Sir Ian McKellen got a bit tearful while describing an encounter he had on a recent trip to Manchester.
The beloved actor and national treasure – originally from Burnley – appeared on the Three Little Words podcast, hosted by John Bishop and Tony Pitts.
He was there to talk about the three words that mean the most to him, a running theme of the podcast.
One of the words that Sir Ian chose was ‘love’ – and it was an unlikely encounter here in Manchester that he chose to use as his example.
The Lords of the Rings legend went all misty-eyed and covered his hands with his face while he was describing an encounter he had with a local taxi driver.
And John and Tony were also looking a bit doe-eyed staring back at him too.
Sir Ian said: “If you ever arrive in Manchester, if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford the train fare, you come down the steps at Piccadilly, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a taxi, you get in the back of one, and the taxi driver, usually a man but not always, says: ‘Where you going to love?’”
At this point in the story, Ian takes a huge sniff and starts to mock-sob, before saying: “Oh, and I feel I’m home.”
He then continues, with his hands cupping his face: “Where grown men call strangers ‘love’. I think if we all did that, it would be a rather better place wouldn’t it?
“And when people have got problems with gender, and pronouns, and so on, ‘love’ covers everyone really. Just call everyone ‘love’.
Watch the moment Coldplay bring out Aitch as surprise guest on second night in Manchester
Coldplay stunned the huge crowd at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday evening when they brought out a very special guest – Manchester’s very own Aitch.
The young rapper from Moston popped up with the band on the second night of their sold-out run in Manchester.
Aitch has rocketed to fame (and wormed his way into all of our hearts) in recent years with hit singles Strike A Pose, Taste (Make It Shake) and Baby, as well as for his work to raise awareness for Down’s Syndrome, inspired by his little sister Gracie.
His surprise appearance on the Etihad Stadium stage comes just a week before his headline slot at Parklife festival.
And while the global sensations Coldplay duetting with local rap star Aitch wasn’t on anyone’s bingo card, the local crowd absolutely lapped up the surprise performance.
Aitch stood beside Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to perform his hit song Buss Down. He was dressed in a two-piece blue and white outfit.
Chris was seen grinning to himself as he sang the lyrics ‘We busy makin’ love and smokin’ kush now’.
The 23-year-old star also rapped through his hit song 1989, which samples the riff from The Stone Roses’ Fools Gold, while Chris played along on an acoustic guitar.
Watch Aitch and Coldplay together on stage in Manchester below
On the first night of Coldplay’s run of shows, they performed a cover of James’ Sit Down – so they seem to be chipping away at our city’s staggering list of homegrown talents.
ITV to launch external review into Phillip Schofield’s controversial This Morning exit
ITV has confirmed that it is commissioning an external review into Phillip Schofield’s controversial departure from This Morning.
It comes after the 61-year-old announced back on 20 May that he was to step down from presenting the ITV daytime show with immediate effect, after first taking over presenting reins in 2002 and fronting the programme for the past 21 years.
Alongside co-presenter Holly Willoughby, Schofield became a well-known face on daytime television and went on to win numerous awards for his presenting work over the past two decades – but rumours began swirling that his professional relationship and off-screen friendship with Willoughby had soured.
Schofield explained that the unconfirmed rift between himself and his co-presenter, as well as the fact “This Morning itself has become the story”, lead to his decision to depart to the show.
Following his already-controversial exit, Schofield then issued a formal statement confirming he had an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague last Friday, and resigned from ITV all together after admitting to both the affair, and to lying about it.
ITV has now confirmed it has now instructed a barrister to carry out an external review into the situation to “establish the facts”.
Ahead of the broadcaster’s executives appearing before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committe next week, and being quizzed by MPs over their handling of the situation at This Morning, ITV’s Dame Carolyn McCall said in a letter – as seen by the PA News Agency, and reported by Sky News, BBC News, ITV News, and more – said they are taking the matter “extremely seriously”.
She wrote: “You will have seen the significant media coverage concerning Phillip Schofield [and] as you would expect, we take the matter extremely seriously and have reviewed our own records over the weekend.
“Given the ongoing rumours, we continued to ask questions of both parties, who both continued to deny the rumours, including as recently as this month.