The lovely Dame Kelly Holmes helped kicked start last week’s Sports Relief 2014 campaign and the double OIympic gold medal-winning athlete tells me: “I want to see more people getting into sport, we showed two years ago just how interested people are, and we need to keep that momentum going, it’s so important.”
The new X Factor trailer with Simon & Cheryl was supposed to inspire people to sign up for the show, but so far the take-up has not been that great. ITV though confirm that they now hope the duo can “replicate some of the success of the show four years ago”.
Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Eva in the soap, tells me she owes her new slimmer figure to another soap star – Patsy Palmer. “I used to work out to one of her videos to get fit, and they really do work, so yes I owe her a lot and will tell her when I see her,” she said.
Abbey Clancy the winner of last year’s Strictly Come Dancing tells me she is having withdrawal effects from not dancing on a daily basis. “You get so hooked on the training all the routines that when it stops it does come as something of a shock, but I am enjoying my time as a champion,” she laughed.
Corrie’s Ryan Thomas has hit out at his lack of airtime – complaining he’s waited 15 years for a storyline. The actor, who plays hunky builder Jason Grimshaw, made his feelings known on Twitter. However his bosses have now banned him from talking about the soap on the social media site, claiming that “all scripts and plots remain confidential”.
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she originally turned down the job of presenting the BBC reality show. She said: “I could not really see me and cakes and all that, but it’s been a great success and now we’re moving to BBC One, so how foolish would I have been to say no?”
Bill Roache has made an emotional return to Coronation Street, just weeks after being cleared of assault charges. The actor, who plays Ken Barlow, was hugged by fellow cast members as he arrived back on set last week, nearly a year after his arrest. He was there for a meeting to thrash out details of his soap comeback.
Tim Vine is to host a new comedy quiz show pilot called ‘You Can’t Say That!’ The format is described as a show in which “it’s not just the answers that may be wrong ... but also the questions”. Two trial episodes of You Can't Say That are due to be filmed at TV studios in London to help executives test the show.
Jim Davidson has revealed he is talks to revive his snooker-based game show Big Break. The 60-year-old comedian is hoping to revive his TV career after winning Celebrity Big Brother and revealed he may be bringing back the popular Saturday night game show, which originally ran on BBC One between 1991 and 2002.
Phillip Schofield has hinted that Dancing on Ice could head back onto our screens in the future. But the ever-hopeful Phillip, who hosted the show, is in for surprise ... the low ratings means that ITV officially have “zero plans” to bring it back at any stage in the future.
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has reportedly signed a new contract with the ITV soap, which means another year of her folding her arms and rolling her eyes on-screen. But even Kym agrees her reported pay rise and mega-money deal are “so far off the mark when you see it in print”.
Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan who leaves the show as Tina very soon, tells me she is now back on the audition circuit and would not consider it a comedown to appear in panto. “I love the genre of that, so no it would be fun to do, and why not, it’s an acting job?” she said.
Ronnie Corbett is not retiring following a series of health scares. Corbett’s wife Anne confirmed to the media: “I don’t know where that story started, but no he is always up for some kind of work, and is happy to do it.”
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Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster in Coronation Street, tells a friend: “I know I am not the best actress on the show, but I do try to bring something to the storylines I am given and I know that people enjoy it.”
Tom Jones says he is not a fan of instant fame, despite his role as a judge on The Voice. “I do worry that many get it far too fast nowadays, and you know they wonder if it’s going to last,” he said. “But then again the opportunity that they get also is super, when you think about it.”
Ant & Dec, still doing their Morecambe and Wise tribute act on TV, deny their Saturday Night Takeaway show is based on the 90s hit Noel’s House Party. I heard: “Of course there are elements that could be attributed to any fun family show, but for us it’s all original, and fun, and the fans seem to like it.”