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Funny man Paul O’Grady may be now best known for his dog shows and his forthcoming ITV ‘Dog Oscars’ programme, but he tells me: “I do plan to get back to

comedy at some point, it’s just been all go and my love of animals always comes first, so Lily and co will have to wait.”

 

 

Julia Bradbury was sitting in as a guest host on The One Show last week and has proved a big hit with fans. Alex Jones may want to watch out when she takes time off in the future, as the ratings actually went up...

 

 

All change at the BBC once again, with Richard Hammond’s hidden camera series Secret Service and clips show Animal Antics axed after just one series. I’m told there are also question marks over Clare Balding’s much-hyped Britain’s Brightest, which may come back but, only this time as a daytime treat.

 

 

EastEnders actress Shona McGarty is recording her first pop songs — thanks to Florence and the Machine. The Albert Square actress, who plays wild child Whitney Dean, has been given some expensive studio time by the hit band’s manager, and she reveals “I hope it will be well received, but I am just doing it for myself at this stage.”

 

 

Claudia Winkleman has admitted she agreed to host her new BBC Two show The Great British Sewing Bee without actually knowing what it would be about. The 41-year-old revealed that she was such a huge fan of The Great British Bake-Off – which is made by the same team and follows a similar format to Sewing Bee – that the connection was enough to persuade her.

 

 

The BBC has denied accusations that The Voice UK coaches have been abandoning their acts ahead of the live shows. The show’s four mentors had been accused of focusing on their own careers at the expense of tutoring their chosen finalists. Insiders on the show, though, say: “For many this show is simply about the judges and furthering their own careers.” Oh dear.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden is beavering away on her tell-all book.

She claims it’s a “fascinating read and full of stuff people have no idea about me, but I am nervous as I have told the publishers I plan to be really honest about it all.”

 

 

Those dreadful Sky ads which feature actors Robert Lindsey and Ruth Jones gushing about their TV choices, are not a big hit. The broadcaster has also decided to rest the show Robert starred in for the foreseeable future...

 

 

Simon Cowell attended the world’s longest-running stage play ‘The Mousetrap’ last week. Why? To see “what the ingredient is to a long successful show” ... he plans to launch his own musical in London next year based on The X Factor.

 

 

Musical star Lee Mead has relocated to Los Angeles as he attempts to launch a career as a Hollywood actor. The winner of the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do has teamed up with fellow British actors Tom Ellis, Raza Jaffrey and Sid Owen, who all hope to land some TV work out there.

 

 

Alan Davis may be back as Jonathan Creek, but it’s his new wig on the show that created the most attention. “His own is grey and thinning so he slips it on for filming,” a source reveals. “Alan was touchy about this at first, but now he is more than happy to wear it.”

 

 

Operatic pop group Il Divo’s performance on a TV special celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 40 years in showbusiness was axed after they forgot the lyrics to his song. ITV producers and the legendary West End composer were enraged by the group’s ill-prepared rehearsal, and a fellow

performer on the show tells me: “It was unbelievably arrogant and disrespectful of Il Divo.”

 

 

Emma Willis has been confirmed as the new presenter of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother on Five. Emma has been promoted from spin-off show Bit On The Side and replaces Brian Dowling, who has been the main show’s host since it moved to Five in 2011.

 

 

Casting details have been revealed for David Walliams’s upcoming sitcom. Big School will begin filming “within the next few weeks” in Greater London. The BBC describes the show as “a comedy about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards”.

 

 

Olly Murs has revealed that he quit The Xtra Factor due to his busy schedule. The former X Factor runner-up announced that he would depart the ITV2 spin-off show as co-host with Caroline Flack after two series earlier this year. Friends on the show reveal: “We have no idea as yet who will be replacing Olly, but we hope to get him back at some point from time to time.”

 

 

EastEnders star Jo Joyner has announced that she is taking an ‘indefinite’ break from the soap. The actress, who plays Tanya Cross, had previously said she would be taking eight months off, but has now said she will be extending this in order to explore other career options and spend more time with her family.

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