THE HAIRY BIKERS WERE GIVEN AN OH-SO-FASHIONABLE HIPSTER MAKEOVER ON THE SHOW. WHY? BECAUSE WHY NOT!
The pair - whose real names are Si King and Dave Myers, and known for their trademark beards and long hair - spent the morning being pampered in our trendy Loose Women Barber Shop before their appearance. It went down well with the panel, in particular Gloria, who asked to have a feel of Dave’s preened moustache.
Talking about his ‘man bun’, Si said, ‘I look like a Sumo wrestler. It’s on trend I suppose, isn’t it?’ Too right - all the cool kids are doing in. Even David Beckham.
Jane was quick to point out that they hadn’t lost their signature look entirely, despite a bit of a beard and moustache tidy up. And she asked what we all wanted to know… whether they’d ever consider becoming the ‘Not-So Hairy Bikers’? ‘Good grief no!,’ Si replied. ‘I’ve had this beard since I was three. I’d feel naked. I’ve always had long hair. I went through a period for about eight months - maybe 12 - I hated it. I looked like Brendan Gleeson.’
Dave, however, had a different take. ‘I’d soon have a short back and sides,’ he said. 'I quite fancy that - as my hair is in recession, shall we say… a bit like the economy.’
THE ETERNALLY YOUTHFUL CHESNEY HAWKES JOINED ANDREA, COLEEN, JANET AND NADIA TO TALK ABOUT HIS RETURN TO PANTO AND WHY HE DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS ‘FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS’ WITH HIS INFAMOUS SONG 'THE ONE AND ONLY'.
If past experiences are anything to go by, when Chesney returns to panto-land this year to play Prince Benedict in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Worthing Theatre, he had better hope his family aren’t in the audience. Recalling his debut panto appearance years ago he told us, ‘The first panto I ever did was with Darren Day and John Bishop. I was Dick Whittington. I was doing this love scene with my leading lady, right at the front of the stage. It was a very quiet moment. My whole gang - they were little then - were in the fourth row. My daughter was probably four. I heard this, “Daddy?”'
Chesney tried to ignore it and continue with the show but then he heard her voice again. 'I turned around and said, “Yes, darling”. She said, “I’ve got an ice cream.”' Needless to say it got the biggest applause of the night.
BEVERLEY KNIGHT IS BACK AT HER BEST AND MAKING MUSIC AFTER HER HYSTERECTOMY EARLIER THIS YEAR.
She joined Andrea, Coleen, Janet and Nadia to explain how her new all-female supergroup has helped to restore her strength.
‘A hysterectomy changes everything... permanently. I did feel as though my superpowers were draining,” Beverley said of her major surgery in May following a diagnosis of uterine fibroids (muscular tumours that grow on the womb). However, having joined forces with fellow West End powerhouses Amber Riley, from shows such as Glee and Dreamgirls, and Cassidy Janson, or CJ, from Beautiful, she said her strength has been restored. ‘I’m glad, because getting Amber and CJ next to me and us creating a supernova - a female supernova - together has restored that strength.
Collectively, Beverley, Amber and Cassidy are known as Leading Ladies - three leading ladies of the stage coming together, as the name suggests. Their album, Songs from the Stage, comprises songs from musical theatre and Broadway, as well as West End classics. ‘Some songs are ones we have sung ourselves and others are ones we love,’ said Beverley.
THEIR CRIMES SHOOK THE NATION. THE MURDERS OF FIVE INNOCENT CHILDREN AT THE HANDS OF IAN BRADY AND HIS LOVER MYRA HINDLEY, WHO BECAME KNOWN AS THE NOTORIOUS MOORS MURDERERS.
Chillingly, that number could have been six, after Tommy Rhattigan was lured to their house as a vulnerable seven-year-old boy, on the promise of bread and jam. Incredibly, he managed to escape Brady and Hindley’s evil clutches on that cold November night, and he joined Coleen, Denise, Saira and Jane to share his dramatic story of escape.
Tommy recalled arriving at their house of horrors. ‘The very first thing [Hindley] did when she brought the slice of bread and jam out... It was the way she put it onto the table. It wasn’t placed on the table. It was dropped. The first thought when I looked at the bread and jam was - I know this sounds really strange - there was no margarine on it.’ Tommy quickly noticed a change in [Hindley’s] behaviour too, from the woman with the ‘perfume’ and ‘kind eyes’ he’d met in the park, to someone he knew he wanted to get away from. ‘I looked up at her and noticed that there was a complete change in her altogether.’