Ann's Angle

New Tricks star Dennis Waterman denies he insists on singing the theme tune to all his hit shows, like Minder, Stay Lucky, and of course New Tricks. He said: “I get asked and I like the idea, plus people seem to enjoy my singing, so why not? I know that people rib me about it, but I am fine with it.”

Sir Bruce Forsyth is not a man who’s slowing down. He tells me: “I have a sudden burst of energy, Ann, and yes I am looking at a new album after the last one did so well, a new one man show, and of course, I will continue with Strictly Come Dancing, no matter what the critics and papers say. We are having a cracking time.”

Sir Bruce also tells me that every year the Strictly shows get longer to record – but it’s not down to the dancers. “It’s the bands we have on,” he said. “They all need longer to set up, and with the routines also that is why the shows are now getting longer to record – it’s a lot tougher...”

The X Factor finalists won’t live in a hotel this year, it has been reported. Last year’s contestants lived in five-star luxury during the live shows after moving into London’s Corinthia Hotel. However, a friend tell me: “It’s simpler to have the boys and girls all living in one house, so that is the plan.”

Adrian Chiles has been quietly disposed of as a top-flight ITV star, with his new contract just for football so far. A source tells me: “After his Daybreak flop and his chat show was axed, bosses figured he was way too expensive to keep at that rate, so while he works for them it’s as a freelance operator now.”

A festive ‘Call the Midwife’ album has been announced by the BBC. Call the Midwife - The Christmas Album will contain music from the BBC One drama’s 2012 and upcoming 2013 Christmas specials and will be released on November 25. Laura Main (Sister Bernadette) and Stephen McGann (Dr Turner) have recorded a version of the classic song, while orchestral score highlights from composer Peter Salem will also feature.

Hard man actor Danny Dyer has landed a role as the new boss of the Queen Victoria in Albert Square towards the end of the month, and is over the moon about it. Not everyone is, though, with Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace who currently play King and Queen Bee of the Vic, “not thrilled at all”, as they read it in the paper like all the rest...

X Factor runner-up Olly Murs has given up his bid to crack the US pop market, and reveals: “I am just too busy here and in Europe, and I would have to give up a lot to do that, so far though I have no plans.”

X Factor runner-up Olly Murs has given up his bid to crack the US pop market, and reveals: “I am just too busy here and in Europe, and I would have to give up a lot to do that, so far though I have no plans.”

Breakfast TV host Susannah Reid is appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and Breakfast at the same time and tells me she has never felt fitter. “It’s great dancing, as you burn up so many calories,” she said. “So the bonus is you really can eat what you want, plus, yes, I think my dancing is getting a little better.”

The ITV dancing show ‘Stepping Out’ won’t be making a return, I can reveal. Bosses think it should have performed better in the ratings given its prime time Saturday night slot, and while it won’t be announced just yet, that is the plan.

Soon-to-depart EastEnders actor Scott Maslan, who plays Jack Branning in the soap, tells me that the show has suffered in the ratings due to cost-cutting. He said: “People assume we’re all on big money, but we’re not, and moreso it’s affected the storylines, shoots and what extras we can put into the show, hence it’s lost its way a bit.”

Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan says she has had some wonderful offers since announcing she was going to quit the soap. “If they all come off I will be a very happy girl, but I can’t say right now in case of course I jinx it, but it’s going well,” she said.

Cilla Black is to star in a BBC sitcom alongside her friend Paul O’Grady, who will play her jailbird half-brother. The pair will record the half-hour programme, Led Astray, later this month. It has been written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and Cilla said: “I think it’s time for a good old-fashioned comedy show, and we are having a ball making it.”

Seventies film star Robin Askwith is joining the cast of Coronation Street. The comic actor - star of the 1970s Confessions sex comedies – will play rocker Ritchie in the soap. Ritchie is an old friend of Dennis Tanner’s, who used to represent him in his heyday. Robin though was originally down for a role, in the better suited EastEnders, but that role went to Bobby Davro in the end.

Chat show host Alan Carr tells me that his plans to make a sitcom about a dog walker have now been put on hold. “I am way too lazy to get it off the ground, but I do have another idea so hopefully Channel Four will like that one, and we can get on with it,” he laughed.

EastEnders fans will soon be introduced to Sadie Young’s daughter Bella. Child actress Isobelle Molloy has been cast in the role of Bella and has already filmed her first scenes for the BBC soap.

Aled Jones has his autobiography due out shortly, however publishers are concerned that the ending could change just as it hit the stores due to the ongoing battle at Daybreak, who may or may not be replacing the singer with yet another new host after the ratings tumble.

Loose Women are having yet another revamp with original host Kaye Adams and Colleen Nolan both returning to the show. Kaye tells me: “I started the show off, and I am delighted to be asked back to be honest, it’s always a great laugh, but we will now be covering more serious news too.”

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