Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point
On Air
Low Graphics

Tuesday, September 8, 1998 Published at 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK


Mrs Merton star speaks out about suicide bid

Caroline Aherne as gossipy chatshow host Mrs Merton

The comedy star, Caroline Aherne has spoken about the depression that drove her to attempt suicide and her new start as a recovering alcoholic.

The actress, best known as BBC TV's granny chat show host Mrs Merton, said: "I was so shocked I'd done it really, and filled with shame and guilt. I must have been so drunk, it was a total blackout."

She told Hello! magazine, how she had taken painkillers and anti-depressants and drunk three bottles of champagne.

Ms Aherne checked out of London's Priory Hospital after a month of treatment but will continue to revisit the clinic as well as attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. "It's part of my life that has gone now. Please God, I'll never have another drink," she said.

Her next television appearance will be a starring role in the new BBC sitcom, the Royle Family, which she also co-wrote. It begins a six-part run on BBC2 on September 14.

[ image: Spielberg to direct and produce the Japanese drama]
Spielberg to direct and produce the Japanese drama
Unknowns to star in new Spielberg film

Steven Speilberg's next film, Memoirs of a Geisha, will star two unknown Japanese actresses, chosen from thousands who answered an advertisement in the showbiz press.

Newcomers, Rika Okamoto, a former dancer and Julyana Soelistyo, a Broadway actress, will co-star in the epic drama set in the decadent world of pre-World War Two geishas.

The film, based on Arthur Golden's novel, tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who was sold into slavery in 1929 and became one of Japan's most renowned geishas. It will begin shooting in Japan early next year.

[ image: Schiffer: second model to cut restaurant ties]
Schiffer: second model to cut restaurant ties
Schiffer pulls out of Fashion Café

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has become the latest founding member of the Fashion Café restaurant chain to cut ties with the failing business.

Following the example of fellow supermodel Christy Turlington who pulled out last year, Schiffer said the chain's failure to address its persistent problems had made it "simply impossible" for her to continue to be associated with it.

The restaurants, now left to Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson, are reported to be facing severe financial problems and a decline in the number of diners.

[ image: Arthur Lowe as Captain Mannering]
Arthur Lowe as Captain Mannering
Dad's Army scripts to be published

The complete scripts for six early recordings of Dad's Army, the classic British sitcom about the Home Guard, are to be published for the first time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of TV's most enduring comedy favourites.

All but one of the tapes of the six episodes recorded for series two were wiped for re-use after their first broadcast in 1969 and never seen again.

Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes, which includes unique photographs taken by writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft, will be in the shops from September 17th.

[ image: Manic Street Preachers topped the poll]
Manic Street Preachers topped the poll
Welsh stars voted 'sexiest' in new poll

Pop stars from Wales have claimed the top spots in a Melody Maker readers' poll of the sexiest performers.

Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews was voted sexiest woman, and the top three sexiest men were from Welsh bands Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics.

The Manics' bass player Nicky Wire topped the poll, and singer James Dean Bradfield was third. Second place went to Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics.

Williams to star with Willis in paranormal drama

British actress, Olivia Williams, who made her American debut alongside Kevin Costner in The Postman, is to star with another Hollywood heavyweight, Bruce Willis, in her next film.

Williams will play the wife of a psychotherapist, played by Willis, in The Sixth Sense which tells the story of a troubled boy who seems to have paranormal powers.

The former Royal Shakespeare Company actress will soon be seen in another Disney film, the comedy Rushmore, with Bill Murray.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

Entertainment Contents

TV and Radio
New Media
Relevant Stories

04 Aug 98 | Entertainment
'I'm an alcoholic' admits Mrs Merton star

08 Jul 98 | Entertainment
Mrs Merton star in recovery

06 Jul 98 | Entertainment
Mrs Merton star treated in hospital

Internet Links

Memoirs of a Geisha

Fashion Cafe

Dad's Army

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.