If you’re a fan of ‘The Special One’, you will be thrilled to know since signing his Manchester United deal there will be three documentaries all about Jose Mourinho’s exciting football life, and one very special chat show appearance.
Jose tells me: “You know I am not big on chat, but this new deal means I owe it to the fans to share my plans for the future.”
Strictly Come Dancing bosses are hoping to sign up Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery now the ITV period drama has finished.
The BBC has been in talks with her agent in a bid to finally pin the actress down, with a source claiming Strictly bosses have been trying to get Lady Mary on the show for years...
Former X Factor winner Leona Lewis is going to Broadway to star in Cats for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Leona replaces X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger who ditched her theatre plans to return to the show and left the Lord furious. Leona tells me: “I am having to pinch myself with the news, but what a thrill to finally appear on the Broadway stage.”
Carol Kirkwood with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Pasha Kovalev are looking to reunite for a special performance in the future. Carol tells me she has kept up with her dancing, as: “I lost weight and above all else, it’s great for the mind and soul. I really now enjoy dancing and it’s all thanks to Pasha, so hopefully we can do something again very soon.”
Like many other people, Danniella Westbrook has revealed that she doesn’t really watch EastEnders, which is not good for her as her future role of Sam Mitchell still hangs in the balance. “I don’t mean that badly, but I don’t have much time to commit to every episode, but of course I see it from time to time,” she said.
Sky One’s football sitcom Rovers kicked off with an audience three times the size of the slot average. Written by Craig Cash, famous for the Royle Family and Mrs Merton and Malcolm, Craig revealed: “I think it combines two favourite things that people like in England – laughing and football. Plus the team really are quite bad, but that is where the comedy stems from.”
Britain’s Got Talent got underway on ITV with 200,000 fewer viewers than last year’s series, but ITV remain hopeful that people will still like the show as they have signed a deal for the next three years. Insiders think it needs a re-jig of the panel again, but the final word goes down to Simon Cowell, and with his recent failings on X Factor, he is not too keen to move things around in this show.
Blue singer, actor and television presenter Duncan James is set to join the cast of Hollyoaks to play Ryan, a new character. Duncan tells me: “I got the role after one of the producers came to see me on stage in a musical, and having never appeared in a soap, I think this is a great opportunity, and as with all soap roles he is bound to have a darker side. Hopefully...”
Gary Barlow is to become a new West End king, with his musical ‘The Girls’, based on the hit movie Calendar Girls, coming to the West End of London next year. With new original songs in the show, Gary told me: “I think wow, I am becoming more bona fide as a musician, but it’s nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s lovely, though, bringing some of the north to the south with songs.”
Beverley Callard wants to stay in Coronation Street “forever”. Beverley, who plays Liz McDonald, says she has been told that her role can be for life. “I think it makes sense in a way, as people like Liz do stay in their community and often in one job, so it’s real life as it were on screen.”
Actor Nigel Havers has landed a guest role in ITV comedy Benidorm, and he tells me he is over the moon with the news. “I love the show as I equate it to the Carry On films of this age,” he said. “It’s near the mark and all that, but it’s how people really are on holiday, and yes he will no doubt be something of a ladies’ man, I am sure of that.”
Emmerdale’s Ryan Hawley tells me that it’s great his character is now showing a more caring side. “Never underestimate Robert of course, because we know he can flick like a switch, and once again become a bad guy, but for now it’s nice not having people shout at you when out in the shops,” he laughed.
Maddy Hill has opened up about life after EastEnders. The actress, who is part of the famous Carter family, tells me she decided to leave the show, as: “I have enjoyed it no end, but as an actress I want to try many other things. I figured if I can explore other options when I’m young, then it would be a good time, but I know I won’t be killed off.”
Filming commenced recently on the award-winning drama Broadchurch. The third and final series will continue shooting in Dorset and Somerset throughout the summer of 2016 and air in winter on ITV.