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Games hero Tom Daley is in talks to host his own celebrity show featuring, guess what ... diving. Tom, pictured right, let slip to pals he is in “discussions”, as they say, and has plenty of people who he would like to see walk the board...



 



 



The boss of TV soap Emmerdale is to take over as the top figure on Coronation Street. Stuart Blackburn, who is overseeing the 40th anniversary celebrations for Emmerdale with a live episode, will pop across the Pennines to take over as producer of Corrie in January.



 



 



Newsreader Huw Edwards tells me he would never appear in a reality TV show, even though he has been offered Strictly Come Dancing many times. “I don’t think the public wish to see me trotting about, but they never stop asking,” he said.



 



 



Catchphrase will return for a full series next year with Steven Mulhern, I can reveal. Famously presented by Roy Walker, ITV insiders tell me: “We have remade the show for a 21st century audience and they loved it.”



 



 



Soap actresses Michelle Keegan and Brooke Vincent are to become flatmates. The Coronation Street pair are moving in together after Michelle, 25, split with The Wanted singer Max George. And the duo have been getting on so well that they now plan to rent a luxury pad in Irlam, Greater Manchester.



 



 



Former EastEnders actor Ricky Groves has reportedly been approached to join I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here. The 44yearold actor, best known for playing Albert Square mechanic Garry Hobbs, is keen to compete on the ITV jungle reality show when it returns next month.



 



 



Clare Balding tells me she has spurned the chance to front her own chat show despite her success at hosting the Olympic Games over the summer. “I don’t want to be confined to that type of show, but it’s very flattering to be asked,” she said.



 



 



The contents of a DVD celebrating Brookside’s 30th anniversary have been revealed. Brookside: Most Memorable Moments (30th Anniversary Edition) marks three decades since the Liverpoolbased soap was launched on Channel 4. It will be on sale from November 26.



 



 



The Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood turned down a lucrative offer to move to Channel Four. BBC Two eventually offered the celebrity chef a pay rise after Channel Four boss Jay Hunt started a bidding war. His salary at the BBC is now thought to be big bucks after he landed his own spinoff series.



 



 



Simon Cowell is reportedly launching a new dog talent show. The ITV project Take the Lead will see celebrities and their pets perform stunts and routines in front of a live audience. Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon will host the show.



 



 



Jeremy Sheffield is set to join Hollyoaks as Dodger Savage’s biological father. He said: “I’m glad to be joining Hollyoaks at a time when things are getting very exciting.” Jeremy has spent the last year playing Danny Stratton in Coronation Street.



 



 



Gary Barlow has denied that his recent X Factor ‘panto walkoff’ was staged. He said: “I did what I felt, but for me it’s always been about the music, and that is hopefully what we will find as the series moves on – less drama, more music.”



 



 



Fans of June Brown as Dot Cotton in EastEnders take note – the actress has let slip she will be back in Walford starting early next year. “I have no idea what they have planned for Dot, but it’s always a joy going back and I think that people do enjoy seeing her again,” she said.



 



 



Gordon RamsAy is in the soup again after his big plans for ‘Hotel GB’ which featured all the ‘talent’ on Channel Four’s shows, turned out to be a huge flop. Now he wants to make another series while C4 are “less than keen”.



 



 



Coronation Street star Kate Ford has revealed her battle against Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Kate revealed: “In my 20s I did have really bad OCD. I’d check things continually. I could check the oven 20 times before going to bed and all the sockets had to be turned off.”



 



 



Emmerdale actor Nick Miles (Jimmy) is taking a break from the soap to appear on stage in a tiny theatre in London. ‘Meeting Joe Strummer’ is based on the 70s punk band The Clash and Nick tells me he is a “huge fan”. Check out listings in December.



 



 



Did you know that the famous Bond opening shot with a man firing the gun at the lens with the red blood dripping down is not Sean Connery as previously thought, but Bob Simmons who was a stunt man at Pinewood? “We made the opening long before we signed Sean,” a source tells me.



 



 



Despite claiming that he loathes appearing in panto Shane Ritchie has once again agreed to tread the boards, this time at Southend. He gushes: “It’s a special time of the year and I have grown to enjoy it more each year.”





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