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LAST UPDATE 25 February, 2009
Cerrie BurnellGrange Hill actress hits out at bigoted remarks
A disabled actress who appeared in the final series of Grange Hill has hit out after becoming the victim of a disturbing internet campaign that she was scaring toddlers on the BBC's CBeebies channel.

Cerrie Burnell, 29, was born with no right arm and last month took over the Do And Discover slot on the channel's Bedtime Hour. But Cerrie's disability has led to a flood of complaints on various internet forums, with one father claiming he has been forced to ban his daughter from watching the segments in which Cerrie appears. 'I didn't want to let my children watch the filler bits on The Bedtime Hour last night because I know it would have played on my eldest daughter's mind and possibly caused sleep problems. And yes, this is a serious post.'

Cerrie, who has a four-month old daughter - branded her critics "small-minded" and their remarks "terrible". But whilst upset by the comments, she added "it can only be a good thing that parents are using me as a chance to talk about disability with their children."

A BBC spokesman says nine formal complaints have been received about Cerrie's presence on CBeebies. But she added the presenter had also received many messages of support. CBeebies controller Michael Carrington has pledged to stick with her, saying "Cerrie is warm and natural and we think that in time mums and dads will love her just as much as we do."

In Grange Hill, Cerrie played Miss Greene, teacher of the Year 6 class which often visited the school. She provided a strong, confident presence for her young charges and only from the older pupils, in particular school bully Chloe Moore, did her disability receive any negative attention. Cerrie has also had parts in The Bill and EastEnders.
Todd CartyTodd's Dancing On Ice dream shattered
Todd Carty has been voted off Dancing On Ice after judges decided not to save him when he faced the skate-off for polling the lowest number of viewers' votes.

The Grange Hill legend won legions of fans, bringing a unique brand of entertainment to his ice dance routines. However, he consistently failed to impress the show judges with his skating and always found himself with a single-figure score, way behind his fellow contestants.

On Sunday night Todd found himself in the skate-off against rugby star Ellery Hanley and all the judges except Ruthie Henshall voted to save Ellery. But Todd, 45, was graceful in defeat, thanking his skating partner Susie Lipanova for "being the most patient woman in the world" and wife Dina, sons Thomas and James for supporting him every week.

Though Todd may have been eliminated from the TV competition, he now plans to take part in the next Dancing On Ice tour. We'll have more details when they become available; for now, well done Todd!
Josh BrownJosh starring in Holby City
More former Grange Hill stars are on our screens again this week in other TV shows.

In Holby City, Josh Brown (Alex) will reprise his role as Frankie Moore, the son of an overweight patient who almost missed out on vital surgery because of Ric Griffin's clampdown on unhealthy lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Darcy Isa (Andrea) begins the first of a 12-week appearance in Waterloo Road, playing Lauren.

Holby City can be seen Tuesday at 8pm on BBC1, with Waterloo Road every Wednesday at 8pm also on BBC1.
Sacha and Lucien join Coronation Street
ITV's Coronation Street has welcomed two more former Grange Hill cast members to the fold, with Lucien Laviscount and Sacha Parkinson having been cast as schoolfriends of Sophie Webster.

Lucien, 15, who played Jake Briggs in Grange Hill's final two series, will play Ben, a devout Christian who becomes a love interest for Sophie Webster, and Sacha, 16 - Anna Duncan in a number of episodes last year - plays Sian Powers.

It's a perfect end to a busy year for Sacha who earlier this year appeared in the children's film Clay and has also filmed A Boy Called Dad which is due for release next year. The new characters in Coronation Street allow producers to expand the role of Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, in the series. Well done Lucien and Sasha!