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

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Friday, April 9, 1999 Published at 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK


Street stars remember Alf

Shopkeeper Alf Roberts was a Coronation Street regular for 37 years

The Coronation Street cast will join family and friends at a special memorial service to remember actor Bryan Mosley, who died two months ago.

Almost the entire cast will travel to Salford Cathedral on Tuesday to celebrate the life of the star, who played the Street's grocer Alf Roberts for 37 years.

The soap's two longest serving names, William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow and Eileen Derbyshire, who stars as Emily Bishop, will be among the names to address the service.

Comedians Ken Dodd and Bobby Ball will also speak in Mosley's memory and entertainer Syd Little will read a letter from Sir Cliff Richard.

Granada Television have taken the rare step of rescheduling filming to allow all the cast who knew the actor to attend the service, as requested by Mosley's widow Norma and his family.

"The family held a private funeral service but wanted everyone who knew Bryan to be able to celebrate his life in this way", said a Granada spokeswoman.

Mosley, who had a history of heart trouble, died after collapsing in the Street in Shipley less than six weeks after his retirement from the programme. He was 67.

Robbie and Corrs star spotted on date

[ image: Robbie's love life gets more complicated]
Robbie's love life gets more complicated
Pop idols Robbie Williams and Andrea Corr sparked rumours of a romance when they were spotted on a date in Dublin.

The young stars spent Thursday afternoon together at a pub in the Irish where they enjoyed a seafood meal.

The night before they met at Reynard's Club, but left separately.

Reports of romance add another tangle to the pair's already complicated love lives.

Andrea was recently said to be dating former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, while Robbie has had an on-off relationship with All Saint Nicole Appleton.

Tabloid reports suggest the ex-Take That singer fell for Andrea at this year's Brits, when he and Nicole had broken up.

Two days after the ceremony Robbie reputedly sent Andrea 100 red roses, with a message taken from the title of the Corrs' hit single What Can I Do To Make You Love Me?

Damon's Icelandic dream

[ image: Damon Albarn: Planning a great escape?]
Damon Albarn: Planning a great escape?
Blur's Damon Albarn is applying for dual citizenship with Iceland because he doesn't feel at home in England, according to London's Metro newspaper.

"I don't feel that comfortable in England", he said. "Iceland is a place I've felt a kindred spirit with".

Albarn, who lives in London's trendy Notting Hill but owns a house and bar in Iceland, apparently declared the country was "the best in the world".

"I just love the people", he said, also admitting that he could not speak Icelandic.

Albarn is working on an Icelandic film with former Sugarcubes member Einar, and is reportedly in talks to write the music for the film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Woodstock returns to New York

[ image: 250,000 people are expected to attend the July concert]
250,000 people are expected to attend the July concert
Woodstock '99, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the famous 1960s event, is to be "a who's who of contemporary music" according to festival planners.

Some 250,000 people are expected to attend this year's two-day July concert which will be held at the 3,600-acre Grifiss Park, in New York.

Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson and Rage Against the Machine are among the many bands scheduled to play.

The original 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, upstate New York, was one of the defining moments of flower power culture.

A European Woodstock was scheduled to take place in Austria this summer, but has been postponed.

Ronan Keating quits BBC show

[ image: Ronan Keating returns to pop]
Ronan Keating returns to pop
Boyzone singer Ronan Keating has quit his new BBC show Get Your Act together, according to The Mirror newspaper.

The 21-year-old heart-throb was to host a second run of the music talent show which teams up wannabe pop stars with record producers, but has reportedly pulled out.

"He won't be doing another series" said Keating's manager. "He wants to carry on being a pop star".

Monday night's edition of the show pulled in just 4.5 million viewers, trounced by an ITV documentary on Martine McCutcheon which was watched by 7.5 million.

But it is reported that BBC bosses still plan to recommision the show, which it was hoped would one day rival ITV's Stars in Your Eyes,

Wynette's doctor rejects negligence bid

[ image: Tammy Wynette died in April 1998]
Tammy Wynette died in April 1998
A lawsuit accusing Tammy Wynette's doctor and husband of negligence in her death has "no basis in fact", lawyers for the doctor have said.

The singer's three daughters filed a $50m wrongful death lawsuit against Dr Wallis Marsh of Pittsburgh, saying he didn't monitor her condition closely and overprescribed medication.

Wynette's fifth husband George Richey is also accused of not seeking the medical care that Dr Marsh advised.

The Stand by Your Man singer died in April 1998 at her Nashville home aged 55.

Advanced options | Search tips

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

Entertainment Contents

TV and Radio
New Media

Relevant Stories

09 Feb 99 | UK
Street Star Alf Roberts dies

Internet Links

Woodstock 99

Coronation Street

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