Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ali Bastian gets to sing and dance in her dream role as Roxie

Ali Bastian, you might remember her as PC Sally Armstrong in The Bill, or as Hollyoaks’ Becca Dean… or perhaps you remember her expert American Slide from Strictly Come Dancing. The 30-year-old is currently starring as Roxie Hart in Chicago, which you … Continue reading

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Deena Payne aka Emmerdale’s Viv (Windsor) Hope reveals all in final tour of bitter sweet WRVS tale

I first met Deena Payne during the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, she was in town to help promote her husband’s classical rock musical Barockestra. At the time she talked of the side-lining of some of the longer-running characters in Emmerdale. I … Continue reading

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Ian Hoskins – The Origins Of Edinburgh Monarchs

The 2012 speedway season is underway and Edinburgh Monarchs are once again battling it out on the track. Time then to recall a meeting some years ago with the man widely responsible for putting Edinburgh speedway on the map … … Continue reading

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Bill Kenwright – The Early Years

Breaking the rule of a lifetime I watched Coronation Street last night, just to see the return of Bill Kenwright as Betty Turpin’s son, Gordon Clegg. It reminded of the time I interviewed him. Here, one of the most powerful … Continue reading

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CSI Egypt – Fascinating Mummies @ The National Museum of Scotland

Having long been intrigued by ancient Egypt – ever since I was taken to see the treasures of Tutenkhamun as a lad – I couldn’t wait for the National Museum of Scotland to unviel its Fascinating Mummies exhibition earlier this year. It … Continue reading

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Robert Carlyle – Once Upon A Time…

There are very few American TV series that capture my imagination, NCIS is one, The Amazing Race another, and then, of course, there’s Bewtiched. So I wasn’t really expecting too much when a review disc of Channel 5’s new Sunday night fantasy … Continue reading

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Michael Praed aka Robin of Sherwood

Two years ago, I popped into the Edinburgh Playhouse to interview Michael Praed, the original star of the ITV fantasy series Robin of Sherwood. He’d long been a name on my interviewee wishlist. Someone to interview face to face – … Continue reading

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