In a recent Instagram outburst, Gemma Atkinson, 34, snapped back at trolls targeting her parenting skills on the popular social media platform. The post in question simply read, “on your mark, get set, go f*** yourself,” as the new mother listed the range of criticisms and suggestions she’s received from online trolls. “She shouldn’t have a dummy. It’s not cold enough for a hat. I hope you’re breastfeeding. Get a proper pram. Can’t believe you wake her to feed…” were listed by the actress and radio host as she took the online trolls to task. In the post, she continued, “Above is just a small list of what’s been said to me on here since having Mia…So, to those people who seem to be the unqualified experts when it comes to being a mum, the above is for you,” in reference to the stark proclamation contained in the posted photo.
Gemma who is currently in a relationship with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka Marquez, announced news of her pregnancy on Instagram in February 2019. She gave birth to daughter Mia on the 4th of July. Gemma rose to prominence during her role of Lisa Hunter in the hit Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. In 2011, Gemma appeared as Tamzin in Casualty, making a limited number of appearances. In 2015, Gemma appeared on ITV soap Emmerdale as Carly Hope, playing the role for two years. Gemma’s portfolio also includes theatre appearances, film appearances, reality television and glamour modelling. She was famously dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, during the early part of his tenure at Manchester United. She met her current partner, Gorka Marquez, as the two worked closely together on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
In a move that has sparked outrage and public controversy, the BBC has planned to scrap the historical TV licence concession for over-75s. According to the plans, millions of over-75s will be obliged to pay the £154.50 licence fee from June 2020. The BBC has claimed that this move is necessary, otherwise the country’s largest television corporation will be forced to shut down channels in order to save on costs. The £154.50 fee covers the right to watch live television and access the BBC iPlayer service. The licence fee was scrapped by then Labour chancellor, Gordon Brown, in 1999, with the £154.50 cost of the licences fulfilled by the government. In 2015, under the direction of George Osbourne, it was announced that the government subsidisation of the licence fees was to be scrapped by 2020, leaving the BBC to choose whether or not to fund the concession.
The BBC has maintained that the total cost of continuing the subsidy equates to the running cost of various channels including BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, CBBC and CBeebies. On the plans to cut the subsidy, BBC Director General has stated, “This has not been an easy decision. Whilst we know that pensioner incomes have improved since 2000, we also know for some the TV licence is a lot of money.” As a pledge made in the Conservative manifesto during the 2017 election, Theresa May promised to maintain various benefits “including free bus passes, eye tests, prescriptions and TV licences, for the duration of this parliament.” Boris Johnson, speaking on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, insisted that, “The BBC received a settlement that was conditional upon their paying for TV licences for over-75s. They should cough up.” Meanwhile, the debate rages on.
Playing Erin in Sky’s latest comedy series, Brassic, Michelle Keegan has appeared in her second steamy sex scene in as many outings. The scene features co-star Damien Molony, who plays Erin’s boyfriend Dylan, and shows the sexy starlet in the clutches of her lover, cramped inside a porta-loo! Her second scene follows on from the season and series opener in which Erin is seen in the throes of ecstasy atop her boyfriend. Michelle has described how the pair had only met minutes prior to filming the scene inside the porta-loo, “I literally just met Damo and then we had a sex scene in the porta-loo…It was a confined space but it sort of worked for this scene.” Speaking about her role and the appeal the show had for her, Michelle has spoken of being able to relate to its various characters and its northern setting.
Taking its name from cockney rhyming slang for “skint,” “boracic lint,” Sky’s latest comedy tells the tale of five friends who live in the northern town of Hawley. Struggling to make ends meet, the working-class bunch support themselves with various petty crimes. The comedy show premiered on Sky One last Thursday, 22nd August. It has already been well received by fans and is being hailed as a 2019 version of the classic hit show Shameless.
Devised and co-created by Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurt, who previously served as a writer on the comedy classic Shameless, it is clear where the comparison and influences arise from. Alongside Keegan and Gilgun, it stars Damien Molony, Tom Hanson, Aaron Heffernan, Ryan Sampson and Parth Tharekar. It is produced by Juliet Charlesworth.
Keegan leads the cast after great success following a seven-year stint as Coronation Street’s Tina McIntyre and successful roles in BBC One dramas Our Girl and Ordinary Lies.
This coming week will see the return of Jan Lozinski. Following sensational scenes in the child trafficking storyline, Jan will finally reveal he was working as a police informant, declare his love for Eileen and ask her to move away with him. However, Eileen and Seb’s problems won’t be so easily forgotten, as Rachel returns next week to spy on the pair. Alina will return briefly, giving Seb hope of rekindling their romance. Desperate to keep her around, he will spill the beans on Jan, all to no avail. Robert will hold Jed to ransom over the dangerous double game he is playing with Michelle and Vicky. Fending Michelle off with various lies, Jed will try to pay Robert off with £2,000, only to find himself even deeper. Shona visits David in prison over Max’s recent behavioural problems, not realising he has been secretly refusing his ADHD medication. As Shona and Max bond after she realises she had no idea of Kylie’s birthday, she remains unaware of Max disposing of his medication.
Following her discovery of news of Hunter’s escape, to be aired tonight, the news will bring a nervy week ahead for Mel. As Ben questions her further about Lisa, he decides to follow her, as she ends up leading him to where Hunter is hiding. The question is, will Ben learn the truth? Later in the week, Ben challenges Mel and she ends up acquiescing to him. Stuffing money from the E20 safe in her bag, Mel is alarmed by the police calling in. Elsewhere, as Rainie’s use of painkillers continues, she is confronted by Kathy, who uses a tough approach.
Last week, the BBC announced the launch date of the latest instalment of the channel’s iconic hit competition, Strictly Come Dancing. This year’s hotly contested dance competition will begin on Saturday September 7th. And, you’re right, that’s less than two weeks away! If the programme’s launch show is an indication of what this series has in store for us, with pop princess Kylie Minogue promised to be leading Strictly’s professional dancers to her most famous hits, the inaugural show promises us to be in for a cracker this year! The star-studded line-up of Strictly’s seventeenth series includes Alex Scott, Anneka Rice, Catherine Tyldesley, Chris Ramsey, David James, Dev Griffin, Emma Barton, Emma Weymouth, James Cracknell, Jamie Laing, Karim Zeroual, Michelle Visage, Mike Bushell, Saffron Barker and Will Bayley. A considerable shake up to the show we all love to follow offers fans an enthralling series of Strictly Come Dancing this time around.
Since debuting on BBC One in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing has become a national fan favourite and a roaring success across the globe. The first series averaged a viewership of 6.45 million, peaking in 2010 to a record high of 11.23 million. Over the course of the last decade, the show has a consistent series average of 10 million. This year, some shake-ups promise to make the show even more interesting. In February, regular professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announced that he will be leaving for pastures new. Gorka Marquez also announced he will not be paired with a celebrity, but will still take part in the show, the same as Graziano Di Prima. Returning judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined by new addition Motsi Mabuse, with Darcy Bussell leaving the hit show after seven years at the helm.
Don’t miss Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One on Saturday, 7th September!
Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden Introduce Baby Boy Ace Gene to the World
In an OK! Magazine exclusive Charley Webb, 31, and her husband Matthew Wolfenden, 39, introduced the world to the latest addition to their family, their adorable new-born son, Ace Gene. Charley and Matthew share two older sons Buster, who was born in April 2010, and Bowie, who was born in December 2015. It was in February of this year that Charley had announced that she was pregnant with her third child, the adorable Ace Gene.
Charley, who has played the role of Emmerdale’s Debbie Dingle since 2002, joined the soap at the age of fourteen. Her accolades while in the role include nomination for Best Actress at the 2009 British Soap Awards and for Sexiest Female in the 2010 British Soap Awards. Her husband, and Emmerdale co-star, Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David Metcalfe in the soap, joined in 2006. Having met on the show, the couple have been together as a couple since 2007 and had been engaged since 2009. Their super-secret wedding took place at Ripley Castle in Harrowgate, where the guests had thought they were attending Charley’s thirtieth birthday party. Bridesmaids included various Emmerdale co-stars such as Lucy Pargeter and Sammy Winward.
Giving birth to their family’s latest arrival, Charley has spoken of how, when Ace was born, the umbilical cord was around his neck and he suffered difficulty breathing. Talking further about pains during her pregnancy, Charley has also mentioned how the delivery offered relief from an acute pelvic condition, Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction, which left her in “horrendous pain” throughout. The announcement of the birth appeared on Instgram on June 29th. Her husband, Matthew, had spoken of looking forward to the “chaos” the arrival of a third child would bring.
Next week sees the return of fan favourite the Great British Bake Off to our screens. It is the ninth series of the show, which started life on BBC Two on 17 August 2010. Following a strong and successful start on BBC Two, where the first episode drew 2 million viewers, the programme’s fourth series was moved to a primetime slot on BBC One on account of its popularity. During the second series, it averaged 4 million viewers per episode and the last fifteen minutes of the final were viewed by 5.1 million people. After three series on BBC One, producers Love Productions signed a three-year deal with Channel 4, where it has appeared since 2017 and has return this week. The Great British Bake Off is said to have reinvigorated the nation’s interest in baking and even the Women’s Institute.
This year’s series, the tenth in the programme’s history, will be presented by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig and adjudicated by returning judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Thirteen bakers, aged from 20 to 56, will compete against each other in an attempt to impress the judges with their baking skills. Each week, one amateur baker will be eliminated from the competition and the winner will be chosen from the group who reaches the finals. The contestants this year include a veterinary surgeon, a fashion designer, an HGV driver, an international health adviser and a geography teacher, with each of them representing various parts of the UK.
Over the past decade, the Great British Bake Off has received nominations for and numerous television awards, multiple times and across various different categories. These include the National Television Awards and the BAFTA and BAFTA TV awards, which it has won a total of four times.
Sporting beautiful baby bumps, beaming smiles and the radiant glow of pregnancy, the three Coronation Street starlets of past and present, Brooke Vincent, Julia Goulding and Hayley Tamaddon, stood proudly posing for a photo shared by Hayley on her Instagram page. “UCH an amazing day @gardenspawarrington, here’s me @brookelevivincent @julia_goulding proudly showing off our baby bumps! We had the best pregnancy massage and came away feeling so relaxed and happy,” wrote the former Coronation Street actress, alongside the shared snap.
The snap of the excited trio comes after quite an eventful year in the lives of all three. Brooke Vincent, 27, who has played Sophie Webster on-screen since 2004, was the first to announce her pregnancy. The gushing first-time mother to be excitedly shared news of her joy in an exclusive with OK! Magazine. Discovering she was in the fifth week of her pregnancy upon testing, the Corrie star exclusively told the magazine of her initial shock and the shock of her boyfriend, Sheffield United footballer, Kean Bryan, 22. She appeared in a glittering gold dress at The British Soap Awards, proudly showing off her beautiful baby bump.
Hayley Tamaddon has been the most vocal on social media in showing her excitement during her pregnancy. The 42-year old former Corrie and Dancing On Ice star has revealed her battles with infertility and how she was told she would never be able to conceive, with news of the pregnancy coming as a most pleasant surprise to her and her boyfriend, Alan. Julia Goulding, 34, was the last of the trio to announce her pregnancy, in May. Having played Andrea Beckett in the soap, between 2013 and 2015, Julia played an important part in headline-grabbing storylines. Her and husband, Ben Silver, were married in an intimate ceremony at Manchester Albert Hall, in December 2018
Now that it’s all over and done with, the sparks, the spats and the spellbinding magic of the island sun have all settled, here we take a look back at the characters and highlights that made the show’s fifth season the resounding success that this year’s Love Island proved to be, with a series average of 5.61 million viewers! This year, controversy was stoked early on with the untimely departure of Sherif from the villa, after a mere 9 days into the series, Sherif was booted off the show in what were quite mysterious circumstances at the time. Following that, with the nation glued to the screen, Amber Gill gradually rose to centre stage, eventually taking this year’s title as Queen of the Villa!
Having received 48.82% of the final vote, Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea were crowned winners and split the £50,000 cash prize. The couple reportedly spent the early period of their return to the outside together, enjoying their split winnings. Insisting that the couple are avoiding the “official” label, it has since emerged that Amber will be flying out to meet Greg’s parents. She has also received many offers, from starring in her first appearance on one of her favourite shows Loose Women on Wednesday the 14th of August, the former beautician has also landed a place on Dancing On Ice in 2020.
After an initial pairing with Callum, Amber pursued her next encounter with Anton Danyluk, on platonic bases, having admitted that both Tommy and Joe had caught her eye. Coupling with Michael at the next recoupling, sparks slowly emerged between the pair. What seemed to be a strong bond made the pair early favourites to win the show. However, Michael’s dabblings with new arrival Joanna Chimonides stirred the storm of Amber’s heartbreak. With only two weeks left to go, Greg entered as a bombshell, immediately taking Amber on a date in The Hideaway. The pair hit it off, stayed strong and the rest, as they say, is history!
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