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Irish Daily Mail - - Entertainment -

÷NO dis­re­spect to any­one in­volved in The Pat Kenny Show’s ru­ral spe­cial last Wed­nes­day, but there was a dis­tinct un­der­cur­rent of the same old anti-Dublin bitch­ing that we have been hear­ing for years. Frankly, I lost the will to live quite early on in the pro­ceed­ings. The most in­ter­est­ing thing about it all was the fact that Pat’s tie was askew for the du­ra­tion. ÷I’M guess­ing that most peo­ple read­ing this weren’t ac­tu­ally up in time to see Death On The Nile on ITV3 at 7.10am to­day. Nor, I can say in ad­vance and with some cer­tainty, was I. But it did re­mind men that a re­make of an­other Agatha Christie clas­sic, Mur­der On The Orient Ex­press, star­ring Ken­neth Branagh, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeif­fer among oth­ers, will be out soon. ÷FAREWELL to the great Liz Dawn, pic­tured, whose role as the gos­sipy and acer­bic Vera Duck­worth was a high­light of Corona­tion Street for decades. Her frac­tious rap­port with screen hus­band Jack was up there with the show’s two other great dou­ble acts. One was Stan and Hilda Ogden; the other in­volved those two spec­tac­u­larly narky drink­ing buddies, Al­bert Tat­lock and Ena Sharples.

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