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Capturing the Krays: A ‘Legend’ feature

It’s been a quarter of a century since a film was made about the Kray twins, and now two have come along at once! The main event of course is Legend, showcasing Tom Hardy in a dual role that has earned rave reviews from critics. The gangster pair were admired and abhorred in equal measure. They represented a strand of culture that mixed community values with intimidation and violence.

Some are looking forward to further exposure for Ronnie and Reggie. Others object to the perceived glamourizing of men who were hunted by the police and responsible for bloody carnage across London. Whatever your view, you have to agree they had a permanent effect on the fabric of Britain and this has been reflected onscreen in some surprising ways.

Don your best suit, pack your shooter and prepare for a rain-soaked car journey into the neon heart of the capital
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DVD Review – The Rise of the Krays (2015)

The Rise of the Krays, 2015.

Directed by Zackary Adler.

Starring Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie, Phil Dunster, Nicola Stapleton, Danny Midwinter, Anita Dobson, Alan Mathis and James Weber Brown.

Synopsis:

London, 1961: Ronnie and Reggie Kray begin a reign of terror that would endure and define Londons East End for years to come. From protection rackets to members clubs, from brutal street brawls, arson via blackmail extending all the way up to the Cabinet Office, the Krays rained red on anyone who crossed them.

The real story of infamous London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray will never fully be told in a film, mainly because the exploits of the twins have now passed into folklore and, as is the nature of most true crime stories, the truth has mainly been buried with most of the victims. 1990’s The Krays touched on most of the known stories surrounding the twins but the
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Blood And Carpet Brings Back British Black and White b-movies

Shot over 2 weeks in London and the South Coast, Blood And Carpet is a 1960’s influenced, kitchen sink, comedy thriller. Directed by Graham Fletcher-Cook and starring Annie Burkin (Zebra Crossing), Billy Wright (Betsy And Leonard) and Frank Boyce (Tony) it features supporting roles from Nicola Stapleton (EastEnders, The Rise Of The Krays) Julian Firth (Scum) and Andrew Tiernan (300, The Pianist). !

London 1967 and Ruby and Lyle have a problem. A … Continue reading →

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'EastEnders' Nicola Stapleton: 'I'll never say never to Mandy return'

'EastEnders' Nicola Stapleton: 'I'll never say never to Mandy return'
EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton has confirmed that she would not rule out another return for her soap character Mandy Salter. The actress filmed her exit scenes six weeks ago and viewers saw Mandy bow out in yesterday evening's (May 31) episode. Speaking on Loose Women today (June 1), the 37-year-old revealed that she was thrilled with Mandy's most recent story arc. Stapleton commented: "I don't want to play someone who's normal and boring - I want somebody who's feisty and spicy. I love Mandy. She's got layers, I think - she's deep and she's troubled. "It's been really nice, actually, with the last few storylines that I had with Vicky Alcock who played my mum. It's fine to put a character on telly and say, 'Oh, what a horrible person', but it's nice to explain why people might be like (more)
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'EastEnders' Mandy Salter to leave Walford

'EastEnders' Mandy Salter to leave Walford
EastEnders minx Mandy Salter will leave Walford this summer after splitting from her partner Ian Beale, reports have revealed. Mandy makes her departure from Albert Square on her wedding day, adding another relationship disaster to Ian's list, according to The Sun. Whether the couple's wedding goes ahead before Mandy makes her surprise exit is currently unknown. Nicola Stapleton, who plays Mandy, returned to EastEnders last summer after 17 years away from the soap. Confirming her departure, Stapleton commented: "I've had a great time at EastEnders, working with friends old and new. Who knows whether Mandy will return? Let's hope it doesn't take another (more)
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'EastEnders' Victoria Alcock: 'Fans are wary of me'

'EastEnders' Victoria Alcock: 'Fans are wary of me'
EastEnders star Victoria Alcock has expressed delight over the public's response to her nasty character Lorraine Stevens. Lorraine turned up in Walford last week, shaking up her daughter Mandy's (Nicola Stapleton) new life with local businessman Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). Speaking on This Morning today (March 9), Alcock revealed that EastEnders fans are already confusing her with her troublesome alter ego. She explained: "My poor husband Nick has had so many people say to him, 'I'm sorry, your wife is an absolute nutter'. I think he's sleeping with one eye open at the moment! "I'm loving it. It's great to be involved in EastEnders full-stop. But I've also got a new-found respect on the street - on the real-life street! People are giving me a wide berth. I can hear the (more)
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'EastEnders': Bianca Butcher's new job - video

'EastEnders': Bianca Butcher's new job - video
EastEnders' Bianca Butcher reluctantly starts a new job as a cleaner at the Beale house in tonight's (March 6) episode of the soap. Bianca (Patsy Palmer) isn't entirely happy to be working for Ian (Adam Woodyatt) but knows she needs the money, so she decides to grin and bear it as she begins her new duties. There's obvious tension between Bianca and Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) as they come face-to-face (more)
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'EastEnders' Mandy, Lorraine scenes are dark, says Nicola Stapleton

'EastEnders' Mandy, Lorraine scenes are dark, says Nicola Stapleton
EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton has admitted that it was challenging to play her character Mandy Salter's upcoming feud with mum Lorraine. Lorraine, now played by Victoria Alcock, returns to Walford in Thursday night's (March 1) episode and soon shows a nasty side as she starts bullying Mandy. The pair's war even becomes physical at one point as the tension between them reaches boiling point. > EastEnders spoiler: Mandy's mother returns to Walford

> EastEnders spoiler: Ian hears a worrying warning about Mandy Stapleton told All About Soap: "They have their blazing rows, but Mandy's petrified of her own mother. She might be good at fending for herself and putting on a front, but Lorraine has a hold over Mandy that can't be broken. "[The fight scenes] are very dark and were a real challenge to film. (more)
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'EastEnders' Lucy plots against Mandy - video

'EastEnders' Lucy plots against Mandy - video
EastEnders' Lucy Beale continues to play detective in tonight's (February 28) episode of the soap - determined to prove that mischievous Mandy Salter is having an affair. Lucy (Hetti Bywater) already knows that Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) is hiding something after she secretly pawned her new bracelet, but she realises this isn't enough to catch her out once and for all. Deciding that she needs more evidence before she shares her suspicions with Ian, Lucy asks Lauren (Jacqueline (more)
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'EastEnders' Nicola Stapleton: 'Mandy may not get sympathy'

'EastEnders' Nicola Stapleton: 'Mandy may not get sympathy'
EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton has admitted that she is not sure whether viewers will sympathise with her character Mandy Salter when her mum Lorraine starts causing trouble for her. Mandy is left stunned next week when Lorraine (Victoria Alcock) arrives on Albert Square unexpectedly, stirring up chaos for her new life with Ian (Adam Woodyatt). As reported earlier in the week, Lorraine makes it clear that she sees Ian as a meal ticket when alone with Mandy - but puts on an air of innocence in front of the businessman. Stapleton told Inside Soap: "Lorraine puts on a big act for Ian. Mandy can see straight through her, but Ian doesn't understand why she's getting her knickers in a twist. "When Lorraine's alone with Mandy, she's really cruel and cold. But she's (more)
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'EastEnders' Victoria Alcock 'loved poor wardrobe for Lorraine role'

'EastEnders' Victoria Alcock 'loved poor wardrobe for Lorraine role'
EastEnders star Victoria Alcock has revealed that she embraced the chance to dress badly on the soap. The actress confirmed that fans can expect a poor fashion sense from her character Lorraine Salter, who returns to Walford next week. Lorraine is the wayward mother of Albert Square regular Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) and is quick to cause trouble for her daughter upon her arrival. Alcock told TV Choice of Lorraine's bad clothes: "The costume lady said, 'Are you sure, Vic?' I said, 'Bring it on!' It's '80s, but not in a good way." The 46-year-old added that it should be interesting for viewers to see her playing (more)
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'EastEnders' Victoria Alcock: 'Lorraine will be a leech'

'EastEnders' Victoria Alcock: 'Lorraine will be a leech'
EastEnders newcomer Victoria Alcock has predicted that viewers will be shocked by the antics of her character Lorraine Salter. As announced last month, the former Bad Girls actress has taken over the role of Lorraine, who is the mother of Walford minx Mandy (Nicola Stapleton). Lorraine returns to Albert Square after exchanging a series of text messages with scheming Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater), who wrongly suspects that Mandy's mystery contact 'L' must be a secret boyfriend. Teasing Lorraine's arrival, Alcock told TV Choice: "There will be a collective intake of breath from viewers because just when you think she couldn't stoop any lower, she goes full-steam ahead. "Many Albert Square residents didn't think there was a bigger leech than Mandy, but we see where she gets it from now. She has no qualms and (more)
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'EastEnders' Mandy in turmoil over mum Lorraine - Spoiler Pictures

'EastEnders' Mandy in turmoil over mum Lorraine - Spoiler Pictures
EastEnders minx Mandy Salter panics next week following her mother Lorraine's return to Albert Square. As previously reported, Lorraine - now played by former Bad Girls actress Victoria Alcock - descends on Walford after being invited via text message by scheming Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater), who mistakenly thinks that 'L Stevens' is a mystery man that Mandy is having an affair with. Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) is not at all happy to see Lorraine, fearing that she could ruin her new life with fiancé Ian (Adam Woodyatt) - and it seems that she's right to be worried when Lorraine makes it clear that she sees her future son-in-law as a meal ticket. As Lorraine privately implies that her financial struggles will be over now that she's been introduced to Ian, Mandy loses patience and tells her that she'll have to (more)
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'EastEnders' Mandy attacks Lucy - Unseen Picture

'EastEnders' Mandy attacks Lucy - Unseen Picture
EastEnders minx Mandy Salter loses patience with Lucy Beale in tonight's episode - violently attacking her at the Queen Vic. Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) is left fuming with Lucy (Hetti Bywater) when the schemer deliberately destroys her wedding dress this evening, but it's when she discovers another one of the teenager's stunts that she finally snaps. As Mandy and Ian (Adam Woodyatt) arrive at the pub hoping for a quiet drink, they hear from Dot that Heather and Andrew's wedding will be on the same day as their (more)
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'EastEnders' Lucy, Mandy war continues - video

'EastEnders' Lucy, Mandy war continues - video
EastEnders' Ian Beale remains at the centre of a battle between his daughter and his fiancée in tonight's episode of the soap. Ian (Adam Woodyatt) can sense that all is not well at home, so he takes Lucy (Hetti Bywater) out for a pub lunch - allowing them to spend some quality time together without Mandy present. However, at the same time, Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) is waiting for Ian back at the house in some sexy lingerie, and when Lucy can sense (more)
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'EastEnders' Mandy seeks Lucy truce - Spoiler Pictures

'EastEnders' Mandy seeks Lucy truce - Spoiler Pictures
EastEnders' Mandy Salter tries desperately to get on good terms with future stepdaughter Lucy Beale next week - concerned that their feud is spiralling out of control. When Lucy deliberately pours coffee over Mandy's wedding dress in an upcoming episode, Mandy is left furious over the teenager's antics - before facing frustration when Ian refuses to believe that his daughter would do such a thing on purpose. Mandy's (Nicola Stapleton) anger later escalates when she discovers that Lucy has convinced an oblivious Heather (Cheryl Fergison) and Andrew (Ricky Grover) to tie the knot on the same day as her and Ian's wedding - leaving the Square's residents torn over which ceremony to attend. Losing her temper in front of shocked punters at the Queen Vic, Mandy flies at Lucy (Hetti Bywater) and has to be dragged away by Andrew before (more)
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'EastEnders' Lucy pulls a nasty stunt - Spoiler Pictures

'EastEnders' Lucy pulls a nasty stunt - Spoiler Pictures
EastEnders minx Mandy Salter is left distraught next week as scheming Lucy Beale steps up her attempts to make life difficult for her. Lucy (Hetti Bywater) has grown jealous of Mandy in recent weeks, and her frustration reaches a new level when she sees her dad Ian (Adam Woodyatt) fussing around the blonde like a puppy dog. Deciding that she's had enough of her future stepmum, Lucy plays a nasty trick on the day of Mandy's (Nicola Stapleton) final wedding dress fitting at the Beale house. Putting on an act, (more)
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'EastEnders' is more enjoyable now, says Nicola Stapleton

'EastEnders' is more enjoyable now, says Nicola Stapleton
EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton has revealed that her second stint on the show is proving to be more enjoyable than the first. The actress reprised her role as Mandy Salter last summer after 17 years away from Albert Square, during which she took on a variety of other roles. Reflecting on her comeback, Stapleton told Celebs on Sunday: "I'm having a great time. I'm enjoying it so much more this time round - you're older, wiser, you understand a bit more how the machine works. "I've spent the last 17 years really grafting my arse off, so it's nice to be back in a situation where I'm in a real routine." EastEnders fans have seen Mandy embark on a relationship with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) following her return to Walford. Asked whether she finds the pairing strange due to the age difference, Stapleton (more)
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'EastEnders' Mandy strips off for Ian - Spoiler Picture

'EastEnders' Mandy strips off for Ian - Spoiler Picture
EastEnders' mischievous blonde Mandy Salter uses some sexy lingerie to keep Ian Beale under her thumb in an upcoming episode. Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) finds herself competing for Ian's attention in the coming days, as his daughter Lucy (Hetti Bywater) is keen to spend time with him following her recent return to Albert Square. When Ian (Adam Woodyatt) senses that there is tension between his daughter and his fiancée, he sits Lucy down for a chat and promises that they can enjoy (more)
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'EastEnders' return for Mandy Salter's mother

EastEnders bosses have announced that Mandy Salter's mother Lorraine will be returning to Albert Square next month. Former Bad Girls star Victoria Alcock has been cast in the role of Lorraine, who turns up in Walford after receiving a message from scheming Lucy Beale. Lucy (Hetti Bywater) gets suspicious in upcoming episodes when she catches Mandy sending secret texts and pawning a bracelet that Ian (Adam Woodyatt) has bought her to send the money to someone. The mischievous teenager decides that Mandy (Nicola Stapleton) must be having an affair, so she gets hold of the number and arranges to meet the 'mystery man' on the Square. However, Lucy is soon left stunned when she realises that there is no secret admirer - and she has inadvertently brought Mandy's mother to Walford.

Pictured left: Victoria Alcock (Lorraine). (more)
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