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After the lowrating final of Dancing On Ice, are we getting a tad fed up with Philip Schofield? His return as host of the quiz show ‘The Cube’ failed to bring in the same ratings as last year and bosses are already worried. A German version, filmed in the UK, takes place in London next week.

Is our love affair with dance shows waning? ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ came back last week with Cat Deeley at the helm once again, and axed Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips on the panel. The BBC are blaming the good weather, but the show has lost a million viewers in its first week back on air...

Holly Willoughby is going on maternity leave and Jenni Falconer, formerly of GMTV, is taking her place. According to ITV it’s because she is “the best person for the job”, and the fact she shares the same agent as Philip Schofield and Holly no doubt has nothing to do with it...

EastEnders actor Sid Owen says that his stint as a pop star in the late 90s was not a mistake. “I got to number nine in the charts when it was a lot harder to land a hit and did Top Of The Pops,” he said, “I was very happy with the way that it came out, all said and done.”

Charlie Brooks has revealed that her encounters with EastEnders viewers have become more positive in recent years. The actress, who plays Walford superminx Janine Malloy, admitted that she now receives much more support on the street than she did when she first appeared as her villainous character. Nice to know ...

Now a talent judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Baywatch star David Hassleoff tells me he wants to look at marriage again. He reveals: “I don’t think marriage is a bad thing, and I would like to  look at some options ... maybe it could be a British girl.”

In a bid to save money during the severe cost cuts the BBC are looking at repeating vintage episodes of Pebble Mill. Insiders tell me: “We looked at the old shows and think we have some showbiz gold with them that fans may enjoy now as a daytime treat.”

James Thornton, who plays John Barton in Emmerdale, says that he has a fulltime farmer to help him with the technical side of things on the show. “He also gives us tips about storylines,” he said. “He admits that many end up on screen so maybe we are just showing his life!”

Keeley Hawes has confirmed that filming on the next series of Upstairs, Downstairs will begin in October. The BBC confirmed that it has recommissioned the period drama’s revival for an extended second run in February. A threeepisode series beginning on Boxing Day last year, which saw Hawes appear alongside Anne Reid and original cast member Jean Marsh, averaged seven million viewers.

It looks like the Royal Wedding on ITV could be an adfree zone. Insiders tell me that the channel may have to dismiss all ad breaks during the bulk of the wedding as they could be seen as ‘disrespectful’.

Linus Roache, who appeared in Coronation Street with his dad Bill (Ken Barlow) last year has landed a leading role in a remake of ‘Titanic’ which will air on ITV later in the year. A source reveals: “The story will focus on totally different elements from the films and will be more romantic.”

Louis Walsh has confirmed that he is still yet to sign up for the next series of The X Factor. The Irish judge’s position on the ITV1 show has remained unconfirmed as Simon Cowell’s plans for the UK judging panel remain unknown.

ITV2 show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ has had masses of press and PR, yet failed to bother the top 100 ratings list despite all the hype. ITV bosses were less than impressed with this revelation...

Coronation Street’s Kevin Webster will be crushed by some expensive machinery at his garage in a forthcoming storyline, reports have revealed. The Weatherfield mechanic, played by Michael Le Vell, will suffer a painful accident after his decision to splash out on a stateoftheart car lifting machine backfires horribly.

New BBC comedy Candy Cabs booked in almost 5.5 million viewers on Tuesday evening, outperforming Smugglers on ITV1, the latest audience data has revealed. The comedy stars Claire Sweeney, with a huge nod to the Carry On Cabby film, and she revealed to me: “It’s just good oldfashioned fun and has a hint of girl power.”

Oh dear, it looks like Fern the new Channel Four chat show with Fern Britton is shedding viewers just as fast as Fern can shed weight. A source reveals: “Come Dine With Me repeats got more viewers, but it is early days so we’re hopeful.”

Royle Family writer and actress Caroline Aherne is coming back to TV with a new series called ‘The Security Men’ which will feature one half of comedy legends Cannon and Ball. Bobby will feature as a layabout security guard in a Manchester shopping mall.

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