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Music to return to Molineux with Rod Stewart concert next year

Music to return to Molineux with Rod Stewart concert next year

Singing superstar Sir Rod Stewart will play Molineux next summer, it has been revealed. The 73-year-old rock legend is touring the UK to support of the release of his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses, and will perform at the Wolves ground on Saturday June 8. Fans can expect to hear classics such as Maggie May, The First Cut is the Deepest and Hot Legs from across Sir Rod’s more than 50-year career, as well as tracks from the new album. The Molineux performance – the first gig to be held at the ground since Bon Jovi played in 2003 – will be the fifth of seven Sir Rod concerts at stadiums across England and Scotland.

Although Sir Rod played at Shrewsbury Town’s ground last year, it is his the first time he has toured his home country for three years. And Wolves season ticket holders and members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets via a special sales window next week. ‘Significant for the city’ Wolves Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple said: “It has been 15 years since Molineux hosted a live music event, so today’s announcement is very significant for both Wolves and the city of Wolverhampton. “Attracting top performers like Rod Stewart to Wolverhampton is part of our wider strategic plan to make Molineux a multi-purpose entertainment destination that welcomes visitors from the city and further afield. “We will work closely with the city council to ensure a successful event that drives local economy whilst being considerate to residents.” With his signature voice and style, Sir Rod has produced chart-topping originals and covers in every decade of his career, transcending genres of rock, folk, pop and soul. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, and is releasing Blood Red Roses almost 50 years to the date from when he signed his first solo recording contract. The 13-track album is released on September 28, is described as a ‘deeply personal’ collection of originals and covers and follows Another Country which was released in 2015.

How can I buy tickets? Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 21 from ticketmaster.co.uk, but before that there will be two pre-sale windows. The first pre-sale will be at 9am on September 19 but can only be accessed by pre-ordering Sir Rod’s new album Blood Red Roses from hmv.com. Wolves season ticket holders and members will be able to pre-order tickets at 9am on September 20. More information on how this sale can be accessed will be emailed to eligible Wolves supporters next week. The Rod Stewart Live In Concert tour will also visit Southampton, York, Milton Keynes, Ipswich, Aberdeen and Bolton.

 

TV Review: ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill

TV Review: ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill

The most striking shots in Netflix’s new series “Maniac” — not an easy choice to make, given how unusually filmed and how askew the show’s multiple fictional universes are — tend to be the ones in which Emma Stone is emerging from an exhausting stage of a drug trial. While she’s being interrogated about what she experienced, we see her in profile, staring down a nest of cameras positioned invasively close.

When we see her straight-on, she’s drained of colour and dwarfed by a wall of video feeds of her own face, surveilled from every possible angle like the prisoner she’s become. Even as multiple simultaneous shots could expose a single false note, Stone — one of the defining movie stars of her generation — exerts supreme control over her character. She’s not just absent of vanity, but inventive and curious about what a performer can reveal, and how she can reveal it. Under the guidance of “True Detective’s” Season 1 director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Stone and her co-star Jonah Hill mark career highs in “Maniac.” Beautifully made, “Maniac” plunges viewers into a fictional world that’s both divergent from our own and instantly recognizable — and then reinvents itself several times over, skittering across time, space and genre to tell a story of connection that feels urgent and deeply, painfully human.

The two actors’ chemistry is emphasized by the degree to which they’re forced to tamp down their shared charisma. In movies, Stone has made her name on ebullience, and Hill is not far behind; both prove powerful TV presences as well, remaining eminently watchable as they introduce new skills. (Annie is fidgety and watchful; Owen looks away, unable to meet the gaze of the world, or even of his friend.) They bloom together in dreams and, returning to reality, are forced to meet with a more limited emotional vocabulary and test their relationship. Credit the streamer with producing the sort of series in which Emma Stone appears in one episode in hospital scrubs, another in gangster-moll drag and a third in an outfit that’s too good to spoil. But credit Netflix, too, with investing in a show whose tightness of narrative — 10 episodes, none much more than 45 minutes long, in a close-ended season — allows for exploration within constraints. Its power comes, in part, from its refusal to sprawl. As a trial of something new, “Maniac” passes every test, and ascends instantly to take its place among the very best TV of the year. Its eagerness to expose unexpected angles is its great gift.

Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman ‘depressed’ over battleaxe character’s costume

Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman ‘depressed’ over battleaxe character’s costume

NEW Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman has revealed her dowdy getup as Evelyn Plummer has her feeling “depressed”. The national treasure has joined the show as Tyrone Dobbs’ grandmother and while fans are thrilled at her performance, playing the dowdy battleaxe has had a different effect on the actress – especially when she looks in the mirror. Maureen has revealed Evelyn’s wardrobe has left her depressed. According to the Daily Star Maureen told them how she “gets depressed at the sight of Evelyn” adding: “There isn’t much comedy in the actual storyline by the very nature of what it is. But the lines are dry and in a way you have to put your own personality into it, and the writers start to respond to the way it is going so I can only wait and see.” It comes as fans have hailed her as the new Blanche Hunt after her cobbles debut. The new grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs – who is played by Maureen Lipman in the ITV soap – has made an immediate impact as Tyrone and Fiz tracked her down and revealed he is her grandson. Evelyn has made an immediate impact in Corrie. After a hilarious first scenes, fans likened her to the legendary mother of Deirdre Barlow who ruled Weatherfield with her iron tongue right up until her death in 2009. One wrote: “Evelyn is already so classic! Reminds me of Blanche #Corrie” A second added: “We needed a newer Blanche and Evelyn could very well fit that bill with her bitter vitriol. #Corrie”

Another tweeted: “On the positive side, Maureen Lipman is rather good as Evelyn/Blanche 2.0 #Corrie”

ITV Tyrone had a candid chat with gran Evelyn about his mum. She made her presence felt after telling the mechanic she doesn’t have any pictures of his biological mum because she lost them all in a fire. But she will soon move into Tyrone’s house despite her immediate rejection. She also annoys all the locals at the Rovers Return when she takes part in the pub quiz and shouts out the wrong answer, causing her team to lose. Fiz, played by Jennie McAlpine, suggests that it might be time for Evelyn to find somewhere else to live but Tyrone fiercely disagrees. Coronation Street’s Tyrone Dobbs gets a shock from his dad ITV She claimed all pictures of his mum were lost in a fireLater Evelyn, played by screen legend Maureen Lipman, is extremely interested to learn that Tyrone was once engaged to Maria Connor. She then upsets him by telling him that she lost all the photos she had of his mum in a house fire. Tyrone, Alan Halsall, was left stunned recently when it was revealed the woman he believed to be his mum, Jackie Dobbs, wasn’t he biological mum after all. Darren, the man he thought was his dad, dropped the bombshell on him last week that Jackie hadn’t given birth to Ty.

 

Bodyguard: The show’s ‘bold’ twists are keeping viewers guessing

There are unanswered questions about Richard Madden’s character David Warning: This contains a lot of spoilers! Seven million people tuned in to the fourth episode of BBC One’s drama Bodyguard on Sunday – and the political thriller has left viewers guessing about what’s really going on in a way that hasn’t been the case with many recent shows. In Sunday’s episode, DS David Budd (played by Richard Madden) tried to deal with the aftermath of a bomb during a speech by Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). And one major plot twist, in particular, has generated conspiracy theories.

The show revolved around Madden’s and Hawes’ characters – but on Sunday, viewers were told Hawes’ home secretary was killed in the bomb. The show’s creator Jed Mercurio – who was also responsible for Line of Duty – told Radio Times viewers would never see her death coming. “I like to try to do things that move the story on,” he said. “With Bodyguard I wanted to have this event mid-series that would completely alter the dynamic.” Growing up, he struggled to believe in TV drama because he knew the central characters wouldn’t die, he said. “I remember watching TV as a kid and, whenever there was some sort of jeopardy involving the hero, I could reassure myself that they were what I’d call a ‘can’t-die’ character, so everything would be OK.” Hawes herself thanked fans for their reactions on Twitter. Breaking the TV rules It’s highly unusual for a drama to kill off one of the central characters halfway through. “It’s a real shock because the whole show, the whole advertising, the whole talk about this entire drama has been the dynamic between her and the bodyguard,” Buzzfeed TV editor Scott Bryan told BBC Radio 5 Live. “And then, in episode three – not a pivotal episode in a normal run of things – to kill off your main character is a bold, bold move.” Sarah Hughes from The Guardian said echoed those thoughts, writing: “The death of Home Secretary Julia Montague at the drama’s half-way point was a bold move, but I’d argue, despite the hole it now leaves, a brilliant one.” We know from Line of Duty that Mercurio is the master of the plot twist – Hawes was in series two and three before being bumped off in that too. It’s unusual for shows to unexpectedly kill off a major character – although it happens, like with Lisa Faulkner in the second episode of Spooks, or Sean Bean’s Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones. But it’s even more bold when a show centres so closely around two people. Was Montague’s death fake news?

Mercurio said: “He’s the genuine article, a real leading man. And I think this role has put him very much in the spotlight for bigger things.” Talks with the BBC about a second series are unlikely to happen until the first season has finished. “You have to wait until the end because anything can happen,” Mercurio said. “Some shows do nosedive at the end, or some piece of content could become incredibly controversial and affect the way the show is seen. In the end, you have to accept that the broadcaster holds all the cards.”

 

Emmerdale spoilers: Robert Sugden delivered Rebecca White shock in creepy Lachlan twist

Emmerdale spoilers: Robert Sugden delivered Rebecca White shock in creepy Lachlan twist

Emmerdale fans have been gripped to the ongoing saga involving Lachlan White (played by Thomas Atkinson).  The troubled teen was mercifully sent to prison after his evil ways were discovered on the ITV soap.  However, he has been using his wily ways to con the police into giving him information he wants.  Particularly, Lachlan is using Rebecca White (Emily Head) as a bargaining tool.  In the coming weeks, it will be Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) who presses Lachlan for information on the killer’s aunt.  Lachlan immediately turns on the mind games and toys with Robert. The murderous teen reveals he had planned to kill Robert and Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele).

Furthermore, Lachlan reveals he didn’t kill Rebecca after threatening to when he kidnapped her.  Robert immediately tries to get information on where the mother of his child is.  But will Lachlan give up the vital information? Or will he keep toying with Robert? However, it seems Rebecca is alive and well, but there’s a big twist on the horizon.  It transpired last night she has been kept in a separate house in the middle of nowhere.  She appeared to look healthy and clean – miles away from her last appearance in Emmerdale when she was being mistreated by Lachlan.  However, there will be one final twist on the horizon after it seems a nurse who has been looking after her could turn out to be the end of her.  It seemed the nurse was completely on Lachlan’s side , as she defended him on multiple occasions.  While being force-fed drugs, Rebecca begged to be left alone, insisting she was not mad.  The sinister nurse reassured: “You’ve had a head injury, you get confused sometimes.” Rebecca hit back: “Look I told you, my nephew tried to kill me, he killed our whole family.”

The nurse soothed: “It was a tragic accident. Nobody’s fault. He loves you. He’s paying me a lot of money to help you rest and recover.  “ You don’t want to end up in an institution do you? Then you won’t be able to be with your son.” Will Rebecca ever be able to overcome Lachlan’s killer grip on her?

Hollyoaks actress Anna Shaffer shares terrifying sexual assault she suffered on the TUBE when man ‘tried to put hand …

Hollyoaks actress Anna Shaffer shares terrifying sexual assault she suffered on the TUBE when man ‘tried to put hand …

Hollyoaks star Anna Shaffer has revealed she suffered a terrifying sexual assault on the tube today. The 26-year-old actress was left “shaken” after the alleged incident when she claims a man tried to put his hand down her underwear.

Hollyoaks actress Anna Shaffer shares terrifying sexual assault she suffered on the TUBE when man 'tried to put hand ...

She later reported the assault to police and thanked a fellow passenger for stepping in and screaming at the man while she was frozen. “Thank you to the @TfL staff at Knightsbridge who just helped me report a sexual assault to the police after a man touched me and tried to put his hand in my knickers on a crowded tube carriage,” she tweeted this morning.

“Was shaken + nervous to report but they calmed me + guided me with care + kindness (sic).” Anna Shaffer reveals she suffered sexual assault on the tube in London

She tweeted: “Also to the brilliant + brave woman who saw it happened and screamed at him while I was frozen. “Hard to believe that these things are still happening so often on public transport but comforting to know there is stellar support on hand when it does (sic).” “1/2 Hi Anna. I’m really sorry that you had to experience that on the Tube,” TfL tweeted. “I hope that you’re now okay, & that they can catch the man who did this… “2/2 I’m pleased that the staff member at Knightsbridge was so caring and kind in helping you report this. I’ll pass this feedback on to the area manager for the station now. (sic)” Anna’s Hollyoaks co-stars rushed to comfort her.

Hollyoaks actress Anna Shaffer shares terrifying sexual assault she suffered on the TUBE when man 'tried to put hand ...

Anna is best known for playing Ruby Button in Hollyoaks and Romilda Vane in the Harry Potter film franchise. The popular actress was sent messages of support from her soap co-stars. Jorgie Porter, who played Theresa McQueen, tweeted: “Hope u ok Anna (sic).” Meanwhile, Andy Moss, who played Rhys Ashworth, wrote: “That’s gross !!! Sendin you big love shaffs x (sic).” PJ Brennan, who played Doug Carter, added: “Love you, glad you’re okay, and grateful there were people there to help. Feel better xx.”

 

Emmerdale spoilers: Rebecca White is alive but there’s a VERY big twist

Emmerdale spoilers: Rebecca White is alive but there’s a VERY big twist

Viewers have been desperate to find out if Rebecca’s (played by Emily Head) alive for weeks on Emmerdale, as at first it appeared serial killer Lachlan (Thomas Atkinson) had removed her from the equation following a tense chase through the village woods. Lachlan kept Rebecca holed up in the shack at first, with barely any food or water, so many presumed if she was alive it would be hidden in a ditch by some strange twist of fate on the ITV soap. Instead, bosses unveiled a completely unexpected bombshell when it turned out Rebecca was being held in a secret house.

Clean and appearing well, Rebecca has been looked after by a mystery nurse, though her anguish has only multiplied after repeatedly begging the woman to believe she isn’t “crazy”. But is there an important clue in the scene which could lead to the identity of the mystery nurse? For one thing, the woman seemed to be completely on twisted psychopath Lachlan’s side, so she could be from Lachlan’s past, though likely not a friend of the whole White family as she and Rebecca didn’t seem to have a history. She could also be a carer in the hospital where Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill) has been admitted to over the last several weeks, which would mean viewers have seen her before and simply not realised the key to Rebecca’s location was right there all along. Desperate to get the nurse to listen, Rebecca cried: “Please help me, please someone let me out! “No, I don’t need any more drugs,” she then complained, but the nurse didn’t bat an eyelid. “I’m not mad,” Rebecca tried again, as the nurse soothed: “You’ve had a head injury, you get confused sometimes.” With the nurse clearly under the impression Rebecca wasn’t of sound mind, the mother-of-one tried again anyway. “Look I told you, my nephew tried to kill me, he killed our whole family,” Rebecca said. “It was a tragic accident,” the nurse insisted. “Nobody’s fault. He loves you. He’s paying me a lot of money to help you rest and recover.” The newcomer continued: “You don’t want to end up in an institution, do you? Then you won’t be able to be with your son.” Still holding on to the hope she could see Seb again, Rebecca took her tablets, but her rage and frustration quickly returned. “He’s lying, you have to believe me,” Rebecca screamed. “Please please, you have to help me! You’re in danger too, Lachlan’s a murderer!”

By the simple fact, the nurse knew so much about the accident and the family’s situation, it seems she will be an important role in Rebecca’s escape and Lachlan’s conviction going forward. Perhaps the teenager confided his own guilt to the nurse in secret? Elsewhere, Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) has been trying to get the truth from Lachlan, who is now locked up in prison. Afraid to believe her, Lachlan refused to tell her the truth about Rebecca’s fate, but his girlfriend was wearing him down bit by bit. “How do I know you mean all this, and you’re not just saying it to trick me?” the murderer asked. “When I got hit by Robert’s car, you could have run you could have got away and you didn’t,” Belle told him. “And I saw how much you love me. You got caught Lachlan you’ve thrown away your entire life for me, and I love you for that. How could I not stand by you now? “But if we’re gonna be together there have to be no secrets, we have to trust each other 100 per cent. If you tell them where Rebecca is it could help you in court. “I’m gonna go away for life,” Lachlan answered bluntly, before sharing his worries Belle won’t stand by him once more. “Course I will Lachlan,” she insisted, “but please I’m begging you, is Rebecca alive?” Lachlan failed to open up, but Belle later told Robert (Ryan Hawley) and Ross Barton (Michael Parr) she was making headway. Will Belle be the one to find Rebecca alive?

 

Bodyguard’s Richard Madden talks shyness, Game of Thrones and his ‘relentless’ new show

Bodyguard’s Richard Madden talks shyness, Game of Thrones and his ‘relentless’ new show

He spent his twenties playing Romeos − including the ill-fated Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones − but now Richard Madden is swapping the Bard for Bodyguard in BBC One’s hot new drama. Here, he tells Lucy Pavia why he’s ready to grow up.

The first 20 minutes of Jed Mercurio’s BBC One show Bodyguard should come with a health warning. In a high-stakes scenario worthy of a Hollywood action movie, for several long minutes you wonder if anyone on screen − including our new protagonist, police protection officer David Budd (Richard Madden) − will make it out alive. Madden has past form in this sort of sofa-tipping television. Who can forget the horror twist of the Game Of Thrones Red Wedding, which saw Madden’s Robb Stark and his family annihilated in the worst character bloodbath since the Royal Wedding episode of Dynasty? As it happens, when I speak to Madden he’s been at another Game Of Thrones wedding in his native Scotland, this time between old friends and co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie (‘there were no Red Wedding jokes, thank god,’ he says, ‘though I was waiting for them’), and enjoying a bit of downtime in the highlands, scaling Munros. He grew up further south, just outside Glasgow in a small village called Elderslie. ‘I love being up there, when it’s quiet and you can see a bit of horizon,’ he says in a still-broad Scottish accent. ‘In London, everything is right in front of your face.’

To talk to, Richard Madden is warm and a little diffident. He first got into acting to combat shyness as a kid, but still gets occasional attacks of it now. ‘I can get up on stage in front of 2,000 people and play Romeo,’ he says, ‘but I’d struggle to stand up in a room of 15 people and read something. I’ve got [to speak at] a friend’s wedding in September and that terrifies me more than Bodyguard coming out.’ The series is the latest offering from Line Of Duty writer and BBC virtuoso Mercurio. Madden first worked with him in 2015 as dishy gamekeeper Oliver Mellors in Mercurio’s adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. This new role is darker − a former soldier struggling with PTSD, Budd finds himself assigned to protect a pro-war politician played by Keeley Hawes (unlike the other Bodyguard, this one’s not a romance). ‘You’re not an adult, but you’re not a child anymore… [I had] to work out where I was supposed to be’ During filming, the pair discovered they’d been co-stars on another project almost two decades earlier, though they never met. That was Madden’s first break, age 11, as ‘Young Andy’ in a film adaptation of the Iain Banks novel Complicity. He’d been scouted at his local youth theatre where his parents (a firefighter and teacher) would drive him a few times a week, since his own school didn’t have a drama department. The movie part led to a regular role on kids’ TV show Barmy Aunt Boomerang. Things could have followed a familiar child-star route from there but, for Madden, the gulf between professional actor and school kid made him feel isolated – a situation not helped by bullying from his peers. Richard Madden as David Budd in Bodyguard ‘On set you have to learn your lines, you have to be on time, you have to do your job, but then you go back into high school where your relationship to adults is different,’ he says. ‘You’re not an adult but you’re not a child any more, you’re kind of in between. So I stopped acting for a while to catch up with myself; to work out where I was supposed to be.’ After finishing school, Madden went to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), where in his final year he was cast as Romeo in the Globe Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet (a role he would reprise opposite Lily James in Kenneth Branagh’s 2016 production at the Garrick Theatre). Early screen roles in Hope Springs and the 2010 film Chatroom followed, but global fame would come with his casting in a then-fledgling show called Game Of Thrones. ‘I was 22 when I started that gig,’ he says. ‘I was so young and naive.’ It wasn’t initially clear if the show would see the light of day, particularly after a disastrous first pilot. ‘It was interesting to shoot a pilot and not know if it’s going to go. Then come back to reshoot and be there with different actors, directors and a slightly different script.’ ‘When I go to a different country with my parents and someone recognises me, they think, “Wow, [GOT] really has got legs because we’re in the middle of nowhere”’

He had a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw moment while promoting season one in New York. Too broke to take a cab, he hopped on to a bus that had his face on it. ‘People would say, “Hey, you know you look like that guy from that show?” I’d be like, “Oh, yeah, I get that all the time.”’ He found himself suddenly grateful for those early child star years. ‘Being on TV a couple of nights a week when you’re aged 12, on a show aimed completely at your peers, taught me what ten years later I would have to deal with on Game Of Thrones − the kind of recognition that you get, even though it wasn’t on such a huge scale,’ he says. Richard Madden as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones ‘I was much better equipped to deal with it.’ A four-year relationship with Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman also made him more of a tabloid target (since their relationship came to an end, he’s been linked to Suki Waterhouse and actress Ellie Bamber), as did taking on Prince Charming in a gargantuan Disney remake of Cinderella. How do his family react to his fame? ‘I think they’ve found it quite funny,’ he muses. ‘They still know me as their brother and son. When I go to a different country with my parents and someone recognises me, they kind of think, “Wow, [Game Of Thrones] really has got legs because we’re in the middle of nowhere.”’ Madden in 2015 with his then girlfriend Jenna Coleman Right now, Madden is enjoying a break from work, reconnecting with friends and family he had to neglect during the 15-hour, six-days-a-week Bodyguard filming schedule. ‘I needed time to recover from it − it was physically, emotionally and mentally draining,’ he says. Now age 32, and having played ‘so many versions of Romeo’ (including actual Romeo twice) in his twenties, he’s hoping this new role will show a more mature side. ‘The older you get, the harder it is to play the naivety because you know too much. So I’m kind of enjoying being older,’ he laughs, ‘and pretending I know more than I do.’ Bodyguard begins this month on BBC One

 

Dame Barbara Windsor recovering from heart surgery after medication complications

Barbara Windsor recovering from heart surgery after medication complications

Dame Barbara Windsor had to undergo a heart operation after side-effects of her Alzheimer’s medication left her dizzy and short of breath.

The EastEnders legend, 81, spent eight days in the hospital after collapsing at home, but husband Scott Mitchell, who has been married to Babs for 18 years, said she’s now on the road to recovery. “Barbara was suffering from a low heart rate which doctors thought was being caused by some of her medication,” he said. “She was getting very dizzy and short of breath and fainted one day at home, so she had an eight-day hospital spell about four weeks ago and they’ve put in a pacemaker for her.” The EastEnders icon with Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden.

He added: “She’s looking forward to getting out on the town again soon.” While her heart specialist Dr Rodney Foale added to The Sun: “Barbara is doing very well.” Aware of the operation, Christopher Biggins said he’ll be seeing his close friend next week, sharing: “We’re going to go out. She likes to go out because she spends a lot of time indoors.”

Scott first revealed his wife, who played Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, was suffering from Alzheimer’s in May, though she was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. She kept it secret from all but her closest friends, but as her memory worsened and rumours began to circulate, devoted Scott decided to speak out. David visited Babs for a spot of afternoon tea

He said at the time: “Since her 80th birthday last August a definite continual confusion has set in, so it’s becoming a lot more difficult to hide.” He revealed vulnerable Babs “feels a kind of shame” about her condition and keeps asking him: “Do the public know that I’m not well?” But he added: “I’m doing this because I want us to be able to go out and, if something isn’t quite right, it will be OK because they will now know she has got Alzheimer’s and will accept it for what it is.”

Barbara’s memory problems had been spotted by fans and insiders. At an awards lunch in December she presented fellow actress June Whitfield with a Lifetime Achievement gong and appeared to be confused about when they starred together on EastEnders. At the same event reporters asked her how she celebrated her 80th birthday four months earlier. She replied: “I can’t remember” before asking Scott who went to her party. When quizzed about a possible role in Corrie, she admitted: “I don’t think I could learn those lines.”

Ryan Thomas Wins Celebrity Big Brother

In a vote that surprised nobody, Ryan Thomas was crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother.

The former Coronation Street star became a fan favourite early on but shot up in everyone’s estimation after being falsely accused of violence by fellow housemate Roxanne Pallett.

Speaking to host Emma Willis during his exit interview, the 34-year-old admitted that he would ‘forgive’ the Emmerdale actress for saying he had ‘punched’ her.

He also stated that, although her actions had left him like ‘a scared little boy’, he felt that she had ‘been punished by the public enough’.
The dad-of-one was finally shown a clip of the incident and appeared shocked and a little angry at some parts of what had been said afterwards.

He told Emma: ‘It was totally unexpected, it was a sign of affection that I’ve used on Gabby and the boys and unexpected because there was nothing in it.

‘As it unravelled it became bigger and bigger the whole thing that scared me was that she couldn’t stay in the room with me.

‘That rang alarm bells and the game became real life for me, I don’t know how much they showed, I did break.’
When Emma said that viewers had seen the moment he crumbled in the Diary Room, Ryan confessed:

‘I had no choice, I was a scared little boy. The place is lonely anyway, these are people that you grow a friendship with, your trust is in a different place, the one thing that held onto me is Sally, she’s been my mother since day one.

‘We all know how something can stick on a man, sometimes it can be done in the right way, or the wrong way.

‘I just wanted out I just wanted to get out, I thought I’d be getting a call from the police very soon, that’s not me, for once in my life I was glad that we had 24 hour surveillance on them.’

However, he did acknowledge the issues Roxanne may be dealing with to have made such an assumption.

Bearing that in mind, he added that ‘if she wants forgiveness and it makes it better, I would rather give her that.’

Ryan won the reality contest, beating out fellow finalists Kirstie Alley, Gabby Allen, Dan Osborne, Nick Leeson and Sally Morgan.

He was greeted with thunderous applause when he exited the Big Brother house and from the reaction on Twitter, it’s safe to say that he was a very popular winner!

A BIG Congratulations, Ryan!