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Actress Lisa Riley has said she would love to make an Emmerdale comeback as Mandy Dingle – bringing Paddy’s lovechild with her. The 34yearold actress left the show in 2001 and since then has presented ‘You’ve Been Framed’ and starred alongside James Corden in ‘Fat Friends’ but she says fans are always begging her to return to the show.


Cheryl Cole has landed the US X Factor job, but now Danni Minogue is worried who will sit beside her now that Cheryl has gone off to America. A source on the show tells me: She hopes that it won’t see the return of Sharon Osbourne, that’s all...”


Chris Hollins, the forgotten Strictly Come Dancing winner of 2009, may be leaving the BBC Breakfast sofa as he refuses to move up to Manchester, but he hopes to remain fronting a primetime show for the BBC next year. Only time will tell...


Dr Who star David Tennant may wish to dash off into the Tardis – his new West End play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ needs an audience! A source reveals: “While he was in Dr Who it was fine but fans quickly forget and while it’s good it’s not a sellout at all...”


Former Emmerdale star Matt Healy has revealed his alterego Matthew King is still a fixture in his life three years after he left the show. Speaking to me, the actor said: “Someone mentions Matthew at some point every day. I really don’t mind, as it means I must have being doing something right, if they still want to talk to me about him.” Matt is now appearing in the stage play ‘Satin and Steel’ across the UK.


Former One Show host Jason Manford is now gearing up to host a new show on ITV all about finding new comedians. He said: “It’s called ‘Show Me the Funny’ and it has a cash prize at the end, and hopefully we will find someone who can make the nation laugh too.”


Frazer Hines, who played Joe Sugden in Emmerdale for over 20 years, admits that he now finds some of the storylines in the soap a bit farfetched. “It used to be about village life, but I am shocked at some of the stuff,” he said.


Forget the bad press, it appears that Huw Edwards and his team at the BBC came out tops with their coverage of the recent Royal Wedding, picking up more than 18 million viewers at one point for Catherine and William’s big day.


Adrian Chiles admits that ‘Daybreak’ suffers when a huge breaking news story occurs while they’re live on air. He said: “Both myself and Christine are not journalists in any way, we are just presenters and that worries me at times...”


Bev Callard, who played Liz in Coronation Street until last month, tells me she has been offered lots of great scripts and theatre work since quitting the show. “I feel spoilt and can’t wait to get going on some of the stuff,” she said. “It’s been wonderful to be so wanted.”


Sir Alan Sugar is back with yet another band of Apprentices, but admits: “It may be more of a TV show now than a career launching pad, but I still enjoy it and think we give a good insight into the world of business, for sure.”


Shane Ritchie wrote in his littleread tellall book that doing panto was “the worst aspect of showbiz”. Still, needs must, as he is gearing up to ‘star’ in panto yet again this winter in Essex. A source reveals: “We just hope he can pull in an audience and do more than just roll his eyes all the time like Alfie...”


Danielle Hope, who won the last Lloyd Webber reality TV series to find a ‘Dorothy’ for the Wizard of Oz, is busy puttings new bums on seats at the London Palladium and the show is now booking until January of next year...


Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan, who plays Rosie Webster in the soap, is keeping it real. She has just splashed out on a £70,000 Range Rover car for herself and admits: “I did not get a discount as they dealer had no idea who I was!”


Rudolph Walker has insisted that he won’t ever retire as an actor. The Eastenders star, who plays Patrick Trueman in the soap, suggested that he will stay on the drama for as long as they want him. He told me: “Actors don’t retire. We drop down on the job. I am enjoying it. I am enjoying life. It’s great.”


Emmerdale star Suzanne Shaw has confirmed that she will be appearing in pantomime this Christmas, taking on the lead role in a production of Cinderella. Suzanne tells me: “Appearing in Manchester also means I may get picked up by Coronation Street, after all I am really from Bolton so can do the accent easily.”


Despite low ratings for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent David Hasselhoff will remain on the show, even though some tabloids claimed he will be getting the axe. A source on the show blamed, as ever, the “sunshine” but it’s apparent that there’s no fun factor yet, with the likes of a new Susan Boyle absent.


Reformed boyband Blue now think, like so many, they could have their own reality TV show after their stint on Eurovision is over. “We see others doing it, so why not us?” they tell me.


Colleen Nolan has quit ‘Loose Women’ and she is now joining her sisters to launch a new tellall book about her life on the road etc as part the Nolan Sisters. “People forget that we toured with Frank Sinatra and were huge as pop stars in Japan,” she said.

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