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WE ARE lucky here in Mirfield and surrounding areas that we have unique access to all the bright lights of London in just over two hours, thanks to the service from Grand Central Trains.

If like me you’re lucky enough to have enjoyed the hospitality on the service you will love their new offer open to all passengers. ‘Free Tea Tuesdays’ means you can get a free brew while relaxing at high speed. Managing director Sean English tells me: “It’s something that passengers told me they would appreciate and we have responded accordingly.”

Video of Holly Willoughby starring in S Club 7 TV film Artistic Differences has resurfaced, showing the This Morning presenter trying out her acting skills as a teenager. Holly admits that she was so determined to make it onto TV, but when the acting dried up she moved to presenting, and also married a top boss at ITV...

Sir Terry Wogan’s life will be celebrated in a special event at Westminster Abbey, the BBC has announced. The late broadcaster spent just under 50 years on the airwaves for the BBC and the event will be filmed and broadcast. Expect many of his friends to attend also...

After playing the decent toff Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey for six years, Hugh Bonneville has returned to theatre in An Enemy of the People, which is proving to be a huge success all about press intrusion. Hugh reveals: “I loved the play from the off, and I think the subject matter is one of interest, plus it’s so well written, I could not really refuse.”

Justin Timberlake has revealed why he agreed to perform at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He performed during the interval at the grand final of the show in Stockholm and said: “I like the format and I know it has a huge following, plus it was a fun show and had glamour, so for me it ticked all the right boxes.”

Ross Kemp has admitted he struggled to learn his lines when he returned to EastEnders. The actor says he has spent the last 10 years as a presenter of reality-based shows and learning and working out when to come in on time “proved far harder than I originally thought.”

The cottage where Nora Batty lived in Last of the Summer Wine is still up for sale after more than a decade on the market. The two-bedroom property in Holmfirth, which appeared in dozens of episodes of the world’s longest-running sitcom, first went on the market in 2006. But insiders tell me two things – it’s simply too expensive, and the owner wants it to remain as the Nora Batty Cottage, available for hire. Sadly, no takers so far...

Dame Joan Collins had the glitziest event of the week, as an army of A-list pals showed up in London’s swanky Mayfair for her book launch at Harry’s bar in Soho. “I get asked all the time how I keep looking young,” offered Joan, “and I tell them good make-up and lighting, it really can do wonders for a girl...”

Rita Ora announced recently that she has quit The X Factor after appearing for just one season. However, ITV may have had more of a decision in this, due to the high demands of her salary and the dwindling ratings of the show. A friend tells me: “Let’s just say she is known more for her body, than for her body of work.”

Good Morning Britain Host Susanna Reid has been discreetly advised to go lighter on the hair dye after tests with viewers showed they prefer her like this. Insiders tell me: “If a presenter does not have a look that appeals to viewers, then we change it, after all we want them to stay with us and watch don’t we?”

Mary Berry has closed her garden to the public after she was inundated by visitors queuing to smell her roses and sample her baking. For the past 20 years the ‘Queen of Cakes’ has thrown open the garden gates, at her home in Penn, Buckinghamshire, serving visitors with afternoon tea to raise money for charity through the National Gardens Scheme. Mary told me: “I am just so busy, and this had to go I’m afraid.”

Rylan Clark-Neal has landed his own entertainment show, ‘Up Late With Rylan’ which is screened on the little-watched Channel Five. But despite the hype it appears that not many want to stay up late with him. Rylan though claims it will take time to build. Of course...

Bradley Walsh admits he still gets nervous hosting the London Palladium TV show. “I dreamed of this job when starting out,” he said. “I know that’s what people say, but jobs do not get any bigger, plus we have some great guest stars on which leave me stunned most of the time.”

Ruby Wax admits that she owes her career as an interviewer to being loud. “I think you have to shout the loudest,” she said. “I like the idea of being an actress but when I was at the RSC no-one really believed that I could act, so I changed career direction and hit it off doing TV.”

Lisa Riley may be best known as Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale, but now she is moving into directing too. She told me: “I got offered the chance to direct a play and I thought why not, it’s a good challenge, and I think I have found a new passion. Although it’s frightening at first when you start anything new.”

Peter Kay may have just won a Bafta for ‘Car Share’, but he told me: “I think we will only actually make two series as I think ‘how much mileage can you get out of two people sitting in a car?’. I am thrilled though, folk like it and that is what matters in the end, for people to laugh with you.”

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