Ann's Angle

I caught up with Carry On star Barbara Windsor at the Hippodrome in London, and the former EastEnder let slip: “I get asked back all the time to the show, but it’s such a big commitment. I do miss playing Peggy though, so I would say never say never, but maybe just a short visit, I would consider that.”

 

Former Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas has filmed a guest appearance on Doctors. The actor, best known for his role as Chester villain Warren Fox, was on set at the BBC One daytime soap earlier this month. Lomas’s scenes will air in August, and his storyline involves a father and son with a difficult relationship.

 

BBC One period drama The Village is to return for a second series in 2014, it has been confirmed. The show, which stars John Simm and Maxine Peake, follows the life of a working class community in Derbyshire in 1914 – although the next series will reportedly be set in the 1920s – and has been a huge ratings success on a Sunday evening.

 

UKTV has announced a new Freeview channel, called Drama. The station will launch on July 8 and feature shows including Pride and Prejudice, Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path, Sharpe, Tipping the Velvet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Cranford and Lark Rise To Candleford.

 

Simon Cowell has reportedly issued a strict contract to all Britain's Got Talent acts. Hopefuls on the ITV talent show are said to have been instructed not to reveal any information about Cowell and his fellow judges, or the audition process, but many will do it via social media anyway. An ITV source tells me: “It’s a great PR spin but it’s all hype to get the show more exposure.”

 

Countdown star Nick Hewer revealed he has signed a lucrative contract to present the show for another year. Asked about rumours that the long-running show, which has been on Channel 4 since 1982, was to be axed, Nick reveals: “I’ve got a contract right through to 2014 so, to be honest with you, I'd be sad, but I’d be in the money.”

 

John Michie is set to leave his Coronation Street role as killer Karl Munro. But his reign of terror on the cobbles may not be over just yet – he has signed a six-month contract extension as scriptwriters have an explosive summer lined up for Corrie villain Karl.

 

Melanie Chisholm has hinted she'd love to be the latest Spice Girl to compete in Strictly Come Dancing. Mel C, talking about her daughter Scarlet, said: “Scarlet loves dancing and she loves Strictly. I think I'll have to do it just to make her proud. I’m a fan too, so you never know.”

 

Spice Girls musical Viva Forever which premiered at the Piccadilly Theatre in December, will close at the end of June after just six months in the West End. By closing after just six months Viva Forever, which had been booking until February 2014, has reportedly made a loss of over £5million.

 

According to good sources on the set of Emmerdale it appears that some night shoots have been taking place – and that a new batch of graves have been dug ... never a good sign. But as the press office like to tease: “Could Cameron be ready to kill again?” ... and, might we add, ‘does anyone actually care?!’

 

Sixties icon Diana Rigg says she enjoyed her stint in the cult classic Dr Who. “It appears I am now cool with the kids, and I am sure I will get invited to lots of conventions and such like,” she said. “It’s a great show to be involved with, and I was delighted when they asked me to appear in it.”

 

Bonnie Tyler is representing us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and she admits: “It’s the biggest TV show of the year, and I am nervous for sure, but you know I will just go out and give it my best shot. I just hope that everyone is behind me on the night.”

 

Dallas has been renewed for a third season, with US channel TNT commissioning 15 new episodes of the Patrick Duffy-led series to begin airing in early 2014. The show airs here in the UK on Five, which is yet to agree a deal for the third series.

 

Charlie Brooks, who plays Janine in EastEnders, tells me that going into the celebrity jungle was in fact “quite a rest from the day-to-day life I lead ... it was tough of course, but then again you do forget about the cameras being there all the time. Although that said, I would not want to do it all again.”

 

Evergreen actress Frances De La Tour who stars in the new ITV comedy ‘Vicious’ is best known as Miss Jones from the cult classic Rising Damp, and she reveals: “I still get asked about it almost daily, and it’s good to know that she touched so many people’s lives. She was a delightful character to play in all honesty.”

 

Davina McCall is back with her latest Channel Four show ‘Five Minutes To A Fortune’, but unlike her Million Pound Drop quiz, it’s not faring as well in the ratings... However Davina thinks this is because: “I always work better live and this is the first show I have ever done as a pre-record. We may revert to live in the future.”

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