Chart star Ellie Goulding, back in the top 10 with the official Children In Need single, tells me of her plans to make further acting stints. “I did a short film and loved it, but I would love a cameo in something like Mr Selfridge or a period drama,” she said. “I am a big fan of this type of drama, so who knows in the future?”
Louis Walsh was at the first night opening of the comedian Dame Edna at the London Palladium last week, and I think his so-called feud with fellow Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revell Horwood is just for the cameras, as I spotted them deep in conversation at the Val Parnell Bar...
Did you know that Peter Andre’s show ‘60 Minute Makeover’ actually takes a full day to complete and not the 60 minutes as advertised? ITV now have to announce this at the start of the show as it’s
Daytime show This Morning recently celebrated 25 years on air, and while the ratings may have lifted a tad, it did not take long for them to swing back into the black hole again. ITV are planning yet another revamp, but many feel there is too much Phillip Schofield on screen ... really, can there ever be?!
EastEnders may not have performed so well in the ratings lately, but newcomer Danny Dyer has said he hopes to change all that. “I think with my character, things will take a turn for the better ... we are looking at some good stuff,” he boasted.
Foyle’s War is to return to ITV in 2015. The period detective drama starring Michael Kitchen will shoot three new two-hour episodes between January and April 2014. He tells me: “I can’t believe we get to bring it back, but it appears the viewers do love it, and we are so grateful.”
EastEnders’ Rachel Bright will star in a short film following her exit from the soap. It was announced last month that the actress, who plays Walford’s Poppy Meadow, would be leaving the show.
Natalie Cassidy may be returning to EastEnders as Sonia next year, but so far she has not revealed what is to become of her lottery role on Channel 5. A source reveals: “If she gets too busy we may just recast.”
Choir Master Gareth Malone may be busy getting normal people to sing in choirs, but it’s his beard that is getting all the attention. He tells me: “It’s simple, I am so busy at the moment, I don’t have time to shave, yet many people simply don’t like it. I do, though...”
Loose Women is looking at yet another big shake-up in the New Year, despite one just a few months back. Carol Vorderman may be popping up on screen selling a catalogue clothing range and vitamin pills, but it appears that she is not an attraction as the host of the show...
Remember the Simon Cowell cookery show Food Glorious Food which was a borrow of the Bake Off format on the BBC? Well, the winning prize was to have your recipe in Marks and Spencer. Following the demise of the show the product has now been “withdrawn” from M&S stores ... shocked?
Did you know that the recent Dr Who drama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time?’ was actually the last-ever drama shot at the recently-sold BBC TV centre? A source tells me: “It had actually closed but we needed it for the original 60s outdoor shots where the Doctor first took shape, so they let us back in for a few days.”
Strictly Come Dancing star Sophie Ellis-Bextor has said the thieves who struck contestants’ dressing rooms while the show was on air were “opportunistic”. Police are investigating the incident, in which a number of valuables, including an iPad, phone and jewellery, are said to have been stolen from an area used by female competitors.
Coronation Street has cast Terence Maynard to play the role of Jason Grimshaw’s estranged father Tony.
Tony will arrive in Weatherfield next year, keen to make amends with his son, and could also be a new love interest for Liz McDonald after he catches her eye.
Sir Bruce Forsyth is apparently a worried man after Strictly Come Dancing got the highest ratings of the series on the weekend he decided to take off. Insiders tell me: “Sir Bruce always figured he was the ratings draw, but now he knows it’s not all down to his persona.” Worrying times...
Simon Cowell’s X Factor in the USA could be heading for the axe after dire ratings in its third season. Makers Fox TV reveal that as yet they have no plans to make the show for a fourth season, and this gives Simon a clear way back to sitting on the judges’ table back on the UK version.
Alan Titchmarsh may have been weeded out of the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage, but according to friends he was furious and felt he had no choice after being treated badly by a show he had fronted for over 13 years. It appears he has become like his plant – a weeping willow, then...
Bill Turnbull has made his return to the BBC Breakfast sofa after more than a month away unwell, and told viewers it was a ‘huge boost and tonic’ to be back. The 57-year-old presenter has been off screens since October 2 as a result of an unspecified bout of ill health, with Charlie Stayt filling in as guest host. Bill was welcomed back by colleagues and viewers, but did not elaborate on his illness.
Benidorm will return for a sixth series in the New Year on ITV, and a new family will be joining the series regulars. Also coming are the Krankies and Rustie Lee, as friends of Donald and Jacqueline, and Joan Collins will play Crystal Hennesy-Vas, the CEO of the Solana Hotel Group.