TELEVISION actors who starred in shows that millions tuned into will be touring in the perennial stage favourite Dirty Dusting as it embarks on its ninth UK tour this autumn.

Vicki Michelle who gained worldwide fame when she starred as the waitress Yvette in the BBC sitcom Allo ‘Allo and Vicky Entwistle, Janice Battersby in Coronation Street, will join the North East’s own superstar Leah Bell in the 26-date national tour that starts in September and ends in October.

Vicky Entwistle said: “I read the script and fell about laughing. I can’t wait to get on the road with Dirty Dusting, it’ll be a fantastic laugh.”

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Vicky Entwistle 

The outrageous comedy, which is about pensioners who get made redundant from their cleaning jobs and set up a telephone sex line on their last weekend at work, has been performed and toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. It has also been performed widely by amateur groups throughout the UK, and in Spain and Canada

Vicki Michelle added: “The script is hilarious and I’ve seen the fantastic responses on Facebook. It took me half a second to agree to be in the show. Get your dusters ready, ladies.”

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Vicki Michelle 

Leah Bell, a hero of Geordie theatre, is the third female actress in the show written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.

Leah, a stage and television actress and entertainer, was trained by the likes of Ken Dodd and her tours have included being on the same bill as the Four Seasons.

She performed pantomime with David Jason and Bobby Thompson at Newcastle Theatre Royal in 1979.

Leah, who also produces and directs the show, said: “After what we have been through over the past 17 months people are crying out for a good laugh, and Dirty Dusting provides that.

“In fact, theatres are approaching me to put the show in, hence we’ve had to add dates in January due to popular demand.

“The Facebook page reflects how popular the show is with people posting to say they have seen the show numerous times and are coming again, bringing with them more friends and family.”

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Leah Bell 

She added: “We’re delighted to have brought into the team Vicky and Vicki, both of whom are household names and actually starred, rather than appeared, in TV programmes that garnered millions of viewers.”