LAST week I showed you an exclusive picture of myself sat behind one of the most famous drum kits in pop. Now I can reveal that they belong to the Crazy Horse men of music, The Osmonds, or more accurately to Jay, who told me: “I am so glad you enjoyed the experience. The drums have been used on all our major recordings and will be again when we hit the road and tour the UK later in the year.” So now you know!
Emmerdale actor Danny Miller admitted he was glad to get the call to go back to the soap despite leaving two years ago in a huge fanfare. He told a friend: “I am here a year now at least, but having seen just how hard it is to get work outside the show, I would be more than happy to stay here another 20. I actually missed playing the character too, and yes I’m thankful to be back.”
Shirley MacLaine may be 80 and still going strong, but it won’t surprise many to learn that the Hollywood legend is in fact the highest paid star on Downton Abbey. A source tells me: “It’s a sort of open secret on set. She has really helped sell the show around the world and we all love having her in the cast, but no we certainly don’t get the same kind of money she is getting.”
Peter Capaldi may be the new Dr Who, but look out also for the new waxwork of the brand new Doctor, launched soon at the world-famous Madame Tussauds. A source tells me: “We just hope that he will become a huge money-spinner, with fans all over the world wanting to have their picture taken with the waxwork.”
Now in the new Friday night BBC comedy ‘Boomers’, Stephanie Beacham tells me she has just launched her own skincare range with a company on Harley Street. She insists she has had no surgery herself, but as ever it’s all down to the range of lotions and potions she is currently promoting...
Bill Roache’s return to Coronation Street was not the great success they had hoped, and insiders tell me that plans to film some special web-only episodes with Ken revealing everything/ boring everyone about his time in Canada have now been now shelved due to costs.
If you’re enjoying the Friday night documentary show ‘On The Yorkshire Buses’ on Channel Five, I can reveal another series is already being lined up. The drama revolves around an East Yorkshire bus company but fans have lapped up many of the local characters and now TV bosses want more. You read it here first.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has said that there is no “love lost” between her and Louis Walsh. She told me: “You know he was rubbish as our manager when I was in Girls Aloud and frankly he has not changed much since.” Oh dear...
Friend of The Press Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag have announced a new UK tour called ‘That’s Entertainment’. Strictly Come Dancing star Anton and his former colleague Erin will travel the country from January to March 2015 to perform over 30 live shows.
EastEnders’ Pauline McLynn tells me she knows she will always be known as Mrs Doyle from Father Ted. “Oh for sure,” she laughed, “but it’s not a bad thing is it? Looking back on the show we all had a great time and a wonderful laugh. I do miss the all the boys, to be honest.”
If you were fan of the late great singer and comedian Marti Caine, then look out for the first time DVD release of her sitcom, from the 80s called ‘Hilary’. She played a forgetful PA and the show ran for two series before Marti returned to hosting a revamped version of ‘New Faces’.
The Great British Bake Off is back on our TV screens for its fifth series – and its star Mary Berry has celebrity fans of her own. She revealed: “I have met the Duchess of Cambridge and she told me she loves the show and often has a crack at some of the stuff we do, which is thrilling to think ... I was in awe of her actually, she is a lovely lady.”
Singer Duncan James, of Blue fame, is making his panto debut – oh yes he is. This year he’s at the Birmingham Hippodrome alongside the bad boy of Coronation Street, Peter Barlow. Duncan tells me: “I was offered the chance and I thought why not, it should be fun and of course I get to play the Prince, so no typecasting there then, is there?”
Fans of the 60s Yorkshire drama Heartbeat are requesting that ITV bring the show back, even for one-off specials, after the repeats on ITV3 got more viewers than ‘Good Morning Britain’. Spies at ITV revealed to me: “We like the idea so maybe a reunion special at Christmas could now be on the cards.”
Miranda Hart may be the new host of the Generation Game, or maybe not. She told me: “I have been approached and I love the show. I adored it as a child and when it was hosted by Sir Bruce it was the best, but as yet I have not committed. I am not sure I can live up to that expectation of such a great format on a Saturday night, to be honest.”
Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has been forced to scoff at the rumours that she wears a wig, simply because she has a precision-cut hairstyle. Kate told a friend: “I hear of these stories on the web, and yes it’s upsetting, but I can assure people it really is all my own hair ... good or bad.”