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Philip Saville obituary

TV director whose Boys from the Blackstuff won a Bafta for best drama serial

The director Philip Saville, who has died aged 86, was an important figure in British television drama – an innovative practitioner who brought Alan Bleasdale’s 1982 drama Boys from the Blackstuff to the screen. The series, which concerned the harrowing effects of unemployment on five Liverpudlian men, had a difficult gestation – the BBC was not easily persuaded to allow a supposedly “arty” director to convey the reality of the disenfranchised working classes. While he greatly admired Bleasdale’s scripts, Saville suggested rewrites, notably expanding the role of Angie, the wife of one of the men, Chrissie (Michael Angelis). This added a strong female element to an otherwise male-dominated piece and provided Julie Walters with a breakthrough role.

One episode, Yosser’s Story, featured the broken Yosser Hughes (Bernard Hill) desperately asking “gissa job” as his sanity was eroded along with his self-respect.
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Former Brookside actor to be Thomas the Tank Engine narrator

Brookside actor Mark Moraghan is to become the next famous Liverpudlian to narrate the popular children's TV show

Thomas the Tank Engine has a new narrator as the former Brookside actor Mark Moraghan becomes the voice of the show. He follows Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis and continues the programme's association with a Liverpudlian accent.

Moraghan, 50, who has also appeared in Heartbeat and Holby City as well as Celebrity MasterChef, will be heard when Thomas and Friends begins a new series on Channel 5 on 3 June. He has become the voice of the programme in all English language territories including the Us.

The first series of 26 stories premiered in September 1984 on ITV in the UK, with Starr as storyteller and Mr Conductor in the first and second season. From 1991 to 1993 George Carlin replaced Starr as both the storyteller and as Mr Conductor for the American version of the show. He continued
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'Good Cop': Warren Brown, Stephen Graham in BBC drama trailer - video

'Good Cop': Warren Brown, Stephen Graham in BBC drama trailer - video
BBC One has released a new trailer and images from upcoming drama Good Cop. The thriller - previously known as Savage - will star Warren Brown (Luther) and Stephen Graham (This Is England). Digital Spy has exclusive pictures from the show, which also stars Aisling Loftus (Dive) and Michael Angelis (Boys from the Blackstuff). Good Cop has been penned by Five Daughters writer Stephen Butchard and was shot on location in Liverpool. Warren Brown plays (more)
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Coronation Street's Helen Worth gets engaged

'Coronation Street's Helen Worth is engaged. The 61-year-old actress - who split from Michael Angelis in 2001 after 21 years of marriage - is set to tie the knot with her teacher boyfriend Trevor Dawson, 54. The couple have been dating for over a year and went public with their romance last summer, when Helen opened a fair at the Surrey primary school where former church organist Trevor works. A friend of Helen's told The People: ''The one thing missing from her life for many years was a loving partner to share in her success. ''She has found that in Trevor and
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