Alfie Boe is to make an appearance in the next series of Mr Selfridge. The opera singer will guest star as tenor Richard Chapman when the show returns for its second run, and Alfie tells me: “It’s the biggest show on TV and somehow I have managed to land a guest role. It’s amazing really, but I do hope that this will lead to more acting roles.”
Peter Andre has revealed that he has apparently rejected offers to join Strictly Come Dancing for the last four years. However bosses at the BBC have said they have “no record of such an offer ever being made directly, we know his manager rang up quite a few times offering him though...”
Ever fancied getting your hands on some classic BBC set stuff? Well now you can thanks to the recent closure of Television Centre in West London. The BBC are selling off everything, from the sofa used in Blue Peter to racks and racks of clothes that were worn by stars in their many sitcoms and shows. Check out www.ppauctions.com for more info.
Top Gear’s pint-sized driver Richard Hammond is so fed up with his own shows being cancelled that he has decided to write and pitch his own instead. “I think it’s the best idea, after all you know your own idea well, and people seem quite responsive. But it’s early days ... let’s just say it’s the mogul in me,” he laughed.
After the failure of his comeback comedy show on BBC in which David Jason played a royal bodyguard, he is sticking to safer ground by rejoining Roy Clarke and a new series he is working on. “It’s a great script, and I am hopeful as we do need more fun, light-hearted comedy on the box, don’t we?” he said.
Georgia Taylor has dashed fans’ hopes that she will be making a return to Coronation Street any time soon. The actress – currently starring in ITV’s Law and Order: UK – played Toyah Battersby for six years until 2003 and was recently rumoured to be making a comeback to the cobbles, but she said there was no truth in the story.
Sam Womack is back in EastEnders, claiming she has “really missed the show”. Yet 18 months ago she said she was tired, and wanted to “try something new”. Maybe the money is better in Albert Square...
Cilla Black is back for a one-off special this September to celebrate her 50 years in showbiz on ITV, but she thrills many with the news that she won’t be making a full-time return. “I have no desire to do all that again,” she said. “I miss the fun of the shows, but for me now, life is a lot quieter and it’s how I like it.”
Noel Edmonds says that his Deal or No Deal is a success because: “We are a gentle kind of quiz, and we want people to do well on the show ... I get quite upset when people lose in the end, but it’s part and parcel of the show.”
Ian Hislop claims the guests on Have I Got News For You are sometimes shocked at the show’s content. “I do think they wonder how we are allowed to get away with so much,” he said. “More so if they have never seen the show, but that is what makes it such great fun also.”
Bear Grylls is to present a special edition of BBC One’s Songs of Praise, it has been confirmed. The 39-year-old adventurer and committed Christian will host the episode in celebration of the first anniversary of the creation of the Wales Coast Path.
It may be July but ITV are already thinking Christmas specials, I can reveal, and are looking at a one-off with teen pop star Justin Bieber and Beyonce. “Both have the power to pull in big ratings, and it will be a special treat for their fans, of which there are many,” a source tells me.
Danny O’Donoghue has quit his role as a mentor on The Voice after two series. Insiders on the show admit that all four judge spots are “still in the air”, and that Danny may have seen the writing on the wall. Danny says he will continue making more music with his band The Script.
Did you know that X Factor has a warm-up man? The comedian is called Ian Royce and he also makes them laugh while warming up Britain’s Got Talent too, but judging by the audience reception it must be a rather difficult job...
Teri Hatcher has revealed that she would like to be involved in a Desperate Housewives movie. The actress – who played Susan Delfino on the ABC series for eight seasons – said that the show “still had life” left in it when it ended last year.
It appears that a battle is brewing between daytime shows This Morning and Jeremy Kyle, who both vie for the ‘desperate’ end of guests and audiences with shocking stories. However This Morning claims they get a bigger audience and “people respect what we do, so we are the number one choice.”
Former Dragons Den judge Hillary Devey says she may even now look into politics as a career. “I think they need a businesswoman to be frank,” she said. “After all, a bunch of men have not been able to sort the mess out, have they?”
Louis Walsh turned up at the launch of X Factor looking ‘younger, fresher and tighter’ than he ever has before. Insiders on the show reveal: “He’s starting to look more and more like his Tussauds waxwork than ever before...”