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Who are Britain’s longest-serving soap stars?
Following June Spencer’s retirement as Peggy Woolley, Ken Barlow and Ian Beale are characters who also appeared in their shows when they first aired

Nadia Khomami

08, Aug, 2022 @5:11 PM

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‘I’ve had 10 affairs – I wasn’t that sort of woman when I arrived on Corrie!’ Britain’s longest serving soap stars tell all
For some actors they are a rite of passage, but for a special few, soap characters can be the role of a lifetime. Four stalwarts – from Natalie Cassidy to Sally Dynevor – explain what it takes to play the same part for decades

Stuart Jeffries

22, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Andy Devine obituary
Actor who brought moments of comedy and tragedy to the TV soap Emmerdale in the role of Shadrach Dingle

Anthony Hayward

02, Jun, 2022 @4:37 PM

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‘What the hell was that episode?!’ Can the soaps ever win viewers back?
A juicy plotline would once get tens of millions watching and talking about EastEnders or Coronation Street. But the water-cooler moments have gone and Neighbours has been given the chop. Is there hope for the soap?

Stuart Jeffries

05, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Kathleen Baker obituary
Other lives: Marriage guidance counsellor who turned to writing scripts for television soap operas

Kirsten Baker

09, Mar, 2022 @5:32 PM

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Experience: I grew up on a TV set
None of it felt strange, because everybody in the village was involved with Emmerdale to some extent

Kate Whitham

05, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Johnny Leeze obituary
Screen actor who played Ned Glover in Emmerdale as well as several roles in Coronation Street

Anthony Hayward

01, Nov, 2020 @6:30 PM

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Paula Tilbrook obituary
Actor who was a favourite of Ken Dodd and became best known as Betty Eagleton in the soap Emmerdale

Anthony Hayward

21, Jul, 2020 @3:38 PM

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Netflix to resume filming of The Witcher after Covid-19 hiatus
Streaming platform plans to spend £400m to make more than 50 shows and films in UK

Mark Sweney

22, Jun, 2020 @12:37 PM

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From Friday Night Lights to Devs: our surprise lockdown TV gems
Stuck at home, our viewing habits have extended to some unexpected small-screen discoveries, from old soaps and high school football to Bake Off for makeup

Ammar Kalia, Rachel Aroesti, Frances Ryan, Jack Seale, Sonia Sodha, Toby Moses and Hannah J Davies

11, Jun, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Class war in Emmerdale: how will soaps deal with coronavirus?
With soaps now allowed to go back into production, we imagine how they might tackle the crisis, from bloody uprisings to physically distanced pub brawls

Frances Ryan

18, May, 2020 @9:39 AM

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'We've not been off air for 60 years': how soap stars are handling lockdown
From learning the flute to disco dancing in the front garden, actors suddenly have a lot more time on their hands for hobbies

Michael Segalov

11, May, 2020 @11:00 AM

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