Loose Women presenter and Benidorm actress Sherrie Hewson has told me about her TV incarnation as snooty hotel manager Joyce Temple-Savage in successful sitcom Benidorm.
“There’s a lot of me in the character,” Sherrie reveals. “I like the fact she is a woman in charge of it all, and it’s great fun playing her.” Currently filming the new series, Sherrie added: “We have some great guest stars lined up this time, and hopefully a return from Dame Joan Collins as she is my all-time favourite, she really is.”
Emmerdale actress Denise Black has revealed there was an online reaction to her character’s affair. She says: “There was an eruption of hatred on Twitter towards Joanie when she went off with Zak, but it’s died down now which is good, and people are starting to warm to her. I was told this was a good thing, to be loathed on Twitter as people are keen on your character, so we will see.”
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson’s TV show ‘Bring The Noise’ has been cancelled. Sky One have now dropped the show after it only got 193,000 consolidated viewers during its short run. Ricky has already stated he won’t be joining the new ITV version of The Voice when it transfers over next year...
Benedict Cumberbatch says he is “genuinely thrilled” to be back working on series four of Sherlock. He reveals: “I never thought it would take off to this level given the stories have been covered many times before, but I think we are telling them in a great new way, and winning fans with this idea of storytelling too.”
Having spent most of her career so far in radio, Coronation Street’s Dolly Rose Campbell, 29, tells me getting a costume – any costume – is exciting new territory. Rose admits to me that she would love to stay in the show, but: “I’m happy with whatever the writers want to write for me. But I’m loving life in Weatherfield. My favourite character is Eileen. I haven’t had any scenes with her yet, but who knows?”
Ross Kemp has started filming on EastEnders. Ross will reprise his role as hardman Grant Mitchell for Dame Barbara Windsor’s final scenes, as Albert Square matriarch Peggy Mitchell. The actor made his first appearance in the popular soap in 1990 before departing nine years later. He was last seen on-screen as Grant in 2006.
Having played a homeless barmaid, an Edwardian socialite, a detective and a high-ranking Permanent Secretary, next stop for Katherine Kelly, is playing a teacher with a ‘powerful presence’ at the famous Coal Hill School in a Doctor Who spin-off series, Class. Filming on the new BBC3/ BBC America co-production, has just begun, but there’s no word yet on when Class will premiere.
Miranda Hart is to return to Call The Midwife for the Christmas special and the forthcoming sixth series. Many are insisting her plans to take on Hollywood have not quite happened, despite the makeover and the weight loss, but she told me: “I just enjoyed it all, but I am so glad they let me return to ‘Midwife’as I have really missed the whole bunch.”
Coronation Street’s Claire King has admitted she’s worried she could get her marching orders from the soap. The actress – who has played Erica Holroyd since December 2014 – told the Mirror, she isn’t certain she will be ‘safe’ now new boss Kate Oates has taken over the cobbles. “I would love to stay, but as ever with actors, it’s not up to us, is it?” she said.
Pop princess Kylie Minogue will perform for the Queen at a star-studded show to celebrate her 90th birthday. The former Neighbours actress tells me she is over the moon with the request, and has long been a huge royal fan. “I think I have a few fans within the family, and I know the Queen loves my rendition of Tears on My Pillow, which is nice to know,” she said.
They filmed the show live from a cruise ship in Barcelona, but Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was far from plain sailing. Insiders at ITV tell me that the reason so many things went wrong was quite simply a signal failure back to the TV studio. Ant & Dec enjoyed the idea, though, and are planning more adventures on the high seas...
Dermot O’Leary may seem like a popular presenter, but his latest primetime Saturday night bid to be a star host has failed with ‘The Getaway Car’. So bad were the ratings that the BBC have pulled the show mid-series to save further embarrassment.
As Scott & Bailey returns to ITV for a new three-part series, Suranne Jones tells me she would love to see the duo turned into a movie adventure. “I think of it as a bit like the UK’s Cagney and Lacey for another generation, I mean it’s grittier obviously than they were, but we both look at it from their level,” she said.
Is Ricky Butcher returning to EastEnders? Sid Owen has revealed he’s open to a return, saying: “I never retired from acting in the first place. I think I just said that as a wind-up to some journalist, but yes if they called and asked me, why not?” Sid left the show to pursue his Hollywood dreams, but is now back in the UK...
It’s interesting to see the brilliant Derek Griffiths, now appearing in Coronation Street as Rex, way back in 1972 starring in the big-screen version of The Alf Garnett Saga, which was a huge box office hit. The film also had a guest appearance from George Best, no less, and Derek tells me: “It was great fun to make, and we had many laughs.”