It’s not often you get asked to co-host a glittering West End film premiere, but that is what happened last weekend when I helped launched ‘Writhe’, the debut movie of Sharaz Ali. The film, written and produced by Sharaz, saw a star turnout for the premiere at Cineworld in London’s Piccadilly. Starring Armeena Rana Khan and Geoff Cooper, the movie also launched in Cannes and now Sharaz is working on his next big screen adventure.
Off Their Rockers is going to return for a second series on ITV. The network has ordered another run from the elderly pranksters to screen next year. Commissioning editor for comedy entertainment Claire Zolkwer said: “The Rockers proved that older people can have just as much – if not more – fun than the rest of us. And it was wonderful to see them have such a positive impact on our viewers.”
Rob Kazinsky has been plotting a way for his EastEnders’ alter-ego to return to the soap. The True Blood star played Sean Slater in Albert Square for three years before leaving in 2009. He reveals that he would consider returning to EastEnders, and has come up with ideas to bring back his bad boy character.
The One show host Alex Jones says she is not a celebrity at all. “I never think of my myself in that light at all,” she said. “I know that we get some real stars on the show, and I am in total awe of them, so no please don’t say I am a celebrity, it’s not me at all.”
Rod Stewart banned a BBC film crew from filming his model railway, because it is private, despite opening up on screen about his hard-living days and complicated private life. The 68-year-old singer collaborated with the Beeb on a new documentary about his career, called Can’t Stop Me Now, which mixes archive footage and interviews with himself and his family. But he told me some things had been off limits - including the model railway layout at the top of his house...
The Call Centre, a fly on the wall documentary recently screened on BBC 3, is to be fully repeated on BBC 2 during August as bosses think they have a big hit on their hands with it. I was told: “It’s proved so popular and we feel a wider audience should have the chance to see it.”
Actor Will Mellor admits he is planning other ventures outside the world of acting. “You have to, so I am developing a series of children’s play areas, which I hope will take off and we can have a chain of them in a couple of years,” he said.
ITV have been forced to apologise after actor Rupert Everett swore during a live interview on daytime show Loose Women. Insiders tell me they may now even pre-record interviews in the future in a bid to stop this happening yet again...
Pointless host and comedian Alexanda Armstrong is branching out into the world of cabaret, claiming he is a song and dance man at heart. “I have developed a new act and it’s going well, so hopefully people will see me in a new light after my shows in London,” he said.
Stephen Mulhern is to host a new entertainment show for ITV. The Catchphrase host will front Big Star’s Little Star, in which Britain’s best-loved stars team up with their own children to win money for charity.
Ken Barlow’s absence from Coronation Street will finally be addressed on screen tonight. In the Coronation Street double bill, Ken’s absence will be worked into the storyline, as his wife Deirdre reveals that he has flown off to Canada.
Richard Hammond’s prank TV show Secret Service has been dropped by the BBC after one series. The broadcaster confirmed that a second season of the Saturday night programme, which sees the Top Gear presenter lead a team of “secret agents” who carry out missions for the public, will not be made.
Vernon Kaye says there is no reason why he can’t appear in Strictly Come Dancing, which his wife Tess Daly presents. “It’s simple basically, I have never been asked, and yes I would love to do the Christmas special or something like that, but you need to be asked don’t you?”
The Voice flopped in the ratings, and it appears the shock winner of the show is struggling too. Andrea Begley told friends: “I really never thought it would be me as the winner, it’s all a shock and I am not that prepared for it to be honest.”
Coronation Street bosses have announced that East Is East star Jimi Mistry is joining the soap’s cast. The actor will begin filming with the ITV show in September, taking on the role of Gary Windass’s old friend Khalid.
ITV is looking for a new entertainment series to replace Dancing on Ice. The broadcaster is searching for a new “juggernaut entertainment show” to launch in the wake of the celebrity skating competition’s final run in 2014.
Lord Sugar reveals he cannot believe some of the choices that Apprentice contestants make while appearing on the show. He says: “I have to say people think I am acting, but it’s really a shock to me and what you see on screen really is all real.”
X Factor judge Gary Barlow has mothballed his own record label, set up through Universal three years ago. A source reveals: “The acts he signed simply failed to take off despite his backing, so it’s the best for everyone really.”