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Peter Benson Dead at 75

Heartbeat actor Peter Benson died on September 6 after a short illness. He was 75.

He was known for playing the North Yorkshire-based drama's funeral director in all of the show's 18 series during its run from 1992 to 2010.

His character also ran a garage in the fictional town of Aidensfield and often got involved in disastrous money-making schemes with Claude Greengrass (Bill Maynard) and half-brother Vernon Scripps (Geoffrey Hughes).

Benson also made appearances in BBC comedy Blackadder as Henry VII, ITV 1980s soap opera Albion Market and more recently in two episodes of hospital drama Casualty.

Benson was a highly-skilled singer and dancer and an accomplished theatre actor. He and Maynard starred on stage together in a production of "Trinity Tales" in 1977.

He portrayed the title role in Shakespeare's "Henry VI" in a BBC television adaption of the play in 1983.

One of Benson's former Heartbeat co-stars Steven Blakeley, who played Pc Geoff Younger in the show,
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The Beatles Yellow Submarine Screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“Once upon a time, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland. 80,000 leagues beneath the sea it lay, or lie. I’m not too sure.”

Yellow Submarine plays this weekend (July 20th and 21st) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

We all live in a Yellow Submarine and Yellow Submarine is proof that an animated film doesn’t have to be rendered in a digital environment to look perfect. I saw psychedelic 1968 Beatles exactly 36 years ago at a midnight show at the Varsity Theater in St. Louis in the summer of ’82. Yellow Submarine tells of the Fab Four’s battles against the deranged Blue Meanies and their Hand Glove, which is hellbent on obliterating the unearthly paradise of Pepperland until the musicians save the day with the powers of peace, love and music. I was surprised to learn
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TV BAFTAs 2013: Live Blog

It's that time of year when TV stars dig out their best suits and practice their best 'loser's smile face' - the TV BAFTAs are back.

Graham Norton is our host for the evening, and stars from Last Tango In Halifax, Game of Thrones, Homeland and The Thick of It are among the talent competing for the main gongs.

Join us live from 8pm on Digital Spy when we'll be live blogging the TV BAFTAs.

22:03Well, that's just about it! Aside from quite an underwhelming performance from Graham Norton and a dodgy Tetris-esque stage, that was a throughly enjoyable evening if I may say so. Thanks for joining Digital Spy, and don't forget to write below who you think deserved to win and who was robbed. Goodnight, all!

22:02And so to the annual tack-on bit at the end where some of the more boring credible people and programmes
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DVD Review - The Royle Family: Barbara's Old Ring (2012)

The Royle Family: Barbara's Old Ring, 2012.

Directed by Caroline Aherne.

Starring Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash.

Synopsis:

Christmas is coming but Barbara is not happy. Not only has she lost her wedding ring but Jim has won on a scratch card she found down the back of the sofa whilst looking for the ring and has kept quiet about his hundred pounds winnings.

The law of diminishing returns could be attributed to The Royle Family as it produces its 5th Christmas special in 6 years, but there is just something about this special show that means it doesn't suffer the same fate as other British comedies.

For example, I loved Only Fools and Horses and still claim that 1996’s Time On Our Hands is one of the finest examples of British sitcom writing, but I am loathed to admit that every time it came back it
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Routledge 'saddened' by Hughes' death

Patricia Routledge is ''very, very sad'' about the death of Geoffrey Hughes last week. The 83-year-old actress played stuffy Hyacinth Bucket in TV series 'Keeping Up Appearances' alongside Geoffrey - who died of prostate cancer on Friday (27.07.12) - and she has proclaimed him a ''true professional'' actor who always did his job well. She said: ''I felt very, very sad. He was a most lovable man, just delightful and great fun to work with. ''He had a tremendous battle with the dreaded disease and I spoke to him a couple of times and he was positive and courageous. He did try
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Olympics TV and radio review: need more options? Seek counselling

If even McEnroe is overwhelmed by the amount of BBC output, there's probably not much hope for those of us who care little

On Saturday morning, John McEnroe turned on his TV and was instantly baffled. "There's so much to turn to I don't know what to do with myself," the tennis legend told Gabby Logan's perma-rictus on BBC1's Olympics Tonight. "I've got about 50 options."

He's probably got more than that. Olympics coverage overwhelms not just BBC1, BBC3 and that counsel of despair for the couch potato with commitment issues, the red button, but reaches unprecedentedly far into cyberspace. There are up to 24 Olympics live streams available on your laptop, and if should you miss any of them, catch them on the iPlayer or the BBC Olympics app. During the weekend, Jake Humphrey popped up regularly to reassure us that we need never miss a moment of these historic games.
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Geoffrey Hughes obituary

Actor known for his roles in Coronation Street, Keeping up Appearances, Heartbeat and The Royle Family

The actor Geoffrey Hughes, who has died of prostate cancer aged 68, played gormless Eddie Yeats in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1974 to 1983, and thereafter was typecast on television as a lovable rogue.

Hughes contributed enormously to the comedy that Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander – as Stan and Hilda Ogden – brought to No 13 Coronation Street. His character, Eddie, a former Borstal boy and Walton Prison inmate, helped Stan on his window-cleaning round and was forever involved in money-making schemes – hiring out a timid guard dog and selling Albert Tatlock's allotment vegetables, dodgy watches and curtains run up by Hilda – before finding work as a refuse collector and becoming the Ogdens' lodger.

"He was always a softy," Hughes told the writer Daran Little in 1995. "His villainy had been opportunist nicking, or thinking of a
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Actor Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

Hughes, known to millions as binman Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street, has died after a two year battle with prostate cancer

Actor Geoffrey Hughes, famous for his roles in Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 68.

Hughes, who was known to millions for playing binman Eddie Yeats in the soap during the 1970s and 80s, died on Friday night after a two year battle with prostate cancer.

Friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to the star describing him as a "warm, lovable actor, with great comedy timing".

Ricky Tomlinson, who acted alongside him in The Royle Family, said: "Geoff wasn't just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn't spoken to him in about a fortnight. It's such a loss."

William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, added: "I am so sorry to hear about Geoffrey. He was a warm,
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Corrie star Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68. The 'Coronation Street' actor - who played binman Eddie Yeats in the ITV1 soap from 1974 to 1983 before returning for his final appearance in November 1987 - passed away ''peacefully in his sleep'' on Friday night (27.07.12) after a ''long courageous battle'' with prostate cancer, his family said. A 'Coronation Street' spokeswoman said in a statement: ''We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. ''He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yeats who will always be part of 'Coronation Street'. ''Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences
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'Coronation Street's Geoffrey Hughes dies: Stars pay tribute

'Coronation Street's Geoffrey Hughes dies: Stars pay tribute
Celebrities have paid tribute to Geoffrey Hughes, who lost his battle to prostate cancer last night (July 27) aged 68. The actor played Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street and went on to star as Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, Twiggy in The Royle Family and Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat. Charlie Condou (Marcus Dent in Coronation Street): "The wonderful Geoffrey Hughes (Eddie Yates) has lost his battle with cancer. Rip and thanks for all the laughs x" Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street): "Very sad to hear the news about Geoffrey Hughes. May he R.I.P xx My thoughts are with his family & friends !!" Andrew Lancel (played Frank Foster in Coronation Street): "Rip Geoffrey Hughes. Lovely man. Lovely actor" Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre in Coronation (more)
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'Coronation Street' star Geoffrey Hughes dies, aged 68

'Coronation Street' star Geoffrey Hughes dies, aged 68
Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68, it has been confirmed. The actor, who was well known for his roles in a number of British dramas, lost his battle with prostate cancer last night (July 27). Hughes played Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street and went on to star as Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, Twiggy in The Royle Family and Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat. Friend and colleague Ricky Tomlinson told ITV Granada: "Geoff wasn't just an actor. He was my mate. I used to call him every few weeks but hadn't spoken to him in about a fortnight. It's such a loss." A Corrie (more)
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Rhys Meyers to play Dracula

Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68. The 'Coronation Street' actor - who played binman Eddie Yeats in the ITV1 soap from 1974 to 1983 before returning for his final appearance in November 1987 - passed away ''peacefully in his sleep'' on Friday night (27.07.12) after a ''long courageous battle'' with prostate cancer, his family said. A 'Coronation Street' spokeswoman said in a statement: ''We are very sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Hughes. ''He created a legendary and iconic character in Eddie Yeats who will always be part of 'Coronation Street'. ''Everyone connected with the programme sends our sincerest condolences
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Yellow Submarine – The Blu Review

We all live in a Yellow Submarine with a Blu-ray player and the new Blu-ray of Yellow Submarine is proof that an animated film doesn’t have to be rendered in a digital environment to look perfect in hi-def. I hadn’t seen the psychedelic 1968 Beatles film in exactly 30 years, since I caught a midnight show at the Varsity Theater in St. Louis in the summer of ’82. Yellow Submarine tells of the Fab Four’s battles against the deranged Blue Meanies and their Hand Glove, which is hellbent on obliterating the unearthly paradise of Pepperland until the musicians save the day with the powers of peace, love and music. Watching the new Blu-ray with an audio commentary by producer John Coates, I was surprised to learn (and even more surprised I didn’t already know) that the speaking voices of the animated boys were provided by John Clive, Geoffrey Hughes,
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Giveaway: Win Yellow Submarine Blu-ray!

Giveaway: Win Yellow Submarine Blu-ray!
The classic animated musical Yellow Submarine was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring some of The Beatles' biggest hits. We're giving away copies of the Blu-ray to our readers along with limited-edition postcards in our Yellow Submarine contest! These hi-def discs are highly coveted, so enter today for your chance to win!

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Yellow Submarine Blu-rayYellow Submarine limited edition postcards

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Once upon a time... or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying
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'Don't Trust the B----': Is the B-word in show titles Ok?

ABC's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" made its debut Wednesday (April 11) night, and as the Associate Press points out, no one could imagine seeing the N-word in a title but apparently the B-word is A-ok.

Further evidence: ABC's other B-word show, "Gcb," is based on Kim Gatlin's book "Good Christian B------," though, according to ABC, the B stands for "belles."

But "Don't Trust the B----" isn't about the late '90s reclamation by women of the derogatory term, because Krysten Ritter's Chloe actually is, well, a b----.

"It's very clear that she's actually a sociopath," Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editorial director of B---- Magazine, tells the AP. "It's not like here's a strong, confident woman and she's head b---- in charge. She's actually a sociopath and she treats people horribly."

And just for a little history lesson on the B-word: Insulting a woman by calling her
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Ultimate Foe

The proverbial has hit the fan in a big way for the 6th Doctor. Despite his good intentions with the Vervoid evidence, he's now on a charge of mass genocide, after he reduced the walking plants to a pile of leaves on a sunny Autumn day.

Naturally, this is fantastic news for the Valeyard, whose mania has reached red-faced proportions. It's becoming fast obvious that The Valeyard is up to no good – the black-clad buffoon has just revealed his real dastardly self by starting to laugh evilly at regular intervals. Yes, how to give the game away in one fell swoop – start to go “Bwa ha haah!” – after all that hard work building up a credible case against The Doctor, The Valeyard's just committed professional suicide.

But at least the trial's starting to finally get somewhere. Better still, The Doctor's managed to nab some help from the most unlikely source.
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Today's Soap World Birthdays

Robert Mandan (ex-Sam, Search For Tomorrow; ex-David, From These Roots; ex-Nathan, The Edge Of Night; ex-Maxwell, Santa Barbara; ex-Jonesy, Days Of Our Lives) - 79

Bo Hopkins (ex-Matthew, Dynasty) - 69

Jean Rogers (ex-Dolly, Emmerdale) - 69

Geoffrey Hughes (ex-Eddie, Coronation Street) - 67

Kim Zimmer (Echo, One Life To Live; Rhonda, Steamboat; ex-Reva, Guiding Light; ex-Nola, The Doctors; ex-Jodie, Santa Barbara) - 56
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Gold plans 'Royle Family' documentary

Gold plans 'Royle Family' documentary
Gold has announced that it has commissioned a drama about The Royle Family. The BBC comedy ran from 1998-2000 and has also aired a number of special episodes. Creators Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne, who starred as Dave and Denise, have now agreed to discuss the show in The Royle Family: Behind The Sofa. The one-off programme, with a voiceover from Mark Radcliffe, will feature interviews with cast members Liz Smith, Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson, Ralf Little, Jessica Hynes, Sheridan Smith and Geoffrey Hughes. Writer Phil Mealey will also contribute to the show along with celebrity fans Catherine Tate, Paul Whitehouse, Willy Russell, Jimmy McGovern and Henry Normal. Meanwhile, the soundtrack will be provided by a brass (more)
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Aherne, Cornwell offer support to Hughes

Aherne, Cornwell offer support to Hughes
Caroline Aherne and Judy Cornwell have offered messages of support to their TV co-star Geoffrey Hughes following his diagnosis with cancer. It was revealed yesterday that the Royle Family star had been rushed to hospital after his wife found him collapsed at their Isle of Wight home. In a message to Hughes, Royle Family creator and writer Aherne told The Mirror: "Geoffrey is a fighter. He has beaten this cancer before and I know he will beat it again. "I am thinking about Geoffrey at this very difficult time. He is a warm (more)
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Aherne Praying For Hughes' Recovery

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Aherne Praying For Hughes' Recovery
British actress Caroline Aherne is hoping her The Royle Family co-star Geoffrey Hughes will triumph in his cancer fight - so he can appear in the hit U.K. sitcom's Christmas special.

The 66 year old collapsed with back pains at his home on Britain's Isle of Wight last Friday and was taken to hospital by his wife Sue.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer, just a year after he was given the all-clear from the disease, and is currently undergoing heavy radiotherapy.

Hughes is due to be released from hospital by the end of the week and Aherne is praying for her pal's full recovery.

She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I am thinking about Geoffrey at this very difficult time.

"He is a warm and talented man and we are all looking forward to working with him again on The Royle Family Christmas special."

A spokesperson for Hughes adds, "Geoffrey is feeling much better. He's hoping to be out of hospital at the end of the week."
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