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Onetime TV golden boy Michael Barrymore is hoping to strike it lucky again this year by starring in summer season in Blackpool. Michael (pictured right), famous for hit shows like ‘My Kind Of People’ in the 90s, reveals: “I always loved Blackpool and had a great time there, so I am hoping it will be the same this time around.”

ITV bosses are less than happy with Midsomer Murders boss Brian TrueMay for daring to suggest that it was effectively a ‘whitesonly show’. Now ITV are worried that the new series, the first without John Nettles, will now suffer in the ratings.

MasterChef had a revamp recently and proved, at first, to be just as successful as the previous series. Now though the show is suffering badly and losing out in the ratings. Bosses plan to revert back to the original form when it returns with the celebrity version.

Jim Davidson’s new play ‘Stand up And Be Counted’ has been cancelled. Jim blames theatre prices and the current financial climate. Others just say that noone was that interested in it...

BBC Radio 4 Extra will launch Archers spinoff Ambridge Extra next month. The longrunning radio soap is proving just to be as popular as ever, with ratings at an alltime high. BBC bosses are also planning a new book to celebrate the show.

Katie Price has signed a new deal to host and be a judge on a new US reality TV show. She trills: “It’s the best and I will finally become famous out there too. But don’t worry, I am not planning to leave the UK.”

Daybreak has failed to ignite fans after taking over from GMTV, but now ITV are planning to make the show more serious. I was told: “We want to include more hardhitting news stories and reflect public opinion more.” Quite where that leaves Christine and Adrian remains to be seen.

Better known for her love life rather than her acting abilities, Liz Hurley has begun work on her new US TV series ‘Wonder Woman’. She plays the tough talking boss of the sleuth but admits: “I would still love a role in Downton Abbey...”

Kylie Minogue says she wants to look into acting again. She said: “I know I haven’t done much for years as I love music too much, but every now and again I get a twinge that makes me wonder what is out there...”

Sid Owen, who plays Ricky in EastEnders, is another actor that is happy to remain on the show for the rest of his career. “I left and came back but for me there is no better job,” he said. “I mean it’s tough out there and now I am grateful for the chance.”

Zoe Lucker, who plays Vanessa Gold in EastEnders, is stunned that she is being put forward for the sexiest female in soap award at this year’s British Soap Awards. She tells me: “I can’t believe it, but it’s smashing to receive any nod.”

The list of celebrities taking part in ITV1’s new show Sing If You Can has been revealed.
The show, which will be hosted by Vernon Kay and Stacey Solomon, sees two celebrity teams trying to sing while facing challenges designed to distract them. Celebrities who are confirmed for the show include musicians like Jedward, Chesney Hawkes, Boyzone's Mikey Graham, Ray Quinn, Camilla Kerslake, Jonathan Ansell, Toyah, Sinitta, Michelle Gayle and Brenda Edwards. The show starts next month.

Jason Gardiner has admitted that he is “entertained” by speculation about why he is wearing hats. We all know he has ‘new hair’ and he now promises to reveal all at the end of the series...

Fans of the rural soap Emmerdale take note – the show will soon have updated opening titles. I can reassure everyone that the famous theme tune written by Tony Hatch will remain the same, but may have just a ‘little update’. So now you know.

EastEnders actress June Brown (Dot Cotton) tells me she keeps in touch with many of her former costars. She said: “I’m still in touch with so many, there are too many to mention! I’m still in touch with Barbara, we speak constantly. I’m also in regular contact with John Altman, Michael Cashman, Leonard Fenton and Peter Dean. I also miss filming scenes with John Bardon, of course, but I’m still in contact with him regularly.”

Nicole Scherzinger has said that it would be her “greatest honour” to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber. The singer has been tipped to be a judge on either the next UK or US series of The X Factor, and while she insisted that she likes the reality TV show, she admitted that she would love to perform in the theatre.

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