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.
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street