Hit tracks like Wives and Lovers plus super theme tunes to shows like The Love Boat mean that singing legend Jack Jones is forever in our hearts.
The star told me over coffee in London all about his new album, a celebration of Frank Sinatra and his new UK tour. He said: “I love coming back to the UK as its where my most dedicated fans are, and they make and keep a promise to keep on coming back for more.”
It looks like the big Saturday night show for Dermot OLeary The Getaway Car has failed to find an audience, with the show slipping in the ratings weekly. A source revealed to me: “We had hoped that this may be a returning series, but as yet the public have failed to take it to their hearts.”
Freshly-crowned King of the Strictly ballroom Jay McGuiness is keeping his mind firmly on his quickstep for the foreseeable future, completely ruling out a return to music. “I dont plan anything to do with music,” he said. “I like the idea of keeping with dance and maybe a full dancing show would be good – that is my dream anyway.”
James Norton is the star of hit dramas War and Peace and Happy Valley, and he tells me he likes to keep the fake tattoos he has put on in Happy Valley, as: “They shock my mum, and she is so worried that I will get one that you cant wash off in the shower, but I have no intention of doing that...”
Coronation Street’s Jane Danson seems to have her feet firmly planted on the ground, and she does not intend to go anywhere else. The Leanne Tilsley actress has revealed that doing multiple acting jobs is something that doesnt appeal to her. “I know it suits many, but not me, I like structure and this role gives me that, plus I love being part of a team and knowing everyone,” she said.
A previously unseen member of the Dingle family is to arrive in Emmerdale later this year, bringing chaos in her wake.
The feisty female character – who is currently named Faith by the soap’s writing team – has yet to be cast, but is being described by show boss Iain MacLeod as “a gin-fuelled whirlwind”.
Bake Off are planning to produce a full series with a cast of celebrity contestants. A source tells me: “Following the success of the recent Sport Relief version with Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron, TV bosses think a great way ahead is to do more celebrity versions.” Do you agree?
TV presenter Jonathan Ross has admitted his ITV show might not be safe from the axe following the news that the broadcaster has hired a new director of television. “You can no longer think your job is safe just because you’re friends with that person, it’s truly a business and I think one has to respect that in the end,” he said.
New producer Kate Oates doesn’t start on Coronation Street until April, but she’s already had to play down rumours of a mass cast cull. One element that will be axed will likely be any future celebrity guest spots, like Sarah Harding and Paddy McGuinness. Instead, Kate wants to focus on bringing unknown talent to the cobbles.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone will pull together an ensemble of members and veterans of the Armed Forces ahead of the next Invictus Games for his latest musical endeavour for BBC One. The show will be screened later in the year.
Idris Elba may now be a cool actor in shows like Luther, but he tells me that he got his big break in ITV drama The Ruth Rendell Mysteries in 1996. “It was a huge break for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it to be honest, but I can’t believe where the time went,” he said.
New Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc may be a strange choice, but insiders at the BBC tell me it’s simply a good move as the show can then be sold at a higher rate to the US market, where Matt is still a huge star thanks to his time on Friends.
William Roach, who plays Ken in Coronation Street, admits that he finds it harder to keep up with all the new storylines. “I think the pace is far faster now and yet it works,” he said. “But for me I do like it to be at one pace. Ken never rushed anywhere really, did he?!”
Does anyone still watch News at Ten? The much-hyped revamp is not working and even with the defection of Robert Peston from the BBC, it’s failed to make a dent on the BBC’s Ten O’Clock news with Hugh Edwards.
She left Albert Square in 2006 but now Louisa Lytton, who played Ruby Allen, would love a return. “I don’t know where she would fit in now but I do miss the show and think her time on it was not fully explored, plus when I look at the writing today it’s brilliant and I want to be a part of it,” she said.
TV news presenter Fiona Bruce says she adores fronting the Antiques Roadshow, as: “You have really no idea what you will find out there and people have such treasures hidden away, plus they are stunned when they learn the full value.”
Former Coronation Street actor Jonathan Wrather has joined the cast of Emmerdale to play the husband of cheating Tess Harris (Nicola Stephenson). Jonathan tells me: “Its a cracking role and I think it will shock quite a few of the fans, but expect the unexpected as they say. He is not all he seems.”
ITV has dismissed claims that The X Factor will leave the channel or be rested next year. I was told: “The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent contracts come up for renewal after the series air later this year, and we fully intend to continue with both shows into 2017 and beyond.”