BLUE Peter has been named the greatest children’s programme of all time, according to industry bible the Radio Times.The long-running kids show, which started in 1958, topped the list compiled by a panel of TV experts including Noel Edmonds, David Walliams and the Chuckle Brothers.Blue Peter, which notched eight million viewers an episode at its peak and recived 1,000 letters a day from viewers, beat the likes of Grange Hill, Newsround and Tiswas to top the list.Here, former presenter Tim Vincent, who fronted the BBC kids staple between 1993 and 1997, explains why it’s the best of the bunch...Blue Peter has been named the greatest British children’s programme of all time — and what a deserving winner it is.First hitting the BBC in 1958, it has always been the Swiss Army knife of TV shows, covering everything from the serious, hard-hitting issues of the day to fun activities.Its No1 spot in a Radio Times poll of 30 TV experts including Noel Edmonds, David … [Read more...] about Blue Peter voted top kids TV show ever – how many others do you remember?
When Frank Sinatra calls you ‘One of the major singers of our time’ you know you’re doing something right. And it’s fair to say that Jack Jones has been as right as they get for over 60 years. And now, to celebrate his 80th birthday, Jack Jones returns to the UK in January to play 14 dates across the country. A professional singer since 1957 and one of the world’s original and best loved crooners, not to mention star of musical theatre, TV and film, Jack Jones has won accolade after accolade. The recipient of two Grammy Awards (with another five nominations) and an Emmy, he has performed at two Royal Variety Shows and has over 60 albums to his credit, 17 of which have charted in Billboard’s Top 20.He has clocked up 32 Top 50 hits in the Billboard AC chart, including three No 1s, and he even has his own star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ironically it was Sinatra himself that made Jack commit full time to music. As Jack explains “My … [Read more...] about ADVER CHAT: Jack Jones on Sinatra, Donkey Serenade and TV’s Loveboat
It’s 40 years since Dallas first hit our screens and Charlene Tilton is looking different as the years have gone by. Charlene, 59, played Lucy Ewing in the hit series which started back in 1978 and was known for her sly ways and romantic plotlines. She was nicknamed the “Poison Dwarf” by the late Sir Terry Wogan, due to her antics on screen, as well as her height. Charlene, who’s 4’11” was seen wearing a green jumper and gilet with a pair of leggings and Ugg boots as she carried a bag of shopping. In its heyday the soap commanded 65million viewers when Lucy Ewing married medical student Mitch Cooper in 1981. It was known for huge storylines such as the “Who shot JR?” cliffhanger, which left viewers waiting eight months to find out the answer. The soap ended in 1990 but was given a reboot between 2012 and 2014, which Charlene returned for. Charlene was a huge sex symbol while on the show, commanding over £36,000 per episode. She got … [Read more...] about Dallas’ Lucy Ewing, Charlene Tilton, looks dramatically different 40 years on from her TV debut out and about in Nashville
Over the last 18 years as host of TV brightest’s daytime show, The Wright Stuff , I’ve heard it all... from George Michael ringing me on air for a chat to testing Viagra with a Tory MP, something which sounds so wrong and probably was. Few Daily Mirror readers will be surprised by the bizarre things that have happened on my Channel 5 show as they spent the 1990s reading about my close encounters of the celebrity kind in my old column. These included: How I fell out with Oasis , how I fell out with Robbie Williams and even how I fell out with the Spice Girls . True, there was a lot of love for yours truly, too, from stars like Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Robert de Niro, Gwyneth Paltrow and opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. I thought I’d left those heady days behind when I quit the Mirror but there I was one morning a few years back, doing a phone-in on automatic cars of all things, when the producer whispered excitedly in my earpiece, “OMG … [Read more...] about From drinking breast milk to taking Viagra on air: TV host Matthew Wright looks back on 18 years of his daytime show
DEIRDRE O’Kane is usually on the stage performing stand-up comedy – but now she is all set to give it a lash on the dancefloor.Deirdre has been at the forefront for Irish comedy for decades and is also an accomplished actress.But is there anything we don’t know about the iconic Irish comedian who will be partnered with dancer John Edward Nolan.What age is Deirdre O’Kane?The comedian and actress is 49-years-old, behind just Marty Morrissey and Norah Casey in the age category.She previously said: “Do I enjoy getting older? Oh god no, getting older is crap! Actually, I enjoy being much more aware of who I am, what I want to do, and not apologising for myself.Is she single?Deirdre is married to a writer and producer Stephen Bradley.The couple have two kids together, one girl named Holly and a son, Bradley.The couple lived in England for ten years, but recently moved back to Dublin.She told the Irish Independent: “Steve and I first met when we moved into … [Read more...] about Dancing With The Stars’ Deirdre O’Kane is ready to rock the dancefloor but what age is she, is she married and what’s she done on TV?