Sir Ben Kingsley Praises Coronation Street

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.

If Coronation Street isn’t the ‘luvvies’ soap, I don’t know what is. Not so long ago, Lord Of The Rings’ Sir Ian McKellen, Gandalf himself, appeared as Mel Hutchwright and now Sir Ben Kingsley has talked about his pride at appearing in Coronation Street as a young actor. The Gandhi star joined the cast in 1966 as Ron Jenkins, who was involved with Ken Barlow’s first wife Val. Sir Ben reportedly told the Daily Telegraph: "I haven’t seen the show for a while, but I have very fond memories of it. "He added: "Coronation Street takes place in Salford and I was brought up five miles from there – it’s very much in my background and my territory. "So to be part of such an iconic series early on in my career was wonderful. We had great writers and extraordinary directors.

Everybody starts somewhere, don’t they? To think he trod the cobbines in 1966…he hasn’t done too badly for himself since then, has he? Of course, Corrie’s had guest appearances from practically every well known UK actor at some stage. Did you know that Davy Jones, of 1960s pop group The Monkees, kicked off his TV carreer on the show? Others who appeared in small roles before they became famous include: the late great Richard Beckinsale (father of actresses Kate and Samantha, famous himself in the 1970s. He starred in Porridge with Ronnie Barker); Martin Shaw (despite everything he’s done since, he’s still best-known as Ray Doyle in 1970s series The Professionals);Joanna Lumley, Gordon Kaye (‘Allo ‘Allo!), Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers), Joanne Whalley (the future Mrs Val Kilmer) to name just a few.

Soaps are often a foot on the career ladder for American movie stars too: Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Mark Hamill, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and arguably one of the most famous soap alumni ever: Brad Pitt who got an early start playing ‘Randy’ in Dallas. Talking about future Hollywood stars, Ben Mitchell makes his dancing debut on EastEnders tonight; this promises to be nothing short of spectacular. In fact, it’s been rumoured that Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake will be secretly watching to see if they can steal any new dance moves….

That’s it for now. Join me on Monday for a full preview of all the week’s action to come in the soaps. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.

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7 Responses to Sir Ben Kingsley Praises Coronation Street

  1. katie says:

    i hate coronation street eastenders is the best soap anyway. i tryed watching coronation street for five minutes and died of bordom. i think that was because i haven\’t watched it before properly so maybe if i tryed to i would be able to keep track of it and enjoy it. so i will give it a try. because all these great celebrities are giving it good comments so i will give it a try. and i don\’t know one person who doesn\’t like eastenders in my school or in any of my classes.

  2. Paul White says:

    I think watching soaps is just a waste of life. Get in the real world, get out, and live life to the full. We should all be getting out, socialising, remaining active and making the most of the short life we have. Not wasting it away slouched on a sofa watching make believe TV day in day out!
    Don\’t get me wrong, I can enjoy TV, and do so, but not day after day, week after week, living life around these life consuming programmes.
    It is true what people say about these soaps, watch one episode once a month, and you realise that you have not missed much, you can still keep up with them with infrequent viewing.
    Get Out, Get A Life, And Enjoy It!

  3. Tia says:

    No name, it\’s all well and good making comments like that, but people like my parents, who have 6 (now nearly all grown up) kids, and work for most of the day, come home after work, and once me and my little brother are fed,  like to sit and watch tv, and have a glass of wine. And who can blame them? It\’s entertainment, and different people find different things a \’waste of time\’. For example, I wonder what you mean by \’live life to the full\’, because for many people, that can be sat at home with their family, enjoying a bit of entertainment on tv, and if that\’s a soap, then so be it! Whatever maes you happy, hey? I can understand why maybe you don\’t enjoy soaps, but just because you feel you\’d be wasting your life watching tv, doesn\’t mean all people do, especially not those who work from 8 in the morning until 6 at night, and come home to a large family, and might just want to spend time with them. You say \’Get into the real world\’ well I think maybe you need to, most adults, who have a family, don\’t have time to \’get out\’ and socialise.
    I personally only watch Hollyoaks, but I occasionally watch the other soaps with my mum and dad and brothers. It\’s a way for us all to relax, have a laugh, and maybe watch a bit of drama together. I think you need to save your preaching ways for places which aren\’t full of people who obviously enjoy soaps, as you aren\’t going to get lots of people agreeing with you. Why not, instead of typing on your computer, about something you obviously don\’t like, in your own words, get out, socialise and remain active and make the most of the life you have. You clearly don\’t enjoy this, so why even bother commenting, you\’ve just wasted some of your life on something you don\’t even care about.

  4. Tia says:

    Oh, and I think Hollywoodoaks is better than Coronation Street, I know there haven\’t been loads of stars born out of Hollywoodoaks, but, as the name sugests, it is England\’s Hollywood! Lol! Surely some of the cast members will be british stars soon!

  5. Amy Joynes says:

    coronation street is gettin rubbish! they might aswell call it coronation sleep as u fall asleep
    eastenders is far beta
    anywaiz c yhahz alll

  6. Unknown says:

    If you idiots dont have anything positive to say about corrie, then for gods sake shut up !
    Corrie has been around since September 1960 – thats a whopping 48 years !
    It has stood the test of time. and always keeps abreast of what is going on here in the UK
    How many programs on TV have been running this long ( answers on a postcard please )
    So as a TV Icon, I dont think anybody has the right to knock Corrie

  7. Unknown says:

    Anybody who likes Eastenders over Coronation street is plain stupid. I dont really watch either but when my flatmate (who is stupid) makes me watch eastenders i really cant believe how badly written it is. I mean at what point will anybody buy a washing machine?? Or even venture out of the crappy little square. Its a programme about scummers. And when it does all that \’we are good old eastenders salt of the earth bollocks i quite literally want to puke. I mean the story line that Stacey would be pulling that orangatan bloke is plain ridiculous. Or the shameless Billy elliot rip off with Ben Mitchell who is the spiiting image of a young lesbian. Its hard to put into words how bad it truly is. The main problem is its kids with the attention spans of newts and adults with low IQ\’s who like eastenders because they need a constantly stupid storyline to keep them interested. Coronation street is more intelligently written and humorous and aimed at an older audience.
    Plus do Southerners want the rest of the country to see them as a bunch of miserable chavs? Cos thats exactly what they look like to us northeners. Luckily i get to go to London frequently and love it which also goes to show how unrealistic this pantomine is.

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