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New year, new broom as they say. In soap land the stars of Coronation Street are very worried after the news that up to 10 characters in the show could be axed within months. A source reveals: “It’s simple – they have to cuts costs and some characters are not working, so the list is being rounded up now and the actors will know in the new year.”



Michael Portillo once wanted to be Prime Minister, now he spends his days hopping on and off trains for his TV series crossing the UK while he speaks about stations and lines. Insiders on the show say that Michael’s real dream is to land his own chat show and become the new Parkinson...



Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward has reportedly signed up for Dancing on Ice. The ‘That’s My Goal’ singer is said to have landed a deal to appear in the ITV competition’s eighth series in 2013.



Strictly Come Dancing star Kimberley Walsh has signed a solo record deal to release a collection of film and show tunes. The erstwhile Girls Aloud singer will issue debut solo album Centre Stage in February after agreeing a deal with Decca.



EastEnders will be mourning the loss of Derek Branning this Christmas, it has been confirmed. The Walford hardman, played by Jamie Foreman, is set to be killed off in a series of ‘explosive’ storylines.



Former Birds Of A Feather actress Linda Robson says she agreed to go into the celebrity jungle simply for the money and the chance to go to Australia for free. “It’s true, I mean I am well known enough as an actress, but I thought why not, it can’t be that hard can it really?”



Emmerdale actress Samantha Giles has predicted that her character Bernice Blackstock will not get a warm welcome when she returns to the village. “She is back in soap land to cause trouble and it’s a great storyline so I think that fans will be pleased once she hits the Dales again.”



Rolf Harris’s new Channel 5 show Animal Clinic rallied to a high of 1.6 million viewers. Five bosses are so pleased with the figures that a new show is already being lined up for next year.



Contestants Lisa Riley, Dani Harmer and Michael Vaughan will be among the stars on the Strictly Come Dancing live shows next year. They are the first names from the latest series of the BBC1 show to be confirmed for the annual tour, which begins in January. They will join judges Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli for the arena performances, which will be hosted by Kate Thornton.



Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith has denied reports that she was involved in a health scare which saw her being rushed to hospital with chest pains. According to reports the 77yearold,  who plays the Dowager Countess in the ITV1 drama, was taken to a specialist cardiac unit at London’s Wellington Hospital last week after complaining of chest pains.



Carol Vorderman has defended her figurehugging clothes she wears on Loose Women, saying she is striking out for girls over 50. “Why should we be dressed in twin set and pearls?” she said. “For me, I like fashion and I like the fact I get compliments for what I wear.”



Julia Bradbury says she owes her clear skin and glossy hair to being outdoors so much for the hit Sunday night show Countryfile. “You get all the elements on the show and it’s great even in the cold, as it’s like instant botox,” she laughed.



Jerry Springer recently appeared on BBC Question Time and admitted that he would love to host the show one day. He said: “I love it and the whole debate thing going on, but yes if it ever came up I would be throwing my hat into that ring. I love the show, it’s so engaging.”



ExCoronation Street actress Helen Flanagan may have landed in the jungle with the likes of Nadine Dorries, but she says that she wants people to see the real her and not “the character Rosie I played for ten years on the Street … this is my big chance to depart from that persona.” Right...



Gary Barlow is hinting that this series could be his last as a judge on X Factor. Picking up yet another award for his music he revealed: “I like the show, but for me it has to be about the music and nothing else, plus all the bickering is not really for me, but we will see after this series ends.”



Downton Abbey finished its latest series on a high with over 10 million viewers tuning in, making it the highest rated show of the week. Creator Julian Fellowes reveals that he hopes there will be another series, but: “You never really know, one hopes that people like it enough for a return.”



EastEnders fans will see Ava Hartman’s son Dexter arrive on Albert Square in the New Year. Ava (Clare Perkins), the longlost daughter of show regular Cora Cross, makes her first appearance on screen on November 20, while Dexter will join her in Walford in 2013.



Daybreak continues to slide in the ratings but it also appears that people are now warming to the likes of former choir boy Aled Jones and not the presence that is Lorraine Kelly. A source reveals: “While she giggles and fawns all over the interviewees, he is far more professional and laid back. People are starting to like that quite a lot.”

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