It’s always fun to catch up with an old friend, and Sir Bruce Forsyth is a real gent. He was at the Hippodrome to celebrate the reunion of many acts, dancers and agents from when the venue was the world-famous Talk Of The Town. Sir Bruce also let slip that he has no intentions of leaving Strictly Come Dancing and is not retiring, but he’ll be appearing with his one-man show in the summer at the Royal Albert Hall. “It’s fun and a celebration evening, as I have had a few years in showbiz,” he laughed.
Former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has expressed an interest in working on the new series of The X Factor. The pop singer believes that she has a good eye for talent-spotting and said that she would be open to offers to follow in the footsteps of her Girls Aloud band mate Cheryl Cole. “I think I could easily offer advice and fun to people who want to follow the same career as me,” she said.
Stephen Tompkinson is to star in a new BBC One drama called Truckers. The DCI Banks star will play Malachi Davies in the five-part series from Made In Dagenham writer William Ivory. Filming will begin soon in Nottingham.
BBC detective series Bergerac could make a comeback more than 20 years after it was axed. TV bosses are in the process of developing a possible new series featuring the Jersey-based investigator, although it has not yet been commissioned. The original BBC series starred John Nettles for a decade until it ended in 1991. He later went on to take the lead role in ITV’s Midsomer Murders, although he has since left. Any new series would be aimed at a younger audience, but would also hope to attract seasoned fans.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone is to lead a national talent hunt for his next challenge – to recruit a group of young people and inspire a whole generation. The music maestro, who has taken his Military Wives group to the top of the charts and is known for TV show The Choir, wants his next ensemble to record contemporary tracks and create a new choral style. And this time, instead of taking raw recruits, he wants teenagers and young adults to apply so he can build the best choir possible.
Coronation Street producers have decided to keep the Price family in the soap for the foreseeable future. The family members, played by Jane Danson, Sue Johnston, Michelle Collins and Catherine Tyldesley, have all proved so popular with viewers that they have been rewarded with one-year contract extensions.
Peter Andre is to host the new series of ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover. The daytime series will be rebranded as Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover for 30 new episodes. Andre will lead a team of designers and workmen, as they travel around the UK transforming homes, solving design dilemmas, and surprising people with home makeovers.
Daniella Westbrook is making an appearance on Songs of Praise. The former EastEnders actress will appear on the BBC One programme on Sunday and Danniella, who currently stars in Hollyoaks, will talk about how her faith helped save her and select some of her favourite hymns for the show, Songs Of Praise: Fame And Faith.
Emmerdale continues plumb the depths of credibility with its storylines, this time with Debbie and Chas at loggerheads with a gun in a barn. Not only that, but fans are furious that the recent trashy storylines are glamourising gun crime and making it look acceptable to carry a gun. Emmerdale bosses claim “it’s all part of a bigger storyline”.
He is currently in Los Angeles trying to crack Hollywood, and ex-soap star Sid Owen reveals he is willing to take any kind of work if it means breaking into the movies. “I feel I have done my time in the UK, and it’s now or never so why not give it a go and see if it takes off?” he laughed. He also added: “I may, if the UK is unlucky, revive my singing career at some stage too...”
Michelle Keegan, who plays the role of Tina in Coronation Street, has decided to leave the show to have a go at other roles and maybe even look at Hollywood. The actress, though, admits: “I just hope they don’t kill me off, as I would love to come back, should it not all work out.” Expect a panto booking very soon...
Paul O’Grady may be now best known for his love of animals with his ITV shows, but the funnyman still would like a crack at another comedy. He said: “I did one about bingo called ‘Eyes Down’ which I loved making. I like what they call old-fashioned situation comedy, so in my book it remains funny, but it appears TV bosses don’t feel the same.”
Former EastEnders actress Kacey Ainsworth has admitted that she would be open to the possibility of returning to the soap. Kacey – who played Little Mo Mitchell between 2000 and 2006 – has said that she would “never say never” to reprising her role.