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SYLVESTER MCCOY is best known for playing Dr Who in the late 80s, and the versatile actor tells me he is always keen to return to the role. “I love the fact he regenerates and so yes it could happen, but of course the show is now aimed at a younger audience,” he said. “The beauty of the Doctor is that he is for all ages, and that means, yes, if they asked I would be back like a shot. I adored playing him, and miss him now.”

The sad passing of the wonderful Val Doonican means at least fans can look forward to a special programme in the autumn. A BBC source tells me that they are working on a celebration of his life and work.

Popular Suranne Jones crime drama Scott & Bailey is to return for a standalone, three-part special featuring a single crime story. The three-part format will allow the story to unfold with scale and ambition, as Scott & Bailey tackle one of the biggest and darkest cases they have ever had to face.

Jeremy Piven tells me that when Mr Selfridge returns we will get to meet the famous Dolly Sisters in the drama. “They were really the beginning of the end for Harry really, and as the drama unfolds you will see just how he starts to lose his empire and almost everything,” he said.

X Factor winner Leona Lewis told me she chose to leave Simon Cowell’s record label because he wanted her to do an album of covers. “It’s just not my thing and not at this point in my career,” she said. “He was good about it, but I knew the end of the line had been arrived at, and we decided to part ways straight away.”

James Norton is back filming the hit drama Grantchester alongside Robson Green this month, but admits that his looks mean “I always get to play posh boy-type roles ... I am not complaining, but it appears that I have that kind of face, and people cast you accordingly.”

Anton Du Beke reckons Ed Miliband, Dermot O’Leary and Jeremy Clarkson should all do Strictly Come Dancing. He told me: “I think they would be a great mix and while Clarkson may have a big mouth with cars, I am sure the show will tame him, don’t you?”

Emmerdale’s Charley Webb, who plays Debbie in the soap, tells me that the recent explosion in Emmerdale came at a great time, as she plans to take maternity leave. “I expect Debbie may just come around when I finish with that,” she laughed at the launch.

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Saturday night game show Prized Apart looks likely to be dropped after just one series. Not only were the ratings less than thrilling, but the original format is now owned by an ex-BBC worker, making it difficult for the corporation to negotiate a good deal.

Actress Anne Reid tells me that the next series of Last Tango In Halifax will be the last one, but it may come back for specials. She adds: “We do think a film would work, not for cinema but for TV, yet it’s all up in the air right now, I know we will miss it when it ends though.”

Coronation Street will not be getting Sarah Harding back after the singer-turned actress was slated by fans. However the one-time hit back, claiming: “I was not really given a chance, I mean I never auditioned, they just signed me up, and I learned my lines on the go. I have to say I hope they change their mind though, as I enjoyed playing Joni.”

Richard Blackwood may be playing Vincent now in EastEnders but back in the 90s he was an MTV presenter and pop star, with one or two hits to his name. Now a record label has decided to release a ‘Best Of’ album and it will be out in time for Christmas.

Poldark’s Aidan Turner is back in Cornwall filming a new BBC drama based on Agatha Christie’s best-selling crime novel And Then There Were None. He tells me: “We were all shocked at just how big the show became, and so suddenly, and now the pressure is on to top that, but I know we are all ready to go.”

Thunderbirds are back, with three new episodes of the puppet show being produced for its 50th anniversary celebrations. In order to see the new episodes, fans need to pledge a minimum of £15 via Kickstarter, which is a crowd funding website that helps people get the shows they want to see actually made.

EastEnders just keeps getting more cheerful, as this new storyline reveals. Johnny Labey who plays Paul Coker in the show, suffers from diabetes in real life, and so they have decided to make this his next big storyline. He told me: “You do have to be careful what you tell them, as they take from your life.”

Bake Off judge Mary Berry says her new-found fame came as a shock. “I was quite happy doing my thing, as I had a TV career in the 70s, but this has come back bigger than ever,” she said. “I am thrilled we have people baking again as it was becoming something of a dying art.”

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