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Byline: Jen Rodger & Neil Batey

BEING EILEEN

Mon BBC1 10.35pm

New series

Sue Johnston is one of those rare actresses who has several iconic characters to her name. She's played Sheila Grant (Brookside), Barbara Royle (The Royle Family) and, most recently, Gloria Price in Coronation Street. Now she's crafting a new one in widow Eileen Lewis, a role after Sue's own heart.

"She's very much a family woman," says the 69-year-old actress, who recently moved to Manchester from London to be nearer her grandson Rory.

"Work is important because I love it and I suppose it defines who I am, but my family is very important, too. I want to keep my family close at this time in my life."

The six-part series comes on the back of a one-off show, Lapland, shown at Christmas 2011 and follows the large dysfunctional Lewis family who live in Birkenhead.

In the opening episode, Eileen goes missing, and her daughter Paula (Elizabeth Berrington) is keen to track her down before the household descends into chaos.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2013
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