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Tag: television

November 29, 2017

The Stars of Beel

by Matthew Steeples

Neglected Georgian mansion that has been home to Sir Dirk Bogarde, Basil Dearden, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Matt Aitken and Robert Kilroy-Silk for sale for 39% less than it sold for in 2014   A dilapidated Grade II* listed country house whose extensive roster of owners numbers aristocrats, rock and film stars and politicians is … Continue reading “The Stars of Beel”

November 27, 2017

The Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP (AKA ‘The Telegraph Crow’)

by General

Aside from spending more time in television studios than working for the good of her constituents, this crow-like creature is a “hard Brexiteer” with a penchant for claiming expenses for a second home despite representing a North London constituency. Bombastic to her core and a one-time friend of the “arse grabber” Brian Coleman, Theresa Villiers … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP (AKA ‘The Telegraph Crow’)”

November 13, 2017

Opening up Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

Previously publicity shy Menéndez brothers both speak publicly about killing their parents in the wake of the success of NBC’s ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’   Erik and Lyle Menéndez, the brothers convicted of murdering their allegedly abusive multi-millionaire parents José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez at their home in Beverly Hills, California … Continue reading “Opening up Menéndez”

November 10, 2017

Exposing Traditional Britain

by Matthew Steeples

After far-right Traditional Britain Group is exposed in an ITV documentary, oddball founder and ex-jailbird Gregory Lauder-Frost responds   Last night ITV screened an hour long documentary that “examined the resurgence of the far right in Britain; its expansion on and use of the Internet and social media; the internationalization of the far right with … Continue reading “Exposing Traditional Britain”

October 28, 2017

Shoeing Out Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Why did the BBC waste fifteen minutes discussing Theresa May’s footwear? The nation would be a better place if she was simply shoed out   This morning on BBC One’s breakfast show, the hosts spent twenty minutes discussing the inane matter of another programme showing a shot of Theresa May’s shoes.   Given the ‘Imelda … Continue reading “Shoeing Out Theresa”

October 24, 2017

Tax in Post

by Matthew Steeples

Reliant Regal 3-wheeler used in the BBC’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in Monaco in 2002 to be offered for sale at auction   A 1968 Reliant Regal 3-wheeler used in the 2002 ‘If only they could see us now’ episode of the hit BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses is to be sold at … Continue reading “Tax in Post”

October 17, 2017

Wally of the Week – Richard Madeley

by Matthew Steeples

Sanctimonious champagne grabber Richard Madeley makes inappropriate joke about alleged abuser Harvey Weinstein   Richard Madeley rather loves the sound of his own voice. Decades ago he formed part of a tediously sanctimonious duo known to the nation as ‘Richard and Judy’ but now this irritating pair – though surprisingly still married – pretty much … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Richard Madeley”

August 8, 2017

A Sugar Palace

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Sugar puts his gin palace up for sale for £12.7 million after owning it for just two years; it was originally built for the controversial tycoon Alan Bond   On Monday, the Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare revealed that Lord Sugar – of The Apprentice fame, in case you didn’t already know – is trying … Continue reading “A Sugar Palace”

May 30, 2017

Rotten Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf”

May 16, 2017

Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)

by Matthew Steeples

Wacky Leeds born actor Geoffrey Bayldon was best known for playing Catweazle in the 1970s series of the same name as the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge. Bayldon also played ‘Q’ in Casino Royale in 1967, was gay, turned down the role of Dr Who twice thinking the series “too long” and enjoyed collecting watercolour paintings, … Continue reading “Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)”

May 14, 2017

Louise Rowntree – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with public affairs and communications consultant and Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelsea & Fulham Louise Rowntree   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Treat others the way you want to be treated.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Louise Rowntree – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 12, 2017

Carina Reid

by General

Thieving Chelsea based trollop Carina Reid was labeled “arrogant”, “extremely boorish” and a fraudster by a judge in May 2017. Often spotted in the now defunct La Brasserie restaurant, this tarty so-called beautician was jailed for three years in May 2016 and ordered to pay back £50,000 she’d falsely claimed in benefits a year later. … Continue reading “Carina Reid”

April 30, 2017

Miriam Margolyes OBE

by Matthew Steeples

In April 2017, esteemed actress Miriam Margolyes described Theresa May as “that awful woman” and hinted that she had little-to-any enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn’s “hell of a mess” also. In the same interview, in her “distinctive voice”, she added: “It is the job of the arts to engage in life… That’s what I care about”. … Continue reading “Miriam Margolyes OBE”

April 21, 2017

(Not) Wedded by Ward

by Matthew Steeples

Loudmouth champagne swiller Dawn Ward once again fails to get permission to turn her vulgar home into a wedding venue   Marketing material for Dawn Ward’s tastelessly decorated home, Warford Hall, near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, boldly describes it as “the finest entertaining house ever conceived”. She’s failed to generate any interest in it since … Continue reading “(Not) Wedded by Ward”

April 19, 2017

What a Difference a Day Makes

by Matthew Steeples

Twenty-four hours ago Arthur Collins was the toast of OK! magazine; he’s now on the run and a wanted man   Twenty-four hours ago, the Mail Online gushed about Ferne McCann and Arthur Collins, a couple most of our readers will never have heard of. Now, that article is gone and instead the press are … Continue reading “What a Difference a Day Makes”

April 15, 2017

Witchfinders and Watermills

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque watermill used in ‘The Witchfinder General’ and ‘Dad’s Army’ for sale   Witches and water don’t have an affinity – with dunking being a common form of punishment for suspects in the 16th and 17th centuries – and at The Watermill on the River Black Bourn at Ixworth in Suffolk, just such activity occurred … Continue reading “Witchfinders and Watermills”

March 7, 2017

Jan Harvey

by General

Penzance born actress Jan Harvey is married to her Howards’ Way co-star Stephen Yardley. She played Jan Howard in the popular series that depicted Thatcherite, nouveau riche excess from 1985 to 1990, has also appeared in Inspector Morse and Lovejoy and was pushed off a balcony to her death in Eastenders in 2016. In 2013, … Continue reading “Jan Harvey”

February 19, 2017

P**s Off Piers

by Matthew Steeples

Piers Morgan withdraws from presenting an awards ceremony after an online campaign to oust him went viral; next he needs to leave Britain for good   On Sunday, Piers Morgan, undoubtedly one of the most loathed men in Britain, took to social media to explain why he has opted to pull out of hosting the … Continue reading “P**s Off Piers”

October 6, 2016

Crazy Corbyn & Awful Abbott

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Jeremy Corbyn’s appointment of Diane Abbott as Home Secretary proves he’s beyond bonkers   I am honoured to be blocked on Twitter by Diane Abbott MP. She’s now Shadow Home Secretary and in appointing her, the worst Labour leader in history, Jeremy Corbyn, achieved one thing: He proved that he’s only capable … Continue reading “Crazy Corbyn & Awful Abbott”

March 21, 2016

Boy George scratched

by Matthew Steeples

Viewers left asking how Boy George acquired facial bruising and scratches

March 2, 2016

Kylie and Kardashian

by Matthew Steeples

There’s only one Kylie – and it’s not a Jenner-Kardashian

February 27, 2016

Three umbrellas

by Matthew Steeples

‘Million Dollar Listing’s’ Justin Fichelson lists £12.6 million Carmel estate used by Ferrari and Pagani during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

February 21, 2016

Minder mobiles

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler used in ‘Minder’ to be auctioned alongside a Ford Capri from the same series; rather appropriately it was once clocked

January 12, 2016

Donal Skehan

by General

Dublin born Donal Skehan morphed from being part of a boyband to being recognised as one of the most popular food bloggers after being endorsed by Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver

October 10, 2015

Diane Sawyer (born Lila Diane Sawyer)

by General

A former member of President Nixon’s White House staff turned acclaimed television journalist, Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky.

October 6, 2015

#JustSaying Caroline Stanbury

by Matthew Steeples

Will socialite Caroline Stanbury’s attempt to become Britain’s answer to the Kardashians hit the buffers in the same way that her Gift Library Business did?

September 21, 2015

Back to LeBaron

by Matthew Steeples

“Unmolested” wood-clad Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country convertible to be sold at Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile auction for just £5,800

September 19, 2015

Sandra Shevey

by General

Though she claims to be a feminist, a writer, an expert on market towns and a film and television location tour guide, Sandra Shevey tends to busy her days writing complaints about amongst others Asda, Debenhams, Tesco and Waitrose on Twitter.

July 28, 2015

Constance Briscoe

by General

The author of Ugly and Beyond Ugly, Clapham based Constance Briscoe is nothing but a shameless disgrace.

July 16, 2015

The surprising rise of Alexa Chung

by Matthew Steeples

Why does Alexa Chung generate so many column inches? The answer remains shrouded in mystery suggests Matthew Steeples

July 9, 2015

From Russia with Cash

by Matthew Steeples

Anyone who watches Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ will agree that it is now time for estate agents to be regulated suggests Matthew Steeples

July 4, 2015

Blake Mycoskie

by General

Arlington, Texas born TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie started out selling shoes from his apartment in 2006 and now describes his position within what has become a vastly successful company as “Chief Giver of Shoes”.

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

June 13, 2015

Emily Clarkson

by General

The feminist daughter of the television icon Jeremy Clarkson is the antithesis of negativity and Katie Hopkins.

May 9, 2015

Serena Cowdy

by General

Freelance journalist and commentator Serena Cowdy blogs as ‘Cowdy Calling’.

May 6, 2015

Peter Dinklage

by General

Despite his diminutive stature, Peter Dinklage lives life large.

April 2, 2015

Video of the Week: SketchShe

by Matthew Steeples

YouTube hit Australian trio SketchShe share a lip sync medley of classic tracks that will brighten your day

March 30, 2015

Kerry Washington

by General

A self-declared activist, Bronx born actress Kerry Washington has an astounding 2 million followers on Twitter.

March 29, 2015

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

March 28, 2015

Gillian Anderson

by General

Best known for her role in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson married her first husband on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii.

March 9, 2015

Aidan Turner

by General

Despite tweeting just twice, Dublin born actor Aidan Turner has over 21,000 followers on Twitter.

March 7, 2015

Alexa Jago

by General

A delightful and talented actress and film financier, Alexa Jago is based in London and Los Angeles.

February 14, 2015

Laudered

by steepleadmin

Estée Lauder heir Ronald S. Lauder deals a body blow to Romanian film industry

February 1, 2015

Emily VanCamp

by General

Canadian actress Emily VanCamp appeared in Everwood between 2002 and 2006 and Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2010.

January 4, 2015

Philip Mould OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This renowned art sleuth co-presents BBC1’s Fake or Fortune? with Fiona Bruce.

December 26, 2014

Zack Peck (also known as Zackary Peck)

by General

The grandson of the late, great actor Gregory Peck and the son of a wannabe actor named Anthony Peck and “the first American supermodel”, Cheryl Tiegs.

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.

October 24, 2014

Fortunes and footballers

by Matthew Steeples

Gareth Southgate markets his £3.25 million Grade I listed Yorkshire home   Footballers are not generally noted for living in tasteful homes so it is somewhat surprising to find that the former England player turned Middlesborough manager Gareth Southgate’s current home is a Grade I listed “Elizabethan style” hall on the banks of Swinsty Reservoir, nine … Continue reading “Fortunes and footballers”

Ryan Serhant

by General

Born in Texas and educated at Hamilton College, New York, Ryan Serhant began his career as an actor on the long running series As the World Turns.

October 6, 2014

Carole Malone

by General

To her 3,000 followers on Twitter this malicious media megamouth is just a “Geordie columnist” who came tenth in Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.

September 29, 2014

Evgeny Lebedev

by General

This “true romantic” and “Londongrad playboy” is the publisher of The Independent and the Evening Standard and also was involved in setting up the London Live television station. Evgeny Lebedev is the son of a billionaire ex-KGB agent and has been described as “a modern Machiavellian prince” and as having “a penchant for white silk suits”. … Continue reading “Evgeny Lebedev”

September 23, 2014

Dave Lee Travis: Guilty as charged

by Matthew Steeples

Sympathy for Dave Lee Travis should evaporate after his having been found guilty of indecent assault and as he faces civil action over a further allegation

September 22, 2014

Kate Williams

by General

Oxford educated Kate Williams is an expert on royal history. A television presenter and author, Williams has over 10,000 followers on Twitter and has been described as “an outstanding talent” by Matthew D’Ancona. She is based in London and her works include The Pleasures of Men, Becoming Queen and England’s Mistress.  

Roberto Senigaglia

by Matthew Steeples

One of the best known doormen in the world, Roberto Senigaglia works at Venice’s Hotel Cipriani and has been photographed with everyone from Al Pacino to Gwyneth Paltrow. He’s featured in Vanity Fair’s ‘The Best List’ and on Richard E. Grant’s Hotel Secrets and is celebrated for his “beaming smile”.  

Julia Child (1912 – 2004)

by General

Credited with bringing French cooking to Americans, Julia Child was a lady who once stated: “I believe in cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food”. A female equivalent of Keith Floyd and born in Pasadena, California, Child was too tall to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in the Second World … Continue reading “Julia Child (1912 – 2004)”

September 9, 2014

The Rivers Way

by Matthew Steeples

As Broadway refuses to dim its lights for Joan Rivers, a list of those she banned from her funeral is revealed

September 8, 2014

Help find the EastEnders parrot

by Matthew Steeples

Appeal launched to find a parrot that whistles the EastEnders theme tune that has gone missing in Kent

September 5, 2014

Bloomberg blooms

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg back at the helm at Bloomberg   Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is to unexpectedly resume control of his eponymous financial data and media company at the end of the year just eight months after ending his final term as New York’s mayor.

Roald Dahl: Literary hero

by James Murphy

James Murphy lauds Roald Dahl as a literary hero   My last article focused on Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl provides a natural sequel. Like Fleming, Dahl’s work continues to film and television from beyond his grave.

August 24, 2014

Henry Cavill

by Matthew Steeples

This Jersey born actor was educated at Stowe and has appeared in everything from Midsomer Murders to The Tudors. Henry Cavill didn’t quite beat Daniel Craig to play James Bond but as Superman he’s claimed plaudits galore. As a child he was nicknamed “Fat Cavill” but now he’s the one having the last laugh. He … Continue reading “Henry Cavill”

Out of the Ordinary

by Matthew Steeples

Highlights from the second annual Christie’s South Kensington sale of unusual items and objects, ‘Out of the Ordinary’   On 3rd September Christie’s South Kensington will auction “an eclectic selection of art and ephemera celebrating the joy of the unconventional”. Here, The Steeple Times selects a few highlights

August 20, 2014

Josh Bowman

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Berkshire, Josh Bowman is a rugby player turned actor who briefly dated Amy Winehouse in 2009. Having spent two years in the BBC’s Holby City, he moved to Los Angeles to take up the main role of Daniel Grayson in the popular American ABC series Revenge in 2011. His co-star Emily VanCamp has … Continue reading “Josh Bowman”

August 9, 2014

Confusing a castle

by Matthew Steeples

Confused.com founder puts castle on market for £1.5 million less than she spent on it   “Wild haired” Kate Armstrong, the Australian founder of Confused.com, bought the medieval Scottish castle Cassillis House in Ayrshire from the Kennedy clan in 2009 for £3 million. She spent four years and £3.5 million updating and improving it but is … Continue reading “Confusing a castle”

August 6, 2014

Picture of the Week: It’s not OK!

by Matthew Steeples

This week’s cover of OK! magazine illustrates what is wrong about Britain   Britain is a country that can be credited with having been responsible for amongst other things penicillin, television, commercial jets, electric light, a global language, cricket, tennis, rugby, Shakespeare, parliamentary democracy and the Internet. With so much to celebrate, what did OK! … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: It’s not OK!”

July 28, 2014

Investigating Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

In the wake of the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial, we examine the merits of investigative journalism   Tulisa Contostavlos declared she’d had a “rollercoaster of a week” after she was convicted of assault in one case yet saw off another after it was thrown out due to the “serious misconduct” on the part … Continue reading “Investigating Tulisa”

July 20, 2014

Remembering Ross

by Matthew Steeples

Ross Burden passes away aged just 47   Antipodean television chef Ross Burden “died peacefully” on the 17th July aged just 47.

July 13, 2014

Made in chains

by Matthew Steeples

‘Made in Chelsea’ tours and chain stores have taken the place of Led Zeppelin and Sloane Rangers on London’s Kings Road   The Kings Road was famous as the centre of counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s. It subsequently became gentrified in the 1980s and 1990s but now is primarily dominated by the outlets of … Continue reading “Made in chains”

July 9, 2014

Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks author of “Rowing Blazers” Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Creativity and persistence.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Aut viam inveniam aut faciam: “Either I shall find a … Continue reading “Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 23, 2014

Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

This maverick publishing legend and poet founded Dennis Publishing in 1974 and was the first person to say the word “cunt” on live British television in 1970 on David Frost’s The Frost Programme. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Felix Dennis was jailed but subsequently acquitted in a trial relating to a sexually explicit Rupert the Bear cartoon … Continue reading “Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)”

April 17, 2014

Beebed

by Matthew Steeples

Jeremy Paxman is right to criticise the BBC   This week Jeremy Paxman – one of the BBC’s highest paid presenters – took on the very organisation that employs him in an interview with the Guardian.

April 4, 2014

Quote of the Week: Famous for nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Johnny Depp accurately sums up the cult of celebrity   This week whilst promoting his latest film, Transcendence, the actor Johnny Depp stated: “People get famous now for I-don’t-know-what”.

March 22, 2014

Wally of the Week: Spencer Matthews (again)

by Matthew Steeples

‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Spencer Matthews spotted sporting a most pretentious baseball cap   In a Chelsea restaurant yesterday, Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews was spotted sporting a baseball cap. Hardly newsworthy but what was ridiculous about it was that it bore the caption “Fresh Ego Kid”.

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