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.
Manchester band M60 are tagging Gary Neville every day until he listens to their music — let’s help make it happen
Nearly half a year ago, Manchester band M60 began a social media campaign to start tagging Manchester United legend turned pundit Gary Neville every single day until he listens to their music.
And, you know, since we’re all about supporting local artists, we thought we’d do our bit by pecking his head in too.
We’ve seen the Manc indie outfit live a couple of times now — including their headline set at Gorilla back in 2023 (at the time their biggest gig to date) — and they’ve never disappointed, be it the performance or their ever-growing cult following of loyal fans.
That being said, we feel we’re only doing Gary Neville and all of you lot a public service by joining them in their efforts to get their name out there. Plus, we’re enjoying all the different ways they’re managing to keep things interesting:
If you’ve never come across them before either, the four-piece is made up of a bunch of mates from various towns around the region and is fronted by vocalist and lead guitarist Matthew Morton. Alliterative names always make us think of superheroes and their tunes often make us feel like that too.
Playing together since their high school days and named after the massive Greater Manchester motorway from 2015 onwards, they’re best known for tunes like ‘I Don’t Mind’, ‘Honey’, ‘Darling’; ‘Fade Away’, ‘Kool-Aid’ and plenty more.
They also recently released their latest debut EP, How Did You Get There? and trust us, it’s a belter. Morton once described their sound as ‘Sweet Mancunian indie rock‘ and we couldn’t sum it up any better ourselves. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Which is exactly why we want ‘r Gary to get on them too.
Also, we’ve found the whole journey very funny up until this point, so long may it continue — not too long though; we actually really want him to become M60’s newest and biggest fan through sheer persistence and pestering by the local band and yours truly. And by all means, feel free to join us in the good fight.
The local lads themselves have joked about becoming more well-known simply by embracing themselves as the “Gary Neville meme band” as the days pass, but the strategy is still kind of working nonetheless and with more new music on the way, why stop now?
We want to see Gary’s phone blowing up non-stop, right up to the point that he gets more annoyed than he did in that infamous clip of somebody passing his phone number and simply has to see what all the fuss is about it.
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BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World
Are you a fan of travelling? Got yourself a bit of a competitive streak in your nature? This might just be your calling then.
The BBC is currently casting for the next series of Race Across the World.
The broadcaster has announced that the BAFTA-winning hit show is set to return to our TV screens for a third series later this year, and producers are now on the look-out for “intrepid duos” of all ages who reckon they’re ready to take a step into the unknown, and embark on an epic race across land and sea – and that includes Greater Manchester residents.
With applications for the next series of the massively-popular show now open, nomadic Mancs are being encouraged to take part.
On a limited budget and away from the luxuries of modern technology and conveniences, those lucky applicants selected to take part in the next series will get the chance to experience life in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations.
Navigating their way across thousands of miles, they’ll travel through spectacular scenery and dynamic cities, visit ancient wonders, learn local customs, and take part in time-honoured traditions.
But, as producers are keen to point out, “the physical journey is only half of the story”.
That’s because, as the contestants take on the challenge of travelling across the world, the greatest thing they’ll discover along the way could actually be about themselves and one another.
Putting out a UK-wide casting call on the BBC website this week, producers Studio Lambert wrote: “We are now accepting applications for the next series of Race Across the World. This experience is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or total novice.
“We want to hear what undertaking a trip like this would mean to you, and with a cash prize at stake, what lengths you would go to to win.
Applications for the massively-popular show are now open / Credit: BBC
“Maybe you’re looking to change something in your life? Or are keen to share the journey with someone special like a family member, best friend, or someone you’ve lost touch with. You may even have a very personal reason for wanting to travel at this time in your life or explore a particular part of the world.”
Fancy it then?
Applications for the third series of Race Across the World are now open for anyone over 18 years of age, with a deadline date of Friday 19 April 2024, and you can find out more information and apply via the BBC website.