Ann's Angle

HE may have been a runner up in X Factor back in the days when people watched the show, but singer Andy Abraham is still enjoying a successful stage career. He tells me he has signed to appear in Godspell and is “over the moon as it’s such a great musical with songs that still resonate with audiences today.”

Josephine Tewson is best known for her role as Elizabeth in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, and as Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine. She is taking to the stage in her own one woman show across the UK. She tells me: “I have played so many great roles with some wonderful people, but now I want to share the stories and pictures on stage .. I just hope people enjoy the show.”

Louise Minchin who presents Breakfast on BBC1, tells me she never really gets starstruck apart from when the 80s band Human League were on the sofa. “It was the first record I ever bought, and I was so excited to meet them, but I did manage to control myself on camera at least, but yes afterwards I did ask for a picture ... it was great!”

A reboot of Lovejoy could be in the works. Tony Jordan, who created Hustle and Life On Mars, is looking at it. Original star Ian McShane owns the format.

Ex-Emmerdale actor Frazer Hines is now touring in a stage play, but admits he would love a return to his first ever TV role in Dr Who. “I think the fans would love me to return, but as yet I have never been asked. Fingers crossed though.”

I think we are all going to miss the late great actress Anne Kirkbride who played Deirdre in Coronation Street for over 40 years. I was lucky enough to meet this lady who was always charming and elegant, and played one of the soap’s most enduring characters. The show won’t quite be the same without her.

It looks like more problems for former X Factor judge and faded pop star Tulisa. She was recently back in court appealing an assault conviction and lost the case. Now ITV have ruled out a return to the show due to negative publicity.

Dermot O’Leary knows that he is known as O’Dreary in some media circles, but now thanks to the low ratings again at the National Television Awards – which he hosted – and the uncertainty of his future as host of the X Factor, he tells friends “these are worrying times indeed”.

COULD silver fox Phillip Schofield be losing his touch? His Dancing on Ice was frozen off the screens and now the “best bits” of This Morning, which were shown over the weekend, have been axed due to “no-one watching it” according to my ITV source…

Harry Hill may have decided to change the format of his version of Stars in their Eyes but fans are not buying it at all, claiming on social media he has “ruined the show”. ITV replied: “It’s just been a refreshing change to bring it back.”

Count Arthur Strong, the fictional ex-faded variety star played by actor Steve Delaney, has been blasted by fans of the late great Yorkshire comedian Harry Worth. Many feel the hapless comic who mixes up his words and wears a trilby is “a carbon copy of Harry’s act”.

Ex-Emmerdale actress Verity Rushworth, who played Donna in the soap, is back on stage in the brilliant Agatha Christie play And Then There Were None. She tells me: “It’s a brilliant mystery, and it leaves the audience in suspense until the end.”

The recent airing of Celebrity Big Brother may have featured the ex-soap actress Patsy Kensit, but many have been alarmed at her fragile state in the show, with many asking “should she have been allowed to go in?”

Christine Bleakley failed to woo the viewers with Adrian Chiles when hosting Daybreak so now she has moved to presenting on radio, where she tells me: “I love it as I don’t have to bother too much with hair and make-up which you do on TV.”

Angela Rippon tells me that she does not waste money on expensive facial scrubs. “I just mix in table salt with cream and that does the trick just as well.”

Coronation Street have been criticised with their latest tasteless story line with a minibus crash. Many believe it’s always the “shock value” rather than well-constructed storylines - do you agree?

Sammy Winward says “leaving Emmerdale was not a decision I made lightly”, but she tells me “I think it’s a good time to move on, and also the producers have assured me that they are not going to kill Katie off which is a relief. But then again they can always change their minds can’t they?”

Ex-Heartbeat star Bill Maynard who played Greengrass has released a new CD at the age of 78. “I started out as a singer with Decca and even appeared on Song For Europe so it’s really just going back to my roots,” he said.

Now best known for playing Charlie Cotton in Eastenders, can any of you remember when Declan Bennett was in the 90s boy band Point Break? They released one album and six singles, but sadly all failed to bother the charts when released. Declan now of course is way busier looking after his dear old gran Dot Cotton in Albert Square, but tells me: “I loved my time in the band, it was such fun and we travelled the world so you can’t knock it can you?”

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