Television & Radio: On the Box
Friday 04 October 1996
This week sees the escalation of another worrying trend: TV stars branching out into singing. Following in the lucrative steps of Robson and Jerome and Ant and Dec, Emmerdale actors Billy Hartman, Alun Lewis and Steve Halliwell (who play Terry Woods, Vic Windsor and Zak Dingle respectively) are forming The Woolpackers and releasing a double A-sided single of "Hillbilly Rock Hillbilly Roll"/ "Linedancing" on 4 Novemeber. They are already booked to perform on The National Lottery Live. They make their debut appearance in the soap at the Glovers' Silver Wedding Anniversary next Thursday - an evening perhaps to consider re-grouting the bathroom.
An indication of just how much the BBC will miss the Grand Prix coverage it has lost to ITV from next season was provided by the viewing figures for the week ending 8 September. Revving smoothly to the top of BBC2's chart that week was the Italian Grand Prix, which motored in with 5.10m viewers.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27