Thomas Turgoose has revealed that This is England director Shane Meadows and costar Stephen Graham offered to adopt him after his mum passed away.
The actor’s mum died from lung cancer shortly after filming for the 2006 This is England film had finished, leaving the then-thirteen year old with no other choice but to move in with his dad, who he didn’t know very well.
Speaking on the Private Parts podcast, Turgoose explained: “My mum passed away from lung cancer after I finished filming This Is England. She never got to see the finished film.
“Shane Meadows dedicated the film to my mum.”
He went on to detail his close relationship with the two men, noting that Graham in particular had vowed to always look out for him.
He said: “Stephen Graham promised my mum he’d look out for me. Everyone involved in This is England are family to me.”
Turgoose then revealed that the pair had even promised to adopt him if things didn’t work out with his dad.
He said: “When my mum died I moved in with my dad and I didn’t know him so Shane Meadows and Steven Graham were going to adopt me if things didn’t work out with my dad.”
He also credited the This is England cast for preventing him from ending up in prison, admitting that he was ‘destined for prison’ before landing his breakout role in Meadows’ film.
He said: “I was destined for prison. Shoplifting things I didn’t need. There was a hardware store in Grimsby that I used to steal spray paint from for no reason.”
Thankfully, Turgoose has gone on to enjoy huge success, with him landing roles in several more This is England projects, Game of Thrones, and the new TV series Intergalactic.
Coronation Street fans are convinced a character secretly made a comeback in the form of ‘creepy’ ghost
Who could it be?!
Speculation is rife among Coronation Street fans this week after the ghostly appearance of an old character during Wednesday nights episode.
As Super Soap Week got well underway with a series of explosive and terrifying events, eagle-eyed viewers couldn’t help but notice a mysterious figure lurking along the cobbles in one particular scene.
Following the dramatic event of Harvey being sucked into the ground as a sinkhole gave way in the storm that battered Weatherfield (the most Corrie thing to happen ever, I know), an ominous figure dressed as a makeshift ghost stood and watched in the background.
The figure was undeniably sinister and a little of out character for the soap but, regardless, fans were quick at getting to work working out who it could’ve been.
And many came to the same conclusion; it must’ve been none other than Harvey’s aunt Sharon Bentley, played by Tracie Bennett.
One person wrote on Twitter, “guys the ghost could be Sharon…” while another commented, quite frantically, “THE GHOST HAS TO BE SHARON RIGHT? WITH HER TASER?”
Twitter page Just Spooky Thoughts even went to the lengths of conducting a poll of who the ghost could’ve been, with 51.8% of eager participants saying they believed it to be Sharon. 22.4% voted for ‘One of Harvey’s goon’s, 17.6% selected Natasha and 8.2% believed it to be Jacob.
Sharon was shopped to the police in June by Rita Tanner over her ties to Harvey after she tried to get £10,000 from her former foster mum to go on the run.
But in an exchange for her freedom, Sharon struck a deal with the police to testify against Harvey, with her eventually giving evidence against him.
At the end of Wednesday night’s double episode, Harvey was seen very much alive and reaching for the gun brandished earlier by Abi Franklin in her own showdown with her son Seb’s killer Corey Brent.
Married At First Sight is looking for single Mancunians for a brand new UK series
Fancy finding the one?
Channel 4’s hit dating reality show Married At First Sight is on the look out for keen singletons from Manchester to take part in its next series.
The show sees contestants tie the knot with strangers who are deemed ‘compatible’ by a team of psychologists following personality tests. Following a full blown wedding ceremony, the couples are then tasked with giving married life a good go for six weeks, with them even enjoying a honeymoon and moving in together.
Throughout the six weeks, the married couples also meet up with the other paired-off contestants for weekly commitment ceremonies and dinner dates, which is where most of the drama kicks off – anyone who watched the latest season will know about this all too well.
For those out of the loop; Durham-born contestant Nikita Jasmine was booted off the show after an altercation with other contestants during one of the weekly dinner dates.
Channel 4 announced in a statement that Nikita’s ‘aggression’ had been ‘unacceptable and breached our agreed code of conduct on behaviour’, adding: “The wellbeing of cast and crew is our utmost priority at all times throughout production and beyond.”
But, putting all the drama to one side for a second, Channel 4 is officially on the hunt for singletons to take part in its next series.
Sharing a call-out on social media, Channel 4 appealed: “Married At First Sight UK Is Calling All Singles… Are you ready to find The One?”
To be in with a chance of appearing on the show, you will have to tell producers a little bit about yourself, your ideal first date and how long you’ve been single, all alongside a video message.
The series is set to start filming in Spring 2022, so you have to be available then and must not have any current TV connections.
You can apply by clicking here, or emailing email@example.com.
First look at new Channel 4 prison drama written by Killing Eve creator
The series will be based upon Williams’ real-life experience from working in prisons
Channel 4 has given viewers the first glimpse at their upcoming new prison drama Screw, written by BAFTA nominated writer Rob Williams, one of the masterminds behind Killing Eve.
The new series will throw viewers into grisly mens prison Long Marsh, a place tinged with humour, emotional high stakes and an overwhelming danger for prisoners and officers alike.
Nina Sosanya will take on the role of Leigh, the head of the group of Long Marshes prison officers, who having devoted most of her adult life to the prison appears to have her fair share of dark secrets.
Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell will also play an integral part in the show as street-wise copper Rose.
Making up the team of ‘screws’, there will also be Line of Duty’s Faraz Ayub as Ali, I May Destroy You’s Stephen Wright as Gary, Game of Thrones’ Ron Donachie as Don and King Gary’s Laura Checkley as Jackie.
The series, which is said to have been inspired by writer Rob Williams’ real-life experience from working in prisons, will offer an insight into incarceration rarely seen before on British TV, according to producers.
The series is also said to tackle contemporary stories ‘head-on with through a vibrant and multi layered cast of characters’.
Williams said on his new project: “Screw is a real passion for me; I’ve wanted to write about prisons ever since teaching in that environment in a former life.
“I’ve maintained close links since then and the idea has grown. After the experience of working with Sarah Brown and her team at STV Studios on The Victim, I wouldn’t want to pursue a project that means so much to me with anybody else.
“I feel very lucky to be working with Channel 4 on the show and I can’t wait to introduce the world of Screw to as wide an audience as possible.”
Screw will air on Channel 4 and E4 in early 2022.