from the Sun is that Colin Tarrant, who played the role of Inspector Andrew Monroe in The Bill, is believed to have committed suicide. He was 59 years old.
Colin, who starred in around 600 episodes of the now defunct soap, was found collapsed in the bathroom of his home in Bristol.
He was rushed to the city’s hospital, but attempts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead.
He’s survived by his partner Sabrina and their two sons, Louis, six months, and Juma, 24.
Colin starred in The Bill from 1990 until 2002 and also starred in Heartbeat, Holby City, Casualty and Midsomer Murders… Read more & comment »
Former EastEnders and The Bill actor Billy Murray won’t face charges over the alleged assault of his wife.
69 year old Murray, who played hard man villain Johnny Allen in EastEnders, was arrested in April after an alleged drunken row between himself and wife Elaine, 61, in Chigwell, Essex.
However, the Crown Prosecution Service has now dropped a charge of common assault and said no further action will be taken. Read more & comment »
Actor Gary Lucy, best known for roles such as DS Will Fletcher in ITV’s The Bill, Kylie Pascoe in Footballers wives and more recently who came second in 2010′s Dancing On Ice, has announced that his partner has given birth to a little boy this morning.
Keeping fans updated via social networking site, Twitter, Gary announced the birth one hour ago, after announcing that his partner was in labour 6 hours before.
Lucy, who is in a long term relationship with partner, paediatric nurse Natasha Gray, has a daughter with Gray, Indiana Jasmine, who was born at the couples house on On 30 August 2005.
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The Bill actors spent yesterday filming for the final scenes for the axed show, and it seems there were tears all round.
The Sun reports that, “Tearful stars hugged as the cop drama wrapped up its last episode, which will air later this summer.”
The show’s executive producer, Johnathan Young, told the paper, “It’s been a highly emotional day for all cast and crew.”
Mr Young added that the final “gritty” two-part episode is about a young female gangster. He said, “It’s called Respect and we hope it will respect the heritage of the show.” Read more & comment »
According to the News of the World, axed soap The Bill has high drama lined up for its closing episode.
The paper states that filming for the police based show will end in June and the final episode will air in August.
A show source told the paper, “It’s emotional – everyone is furious with the decision.
“But we’ve decided to put two fingers up to ITV and press on with a belting finale.” Read more & comment »
Actress Julie Graham – star of Surviviors and The Bill – has revealed how she helped police arrest a sex pest.
It seems that Julie was approached by Frank Olalaye as she was on a late night train from London to Brighton. He stared at her and repeatedly tried to talk to her as he edged closer to her.
A worried Julie moved to a different carriage, but the pervert wasn’t put off and continued to harass her.
When the train arrived at the station, Julie alerted security staff and the police were called. They later arrested Olalaye who, it transpired, had an injunction banning him from approaching women following his conviction for a sexual assault. Read more & comment »
The Bill actor Ben Richards – who played PC Nate Richards in the now axed police drama – has landed a new role, as a drag queen!
38 year old Ben will play role of Tick in the West End stage show of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The part is currently played by Jason Donovan, but Ben will take over later this year.
A show insider is quoted in The Sun as saying, “Ben’s really excited about getting back on stage… Read more & comment »
Trudie Goodwin, who played June Ackland in The Bill for 23 years, has issued a scathing attack on ITV’s bosses for deciding to end the show.
While making an appearance on Angela and Friends – Sky 1 – Trudie said, “They messed about with it too much.
“They moved it around the schedule. It didn’t end up being The Bill.
“It’s not the show’s fault, it’s the people who made it over the years.”
The show’s final episodes will be seen in the summer. Read more & comment »