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The Choir presenter Gareth Malone is now looking at success in the US too, with plans for a Stateside version of his hit show which featured the ‘Military Wives’. Gareth,   pictured right, admits though: “I am not sure when or how it will work out, but I am hopeful.”



 



 



The return of hit 80s soap Dallas has been deemed a success after pulling in over two million viewers, one of the highest audiences ever on Channel Five. The soap ran on the BBC during its heyday, but bosses there thought the show was too expensive to buy this time around.



 



 



Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan has claimed that her success is down to luck. The 25yearold actress, who plays Tina McIntyre on the ITV soap, said that she couldn’t believe how far she had come in a relatively short amount of time.



 



 



Strictly Come Dancing will avoid The X Factor when it launches tomorrow (Sat). The upcoming 10th series will premiere from 6.30pm7.35pm on BBC One.



 



 



Kylie Minogue has announced plans to release a new album later this year. The singer recorded orchestral versions of her most popular hits at the Abbey Road studio back in 2011 for the upcoming collection, called The Abbey Road Sessions.



 



 



Pam St Clement has landed her first new role since EastEnders – and she’ll still be in her trademark leopard skin. She will play a baddie, Mazzola, in an episode of CBBC kid’s drama Leonardo, about the adventures of the teenage painter.



 



 



The Great British Bake Off has run into trouble after breaking the BBC’s own editorial standards. One viewer wrote in to the Radio Times to complain that the Smeg fridge freezer company logo was seen on screen 37 times in one episode of the series, which features hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. The BBC naturally deny the claims...



 



 



Martin Clunes may be one of the richest actors on TV toda, but he admits he can’t give it up for retirement. “I have my own farm which I enjoy running, but I know I will miss acting if I was to quit totally, so it’s not happening,” he laughed.



 



 



Remember Charlotte Church? The onetime singer admits that her illfated Channel Four chat show was a “mistake”. “I was very young and did things on the show I am not at all proud of, but when you are young and in the public eye that is just bound to happen,” she said.



 



 



Emma Willis is to join This Morning on a permanent basis this October. Emma has been filling in on the ITV1 morning show on Fridays over the summer as part of a team of guest presenters.



 



 



Former cricket star Freddie Flintoff is once again back on reality TV, this time with Sky where he will train to become a professional boxer, with his fight beomg televised on Sky Sports. Freddie tells me “I love the idea of being in a challenge again, I can’t wait to get started.”



 



 



The relaunch of Daybreak with Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones has been deemed a flop for ITV. The BBC pulled in over 1. 5 million against less than 600,000 watching the muchhyped newlook Daybreak.



 



 



Anthea Turner may have had a very public marriage blip, so true to form she is toying with the idea of using this to get back into the public eye. She told pals she has been offered a stint on this year’s Dancing on Ice...



 



 



Marc Elliot and John Partridge are to leave EastEnders, it has been announced. The duo, who play Syed Masood and Christian Clarke, will be written out of the BBC soap in November, in a dramatic storyline currently being kept under wraps.



 



 



Look closer at the footage of the X Factor contestants on a plane with Louis Walsh flying ‘first class’ to Las Vegas for the show. Once the camera had stopped rolling for those shots the contestants (not Louis) were then shown back to the economy class seats in which they were originally sitting...



 



 



Kelly Brook, who was a judge for a brief moment on Britain’s Got Talent, says that former boss Simon Cowell: “Has never given me the reason for being sacked from the show, but I now don’t care. Hopefully I won’t bump into him again ... ever.”



 



 



Sir Tom Jones has got the acting bug after making his debut in King of the Teds. The singing legend and Voice coach tried his hand at acting when he starred with Alison Steadman and Brenda Blethyn in the drama, playing Welsh crooner Ron.



 



 



Dermot O’Leary is, he claims, not too worried about the declining ratings for X Factor this year “because we are still getting great weather, but wait until November and we will be all inside watching the show as we do every winter.” He hopes...



 



 



Paul O’Grady recently launched a new show all about dogs, and admits: “I was terrible at the dogs home as I wanted to bring them all home. They were really nice but my house would be overrun if I just gave in to every sad face...”



 



 



With her husband working at ITV it’s no wonder that Holly Willoughby gets so much work there, but her future as a cohost on The Voice is in doubt as the BBC plan to shave off some of the more expensive additions. Could Holly be one of them? Keep you posted...





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