Ann's Angle

STUNNING Anita Harris wowed the crowds at Wakefield Theatre Royal recently, where I was lucky enough to catch up with her, and she wants me to tell Press readers two exclusives. She will be appearing in hit drama Casualty and a new ITV documentary all about magicians’ assistants – Anita of course ably assisted David Nixon on TV for many years.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has had a tough time of late, with her court appearance and drink driving-related incident, but she told a friend: “It’s nothing to what is happening to Rita in the coming months ... she is set for more heartache.”

Actress Patsy Kensit says she was ‘thrilled’ to be the third housemate booted from the Celebrity Big Brother bungalow, and is planning a career away from acting. “I have a new skincare range looming, and I am looking at property next as a career. I just want to take some time out from it all and try other things,” she confessed.

Danny Dyer didn’t fancy his chances in the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off, because he was worried he had offended star baker Mary Berry at a showbiz party. “She is lovely and so nice, but I was being a fool as usual and now I am afraid to face her ... I just hope she forgives me,” he added.

Benidorm the movie? After the ‘success’ of recent British films like Mrs Brown’s Boys, it appears that other cross-over TV shows could be going the same way. The Spanish-based comedy featuring Johnny Vegas and Sherrie Hewson, is now being lined up for similar treatment.

‘Cilla’ actress Sheridan Smith tells me she has yet to officially hear from the singer herself regarding her performance in the drama. “It’s a tough one as it may be a good thing, but I know she has watched it,” she said.

Did you know that The Voice wanted Pete Waterman as a judge? A source tells me: “He liked the idea, but he can’t commit to the length of the run, so he had to decline.”

Funny man Peter Kay tells me that he likes doing TV far more than live work, as: “I like to be near home and I am not happy staying away long, so TV suits me fine.”

Julie Walters says she turned down a role on Downton Abbey, as: “I wanted to be upstairs but they wanted me downstairs ... I thought no thanks, why can’t I have the glamorous life just once?!”

Stars in their Eyes was meant to be the big comeback for Harry Hill, but after only a few weeks on air, ratings have slid down to a very low level. Insiders tell me unless they increase soon, then the show could be doomed.

Anyone remember 1970s children’s show Runaround hosted by a pre-EastEnders Mike Reid? A new version is set for a comeback for CITV later in the year.

Shane Ritchie has admitted that his time as ‘king of Albert Square’ is now over since the arrival of Danny Dyer in the show. He reveals: “The Carter clan have exploded on the show, but I know Alfie Moon will always be in the background somewhere.”

Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor has revealed she doesn’t think Sally and Kevin Webster should ever get back together. She said: “Oh no, I think that has all been and gone thank you, but you never know with the writers. For me I would like to leave it all in the past, and for Sally to have new adventures.”

Former X Factor runner-up Stacy Solomon admits she signed on to appear in winter sports relaiity show ‘The Jump’ as there was “nothing else on offer, so I thought I may as well learn a new skill and signed up.”

Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward, who plays Katie in the soap, tells me she is leaving the show, as: “Pretty much everything has happened to her, so I figured now would be a good time to move on, I will miss playing her for sure, though.”

Stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale are happy when it snows because it means all exterior filming is called off. A source tells me: “Because it’s filmed six weeks in advance we can’t have deep snow just as it’s early spring on-screen.”

Good Morning Britain host John Stapleton tells me he still loves presenting early morning TV. “I have been doing this since the early 80s, so I think I am getting good at it and no I don’t mind the 4am starts, you do get used to it,” he said.

Downton Abbey may think they have a super-posh voice with Michelle Dockery, but the actress admits: “I just hide my Essex twang on camera, as t it’s quite strong in real life. I suppose you may say I am good at hiding it.”

Nigel Havers has not ruled out a return to Coronation Street, I can reveal. The actor, who played super-cad Lewis in the show, reveals: “The door is left open so who knows when he will decide to ruffle Audrey’s feathers again...”

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