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The Comedians is making a return – not on TV, but on stage. Many of the original acts will be appearing at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool this August, with funny men like Jim Bowen, Duggie Brown on stage along with legends like George Roper and Bernard Manning popping up on film – and it’s hosted by the creator Johnny Hamp too.

The new Emmerdale titles and theme music are not going down well with fans. The new theme, written by music legend Tony Hatch, is described by many fans online as sounding like “a bad Robson and Jerome instrumental”. Oh dear, but will bosses take note?

David Essex may be the new face on Eastenders, but I can reveal he will be popping in and out of the show as he will also be touring the UK with his musical ‘Fun Of The Fair’. Sadly it failed to take off in the West End but he hopes his new soap role will revive interest.

Joan Collins must be strapped for cash as she is selling her New York mansion, claiming she cannot afford to live there right now. Joan, best known for playing superrich Alexis in Dynasty, admits: “I love the place, but times are tight.” Joan does have three other homes, though...

Neighbours icon Ian Smith, who plays Harold Bishop in the show, admits he came back yet again after a few years away for one simple reason. He said: “The money to be honest, and I think people should be more honest about their reasons for returning.”

Girls, if you like celebrity spotting like me, then visit the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds for lovely afternoon tea, and the company of Corrie and Emmerdale actors plus a newsreader, a weatherman and a fivestar service. What more could you want? See you there!

Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina in Coronation Street, has thankfully ruled out a duet with boyfriend and boy band member Max from The Wanted. “I have heard that story, but I can’t sing a note so I don’t think we will be the new Kylie and Jason do you?” she said.

Dennis Waterman admits that some of the music they use as background in New Tricks baffles him. “I do think it’s funny some of the stuff, and I would like to see more 70s tracks in the show, after all that’s when I had a hit too,” he chuckled.

More bad news for Chloe Madeley, the superambitious daughter of Richard and Judy. She lost out on hosting The Xtra Factor job on ITV2 but, as ever, she has set her sights lower and now wants to present the new version of Big Brother on Channel 5...

Shane Ritchie is once again becoming a bore with soap bosses, suggesting that he and his character film a oneoff special in Spain after their recent visit in the soap. “I think people like to see what happens outside the Square and I have suggested how we can extend it,” he said.

X Factor producers have reportedly introduced backstage spy cameras at the auditions. Executive producer Beth Hart apparently designed the “access all areas” coverage for the show so that all the rows and behindthescenes drama would be caught on camera. And this, we are told, is family entertainment...

It appears that the Cheryl Cole fiasco may have dented Simon Cowell’s star status at Fox TV, the home of his X Factor show in the US. A source reveals: “Don’t believe it that he was not shaken by all this ... it makes him look very vunerable.”

Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow will reportedly be left for dead, after discovering that his grandson James has stolen from him. Actor Bill Roach, who plays the character, tells me: “It’s a dramatic time for Ken, as ever he pulls through, but it’s a sad story.”

Kara Tointon has admitted that her fouryear stint on EastEnders ended disappointingly. Speaking to me, the Strictly Come Dancing winner insisted that it was a relief to be axed from her role as Dawn Swann, despite previously stating that she missed the show. Kara is now starring in My Fair Lady alongside Rupert Everett in London.

Britain’s Got Talent is a failure ratingswise this year, I can reveal, despite having Simon Cowell back on the panel like a spare part. It’s way down on last year and insiders wonder how long the association with the Royal Variety Show will now go on.

Emmerdale bosses have announced that a feisty new character named Rachel Breckle is to arrive in the village in July. The new arrival, played by actress Gemma Oaten, is defensive, argumentative and insistent on defending her young niece Amelia (to be played by sevenyearold Daisy Campbell) after she is accused of bullying Samson Dingle. The 27yearold previously appeared in BBC1’s Doctors and has been in various stage productions in London.

Alesha Dixon may be a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, but things are not going that well for the onetime pop star. Her latest album failed to dent the charts and she was last seen at the opening of a Best Buy store in Nottingham...

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