If you were a fan of Boyzone and Westlife then you will love the fact that Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy have joined forces to create Boyzlife.
They have organised a nationwide tour, in partnership with Hilton Hotels, which includes the Hilton in Leeds. Keith told me: “It’s basically myself and Brian talking about our careers, singing a few songs and banter with the audience. It’s just a great night out for all, and a chance to ask us anything.” Who could resist, girls?
Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly tells me she really misses Sir Bruce Forsyth on the show. “He was so kind and helpful to me at the start and showed me how to do TV basically,” she said. “I shall always treasure those moments of my career with him. We all miss him.”
Sir David Jason revealed in January that a third series of corner shop sitcom Still Open All Hours was on the cards, but it is only recently that producers have officially confirmed the recommission. Sir David told me: “I am thrilled, and there are rumours of a big screen outing which would be fun, but I am not that sure it would work.”
After trotting around Japan for ITV on her latest travel series, the ever lovely Joanna Lumley tells me she has no idea what adventures they have planned next. “It is always frightfully good fun when they suggest destinations, but I am not sure you can top Japan for me. But we will see...”
Mary Berry’s agent has insisted the presenter has ‘absolutely no plans to retire’ after the star announced she will not be judging the next series of The Great British Bake Off. They told me: “Mary is looking at various TV options right now, and we will be seeing a lot more of her in the next year.”
Best known for playing leopard-print loving man-eater Dorien Green in Birds of a Feather, Lesley Joseph hopes she’ll get to enjoy the glamour of Strictly Come Dancing for weeks yet. “I have waited years to do this show, so I do hope people are a bit more forgiving about my lack of skill and I get to stay in a bit,” she said.
Look out for another secret visit from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to the Strictly Come Dancing studios during this series. A source tells me: “She loves the show and everything about it. I know secretly she would love to get up and have a go, but we can’t see Prince Charles allowing that.”
EastEnders’ Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell are to be ‘killed off’ in a mass exodus, I can reveal. It’s the BBC trying to save money by culling some of the more expensive names in the cast and hopefully cut down the running costs of the show. A source tells me: “It’s popular, but nothing like what it was a few years back.”
The BBC commissioned a Barbara Windsor biopic not long after the actress made her final appearance as her iconic EastEnders character, Peggy Mitchell. Entitled ‘Babs’, it will explore the star’s many roles as well as her breakthrough in the ‘Carry On’ series of films. Barbara told me: “It’s so exciting, but I have no idea who is going to play me yet.”
Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt is to star in a new ITV drama. She tells me: “It’s called ‘Liar’ it’s exploring the devastating cost of deceit.” The six-part thriller will also feature Fantastic Four star Ioan Gruffudd, who is making his return to TV after playing ‘Hornblower’ over 12 years ago.
Julie Walters is the latest actress to take to her travels. She will be fronting a new series on Channel Four in which she will tour the UK on coastal railways. She told me: “I love doing shows like this, as people really look after you and you do get to visit some wonderful places along the way. It’s not work at all, really.”
Graham Norton has launched his first novel and admits that he loved creating the story, but is hopeful that the BBC may just pick up the book and turn it into a drama. “I think it would be great if that happened, it’s something you read about, but never expect it to happen to you,” he said.