2 items from 2013
Don’t worry, guys. You can all anxiously stop checking your phones and refreshing the BBC News homepage. The heir to the British throne has finally been born, after about two years of anticipation/mild enthusiasm/complete and utter disinterest. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that this news will undoubtedly heal wounds between nations and give people all around the world a reason to celebrate. And all those poor women in England, who just had babies but didn’t name them so they could avoid the royal name, can finally stop referring to their children as It.
Anyway, I thought it would be fitting to go through the top ten best movies ever made about the British monarchy. Say what you will about them royals, they’ve certainly provided some entertaining material over the past half a dozen centuries. So without further ado, The Royal List. »
- Audrey Fox
Actor who became a household name in her 70s as Lou Beale in EastEnders
When Anna Wing took on her most famous role, in EastEnders in 1985, the Sun ran the headline: "Enter the dragon ... Lou Beale!" As hard as nails and as brittle as pressed flowers, Lou was one of a declining breed, an East End widow whose power indoors was absolute, but whose attitude towards the outside world was one of mounting fear and alienation. She played Albert Square's indomitable matriarch for only four years but Wing, who has died aged 98, became synonymous for many with her character.
The original character outline by Julia Smith and Tony Holland, creators of EastEnders, described Lou Beale thus: "The changing face of the area (especially the immigrants) is a constant source of fear to her, but then she doesn't go out much. She prefers to be at home, or on a trip down memory lane. »
- Stuart Jeffries
2 items from 2013
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