A big round of applause for the great Sooty, along with his pal Sweep, who are celebrating all those years in the world of showbiz. Back on CITV in the autumn, his only diva request is “a bit of fabric conditioner to smell a bit fresher,” he told me exclusively...
Barbara Windsor is on her way back to EastEnders, but for one episode only, according to the lady herself. She tells me: “I was thrilled to go back and know that it had an end date, but I know they will try and make me do more, if I can be persuaded, but I am happy to be there for now.”
Former BBC breakfast presenter Sian Williams has ruled out an appearance in Strictly Come Dancing, saying she would be “unhappy” for her family to see her doing badly on the dance floor. This despite appearing in a charity version of the show... “I just can’t commit to that long in the series, although I do love watching the show at home,” she said.
Tim Henman has denied rumours linking him with a spot on the Strictly line-up this year. The former British number one tennis player told me at the Novak Djokovic Foundation gala dinner that he was not aware he had been tipped to appear. “I get the call most years, but it’s not my style of show,” he said.
It may only be July, but look out for news on the Christmas specials of Citizen Khan and Not Going Out, which are both going into production this month.
Celebrity singing contest Your Face Looks Familiar may have started off well in the ratings, but so far ITV are declining to comment further on if the show will be back for a second series after the show lost over a million viewers in one week.
Holby City star Tina Hobley has praised her upcoming exit storyline, promising that her character Chrissie Williams will leave on a positive note. The actress recently announced her decision to bow out from the BBC One medical drama after 12 years playing Chrissie. “I know it’s a great exit, and I am so happy with the way it’s gone, so yes it’s a good end for her,” she said.
Richard & Adam have announced details of their debut studio album. The Britain’s Got Talent finalists will release covers album The Impossible Dream on July 29. Also they plan to have a Christmas album out too, if the buying public are receptive to their debut. They tell me: “This is like a dream come true for us.”
Cher Lloyd has credited One Direction with setting up her success in the US. Miss Lloyd finished in fourth place behind One Direction on The X Factor back in 2010 and said: “I think because we were on the same series, it kind of worked out well for us both. It was a good year.”
Jeremy Piven has said that he is already “really proud” of the second series of Mr Selfridge. “I’m not supposed to tell you, but I’ll tell you anyway that series two starts five years ahead, so the backdrop is the Great War.” He also let slip “look out for some amazing guest slots also ... we have such a good series this time around.”
Gok Wan is once again offering advice to ladies of the fuller figure, even if he’s not asked, but his Summer Road Show on Channel Four could see this as the end of his contract as ratings are very low.
A source reveals: “Like fashion, presenters of fashion go in and out of it, and maybe it’s time we rested Gok for a while now.”
Coronation Street actor Mikey North has vowed that he will stick with the soap as long as he keeps receiving challenging storylines. “I do think Gary has become something different in the last few years, and for me as an actor it’s been great, so yes more of that please,” he said.
While Denise Van Outen may provide the voice over for The Only Way Is Essex, she has ruled out appearing in the show herself. She said: “I am from the county and proud of it, but I don’t want to do that type of show, it’s not my thing, although I love doing the voiceover as I get to see all the goss first.”
Soap star Stephanie Beacham tells me her iconic show ‘Connie’, which was made by Central TV in the late 80s, has been wiped. “Can you believe it?” she said. “They wiped all the master tapes, so if anyone has actually got any episodes now they could be worth quite a bit. It’s a shame when you think about it.”
Mark Wright may have not made much impression with his own reality stints since leaving The Only Way is Essex, but he hopes his new show on ITV2, which will focus on him attending parties of the world, will be a success. “I will show them how to party my way,” he said.
John Barrowman is to host a new daytime quiz on BBC One. Pressure Pad will see contestants face general knowledge questions as they are “put under pressure” by an interactive LED pad under the studio floor...
Bradley Walsh has refused to rule out a return to Coronation Street in the future. The 53-year-old – who played Danny Baldwin between 2004 and 2006 – said that he will “never say never” to a possible comeback. Brad recently filmed a US pilot of his quiz show The Chase for Fox.