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Former soap star Verity Rushworth, who played Donna in Emmerdale, is heading back to the world of musicals after success in The Sound of Music. She will appear alongside Sid Owen in a brand new 60s-based show called ‘Carnaby Street’. Look out for details of the tour.

 

 

So you want to be on TV? Sky One has commissioned a new TV series about life on East Coast Trains. Filming is due to take place from now until early June 2013. Are you making a special train journey with East Coast between the beginning of March and the end of May 2013? Or are you a regular traveller? If you have an interesting story to tell, email passengers@cineflix.com and become a TV star!

 

 

Dawn French is the second judge to be confirmed for the 2013 series of Australia’s Got Talent. The Vicar of Dibley comic joins Spice Girl Mel B on the Aussie version of Simon Cowell’s reality series.

 

 

People might groan around the UK with this news ... Jonathan Ross has revealed he is on the verge of signing a new deal with ITV. The presenter has negotiated an extension for The Jonathan Ross Show, and will soon begin working on a new project as well for the broadcaster.

 

 

Eighties pop star Gary Kemp will soon be back on screen heading up a new documentary all about gangs in the UK. But he admits he may also be tempted back to star alongside the rest of his pals in yet another reunion show for Spandau Ballet. “We now all just have a laugh while performing the hits, it’s so much fun,” he said.

 

 

Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone in Coronation Street, reveals he will miss all the action once his latest storyline dies down. “It’s tough as you get used to being at the centre of things with all the action,” he said. “But that is the nature of soap, you can’t be the star all the time, although I admit I would love it.”

 

 

Jane McDonald says that she is not to blame for the sudden closure of the musical ‘Daddy Cool’, which she had hoped to tour in late last year. “We were all stunned really, but these things happen,” she said. She told fans, though, that she will be back on tour very soon and will also pop up occasionally on Loose Women.

 

 

Oh no. Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh is planning to sing “live” again on a new ITV show despite the mass ridicule of her last live TV stint. She will team up with Denise Van Outen for a duet on a show looking back at the career of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

 

Clare Balding has been caught puffing on endless cigarettes while filming, but the presenter is hoping to quit the evil weed. She told pals: “It’s a terrible habit and I know it’s bad, but it’s one I am trying to quit once and for all.”

 

 

Marks & Spencer may be pushing the ‘Food Glorious Food’ brand hard, but even their PR teams are stunned at the lack of interest in the show. They are still hopeful the eventual winner will go on to have “great success” with their menu.

 

 

The BBC Two comedy ‘Heading Out’ by Sue Perkins may have failed ratings-wise with its first outing, but BBC bosses think it may be worth another series, if only to see if it has some potential.

 

 

Simon Cowell has announced there will be “a lot of changes” on The X Factor this year. There had been rumours the talent show would be revamped after a fall in ratings, and the TV mogul confirmed the shake-up during a lengthy Twitter session, in which he discussed both his shows and his personal life. He tweeted: “There will be a lot of changes on X Factor UK and USA. But good changes. I feel excited for both shows this year.”

 

 

Mrs Brown’s Boys is the biggest-selling comedy DVD of the year so far, but secret data shows that the BBC actually spent less on promoting this mega-hit series than any other released in the last two years. It’s the public that decided it was a hit...

 

 

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will return to ITV and This Morning later this year to join in the show’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The famous TV couple hosted This Morning from its launch in 1988 until 2001.

 

 

Former Coronation Street actress Tina O’Brien has become a drama teacher. Tina has set up acting classes for children in Didsbury, Manchester, teaming up with teacher friend Esther Morgan to create The Drama Mob, a class for children aged between four and 11.

 

 

Irish comedian Dave Allen is to be honoured by BBC Two next month. As popular as he was controversial for his routines based around religion and philosophy, the comic was often referred to as “the sit-down stand-up”, almost always performing his routines whilst seated.

 

 

Paul Hollywood, like many, is stunned at the success of his new show ‘Baking’. He laughs: “So I make bread, get it filmed and of course get paid for it ... it’s a great concept and we are all enjoying the show, but this is my day job too|!”

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