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BARBARA Windsor has said that she is open to making more returns to EastEnders in the future. Barbara said: “We have a guv’nor (executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins) who’s absolutely fantastic. Every now and again, he phones me and says ‘Do you fancy coming back?’ He knows my love is here, I am tempted more and more as I do miss it, but the storyline will have to be right I do know that.”

Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she would love to take part in Strictly Come Dancing. The former X Factor judge said that the idea of competing appeals to her, but she fears she would be too lazy once training began. “It’s tough and I know that, but maybe I wouldn’t last that long anyway ... I would like it though,” she said.

Basil Brush is moving into the digital age with his first online show. The long-running character will appear in 32 episodes of The Basil Brush Show on Videojug Networks. Basil tells me that he felt it was about time to get down with the kids in the digital age, and all the normal antics will be there. Boom boom...

The return of Kathy Beale is the start of the ‘most earth-shattering storylines ever’, according to the EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins. One of the soap’s true icons, Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) shocked fans when she returned to the show in the recent live week. Gillian tells me: “I am so over the moon with the return, and to be part of such a huge storyline too ... it’s so exciting.”

Alex Jones of The One Show felt that the BBC was the right place to announce her engagement, but it appears to have backfired with many claiming it was inappropriate and ego-driven “to use a prime time show to tell the world of your intentions”. Alex has also since sold the story to a glossy mag...

Sir Bruce Forsyth is going back to live theatre with a new show at the Palladium in April. He tells me: “To some people I am just the guy from Strictly, but this show also allows me to show off my other talents which is nice, and we also have a lot of fun.”

EastEnders actor Ben Hardy has revealed that the live show was his last day with the soap. “I am on screen a while longer, but I felt this was a good way to go out and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said. “I do hope at some point to come back, but the time felt right to move on. Of course the news is a shock to the rest of the Beale clan.”

Brendan O’Carroll has laughed off the possibility of joining Strictly Come Dancing. Asked if he would follow in his Mrs Brown’s Boys co-star and wife Jennifer Gibney’s footsteps by joining the show, O’Carroll dismissed the possibility and said: “They asked us both, but I said no way. I love the show, but they wanted me as Mrs Brown, can you imagine that?”

Chelsea Halfpenny quit Emmerdale and her role as Amy, but sources tell me she may just be on her way back, as soap bosses think now is the perfect time for her return. Insiders tell me: “The character was well loved and people ask about her all the time. It’s early days but they are hoping she will say yes.”

HRH Prince Charles is aiming to reach out to a younger audience by teaming up with Ant and Dec, to go behind the scenes of the Prince’s Trust charity for ITV. Insiders tell me that Prince Charles has been a fan of the duo for a long time, and thinks this is an ideal way to connect with a more youthful audience.

Coronation Street cast members have claimed that the new studios in Media City are freezing, and even while filming indoor scenes it’s been hard to keep warm. A source tells me: “A few teething problems for sure, but actors always like to moan about something, don’t they?”

Gaby Roslin found fame on The Big Breakfast back in the early 90s and recently sat in as holiday relief on ‘Lorraine’. She was such a success that bosses now want to find her a more regular slot on Good Morning Britain.

Who says appearing on Strictly Come Dancing does not lead to more work? Former contestant Sophie Ellis Bextor has just been unveiled as the legs of a new women’s tights range, is also the face of Dulux Paint and her new album is also being recorded.

The X Factor winner Sam Bailey says she wants to try her hand at acting after being dropped from her record deal with Simon Cowell. She added: “I just believe you have to try new things, I won’t ever give up singing, but why not have a go at a few things, why just stick in one area?”

Jack P Shepherd, who plays David in Coronation Street, tells me that he still gets asked for ID when he is out with friends.

“I am lucky that I look so young, but on the other hand it can also be rather annoying too ... a cross to bear,” he laughed.

Jason Merrells reveals the multiple reasons why he left his role as Emmerdale’s village villain, Declan Macey. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but truthfully I felt that I had gone as far as I could with Declan, and the send-off was great,” he said. “I figured now would be as good a time as any to go, so I did.”

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