Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh was only meant to work on Coronation Street for two months. Her character was intended as little more than a gimmick to help the Manchester-based soap opera compete in the ratings battle with then-dominant EastEnders. Fifteen years later, her character’s story has finally come to a close, and with it, one of soap’s most enduring and touching romances: that of oddball Roy and his kind-hearted wife, Hayley.
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Monday 27 December 2004
Thursday 14 October 2004
It is a little while since we heard from the United Deities, the ecumenical all-god forum which meets up in heaven to monitor the behaviour of us poor mortals down on Earth. Here are some extracts from the minutes of the latest meeting.
Friday 08 October 2004
Thursday 07 October 2004
One of the most intriguing aspects of Verdi's personality is his attitude to religion. Atheist, agnostic, anti-clerical or deeply spiritual - no one is really sure into which category he fits.
Friday 23 April 2004
Sunday 15 February 2004
Sunday 23 November 2003
Thursday 17 July 2003
Friday 21 February 2003
Tuesday 04 February 2003
Sunday 08 September 2002
Wednesday 14 August 2002
Saturday 18 March 2000
Tuesday 28 December 1999
Sunday 21 November 1999
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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
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