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Issue #9: Win 10-disc Corrie DVD box set!

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It’s still rather quiet in soapland, which my contacts suggest is the result of the build-up to the Christmas period. The calm before the storm, maybe?

However, here we are with a variety of titbits, as well as an exclusive interview and another competition with an absolutely fantastic prize – especially if you are a Coronation Street fan!

And talking of Corrie, there’s nothing major on the Weatherfield front this week, save for a Christmas teaser… My lips are sealed with the major storylines, but what I will say is that all is not well for Frankie over the festive period…

Poor old Frankie – she’s had rather a lot to put up with over the past few months, hasn’t she? Let’s just hope that the new problems don’t push her over the top – and towards the exit door!

Until then, don’t forget to enter my competition at the bottom of the column for your chance to win a 10-disc Corrie box set!



EastEnders

Actor Tom Ellis - who has starred in BBC productions such as Much Ado About Nothing, Love Soup, Waking the Dead, Messiah 3 and ITV projects such as Pollyanna and Nicholas Nickleby - is to join EastEnders to play a handsome doctor by the name of Oliver Cousins. ‘Dr Oliver’ will make the perfect GP. He cares about people, has a gentle manner and is well principled.

He has been looking for a community in which he can work and get to know the patients and have a positive impact on their lives, which is why he’s chosen to move to Walford.

The new medic is the fifth doctor to come and work in Walford. He follows in the footsteps of Dr Legg (Leonard Fenton), Dr Fonseca (Jimi Mistry), Dr Trueman (Nicholas Bailey) and Dr Leroy (Ivan Kaye).

Tom Ellis is joining EastEnders for a five-month period at the beginning of December and will be on screen early in the New Year.

Of his role, he said: “I’m very much looking forward to joining EastEnders; it’s a very exciting time to be involved in the show.???



Meanwhile, there’s another new signing on the way early next week and it’s an addition to a family that’s already on the square…Can’t tell you any more at the moment, but stay tuned – I may even update my column with the full details when they’re to hand.



Doctors

EXCLUSIVE

Ex-Dynasty star Emma Samms has now settled into her role in the BBC daytime medical drama and this week I caught up with her for that exclusive chat .

Here’s how it went:

Kris: Tell us a little about your character…

Emma: Amanda Clay is a troubled woman. She started out as the leading force in her marriage to a much younger man and finds that strength to be now slipping through her fingers. Her desperation at this loss of power within her marriage leads her to make decisions that are unwise and that have disastrous consequences.
Kris: What is it like returning to a soap?

Emma: I’m not even sure if Doctors is classified as a ‘Soap’. Apparently it is deemed to be a drama. However, as I filmed my very first scene, in which I both kissed and slapped my husband, I felt this could easily have been a scene from Dynasty. After doing so many films there is a lot of pleasure for me in taking months rather than weeks to develop a character and to have the time to explore so many different facets of a character. Especially one as complex as Amanda Clay.

Kris: What was it like working on Dynasty?

Emma: Working on Dynasty was great fun. It was a very stylised show and at times was very over the top. The clothes, the glamour and the heightened drama that made it so memorable also made it hard work. Arriving at the studio at 5.30am, changing into an evening gown and wearing it for the rest of the day, for example, made one want to hurry home and slob out in front of the TV. It was a privilege to have been part of a show that has become virtually iconic and I will always be grateful to have been part of it.

Kris: What has been your most memorable on-screen and off-screen moments?

Emma: One of my most memorable on-screen moments would have to be stepping into that U.F.O. on The Colbys (Dynasty’s spin-off). As I’m sure the writers and producers hoped, it provoked a great deal of discussion and a certain amount of controversy. My most memorable off-screen moment would have to be when I shot that very scene. It was the middle of the night, we were in the middle of the desert and as it was all very top secret, they decided to use one of the assistant directors to play the spaceman/alien who could just about be seen inside the spacecraft. His spacesuit was silver and very tight indeed, especially in the crotch area. I had to walk up the ramp towards him, in a mesmerised fashion and stand staring him in the face as the ramp closed. As I knew him very well and he wasn’t an actor we both got a fit of giggles. Most unprofessional, especially on my part and it almost scuppered the whole scene.

Kris: Are you anything like your Doctors’ character?

Emma: Other than a distinct physical resemblance, I don’t feel that I have much in common with Amanda Clay. While I can certainly relate to making bad choices out of desperation I feel her moral compass is spinning out of control.

Kris: What is it like working with Adrian and the rest of the cast?

Emma: Adrian Lewis Morgan is truly a delight to work with. As well as being undeniably gorgeous he is fabulously talented as an actor. Luckily our working style is very similar indeed, so we had a great deal of fun and a lot of laughs every day on the set. Hopefully this made our on-screen relationship more plausible. The rest of the cast were extraordinarily welcoming and made me feel very comfortable right from the start. I found Dianne Keen to be as beautiful inside as she is on the outside and one of the highlights of my whole Doctors experience was definitely giving Christopher Timothy a massage!

Kris: You’ve appeared in Holby City a couple of times – Are medical dramas your favourites?

Emma: I’ve always been a fan of medical dramas so it has been a thrill to have been a part of two such great British ones.

Well, there we have it, readers. You and I now know a little more about this lovely and talented British actress – and I DID like the piece about the UFO!



Now for the bad news.

Unfortunately, two characters are to leave the series at Christmas.

Now I know avid fans will be wanting to know who they are, but I’m afraid I have to disappoint you on that score for the time being.

You’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out, but I promise I will do my utmost to be the first to let you know who they are.



Children In Need

Children In Need is one of the biggest nights of the year for the BBC and this year’s bonanza on Friday the 18th will prove to be no different – with a generous helping of support from the soaps.

EastEnders’ Sam Mitchell – i.e. Kim Medcalf - will be singing “a classic track???, while the cast of Emmerdale don their gladrags for a rendition from the classic jazz-based film, High Society.

Also, Ex-Emmerdale star Amy Nuttall is to perform music from the hit show, My Fair Lady.

From Coronation Street, Nikki Sanderson – whose character, Candice, has just waved farewell to Weatherfield - will be singing a soul favourite live in the studio, while the boys from Casualty are set to raise the temperature with their own musical surprise.

And, over in Albert Square, comedian Catherine Tate will be getting into a bit of 'bovver' with Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).



Competition Results

Cast your mind back to a fortnight ago where I set you a cop-related question to win a copy of The Bill: Complete Series 2. I asked Which Bill veteran has recently signed a new contract to stay with the series, despite earlier rumours that he/she was about to quit?

The answer, of course, was Sergeant June Ackland, played by Trudie Goodwin.

There could only be two winners and first out of the hat was Matt Fincham, of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. The other lucky entrant was Stacey Grahame, from Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Congratulations to you both. Your prizes – courtesy of Network DVD - will be sent out later this week. Enjoy!



Corrie Competition

To celebrate the release of the latest Coronation Street decades DVD, I’m giving one lucky reader a chance to experience the 80s, once again thanks to our good friends at Network DVD.

The eighties were a golden era for the nation’s best loved soap, as the programme perfected the careful balance of comedy and drama with which it is now synonymous.

The 1980s were also the time in which many of the soap’s best loved characters came into their own, and cemented their place in the hearts of the nation’s affection. In this bumper 10-disc, 80-episode box set, we once again re-live classic moments from ITV’s flagship show, when:

  • Elsie gets caught in a house fire

  • Ken and Deirdre get married

  • The Roberts are in a car accident

  • Betty gets mugged

  • Mike and Deirdre embark on an affair

  • Jack is discovered video dating under the pseudonym ‘Vince StClair’

  • Elsie leaves the Street

  • Bet is duped by an imposter

  • Alan falls under a tram


Containing more than 2,000 minutes of classic Corrie – yes, 2,000 - this marvelous collection will appeal to all fans of Britain’s top soap, as well as collectors and lovers of the series which set the benchmark for modern TV drama.

To be entered into the draw for this special prize worth £100, simply e-mail me the answer to the following question:

Who is the only actor to have been in Coronation Street from the very first episode to the present day?

UPDATE: This competition has now closed.

Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries received by midnight on the closing date of Tuesday, 22nd November.

Do remember to include your full name and e-mail address, so that I can contact you if you’re a winner, together with your home town and county. Please note these conditions.

In accordance with our privacy policy, your information will not be used for any other purpose.

It is a further condition of entry that winners agree to their full names and home town being published in this column when the results are announced.

Click on my name at the top of this page to send in your entries, and good luck!

Right, folks, that’s it for this time, but don’t go too far away. I’ll speak to you again shortly.

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