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It looks like the girls who are fans of the Great British Bake Off will be happy. Top baker Paul Hollywood has agreed to appear in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing – it’s all top secret of course, but the Liverpool lad (pictured right) has proved a ratings hit with his cooking show.



 



 



It looks like the ‘queen’ of X Factor Sinitta has been given the axe after she refused to sign a confidentiality agreement,ahead of the new show. A source tells me: “She is very upset but is sticking to her guns. It’s up to Simon to see if he will change his mind on the contract.” Oh dear.



 



 



With rebranding of The Voice it appears that Holly Willoughby could be facing the axe along with cohost Reggie Yates facing the chair. BBC bosses are looking at other options and a drastic reduction in the wage bill. Holly and Reggie failed to ignite with viewers, a BBC source told me. Quite...



 



 



Titanic may have sunk without a trace as an ITV drama, but around the world it has been sold to over 150 channels. A source tells me: “It’s been great for us but it’s far more about the clout that writer Julian Fellowes has really.”



 



 



Former Loose Women panelist Colleen Nolan is hoping to land her own TV chat show soon. She reveals: “We have filmed something already, it’s not up to me if it happens or not, but I just hope that they say yes.”



 



 



One reason behind The X Factor’s dramatic ratings slump last week was the increasing commercial references made during the show. Bosses are concerned by the prominent mentions of brands, which some viewers mistook for product placement. In the first episode there were references to some quite big names...



 



 



BBC Two have defended the endless repeats of Dad’s Army on the channel by claiming: “The public demand we keep them on, it’s reflected in the ratings and we are all about keeping our audience happy.” !



 



 



Onetime Dragon’s Den judge Hilary Devey has defected to Channel Four but now also plans to host a new show called ‘Dole Office’. The idea is to get people off the dole and back into work … odd, that sounds just like the Fairy Job Mother show?!



 



 



The Rovers Return will be turned into a pub that also offers B&B, I have been told. The Rovers seems to have everstretching walls but a source reveals: “It gives us a chance to have many new characters popping in and out of the show.”



 



 



Downton Abbey is on its way back, and show bosses tell me it will be far more explosive this time around. “I think we went a bit soft in the last series, but we are back on track with the latest round of stories for sure,” I heard.



 



 



Now that his show ‘TV Burp’ is over Harry Hill is going out on tour, but tells me: “I won’t be playing big venues, more theatres as I like to really interact with people, and you can’t do that with arenas, plus I may not fill them...”



 



 



It appears that big names are not willing to appear in the mornings on BBC Breakfast, unless they are well looked after. Insiders on the show reveal: “Many big names are simply not willing to travel all the way up to Manchester, now and it’s reflecting on the show in many ways.”



 



 



Great news for fans of the cad Nigel Havers, who plays Lewis in Coronation Street. He has extended his contract with the show into 2013 and will be returning again after his stint in panto this Christmas.



 



 



The BBC are refusing to say what went wrong with the planned return to the station of one of its biggest stars in the 90s, Noel Edmonds. A source reveals: “Noel disliked the way the show was going, and simply decided that it was not really for him.”



 



 



Secret plans to bring back Top Of The Pops to BBC 3 have been put out to grass again. A source tells me: “It’s a case of budgets, a show like that is very expensive to make and most stars are based in the US, so it’s lots of expensive video links...”



 



 



Lorraine Kelly, who launches the newlook breakfast show ‘Daybreak’ next month, claims there will be no huge surprises when it comes back. “We are doing what we do best, telling great stories and waking Britain up with a smile,” she said.



 



 



Larry Hagman who plays JR Ewing in the new revamp of Dallas on Channel 5 next month, admitted to me that he thought there were no stories left to tell with the soap. “Then I read the scripts and I thought, well, actually it’s a whole new generation, so it’s been great really.”



 



 



Sheridan Smith stars in the new ITV drama ‘Mrs Biggs’, all about the infamous train robber Ronnie, and admits: “He was like a movie star at the time his fame was so big, which we all tend to forget about now, and it’s been great showing another side to the story.”



 



 



Fern Britton admits that she should have perhaps reduced her days on This Morning instead of quitting her fulltime role. “I do miss the thrill of daily live TV, but it was not up to me at that time.”





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