Michelle Collins talks about Casualty

Serial soap star Michelle Collins joins us to talk about her new guest stint in Casualty.

The former EastEnders and Coronation Street star will play a patient called Samantha in the BBC1 medical drama who starts a relationship with paramedic Jeff.

Michelle said previously: 'I got offered the guest role in Casualty very soon after finishing Corrie. I jumped at the chance of playing a character so different so quickly; it was
exciting to be stepping into something new. '

MICHELLE'S SOAP TIMELINE

EastEnders 1988-1990 as Cindy Beale
EastEnders 1992-1998 as Cindy Beale
Coronation Street 2011-2014 as Stella Price
Casualty 2014 as patient Samantha

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The big strike: What you need to know

One million people are expected to go on strike today in what's been dubbed the biggest walkout since 1926.

Those on strike include firefighters (FBU over pensions and retirement age), teachers (pay, pensions, workload), council workers, care workers, school support staff as well as members of the RMT union, the PCS and UNISON.

We look at the hardest hit regions and discuss why are people striking.

Sara Tomlinson, teacher and NUT member, tells us why she's taking strike action and we question Cabinet Minister Francis Maude on why these people aren't getting the pay they claim they deserve.

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Prepay energy fix and 10% off rail travel

Rare prepay energy fix, bag Zara clothes in Spain at a fraction of the cost in the UK, 10% off National Railcards code and ‘free’ Clinique minis in £2 magazine. These are Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.

Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.

Good Morning Summer: Sun damage

Every day in the UK THIRTY SEVEN people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Despite this alarming figure two thirds of people questioned said they felt HEALTHIER with a tan.

According to a OnePoll and GMB research published today, 75% of people have been sunburnt on holiday, 36% say their child has been burnt and 16% say they think getting burnt results in a better tan.