Emmerdale favourite Tom Lister, who played bad boy Carl King, was killed off during the live episode, but Tom tells me: “Truthfully my time was up and now I want to focus on theatre work.” Catch Tom this winter in panto at the Sunderland Empire...
The Great British Bake Off proved to be huge ratings hit for BBC Two last week. Over seven million people tuned in to see the final of the show, hosted by Mary Berry and new king of cooking Paul Hollywood.
Sky One has announced a new documentary series which goes behind the scenes at Greggs. ‘Baking For Britain’ offers an accessallareas look at the popular high street bakery, from the kitchens to the boardrooms. The flyonthe wall show, produced by Mentorn Media, will feature some of the 20,000 staff who made the company a success.
The Great British Bake Off has also been sold for broadcast in the US. CBS has confirmed that the reality show has been given a straighttoseries order under the working title Bake Off. Richard McKerrow, who launched the series in the UK as executive producer, will oversee the US show.
She rose to fame as Jo Sugden on Emmerdale before gliding on to impress during her Dancing On Ice stint, But now soap favourite Roxanne Pallett is set to turn up the heat on stage. The 29yearold has been cast as the lead female in an upcoming sixmonth theatre tour of The Rocky Horror Show.
Cuckoo, the new comedy on BBC Three, has proved a huge success for comedian Greg Davis ... so much so that BBC bosses have decided to renew for the next series. Greg, who was once a teacher, reveals: “I can’t believe the way the show has taken off.”
Anthea Turner and Harry Potter actor Oliver Phelps have reportedly been lined up to appear on Dancing on Ice next year.
The pair were apparently spotted trying out for the ITV show at Alexandra Palace ice rink last week, along with Olympic star Luke Campbell, who won a gold in the boxing.
Boy band JLS will host a festive TV special this Christmas. The boy band will celebrate four years since first appearing on The X Factor with a oneoff 90minute special on Sky One.
Atomic Kitten are among several 90s pop acts who will reunite for an ITV2 documentary series.
The girl group will reform along with 5ive, Liberty X and 911 for The Big Reunion, according to TV insiders.
Liberty X tell me: “We think this is a great idea, as it’s over 10 years since we hit the big time and we want to reconnect with our fans.”
Coronation Street actor Sol Heras has reportedly had to be written out of upcoming scenes, after suffering a black eye.
The 26yearold, who plays Ryan Connor in the soap, turned up on set with the injury and said he obtained it during a friendly football match.
Ade Edmondson has revealed that he and Rik Mayall have dropped plans to revive sitcom Bottom in a new TV series called Hooligan’s Island. The planned reunion was announced in August, with a sixepisode run of a series based on the popular Bottom live show confirmed for next year.
Gary Barlow says he may not be back for X Factor next year, as: “There are elements of the show that I don’t agree with, as for me it’s all about getting the right talent in front of the right audience and thus things have to change”.
Benidorm star Sheila Reid has revealed there will be no swearing when she gueststars in the Call The Midwife Christmas special.
The 75yearold Scottish actress told me: “I am going to play someone very different to Madge. “She’s quite a sad person who has had quite a difficult life – she’s at the bottom of the heap.”
Marcus Collins has revealed that his upcoming Hairspray role is a “dream”. The X Factor runnerup will make his musical theatre debut as Patterson Park High student Seaweed Stubbs, son of DJ Motormouth Maybelle, and love interest of Penny Pingleton, on the show's forthcoming UK and Ireland tour, starting early next year.
Cheryl Cole has been criticised by fans of The X Factor due to the fact she has revealed in her book that she was told by show bosses “what made good TV and to pick those people”. Cheryl had always stated until now that she picked people on talent and talent alone...
Charles Lawson, who played Jim McDonald in Coronation Street (so he did), will pop up in Doctors next month. The actor tells me: “People think because you’re not on TV daily that you must be over or something, but I have been doing lots of theatre and this is a welcome return to TV, thank you.”
Rolf Harris is back with his animal ‘Clinic’, this time on Channel 5, but tells me that: “At heart the stories remain the same, we all fall in love with animals don’t we? But who knows what dramas we will encounter this time on the show.”