I recently filmed a very special audience with the great Tony Christie at Westminster Live Studios in London.
In even better news the chart-topper and much-loved musician Tony will bring his Golden Anniversary Tour to Wakefield’s Theatre Royal. Not to be missed, this one night of brilliant music and showmanship is on Sunday October 9. For more details on check out www.tonychristie.com.
The BBC have announced an exclusive show centred around Michael Buble. ‘Buble At The BBC’ will see the musician preview material from his new album Nobody But Me and perform classic hits over a 60-minute special BBC One broadcast. Claudia Winkleman will host the one-off event to be filmed at BBC studios in Manchester, interviewing Michael throughout.
Could Will Young be the most laid-back contestant on this year’s Strictly? He tells me: “The one person I want to impress most is Len Goodman, for me he is the best and knows so much, so ideally I hope he gives me the best marks and I do well in his eyes...”
BBC One has announced a third series of Still Open All Hours starring David Jason, but without Lynda Baron as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel. The actress will not be returning to the role which she first played in 1976. In a statement, she said: “It just isn’t possible to fit it in with my schedule.” Bosses have yet to decide if they will re-cast the role in the hit comedy.
Coronation Street has announced the arrival of two more Barlows – Ken’s son Daniel and grandson Adam. Played by Rob Mallard and Sam Robertson, Adam and Daniel will make their first appearances in November.
Strictly Come Dancing is going for Saturday/Sunday night fever for its first night of results. Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb will be bringing his trademark vocals to the show’s first results show on October 2. Barry told a friend: “I love the show and was delighted to be asked to perform.”
Both The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent will remain on screen until at least 2019 after ITV announced a new three-year deal for both shows. However, because the broadcaster has also bought the rival talent show of The Voice from the BBC, it’s understood that the budgets on offer for both shows are dramatically lower.
BBC presenter Katie Derham tells me why she is perfect for the presenting role on the Proms. “I did loads of performing as a child,” says Katie, 46, who grew up in Cheshire. “I was in an orchestra all the way through university and when I was first working in central London as a BBC Radio 4 presenter, but then work got in the way, and you move on, don’t you?”
Former EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney is hopeful of returning to the soap full-time. “I think people have missed Robbie and the whole clan have been back for some time now, so yes I would love to get back there,” he said. “I think I will always be known as Robbie from EastEnders, but it’s not a bad thing, really.”
Corrie star Alison King says she hasn’t picked up much work since she left the role of Carla on the Street in May. She reveals: “I’ve got no new acting projects in the pipeline, I had hoped a few offers may have come my way, but nothing as yet, however I am hopeful and at least I am being very honest about it.”
In more Great British Bake Off news, it appears that the BBC will continue to profit from the show until at least 2028, after it emerged that its international arm holds the remake rights for the next 12 years. A source tells me that Channel Four, which bought the show for £75million, had no idea about this particular clause. Great management there, then...
ITV is looking into which of its biggest TV brands can be turned into live visitor experiences and tours following the launch of Emmerdale and Coronation Street attractions. A source tells me: “They note that for instance A Touch of Frost is still popular after all these years, so that could easily be turned into a thrilling experience, for sure.”
Gary Barlow’s ‘Let It Shine’ is a new musical talent show led by the singer and aims to launch the careers of five young singers and dancers hoping to get their big break on the stage. Five men will be chosen as winners and will secure lead roles in the upcoming musical The Band, which features the hits of Take That. It’s expected on air early next year...