EMMERDALE star Duncan Preston plays Doug Potts who left the village to rekindle his romance with ex-wife Hilary. Now he’s back for daughter Laurel’s wedding, but is that the only reason he’s re-appeared in the Dales? Duncan told me exclusively for The Press: “Check it out in mid-September, that’s when the shock is revealed. It’s great to be back and all I can say is people will be surprised at the change of career he has had.”
The Jump has been renewed for a second series by Channel 4. A new team of celebrities will take on a series of winter sports, including a live ski jump. Sir Steve Redgrave and Sinitta were among the stars who took part in the show earlier this year.
Inspector George Gently will return for a new series on BBC One. The period police drama, starring Martin Shaw, has been commissioned for four more episodes. The new series began filming this week and will air on BBC One in 2015.
Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell is to release an autobiography next month as he celebrates his 20th anniversary on the soap. The actor, who has played Zak Dingle since 1994, has penned the highs and lows of his career in the forthcoming memoir ‘If the Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale’. He said: “I have been honest and truthful, it may shock, but it’s my story and I am more than happy with how it’s turned out.”
Downton Abbey is to screen the opening episode of series five at Leicester Square’s Empire cinema. The screening will take place on September 17, four days before the latest series begins its broadcast on ITV. A source at ITV tells me: “It’s all for charity, and I think this will be a massive treat for fans of the show.”
Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye, who plays Megan in the soap, tells me that she loves being a bad girl in the show. “I like the fact she is dressed up and ruling the place,” she said. “The thing is no-one is sure just where Megan gets her money from, and for me that means there has to be another thread to this storyline. I can’t wait.”
ITV bosses have got cold feet over new singing talent show Rising Star after it failed in the US – and will broadcast the whole series across one week. The show, which is based on an Israeli format, had been earmarked for the weekly Sunday night slot as a replacement for Dancing on Ice from January.
The debut of Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord in the new series of Doctor Who was a ratings winner for BBC One, but they are hoping for more in the future. A source at BBC TV tells me: “It’s started off well, but now we need to build on that and hopefully attract even more viewers to the show.”
The Voice’s Jessie J has recorded a track for an upcoming musical album. Gary Barlow and songwriter Elliott Kennedy have composed the score for Finding Neverland, and there will also reportedly be several other top artists that will record tracks for the concept album. The show will debut on Broadway next March.
Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley has revealed she is pregnant with her first child. As yet show bosses have “no idea” if they will feature the pregnancy with her current storylines, but Cath is “more than happy to as it won’t mean months of hiding behind bags and tables within the show”.
One Direction know that they won’t be around forever, as singer Harry Styles admits: “People grow up move on and change their musical tastes. It happens to all of us and you just enjoy the moment. I will miss the guys though, when we all do go our separate ways.”
Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher tells me that playing Andy in the show for 18 years has flown by. “I don’t know where the time has gone, but he has been through so much and so many dramatic storylines. I think it has aged me, playing him,” he laughed.
Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow in Coronation Street, tells me he hates having to consume drinks on the show, as: “It’s just coloured water and it tastes foul after hours under the lights. When you see me wincing on camera, it’s for real, and yes it’s not acting then.”
Former Westlife singer Brian McFadden host of yet another cookery show called ‘Who’s Doing The Dishes’, tells me that he now loathes making food even more after doing the programme. “I enjoy eating it for sure, but I am bone idle in that respect, and then there’s the washing up which is not grea, is it?” he said.