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FORMER Coronation Street star Bill Ward, who played Charlie Stubbs, has landed a new role in the West End musical ‘Viva Forever’ all based on the Spice Girls’ music. Bill tells me: “I love the show and was a huge fan of the girls, but it seems like five minutes ago. Where has the time gone?”. Viva Forever opens next month in London.



 



 



It appears that Adrian Chiles’ ITV show ‘That Sunday Night Show’ is in now in doubt according to insiders. Now Adrian will just be presenting football and nothing else. “It’s his passion,” ITV spies tell me.



 



 



Strictly Come Dancing host Zoe Ball says she will be easy going on her father Johnny Ball in this series. “I will be like the parent as I am dreading when he gets knocked out, but I know he will be trying his best and that’s all I can ask for,” he said.



 



 



Andrew Marr is one of the most expensive and highest profile presenters on the BBC, so he must be stunned at the lack of success with his ‘History Of The World’. Insiders blame his recent “bad press” for people switching off in their droves.



 



 



Ken Dodd, who appears at the Blackpool Grand every Sunday throughout the Illuminations, admits he keeps away from TV as “it uses up so much material and for me I much prefer the live action of theatre and hopefully hearing laughter.”



 



 



There’s no escape. Britain’s Got Talent are going out on the road yet again to look for talent next year, but insiders feel that allowing professional acts to enter leaves the amateurs at a disadvantage.



 



 



Tough times for former GMTV stars Fiona Phillips and Andrew Castle – he is pushing a nowin nofee ad, while Fiona is fronting a child campaign in Africa. I am sure she donated her fee for the TV ad too ... right, Fiona?



 



 



Emily Symons has confessed she regrets the time she spent away from her family working in the UK. The 43yearold Australian actress moved to the UK for seven years in 2001, to play barmaid Louise Appleton in Emmerdale. She left to move back Down Under and in 2010, reprised her role as ditzy blonde waitress Marilyn Chambers in Aussie soap Home And Away.



 



 



Simon Fuller is about to ignite his competition with Simon Cowell once again. The 52yearold entrepreneur, who discovered the Spice Girls, is planning to buy 60 per cent of the record label EMI and its businesses in Europe. If his £350 million bid is accepted, Mr Fuller will not only be in control of some of music's biggest artists, but he will be a serious threat to Simon Cowell's own label, Syco.



 



 



Margi Clarke who played Tyrone’s mother in Coronation Street, thinks she should be back on the cobbles now his character is going through so much. “I do think a cat fight between her and Kristy would have viewers gripped, I am amazed I have not been called in yet,” she said.



 



 



Strictly Come Dancing star and former Emmerdale stalwart Lisa Riley has filmed a guest role on Doctors. The actress will soon appear in the role of tragic wouldbe mother Laura Mowbray, a character who kicks off an intense new storyline for the BBC One daytime drama.



 



 



Nicole Scherzinger has apparently claimed she did nearly of all the singing in the Pussycat Dolls. The former Doll, now working on her solo career and in her role as an X Factor judge, said she “probably did 95 per cent” of the singing “on my own” for the band's debut album PCD.



 



 



Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain, who came second in the show ‘Dancing On Ice’, is back on the rink this November at the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool. He said: “I have missed it, but I think I will have to get up to speed to impress my fans now. I am a bit rusty.”



 



 



Sir David Jason has signed a deal to publish his memoirs after almost half a century in the entertainment world. Publisher Random House has high hopes the 72yearold's autobiography will be a huge seller when it hits bookshelves in the runup to the lucrative Christmas period in two years' time. The firm has acquired the global rights for his book, which Sir David said would allow him to “share the journey” of his life with fans.



 



 



Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips is annoyed that she was unable to join the US show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ because it was impossible to get a green card to work in America. 



A source reveals: “She was upset, but understands the situation.”



 



 



ExSpice Girl Emma Bunton is to become the new Judith Chalmers with her own travel show for Sky. It will feature Emma traveling around the UK taking in a variety of holidays and tourist destinations. Will she be brave enough to take on a week at a holiday camp, though?





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