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The landlords of the original Emmerdale pub have decided to close it down. The Commercial Inn pub in Esholt was the focal point of the show as The Woolpack until the show moved location and used ITV Leeds sets instead. Now Enterprise Inns, who own the pub, reveal that: “It’s busy in summer but Esholt is a very quiet place in the winter. We are looking into options to keep it going somehow.”

Richard Desmond, as the new owner of Channel Five, hopes to bring back a classic in the shape of ‘Top Of the Pops’. According to friends, Mr Desmond believes: “It could still be a huge success and yet on TV there is very little pop music for children to watch.” Keep you posted...

Fans of Emmerdale and the Dingles take note – a brandnew DVD based on their antics is due to hit the festive market. It’s more than 10 years since the Dingles had their last DVD outing and, according to bosses: “This way we get a chance to see them get up to more capers that we can’t do with normal storylines.” Fancy.

Recently axed from his record deal with Simon Cowell, Paul Potts has resigned himself to the fact that plans for his life story to be made into a movie have gone to pot as well.
“I do think the moment has passed which is a shame, but I am grateful for the breaks and the success the show has given me,” he said.

Bill Turnbull, who hosts the BBC breakfast show, has no idea if he and cohost Sian Williams are going to Salford in the new BBC move or not. “We’re still in discussions but there’s no firm plans yet,” he told a friend at a movie screening.

Former This Morning host Fern Britton has been let go by slimming product Ryvita two years on from her gastric band fiasco. The company are now looking for a ‘new face’ of the brand.

Last Of The Summer Wine may have ended, but insiders on the show tell me that it could have gone on and on. Writer Roy Clarke had many ideas for the show and was looking at episodes for 2011, but it was decided by the BBC to end it as: “Now is a good a time as any.”

ExCoronation Street bad boy Nigel Havers tells me that he is not as supersmooth as pal Simon Williams, of Upstairs Downstairs fame. “He really should have some of these roles as he has the attitude and always looks the part,” he laughed. “Both on and off screen let me tell you!”

Blind Date host Cilla Black will once again be treading the boards in panto, this time near to her home in Alyesbury. ‘Our Cilla’ reveals: “I get to sing a bit, dance a bit and act, I really love panto and really enjoy playing the fairy – and I would hate to be evil!”

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has defended the show’s use of Autotune in some contestants’ auditions. According to Louis, who has given us such talents as Westlife and Boyzone: “Everyone uses it and I can’t see the problem. It helps you sound good – what is so wrong with that?”Has anyone told Louis this is a talent show?

Remember Coronation Street actor Adam Rickett? He played Nick Tilsey before departing to New Zealand, well now he is back with his relaunched singing career but he still has high hopes to give it a go as an MP. “I really admire David Cameron and I think I am still young enough to have something to offer,” he said.

Oh dear – don’t mention this to Alan Titchmarsh, will you? The TV gardener likes to think he’s the king of afternoon daytime TV with his chat show. Not so now that singing star Michael Ball has launched his own show. Although made by the same company, Spun Gold TV, it appears that Michael’s ratings are simply far higher. Makes you green with envy, right Alan?

Take That may have signed up to appear as star guests on this year s X Factor, but I hear that Gary Barlow still wants to appear on Strictly Come Dancing. He said: “My mum is a huge fan of the show and last year when Dame Shirley Bassey sang my song on the show, well she was over the moon.”

Dr Who actor Matt Smith says that appearing on the new One Show was quite surreal. “I like the show but so much hype was placed on the new team of Jason and Alex I really got a tad lost in it all,” he said. “But I do hope that they do well, they are such a nice duo.”

X Factor runnerup Olly Murs may have had to deal with an attack by his brother Ben in the tabloids for Olly missing his wedding last year, but insiders think this is a little too convenient PRwise. Do we believe they have really fallen out in the week coinciding with the release of Olly’s debut single?

Jake Roche has hit back at claims that he was offered a role in Emmerdale because of who his parents are. Of course his dad is Shane Ritchie and his mother is ‘Loose Woman’ Colleen Nolan._ Jake, who plays Isaac in the show, tells me: “I used my dad’s real name to fool bosses – they had no idea and I can say I got the role on my own steam, which I am really proud about.”

Alesha Dixon says that she is glad to be back as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing this year to prove that she was the right choice first time around. “I totally expected the backlash and I agreed in some ways, but I am hopeful this year things might just calm down a little bit more,” she said.

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