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IAN HYLAND'S TV WEEK: LITTLE BRIGGS MAN.

Byline: IAN HYLAND

IS it me or did Johnny Briggs come across as a bit of a cold fish in Mike Baldwin And Me (ITV1, Friday)?

All that stuff about going off to Florida "alone" whenever he can while his wife and four kids, who he only sees at weekends anyway, are stuck at home.

His wife didn't even want to take part in this documentary, while his two grown- up daughters have obviously seen so little of him they haven't stopped calling him "daddy" yet.

As for his junkie jailbird daughter Karen, Johnny's stoney-faced "I don't wanna talk about it" was a total cop-out. They should have called it Mike Baldwin Is Me.

All we were left with were shots of him playing golf with "Enge" Humperdink, old clips of Corrie, and the narrator pointing out at least a hundred times that he's been in the show for 25 years.

And as for Johnny's assertion that "I'm very private and I don't show off what I've got," I suppose we should thank him for showing us his luxury Manchester apartment, his luxury Cheshire home, his luxury second home in Florida and the private number plate...on his luxury car.

But he didn't have it all his own way. "If I was four inches taller I'd have been a matinee idol," he said of his early movie career.

Never mind Johnny, there'll be twice- weekly matinees where you'll end up after Corrie.

Oh yes there will.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2001
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