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Ant and Dec have signed a new £10 million twoyear deal with ITV but it was with the proviso they brought back ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’, their successful game show. Their other shows ‘Push The Button’ and ‘Red Or Black’ seem to have bitten the dust...

Julie Goodyear who played Bet Lynch in Coronation Street admits she would love to return to the soap for the planned funeral of stalwart Betty Turpin played by actress Betty Driver. “I think it makes sense, after all, it reflects real life,” she said.

‘I’m A Celebrity’ is really cutprice this year, with the likes of Freddie Starr and Mark Wright from TOWIE on the show.
But don’t believe the hype on pay – all are taking a flat fee and all are desperate for the work. A source reveals: “It was odd this year as some ‘stars’ were offering to appear for free too.”

More cheery news from the world of soaps as Craig Charles, who plays Lloyd the cab driver in Coronation Street, reveals his character will have a “huge breakdown” over the festive period. Charles reveals: “It will take a lot of acting from me, as I am naturally happy.”

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing has seen a backlash from the socalled ‘stars’ of the show. Nancy Del Olio is threatening to sue the BBC after cruel remarks about her, Lulu lashed out after being voted off and yet ratings are still doing better than X Factor. A source reveals: “Noone wants to leave really, but someone has to every week, it’s a game show after all.”

Proof there is life after GMTV for news presenter Andrew Castle – he once boasted of interviewing the Prime Minister and even higher, but thankfully he can now be found advising on an injury lawyer TV ad. Andrew trills: “It’s work, simple as that.”

Newlyslimmed funny girl Dawn French says that she won’t be donning a leotard and releasing a keep fit video, despite what the media say. “I don’t need to do that and besides I lost the weight for myself, noone else, so why share it? she said.

Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy in Emmerdale, has no idea how long he will stay with the show despite only being 11 years old when he joined. “I do wonder what can happen to Andy next, but the writers are genius in keeping him going from one disaster to another,” he laughed.

Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has yet to decide if she wants a judge’s role on Britain’s Got Talent now that Simon Cowell plans to once again revamp the show. Cheryl told pals: “I think I would much prefer to concentrate on my music, but then let’s see what is offered.”

With ITV trying and failing to launch brands as spinoffs from their shows, one idea which failed to take off was a planned underwear line based on the famous Coronation Street knicker factory ‘Underworld’. I wonder why...

Problems at this year’s Royal Variety Show, where the winner of Britain’s Got Talent is assured a slot … the thing is, noone can remember the winner a singer from Scotland called Jai. Quite what the royals will make if it remains to be seen, but it should be fun.

Way back in late 1969 kids favourite ‘The Clangers’ was launched and ran well into the 70s. I can reveal that TV bosses, sniffing a muchneeded kids hit, are thinking of a way to relaunch them next year. Swanee whistles at the ready then...

Those Loose Women are proving a real turnoff, despite the talents of Carol Vorderman and Sally Lindsay. Ratings are still down despite a revamp less than three months ago and now ITV bosss are planning “further changes” in the new year.

OK TV is not quite okay. The Sky Newsproduced show for Five is being axed at the end of the year due to falling ratings – hosted by Jeff Brazier and Jenny Frost, Five bosses thought the show lacked “fizz”. Fortyeight staff worked on the show and bosses have no idea where they will now end up.

Five have also axed Sky News as the makers of their news bulletins and are going ahead with ITN instead. Quite where that leaves Emma Crosby, who was ‘let go’ from GMTV, is anyone’s guess.

Playing Downton’s Lord Grantham is a joy for actor Hugh Bonnivlle, but he tells me: “I am not at all that posh in real life and I think our US fans are rather shocked when they find out.”

Lord Sugar and his spinoff ‘Young Apprentice’ show is proving far more popular ratingswise than the adult version. A source reveals: “People enjoy showing people getting on, more so when they are just starting out in their careers.”

Sir Bruce Forsyth may have a new album of his “favourites” out this month, but it appears that label EMI are out of touch. The PR campaign suggests that you download the tracks ... given the average age of the fans of Sir Bruce, perhaps it’s a little optimistic?

Julie Walters who appeared in the hit drama ‘The Jury’ on ITV last week, tells me she will be working with Victoria Wood again. She said: “Oh yes it’s all very top secret, but it will happen, I think it’s a film but anything she writes is fine with me.”

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