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Loose Women panelist Lisa Maxwell could have been a huge star in the comedy Frasier, but the part eventually went to the UK actress Jane Leeves. Lisa, pictured right, tells me: “I have no regrets, I did not want to commit for that long a time, and besides I got my dream role in The Bill.” Err, right...



 



 



The Children In Need single is up for grabs again, and bets are on for One Direction but Little Mix also fancy their chances … good luck!



 



 



PM David Cameron has the best skin on TV! According to my source: “He uses products and is virtually linefree for a man of his age.” Fancy...



 



 



The Great British Bake Off came back to BBC Two last week with over four million of us looking at all those lovely cream buns and cakes. I can reveal a Christmas special is also on the way – get baking!



 



 



Did you know that Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes used to be a speech writer for Conservative leader Ian Duncan Smith? A source reveals: “He tends to keep that off his CV now for some reason...”



 



 



Emmerdale recently dipped to less than five million viewers for the first time in years, but soap bosses are claiming it’s due to the Olympics. I heard: “We have some great storylines coming up and we think we can easily bounce back.”



 



 



Remember Pudsey the dog who won the mos recent BGT? Well it appears that his break may come after all from a TV ad promoting (what else) dog food ... I will keep you posted.



 



 



Beverley Callard, who played Liz on Coronation Street for years, is now returning to the world of musical theatre in the role of the mother in Little Voice. Bev said: “She is horrendous to play, but then like Liz she has something of a heart of gold deep down.”



 



 



Channel Five may regret taking on Big Brother. The show received its lowestever viewing figures after the final and insiders now tell me that they will be radically looking at the show, and may even change the host when it returns.



 



 



ITV are worried that the return of X Factor may be a damp squib in the ratings without Simon Cowell at the helm. He is staying in the US working on a version over there so it will be left to Nicole and Tulisa to “shore up interest”.



 



 



Fresh from selling sofas on TV onetime soap star Martin Kemp is now stuck in the Celebrity Big Brother house. He claims he wants to experience the Big Brother life ... or in other words he needs the money.



 



 



Pity Ben Foster, who won ‘Superstar’ with Lord LloydWebber. Despite all the hype he told a friend: “I don’t think many people realize that I actually won the show, which is a shame, but I know I can cut it live on stage.”



 



 



Work must be thin on the ground for exsoap star Tina O’Brien, who appeared in Coronation Street as SarahLouise. She now gushes she would “love to make a return to the show as I have missed it so much...”



 



 



X Factor is moving its final up to Manchester this year, just as Strictly Come Dancing decide to stay in London. Insiders tell me that show bosses want to “get the biggest crowd ever to the final to create an event”.



 



 



Jonathan Ross is returning as a chat show host on ITV, but so far his lineup is less than stellar. He admits to sources: “We don’t have the paying power of the BBC so we tend to go for people in the news.”



 



 



Aston from boyband JLS will be the new judge on Sky One talent show ‘Got To Dance’, taking over from Adam Garcia’. Aston tells me: “This is not the end of the road for the band, but we are all taking just a little break.”



 



 



Former Dallas diva Charlene Tilton, who played Lucy Ewing, is heading to the world of panto with a stint in York this year. She is joined by ‘comedy legend’ Syd Little but admits: “I am not that sure what panto really is, but it looks such great fun.”



 



 



Bruce Forsyth is upset at the Blackpool snub of Strictly Come Dancing this year. According to my spies Bruce looked forward to returning to the town where his showbiz career was shaped in the 50s and 60s.



 



 



Simon Williams, who played Captain James in Upstairs Downstairs, admits that it will be the role he is remembered for all his life. 



“It was iconic in a way but at that time there was a lot of great UK drama, which nowadays is sadly lacking, but I loved the show,” he said.



 



 



X Factor mentor Sinitta says that she would love to see a Pete Watermanstyle West End musical of all his and her hit songs. “I think it would be massive, and who knows, I may even offer to star in it,” she trilled.



 



 



Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has quit Twitter because she claims she was getting bullied on the social networking site. A source reveals “Some messages were so cruel, but then they are not real fans of the show, so she just decided to quit.”



 



 



Royle Family creator Caroline Aherne and co will be back this festive season for a special. She reveals: “We have had a year to think of it and hopefully it will be good, but we all love getting together and chatting again. The show is so much fun.”





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