Sheila Mercier, Emmerdale star and ‘beating heart of the show’, dies aged 100

Sheila Mercier, who played Annie Sugden in Emmerdale for more than 25 years, has died at the age of 100. ITV confirmed Mercier’s death in a statement on Friday night while her co-stars paid tribute to the “beating heart” of the show. “It’s always sad to hear of the death of an actor who played a […]

cute pandas and amorous fish provide welcome respite from the human race

“It was quite amorous in the beginning, like all relationships. But it’s tailed off recently. He’s sat there in the evening with a pint, watching telly. She’s in the kitchen doing the dishes.” So went the sad ballad of Clark and Doris in The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas (Channel 4). Yes, the […]