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Could this be the year that 80s disco diva Sinitta finally gets the chance to become a judge on X Factor?

She tells me that she would cherish the role and that “being a bit older than the normal judges, I think I can bring experience and show them truly what they are getting into.”

The singer added: “I am already the unofficial judge, sat behind Simon anyway, but I am hopeful that he may just upgrade me to the front this year too...”

Holly Willoughby has decided she won’t be returning to This Morning until September. She revealed: “I like the idea of summer off, and besides, I am busy with my other shows also.” She failed though to mention the other shows are in fact produced by her husband Dan Baldwin, who also works in production at ITV...

After having her new TV show The Royals torn apart by critics, Liz Hurley may be quietly abdicating from series two. It appears that despite the hype the show on E! channel has failed, both here and in the US. Insiders tells me Liz thinks it may be wiser to bow out before the second series even commences filming.

Tom Jones is a huge hit as a judge on The Voice, but unlike many divas he only has one requirement when in his dressing room ... a dart board! Sir Tom tells me: “I love playing darts and normally travel with my own board, but while filming The Voice they lay one on for me, which is nice.”

It’s 30 years old but the BBC have decided to re-release their epic Charles Dickens adaption of Bleak House, which starred Dame Diana Rigg, and in his last role on TV, one-time comedian Charlie Drake. If you’re a fan it’s out next month...

Susanna Reid has hit out at claims that she flirts with male guests on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. She confesses: “I think the show is far lighter than when I was on the BBC and we have more fun, but as ever it’s taken the wrong way, which annoys me a little, but then also expected.”

Toby Jones admits that he was daunted about taking on Arthur Lowe’s role as pompous Captain Mainwaring in the forthcoming film version of the classic sitcom. “He was so well liked and it was so well played, I figured that I had the hardest part really, but I think we pull it off...I just hope the fans like it.”

John Bishop is to host a BBC1 Saturday night variety show from Hackney Empire. The comic tells me: “This theatre means a lot as I did many nights when starting out here, and what a beauty to film and host in  ... I can’t wait to get started on it.”

Line of Duty series three has begun filming with an all-new cast, including Mrs Biggs star Daniel Mays, Broadchurch’s Will Mellor, Arsher Ali, who was seen most recently in Arthur & George, and Leanne Best (Ripper Street). It will hit our screens in the autumn...

Amanda Holden is moaning that the recent Bafta TV awards should have included her show Britain’s Got Talent. She trills: “We get good ratings, and yet it’s never included, which makes me think it’s a bit snobby in that way, but what can you do?”

ITV are not too keen to publicise the fact that GMB host Lorraine Kelly is boasting about her long stint as a presenter on breakfast TV, and at 55, one of the longest serving. Why? Simple, they recall the vast salary and declining viewers when she hosted Daybreak with Aled Jones two years ago.

Carry On favourite Anita Harris recently appeared in medical drama Casualty to great success, but she tells me she would love to appear in a period drama. “I just love those style of shows, and the storytelling is wonderful, so yes, I would welcome that opportunity,” she said.

Julian Fellowes is taking a break from Downton Abbey to work on a new ITV series. The writer and creator of ITV’s flagship drama will work with the network on an adaptation of Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope. It’s expected on air next year...

Chris Gascoyne – aka Peter Barlow – has revealed he has been asked to return to the soap for the funeral of Peter’s stepmother Deirdre. “We will be saying goodbye to Deirdre, but also to Annie, so it is bound to be very emotional,” said Chris, 47. “I worked with Annie for 15 years, and I loved her, she was a really lovely woman and I miss her.”

Martin Shaw revealed to me the success of his hit TV drama Inspector George Gently. “I think the fact it’s set in the late 60’s helps, as it was a great time of change, and people tell me it’s very authentic, which is great to hear,” he said.

Bolton-born comedian Peter Kay is breaking new ground in a six-part series. “It’s just looking at what people actually do in life, and that is where Car Share came to life for me. It’s about two people who share a car to work every day, and what happens in their lives... what could be more simple?”

Controversial newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins has had her chat show axed before it even got going on TLC. A source tells me: “It was only ever muted as an idea, but then we found it hard to tempt guests so the idea has now been scrapped.”

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