Anton Du Beke tells me that he really has no idea who his partner will be this year on Strictly Come Dancing. Over tea in the green room, he says: “It’s all so top secret, but I know I would love to dance with HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. She is a huge fan of the show.” Anton is also currently appearing in a revival of the famous TV show ‘The Good Old Days’’ and admits: “Sadly I can remember it the first time around, it was super.”
Channel Four’s new entertainment show ‘The Singer Takes It All’, hosted by comedian Alan Carr has not proved a huge ratings hit as predicted. A source reveals: “We have four shows as a taster and then will decide about a full series, but as of now it’s not looking great.”
Brian Blessed has told how he turned down an opportunity to take the lead role in BBC One series, Doctor Who, because he was too busy. “This was way back in the 80s when the budgets were nothing like they are now, but all the same I was silly to pass it by, but we all make those mistakes don’t we?!” he laughed.
Roxanne Pallett says she has no plans to return to Emmerdale, despite former on-screen husband Andy Sugden being at the centre of some big storylines. Roxanne tells me: “I enjoyed being in the soap, but I like the idea of a mixture of work, and also want to do more stage work right now.”
Kylie Minogue has revealed she has not ruled out a return to Neighbours at some stage.
“I do think it would be fitting if she came back, after all she has a son now on the show, which is frightening,” she laughed.
Coronation Street actress Krissi Bohn has been axed from the ITV soap. Krissi, who plays Jenna Kamara, is the latest star to be told that her time on the show has come to an end. She is due to exit the soap this summer after two years in the role.
Jeremy Paxman may have left Newsnight, but is he going quietly? Not quite, he is taking his one-man show to the festival in Edinburgh with a question and answer session.
He tells me: “It’s a whole new career for me, and who knows what is next.” Panto, maybe?
EastEnders actor Danny-Boy Hatchard has landed a film role, thanks to his on-screen dad Danny Dyer. The 23-year-old, who plays Lee Carter on the BBC soap, has been cast as a villain in the upcoming British action film We Still Kill The Old Way. “I have Danny to thank for the role as he put in a good word for me with the producers, so it’s all down to him really,” he said.
Charlie Brooks is to make a cameo in a CBBC show, acting alongside her nine-year-old daughter. The former EastEnders actress will appear in an episode of BBC children’s drama The Dumping Ground, which will also feature her real-life daughter Kiki. Charlie said: “She wants to be an actress, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to work together.”
Actress Maxine Peake has spoken of her sadness at Silks coming to an end earlier this year, but is adamant that it was not axed. “I know people think that, but no it’s because the writer was busy with other projects, and so without him there could be no more, which is a shame,” she said.
ITV has given the green light to a third series of pensioner prank show, Off Their Rockers. A source tells me: “It’s harmless fun and really just like Candid Camera used to be in the 60s, which appeals to the older viewers.”
Jason Donovan tells me that appearing on stage nightly in Annie Get Your Gun is a joy, simply because of the score. “We have all the famous tunes from like There's No Business Like Show Business, and so the audience are enjoying it as much as the cast up there too. It’s a feel-good, fun show.”
Coronation Street star Charles Lawson says he wouldn't have been happy returning to the soap if it was for just for one episode. Back as Jim, he tells me: “I am back on and off until September this time, and its around 30 episodes, which is a great mix, plus it reminds people just who Jim is, and what he is about.”
Richard Madeley has said he’ll never work with his wife Judy Finnegan on TV again. He reveals “I think our time is over in that way, plus there are not the big stars out there to interview. I am still big though,” he insists.
Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne has signed up for a Christmas pantomime role following his impending exit from the soap. The actor, best known for playing Weatherfield’s Peter Barlow, will appear as Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome. He told me: “I am doing this, because actually I enjoy panto, and that is the honest truth. It’s great to be in such a big, traditional panto, I am very happy about it.”
Julie Walters says appearing on ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ was her daughter’s idea, as: “She told me you’re always fishing around about family, but this way they do it all for you ,so I thought it was a good idea and signed up.”
James Corden is reportedly set to become a talk show host on American television. The Gavin and Stacey star is set to replace Craig Ferguson as the host of The Late Late Show on the CBS network. I can reveal though that it’s just for a three-month contract and then if he’s a success more will be added.”
Jonathan Ross has said he would never consider working in the US – because he doesn't think he can compete with their chat show hosts. Which is handy as ITV have yet to sell any of his chat shows to that market and Jonathan remains a complete unknown over there...