British Soap Awards 2018

The British Soap Awards are always a must-watch at Entertainment Views HQ, we are avid soap fans and love to find out who the public has chosen as their soap opera favourites. Hosted by Phillip Schofield, this was the first year the awards show had gone live and the selected venue – Hackney Empire Theatre was a good choice. The show ran to time, almost, slightly thrown off-kilter when 80’s small screen legends Cagney (Sharon Gless) and Lacey (Tyne Daly) arrived to announce the winner of Best Soap. Their banter was one of the highlights of the evening, it was fantastic to see the pair reunited.

Without further ado, here are the winners, together with Entertainment Views‘ opinion on the chosen ones:

Winners — 2018

Voted by the British public

Best British Soap

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We agree! It’s pushed boundaries in the past twelve months and Phelan (Connor McIntyre) has kept us gripped. Worthy winner.

Best Actor

Jack P Shepherd

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: Yes, David Platt is a fantastic character and Jack P Shepherd plays him like a second skin.

Best Actress

Lucy Fallon

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: An unsurprising win as Lucy Fallon is the girl of the moment.

Greatest Moment

Hotten Bypass Crash

Emmerdale (2016)

Entertainment Views thinks: Spectacular, Emmerdale at its finest.
Voted by the panel

Villain of the Year

Connor McIntyre

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: Who else?

Best Male Dramatic Performance

Ross Adams

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views Thinks: We’d always thought he had been un underrated actor, so this award goes to show how much his talent is appreciated in the industry.

Best Female Dramatic Performance

Lucy Fallon

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We refer you to our comments above – this girl can do no wrong at the moment.

Best Comedy Performance

Ian Midlane

Doctors

Entertainment Views thinks: A worthy winner, it’s great to see Doctors being included – it’s not often they win a public vote, however the panel can be relied upon to give them a shout out.

Best Young Actor

Isobel Steele

Emmerdale

Entertainment Views thinks: A talented young actor, her recent storyline has really brought her to the fore.

Scene of the Year

Bollywood Proposal

Doctors

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Lauren & Abi’s Rooftop Fall

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: A tied vote, eh? We agree that both scenes stood out in their individual ways and you probably couldn’t judge them against one another, really. The rooftop fall was a heart-stopping scene.

Best On-Screen Partnership

Malique Thompson-Dwyer & Theo Graham

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: Hollyoaks have some of the best on-screen partnerships.

Best Newcomer

Lorraine Stanley

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: She’s phenomenal, if this had gone to public vote we’d have backed Lorraine to win.

Best Storyline

Lily’s Self-harm

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: This storyline was so on point that we often found it difficult to watch. Hollyoaks do hard-hitting drama like no other.

Best Single Episode

Three Mothers, Three Daughters

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: Absolutely spot on, a glorious episode which explored emotions like no other.

Outstanding Achievement

Rudolph Walker

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: Yeah man! A perfect choice who has long deserved an accolade.

Tony Warren Award

Kieran Roberts

former Executive Producer – Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We remember Kieran from when he joined Emmerdale, continuing drama are lucky to have him, as are the ITV.

Photo Credits: BBC & ITV

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National Television Awards 2017 ~ Winners Round-Up

This year’s National Television Awards, hosted at The O2 and presented by the ever-enthusiastic Dermot O’Leary, was an evening full of deserved winners in my humble opinion. It was a glitzy, star-studded night, peppered with entertainment and emotional speeches. Here are a few of the highlights:

Casualty marks 30 years in style ~ Best Drama, I admit, was a category I had my eye on and the eagle-eyed among you who are likers of Break A Leg’s Facebook page and followers on Break A Leg’s Twitter page will have spotted our very obvious plug for votes. The award was collected by a number of members of the cast and the speech shared between Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Special Recognition 2016 Award Winner, Amanda Mealing and Break A Leg’s Patron, Cath Shipton. Cath has returned to the show as Duffy after a lengthy break, and Amanda previously played the role of Connie in sister show, Holby City, before joining the cast of Casualty. The girls made a wonderful speech which covered all bases and the look of sheer amazement on all of the cast members’ faces was quite something. It’s been a long time coming and I hope there will be more where that one came from. Yes, I’m biased!

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Casualty win Best Drama

Walford Wins ~ Although they missed out on the Serial Drama award (which was a surprise to me…), the Eastenders cast bagged a trophy when Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler) scooped Best Serial Drama Performance. I admit my vote went to Lacey, as I think that she plays the role of Stacey amazingly well and I can’t imagine life in the Square without her. Lacey is notoriously shy and shocked whenever she wins a prize for her marvellous efforts, but I thought she gave a very confident speech, this year. A cracking actress with such a bright future ahead of her, in and out of Walford.

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Lacey Turner with her much deserved trophy!

More glory for Mrs Brown’s Boys ~ And the award for the most members of one family on the O2 stage goes to… this gang are always so infectious when they win an award and Mrs Brown’s Boys have won more than can be mentioned in this humble article (they also have the Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Award for Best Comedy… by the way!). It was obvious early in the evening that Mr O’Carroll was in a mischievous mood when the camera caught him and his wife, Jennifer Gibney snogging!! His winner’s speech was a joy, as always and I wonder if there will be another sitcom to rival their winning streak anytime soon? The Christmas and New Year’s specials were among some of my favourite episodes of the show, so I feel that they are still flying high!

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Mrs Brown’s Boys win again!

The Dales Dominate ~ Emmerdale ran away with the Best Serial Drama trophy and from the vibe in the room, I suspect it came as quite the surprise to many, not least the triumphant cast an crew. With so many episodes a week and a loyal fan base, perhaps it’s not quite so hard to believe that the back-runner has stormed it this time.

Special Recognition ~ Graham Norton always very (un)graciously accepts that both his good self and his programme are likely to come second place to serial winners, Ant and Dec – who swept the board yet again, as it happens. Therefore, his Special Recognition award was a mighty good idea and long overdue, too. I enjoyed the reel that had been compiled, not least because I had forgotten he had starred in Father Ted. Norton’s list of credits is pretty incredible and if O’Leary were to hand over the baton as Presenter of the National Television Awards, I think there would not be far to look for a replacement.

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At last! Well done, Mr Norton!

What’s New Pussy Cat? ~ I can’t not mention Tom Jones and his fablas opening number which set the programme off in style. I am over the moon that I have seen the legend sing live, and it wouldn’t have gone a miss if he’d popped back on for another number or two and started a party in the O2! Good choice!

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What a treat to be entertained by this legend.

The full list of nominees and winners can be found here: http://www.nationaltvawards.com/

 

Spotlight On… Star of Chaplin, Steven Arnold

Chaplin, The Charlie Chaplin Story tours – please find the list of venues here: http://www.uktw.co.uk/Tour/Play/Chaplin-The-Charlie-Chaplin-Story/T01507470061/

The tour starts at Malvern Theatres on 10th June: http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/chaplin/

There was a time when actor, Steven Arnold was best known for treading the cobbles of the nation’s most famous street… Coronation Street. The local butcher was either under the thumb (and meat cleaver) of his Uncle Fred or his issue-riddled wives! These days Steven is never happier than when he’s treading the boards, challenging himself with new characters. Chaplin – The Charlie Chaplin Story offer him that very opportunity, I caught up with Steven to find out all about this fantastic new show. 

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Steven, so tell me about the show and what the audience can expect from Chaplin – The Charlie Chaplin Story.

The audience can expect a fantastic experience, it’s very heart-warming at times, it’s very sad at times, there are great musicians in it, great songs, a fabulous cast who all play a number of characters each. It’s one of those shows where you’ll come along and learn a lot about Charlie and his life as well. You’ll find out about his relationship with his mother, his family and his relationship with his first love. It’s just a great show to be involved in.

As you’ve been rehearsing have you found any one scene to be particularly poignant or is there a particular scene that you really enjoy doing?

I like them all to be honest, I play six different characters so coming on as a different person each time is fantastic and the whole show for me is a great experience.

Were you a fan of Charlie Chaplin before you started working on the show?

I knew about him, I’d seen clips of him when I was a kid and of course he was the biggest star in his time. I’ve done some research on him, now, there’s not much footage on Youtube unfortunately. Being on this show now and learning more about him has meant I’m a massive fan, now.

Have there been any moments in rehearsals that have been particularly poignant given what you know about him, now?

I think when we portray what he went through to get to where he got to is very poignant, he had a rough upbringing, he was passed from pillar to post. He got separated from his mother, he got separated from his brother, they were nearly on the verge of starvation at times. His journey in general is poignant, he knew how comedy should be played and through his whole career he did what he thought was right.

You left Coronation Street in 2010 after a long stint playing Ashley Peacock, how are you finding the difference between screen and theatre acting? Have you got a preference between the two mediums?

Well, since I left Coronation Street I’ve done eighteen stage shows and that was what I wanted to do when I left. I hadn’t been on stage before Coronation Street except for the odd bits here and there, but certainly nothing like I’m doing now. It’s totally different to television and what I’m enjoying most is doing something different all the time. This show is challenging because I play six different people.

What would you say to potential audience members to encourage them to come?

Please come down, it’s a fabulous cast, the show’s been very well put together, it’s a really entertaining show in so many different ways. I can guarantee that people will leave the theatre feeling that they’ve had a cracking evening of entertainment.

Huge thanks to Steven for his time, wishing you all every success with the show, hoping to come and see it at one of the touring venues!

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight On… Julie Hesmondhalgh

She played Roy Cropper’s wife, Hayley in Coronation Street for 15 years and departed in 2014. Since leaving, Julie Hesmondhalgh has moved on to play a multitude of joyous roles and I had the great pleasure of watching her in her latest project, playing terminal Cancer patient, Vivian in ‘Wit’ at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.  I caught up with Julie to find out what ever happened to Hayley’s famous anorak and all sorts of other gossip!

The most important things I want to know first is, did you get to keep Hayley’s famous coat from Corrie?
Yes. I’m waiting for the right opportunity to auction it for charity, but till then I have it.
How does it feel now that you’ve left Hayley behind, do you miss The Street, at all?
I’ve honestly not looked back!  It’s been 25 months now and 30 jobs.  I loved Hayley, I loved the cobbles, I loved all my mates there (I still do) but it’s been such a lovely rich time for me, work wise, I’ve loved it.
You’ve taken a step into theatre work, now and speaking from experience, you’re doing an amazing job – what was your opinion of your latest character in Wit?
I was very nervous about playing someone so tough and isolated, so in her head and not her heart.  I was nervous of the accent (American), the last moment of nudity, of shaving my hair off, of being on stage for the whole 100 minutes…it was probably the most challenging role of my life, but I loved every minute. Vivian in Wit is such an interesting woman, and a female protagonist you see very rarely in culture: a lone wolf, in love only with her work (and even then in quite a dry and joyless way)…I loved playing her. And the ending was incredibly exciting and redemptive and joyful, after all my worrying.
Did you find the role challenging and draining or have you found that playing a character with terminal Cancer comes as second nature having played the storyline in Corrie?
Vivian literally could not have been more different from Hayley, in her relationships, her priorities and her approach to life and death, so it was really different. A lot of people asked me if I found it draining but not at all… as I say, the ending left me high as a kite!
Did you do any research for your role of Vivian in Wit?
Loads.  Medically, academically, in every way. I had to study the life and poetry of John Donne and the anatomy of Ovarian cancer, and I had a lot of lines to learn.  I started in April last year.
What are the main differences you’re experiencing between working on in front of the camera and working on stage?
I love both. I love the immediacy and seat-of-the-pants terror of theatre, as well as the world of going in to rehearsals and collaborating, and meeting the audience in the bar after the show. I love the world of theatre. But telly is always such a great experience. Always brilliant crews, make up, runners, extras, catering, drivers…it’s a little gang.  It always breaks my heart when a job ends. They practically had to carry me off the Cucumber set on the last day. I love radio as well.  I’ve done loads this last year and it’s a real joy. I’ve not had a job I’ve not loved.  I’ve been so lucky.
Is there a role that you have an ambition to play?
No, I love new writing the best, so I don’t know what the next one is.
Staying with the theatre related questions, is there a particular Director you’d like to work with or a specific theatre you’d like to play?
I’d love to work with Katie Mitchell.  I’d love to do something at the Everyman…and The National of course.  I did a play upstairs at the Royal Court last year with Vicky Featherstone and that was a dream come true.  I loved it there.  The people I met in that bar!  But I love Manchester the best.
I’m loving your performance in Happy Valley, what was that like to film and how did you enjoy working with Kevin Doyle from Downton Abbey?
Oh, I hardly do anything in Happy Valley but it was such an honour to be offered a part in it and to work with Sally Wainwright and with lovely Kevin. We have some great rows coming up and had a right laugh. Our screen kids were wonderful too.
Would you take a part in another soap opera in the future or do you feel you’ve done your ‘bit’?
I think so! I think I’d be hard pressed to find a part like Hayley again.
What drew you to an acting career in the first place?
A series of fortunate events.  A primary school teacher, Mrs Mulderigg, who saw something in me and encouraged me to do English Speaking Board exams, which set me on the path. Then some great teachers at secondary school, then the most inspirational teacher at FE College who made us feel like it was possible to be from Accrington and to be an actor.  He opened up a whole world of possibility for us and scores of us from that course went on to Drama schools (there were 5 of us at LAMDA at the same time!) and loads of us are still acting. Seeing loads of theatre with school and college made me fall in love with it all, particularly seeing stuff at the Royal Exchange.
What projects have you got coming up now that you’ve finished your run in Wit?
I’m running an Intergenerational Masterclass at the Exchange next week, I have some radio in the pipeline and a BIG telly in the summer that I can’t tell you about yet! Watch this space.
Favourite Things (give me your first reaction to these questions, please):
Favourite memory from Corrie?
Probably Amsterdam at the start of it all, or Blackpool towards the end, when it felt so precious and special.
Favourite co-star?
David Neilson of course!
Favourite childhood memory?
Big walks with my Mum and Dad on a Sunday in the Lancashire countryside.
Favourite song?
Reach by S Club 7 (a family classic)
Favourite way to spend your time off?
On a windy beach with my family and my dog, walking towards a cafe where they sell big mugs of tea.
I’d like to thank Julie for sparing the time to chat with me, she really is an inspirational lady!

The Good (Inte)review – Gwen Taylor

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Interview by Helen and Garry McWilliams

Hello Gwen, thank you for talking to The Good Review – are you enjoying the tour of ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ and what was it like having the break at Christmas between tours?

First of all, I love this play and I love ‘Miss Daisy’ – the tour has been tiring so it will be good to have a rest at the end of it, but I couldn’t turn this part down. It was lovely to have Christmas off but lovely to get back to it again.

Which theatre has been your favourite on the tour?

I have to say Derby because it’s my home town and they make an enormous fuss of me in Derby because I know everybody and they know me. Otherwise I would say Mold because we weren’t expecting the reaction that we had there.

Which do you prefer between an old theatre or the newer build theatres?

I like either, as far as the set for the play is concerned this theatre [Wolverhampton Grand] has a lovely big stage and plenty of space which makes a difference. The dressing room’s quite nice too!

What’s it like working with Don Warrington and Ian Porter?

Oh they’re both a joy to work with, we all get on very well and I’ve worked with Ian before. Ian understudied the role of Boolie in the West End and he’s solid as a rock.

After all these years treading the boards and appearing on screen, do you still get nervous? If so how do you handle the nerves?

I do still get nervous, I just take a few deep breaths and try not to think about it too much.

Do you agree that it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t get nervous?

Well that’s what people say, but it would be nice not to, but I don’t mind if I do because it’s an exciting job and a responsible job. Especially in theatre where the audience have paid their money. Television I don’t tend to, except when there’s an audience if you’re filming a sit com, but even then I don’t worry because I know it can be re-taken. I used to pride myself on not making mistakes, though.

What advice have you got for anyone who wants to become an actor?

I wouldn’t give advice, if you’ve got to do it you’ll do it and if you’re tough enough you’ll get on, if you’re not you’ll get hurt. It’s such a strange business and breaking into it is strange. I was 30 when I started out, though so there is time for people. Ideally I suppose write your own play, put it on and get people to come and see it – although I don’t really know what the answer is.

It’s a difficult business because you don’t know where your next job is coming from?

There’s that and it’s difficult if you’ve got family. There was a Northern Irish actor who worked with Graham (Graham Reid – Gwen’s husband who is a playwright) in his plays and came one day and said he was going to give it up because he couldn’t tell his two daughters when they could go on holiday the next year. He misses acting but at least he can tell his girls when they can go away on holiday.

With Wolverhampton being the final stop for ‘Daisy’, have you got anything in the pipeline after the tour has ended?

‘Butterfly Lion’ again in the autumn, I’m down to do a 14 week tour of that. Also Graham has a new play opening in Belfast at the Lyric Theatre on 1st May, it’s called ‘Love, Billy’.

Do you still enjoy touring?

I do although it is tiring, but I wouldn’t do it without Graham. It also depends on the part though. Of course it’s lovely to be able to play a role close to home, but I wouldn’t go in the West End just for the sake of being close to home.

Would you go back to ‘Coronation Street’ if they asked you?

Well they did say would you be available again and I said I’d love to go back but only if there was a good storyline, otherwise I don’t really see a reason for the character to return.

Thanks to Gwen for talking to us, please see Garry’s review of ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and look out for the tour of ‘Butterfly Lion’ which opens in Colchester at Mercury Theatre on 5th September 2013. Also watch out for Graham Reid’s play ‘Love, Billy’ and visit http://www.lyrictheatre.co.uk for information and to book tickets.

First Published 12.04.13

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