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September 12, 2018

An Almighty Allsopp

by Matthew Steeples

Is the fuss over Kirstie Allsopp smashing up her children’s iPads justified? Or was it actually a very clever publicity stunt on her part?   On Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show on Monday, one of the panel, The Hon. Kirstie Allsopp, shared that she’d smashed up her children’s iPads because they weren’t using them responsibly. … Continue reading “An Almighty Allsopp”

September 4, 2018

Petition – Axe Loose Women

by General

Matthew Steeples launches a Change.org petition calling on ITV1 to ‘Axe Loose Women’ in the wake of the tawdry show’s latest scandal   Further to his article yesterday suggesting ITV1 cease airing their tasteless daytime chat show Loose Women, Matthew Steeples started a Change.org petition calling on the channel to action just such.   Justifying … Continue reading “Petition – Axe Loose Women”

September 3, 2018

Lose the Loose

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests enough is enough after ‘Loose Women’s’ latest scandal; ITV should scrap this repugnantly gross TV show   I’ve always thought Loose Women to be nothing but gross – and in fact have even suggested there should be a male counterpoint titled Misogynist Men. Featuring an ageing bunch of blabbermouths, this lunchtime ‘chat … Continue reading “Lose the Loose”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

April 13, 2017

Martina Big

by Matthew Steeples

Born white in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany in 1989, but now perceived by many to be black, “pneumatic chested” Martina Big increased her cleavage to a 32S and “turned her pale skin a deep mahogany shade that draws stares from strangers everywhere she goes”. A former air hostess turned glamour model, Miss Big appeared on ITV1’s This … Continue reading “Martina Big”

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times wishes readers a very Merry Christmas 2015

February 11, 2015

Heathrowed out

by Matthew Steeples

An update on the allegedly homeless Heathrow duo Alan Lane and Katrina Smith

January 14, 2015

Ampika Pickston

by General

Oldham born divorcee and former glamour model Ampika Pickston describes herself as “feisty, fun loving and warm hearted”.

August 11, 2014

America’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to buy an American equivalent of Downton Abbey   Downton Abbey returns to our screens this autumn and one has to ask whether its writer Julian Fellowes was at all influenced by the story of the story of Peter Widener of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose son and grandson both died in the sinking of … Continue reading “America’s Downton”

June 19, 2014

Mansions for £1

by Matthew Steeples

An English country house that sold for a £1 and a Scottish mansion with an asking price of just £1   Downton Abbey addicts take note: For the same price as a double cheeseburger on McDonald’s saver menu you could live like the Earl and Countess Grantham if you bought a Georgian mansion in Chirnside … Continue reading “Mansions for £1”

October 17, 2013

Bonneville’s super ride

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, at Leicester.

October 7, 2013

Homing on Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Sunday night’s viewing was a mixed bag   Last night Homeland went head to head with Downton Abbey. The winner, in our view, was clearly Homeland but though both had their moments, both had clear weaknesses.

September 21, 2013

Downton the Hatch!

by Matthew Steeples

As ‘Downton Abbey’ returns tonight, we raise a glass to its official unofficial drinking game   Downton Abbey, a show that many have mixed views about, returns tonight. The nation will no doubt be gripped and though we hope Julian Fellowes has ironed out the historical inaccuracies and corrected the strangely informal relations between the … Continue reading “Downton the Hatch!”

September 14, 2013

Russian rubbish

by Matthew Steeples

We’d rather not ‘Meet The Russians’   Whilst Made in Chelsea is harmless nonsense and The Only Way Is Essex car crash viewing, the plethora of similar shows that have followed are surely just indicative of the new lows British television has arrived at.

August 7, 2013

Sunning it

by Matthew Steeples

Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey move on (yet again)   To most, both “sunrise” and “sundown” are beautiful spectacles. For Anthea Turner, these are words she’d probably rather forget.

August 6, 2013

Berkoff berates the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

Steven Berkoff speaks for millions in comments about the dumbing down of the BBC   Actor and director Steven Berkoff has never been known for mincing his words. That’s why we like him. In his latest comments describing much of what the BBC broadcast as “garbage” and ITV1’s Downton Abbey as featuring “a lot of … Continue reading “Berkoff berates the Beeb”

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 1, 2013

‘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”

April 23, 2013

Penelope Wilton OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Yorkshire born and twice divorced, Wilton is the niece of actor Bill Travers. She’s performed widely but truly came to fame when she appeared alongside Richard Briers in the BBC’s Ever Decreasing Circles in 1984. As Rosemary in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads 2 and as Mrs Bibby in his The History Boys, she was brilliant … Continue reading “Penelope Wilton OBE”

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 17, 2013

Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

by Matthew Steeples

This witty Northern comedian began his career as deputy headmaster at Caton Primary School in Lancashire. Best known as the host of Bullseye between 1981 and 1985, Bowen’s back in the limelight as many suggest he’s a lookalike of the new Pope. His BBC Radio Lancashire show was axed in 1999 after he referred to … Continue reading “Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)”

March 5, 2013

Michelle Dockery

by Matthew Steeples

This Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress came to prominence as Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley in September 2010 and is now considered “one of the most chattered-about women on television”. Born in Romford, Essex, Dockery has also appeared in television series’ including Heartbeat and Dalziel and Pascoe and films such as Anna Karenina with … Continue reading “Michelle Dockery”

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.  

January 8, 2013

Lydia Bright

by General

She became famous in The Only Way is Essex but quit because her ex-boyfriend and the show were making her life “unbearable.” Miss Bright plainly has a lot of nous as she’s capitalised on her success by launching a popular range of dresses and a boutique named Bella Sorella. Good for her.

December 26, 2012

A Robin Reliant of a drama

by Matthew Steeples

Our view on the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey   Christmas Day is meant to be a time for celebration and joy. After feasting likes kings, many of us sat down to a cheery cartoon or drama. With that in mind, watching Downton Abbey seemed like a good option.     8.1 million Brits viewed … Continue reading “A Robin Reliant of a drama”

November 14, 2012

Eddie Redmayne

by Matthew Steeples

An Old Etonian and graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Redmayne has performed alongside Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Julianne Moore. He’s noted for his manners but admits he “didn’t have a clue” when he did work experience in banking prior to embarking on a career as an actor. He’s modeled with Cara Delevingne for … Continue reading “Eddie Redmayne”

November 9, 2012

Name and shame at your peril

by Matthew Steeples

Philip Schofield and the protection of powerful paedophiles   Yesterday, when Phillip Schofield showed the Prime Minister a note containing the names of alleged politician paeodophiles who have been named on Twitter, little did he realise what he’d set in motion.     Amongst the names was that of Lord McAlpine who also appears on … Continue reading “Name and shame at your peril”

November 8, 2012

Nad’s not that Mad

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that Nadine Dorries is perhaps right to head for the jungle   Don’t get me wrong: I think Nadine Dorries is an utter loon. For those who haven’t heard of her, she’s the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire and a bit of a mouthpiece. Her entry on our roll call attracted over 8,000 hits … Continue reading “Nad’s not that Mad”

November 5, 2012

Laura Carmichael

by Matthew Steeples

A Southampton born graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Laura Carmichael came to public prominence in ITV1’s Downton Abbey. Her October 2012 West End debut, opposite Anna Friel in Uncle Vanya, was briefly interrupted by Sir Peter Hall heckling. He’s since apologised and all’s well once again. With some 20,000 followers on Twitter, this … Continue reading “Laura Carmichael”

October 16, 2012

Tarred by Paparazzi

by Matthew Steeples

The bonfire sale of a monster of a mansion that has had a $15 million price reduction   A property was first built at 10425 West Sunset Boulevard in Lower Bel Air, Los Angeles in 1936. Here, in this most exclusive of districts, the homes of the prosperous residents are hidden from view and this … Continue reading “Tarred by Paparazzi”

September 26, 2012

Playground victims

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares the latest of her “playground politics” experiences   My son started at a new school a few weeks back. Five foot eleven, half of him at 13 he is now taller than me.   He was a bit nervous, I cried in the car after I dropped him off and he refused … Continue reading “Playground victims”

August 20, 2012

Cycling with a Smile

by Matthew Steeples

Former Emmerdale bad boy Lyndon Ogbourne updates readers of The Steeple Times on his cycle expedition for Once Upon a Smile   Part One: I begin this section of my travel journal, sat Bear Gryls style, next to a campfire I’ve successfully made, cooking a fish I’ve caught (with much difficulty) that I plan to … Continue reading “Cycling with a Smile”

July 4, 2012

An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne

by Claire Rubinstein

Claire Rubinstein interviews Lyndon Ogbourne for “The Steeple Times”   Last week, Claire Rubinstein made Emmerdale fans envious when she interviewed the soap’s former baddest boy at Sette restaurant in Chelsea.   Over lunch, the pair chatted about Ogbourne’s career, charity, social media and forthcoming projects. Watch video footage of the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tncDQkCxgsY   … Continue reading “An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne”

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”

May 10, 2012

Kerry Katona

by Matthew Steeples

Some call her “Warrington’s finest export.” Others don’t. She tried to persuade mums to go to Iceland and in the process went bankrupt. This tragic former Atomic Kitten really should just be kept off our screens.

April 28, 2012

Lyndon Ogbourne

by Matthew Steeples

He was Emmerdale’s number one bad boy for several years but with the help of his agents at Curtis Brown, his career is stepping up a gear.  He’s also appeared in Spooks and Doctors and is well known for cooking up a pretty mean brunch.

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