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AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS (EPISODE 0024)

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Y/2054/0024
Y/2054
TTT Production
AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS
EPISODE 0024
Gary Coleman, the child star of Different Strokes, avenging wife Lady Sarah Graham-Moon, Byker Grove's Nicola Bell, the drummer from Cream Ginger Baker, and TV comedian Mike Winters all feature in this week's show. Gary Coleman Different Stokes became one of the most popular American sitcoms of all time in the late '70s and early '80s, and was equally popular in the UK. Its appeal was largely due to diminutive nine-year-old Gary Coleman, who played the cute but cheeky Arnold Jackson, and who by 1983 was the highest paid child actor in history, pulling in a reported £1m per series. Gary didn't enjoy the experience much though, and when he wanted to quit in 1982 after four years, he found his parents had contracted him for more shows. Not long after the show finished in 1986, Gary cut all contact with his adoptive parents, then successfully sued them and his manager for mishandling his earnings, estimated at £18 million. 'Mom, Dad, they can steal just like any other adult,' says Gary. After Different Strokes, Gary acted in a couple of TV shows and films and even cut a rap album. But the roles and the money from the lawsuit dried up, and after selling off his possessions on the Internet, he was declared bankrupt. Now 34, Gary has made a fresh start. After working for a time as a security guard at a shopping mall and then as a car salesman, he now does voice-overs and adverts, puts the world to rights as an on-line agony uncle, and fills his time playing with his model trains. And he's still recognised: 'There's no place on earth I can go and no one will not know who I am, unless they have just not had a TV in 33 years,' he says. Ginger Baker Drummer Ginger Baker bought together classically trained bassist Jack Bruce and blues hero Eric Clapton to form rock supergroup Cream in 1966. They were highly successful, although Ginger remains modest. 'If Eric Clapton and I had played the music of Humpty Dumpty and Donald Duck, it would have been just as popular.' The rows between Ginger and Jack became public, and were as loud and long as their songs: 'I used to have to leave the studio and top as much spirit down my body as quickly as possible to stop myself from killing Jack, but the result of this was it soured my relationship with Eric,' he says. After two and a half years of global success, the group split, and Ginger moved from country to country doing a variety of jobs. He owned a recording studio in Nigeria, lived on an olive farm in Italy, and married three times. Today, having beaten his 20 years' heroin addiction, he's renounced rock and roll for his first love, jazz, and breeds polo horses in South Africa. 'I live the life virtually of a hermit. I've got my animals and that's enough for me. I'm very lucky to be alive.' Lady Sarah Graham-Moon Lady Sarah Graham-Moon was Mills and Boon material. A debutante, she married Sir Peter Wilfred Giles Graham Moon, but when he crossed her in love, she famously became an avenging vandal. 'There was no way I could keep on pretending that it wasn't happening,' she says. 'I took a fairly brutal revenge - I put pots of paint all over his car one night, followed by, a week later, taking off one arm off 31 suits, followed a week later by delivering, again at midnight, all the wine to various people in the villages.' As a result, newspapers and TV shows went to town on her story, and she was known as Lady Slasher. She got a column as an agony aunt, then set up the Old Bags Club for women of a certain age who'd been dumped. Her recovery was aided by her own affairs. 'I woke up and realised I had three men on the tow, two married and what I called an also-ran, and I thought well, they've done the trick actually, I no longer feel rejected, I still feel desirable. And I thought, use them, kick them into touch and that's it.' Today, Sarah has found love with Dave Denyer, a jack of all trades whose social standing couldn't be more different from her former husband. 'David comes from a very, very different background from me and what I have learned is that you look for your soul mate, you look for whoever you wish to be with in a different package,' says Sarah. David, who makes a living by scouring refuse dumps to recycle anything with value, says: 'Someone was worried when I first moved in that I was going to get the same treatment, and I thought, that's all right, I haven't got any suits!' Sarah joins David on his searches. 'It was an eye opener to me, the stuff that people throw away. An excellent analogy is us middle aged women,' she says. 'There's a hell of a lot of good stuff just being chucked away.' Mike Winters Brothers Mike and Bernie Winters began a television comedy double act on Saturday nights in 1965, Big Night Out. But, in the shadow of masters Eric and Ernie, the act wasn't as successful and off screen the brothers were feuding. When Mike left to lead an anonymous life in Miami, Schnorbitz the dog replaced him on screen. 'How did I feel about it?' asks Mike, 'Well, you are the only entertainer to be replaced by a dog. It's just a dog you know and Bernie went out with a few dogs in his time.' Mike was reunited with Bernie in 1991 when his brother was dying of cancer, but has now returned to live in Miami. 'I left Mike Winters 'celebrity', came here Mike Winters 'deadbeat', out of work Mike Winters,' he says of ending his showbiz career. 'I became a writer for a while, owned a club, had a soccer franchise, it's been very exciting, but I miss England. Sun's great but once you've got the tan, hey, it's all over.' Nicola Bell For four years, Nicola Bell was known to millions of youngsters as Byker Grove's Debbie Dobson. Nicola started in the teen drama in 1990, and her character became involved in a love triangle with PJ (Ant) and Duncan (Dec), before accidentally blinding PJ during a paintball session. Off screen, young Nicola and co-star Ant had a relationship and Nicola says that even today, she's asked to spill the beans. 'Out of respect for Anthony and self-respect, I wouldn't do it,' she comments. Today, Nicola is an air stewardess for Virgin Atlantic, and lives in the North East with her husband and young daughter Tali.
AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS (SERIES 3)
Y/2054-03
Narrator - MATTHEW KELLY Writer - STUART MACONIE Production Manager - DANNY YASRUDDIN Assistant Producer - MARIANA BUBNA-KASTELIZ Executive Producer - BRIDGET BOSELEY Insert Director - TINA JENKINS Series Producer - JUDITH HOLDER Producers/Directors - JASON BERESFORD, SHEILAGH MATHESON, MARK MURRAY, EMMA BOWEN
TYNE TEES TELEVISION
ENT
23
10
2002-04-20
FEATURES (YTTP)
PROGRAMME
UK VERSION
F419/04
Colour
Stereo
30
ITV NETWORK LIMITED
TYNE TEES TELEVISION