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Don't look down on soap operas: Some of today's biggest stars got started there. ETOnline rounds up 10 such actors. A sampling: Julianne Moore: Played a dual role, half-sisters Sabrina and Frannie Hughes, on As the World Turns from 1985 to 1988—and even won a Daytime Emmy. Meg Ryan: She also starred on As the World Turns , as Betsy Stewart, from 1982 to 1984. Kevin Bacon: He starred on Guiding Light , as Tim "Tj" Werner, from 1980 to 1981. Susan Sarandon: For one year, 1970, she portrayed Patrice Kahlman on A World Apart . Demi Moore: Before she started her »
- Evann Gastaldo
Call the Midwife easily topped Sunday's overnight ratings, scoring its highest-ever figures.
The BBC One drama attracted an average audience of 9.61 million (36.1%) at 8pm, up from last year's opener of 9.32m.
Earlier, Countryfile Winter appealed to 7.05m (29.5%) at 7pm, while The Musketeers launched to an impressive 7.41m (28.9%) at 9pm.
On ITV, Mr Selfridge returned to 4.85m (18.9%) at 9pm, with an added 415,000 (2.4%) on +1. This is down around 2 million from last year's premiere episode, and down around 500k from its previous episode in March.
BBC Two's Masters Snooker final scored 2.15m (8.5%) at 7pm, followed by a Top Gear repeat with 1.11m (4.8%) at 9.15pm.
This swashbuckling romp will appeal to teenagers dreaming of adventure – and fortysomething TV critics too
We're not bothering with Call the Midwife today – too dreary. Don't call her. Or Mr Selfridge – who cares? I'm seeking adventure, romance, the buckling of swash. Found it! In The Musketeers (BBC1, Sunday).
Two men – father and son, last name d'Artagnan – arrive, weary and wet, at a rustic inn somewhere outside Paris some time in the 1630s. The young man, dripping and tousled, is devilishly handsome. More men arrive, bad guys hiding their faces, they hold up the place. It all kicks off.
And there it is, already, that noise – the metallic swishing sound of tempered-steel sword being whipped from its scabbard. These days it mainly goes with razor adverts and macho celebrity chefs; in 17th-century France it was a more noble noise, it generally meant that honour was about to be defended. There were »
- Sam Wollaston
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