Comedian Ted Robbins was taken to hospital after collapsing on stage in Manchester. His condition has been described as "stable".
Actor Ted Robbins collapsed on stage during a performance of Phoenix Nights Live at Manchester Arena on Saturday (31st January). The comedian reportedly fell to the floor mid-way through the show on the opening night. The show was cancelled after 59-year-old Robbins was rushed to hospital. Reports suggest Robbins is now in a stable condition.
Ted Robbins was performing in Phoenix Nights Live, created by Peter Kay (pictured above).
Peter Kay is returning to television after six years, in 'Cradle to Grave'
Peter Kay is set to star in a new sitcom that is being dubbed "the new Only Fools and Horses." The Bolton-born comedian will play the role of Danny Baker's father Fred in 'Cradle to Grave'.
Peter Kay is coming back on TV after six years away
The eight-part series is set to air on BBC Two and is based on Baker's memories of growing up in a council flat in Bermondsey, south London, in the 1970s. It's being compared to Sir David Jason's classic sitcom given Baker's father was known as a real-life Del Boy. The show is also based on Baker's acclaimed autobiography Going to Sea in a Sieve which tells the story of his father, a dock worker and union leader, was on a mission to beat "the system".
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Peter Kay - Peter Kay filming on location for his new BBC comedy called 'Car Share'. The sitcom is about two colleagues who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme and will be the first ever show, which is directed by the comic, to be premiered on BBC iPlayer. - Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 19th June 2013
Five counts of fraud admitted to in Derby Crown Court
It’s been discovered that a conman, who posed as the brother of the comedian Peter Kay, has been nabbed pretending to raise money for a boy who has a rare form of cancer.
The pretty despicable act was revealed in full to Derby Crown Court as the man – real name Peter Stead – admitted to five counts of fraud. According to the BBC, Stead told pub landlords he would organise comedy nights to fundraise for the Derby-based Lewis Mighty Fund. The 50-year-old took money for the bookings but never turned up.Lewis Mighty died aged just seven-years-old in May 2012, suffering from a cruel form of cancer called neuroblastoma.
An investigation had been launched in 2009 by Derbyshire police, after it was reported by several local landlords that a man had tricked them out of money by pretending to ‘Peter Kay’s brother,’ Danny Kay. During Stead’s run of hoax nights, Mighty’s own parents were to raise £300,000 £300,000 so that he could undergo immunotherapy treatment in the US. Speaking of the case, Lewis' mother Jaime said: "[Stead] tapped into that and completely milked it, just to line his own pockets. I think he's disgusting and despicable." Three of the cases took place in Derby, with one in Nottinghamshire and one in Northamptonshire. Stead is to remain in custody until he’s sentenced on June 21st.
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Car Share to go online before it's available on TV
The online age is seeing TV shows online before they come to our TV screens. Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards is available exclusively on Netflix, and now Peter Kay’s new BBC sitcom will debut on their online catch up service, iPlayer.
The Bolton-born comedian said of the new sitcom, which is called Car Share, "To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity. And the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutia of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory.” BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: "It is hugely exciting that Peter Kay is coming to BBC One with his new series - even more so with the innovative plan we have to launch the show online." Car Share is part of a trial in which 40 hours of programming will be made available online first. BBC iPlayer is primarily used as a service for people to catch up on TV, but considering the amount of devices that enable people to watch the online service on their TV’s, ‘on demand’ television is becoming more and more flexible.
Peter Kay presenting an award
Continue reading: New Peter Kay Sitcom to Debut on iPlayer Before Hitting TV
Comedian returns for the first time since record breaking live tour
It’s been revealed that Peter Kay will be launching a landmark new comedy on BBC, with the Bolton comic returning with new comedy Car Share.
From the sound of the scenario it sounds like another bout of typical Peter Kay fare, with the story surrounding a supermarket worker forced to spend his commute with a colleague as part of a company car-share scheme. Also directed by Kay, the series is going to be ground breaking for the Beeb because it will be getting shown on BBC iPlayer first, before it appears on television screens. The iPlayer service is usually a catch-up service, but the broadcasting company are trialling 40 hours of new programming online that won’t be available on TV beforehand. "It is hugely exciting that Peter Kay is coming to BBC One with his new series - even more so with the innovative plan we have to launch the show online” said BBC One controller Danny Cohen.
Kay is the first comedian to sell 10 million DVDs in the UK and in 2010 and 2011 he broke the record for the biggest-selling stand-up tour, which was see by 1.1 million across 113 arenas. He said of his new project "To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity. And the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutia of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory."
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Miranda Hart is without doubt the most popular British female comedian of the minute, and with the recent season finale of her successful BBC sitcom, Hart is to begin work on writing material for a huge arena tour in 2014. Comedians have an uneasy relationship with huge emotionless hangars, but the likes of Peter Kay, Lee Evans and John Bishop have proven it CAN work.
Miranda has performed sketches and stand-up on the live circuit before, but the success of her TV series means her forthcoming show 'My, What I Call, Live Show' will take in far larger venues, including London's O2 arena. So what can we expect from the tour? The promotional bumf offers, "The award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series Miranda aired on the BBC. Grab a chance to see Miranda's laugh out loud genius live. She wants you to join her party. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply - such fun!"
Though there were initial reservations about whether Hart could fill a 15,000 capacity, ticket-buyers quickly allayed any fears. In fact, following Monday night's season three finale of her sitcom, Miranda has announced a handful of extra dates at London's O2 Arena, Manchester Arena, Liverpool Echo Arena, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Birmingham's NIA and the new Leeds Arena.
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We've come to expect nothing less from Nick Park and his beloved claymation heroes. The innovative animator enjoys a near-perfect Academy Award batting average - three Oscars and four nominations, though in 1991 he was nominated twice in the same category and therefore could only take home one trophy.
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Date of birth
2nd July, 1973