Nothing’s truly hidden forever with the internet around.
This is something often said in the case of old pictures and videos having been dug up from the depths of recent history to be brought to the attentions of the masses on social media, and next up on this ever-growing list of retro videos to resurface right when you’d least expect them to is a mid-00s workout routine by one of the cobbles’ most iconic characters.
Shall we cut to the chase?
Today, we found out that Janice Battersby – the long-standing Coronation Street character played by Accrington-born actress Vicky Entwistle between 1997-2011 – has a fitness DVD, and honestly, it’s the perfect way to cheer you up on this dreary Tuesday.
Now, perhaps this title hasn’t come as a shock to you at all.
Maybe it was firmly on your radar, regardless of whether you’ve given it a try out for size or not – especially if you’re familiar with the extensive collection of fitness videos released by British soap stars over the years – but it certainly took us by surprise when we stumbled across it on social media, and we know we’re not the only ones to be in the dark about its existence.
For those as unfamiliar as us, Vicky Entwistle’s Weight Off Workout was first released in 2006, and according to the synopsis, “demonstrates how she lost two and a half stone”.
The over one hour-long video features Entwistle herself, along with her trainer Richard Callender – who specialises in quick re-shaping.
The synopsis reads: “Vicky Entwistle tells of her delight in losing two and a half stone, ten inches off her waistline and going from a 16 to a 6 in no time flat. In an easy-to-follow routine that doesn’t require ballerina dexterity and takes very little time out of your day, Entwistle takes you from flab to fab in four easy portions, [with a] ten minute warm up, twenty minute fat burner, ten minute toner and ten minutes of the patented belly-shrinker.”
Basically, it sounds pretty similar to a lot of other celebrity-lead workouts on the market, but just with one of the Manchester soap’s most beloved characters.
It’s got some absolutely glowing reviews too, with many calling it “brilliant” and “the best workout DVD ever”, as well as one mum who admitted that she had “been doing this video for the past 10 years” to get back in shape after each of her three pregnancies.
So, even though there’s no denying it looks a little dated after well over a decade, it still must do the trick.
If you do actually fancy getting into shape with Vicky’s help though, you can still get your hands on a DVD copy of Vicky Entwistle’s Weight Off Workout from just £1.04on Amazon here.
Peter Kay issues heartfelt thanks to Manchester fans and teases ANOTHER big announcement
Peter Kay has sent a lovely message to fans in Manchester after making his triumphant return to the live scene last weekend.
The Bolton comedian has just ticked off the first two nights of a mammoth run at the AO Arena, which includes 42 Manchester shows between now and 2025.
On his opening night – his first real venture into the spotlight since he largely stepped away from the public eye 12 years ago – he was moved to tears by the standing ovation he received before he’d even started the show.
And now Peter has issued a heartfelt thank you message.
He said in a statement: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the first shows in Manchester.
“It was incredible to be part of such a happy experience.
“Everybody deserves a bit of joy. Here’s to a lot more in the shows to come!!”
And that’s not all – his post also hinted that there’s yet another announcement to come (because apparently more than 100 tour dates and breaking the internet with ticket demand wasn’t enough).
The late monarch – who celebrated her Platinum Jubliee back in June 2022, before sadly passing away in September – the word guessing game that took the world by storm, and the disgraced Manchester United footballer are just three of the topics that have peaked the interest of Brits enough to search for them on Google this year.
Wordle took the top spot on the 2022 list, after gamers nationwide presumably used the search engine to figure out the answers each day.
The puzzle game beat out the 2022 World Cup – which is currently underway in Qatar with the Three Lions set to face France in the Quarter Finals – which came in second place, followed by Ukraine and Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) rounding out the top five.
As well as Ukraine, the country of Russia has also made its way into the top 10 most-searched topics, thanks to the latter’s invasion of the former.
Likely the most familiar name on the list to Mancunians will be that of Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood – who is due to face trial next year after being charged in 2022 with attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour relating to the same woman.
Wordle is not alone on the list when it comes to games either, as its more difficult counterpart Quordle – which tasks hardcore players with guessing four words in just nine tries – ranked in eighth place on the list.
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was the subject of a new Netflix series starring Evan Peters in 2022, and actor Johnny Depp, who was at the forefront of a highly-publicised libel trial between him and his ex-wife Amber Heard for a considerable chunk of the year, are the last two searches to round out the top 10.