Tony Christie may just be ‘The Voice’ if Tom Jones decides not to stay with the BBC talent show. Insiders on the show tell me they are looking at all options to make sure they have a seasoned and well-respected star who can take his place should Sir Tom decide to bow out...
Michelle Collins denies she quit Coronation Street over money. The soap actress, who plays Stella in the show, tells me: “I just feel the time is right to move on, I have had a fantastic time in the show, but it would be good to play someone else for a while. I know I will miss all the cast, it’s like my family up there.”
Roxanne Pallett has confessed that she fibbed on her CV to get her big break in Emmerdale. The actress – who played biker Jo Sugden on the show for three years – said she told bosses on the ITV soap she was able to ride a motorcycle. “Everyone does that in acting though don’t they ... you know, claim things they really can’t do, it was fun learning anyway,” she laughed.
David Cameron and his team could do worse than spending a couple of months watching British soaps if they want some ideas on how to improve the services of the NHS. Nobody ever has to wait for an appointment to see their GP in Weatherfield – people can even wander off the street into the surgery and still be seen within 30 seconds! And if they can’t be bothered hauling themselves 100 yards to the medical centre, no matter – the doc is only too happy to drop everything and immediately visit their homes ... Mirfield Health Centre take note!
Peter Capaldi will “probably” keep his Scottish accent for the next series of Doctor Who, according to show insider Steven Moffat. The 55-year-old actor, born in Glasgow, was announced as current Doctor Matt Smith’s successor earlier this month.
ITV has confirmed that Scott and Bailey will return for a fourth series. The crime drama, starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones, will begin shooting new episodes in spring 2014.
The last cobble has been laid on ITV’s new Coronation Street set at MediaCity My spies on the show tell me that you can’t spot the difference at all in the set, but it will give the cast more room and look better in HD. All very well, but what about the dire storylines?
Olly Murs has admitted that he would like his own reality show. The ‘Troublemaker’ singer said that he would like to follow in the footsteps of The Saturdays and The Wanted, who have both featured in series to give fans a glimpse into his life.
Emmerdale actor Rik Makarem has revealed he is looking for acting work in Hollywood now he is leaving the soap. “I think I will be typcast here for a while, so I figure why not give it a go?” he said. “After all, it may just take off and there is no better time to have a go at this, is there?”
With collective groans across the UK, it appears that Louis Walsh has suggested that he may go back on his decision to leave The X Factor after this year’s series, if Simon Cowell rejoins the panel. However ITV bosses quite like the idea of revamping the show and the decision may not be Louis’ to make in the end...
The Great British Bake Off returned with big ratings again, along with baking queen Mary Berry, but she told me the success of the show was simply down to the great people who take part. “I think so many are brave as it’s quite daunting when you think about it, but we seem to be doing so well, and yes I think I have already spotted my winner,” she said.
Alison Steadman’s comedy drama Love and Marriage, has been axed by ITV after just one series. The show, which saw Alison play a woman walking out on her family on the day she retires, opened with steady although not spectacular ratings of 4.6 million viewers.
The BBC has revealed it’s dropped BBC1 district nurse drama Frankie after just one series. Frankie, which starred Torchwood actress Eve Myles, received a mixed critical reception and debuted, with modest viewing figures of 4.6 million for an expensive BBC drama.
Catchphrase will return to ITV for a second series. Nine regular 45-minute episodes, plus three hour-long celebrity specials, will begin filming in September.
Leona Lewis has been named the best-selling X Factor act in the UK. The latest sales figures show that the singing contest has produced sales of 30 million singles and 18 million albums in the UK since it started back in 2004.