It’s not every day you get to make up the chairman of a winning team in the shape of Southampton Football Club. In my other role as chief make-up artiste for Westminster Live Studios in London, I was requested to make the chairman Ralph Krueger ‘camera-ready’ for Swiss TV. The day was a huge success, and our presenter Lucas was an excellent interviewer too. The secrets of the club’s success, Ralph let slip, are simple. “Dedication and a desire to win.” So now you know!
Miranda Hart has admitted that she found her stand-up tour a “stressful” experience, that she didn’t particularly enjoy. However while her tour was a sell-out, many fans were disappointed in the live experience, claiming: “She is good on TV, but in reality not that funny live...”
Former Blue member Simon Webbe, appearing in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, tells me that he had to sign on the show after going bankrupt last year. “It was not a great thing to admit, but this has been great for me, and now hopefully I can now get my career back on track,” he said.
S Club 7 are to reunite and perform together again for the first time since 2003 on the Children in Need show on Friday November 14. Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens will perform a medley of their greatest hits live on the show.
Wendi Peters has joined the cast of Oh What A Lovely War. Known for playing Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, Wendi will join the stage show for its 2015 nationwide tour.
Ever wondered what happened to Dale Winton? No? Well it appears that the Lotto host has decamped to Miami to live, and only returns to the UK for special TV projects that appeal to him...
We have Heartbeat still shown here on ITV 3 daily, but now over in Australia they are re-showing the show from the start with Nick Berry, where it proved a huge success first time around. Expect the cast to fly over soon to promote it.
Fiona Bruce, who hosts the Antiques Roadshow, tells me she is still no better at picking out bargains since hosting the programme. “I do enjoy a good find, but no, sadly I have no idea what is a good buy or not ... terrible when you think about it,” she laughed.
June Brown, famous for playing Dot Cotton in Albert Square, tells me she is already working on the follow-up to her first bestselling book. “This period is when I became an actress and the good and bad bits of the profession,” she said. “I have been lucky career-wise, but then so many are not, you see.”
Charlotte Bellamy, who plays Laurel in Emmerdale, tells me that she loves the fact her character gets to work in the sweet factory. “I know it’s bad because we all secretly eat the sweets, and that is why you don’t see many on screen ... we have scoffed the lot,” she said.
Sheridan Smith, who recently starred as Cilla Black in a recent ITV drama, thinks the show would make an ideal musical. She said: “When you think about it, the show already has its musical numbers from Cilla’s hits already done ... it would be ideal.”
Roy (David Neilson) in Coronation Street will have a happier 2015, according to sources on the show. They tell me: “He has turned a corner and now is looking at a happier future after a dire year for him. Fans want Roy to be happy, but will it be Mary who becomes his new paramour?”
Did you know that comedian Vic Reeves is also the voice and main songwriter in the hit children’s TV show Shaun the Sheep? Well you do now...
The new vicar in Coronation Street, played by actor Daniel Brocklebank, is no stranger to soap land as he has also appeared in Emmerdale and EastEnders. The actor tells me: “I have scored the hat-trick now, but it’s the show I have always wanted to do, so I am very happy with it all.”
Is there ever enough of this man on the TV? Phillip Schofield will attempt to break the British record for the longest live TV broadcast in December. The presenter will launch ITV’s Text Santa appeal on December 1, appearing live on ITV for 24 hours non-stop. He reveals: “I was not sure at first, but my fans assure me that they will watch so it’s a challenge.” For all of us Phillip, trust me...
Sue Johnston, who is now appearing in Downton Abbey, tells me that she is still hoping she can return in The Royle Family. She said: “It’s really down to the creators Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash. If they want me and write some more, then for sure I know we will all be back.”
Graham Norton has signed up for another three years with the BBC, I can reveal. His chat show and radio show will continue while he tells me they will also be looking at other options for programmes he can host.