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Madeleine McCann: TV Survivors, Alan Carr And Karen Matthews Bingo

by | 8th, December 2008
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MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann


EXCLUSIVE TV’s Survivors star Julie tells why she shuns Botox and surgery at the age of 43


But Julie said: “I’m happy the way I am. OK, there are days when I wake up and think, ‘Who’s that old bag looking back at me in the mirror?’ “And I see pictures of myself five years ago and think, ‘Why can’t I look like that any more?’ But I’m happy the way I am. What is wrong with a woman looking her actual age?”

What’s good for Julie is good for Kate McCann. Really:

Survivors echoes the hugely popular 1970s TV series of the same name. Julie’s character is a survivor of a killer virus that has wiped out most of the population.

Where is everyone?

Convinced that her missing son Peter is still alive, she battles to find him. Julie said: “Abby’s a very good person, much less cynical than me. She is open-minded and has a big heart. She also believes there are more good people than bad and that the world is a really good place – although so many events in the drama challenge her view.

Fact and fiction. Faction!

“Most of all, she’s a woman driven by her quest to find her child no matter what it takes and that’s something I completely understand. I’d be exactly the same. If I thought either of my children was out there without me, struggling to survive, I would move heaven and earth to find them. As a mother that’s the element of the story I most related to.”

As a mother… because if you are not a parent you just have no idea.

Julie, who has daughters Edie May, four, and Cyd, two, said becoming a mother changed her outlook completely. For example she was incensed when Madeleine McCann’s parents came under suspicion over their daughter’s disappearance.

It’s method acting:

She said: “As if those poor people had not been through enough they were also subjected to a horrible, malicious whispering campaign.

“I had arguments about it, usually with people who didn’t have children.

“I found myself yelling very angrily, ‘You have no idea what it would be like to have your child snatched away.’ It was a hideous suggestion.”

Julie knows, though. Julie understands. As a mother. As an actress. A sa conversationalist.

NOW – FIONA PHILIPS: “Fiona Phillips: Madeleine McCann’s granddad wrote to me”

What did he say?

Madeleine McCann’s granddad sent Fiona Phillips a letter after she announced her plans to leave GMTV.

The presenter has interviewed the family several times in the past 18 months for the ITV programme and formed a strong bond with them.

Madeleine’s grandfather was particularly upset to hear Fiona was quitting.

A campaign is what’s needed for save the blonde.

The most heartbreaking letter I had when I resigned was from Madeleine McCann’s granddad saying, “Thank you for all your help. We will never forget what you’ve done for us”,’ she says.

‘I sat in my dressing room and cried and cried. I’ll treasure that letter forever.’

INDEPENDENT: “Joan Smith: Broken Britain is a media invention”

There is no such thing as a failed society, only failing families. The rest are doing their best, despite their deprivations

There now follows a game of Tabloid Bingo. Eyes down:

Just before he was assassinated, John F Kennedy was reading a book called The Other America: Poverty in the United States, by the distinguished social commentator Michael Harrington.


In this country, a parallel phenomenon – what a modern-day Harrington might call “The Other Britain” – has been exposed by a series of shocking events that culminated last week in guilty verdicts in the trial of Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan.


Inevitably, the case has been compared with that of Baby P, who died after months of abuse in north London.


The problem isn’t one of entire communities blighted by feral behaviour; on the contrary, it was Matthews’s neighbours in Dewsbury who campaigned and made the little girl’s disappearance a national story, despite having neither the education nor the contacts of Madeleine McCann’s parents.


Matthews is not part of Broken Britain, ‘cos Broken Britain, it don’t exists.

SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY: “Dani Garavelli – Mum in a million”

No, not Dani – he-he – Karen Matthews:

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