Carmarthen-born opera star Wynne Evans is best known for his spoof character ‘Gio’ in the famous Go Compare ads.
It looks like there is no comparison though, as recent TV campaigns without him have failed, and so insiders tell me that the famous singing tenor will be back. Look out for Wynne on tour later in the year, also.
Graham Norton has said that the UK could win the Eurovision Song Contest again. “I do believe that, I really do, but it’s all down to having a smash song and a silly dance routine,” he said. “I think that is what people remember, and more so love, don’t you? A bit like Brotherhood Of Man, really.”
The Teletubbies are returning to the BBC later this year, and will be voiced by actress Jane Horrocks and outgoing Radio 1 DJ Fern Cotton. She added: “I can’t believe I was picked as I was such a fan of the show back in the 90s.”
Gemma Atkinson, who now plays Carly, the long-lost daughter of Bob Hope in Emmerdale, tells me: “She could turn out to be Bob’s worst nightmare as she really hinders a grudge against him. He can’t see it, but as we progress he just might...”
Yorkshire favourite Billy Pearce is all geared up for a summer season with a new show at Scarborough Spa. He tells me: “I love doing summer seasons and Scarborough is a place I went on holiday as kid, so it’s even better.” Catch the show from May 18 to September 23.
The new Thunderbirds TV series has already been moved to a new 8am slot on Saturday mornings from its original prime time Saturday night slot. ITV claim this was always their intention, but a source tells me: “It simply did not rate as well as expected and given all the PR it received, we were very disappointed.”
Former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding will be joining Coronation Street, and she admits that the role is the chance of a lifetime for her. “I think they are looking for someone who can bring in a younger audience for the show, and now with me over 30 I fit the bill perfectly,” she said.
Jake Canuso, who plays Mateo in Benidorm, is coming to Yorkshire as the bad boy in this year’s Bradford Alhambra pantomime. Jake tells me: “I can’t wait as I hear the Yorkshire people are huge fans of the show, and in this role they will get to see my bad side. Oh yes we will...
Comedian Michael McIntyre has gone into business with multi-millionaire TV Dragon Peter Jones to start their own production company. The firm, called Hungry McBear, will see the comic make TV shows for the BBC, thereby retaining major profits...
Shots of X factor boss Simon Cowell travelling around the world in his personal jet have been banned as he does not want to flaunt his wealth, or indeed his lack of green credentials in these times of austerity. So now you know...
Les Dennis is set to stay at Coronation Street – and he could become one of the soap’s biggest characters. The actor has been offered a new Corrie contract, after impressing soap bosses. Former Family Fortunes host Les has proved a hit with viewers with his performance as Gail’s romantic interest Michael Rodwell.
It appears that Piers Morgan will turn up anywhere there is a TV camera, and my spies tell me the axed CNN host is angling after a show on the BT Sport channels. A source tells me: “We tested him out as a guest, and he talked about what he could do for us.”
Countryfile is now one of the biggest shows on the BBC, after the soaps and Poldark. Bosses are now wondering how they can expand the brand and even create another spin-off show for BBC Two. A source tells me: “They are looking for a big money-spinner after the debacle of Top Gear and think this show could be it.”
Scottish fireman Stevie McCrorie won talent show ‘The Voice’ and says that he does not plan to be forgotten like all the other winners. “I think the show was a great launchpad, but I don’t want to end up where the other winners were,” he said. “I am in this for the long haul now.”
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville says the cast knew for a while that the sixth series was to be the last. He added: “It was hard to keep it a secret as the Duchess of Cambridge was keen to find out too, but I dare not breathe a word of it. It’s a bit sad, but we all move on don’t we?”
Doctor Who fans could be in for a pleasant surprise – series producer Steven Moffat says the hit show is set to run for at least another five years. “I think given the worldwide success of the show it’s a gift, but I know we have some great storylines lined up and the BBC seem happy to make them,” he said.
EastEnders couple Kat and Alfie Moon will be featured in their own drama series in 2016. Jessie Wallace tells me: “I love this idea because in a way they don’t have much to do in Albert Square, having lost the Queen Vic, so they start again somewhere else and viewers now get a chance to see that. We both can’t wait to get started.”