Ann's Angle

Sir David Jason is a TV legend, proving that great comedy never goes out of style after the triumphant return of ‘Open All Hours’ on ratings-busting form.

But with so many TV shows now being made into big screen films, would he like this to happen to the show? He said: “I do like the idea, but as ever it’s got to be the script and while people will watch it on TV, will they pay to see it Ann, I wonder?” I think that is a resounding yes from us all, right?!

Coronation Street has confirmed that there will be a dramatic new drugs-related storyline in 2016, clearly not taking notice of the loyal fans, who usually abhor this kind of plot. Show bosses say it will shock and inform many who have no idea that this goes on...

The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has signed up to present a new six-part series for BBC Two called Foolproof Cooking. The concept is ‘making delicious food simple’, and she tells me: “I think it’s easier than people think, so now I am going to show them.”

Former dancing champion Camilla Dallerup wishes she was back on Strictly. She tells me: “I did not leave the show because I was unhappy. I always loved it, but my other career took off too. If they asked me, for sure I would love to have another stint. I think everyone misses the show when it’s not on.”

The Apprentice final for 2015 was its lowest-rated since the show began 10 years ago, having lost around 800,000 viewers from last year. Sir Alan Sugar naturally does not agree with this, saying: “Many people watch it on catch-up, so it’s not a true reflection of what people are doing.”

Brendan O’Carroll is planning a Mrs Brown’s Boys Movie sequel with a much bigger budget. He tells me: “I was stunned at the success of the movie, we all were, but now I think we can do so much better, and that is what we hope to do next time. It was great fun.”

Peep show actor David Mitchell reveals that 70s sitcom Terry and June inspired him to go into comedy. “I loved the show and I think it got knocked cruelly, because looking back they all made it work and above all it was great fun,” he said.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has laughed off reports that she has secretly had a nose job. “I did hear that, but trust me it’s the same nose that I was born with, and yes I heard the surgery rumours too, but you can’t take it seriously,” she said.

John Sessions, who starred in the recent Dad’s Army Story drama, tells me that the BBC are keen to recreate some more episodes of the show with the new cast. “I think it surprised everyone with how well it all went, and of course the radio episodes would be ripe now to be turned into TV shows,” he said.

Jack Whitehall has told us that Bad Education  will most likely come to an end with its big screen upgrade. Studio bosses feel the same after the movie failed to take anything like they had hoped at the UK box office.

It’s no secret that Kym Marsh has upped her exercise regime recently. The Coronation Street actress looks virtually unrecognisable in her new workout DVD, but she denies that her figure is also helped by her smoking habit, and tells a friend she is “hoping to give up this year”.

Poldark star Aiden Turner reveals that the Cornish coast where they film is: “Not always that warm ... that is the magic of TV – it looks fine, but in reality, it can be out of season and cold. We smile through chattering teeth,” he laughed.

EastEnders fans haven’t seen the last of Cora Cross following her apparent exit from the show recently, I can reveal. Ann Mitchell’s outspoken character moved away from Albert Square in early December, but the actress will be back at some point later in the New Year. “We have not seen the last of Cora yet, she is trouble, and soaps love that to play with,” Ann tells me.

It may be almost a year away, but it looks like after weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, BBC business reporter Steph McGovern could be the next to take on the famous dance floor of Strictly. A source tells me: “She was at the final and was very keen to speak with producers, so let’s just wait and see.”

The showing of ‘Carry On Forever’, a three-part documentary, became ITV3’s biggest hit since the channel started. A source reveals: “The heady mix of the famous Carry On team and its celebration was a great success for us. We are looking at other options now...”

Former EastEnders actor David Witts has joined ABC Family drama Recovery Road. Witts, who played Joey Branning in the BBC soap, is playing Craig, a caring counsellor at rehab facility Springtime Meadows. He will appear as a series regular in the drama.

This month, Ian and Janette Tough – aka comedy duo The Krankies – are celebrating 50 years together as a couple. Janette tells me: “We just get on and enjoy showbiz. It’s given us a great life and a lot of laughs along the way, plus you don’t retire in showbiz, you just get asked back.”

Strictly Come Dancing champion Jay McGuiness has no plans for a solo music career after his band The Wanted split two years ago. “A few of us liked the idea at the time, but honestly I don’t think that is the direction I want to go down,” he said. “I would love to move into acting or musicals.”

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