The late, great Errol Brown, songwriter and lead singer with Hot Chocolate, has sadly passed away, and I wanted to offer my own personal tribute.
Errol scored massive hits in the 1970s and 80s with You Sexy Thing, It Started With A Kiss, Every 1’s A Winner and of course No Doubt About It and we were lucky enough to interview him at Yorkshire TV. He was kind and gentle, with such great lyrics and tunes. The world of showbiz will sadly be a lesser place without him.
Kelly Brook received news that her US sitcom, One Big Happy, has been cancelled after just six episodes. She had hoped for a run of at least a year and told me: “I think the shows should be given more time to connect, but they cancel everything every quickly.”
NBC simply stated it was “not working or rating, so it’s gone.”
The Missing star Ken Stott has told me the second series of the BBC One thriller has a ‘flimsy premise’ and is being made for financial reasons. “I thought the first series finished perfectly and had such a good ending, so truthfully I have no idea why we are back ... money maybe,” he laughed.
Shayne Ward, X Factor winner from 10 years ago, is joining Coronation Street. Along with other reality TV winners Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud and Kym Marsh from Hear’Say, it’s becoming a reality TV show winners’ home from home...
Louis Walsh has been dropped from this year’s X Factor in a bid to cut costs and refresh the ailing series, which is performing badly in the ratings. A source tells me that Louis was not happy about it, as he felt being a friend of Simon’s guaranteed him a place every year on the show.
Eat Well For Less has been renewed for a second series by BBC One. Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin will return as presenters for another series, as they continue their mission to help families across the UK save money, sort food facts from food fiction and eat well for less.
Remember Malandra Burrows, who played Kathy Glover in Emmerdale for over 15 years? Well, she is starring in a charity concert with the great Billy Pearce on July 9 at the Jubilee Social Club in Leeds. She reveals: “It just felt the right time to get back up on stage and sing again.”
Kellie Bright, who plays Linda Carter in EastEnders, tells me that she loathes the clothes that Linda wears in the show. “They are terrible, but they sort of suit her job and role,” she said.
Nick Clegg has hinted he would like to be part of a show like Dragon’s Den. The former Lib Dem leader said: “I like the concept, and the opportunity for people to have a go. It embraces the idea that many good ideas never see the light of day.”
Alexander Armstrong is to pay tribute to the British Isles with the release of his debut album. The Pointless host has signed a record deal with Warner and plans to have an album out just in time for Christmas. He tells me: “It’s my hidden talent – singing – so I just hope people will now go out and support me with album sales.”
Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli tells me that approaching 60 was tough, as he has to keep his weight down for dancing. He admitted: “I am still trying to break my 20-a-day smoking habit, and every day I try and fail, but I am hoping this year I will have fully quit before the start of the series.”
Great British Bake Off baker Paul Hollywood is still hoping to make it big in the US, even though his last attempt failed. He reveals: “I think we all went in there too quickly, without letting them understand why the show is so successful here, so yes I would like another crack at it if at all possible.”
ITV are looking for a warm, friendly chat show host to replace the potted gardener Alan Titchmarsh. A source told me: “He was popular, but in the end it was like a ‘seniors’ meeting with guests. We want something with a bit more appeal and zing.”
Casualty’s Tristan Gemmill is to join Coronation Street, as the ex-husband of Tracy Barlow. Tristan was recently seen playing the eponymous role of the bodyguard in the musical ‘The Bodyguard’ on the West End stage. He tells me: “I never thought I would get the role, but it’s iconic and the character is a bad boy, so I am really looking forward to it.”
BBC political reporter James Landale recently filmed a special report with Prime Minister David Cameron in his kitchen. What was not revealed is that both went to Eton, and both are old school chums...
New X Factor host Olly Murs tells me that he has changed his speaking voice since becoming famous, as: “I was fed up of sounding common on TV, so yes I have upped my game a bit speaking-wise, I like it a lot more...”
Lorraine Kelly has said she won’t take part in any reality shows when her time as a TV presenter is up. She told me: “We had Anton Du Beke on Lorraine recently and we had a dance in the ad breaks, and he said ‘Oh, you’re as stiff as a board’. So I don’t see that as a career option, to be honest.”
TV cook Mary Berry is selling her holiday home in Devon, for just under a million pounds, yet the sea-view property has a very modest kitchen compared to many other famous chefs...
Finally, I would like to add my special thanks to the team at the glamorous Club for Acts & Actors Theatre in London’s Covent Garden for a splendid show and reception for myself and Neil Sean last Thursday night. We were there promoting the book ‘Live from the London Palladium’ and Dean Caston and his team gave us a great welcome. Thank you to all.