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Singer and actor Darren Day tells me he went to the celebrity Big Brother house simply “to remind people I am a reformed character and more so to remind them what I do, which is to entertain and hopefully enjoy my shows.”

He added: “I think my reputation is a bit bad but yet people do far worse things and seem to keep in the spotlight. I thought this show was a good idea to redress this.”

Soap actor Dean Gaffney tells me: “The fuss made over Robbie’s return to EastEnders was so nice. I think he is well liked as a character and who knows he may turn up again – after all, he is only in Milton Keynes and could easily return. But it’s up to the writers what happens next.”

Emmerdale ex Chelsea Halfpenny tells about a return to Casualty and missing life in the Dales. “I am doing my first-ever panto and loving it, so who knows there could be more,” she said. “I would love to return to Casualty and yes, I miss Emmerdale. But Amy is not killed off, so it could happen, but now with no Val I’m not sure how I would fit in.”

The creator of ITV’s thriller series Jekyll and Hyde, Charlie Higson, says the network has axed the show after one series. He tells me: “It’s a shame as we were blasted from the start, yet we did not pick the time slot, or the day, but we had some great feedback from the start. Who knows, it may return on another channel.”

The Voice is back on our screens but Boy George tells me he finds he is always shocked when he spins around in the famous chair. “It just proves the voice does not always match the face and that is what is great about the show really, the full element of surprise,” he said.

Craig Revel Horwood has said fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff is ‘feisty’ after she entered the Big Brother house. “She is not the same as you see on the dance floor that is for sure, and I think that may shock quite a few people who start to watch her in the show.”

Years of dancing have taken their toll on Strictly judge Darcey Bussell and she has revealed she needs a hip replacement at the age of 46. She reveals: “It’s not something you think about when starting out or young, but it happens and now I am dealing with it. Craig Revel Horwood has the edge though – he has two new hips!”

Kris Marshall reckons that Death In Paradise is just the kind of drama people want to watch during the cold winter months. “It’s like a holiday show with all the trappings, plus you get to see a murder or two and get to solve them too, but in the end the scenery is the key to the success of the show,” he said.

Holly Willoughby was the FHM final cover girl, but what fans may not know is that the ITV show which documented the final magazine was made by her husband Dan Baldwin for ITV – meaning many fans think she was not the first and final choice but part of the deal.

Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan may want to keep out of discount shops. His latest hyped book is in there, along with many others which have failed to sell over the festive period.

A source tells me: “The publishers paid out a huge advance at the time and hoped for great sales but it did not happen.”

The cast of the new Absolutely Fabulous film, including Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Kate Moss, are just hopeful fans support the film the way they did the TV show. A source tells me: “Jennifer is worried after the huge flop of her Spice Girls musical.”

Former X Factor host Dermot O’Leary has suddenly closed the doors at his seafood restaurant Fishy Fishy in Brighton. The reason is simple – fans never saw him there, so people stopped eating there and takings plunged. He has no plans to open any further outlets.

James Norton, who recently became a favourite TV pin-up’ while playing the role of Prince Andrei in BBC One’s adaptation of War and Peace, tells me he is bemused by his hoards of fans liking his looks. “I think the return of the posh boy is in vogue again,” he said.

British actor Hugh Laurie is to play the title role in a US drama called Chance following his award-winning appearance in Fox Network’s House. Laurie will play a forensic neuropsychiatrist in the thriller, which is being produced for streaming service Hulu.

Gemma Atkinson told Emmerdale bosses she didn’t want Carly in skimpy clothes. She said: “I wanted Carly to be a bit more of a tomboy and ready to fix a tractor or something, as I had already done those roles in Hollyoaks and so forth. They agreed and now she is a great fixture in the show.”

Popular comedy drama Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes, is set to return next year for its eighth and final series. A source reveals: “It was a bit of a shock when ITV decided to end the show but we hope to go out on a high, and leave the fans wanting more.”

Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson has revealed that he will definitely be returning to the cobbles from April or May this year.

Game of Thrones star Charles Dance reveals why he ‘pretends to be aristocratic’: “It helps pay the bills actually, because if you’re from a working class background it’s a lot harder to get the type of roles that I like to play. This way it works out rather well.”

Emmerdale actor Chris Bisson, who plays Jay in the soap, tells me he loves his bad boy character. “I think they are the best parts to play to be honest,” he says.

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