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Deirdre Barlow: Coronation Street says goodbye to a legend

From her bubble perm and glasses to her travails with Ken and her time in prison, she left an indelible mark on viewers of the soap

Dark times descend on Weatherfield this evening. As the Barlows excitedly squabble over plans for a surprise 60th birthday party to mark the return of the iconically put-upon Deirdre, they are greeted by Susie Blake’s Bev, a tragic, tear-stained character at the best of times. Deirdre’s sudden death by aneurysm, sitting in a deckchair, comes cruelly and inevitably, after the premature passing of Anne Kirkbride in January. She was last seen hurling a trifle at the wall of No 1, melting down under the pressure of stepson Peter’s murder trial, shouting “jelly shouldn’t run, it should wobble”. An abrupt end to 42 years on the cobbles. If circumstances dictated that Deirdre would be denied an epic exit storyline, there’s something unintentionally perfect about that final sequence.
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Coronation Street bosses plan 'heartbreaking' Deirdre Barlow exit

'Coronation Street' bosses have planned a ''heartbreaking'' exit for Anne Kirkbride's character Deirdre Barlow. The actress died in January, aged 60, after losing her battle with cancer and it's been revealed her character's 42-year association with the soap will conclude when Ken Barlow - played by Bill Roache - throws a surprise party for her, only to be told by Bev Unwin - played by Susie Blake - that Deirdre suffered a suspected brain aneurysm and died ''peacefully'' in her garden. A show source said: ''Filming this was emotional for everyone involved. Tracy (Barlow) just breaks down and howls as Steve (McDonald)
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Bev Unwin returns to Coronation Street for Deirdre's funeral

Bev Unwin is to return to 'Coronation Street' for Deirdre Barlow's funeral. Susie Blake, who played Rovers Return barmaid Bev from 2003 to 2006, is set to reprise her role later this year in order to pay tribute to her pal, the late Anne Kirkbride. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''It's going to be emotional. ''Some of Deirdre's closest friends and her family will be there to pay their respects.'' Susie was close friends with Anne, who played Deirdre in the ITV soap for over 40 years, before she tragically lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. And the 65-year-old actress
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You, Me & Them’s first series is endearing, but rarely all that funny

You, Me & Them, Series 1

Written and created by Steve Turner

Available streaming on Acorn.TV

A sitcom has two primary jobs in terms of becoming a success: to build a world viewers will want to continue spending time in, and to make them laugh. The former is perhaps the more daunting task, but both are nebulous, hard to measure, and difficult to figure out in advance. British television is often vaunted as superior to its American counterpart, but if American TV has one advantage, it is that the increased episode orders on network television give American sitcoms time to find themselves in their first season. You, Me & Them, the new sitcom from writer/creator Steve Turner, does a decent job at building out a world and cast of characters worth spending time with, but in its six-episode first season, it all too often forgets to be funny.

The show follows
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Sally Phillips, Tom Conti join new Sky1 comedy 'Parents'

Sally Phillips, Tom Conti join new Sky1 comedy 'Parents'
Sally Phillips has signed up for a lead role in Sky1's new comedy Parents. The actress, who has previously starred in shows such as Green Wing and Miranda, will appear in the series alongside The Armando Iannucci Shows' Darren Strange. The duo will play a married couple with two teenage children who are forced to move in with their parents, played by Susie Blake and Tom Conti. Sky's head of comedy Lucy Lumsden said: "We've been on the hunt for smart comedies about family life for Sky1 (more)
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Ex-Corrie actress Susie Blake lands 'Doctors' guest role

Ex-Corrie actress Susie Blake lands 'Doctors' guest role
Former Coronation Street actress Susie Blake has landed a guest role in Doctors, Digital Spy can confirm. The actress played Bev Unwin from 2003 until her departure from the Street in December 2006. Blake will play Sheila Barlett in an episode of the BBC drama due to air later this year. Dr Kevin's (Simon Rivers) suspicions are raised when he sees that Sheila has bruises on his body. His assumption that she is a domestic violence victim leads to the discovery that her husband is responsible for the injuries, however, it is not (more)
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Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Final: Grumpy Old Women do Lady Gaga’s Poker Face (Video)

The Grumpy Old Women really rocked Lady Gaga’s Poker Face on tonight’s Let’s Dance For Sport Relief and the half naked backing dancers certainly didn’t hurt the routine.

Taking part was Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson and Jenny Eclair and the post-menopausal bunch were so well disguised, that we couldn’t even identify the one in the green outfit who was showing way too much crotch! Perversely, we found ourselves trying to work out which granny was the hottest. We have decided on the one in blue.

Jack Dee made us laugh when he claimed that the old dolls “made hip replacements sexy again”.

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Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2010: Grumpy Old Women do Poker Face (Video)

It was no surprise to us when the Grumpy Old Women were voted through to next week’s Let’s Dance final. Those old dolls really rocked Lady Gaga’s Poker Face and the half naked men certainly didn’t hurt the routine.

Taking part was Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson and Jenny Eclair and so well disguised were they, that we couldn’t even identify the one in the green outfit who was showing way too much crotch!

How do you think the Gow will do against Katy Brand, Cheryl Fergison, Richard Arnold and Kate Garraway and Debra Stephenson in next week’s final? Leave your comments below.

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Let’s Dance For Sport Relief 2010: Who is dancing in show three?

We can’t wait to watch tonight’s Let’s Dance For Sports Relief second show, during the first show we laughed so much at Rufus Hound’s Cheryl Cole impression that we almost had a toilet related accident!

Show three will feature performances from Stephen K Amos, Cheryl Fergison, Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons, Jason Cundy and Peter Shilton, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas and Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson and Jenny Eclair.

Get the wine in people and join us back here later and we’ll post the video clips!

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Lets Dance For Sports Relief 2010: Liveblog

As part of this year’s Sports Relief efforts, the BBC is running another series of celebrity based ‘Lets Dance.’

This year’s group will include Katy Brand, Rufus Hound and Shappi Khorsandi represent the world of comedy, alongside some of the nations favourite Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake. Also performing over the series will be the cast from Holby City, the news presenters and Olympians Mark Foster, Iwan Thomas, Leon Taylor, Dalton Grant, Heather Fell and Jamie Baulch.

Let’s get cracking on tonight’s show. We are hoping that someone will be as funny as Robert Webb or can anyone remember Christian and Minty’s hilarious dance last year? Classic! First up is comedian…..

Rufus Hound:

Rufus took to the stage to perform Cheryl Cole’s ‘Fight For This Love’, dressed in full military getup. We particularly loved the revealing
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Kimberley Walsh to be judge on Let’s Dance for Sport Relief

Girls Aloud band member Kimberley Walsh is to follow in fellow band-member Cheryl Cole’s footsteps when she makes an appearance as a judge on BBC’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief.

The show will open on Saturday and will be fronted by Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman.

Some of the acts who’ll feature include Katy Brand, Rufus Hound, Shappi Khorsandi, Jenny Éclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake.

Football stars Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh, and snooker legends Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor are also to star, but what we don’t know yet is who will be dancing which dances.

Two acts from each of the first three shows will go on to the Grand Final, when one act will be crowned Let’s Dance champions 2010.

The BBC’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief site reads, “Each week, three panellists will offer their wit
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Katy Brand, Linda Robson, Jack Dee and Frank Skinner confirmed for Let’s Dance For Sport Relief

The first group of celebrities competing in Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, have been announced today.

Katy Brand, Rufus Hound and Shappi Khorsandi represent the world of comedy, alongside some of the nations favourite Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake.

Also taking to the dance floor will be sporting greats such as footballers Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh, snooker legends Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor and comedians confirmed so far are Jack Dee and Frank Skinner.

This year’s contestants will be judged by an all-new and exciting panel that sees the judging line-up change for all four shows.

Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones return to host the show which kicks off Saturday 20 February 2010 on BBC One.

Each week a celebrity act (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) will perform a number of famous dances such as Single Ladies (Beyonce), Greased Lightning
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First 'Let's Dance' celebrities revealed

First 'Let's Dance' celebrities revealed
The first list of celebrities taking part in Let's Dance For Sport Relief have been revealed. Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the programme, which will run for four weeks on BBC One. Comics Katy Brand, Rufus Hound and Shappi Khorsandi will be joined on the dance show by sports stars Peter Shilton, Rodney Marsh, Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor. Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Jospeh and Susie Blake will also compete in the charity event. The rotating judging panel will be made of comedians such as Frank Skinner and Jack Dee, as well as former contestants. Dance routines (more)
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Corrie's Cilla 'not grumpy all the time'

Corrie's Cilla 'not grumpy all the time'
Former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters has admitted that she does not want to be known as ill-tempered in real life. The 41-year-old actress, who played scheming Cilla Battersby-Brown on the ITV1 soap, is currently appearing in a touring production of comedy show Grumpy Old Women 2. The project sees her joining forces with Jenny Eclair and former co-star Susie Blake (Bev Unwin) to complain about the annoyances of everyday life. Discussing the project in an interview with The Lancaster and Morecambe Citizen, (more)
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