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Former Emmerdale star Tom Lister has revealed that he is keen to land a role on a big TV drama following his departure from the soap. The actor bowed out from the ITV show late last year as his character Carl King was murdered in the 40th anniversary live episode. He said: “I see ITV is making some great drama now, but I also like the idea of comedy too, maybe making people laugh for a change, who knows?”



Comedy actor Bobby Ball has told me all about his latest sitcom, playing a security man. “It’s not my first time playing a security man,” he said. “In 1992, Tommy and I did a sitcom for ITV called Plaza Patrol. I was hoping I might be able to use the same uniform again for this, but I’ve put on a few pounds over the years. “I made my television debut in 1968 ... Tommy Cannon and I entered the talent show Opportunity Knocks. We came last. We were so bad; two places in Wales who had already booked us, cancelled the bookings after they saw us!”



Don’t forget – this Saturday night at Knowl Club in Mirfield (7.45pm) come along and meet myself, Neil Sean and Mark Grant for a free screening of a film featuring Dewsbury Empire and Huddersfield Palace. There’ll be music, magic and comedy along with free prizes including some from Café Boo, Ramsden’s Premier Butchers, Shaun Fairweather Family Butchers and Café on the Vale. There’s also a free gift worth £13.99 for everyone attending ... miss it, miss out!



Classic ITV sitcom Rising Damp is to return as a stage play. The original comedy series starred Leonard Rossiter as troublesome landlord Rigsby and aired on ITV between 1974 and 1978. Don Warrington – who played the cultured Philip Smith in the sitcom – will direct the new stage adaptation.



Noddy Holder is reportedly wanted for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Slade’s frontman has revealed that he has been approached by BBC bosses to join the 2013 line-up of stars.

“My wife and I love the show and of course it would be fun to do, but no formal offer has been made yet, so who knows?”



Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston may be regenerated to appear in the 50th anniversary edition of the show, according to insiders.



Alan Carr has signed up for another two years at Channel Four in a £4 million deal, according to reports. A friend said that the Chatty Man host has decided to stay until 2015, despite being courted by ITV. Their reported bid to sign the comedian comes amid criticism of the calibre of some guests on its own Saturday night chat show, hosted by Jonathan Ross.



One-time Coronation Street actress Tracie Bennett is now appearing in the hit drama ‘Scott And Bailey’, playing a boozy out-of-tune karaoke singer, but she laughs: “I have just been playing Judy Garland on Broadway for a year and the difference is amazing as we film in a run-down area of Manchester, but it’s been such a laugh filming this show.”



Last of the Summer Wine has topped a survey of UK comedy repeats. A new poll has found that the former BBC series has been aired on UK screens 483 times in the first three months of 2013 alone.



Emmerdale’s Natalie Anderson has admitted she is uncomfortable with her ‘sexiest female’ label. The actress, best known for playing Alicia Metcalfe on the ITV soap, has been nominated for the annual prize at next month’s British Soap Awards.



Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith is hoping for a shot as a pop star –  and wants Gary Barlow to pen him a romantic track. The Olympic gymnast reveals: “Singing has always been my one passion so who knows, I could be back on Strictly Come Dancing this year as a singing guest, which would be great for me.”



Simon Cowell used to have the perfect recipe for a successful prime-time TV show. These days, it seems he’s missing a key ingredient, namely impressive viewing figures.

His latest show Food Glorious Food, which hoped to find Britain’s best home-made recipe, managed an average audience of just 2.6million for its debut – Cowell’s lowest ever rating for a launch show. Now ITV have decided to “quietly let go of the show which now won’t be returning for a second series”.



This year’s winner of Dancing On Ice, Beth Tweddle, says she was stunned when bosses axed their annual tour as the ratings were the worst in the show’s history.

She said: “That is why we have decided to tour it alone with our own group ... it’s not just an ice show but now more like a variety show too.”



The Voice singer Leanne Mitchell won the show last year and has a new debut album looming, but she has failed in her quest to land mentor Tom Jones to guest on her album. “I had hoped, but he was far too busy,” she said. “Maybe next time would be good.”

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