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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Maggie Jones: Actress best known for her role as the harridan Blanche Hunt in 'Coronation Street'

Maggie Jones, who has died at the age of 75, was for a decade the foremost British battleaxe of the television soap world as Coronation Street's acid-tongued Blanche Hunt. As unyielding as the Coronation Street cobbles, she was supplied by the show's writers with the sharpest of tongues. Many of her cutting put-downs, as memorable as they were searing, have been affectionately recalled since her death. When one actress rejected a proposal made to her by an ageing character who went down on one knee, Blanche delivered the practical but unromantic warning: "Well, if you leave it much longer he won't be able to get up again."

Coronation Street's Maggie 'Blanche' Jones dies

Coronation Street actress Maggie Jones, who played sharp-tongued Blanche Hunt, has died at the age of 75.

Coronation Street star questioned over crash

Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas was questioned by police in connection with a drink-drive collision, it emerged today.

Eastenders clean up at last night's Inside Soap Awards

EastEnders took home top honours at last night's Inside Soap Awards, as well as a fourth consecutive Best Actress win for Lacey Turner.

Click here or on the image to see the winners of last night's awards

Product placement to the rescue of broadcasters

Easing of advertising rules could be worth £100m a year to ailing television industry

Google captures Coronation Street on Street View

Coronation Street is to make history as the first fictional location to appear on Google Street View, it was confirmed today.

Coronation Street shifts from Wednesday to Thursday

Coronation Street is to move from Wednesday nights in a break with almost 50 years of broadcasting tradition.

Melanie McDonagh: The meanie justifies the 'envy'

The great thinkers would be unimpressed by Anthony Steen's claim that we are jealous of his large house

Last Night's Television: Coronation Street, ITV1<br />The Apprentice, BBC1<br />Rain, BBC2

"We've already watched a lot of television tonight," moaned Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, flinching from the prospect of a marathon viewing of The Thorn Birds with Deirdre. Ken doesn't really approve of television, thinking there are better ways to spend your time, and who could gainsay him given the immeasurably more interesting drama you can get just down the road at the Rovers Return, a kind of Epidaurus with bitter on tap. Dynastic curses, incest, blood feuds and murder are stacked up behind the bar, alongside the pork scratchings and dry-roast peanuts. Last night, for instance, Colin – Rita's box-fresh fiancé – was revealed to have impregnated Julie when she was just 14 years old. Colin, rather unwisely in the circumstances, tried to argue his corner, pointing out that Paula wasn't exactly a blushing innocent at the time, but Rita was having none of it: "What you did is unforgiveable... you abused a child." She then went to sit in the dark in the Kabin, mascara streaming down her cheeks while her friends tried in vain to get her to pick up the phone. Rita declined, which won't really surprise you if you've ever seen her phone, a grim piece of faux-sophisticate tat that looks as if it's been made out of raw liver and prompts me to offer a word of congratulation to that unsung team of geniuses, the Coronation Street set-dressers. Ken, meanwhile, was off down the canal towpath looking longingly at a barge crowned with a stone Buddha, from which classical music was seeping through the net curtains. For Ken, this represents nirvana, and though he turned away from it last night I don't think it will be long before he succumbs to temptation.

Coronation Street criticised for covering cross

A clergyman today branded as "ludicrous" a decision by Coronation Street crew members to cover up a church cross during filming for fear that it could offend viewers.

Role models? Too flaming right, mate

Doctors say soap characters should be showing us all how to live. We say they already are... and here's the proof. By Paul Bignell and Cole Moreton

Sport on TV: Rooney's urchins look to leave their mark on road to riches

Was it a disclaimer for 'Wayne Rooney's Street Striker' (Sky One, Sunday) or Manchester United's Champions' League tie against Aalborg? It was hard to tell. "The challenges in this programme took place in a strictly controlled environment managed by the competition's organisers," it said. The Aalborg goalie might beg to differ. "Do not attempt to copy them." Not unless you're throwing a few shapes while dancing on top of a drunk at the Christmas party. Not if you don't want to get sent off.

Howell he pull it off? Rupert reveals his plans to save ITV

Advertising legend Rupert Howell was hired by Michael Grade to mastermind the commercial future of ITV. Phone-in scandals and the departure of Dawn Airey mean he has a difficult job ahead. He tells Ian Burrell of his plans to save the famous brand

Last Night's TV: Coronation Street ITV1, Shrink Rap More4, Placebo BBC3

The Street's still a Lancashire hot spot
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