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It appears that Sue Johnston’s arrival in Coronation Street cannot stop the show losing its diehard viewers. Sue, pictured right, is a breath of fresh air in the drama, but ratings are still well down yearonyear at just eight million ... tough for ITV to get advertising and sponsors etc...

Surprise Surprise is back with Holly Willoughby, but it already looks like it could be spoiled by the arrival of Dlist stars “helping out with surprises” and music acts from other reality TV shows ... oh dear.

Dannii Minogue has said that she would like to make a return to British TV. 

The former X Factor judge was recently rumoured to be having meetings with top executives at ITV and the BBC for possible future projects. So far though noone dares admit to these “meetings”.

We lost the late, great Betty Driver earlier this year in Coronation Street, but fans are angry that she is hardly ever referred to now she is no longer in the show. Fansites claim: “It’s not like real life at all, it’s silly that she is not brought up more, say in the Rovers.”

Episodes has been renewed for a third season by the BBC and Showtime. The sitcom, starring Matt Le Blanc, as a fictionalised version of himself will return in 2013 for a nineepisode run.

Looks like we could see even less news on Calendar on ITV1 very soon. ITV has ordered a selection of voluntary redundancy packages to staff who are based at their Leeds studios, which once made Heartbeat, Frost etc and now only makes Emmerdale.

Former TV Burp host Harry Hill may now regret quitting the show for a return to standup comedy. His latest tour is less than a sellout and his muchhyped TV show for Channel Four proved less than glittering too.

One Direction have denied they will become X Factor judges in the future, as they are “simply too busy with the band right now. We love the show, but honestly we cannot devote anything more than guest slots at this rate.”

TV cook Jamie Oliver’s wife Jools has now moved into the designer world, by launching her own range for children at a leading store. Despite having some experience she has “designed a range that will appeal to all,” a source revealed. “She is not booked on her name, but her designing talent.”

Former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley has hit back at claims that she is the joke booking on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. “I have a theatre career going nicely now, but I wanted to get back into TV and this seemed the ideal choice. I can’t wait to get started,” she said.

EastEnders may have heaped PR on the return of Sharon Watts, but many now find the character redundant in the show. Producers though tell me Letitia Dean is assigned a huge storyline nearer the Christmas period which will “really take off”.

Emmerdale’s Tom Lister who plays bad boy Tom King, reveals he would look at a career as a singer if he left the show. “I have a duel role as I can do that also, but I want to stay on the show for as long as possible as I love playing him.”

Hugh Bonneville who stars in the hit drama Downton Abbey tells me he loves all the clothes that he wears in the show. “It was a rather elegant time and in the US they expect me to dress like that all the time, but I do explain things have moved on somewhat,” he said.

Emmerdale’s Steve Halliwell has revealed he still feels like a newcomer despite almost two decades on the soap. Steve, who was nominated for best actor at this year’s critics’ awards, plays stalwart Zak Dingle on the ITV soap, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. “I still feel like a bit of a newcomer, but when it comes up to 40 years and I realise I’ve been in it 18 or 19, I’ve been there nearly half of that,” he said.

Will Gary Barlow once again be having scripts written for him like last year on X Factor? Insiders have insisted that it’s all over now, but another friend tells me: “Gary likes to rely on help with quips and oneliners.” So that is a yes then?

Alan Titchmarsh is once again failing in the afternoon ratings. Fans of the show complain that there are too many younger guests on the show and not enough relatable people that the older end tend to admire. Titch though, remains stuck in a format just like his plants...

Soap queen Julie Goodyear may have lost out in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, but she remains hopeful of some work. “I have reminded people that I am alive and all that, so yes, fingers crossed it may just work out,” she said.

Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan says she is nothing like her character, but admits: “The writers do look at us and how we are, so I believe they work bits of our personality into the character in some respects. I am fine with it though,” she said.

As I revealed weeks ago Jerry Hall is appearing on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, but admits she is worried about being one of the older gals on the show. “It’s never easy is it, but I just hope people give me a chance,” she said. “I really would hate to be the first out, that would be tragic.”

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