James Bond is back next month, with Skyfall starring Daniel Craig. I was lucky enough to attend a special screening at the Sony Screening Rooms in the heart of London for a special documentary to celebrate 50 years of Bond. ‘Everything or Nothing’ is superb and will leave fans shaken and stirred ... now which Bond star was I sat next to at the screening, girls? More soon...
Paul O’Grady is taking the group Reckless Entertainment to court over loss of earnings from the flop musical ‘Street Of Dreams’. A source reveals: “It’s not for Paul but for all the cast members who are still owed money ... he thinks it’s terrible.”
The Choir king Gareth Malone let slip he was wanted as a judge on one of Simon Cowell’s shows, but was committed to his latest BBC series. “I was flattered, if a little stunned,” he said.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Johnny Ball has backed the return of the ‘danceoff’ for the elimination part of the show. The BBC dropped the danceoff in 2010 for series eight of the dancing competition, but producers have decided to revive the feature for this year's results show.
Reality TV singer and judge Cheryl Cole has started her firstever solo tour but fans are staying away in droves – not because they don’t like the diva, but simply the cost of tickets is way too high. Cheryl promises fans she will “look into it”.
EastEnders actor Gary Lucy has revealed he’s stopped getting scripts delivered to his mum’s house – because she can’t resist a peek. He revealed: “My mum absolutely loves it; she was very excited when I told her I’d got the role. I had to tell her ‘don’t you dare tell anyone.’”
The BBC has denied claims that part of BBC Breakfast is to move back to London because the show is struggling to attract highprofile guests. “We are very happy with the ratings and the guest we are attracting, we have no plans to move back,” a spokesman said.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Johnny Ball has backed the return of the ‘danceoff’ for the elimination part of the show. The BBC dropped the danceoff in 2010 for series eight of the dancing competition, but producers have decided to revive the feature for this year’s results show.
Joan Collins pops up in a new BBC doc all about the comings and goings inside the celebrated hotel Claridges. She reveals: “I have stayed there many times and have so many memories ... I could live here, if I could afford it.”
The Emmerdale cast are apparently terrified that their special live episode will be a washout. Rain and galeforce winds have battered the outdoor sets recently as actors and crew fought to get their scenes done. With less than a month to go before the 40th anniversary live episode, the producers’ fears have been rising along with the water levels in North Yorkshire...
Julie Goodyear has ruled out ever returning to Coronation Street. The actress played the iconic role of Bet Lynch for over 25 years until 1995. She has made several brief returns, most recently in November 2003 ... it’s handy also as bosses have no plans to ask her to return ...
As she returns to the spotlight on Strictly Come Dancing, Tess Daly is already plotting her next TV project. The 43yearold is in discussions about launching a studiobased fashion magazine show.
Mark Benton’s popular Waterloo Road character Chalky is to leave the school next year. Benton, who arrived as hapless maths teacher Daniel Chalk in May last year, will make his final appearance two thirds of the way into the current eighth series. He will then tour across the UK in the musical ‘Hairspray’.
Samantha Giles has revealed that she is returning to the Dales. The actress is set to reprise her awardwinning role of Ashley Thomas’ exwife Bernice in Emmerdale. “It’s so lovely to be asked back,” she said.
“The show is on top form and I’m really looking forward to being part of the team again.”
Over at Daybreak it appears it’s not been the best move to hire singer Aled Jones as the main presenter on the show. Ratings are down even further and a source tells me: “We are relooking at the format after the festive break ... oh dear.”
Former Coronation Street actress Vicky Entwistle has admitted that she does not miss the soap’s demanding filming schedules. The actress bowed out from the role of Janice Battersby in early 2011 after 14 years and said: “I don’t want to go back, it’s far more fun doing other things ... I like the variety.”
Remember reality TV show winner Connie Fisher from The Sound Of Music? It appears that her music label have quietly let her go. There are no confirmed dates for any new releases, and a source tells me: “The last album failed to sell the numbers required and we had to trim some off the roster.”