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Joan Collins and Liz Hurley could be found in the glamorous location of Clapham in South London last week. Both are filming the pilot for a new TV drama called ‘Dead Rich’, playing mother and daughter no less. Liz tells me: “To appear with Joan is a dream come true, she is a wonderful actress and friend, I am so excited about this job.”

The Saturdays’ TV show has reportedly been axed. Chasing The Saturdays, a series about the UK group’s attempts to make it big across the pond, has not been renewed and according to sources, the girls were just too nice on the show, which didn’t go down well with viewers.

Former Emmerdale actress Amy Nuttall tells me she may be returning to the hit drama Downton Abbey at some stage. “I was not killed off so you never know, but for now I am busy with some other projects,” she said. “I will still keep tuning into the show as it’s so addictive.”

The BBC is to remake its hit 1970s Cornish costume drama Poldark. Starring Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees, it was a big hit with viewers when it was first transmitted between 1975 and 1977.The show could potentially become a big staple of Sunday evenings again when it airs next winter.

Holly Willoughby confirmed that she is not worried about the low ratings on The Voice, despite her picking up a lot of money per episode for appearing, and reading a few links. “I think the show is great and focuses on real talent, but we are happy with our ratings so far,” she said.

Coronation Street’s Georgia May Foote has apparently been given a new contract keeping her in the soap for another year. The actress, who plays young mum Katy Armstrong, has signed a contract that will last her up until next May.

Donny Osmond has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential X Factor judge. He tells me: “I like the idea and think with my experience I could help. I know both sides of the business now and I think that is the part that is neglected.”

Emmerdale star Sian Reese-Williams has decided to leave the soap after five years playing Gennie Walker. The actress will bow out on screen in the summer, as she wishes to pursue other career opportunities. Panto will be the first option...

Rosamund Pike and David Tennant are to play a bickering couple in new comedy What We Did On Our Holiday. The former Bond girl and the ex-Doctor Who are to shoot the film, directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the team behind hit TV series Outnumbered, on location in Scotland in June and July.

With the Spice Girls musical closing early after losses of £5million, plans to release a DVD version of the show along with a TV special have come to a shuddering halt. Sources tell me: “There are plans, but not for some time...”

Louis Walsh has reportedly finalised his return to The X Factor. The judge apparently refused to push for a rise on his alleged £1 million deal, telling bosses that it wouldn’t be appropriate given that many viewers are struggling financially in the current economic climate. However ITV say they don’t pay him a million and there was no pay rise offer anyway...

Paul O’Grady tells me he is “fed up” with the relentless tears of so-called reality TV stars on shows each week, moaning about losing out. “I say get a life ... if you can’t take the stick then don’t go on the show, it’s that simple,” he said.

The BAFTAs are all about getting freebies and makeovers, right? And plenty of the makeovers were happening in the BAFTAs’ style suites: lavish temples to hair, make-up and fashion set up in the confines of the luxury Corinthia hotel in Central London. There, BAFTA nominees and presenters were cossetted away in the hotel’s best suites where they were tanned, made-up and coiffured to within an inch of their lives by the world’s top glamour hit squads. But not everyone returned the “borrowed” gifts they had been loaned ... for now my lips are sealed.

Britain’s Got Talent is not quite pulling in the big figures that ITV had hoped fo. While it’s still ahead of its rival The Voice, it appears that fans of the show are on the way down, due to the fact it’s now also open to semi-professional acts. A source reveals: “We hope to have a great final and of course with that great ratings, so let’s see.”

The new set at the Rovers Return was unveiled last week, but Corrie fans already think it’s a little over the top as it looks far more glamorous than the original set. Does it need to be so glam given they now have the bistro? The set will be fully revealed on screen within weeks.

Emmerdale star Rik Makarem has announced that he is leaving the soap. The actor has been playing the role of businessman Nikhil Sharma since autumn 2009 and tells me: “I just wanted a change. I enjoy the show and will miss everyone, but I decided to become an actor to have challenges and this is my latest one.”

Alan Carr wants a stint on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing. The popular presenter said: “I have told Bruce I would be ideal, but while he agreed no-one has actually got in touch to say if they are keen or not, but if they snapped their fingers I would come running.”

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