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Has the much-hyped BBC breakfast show been a failure since moving up to Manchester? 

The show, I can reveal, will be returning to the BBC London studios for the build-up to the General Election. A source tells me: “It’s the only way we can be sure to get all the main guests and who knows if it will return to Manchester after that .. Getting big guests has always been a problem being up in Salford...”

Paddy McGuinness has signed up to host a new Channel 4 daytime gameshow where members of the public help contestants win thousands of pounds. Paddy, best known for his work with comedian Peter Kay, is “thrilled to be giving away so much money, and for me it’s a great return to Channel 4 too.”

A group of former soap stars are aiming to launch a new TV comedy show with the help of Kickstarter. Ex-Hollyoaks actress Terri Dwyer, former Crossroads star Jane Gurnett and EastEnders actor Mark Homer will appear in the upcoming series Storyline. Terri tells me: “We hope to make the pilot and then fingers crossed get it turned into a full series with a main channel.”

Luke Perry has revealed he would like a role in Downton Abbey. The one-time teen star from Beverley Hills 90210 told me: “I love the show, and now I am at an age where I think I could do that kind of role some justice, so if the producers are reading this do consider me please, it would be great to take on a role.”

After 21 years away, Sally Ann Matthews is back as Jenny Bradley in Coronation Street. She tells me she has missed the show, but will always be known as the girl who treated Rita badly. “I still get asked about it now, but I am not sure what she will be like this time around,” she said.

Former Strictly contestant Vanessa Feltz tells me she has lost three stone, all thanks to taking up dance. She said: “It’s silly because finally I have found something I enjoy, and yes it’s helped me lose the weight, I would recommend it to anyone ... it really does work, you know.”

Alesha Dixon has jokingly admitted she’s fed up with fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams boasting about his recent National TV Award. “He is so annoying about it, but good for him really, I think deep down we all want to have won one, and who knows we may just pull it off next year,” she said.

I Can’t Sing, the X Factor musical written by Harry Hill and backed by Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green of BHS fame, was the worst performing musical of last year, losing millions in its six-week run at the London Palladium.

Stars in their Eyes ended recently, but did you know a celebrity version – with former MP Edwina Currie as Edith Piaf – was so bad it was never shown, and she has “no idea why”...

Natalie Cassidy claims soap stars in Britain are more famous than movie stars. The actress, who has been playing Sonia Jackson in EastEnders for 22 years, explained that she can’t go away without someone recognising her. “It’s nice, but here in the UK I do think we are that famous really, far more than Hollywood stars because of the times we’re on TV,” she said.

Funny man Brian Conley is touring with the hit stage show Barnum, but I hear that bosses at EastEnders are keen to sign him up for a short role. He would be joining the likes of ex-comics Bobby Davro and Shane Ritchie in the show.

Former X Factor runner-up Olly Murs is going to be a waxwork at Madame Tussauds, but he was stunned to find that it’s the Blackpool one and not the London venue. He is still hopeful that “it may go on tour around the world”. Quite...

Davina McCall may have found fame on shows like Big Brother and Long Lost Family, but she told a friend she makes far more money from her keep fit videos and exercise equipment. She reveals: “I love the buzz launching my new ranges gives me, and in the future this could be my new career.”

60s star Lulu recently popped up in The Great British Bake Off and told me: “I am not a great baker ... I mean I will give it a go but it’s not what floats my boat, but the experience was great. You do want to please Mary Berry as she is the queen of baking. I think she liked what I did in the end.”

Phillip Schofield sends a chill down UK spines with news he would consider another musical after his ill-advised 90s stint in ‘Joseph’. He reveals: “Getting over 50, it makes you realise there are things you still want to do.”

X Factor winner Sam Bailey won the show just 14 months ago, but now Simon Cowell has decided to part ways with her and she has not been re-signed to his record label Syco. A source tells me that Sam is less than happy, but they decided it after her solo tour was deemed not a success.

Danny Dyer, who plays Mick Carter in EastEnders, tells me he starred in the flop movie ‘Run For Your Wife’ simply because it was produced by Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle. “She is a good friend and she asked me and I was delighted to say yes, I hope one day she may just pop up in Albert Square too,” he said.

The Voice hopeful Nathan Moore, formerly of Worlds Apart and Brother Beyond, has said the programme is more welcoming for former pop stars like himself than other TV contests. “It’s a great experience and also reminds people that you are still out there, so why not have a go and just enjoy it?” he revealed.

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