Corrie legend Julie Goodyear MBE has announced she will be donating a large chunk of her character’s jewellery to be auctioned off.
Julie played the Rovers Return legend Bet Lynch from 1966 to 2003, and is one of the most recognisable characters, donning unforgettable amounts of cheetah print, bright lipstick and plenty of gold chains.
She’ll be auctioning off the jewellery in aid of Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne, as they can no longer go ahead with their 21st anniversary due to Covid-19 restrictions.
She said: “I have always taken a keen interest in Willow Wood Hospice, which is a fantastic local charity, as their founding patron was my dear friend Roy Barraclough who played my screen husband Alec.
“When I heard that they had been forced to cancel almost all their fundraising events in this, their 21st year, I wanted to do something to help.”
Among one of the items is the iconic bird cage earrings that Bet wore as she left the Rovers in 1995.
Karen Houlston, Willow Wood Hospice’s chief executive, said: “We are very proud of our links with Roy Barraclough and his family, who continue to support us, and thrilled that Julie has chosen to help us in this way.
“The hospice relies on volunteers and charitable donations to serve the community of Tameside and Glossop and this year has been tough.”
Next month, Willow Wood were set to have a Corrie-themed fundraiser to run alongside the soap’s 60th Birthday, however the plans have been scrapped due to the pandemic.
The charity has patrons including the late Roy Barraclough and Last of the Summer Wine’s Kathy Staff, who also played Vera Hopkins in Corrie.
Currently, Julie Hesmondhalgh who played Hayley Cropper in the soap is also a patron.
Karen added: “We have a lot of Corrie fans amongst our supporters and volunteers so were really looking forward to a pint, a bowl of hotpot and a lot of Corrie anecdotes from our patron Mark Llewellin who has been connected with the show for over two decades and a Coronation Street tour guide and expert.
“It was such a shame when we had to cancel and of course, it has certainly affected us financially.”
As part of the new fundraising, patron Mark Llewellin – who has been connected to the show and is a Coronation Street tour guide and expert – has created a fan film about the show with many of the cast making an appearance.
The film will feature tales from the shows last 60 years and will feature the likes of Julie Goodyear, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Amanda Barrie, Jennie McAlpine, Sally Ann Matthews and Ted Robbins.
Karen said: “Rather than just showing it to our existing supporters we are hoping that Corrie fans around the world will make a donation and download the film to watch at home wherever they are.
“Every penny will go to providing palliative care and to support those in our community with other long-term issues such as dementia.
“We can’t thank people enough – Corrie fans are definitely streets ahead!”
BBC confirms Line of Duty is returning this month for series six
The BBC has confirmed when Line of Duty will return to our screens for season six and fans can’t wait.
A 15-second teaser of the BBC drama Line of Duty has been revealed and fans were left buzzing when they realised it’s not too much longer to wait.
The much-loved drama will be heading to screens this month on Sunday March 21st at 9pm!
The highly anticipated sixth series was teased in a tiny clip featuring Adrian Dunbar returning as Superintendent Ted Hastings, Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming and Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott.
A new recruit has also been confirmed for the series in the Anti-Corruption Unit 12 played by Shalom Brune-Franklin as DC Chloe Bishop.
The upcoming series will be the longest ever with one additional episode, making it seven instead of six.
Fans on Twitter simply cannot contain their excitement. One wrote: “The music just gives you goosebumps and gets your heart racing.”
While a second added: “The best programme on TV! Watched it faithfully since the 1st series when it was on BBC2.”
A third said: “Nothing else matters but Line of Duty,”
The new series will also feature actress Kelly Macdonald guest starring as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson. Davidson is a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case.
Gogglebox’s Tom Malone Jr responds to rumours about why he left the show
He’s now left the show
Tom Malone Jr confirmed yesterday that he’s leaving Gogglebox, after becoming a firm favourite on the show alongside his very Mancunian family.
Tom took to Twitter to announce that he is leaving Gogglebox for good, thanking Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for his time on the popular show.
The 26-year-old is part of the much-loved Malone family from Manchester, who joined Gogglebox back in 2014, with dad Tom Senior and mum Julie starring alongside Tom Jr and Shaun.
Tom Sr and Julie have two more children, Lee and Vanessa, although the older siblings have never appeared on the show.
While Tom Jr has officially departed the show, he confirmed that his family will remain on Gogglebox for future seasons – much to everyone’s delight.
He announced the news on Twitter, saying: “So after six years it’s finally time to put down the remote and say goodbye to Gogglebox.
“I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for allowing me to be a part of the show. But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.
“I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about having said something stupid! P.S. Don’t worry my parents and my brother will still be on the show to keep you guys entertained every Friday.”
He later returned to Twitter to respond to rumours about why he left the show, tweeting: “Just to clear a few things up: I didn’t ‘Quit’ the show… I left on good terms.
“My girlfriend never even wanted to be on the show and had nothing to do with me leaving. I wasn’t scared to say something stupid.
“Anyone spouting these narratives are spreading fabrications.”
While Tom has yet to reveal what new opportunities he’ll be exploring, his dance career is on the up so there’s likely a very bright future ahead of him, and we wish him all the best.
Gogglebox is returning to our screens for a new series tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.
Married at First Sight is looking for single Mancunians for the new UK series
Married at First Sight UK is looking for single Mancunians for the new series!
The Australian version of the show has been providing much entertainment for many throughout lockdown with shocking reveals and endless drama.
Now, the series is returning to the UK – and you can apply!
Normally, in the past five series of Married at First Sight UK, the programme follows the couples separately on their journey to meeting each other. Then, we follow their first meeting on the aisle, their honeymoon and finally if they decide to stay married.
However, the sixth season is set to be a little different.
Leaning more towards the Australian format, the couples will no longer take part in a legally binding marriage and instead have a commitment ceremony.
The new series will also move to E4 from Channel 4 and undergo a huge makeover.
A statement by E4 explained: “Following the Australian format, rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.
“After the ceremony and celebrations are over, true love is well and truly put to the test, as they embark on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other AND their fellow couples.
“Relationships will be put under the microscope, by fellow brides and grooms at weekly dinner parties – as well as by the experts, at recurring commitment ceremonies, where couples choose whether they want to stay in or leave the process.
“All this and more will build to a dramatic series finale: glossy, high-stakes vow renewals, in which each couple must decide if they will recommit to their partner or go their separate ways.”
Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, said: “I’m thrilled to be refreshing one of the portfolio’s most popular brands for E4, bringing extra scale and ambition to what is already one of the most audacious and provocative experiments on television, and delivering what we hope will be the most exciting series yet.”
If you’re single and willing to take on the thorough application process which includes a headshot and video, you can apply here.
Applications are closing soon so be quick!