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FRESH from wowing audiences across the country with Midnight Tango, former Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring you their sensational new production, Dance ‘Til Dawn, a show straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The fun duo tell me: “If you don’t get to see us in London, look out for the tour next spring.” I can confirm the show is sensational – book now...

Barbara Windsor says she hasn’t ruled out a return to EastEnders. She told me at a showbiz bash: “I get offered it all the time, but it’s not for me right now, and besides I told the bosses I only see Peggy in and running the Queen Victoria, which can’t really happen right now, can it?”

Did you know that Good Morning Britain host Charlotte Hawkins originally tried to be an actress? She admits: “I was hopeless, but attracted to the fame game so I decided on a career in news instead.”

Comedian Lee Evans has revealed that he intends to retire from comedy at the end of his current UK tour. He does not rule out having a go at serious acting, but claims he is too tired and busy to keep doing his comedy tours and wants to spend more time at home in Essex.

With rapidly failing ratings Jonathan Ross has been accused of copying Graham Norton’s chat show in a bid to boost ratings. The TV presenter now ‘crams’ guests on the same sofa, rather than interviewing them one at a time. The format has proved successful for Norton, 51, whose show regularly gets more viewers than Ross. Graham, though, admitted he was “flattered by the comparison but we’re totally different show-wise.”

Damian Lewis has spoken of his delight at being awarded an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge, describing the honour as: “Amazing. He also told me that he is a big fan of our show ‘Homeland’ which makes it all the more wonderful.”

Former X Factor judge Gary Barlow is to make an appearance in the grand finale of rival show Strictly Come Dancing. He told me: “I have of course appeared on both shows, but when the opportunity arose I figured why not? It’s a Christmas treat, don’t you think?”

Former Emmerdale actress Verity Rushworth will star on stage as Vera Claythorne in the 2015 UK tour of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’. She tells me: “I love her novels so when this came up I thought ‘yes please’, let me at it as I can never tell who is a murderer, can you?”

Tess Daly has been given secret help with her ‘comedy script’ on Strictly Come Dancing, I can reveal. Her quips which appear off the cuff are in fact written for her by a team of scriptwriters and rehearsed many times before the live show. So now you know...

The late Lynda Bellingham’s husband has revealed the actress felt her role on Loose Women “marred her career, preventing her getting the jobs she really wanted”. Grieving Michael Pattemore explained he found Lynda ‘sobbing her heart out’ after being turned down for work.

Oscar-nominated actress Julie Walters has advised against cosmetic surgery, telling anyone who’s thinking about going under the knife: “Don’t do it – be beautiful anyway.” The 64-year-old commented: “If everybody had facelifts, there would be no-one to play the old people.”

Coronation Street will celebrate Barbara Knox’s 50th anniversary on the Street with a new documentary. The 60-minute special Rita & Me will look back on Barbara’s most memorable moments. However the idea that it’s 50 years is stretching it, as she made one appearance in 1964 and did not return until ten years later. So really it’s 40 years on the street, but hey, a TV show needs to be made...

Good luck to EastEnders favourites Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace, who play Kat and Alfie in the soap. Both are trying to cut down on the dreaded weed, but so far Shane admits that he is worried he may put on weight should he stop smoking ... silly boy.

Ever wanted to look like the contestants on X Factor? Well it appears that all the clothes the contestants wear on and off the screen come from Simon Cowell’s good friend Sir Philip Green and his Top Shop chain ... hence the shopping trips and endless plugs for the clothes.

Coronation Street is to wave goodbye to Ian Puleston-Davies next year, when he leaves his role as Owen Armstrong. He revealed that he wanted to leave the role for some time, as: “I have missed doing theatre, and this was a good time to sign up and have another go with a live audience.” Naturally soap fans are thinking of other reasons as to why his character will now be departing the show.

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed he once turned down the chance to audition for the central role, because: “I just did not feel ready for the part at that point, but when they came back again for me it was like a sign, and I snapped up the offer. I am really enjoying the show too, we have such a great team behind us.”

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