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Former EastEnders actress Michelle Collins and Taggart star John Michie have joined the cast of Coronation Street. The pair are to appear in the roles of Stella and Karl, a brandnew couple who will take control at the Rovers Return in the summer. Michelle (pictured right), who played Cindy Beale in EastEnders, tells me “Stella is, shall we say, a lady who likes to get her own way and I think she will ruffle feathers on the cobbles, that’s for sure.”

David Hasselhoff is starring as a new judge on Britain’s Got talent, and he tells me that it’s harder over here as: “The people take it really seriously and while I like to be positive, they are more focused than the people back in the US. I am really enjoying it.”

The Saturdays star Frankie Sandford has reportedly held talks with X Factor bosses about joining the show. According to sources producers are said to have been impressed by the singer’s looks and her willingness to give opinions and believe that she could be the right choice to replace Cheryl Cole – whose future on the show remains unconfirmed...

Former Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley, who played Todd in the soap, has landed a new stage role in ‘Calendar Girls’ in which he stars with actress Jennifer Ellison. He takes on the role of the snapper in the show, which is now breaking records as the biggestselling nonmusical ticket in theatre history.

Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan has gone peroxide blonde, but it’s all for her role as Rosie Webster. She tells me: “Rosie’s icon is Katie Price and so she thinks she will get more modelling jobs if she looks something like her, which is plain daft when you think about it.”

Are You Being Served actor Trevor Bannister has passed away, aged 76. The actor, who played Mr Lucas in the show for over eight years, was still active in the acting world, with his last appearance as a regular in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.

X Factor winner Joe McElderry has been let go by Simon Cowell after disappointing sales of his music, despite getting huge numbers in the show’s phone voting system. Joe is now looking towards theatre work and would love to appear in the musical ‘Chicago’. Keep those dreams alive, Joe.

Channel Four show ‘Three In A Bed’ which takes a naughty look at guest houses and the people who run them, is now rating higher than ever with almost 1.7 million people tuning into the latest series. Plans for Christmas  and Bank Holiday specials are also underway.

Channel Four has denied rumours that Hollyoaks is under threat. Speculation about the show’s future was sparked when it emerged that the broadcaster received pitches for new programmes to sit in the 6.30pm slot...

The Professionals, which stars Martin Shaw, is now being repeated on ITV4 every morning and sadly, despite being 25 years old, gets more viewers than people watching Daybreak with Christine and Adrian. A source reveals: “It’s proving really embarrassing now, after so many months something has to be done.”

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman is also a judge on the US version ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and has become a huge star over there too. After appearing in infomercials and various guest slots, Len reveals: “People say they cannot understand how I have done it with my South London twang, but then the US market loved Oliver, so why not?!”

Suzanne Shaw, who plays Eve in Emmerdale, has decided to quit the show after just a year playing Edna’s niece. “I live down south and the travelling is really hard, so I have decided to call time on Eve, but hopefully they won’t kill her off,” she laughed.

Sid Owen has explained his decision to take a break from his EastEnders role as Ricky Butcher. The actor tells me that he is planning to take a year out and then hopefully finish his tellall book. “I have had a great career and really enjoyed lots of it, so I think I will have a good story to tell,” he said. “I just hope the fans think so and buy it.”

Is John Nettles a ‘Grumpy Old Man’? the former Midsomer Murders actor has been approached about appearing on the show when it returns in the autumn and told a pal: “I laughed at first as I don’t consider myself grumpy, but of course others must think so...”

Mel B appeared to let slip in a radio interview that she will have a role on this year's X Factor. The former Spice Girl revealed on radio that she is planning to move back to the UK later this year for “quite some time” with her family. She said: “I have been offered a few things, but so far I am saying nothing, I mean who would not want to be on the X Factor? It’s a great show.”

Fern Britton may have to radically change the format of her TV chat show on Channel Four if she wants it to keep going, according to insiders. Launched with a lot of money and hype, the show has lost many viewers within its first three weeks. A source tells me: “People just like celebrity chat and not Fern doing the splits every night...”

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