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Emmerdale star Patrick Mower has revealed he is also writer – and he’s now written a children’s book and a thriller. He said: “I see this as my second career and hope to get them published very soon. Ideally I would love TV to pick them up, who knows, it could happen...”


An entertainment website is reporting that English Heritage has received an application to have the current Corrie set listed as an historic building. If granted it would mean that it would not be demolished when filming moves to the new set currently being built at Salford Quays, and it may well be kept as a tourist attraction. I will of course keep you posted...


Hollywood star Robert Vaughn, now playing Milton in Coronation Street, reveals that filming the show has “ opened up so many doors for him in the UK. “I even got offered panto this week which sounds fun if a tad exhausting,” he laughed.


Timothy Spall and Jennifer Squanders  have signed up for roles in BBC One’s new comedy Blandings. The sixpart series is based on the work of PG Wodehouse, who wrote several stories about a fictional estate called Blandings Castle. Spall has signed up to play Lord Clarence Emsworth while Jennifer will star as his sister Connie.


X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has promised fans there is “lots to tell” after it was revealed she is releasing her autobiography later this year. The 23yearold will also publish two novels in 2013 and 2014 as part of a book deal she signed with publisher Headline.


Sharon Watts is to make a return to Albert Square after an absence of six years. Actress Letitia Dean, 44, will head back to Walford later this year for her third major stint on EastEnders. Details of her return are being kept under wraps, but she plans at least a sixmonth stint.


Birds Of A Feather star Linda Robson is now light as a feather after shedding more than three stone. Her weight loss, in a matter of only four months, comes in the wake of her pal and sitcom costar Pauline Quirke’s dramatic slimming.  Linda showed off her new size 12 figure in a photoshoot ahead of a Birds Of A Feather tour.


Len Goodman has criticized Simon Cowell for poaching Alesha Dixon, and declared: “Shame on you”. The Strictly Come Dancing judge branded the media mogul’s actions “spiteful” after Simon said he brought Alesha to Britain’s Got Talent to hurt his dance rival. Len, who is an acquaintance of the talent show boss, reveals he was “disappointed” in Simon.


Loose Women Jane McDonald is glad to be back on the panel, if only to lift ticket sales for her recent live concerts, after she quit the show 18 months ago. She said: “I did miss the girls and all the gossip, but yes people do relate more if they see you on TV.”


Anne Robinson has thankfully filmed the last series of The Weakest Link, proving in fact she was the weakest link as ratings went down. Naturally the flamehaired one is “looking at new projects”.


Is this the beginning of the demise of Jeremy Clarkson and his irksome ways on Top Gear? The show returned to its lowest audience ever last week, and naturally JC blames everyone but himself.


Model and presenter Kelly Brook, herself axed after just four shows as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, reveals: “I think the show has kind of had its day. I wish them well, but it’s not like it was and people do get bored more easily now.”


After the Steps reunion show on Living TV bosses are now looking at making the same style show with other defunct pop bands. Names in the frame include Atomic Kitten and onetime hit group S Club 7 “We know viewers love this style of show,” a source trills...


Upstairs Downstairs actress Jean Marsh has revealed that she suffered a stroke and heart attack after filming the first series. The only original cast member to reprise her role in the BBC's remake said that she was “determined” to rejoin the period drama for its second run. The longserving star said: “I was absolutely determined [to get back]. Three weeks after the first episode, I had a stroke and a heart attack, and in three weeks I’d thrown myself out of the hospital.”


Theatre boss Bill Kenwright will reprise his Coronation Street role as Gordon Clegg for Betty Williams’ funeral, it has emerged. Betty's son Gordon will return to screens in April, joining Weatherfield's residents as they gather to pay their last respects to his mother.


Former Saturday night King Paul Daniels is miffed that he has not been invited on The Magicians, the new Saturday evening TV show. “I like the show and of course know all the tricks, but they are doing nothing more than we did back in the day,” he said.


Actor Rupert Penry Jones has admitted he is fed up with downbeat cop dramas and thinks that fresher shows such as Sherlock and Whitechapel (in which he stars) are better. The Spooks actor believes that the show stands out from other similar programmes due to its ‘heightened sense’.
“One of the things I’m finding slightly tiring with the genre are the tense, angstridden, serious cops,” he said.

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