CORRIE LEGEND JEAN ALEXANDER DIES AGED 90 0 161 Jean Alexander, the actress famous for playing Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden, has died aged 90.

follow site As no-nonsense Hilda, she enthralled millions of Corrie fans for 23 years with her sharp-tongued antics. But now family, friends and former colleagues are mourning the loss of the Street legend, who passed away peacefully earlier today. She had been taken to hospital on Tuesday, her 90th birthday.

here It is understood the star had been treated for an infection recently. Heartbroken relatives paid tribute to the Scouse-born actress with the steely determination to succeed that ended with her becoming a household name both in Britain and abroad.

dating tips to my future self Niece Sonia Hearld said: “At one time she was the world’s all-time favourite soap star. I think people just took her to their hearts and thought she was their friend.

follow url “People would come up to her when she was in the street and just want to hug her and say, ‘Hello.’ I think people felt she was part of their lives.”

click here Sonia, 64, told how when she last saw her aunt, who had a mild stroke in 2014, she “seemed weak”. She added: “But this was still a shock. The hospital phoned me and said they were very sorry but Jean had passed away.”

Jean had fallen ill a few days before her birthday as relatives and friends planned a celebration. Sonia said: “She had been feeling a little poorly and had gone in for some tests. On Tuesday she was still not too good and it was decided she might be better going back into hospital.”

Sonia and her sister Valerie Thewlis, 60, were told of Jean’s death by staff at Southport and Ormskirk hospital.

They had to break the sad news to her brother, their father Kenneth Hodgkinson, 91. The trio are Jean’s only ­relatives as she never married or had children.

Despite becoming one of TV’s most famous faces, Jean, who lived near the hospital where she died, never forgot her humble background and would treat all fans with the utmost respect.

Sonia said: “She always said it was people watching her and people thinking she was great that put her where she was.

“She was very grateful for that. They made her who she was, so she would never ever be nasty to a fan.

“I would be with her at meals and she would stop eating and sign things.

“As she said, ‘Without the public liking me, who am I? I’m nothing. If they don’t like me, I don’t exist really.’

“She was a lady who knew her own mind. She knew what she wanted to do and did it. She was determined to become a success and she did.”

Jean was not only single-minded in her career, but she also had an iron will to battle on when her health suffered.

After she was rushed to hospital following her stroke, she told worried fans through the Mirror: “Don’t worry, I am fit and well, but thank you so much for your goodwill messages. I suffered a very slight stroke but I hope to be back in the garden in no time at all.

“I’ve spent my career playing old ladies, now I am one.” But she added: “Don’t write me off yet, there’s still so much I plan to see and do.” Sonia said: “She recovered well and was back in her own home. But it got to the point she was having problems with her mobility and getting down to the shops.

“So it was decided she would be better off where she would have someone to care for her.

“But she was still fully independent and always said she was going to go back to her own home.

“She was well but she sometimes needed a little help walking, she would lean on people.”

Born Jean Hodgkinson in 1926 at Toxteth, she longed to become an actress. But she had to earn a living before the breaks came and worked for five years as a library assistant in Liverpool.

She began her stage career at in 1949 at the Adelphi Guild Theatre in Macclesfield.

She later worked as an actress, wardrobe mistress, and manager in Oldham, Stockport and York, taking on the stage name Alexander. Her television debut was in the police series Z-Cars and she first appeared in Coronation Street on October 8,1962 as landlady Mrs Webb.

Jean started playing Hilda on July 8, 1964 and quit on December 25, 1987. That year, she won a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actress and retired from acting in 2012.

In 1984, Jean was swamped with condolence cards after the death of her on-screen husband Stan Ogden, played by Bernard Youens, who had died shortly before his ­character was killed off.

She worked alongside a string of other Street legends including Johnny Briggs, who played spiv Mike Baldwin, Bill Twarmy (Jack ­Duckworth) and William Roache, who is still in the ITV soap as Ken Barlow. In 1985 Jean received the Royal Television Society Award for her performance on the famous cobbles. Her final touching scene in the Rovers Return attracted 27 million viewers and there were even “Save Hilda” campaigns in a bid to bring her back.

She said later: “I loved playing Hilda. I never ­envisaged how iconic she would become, but to be able to make her someone so many people ­recognised was an honour. Hilda was fun, especially with the scrapes Stan got in. I understood her because I knew a lot like her when I was young. Hilda was a hard worker and kept Stan in order. They’d bicker, but let anyone say anything about the other and they were up in arms. I’m flattered the character was so successful. I appreciate people enjoyed what I did. It makes me feel very grateful for my existence.”

In 2005, Jean was voted the nation’s favourite soap character. And in her 80s heyday, Hilda was behind only the Queen, Queen Mother and Princess Diana in a poll of the most recognisable British women. Jean said: “I don’t know why she was so popular. I think because she was a downtrodden, poor little soul. I think people were sorry for Hilda. She went plodding away, doing her best, always aspiring to better things. She was a gift to play but I wouldn’t want her living next door to me.”

After leaving Corrie, Jean made a 1988 guest ­appearance in the long-running BBC comedy series Last of the Summer Wine, as Auntie Wainwright, the money-grabbing local junk shop owner. She became a regular in the show until it ended in 2010.

When she recovered from her stroke, she revealed she was also suffering from osteoporosis, which made her shrink. She said: “I have lost four inches in height. I used to be 5ft 4in, now I’m just 5ft.”

That may have been so, but Jean Alexander will be forever remembered as a soap giant.

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The Emmy® award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden will return to London to broadcast four special episodes from the historic Central Hall Westminster, from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June 2018, to air exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK.

Corden will host a star-studded lineup for the show’s second UK adventure, including Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters, with additional guests to be announced.

The episodes, produced by CBS Productions and Fulwell 73, will air in the US on the CBS Television Network and share highlights of James’s time in the UK. The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments, such as Crosswalk: The Musical and Take a Break, will be given a British twist.

Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, said: “Broadcasting The Late Late Show from James’s hometown of London last year was such a thrill. Thanks to CBS and our partners at Sky One, we are back for a second year. We are looking forward to a fun week in London, putting a UK spin on our nightly show.”

Philip Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: “James Corden is one of Sky One’s brightest stars and we are delighted to welcome him home for his London recordings of The Late Late Show. And with such a stellar lineup of guests, it’s going to make British summer time even hotter.”

Sky One will broadcast the homegrown episodes from 19-22 June at 10.00pm, and they will also be available on TV streaming service NOW TV.

James has been a firm favourite on Sky One and NOW TV for a number of years, presenting A League of Their Own and appearing in two successful series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip.

The Late Late Show with James Cordon is available daily via Sky’s on demand service and NOW TV. The show regularly features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late-night clip with Adele Carpool Karaoke, which has more than 180 million views. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.


To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic programme will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday. Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7×60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, rencontre latine Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize.

The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of ‘Ask The Audience’, ‘Phone a Friend’ and ’50:50’, plus a brand new fourth lifeline; ‘Ask The Host’.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that’s the minimum they will take home.

Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said “If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn’t win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it’s 1970’s prog rock music, I probably will. If it’s anything other than that, I probably won’t.”

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added “They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you’re going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, ‘no I’ll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong’, balls of steel.”

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify’s joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm

More Details on All The Format of The Show:
In each episode, six different contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ for the chance to win a place in the coveted chair and play the game. If a game concludes with one contestant, the remaining contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ again for another opportunity to play for one million pounds.

Each contestant can see the question, answers, use their lifelines and still choose not to play the question and walk away with any money they have banked. The host is never shown the answer in advance of the contestant deciding to play the question and locking in their answer by saying ‘Final Answer’. The host does not have an earpiece or have any way to find out the answer.

Fastest finger first
The host will read out a question and four answers. Contestants will need to put the answers in the correct order. Fastest finger first questions are timed and the contestant who answers correctly in the fastest time, wins a place in the chair to play for one million pounds.

The contestants will face 15 questions for the chance to win one million pounds. Money will increase in the following increments:

Question 1 – £100
Question 2 – £200
Question 3 – £300
Question 4 – £500
Question 5 – £1,000
Question 6 – £2,000
Question 7 – £4,000
Question 8 – £8,000
Question 9 – £16,000
Question 10 – £32,000
Question 11 – £64,000
Question 12 – £125,000
Question 13 – £250,000
Question 14 – £500,000
Question 15 – £1,000,000

Safety Nets
There is a fixed safety net at £1,000. This means that once a contestant has answered the £1,000 question correctly, this is the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000.

However, in these seven celebratory episodes, a new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant in play. Once they have successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. The can only set this once during their game and until they set their second safety net, they will be asked ahead of seeing the next question. If they choose to set their safety net at the next question, they must correctly answer that question for it to be set and be in play. For example; A contestant has successfully answered Question 10 and won £32,000, they could then be asked if they want to set their safety net at £64,000. If they say yes, they will then see the question, four possible answers and can decide if they want to play. If they play and correctly answer the question, the minimum they will go home with is £64,000. They can continue the game and their safety net will remain at £64,000. This cannot be moved or reset. If they answer the question incorrectly, they will lose £31,000 and leave with £1,000.

Four lifelines are available to all contestants to use once at any point in their game, one more than was traditionally available.

The four lifelines available to each contestant in the chair are:

Contestants can choose to use this lifeline to remove two random wrong answers, leaving one correct answer and one random wrong answer. Even after they have used this lifeline, the contestant can still choose to not answer the question and take the money that they have currently banked.

Ask The Audience
If a contestant decides to use this lifeline, the host will read the question and all possible answers. The host will ask the audience to vote for the answer they think is correct via an electronic keypad within an allotted time. The audience will not have access to any device where they could find out the answer from a third party or Internet. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. The contestant can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Phone A Friend
If the contestant wants to contact a friend, the host will lead the call and explain to the chosen friend that the contestant needs assistance on a question. Once the host hands the call over, the contestant will have 30 seconds to read the question, possible answers and have any discussions. The ‘friend’ will not see the countdown clock. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. They can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Prior to arriving to set, each contestant will be asked to select two ‘phone a friends’ and give their details. On the day that each contestant is set to play the game (six contestants per episode), Production will send an independent security team to all phone a friend residents in that episode. Once a contestant plays fastest finger first and wins a place in the chair, the security team will enter both of the ‘phone a friends’ residents. This is to ensure that if and when phoned, the friend does not source outside help to answer the question. Once the contestant has finished their game or used their lifeline, security will leave.

Ask The Host
This is a brand new, additional lifeline available once to all contestants. This lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. The host can give his opinion, answer or share his thoughts but there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Once he has shared his thoughts / given as much as he can, he will say ‘That’s my final answer’ which signifies the end of his assistance and the contestant can not ask the host any more questions. The host is never shown the answers in advance of the contestant saying this is my ‘Final Answer’. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game and can still choose to take any money they have currently banked. If the contestant does decide to play, the contestant will select the answer and say ‘final answer’. Once the answer is locked in, the contestant and host will have the answer revealed at the same time.