After two major operations for cancer and a brave battle back to work, actress Noele Gordon is sick again. This
time she has been struck down by painful shingles.
"I am very lucky really because I haven't got it particularly badly," she reports from her home in Birmingham.
"But it's very painful and it's a very lowering complaint."
Noele, 60, who had operations for stomach cancer last November and was taken into hospital for a second operation three
months ago, is battling back to the screen.
"I did several mornings on TV AM a week or so ago. And I have been recording some programmes for my local radio
station. But I would like to do more television - and I am ready for it," she says.
Noele stars on Roy Hudd's music hall programme, Halls of Fame on Tuesday, when the programme comes from the Empire Theatre
"When I was a young girl, I used to travel round all the music halls, and the Empire was my favourite," she says.
"My mother and father were married in Sunderland, so I always felt I had a bit of Sunderland blood in my veins."
One show on which she will not be making a comeback is Crossroads, the Central television chart-busting series, now being
"I have never said I wanted to be Meg again and I haven't been asked," she says firmly.
And she hotly denies rumours carried recently in a newspaper that there were plans to bring her back.
"Even if they were to offer it to me, I don't know what my reaction would be. The question of Crossroads is entirely
academic. It's not worth talking about," she adds.