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Tag: Coronation Street

May 10, 2017

The Tossers vs. The 48%

by Matthew Steeples

The 48% must make themselves heard at the 2017 General Election; they must vote tactically and do all they can to prevent the landslide ‘Queen Bee’ Theresa May is headed for   With UKIP’s first MP on trial for 14 counts of electoral fraud, 30 individuals connected to the Conservative Party facing potential prosecution in … Continue reading “The Tossers vs. The 48%”

October 15, 2016

Jean Alexander (born Jean Alexander Hodgkinson, 1926 – 2016)

by General

This Liverpudlian actress “preferred cats to men”. Best known for playing Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street from 1964 to 1987, Jean Alexander also appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat and Where the Heart Is. Whilst she didn’t believe in sex before marriage, never felt maternal and thought she’d had a “lucky escape” in … Continue reading “Jean Alexander (born Jean Alexander Hodgkinson, 1926 – 2016)”

April 4, 2016

The death of The Archers

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples asks: Was Helen Titchener killing her husband in The Archers last night a plot too far?

December 23, 2014

Paula Wilcox

by General

This modest Mancunian actress is best known for having starred in the 1970s series Man About the House.

September 24, 2014

The best for Britain?

by Matthew Steeples

Pictures from ‘The Mirror’s’ Labour Party conference provide illustration just how awful a government led by Ed Miliband would be for Britain

August 10, 2014

Cognac Wellerlane

by General

America’s answer to Coronation Street’s Bet Lynch is famed as an interviewer of the rich and famous in New York and the Hamptons. This unashamed fur lover has profiled everyone from Paris Hilton to Henry Kissinger and appeared as a socialite in The Devil Wears Prada. We can’t be alone in wondering as to what … Continue reading “Cognac Wellerlane”

August 3, 2014

Caught in court

by Matthew Steeples

“More than impertinent” barrister Ian West slammed for his behaviour   Courtrooms, despite being places where justice ought to be taken seriously, are often the scenes of comical farce. Whilst Rolf Harris unconvincingly sought to win over the jury in his case by singing Jake the Peg and imitating his wobble-board, the case of a … Continue reading “Caught in court”

July 24, 2014

Plated IX

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

November 6, 2013

Picture of the Week: Handcuffed Hall

by Matthew Steeples

Stuart Hall arrives at Preston Magistrates Court in handcuffs   Stuart Hall’s disgrace rightly continues to make headlines as yet more allegations emerge against him. For that reason, an image of the 83-year old former presenter arriving at Preston Magistrates Court in handcuffs today had to be our Picture of the Week.

September 11, 2013

A pint of Michael Le Vell

by Matthew Steeples

‘Coronation Street’ actor may have been cleared but was celebrating with a pint the best idea?   Actor Michael Le Vell was cleared of 12 sex offence allegations yesterday. He is an innocent man but though he was shown to be an alcoholic adulterer in court, he is now set for a “bumper £250,000 pay … Continue reading “A pint of Michael Le Vell”

September 2, 2013

Courting Corrie

by Matthew Steeples

Actors William Roache and Michael Le Vell in court on the same day   Soaps are meant to be more dramatic than reality. In the case of the nation’s longest running series, however, it’s the personal lives of the actors that have actually become more tawdry.

June 7, 2013

Cock Roache arrested again

by Matthew Steeples

William Roache is charged with five counts of indecent assault   Things are not looking for good for Coronation Street’s William Roache. His friend Owen Oyston, several of whose businesses he also happens to be a director of, was jailed in 1996 for rape and more recently his other friend and fellow director, Stuart Hall, … Continue reading “Cock Roache arrested again”

May 18, 2013

Rename it “Paedo Street”

by Matthew Steeples

A fourth ‘Coronation Street’ star stands accused of abuse   The ITV soap Coronation Street was first broadcast in 1960. It was meant to be representative of the lives of ordinary people.   Now, with the Daily Mail revealing that a fourth cast member has been accused of “very inappropriate behaviour towards a girl”, the … Continue reading “Rename it “Paedo Street””

May 13, 2013

“Cock Roache” fears attack

by Matthew Steeples

As a William Roache waxwork is defaced, his friends announce that he fears being attacked himself   The actor who plays Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow, William Roache MBE, is due at Preston Crown Court tomorrow. Mr Roache, who has been charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s, supposedly also fears … Continue reading ““Cock Roache” fears attack”

May 6, 2013

Helen Flanagan

by Matthew Steeples

This Manchester born former Coronation Street actress has a penchant for footballers and was once described as “Britain’s dumbest celebrity” by The Sun. In May 2013, of convicted paedophile Stuart Hall, she commented: “I just think, that’s an 83-year-old man, you could give him a heart attack. Have some respect”. Previously she shared a photograph … Continue reading “Helen Flanagan”

‘Cock Roache’ arrested

by Matthew Steeples

William Roache, better known as “Coronation Street’s” Ken Barlow is arrested over allegation of the rape of an under-age girl   Recently, we reported on remarks given by Coronation Street actor William Roache MBE to a New Zealand television programme about people who have committed child sex crimes. Roache bizarrely said that the public should … Continue reading “‘Cock Roache’ arrested”

March 26, 2013

A cock-up by “Cock Roache”

by Matthew Steeples

The latest in a series of bizarre comments from actor William Roache   William Roache MBE, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, is no stranger to controversy.   The grandson of a Freemason who was interested in hypnotism, theosophy and esotericism, Roache is a vegetarian and spiritualist who was photographed participating in Druid rituals … Continue reading “A cock-up by “Cock Roache””

March 3, 2013

Jack P. Shepherd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks actor Jack Shepherd (“Coronation Street’s” David Platt): “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Patience and optimism.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.  

Judy Finnigan

by Matthew Steeples

This former daytime television presenter is now a novelist who somewhat ambitiously compares herself to Dame Daphne du Maurier. Better known collectively with her second husband as just “Richard and Judy”, Judy Finnigan has been beset by rumours about her love of alcohol for many years. She didn’t exactly help put a stop to such … Continue reading “Judy Finnigan”

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

October 31, 2012

The tortoise of car runs

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples introduces the 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run   This Sunday, the 4th November, is the 116th year since the first London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It is the longest running motoring event in the world and to qualify, competing cars have to have been built before 1905.     This … Continue reading “The tortoise of car runs”

September 26, 2012

Prince Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the businessman, philanthropist and reality television star Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Beer and bacon. I need both to function.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “No one … Continue reading “Prince Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 25, 2012

Helen Worth (born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth and also known as “Gail Platt”)

by Matthew Steeples

Raised in Morecambe, Lancashire at a seafront hotel, Worth has played Coronation Street’s Gail Platt since 1974. This former wife of the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine, Michael Angelis, lives between Cheshire and Chelsea and when not acting she’s often to be found campaigning for the Born Free Foundation.

May 13, 2012

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

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