Caroline Aherne

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Mrs Merton and the naughty nun: Caroline Aherne’s first comedy gigs
She sometimes said she’d rather be a hairdresser but Aherne’s cheeky early appearances in the pubs and clubs of Manchester led her to TV fame

Rachael Healy

13, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Jordan North: 'Other kids were out drinking – I was watching the Vicar of Dibley'
The Radio 1 DJ and I’m a Celebrity runner up on a childhood spent watching sitcoms with his mum, from the Dawn French classic to The Royle Family and Keeping Up Appearances

As told to Hannah J Davies

16, Mar, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Ralf Little: 'I've been having a midlife crisis since I was 20'
The actor on his first leading role, giving up a career in medicine for The Royle Family, and his new year resolutions

Michael Hogan

03, Jan, 2021 @9:30 AM

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‘We’re working on the reunion’: Smack the Pony comeback
Two decades after the cult sketch show first aired, its creators discuss its inception, near-death experiences and why they were the Spice Girls of turn-of-the-century comedy

Ellen E Jones

21, Jan, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Don’t knock status – it’s just part of the struggle to win a partner
There’s a truth to Mrs Merton’s joke about what attracted Debbie McGee to ‘the millionaire Paul Daniels’. Is it really so ridiculous to choose someone on the basis of their status?

Tim Lott

14, Apr, 2017 @12:30 PM

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Liz Smith obituary
Bafta award-winning actor, best known for playing Nana in The Royle Family, got her breakthrough later in life

Dennis Barker

26, Dec, 2016 @11:41 PM

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2016's best bits: October to December
From Prince Harry speaking out against racism to Ed Balls on Strictly, everything that cheered us up as the year ended

24, Dec, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Caroline Aherne remembered by Ricky Tomlinson
The Royle Family actor on how the show’s creator had a brilliant feel for ordinary life, but kept her own hidden

11, Dec, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Caroline Aherne's brother hits back at Peter Hook's 'disgusting' abuse claims
Former New Order bassist described as ‘excuse of a man’ after claiming he was attacked by late award-winning actor and comedian

Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

04, Oct, 2016 @7:34 AM

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Peter Hook says Caroline Aherne was physically abusive during marriage
Musician claims in autobiography that the comedian, who died in July, attacked him with knives, bottles and chairs before split

Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

03, Oct, 2016 @4:11 PM

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Viral video: Get into bed with Justin Bieber and Cheryl for Kanye West spoof
Watch a remake of the Famous video also featuring Meghan Trainor and Craig David, plus Ricky Gervais sings Lady Gypsy

Janette Owen

08, Jul, 2016 @6:32 AM

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'She was fearless': in praise of Caroline Aherne
At a time of gonzo blokey comedy, she was one of the few women to shine. Her genius lay in the honesty and vulnerability of her creations, from Denise Royle to Mrs Merton

Sarah Morgan

05, Jul, 2016 @7:28 AM

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