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Maxine Peake


Maxine Peake was born on the 14 July 1974 in Bolton. A celebrated
stage, film and television actress best known for her role as
and Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s situation comedy “Dinnerladies” ,
as well as Veronica in Channel 4’s Manchester-based drama series
“Shameless” .
She had attended Westhoughton High School, and at the age of
13 joined the Bolton Octagon Youth Theatre and later the youth
theatre of the Royal Exchange in Manchester. At the age of 21,
after a time at Salford College of Technology, she went to London
to join the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Other appearances have included “Early Doors”
and then the role of Moors Murder Myra Hindley in “See
No Evil: the Moors Murders ” in 2006. Also in that year
she appeared in Channel 4’s “The Third Day” ,
“Confessions of a Diary Secretary” in 2007;
the role of Cinderella in BBC TV’s “Fairy Tales”
in 2008 as well as “Hancock and Joan” for BBC
4 in that same year. Her first major feature film role came
as Angela in the film “Clubbed” . The appeared
in the Channel 4 series “Red Riding” and the
leading role in “Criminal Justice” both in
2009. Maxine has appeared extensively in stage productions for
the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, the
Royal Court and at Bolton Octagon Theatre, as well as television
roles in “Little Dorrit”, “Coronation Street”,
“Hetty Wainthrop Investigates”, “Dialzel &
Pascoe”, “Jonathan Creek”, “Silk”
among many others.. Recently she moved back to live in Salford
to be near to her family.


Keith Macklin

Keith Macklin was a popular sports broadcaster and one-time
North-West Evening Mail journalist, who commentated on
football and rugby league for Yorkshire Television, as well
as presenting regional television shows in the 1960s. He did
his first Rugby League Challenge Cup Final commentary from Wembley
in 1955, when Barrow beat Workington Town, though his media
career really took off when, in 1956, he was asked to commentate
on a rugby league game between Leeds and Oldham for the BBC,
which was so well received that he was given the job on a permanent
He worked in Barrow in the 1950s as a reporter but also covered
Barrow Rugby League Club affairs. In 1962, he wrote “ The
History of Rugby League Football” . Later, he was a
reporter on the ITV sports programme, “Football First” ,
which, when ITV took over the Premiership Highlights contract,
was later renamed “The Goalrush” .
Macklin was a presenter on the forerunner to ‘Look North’
from 1960 until 1965. He was also a commentator on the Indoor
League in the 1970s. With Border TV he was a presenter on “Lookaround” ,
and host of their local quiz series “Brain of the Border”.
In 1982, he was instrumental in the setting up of Red Rose
Radio (now “Rock FM” ) and became its first
Programme Controller.
Macklin was also Methodist lay preacher, who started the Layman
Church Notes column in the Daily Mail .
autobiography ‘A Two Horse Town’ was published in December
a long illness, Keith Macklin died in hospital in Blackburn
on Saturday 1st August 2009 at the age of 78.

Phillips OBE

Arlene Phillips


Arlene Phillips was born on the 22 May 1943 in Prestwich of
Jewish parents. She originally wanted to be a ballet dancer
and began classes at the Muriel Tweedy School in Manchester
when she was just 3 years old.
Arlene was to become an internationally renowned choreographer
and director of West End and Broadway musicals, but also has
been a theatre director, talent scout and dancer, having worked
throughout a long career in many fields of entertainment. But
she was to come to a wider audience attention e as a judge on
television talent shows including BBC 1 Television’s “Strictly
Come Dancing” and “So You Think You Can Dance” .

From her mid-teens she began teaching her distinctive jazz style
of dance in several prominent London dance studios – first at
The Dance Centre and later at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent
Garden, and the Italia Conti Stage School. She quickly established
herself as a successful teacher and choreographer.
She also choreographed the 1982 film, “Annie” ,
and the Duran Duran song “The Wild Boys” , which
was proclaimed the Best British Video at the 1985 BRIT Awards.
She has worked on some of the biggest West End musicals, including
“Grease”, “Starlight Express”, “Saturday
Night Fever” and “Flashdance” , as
well as in the Broadway theatre in the USA. She s is a multiple
Olivier Award winner and Tony Award award nominee.
She was chief choreographer to Hot Gossip , a British
dance troupe which she formed in 1974 using students she was
teaching at the time.
In 2001 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
In 2006 she was made an honorary member of the International
Dance Teachers Association and in 2010 she released a range
of clothing with plus size retailer Marisota. In 2011 she began
work on the judging panel of ITV’s “So You Think You
Can Dance”.


Vince Powell

British comedy scriptwriter Vincent Powell was born Vince Smith
on the 6th of August 1928 to a working class Catholic family
in the Manchester suburb of Miles Platting. Vince exhibited
an early interest in comedy and the stage, to the extent that
he was actually expelled from St Bede’s Catholic College after
playing truant in order to visit a local theatre to enjoy comedy
and variety acts – Jewell & Warriss, George Formby and Gracie
Fields numbered among them. After leaving full-time education,
he worked for a time at a gentleman’s tailors in Albert Square
in Manchester city centre, while still writing and submitting
scripts to ITV and the BBC.
went on to form a very successful partnership with Harry Driver,
and the two wrote many popular television comedy series in the
1960s and 1970s including scripts for the hitherto unknown comedian
Harry Worth. However, when Harry Driver died in 1973, Vince
continued his solo writing career with equal success and he
was able to buy a villa in the South of France where he lived
for many years. His solo work included “The Wackers”,
“Mind Your Language”, “Bottle Boys”, “A
Sharp Intake of Breath” , as well as collaborating on
scripts in John Mortimer’s sitcom “Never The Twain” ,
which ran successfully until 1991.
A prolific creator of situation comedies from the early days
of mass-audience television right through to the early 1990s,
Vince Powell’s extensive career saw an impressive list of comedy
credits including controversial shows like “Love Thy
Neighbour”, which, though branded by many as promoting
racism, drew a regular audience of some 18 million viewers.
Powell always denied that the show was racist. Rather, he maintained,
it showed up racial bigotry as pathetic and somewhat stupid,
and was actually anti-racist, (though by today’s standards it
would be thought distinctly politically incorrect).
As well as writing many scripts for “Coronation Street”,
he had o ther hits with shows like “Bless
This House” and “Nearest & Dearest”, “Pardon
The Expression”, “Adam Adamant Lives!” , “George
and the Dragon”, “Two In Clover”, “For the
Love Of Ada” and “Never Mind The Quality, Feel
The Width” , drawing extensively on his own early experience
working as a tailor.
a short illness, Vince Powell died on Monday 13th July 2009
at the Royal Surrey Hospital at the age of 80.


Paddy McGuinness


Born Paddy Joseph McGuinness in Farnworth, Bolton on the 14th
August 1973, his distinctive Bolton accent marks him out immediately
as a local Lancashire man. He went to school with his future
comedy partner Peter Kay.
McGuinness was educated at Mount St Joseph’s Secondary School
in Farnworth, and later a BTEC 1st Diploma in Science course
with the intention of becoming a laboratory technician. However,
that never materialised and a succession of jobs followed, including
being a waiter, a warehouse worker for Morrisons Supermarket,
a buillder’s labourer, a lifeguard at Horwich Leisure Centre,
a machine cleaner at Warburtons bakery and a holiday representative
in Corfu, before returning to live in Bolton. It was while working
at Horwich, that he filmed in two episodes of Peter Kay’s “That
Peter Kay Thing” and its follow-up “Phoenix
Nights” in 2000, which brought him to a wider public
In 2005 he began working in comedy shows and toured as a stand-up
comedian. Other television work soon followed, which included
his own “Chuck Stryker: The Unknown Stuntman”
on E4 which he wrote and starred in. His DVD, “Paddy
McGuinness: The Dark Side Tour” was released in 2006
and sold over 30,000 copies in its first week.
In late 2008 McGuinness was involved in a second tour of 76
scheduled dates in the UK – known as the “Paddy McGuinness
Plus You! Live” . In January 2010 he hosted a successful
dating programme on ITV called “Take Me Out”.
A second series of “Rory and Paddy’s Great British Adventure”
was broadcast in September of that year.
McGuinness also regularly appears in and does voiceovers for
television adverts, (notably Greggs the Bakers), as well as
appearing in pantomime at the Manchester Opera House.

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