Love And Marriage is a new ITV hit drama with Duncan Preston and Alison Steadman as a battling husband and wife. Duncan tells me: “You know it’s a hit because it touches everything ... I love the drama of it all, and yes we’re on our way back for a second series too.”
Mr Selfridge star Jeremy Piven tells me he can’t wait for fans to see the next series. He said: “We have taken his story to another level, and I think the next part is far more interesting as we get to see now what he does with all the money he has made, and maybe lost some of it too.”
EastEnders resident Tamwar Masood is set to get his own spin-off mini-series called Tamwar Tales. In the four weekly short films, viewers will be able to hear for the first time what Tamwar is really thinking as he endures all that life throws at him, including the excuses, teasing and daily hassles from his regular stallholders.
Pet Shop Boys star Neil Tennant has revealed that he was interviewed for a judging role on American Idol after Simon Cowell left. Tennant believes the producers wanted an “opinionated Englishman” on the show, but said that he couldn’t face the idea of becoming a “TV personality”.
Gary Barlow says the new X Factor panel is a very good mix. “I think we have a great balance now, with two managers and two acts in the judges’ chairs, so finally we may land that international superstar after all.”
Comedian Michael McIntyre has reportedly landed a new Saturday night entertainment show on BBC One. Mac Factor will aim to recapture the success of hit 90s show Noel’s House Party, and a friend tells me: “It’s an odd mix of many shows, but it should capture the public’s mood for a good time.”
Will.i.am has said that he is unsure about returning for a third series of The Voice. While he claims he has already been asked back for series three, the BBC have denied this, stating it’s “too early to decide who will be back in the judges’ chairs for the next series.”
Lorraine Kelly says the key to being successful on TV is to be “honest and open”. The multi-millionaire, who earns over £3 million a year, says: “I think people like me as I am ordinary in many ways, just like the people who watch the show.”
Digital channel Gold has announced it has commissioned The Two Ronnies Spectacle, a new documentary series exploring the joint work of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. The three-part series is described as aiming to give “comedy-lovers a charming insight into two of Britain’s most interesting and well-loved comedians.”
ITV’s charity fundraiser Text Santa will return for a third times this Christmas. The event, which raises money for six UK-based charities, has risen over £10 million in its first two years on TV. Well done...
Lost episodes of The Avengers are to be re-made as audio productions. A number of episodes from the classic ITV drama’s first series no longer exist - only two complete instalments survive, with a third (series premiere ‘Hot Snow’) missing its final act.
Holby City bosses have cast Paul O’Grady in a guest role. The TV presenter and entertainer will appear on the BBC medical drama later this year, playing Tim Connor. Paul reveals: “People forget I started my career as an actor, I was in The Bill long before Lily Savage took off I can’t honestly wait.”
New Saturday night singing show ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ is hosted by Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness, but could it have been ex-reality personality Mark Wright in his shoes. Insiders tell me he was pencilled in, but after his own show failed they decided to move on…
Phillip Schofield may now not be friends with Fern Britton, but she says it came as quite a big shock to her. “I always thought we may have a bond or something, but then I read he was not keeping in touch with me so I guess not...”
Jack Carroll may not have won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent but the budding comic is hopeful his career is not over. He said: “There is talk of a book, DVD and live tour, plus I am hopeful of working with Jason Manford, to me he is funny and I aspire to be as good as him.”
Coronation Street bosses are once again plotting a cheery storyline where warring brothers David Platt and Nick Tilsley are hospitalised after a major car crash. Apparently viewers talking on fansites want a “return to more comedy”...
Coronation Street actress Sue Johnston is leaving as Gloria on the show, but TV bosses have not ruled out bringing back the character with another actress in the role if needed. A source revealed: “We have done this many times, and to be honest it’s the show that is bigger than any actress who joins...”
Sammy Winward, who plays Katie in Emmerdale, is clearly keen to stay on the show even after 11 years of playing the insufferable Katie the farm hand. She trills: “I am halfway through my contract now, so I am keeping my fingers crossed it will happen, but you never know in soap do you?”
Loose Women is not the ratings force it once was, and now bosses are planning even more changes in September, after the summer break of the show. Friends tell me: “It will be a new panel, and with a younger element to the show, as we are losing out to BBC Two in the ratings.”