It’s amazing just who you bump into when you’re in the first class lounge of East Coast Trains in Wakefield – only Loose Woman and allround entertainer Jane McDonald, who was on her way back to film the latest series. Jane let slip she plans more live dates and has plans to update her book as it 10 years since the last chapter ... can’t wait!
I not only spotted Jane, but an acting legend was also on my train – Duty Free star Keith Barron who has starred in countless series over the years. Keith was on his way down to London to “star in a gripping new TV drama”. You read it here first...
Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith is not quitting the show, despite reports in the media. Although she has told pals: “Who knows, they may just kill me off and I would have no say in it, would I?”
ITV Studios has announced that it is in talks with a major Canadian broadcaster over a new soap. Managing director Kevin Lygo admitted the discussions have reached “quite far down the line” and believes the daily drama serial could be “transformational” for ITV's inhouse production company.
Chat show host Alan Carr is moving into the world of sitcoms by writing his own script. He tells me: “I have no idea if it’s any good at all, but I am going to give it a go and see what happens. If it works then hopefully it will be on the telly, won’t it?”
The muchhyped Titanic miniseries on ITV sunk without a trace, and now bosses are demanding that its creator Julian Fellowes gets back to writing hit drama Downton Abbey. A source tells me: “Julian has been left with a large dose of egg on his face after this disaster...”
Onetime TV chat show host Paul O’Grady has decided to bring back Lily Savage for the panto season in London.
Paul reveals: “I thought it would be fun to see what Lily has been up to all these years, and I do love doing panto.”
It looks like the BBC have made another mistake with soap EastEnders, after deciding to drop the repeat edition on a Sunday and move it to midnight on Friday. Now fans are up in arms and the BBC are once again “considering the move”.
Actor and singer Jerome Flynn, of Robson and Jerome fame, is back acting with a new role in a Victorian drama called ‘Ripper Street’. Based on the infamous crimes, it hits BBC One later in the year.
Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter, who plays Chas in the soap, was once a pop star with a late90s group called ‘The Paper Dolls’. She reveals: “We toured with Boyzone and had a few hits with tracks like ‘Blush’ but I much prefer acting now, it was fun when I was young.”
Steps were a huge success when they reformed on Sky Living, and now the pop stars are in talks about having their own regular reality TV series. Claire tells me: “I love the show and the idea of fans keeping up to date is wonderful for us – watch this space...”
Former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan, who played Rosie, is rumoured to be having regrets about quitting. She told pals: “I do miss it as I have a much quieter life down here in Swansea, but hopefully I will get used to it as the summer comes on.”
Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey in Coronation Street, reveals the battle for her salon in the show is not going well with fans. “I think they are on my side really, after all Audrey has worked hard for her salon and she wants it back – rightly so too,” she laughed.
Former EastEnders actress Kara Tointon, who also starred in Strictly Come Dancing, has landed a slot on a new touring dance show featuring the stars of Strictly. Kara says: “Dance to the Music will feature some sizzling routines and also be a great night out too.”
It looks like Keith Lemon’s new ITV1 show ‘Lemonaid’ has failed, with ratings reaching an alltime low.
Bosses had hoped for great things but Keith has now been asked to host a latenight show, where the audience is more liberal...
Soap actress Patsy Kensit is now becoming the face of frozen peas for Birds Eye, 40 years after appearing in the original ads. She reveals: “I think it’s a great idea. I mean, now I am over 40 I think I can appeal to the mums who still buy them.”
Sue Johnston, soon to hit Coronation Street as Stella’s mother, reveals she is very nervous about joining the show. She said: “Oh for sure, I mean I have watched it for years and never miss it, but to be part of it, well, I am overawed.”
The muchhyped Simon Cowell book, which it’s claimed is unauthorised, is not as it seems. A source reveals: “The author did in fact spend time with Simon and let’s just say he would not have wanted to upset him after being given access now, would he?”