Friday 17th February 2017
Bucks Fizz have turned down £1million to patch up their long-standing rift with former bandmate Bobby G for a TV reunion.
Eighties icons Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston were given the astonishing offer by a top telly production company. Bobby G, who is still busy touring with a new line-up, tells me: “I now just want to move on and not live in the past so much. People enjoy our music, so let that be our legacy.”
Actress Miranda Hart is getting the chance to fulfil her dream and star in the musical Annie. She is in the final stages of completing contract negotiations to play Miss Hannigan. But Miss Hart won’t play the full London run, because of prior commitments…
The Great British Bake Off will be back on screens this year after the BBC ‘backed away’ from a bid to keep it off Channel 4 until 2018. A source revealed to me that the BBC feel they are being unfair to fans of the show, while another insider reveals: “They kind of think it will also flop, so why stop it?”
Did you know that one of the richest actresses in the world is not a movie star but Angela Lansbury, who stars in the often-repeated Murder She Wrote, which is still syndicated worldwide to over 70 countries? It’s shown here on the ITV3 and True channels, just in case you missed it…
One-time American TV star and singer David Cassidy has announced plans to retire at the end of the year, ending a career which spans 50 years. The 1970s teen idol, 66, revealed that travelling with arthritis had made performing difficult in recent years.
Pop diva Kylie Minogue knows how to keep the cash rolling in. Kylie’s debut eyewear collection, exclusive to Specsavers, is now in its stores nationwide, but like all good celebs she fails to mention if she wears glasses herself…
Former Great British Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc has said that she still can’t fathom the show’s success, and that she initially doubted they would even make a second series. She said: “I think it’s just one of those things, because we all love to watch great food being made, and then think ‘oh I could do that’, but then we find we can’t.”
Anton Du Beke has addressed rumours that he is in line to join the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel, saying that whoever takes over from Len Goodman should be a “ballroom person”. Anton admitted to me he would “love the job, but let’s wait and see first.”
It’s no wonder children can’t spell – a new ITV show called Karaoke Kidz is coming in the summer. It’s another TV talent show in which, as the title suggests, children get to sing their favorite songs to karaoke tracks, and then a winner is announced. Bet you can’t wait for that.
Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien has revealed she does not envy the younger actresses on the show today. She said: “When I started, and I know I sound like an old hen moaning on, there was less exposure and scrutiny, which is very hard when you start on a big show like this. But I think many of them cope very well with it all too.”
Joe Pasquale, who recently appeared on ‘Sugar Free Farm’, admits he appears on the reality shows as “I don’t get offered anything else really. It’s that or nothing TV-wise for me, but some of them like the jungle are quite good fun.”
Guests on Desert Island Discs are abandoning classical music selections, in favour of pop music and ‘cheesy’ ballads, according to a survey marking the BBC radio programme’s 75th anniversary. A producer on the show tells me: “I think it’s just changing times, and of course at times a desire to ‘fit in’ rather than what people really like.”
Kara Tointon stars as singer Betsy Day in ITV’s wartime hotel drama The Halcyon. And she tells me she loved the show, as: “I adored the role simply because of the singing, and more so because the period it was set in was really so glamorous, and people made a real effort to look good back then.”
If you’re a fan of the brilliant Joe Longthorne, look out for a special date near us. TV and recording star Joe will be joined on stage by his sensational live band at the Kings Hall in Ikley on June 1. Be quick as this talent tends to sell out fast…
Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Riananoff has admitted that she and husband Ben Cohen ‘very nearly’ did their own reality show, but had to pull out because she decided she wanted to retain some level of privacy in the public eye. “I do enjoy them myself, but we both had to agree and because of that we decided against it,” she said.
Emmerdale actor Michael Praed tells me there is no shame as an actor working in a soap now. “I have worked in the biggest of them with Dynasty, but it’s tough work and there’s not much time to rehearse, so people who sneer have yet to experience it,” she said.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden admits she would be terrified to actually enter the show. “I don’t think I would come out of it well at all, and I am amazed at how the young talent is so confident, but then again, I would give it a go,” she said.