Legendary Hollywood tenor Mario Lanza’s daughter Ellisa Lanza Bregman tells me she will never forget the day over 50 years ago when her father died.
She said: “He was only 38, it was a shock for everyone. But even now I can’t believe he is remembered so well by the world over. I am sure he would have loved that, and to think that people still love his voice and music so much.” You can see the whole interview very soon in a new TV show from Neil Sean and his chat show ‘Be My Guest’.
Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn joined Loose Women as a guest panellist earlier this month ... let’s just say her one-off appearance fee was larger than the rest of the panel combined, and that also did not include make-up and hair...
Sir Roger Moore tells me he believes that the Bond film theme should simply be sung by Dame Shirley Bassey every time. “She is the greatest, and then we are all sure it will be brilliant and a huge hit into the bargain too,” he said.
It’s 1965 all over again, with new episodes of Thunderbirds coming soon. To mark the 50th anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s classic series, three new episodes have been produced using the original’s ‘Supermarionation’ techniques.
Pauline Quirke has claimed that she would be open to returning to Emmerdale for another stint. The actress played Hazel Rhodes on the ITV soap from 2010 to 2012 before leaving to pursue other projects. She tells me: “I enjoyed the show, and hopefully next time it could be a bit more fun. I love that in soaps, the fact that you can do tragedy and comedy.”
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Carol Kirkwood tells me she knows she has no chance of winning the show, but adds: “I took up the challenge, it’s that simple, and figure if I get fit and learn something new, then it’s a great bargain. It’s just a show, nothing more.”
Lorraine Kelly, the self-styled queen of morning TV, has been criticised after hosting a show all about ageing. The guest to discuss this was the very ancient 38-year-old TV presenter June Sarpong...
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has revealed it has been “the toughest year” for her as an X Factor judge. She told me: “I just wish the press would focus on the talent on the show, and not about ratings and all that ... it’s not really about that, is it?”
Chris Evans has said he is ‘not allowed’ to host any more series of TFI Friday because of his commitments to Top Gear. He told me at BBC Radio in London: “I had no idea when we brought back TFI that Top Gear was on the cards, but it’s a fair swap as I love the show and can’t wait to get started.”
Danny Dyer, who plays Mick in EastEnders, tells me he knows he gets mocked for his earlier films but adds: “In a way they taught me how to act and to get me to where I am now. I love being on the show, but Mick is a creation of all those earlier films really.”
Sir Bruce Forsyth tells me he is no fan of pantomime. “I have done them in the past, but they are not for me at all,” he said. “I am not sure what I don’t like about them, but I prefer comedy more direct and moving, whereas with pantomime you’re quite restricted.”
Louis Walsh claims he has rejected an offer of £500k to appear on I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! However ITV tell me that no such offer was made, but they would consider Louis “If we found we were struggling, but we are not at this stage.”
Chris Tarrant won’t be returning to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He tells me there is talk already about its return in a daytime slot, but he admits: “I think I have done my time on that show, enjoyed it and now moved on thank you very much, but I wish whoever does take it all the best.”
June Whitfield appeared in EastEnders earlier this year in a cameo role, but tells me she would love to return for a longer stint. “I played a nun who helped Kat Slater and the response was great,” she said. “I would be up for a return, although I am not quite sure just where she would fit in right now, but who knows? It’s soap.”
EastEnders star Dean Gaffney is keeping his fingers crossed for a more permanent comeback as Robbie Jackson. “I think there is far more to explore and all that, but so far it’s not being done. The producers are keen on a return, so hopefully, it can be all worked out,” he said.
Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster, tells me she has not quite got over the live episode yet. “It was very special and we all enjoyed it, but it was also draining on the nerves ... I did wonder how we all got through it to be honest,” she laughed.
It appears that with the departure of BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull his replacement will have to already live in the Salford area, as “the BBC need them to be local, as they want to keep costs low, so it could go to someone regionally which would be a huge bonus for the lucky person.”
Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa in the show, tells me she is a favourite with the Yorkshire TV casting people. “I have appeared in Heartbeat, The Royal and A Touch Of Frost, which were all made here, so maybe they just like the look of me, and then I landed the role in Emmerdale too,” she giggled.