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‘The L-Shaped Room’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix, Verity Edmett, Tom Bell, Cicely Courtneidge, Emlyn Williams, Jennifer White, Brock Peters, Gerry Duggan, Mark Eden | Written and Directed by Bryan Forbes

When watching a British film from the sixties, the realistic discussion of such things as growing up as a single parent, or considering abortion wasn’t something you’d expect to see in a film set in London. The L-Shaped Room though is one of the few that took a look at society, family, and love and didn’t hide from the awkward truths.

Jane Fosset (Leslie Caron) is an unmarried and pregnant French woman who finds a small seedy London boarding house with a room available. Struggling with the idea of having an abortion, at first the last thing she needs is to make friends with the misfits who live there. Slowly getting to know them though she soon becomes one of them,
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Tony Warren tribute: 'He was that rare thing: a genuine television revolutionary'

The director of Bafta-winning The Road to Coronation Street on how he got to know the soap’s creator – and how he reacted to the drama about his life

Like most Granada drama directors, Coronation Street was my first drama directing job. I was 26 at the time and a snob. Contemptuous of lower-level TV drama, I had hidden in documentaries for two years making World in Action films but finally had to pass through the factory gates of Coronation Street before anything else was allowed.

Walking into that rehearsal room for the first time in 1978 was perhaps the most terrifying experience of my directing life but I immediately fell in love with it, both because of the incredible cast, Pat Phoenix, Violet Carson and Doris Speed were all still there, and because of the sharp-edged, comic writing that had been there since the beginning.

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Tony Warren obituary: creator of Coronation Street

Writer, child actor and creator of Coronation Street who was inspired by the indomitable women of his northern childhood

The writer Tony Warren, who has died aged 79, brought his knowledge of north of England back streets and the rich lives of their working-class characters to television when he created Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running TV serial. For the first time, it gave viewers the authentic voices and speech patterns of those who lived there, as well as a wry humour that became more prominent over the years.

The programme began more than half a century ago as television’s equivalent to the stage plays of John Osborne and the novels of John Braine and Alan Sillitoe, as well as the cinema adaptations of those writers’ work, such as Look Back in Anger, Room at the Top and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Most striking about Coronation Street’s original cast of characters,
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TV soaps just don’t ring true any more – where are all the people staring mutely at their iPhones? | Deborah Orr

Anne Kirkbride’s funeral is a reminder of a lost era, when Coronation Street and EastEnders showed our changing times back to us. Maybe it’s become hard to depict Britain on screen because so much of British life is now conducted in front of one

The funeral of Anne Kirkbride, the actor who played Deirdre in Coronation Street, took place this week. It’s been sad, of course, seeing Kirkbride’s face in the news so much lately, because the news was that she had died at the age of just 60. She had played Deirdre since 1972, and the character had been such an integral part of British culture, we were reminded, that when she had been wrongly imprisoned some years back, even Tony Blair, then the prime minister, had implored that she be freed.

Which, indeed, was true. It wasn’t so long ago that soap operas were the
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William Roache is not Ken Barlow, judge said – but similarities emerged

Some parallels between actor and Coronation Street alter ego became apparent at trial

The judge at Preston crown court repeatedly reminded the jury to differentiate between William Roache and Ken Barlow, the Coronation Street character he has played for the past 53 years.

But certain similarities between the man and his fictional alter ego emerged during the three-and-a-half-week trial.

Barlow has rattled through more than 20 lovers over the years. In the witness box Roache acknowledged that he was frequently unfaithful to his first wife, Anna Cropper, during the time of the alleged offences for which he has now been cleared.

He admitted adulterous liaisons in the marital home in Haslingden, Lancashire, but insisted that he was only interested in "mature, willing partners". His first marriage "wasn't as satisfying as it ought to have been", he said, but he said he was "100%" faithful to his second wife, Sara Mottram, till her death
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Kym Lomas wants to be an icon

Kym Lomas wants to be a 'Coronation Street' ''icon''. The 36-year-old actress is thrilled to have signed a new contract with the soap, seven years after she first signed on to play feisty factory boss Michelle Connor and hopes she can follow in the footsteps of soap idols including Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch) and Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner). She said: ''I'm really happy. I've just signed for another year and that takes me to my eighth year. It has gone so fast. ''I'll try to stay as long as I can. I would love to become a Corrie icon.'' Kym's character Michelle -
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Kym Lomas wants to be an icon

Kym Lomas wants to be a 'Coronation Street' ''icon''. The 36-year-old actress is thrilled to have signed a new contract with the soap, seven years after she first signed on to play feisty factory boss Michelle Connor and hopes she can follow in the footsteps of soap idols including Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch) and Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner). She said: ''I'm really happy. I've just signed for another year and that takes me to my eighth year. It has gone so fast. ''I'll try to stay as long as I can. I would love to become a Corrie icon.'' Kym's character Michelle -
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'Coronation Street' Michelle Collins reveals Elsie Tanner inspiration

'Coronation Street' Michelle Collins reveals Elsie Tanner inspiration
Coronation Street star Michelle Collins has named Pat Phoenix's Elsie Tanner as her all-time favourite TV character. The Weatherfield actress, who plays Rovers Return landlady Stella Price, described Corrie as a "female show" in an interview with Metro. "It's a strong female lead in a female show. Corrie is very matriarchal; the women are always painted as strong, while a lot of the men are quite hapless and a bit weak," she said. "Elsie was one of the original female icons (more)
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From the archive, 28 July 1983: Fact and fiction merge on the Street of fame

To many, it was Len Fairclough, Coronation Street's beer-swilling builder, not his actor, who was cleared of indecent assault

Sixteen million viewers are permanently hooked on Coronation Street. To many of them, it was Len Fairclough, the Street's beer-swilling builder, more than the actor Peter Adamson who was cleared of indecent assault charges at Burnley Crown Court this week. Were it not so, the case would have rated no more than a few paragraphs in the local weekly paper.

The court has concluded its business but the story continues. Will Len ever appear in the Street again? Would he really have taken his life had the verdict gone against him?

During its 22-year run, the twice-weekly soap – described by Sir John Betjeman as "the Pickwick Papers of television" – has probably filled more newspaper columns than any other programme with stories in which fact and fiction are indistinguishable.

Because of its soar-away success,
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Celia Imrie: 'This Film Would Never Have Been Made In America'

Celia Imrie: 'This Film Would Never Have Been Made In America'
"This film would never have been made in America, because we’ve all got wrinkles."

Celia Imrie is laughing, in semi-horror, about the reaction she and her co-stars had when they saw the first images of themselves having fun at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

"You have this romantic image of yourself, but there we all were in the heat of the sun, no filters or anything. The director thought it was hilarious, but we were all in shock."

Celia Imrie applauds anyone who'll jump off and "give it a go"

Despite this shocking reality, or perhaps because Oscar winner John Madden was prepared to put his A-list line-up - Imrie joined by Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup and Dames Judi and Maggie - on the screen, bumps and all, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has proved a winner ($100million box office haul) with audiences warmed by
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Michael Apted: 56 Up and still going strong | Andrew Anthony

He's a feted Hollywood director, whose career started with a bunch of children in Seven Up! And he is still charting their lives 49 years later in a landmark of documentary broadcasting

They understand longevity at Manchester's ITV Granada, which was Granada Television and is the only survivor of the original four independent TV franchisees awarded in 1954. Not only does it make Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television soap opera, but this week sees the return of its Up series, which may be the world's longest-running documentary.

The first Up programme was the brainchild of Tim Hewat, the brilliant Australian producer behind the World In Action strand. Legend has it he walked into the World in Action office and quoted the Jesuit motto cited at the beginning of the film: "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man." And then instructed a young trainee
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Michael Apted: 56 Up and still going strong | Andrew Anthony

He's a feted Hollywood director, whose career started with a bunch of children in Seven Up! And he is still charting their lives 49 years later in a landmark of documentary broadcasting

They understand longevity at Manchester's ITV Granada, which was Granada Television and is the only survivor of the original four independent TV franchisees awarded in 1954. Not only does it make Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television soap opera, but this week sees the return of its Up series, which may be the world's longest-running documentary.

The first Up programme was the brainchild of Tim Hewat, the brilliant Australian producer behind the World In Action strand. Legend has it he walked into the World in Action office and quoted the Jesuit motto cited at the beginning of the film: "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man." And then instructed a young trainee
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The Queen of the North – review

Octagon, Bolton

Coronation Street star Pat Phoenix was once described by prime minister Jim Callaghan as "the sexiest thing on television". Yet Phoenix, who played the Street's rapier-tongued man-eater Elsie Tanner for more than 20 years, had a curious influence over Labour leaders. Harold Wilson invited her to No 10, while her hospital-bed marriage to actor Tony Booth made her, for a just more than a week, the mother-in-law of Tony Blair.

She achieved perhaps the ultimate canonisation of a northern saint – an appearance on a Smiths cover. Morrissey idolised Phoenix and conducted one of her final interviews, in which she said: "I still wanna throw my bonnet over the windmill. I still wanna do mad things and rush into the sea at midnight."

Ron Rose's drama begins and ends in the oncological ward where she plighted her troth to Booth. But though it provides a workmanlike biographical summary, there's no
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Coronation Street Bill Roache girlfriend: I'd leave him if he cheated

Coronation Street Bill Roache girlfriend: I'd leave him if he cheated
Bill Roache's girlfriend Emma Jesson has vowed to split from the Coronation Street legend if he is ever unfaithful. Roache - who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV1 soap - recently spoke about his womanising ways on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, revealing he once had an affair with co-star Pat Phoenix. The 41-year-old weathergirl, who started dating the 79-year-old in November 2010, insisted to Hello! magazine: "He did sleep with a lot of girls but that was back in the 1960s. "If he was like that now, I wouldn't be with him. And if he did resort to his old behaviour, (more)
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Corrie's Bill Roache 'overwhelmed' at reaction to sex life revelations

Corrie's Bill Roache 'overwhelmed' at reaction to sex life revelations
Bill Roache has reportedly said that he is "overwhelmed" to the public reaction to recent revelations about his sex life. The 79-year-old Coronation Street veteran, who plays Ken Barlow, admitted to Piers Morgan recently that he could have slept with as many as 1,000 women in his life and revealed a fling with former Corrie co-star Pat Phoenix. A friend of Roache told The Mirror: "Bill was overwhelmed with the publicity he got after the interview. It may well have been taken out of context, but at the end of the day that is what he said. "And he couldn't help sniggering when everyone reacted to his supposed conquests all those years ago. Now there are football chants springing up - they are hilarious and we are sure (more)
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Corrie's unstoppable sex machine: Bill Roache joins the squares who wish they were rebels

Bill RoacheCoronation Street's Ken Barlow – admits sleeping with 1,000 women. Couldn't he have kept the news to himself?

To the list of Things About Corrie's Bill Roache I'd Rather Not Read Over Breakfast, do be so good as to add the following: "His insatiable appetite earned him the nickname 'C**k Roache' among other members of the cast."

By way of possibly urgent clarification, the actor who plays Ken Barlow in the ITV soap did not have an insatiable appetite for c**k (I think we'll retain the Daily Mirror's asterisks, on balance). It was his c**k that had the insatiable appetite – and Bill has broken the most seemly of silences to discuss his sexual history. He's "not denying" he has slept with 1,000 women, back in the day.

"I didn't have any control over my own sex drive," says the Nikki Sixx of the cobbles. "But what
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Coleen Nolan on Bill Roache sex confession: It's always the quiet ones

Coleen Nolan has spoken out about Coronation Street star Bill Roache's recent sex confessions. The actor, who has played Ken Barlow on the soap for over 50 years, admitted that he had a fling with former co-star Pat Phoenix and has slept with "up to 1,000 women". Nolan said that she understands why Roache would have been a hit with the opposite sex when he was younger, telling The Mirror: "I've always said it's the quiet ones you have to watch. "Who would have thought that mild-mannered Ken had it in him? All those years we believed he was toiling away on the Weatherfield Recorder and discussing local history in the Rovers. It turns out he was actually bedding a string of women. "Oops, sorry, I've made that old mistake (more)
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I have slept with 100 women, says actor Bill Roache - Realbollywood.com News

I have slept with 100 women, says actor Bill Roache - Realbollywood.com News
London, Mar 15: Coronation Street's Bill Roache has claimed that he has slept with a thousand women in his life.

As strait-laced Ken Barlow in the British soap opera, he has managed to chalk up 28 girlfriends in more than half a century on the box.

But in real-life Casanova Roache has been a bed-hopping babe magnet with an amazing string of conquests.

In a remarkably frank interview he claimed to have slept with up to 1,000 women, including a one-night stand with Weatherfield legend Pat Phoenix.

Roache, who turns 80 next month, also revealed how his insatiable appetite earned him the nickname "C**k Roache".
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'Coronation Street's Bill Roache confirms Pat Phoenix liaison

'Coronation Street's Bill Roache confirms Pat Phoenix liaison
Bill Roache has opened up about his love life, including rumours of a fling with former Coronation Street star Pat Phoenix. The veteran actor, who plays Ken Barlow on the ITV1 soap, discussed the rumours during an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories which is due to be televised next month. Roache said of his liaison with Phoenix, who played battleaxe Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street: "It was just a one-off. It was just something that happened one night when we were together. We weren't right for each other. "She invited me round to her flat and we had a few drinks, then one thing led to another. At that time, she had a reputation and I had a reputation, and she felt we should meet, as it were. It just happened." Roache also claimed that he was given the nickname "C**k Roache" by the cast because of
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Coronation Street's Bill Roache admits Pat Phoenix affair and sex with 'up to 1,000 women'

Coronation Street's Bill Roache admits Pat Phoenix affair and sex with 'up to 1,000 women'
Bill Roache has opened up about his love life, including rumours of a fling with former Coronation Street star Pat Phoenix. The veteran actor, who plays Ken Barlow on the ITV1 soap, discussed the rumours during an episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories which is due to be televised next month. Roache said of his liaison with Phoenix, who played battleaxe Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street: "It was just a one-off. It was just something that happened one night when we were together. We weren't right for each other. "She invited me round to her flat and we had a few drinks, then one thing led to another. At that time, she had a reputation and I had a reputation, and she felt we should meet, as it were. It just happened." Roache also claimed that he was given the nickname "C**k Roache" by the cast because of
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