Chris Bisson is of Indian Trinidadian and British descent. He has appeared in several famous television programmes, including two of the country’s leading soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Starring as Vikram Desai in Coronation Street, Chris played the role between 1999 and 2002. Since 2009, Chris has appeared as Jai Sharma in Emmerdale. He also played a major role in the British Asian hit comedy movie East is East.
Over the course of three decades, Johnny Briggs starred in Coronation Street as Mike Baldwin. He appeared in 2,348 episodes during his tenure and left the soap as his character died in the arms of long-time rival Ken Barlow (William Roach). His last appearance on Coronation Street was in 2012, where he made a special appearance in aid of the charity Text Santa.
Aiden Byrne is a popular and successful television chef and restauranteur. Owner of a number of establishments, Aiden earned a Michelin star for his cooking in The Commons Restaurant in Dublin. Following stints as head chef in numerous reputable establishments, Aiden made his television debut on MasterChef in 2008. Aiden owns two establishments in Cheshire, which include The Church Green in Lymm and the British Grill in Macdonald Hotel near Chester.
Matthew Corbett is famous television personality, known for his personality, writing and puppeteering. He is best known for his role on The Sooty Show and Sooty and Co, which were created by his father in 1976. After retiring from the Sooty show in 1998, Corbett’s television appearances have been few and far between. A little-known fact about the Lymm native is that fish and chip shop chain owner Harry Ramsden was his great uncle.
Surrane Jones, also hailing from Lymm, is a highly popular and successful actress and television personality. Jones has appeared on a number of hit television productions, having gained public prominence through her work in Coronation Street, between 2000 and 2004.
A-list Hollywood actor and veteran philanthropist Rod Bond hails from Lymm.
Meet the Contestants: Part II
Jacqueline Jossa gained public renown for her role as Lauren Branning on Eastenders between 2010 and 2018. In February 2018, Jossa and on-screen sister Lorna Fitzgerald left the popular soap. Having won four soap awards, Jossa is most famous for her role in the soap. Listing her phobias as “insects, creatures, spiders – everything,” Jossa has maintained a distance from an outdoorsy lifestyle, insisting “I’m not that type of girl.” We can expect some great viewing from Jossa as she appears in this year’s I’m a Celebrity.
Son of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp and Shirlie Holliman, who served as a backing singer for Wham!, Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp has entertainment and performance in his blood. Describing a very unique phobia of cotton wool, Roman has also stated that he’s not looking forward to trials in the dark! The radio DJ has also spoken of how he is constantly referred to as Martin Kemp’s son and hopes to establish his own identity before the public, through his appearance on I’m a Celebrity.
Former England international, and Wasps and Northampton Saints, rugby union player James Haskell is also married to Chloe Madeley, Richard and Judy’s daughter. The butch rugby player, since retiring from the game, has most recently embarked on mixed martial arts. While the tough man kept tight-lipped on his phobias, we expect some good viewing ahead, especially since the jungle is best known for making even the mighty crumble!
The darling of breakfast TV and longstanding Good Morning Britain anchor Kate Garraway is considered among the most popular figures on television today. Looking forward to “go in the jungle and fly the flag for the older woman,” Kate has confessed to a long list of phobias, “spiders, heights, being in a box covered with snakes,” what has Kate let herself in for?
The Great British Bake Off
The popular baking series, which triggered a baking craze across the nation, has this year completed its tenth series. Crown winner of the Great British Bake Off 2019, David Atherton is the only winner to have never been recognised as Star Baker during the whole season!
Filmed in the idyllic surroundings of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, Mallorca, the reality dating show consumes all whenever it appears on screen! This year witnessed the series’ fifth incarnation, as Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea took the £50,000 prize money. The series was watched by an average of 5.61 million, the highest in the show’s history to date.
Britain’s Got Talent
Created by Simon Cowell and hosted by duo Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, Britain’s Got Talent is responsible for bringing the likes of tenor Paul Potts, the dance group Diversity and magician Richard Jones.
Strictly Come Dancing
Now in its seventeenth series, the mainly ballroom and Latin dancing competition takes the nation by storm every year. Responsible for ‘the Strictly curse’, the show is known for creating sparks beyond the dancefloor!
The X Factor
Another hit show devised by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor has been a mainstay on the small screen since September 2004. The show’s popularity has been replicated across the world, from Albani to Israel, across the Arab world and as far afield as Vietnam.
Celebrity Big Brother
An adaptation of the non-celebrity Big Brother, the celebrity version that proved to be a bigger hit than the original show. Despite maintaining its popularity after a move to Channel 5, the last ever series aired in 2018. Winners have included Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, the show’s only non-celebrity contestant Chantelle Houghton, Katie Price and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.
Brookside (1982 – 2003)
Set in Liverpool, Brookside originally ran for twenty-one years, between 1982 and 2003 and comprised 2,915 episodes. Phil Redmond, who also came up with Grange Hill and Hollyoaks, devised the soap and served as executive producer throughout its run. During the 1980s, Brookside’s popularity peaked. As Channel 4’s most popular programme, the soap would draw a viewership over 9 million, each episode. With a purpose-built set, comprising brand new houses in a cul-de-sac, Brookside’s setting imbued the soap with a realism unrivalled by its competitors. This realism was expanded on by storylines and their delivery, as Brookside gained fame for a pre-watershed lesbian kiss and a moving and powerful domestic abuse storyline which resulted in murder. After a controversial storyline involving incest, Brookside’s producers were forced to backtrack and a decline in ratings ensued. The controversy brought Brookside’s sensationalist and headline-grabbing plots to the fore, causing a decline in the audience’s interest.
Hollyoaks (1995 – present)
One of the youngest soaps on British television, Hollyoaks is set in the fictional village of Hollyoaks in Chester, Cheshire. Devised by Phil Redmond, the soap has produced a total of 5,296 episodes to date. Known for its sexy female characters and its inclusivity, featuring several transgender characters, Hollyoaks has maintained a level of popularity despite some changes to its approach. Originally conceived to target an adolescent and young adult audience, the soap has broadened its appeal to all groups. The show has displayed storylines dealing with a broad range of issues, such as: abortion, suicide, euthanasia, bisexuality, being transgender, rape, incest, child abuse, grooming, domestic violence, among a plethora of others. Hollyoaks has witnessed considerable success in terms of awards, winning thirty-nine British Soap Awards and eighteen Inside Soap Awards.
Based on the British Home Guard, an armed citizen militia tasked with supporting the British Army on the home front, Dad’s Army has endured as a comedy favourite. Set during the Second World War, Captain George Mainwaring leads the contingent of the Local Defence Volunteers. Full of slapstick humour and catch phrases, Dad’s Army originally ran between 1968 and 1977. Numerous re-runs attest to the comedy’s enduring popularity.
The Royle Family
Starring Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne, the Royle Family only ran for 3 series between 1998 and 2000. Proving to be a resounding success, the sitcom has since been regularly voted in polls ranking Britain’s best comedies. According to the BBC’s poll to find the Best British Sitcom, The Royle Family ranked 19th. Winning numerous BAFTA Awards and an enduring cult status, the comedy remains an all-time classic.
Also known as ‘Ab Fab’, it was created by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. The sitcom follows the lives of Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patricia Stone (Joanna Lumley), two high-powered career women in the fashion industry. Fueled by cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs, the pair encounter crises, often resolved by Saffron Monsoon (Julia Sawalha), Edina’s daughter. The show regularly achieved viewing figures between 5 and 9 million, across all its series.
The Vicar of Dibley
Originally running between 1994 and 1998, The Vicar of Dibley starred comedian Dawn French and Emma Chambers. French, alongside creator Richard Curtis, consulted one of the first female Anglican priests Joy Caroll, towards the development and portrayal of the character. Nominated for British Academy Television Awards for six years in a row, the show achieved success at the British Comedy Awards and National Television Awards. It is considered one of the most successful television programmes in the era of digital television.