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My Saturday Maureen Lipman
The actor, 75, on meeting the Queen on Coronation Street, weight training and watching telly for Celebrity Gogglebox
9am I have celery juice, which is good for my thyroid, and try to have a sensible breakfast of yogurt and fruit, but if there are pikelets, I have pikelets. 9.30am I do some weights so I get as near to having Michelle Obama arms as I can, and a cold bath for five minutes with Elemis bath oil. Sometimes I do yoga. I roll out the mat and the dogs get on it. I’ve got Diva, my Basenji, who is 16, and Inky, my PA Natalie’s dog. Nat lives with me [in west London] and looks after Diva when I’m away. I would wear jeans and a T-shirt but since I’ve had my ‘Saturday job’ of Gogglebox [the celebrity version, alongside her friend Gyles Brandreth] I’ve bought some colourful Buykud linen tops. 1pm I meet a friend for lunch or have something light, like a smoked salmon bagel and fruit. I’m filming Coronation Street and live in Manchester during the week [she plays Evelyn Plummer]. When the Queen came on set I was hoping she would give me my damehood in the Rovers Return! I finish early on Friday so I can make it home for dinner with my kids, Amy and Adam [with late husband Jack Rosenthal], and my grandchildren – Ava, nine, and Sasha, six. They are very funny and completely fascinate me. 2.30pm I’ll go to Gyles’s in Barnes to crochet and eat crisps while watching programmes for Gogglebox. I’ve also been helping on This Book Is Toast, a cookery book in aid of the charity Spread a Smile, which helps seriously ill children. I’ve given my bottarga recipe in honour of my beloved Guido [Castro, her partner of 13 years, who died from Covid in January]. It’s a fish roe you eat with olive oil, garlic and crispy bread – we both loved it. 6pm Sometimes I go out to dinner with Gyles and his wife Michèle. Or have a Thai or Indian takeaway. I’ll have a gin in a tin or a sauvignon blanc. 8.30pm I don’t watch a lot of TV at home, I see more in Manchester. The last thing I really loved was Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown. I admire her as an actor but this was something else. I’ve also enjoyed Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake [on Sky Arts] – I’d forgotten how muscular, robust and manly it was. Midnight I listen to some podcasts and go to sleep late.
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