Sophiya Haque was the first Indian looking female face I had seen in a music video which set easy-to-get English words to the strains of Indian ragas and was broadcast on an honest-to-goodness mainstream music channel in India.
What's that coming toward you in the sweaty haze of the bar? It's drunk, it's loud and it looks vaguely familiar. No, it's not your mother at a wedding, it's a soap actor on the prowl, looking for love or at least the closest they can get to it without ending up in the papers. But you must resist.
This Friday night at 9pm, four stars of Coronation Street will appear in Corrie Goes to Kenya, the first of two documentaries on ITV1. The programmes follow Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent and Ben Price as they visit Mombasa, where they will use their thespian skills to challenge the misconceptions around HIV/AIDS.
Some people argue that the end of television is nigh. They say that less and less people will watch, until television ceases to exist. I don't buy into that argument.
As Paul Weller's long-time collaborator and one of the finest and most prolific drummers Britain has ever produced, Steve White is now looking to the future. Jason Holmes journeyed to Stockport to meet him.
Swapping the cobbles of Coronation Street for the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre will be a dream come true for Tupele Dorgu when she lines up as Velma Kelly in hit musical, Chicago.
Once again, a man has been tried in the court of public opinion and in the minds of some, found guilty, regardless of the fact that the nation's appointed arbiter of such things, the Crown Prosecution Service, has deemed there to be no case to answer.
Read that "a woman is more likely to be raped in the UK than she is to get breast cancer" as print in a newspaper, and you might have trouble processing what that truly means. See that statistic humanised in the way Alison King did as Carla, and suddenly the size of the issue is brought home.
Selfridges, the upmarket department store chain, have banned their employees in their two Manchester branches from using expressions such as 'hiya', 'see ya' and 'cheers' when addressing customers over fears that they are too colloquial and sounding like Coronation Street extras.