I was lucky enough to meet a sports legend in the shape of Jamie Murray OBE, brother of Wimbledon champ Andy, who tells me: “I have had a great year, and of course my brother has too.”
But Jamie admits: “Since becoming a winner, I get offered all the reality TV shows now, but I can’t see myself doing them. I only feel at home on the tennis court ... for now.”
Soap alert! Debbie Dingle will make an explosive return to the village early next year, leaving chaos in her wake, ITV tell me. Having spent the last year in France, she is now on the run – but who is Debbie running from? And how long will it be before Cain and Charity come to her rescue? And does anyone care?
‘Victoria’ fans take note. Filming for series two is due to start up again early next year, so there won’t be too long to wait until the much-loved ITV drama is back on our screens. Jenna Coleman, who takes on the lead role, tells me: “We are overawed at how well the first series was received, and we promise even more intrigue, glamour and real-life history.”
The eagerly-anticipated third series of Grantchester is set to hit TV screens in 2017. And gorgeous James Norton, who plays Reverend Sidney Chambers in the ITV detective series, tells me he would love to see a movie version of the hit TV drama. “I think it lends itself very well to film, and yes I would love to see it happen.” You read it here first!
The second series may have drawn to a close with a heartbreaking finale, but a third chapter for BBC One’s Poldark is already filming in Cornwall. Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark, tells me: “I am so excited that we’re back filming again. No-one expected the success we have had, and who knows we may even reach a fourth series.”
Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman hints that he regrets leaving the judging panel already. He tells me: “I’m sure when I’m sitting at home watching it on TV, I’ll turn to my old [wife] Sue and say ‘Why didn’t I do it? I could have done that!’”
It’s been a staple part of EastEnders life since the BBC soap began in 1985, but it seems that the Bridge Street Launderette will close its doors for the final time on Christmas Eve. Insiders on the show tell me that: “It’s more reflective of life. While people still use the laundry, people now in Walford are becoming more middle class.” What will happen to Dot Cotton and her job though?
For Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley has revealed she’s turned down I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for the past seven years. She admitted: “I think it’s one of those shows that appeals to many, but for me no thanks, I don’t like all the mice and rats ... well, all of it really. It’s just not me.”
Make a note of this gem on Christmas Day – Still Open All Hours (8.30pm on BBC One). Granville’s back for more antics in a Christmas episode, with David Jason reprising his iconic role, and he tells me: “I do love playing him now, as I don’t think he has grown up at all. But again why should he?”
Arlene Phillips has admitted that she wants to return to Strictly Come Dancing. The choreographer, who was originally a judge on the BBC ballroom dancing show, said she has her eye on a return. “I think that now Len has gone, why not have an all-female panel? It would be a revelation on TV and, I think, great.”
Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac has hit back at comments that he is a trained dancer. He said: “I went to drama school, but never as a dancer, and I started when I was 18, so when I was training with people who were dancers already, I was never going to be up to standard – hence why I never got employed as a dancer.”
Jennifer Saunders has revealed that she’s finished with the comedy Absolutely Fabulous, and insisted there would not be any more comebacks after five series spanning two decades, special episodes, and a recent film. Fans, though, are ever hopeful and believe that she will change her mind if the recent movie ever turns a profit...
Legendary model Twiggy told me: “I’ve just launched my first beauty range with Marks & Spencer. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and I’m really pleased with it. I know people will say she is jumping on the bandwagon, but like any girl my age, we know quite a few secrets, and I think it’s great to share them with others.”
In her day job as the chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley confesses to eavesdropping on members of the public to find out what they really think of royal history. “It’s enlightening and gives you a different focus on the story that you’re telling, I do eavesdrop and it’s helped so much,” she said.
Coronation Street actress Lucy Fallon has told me about playing Bethany Platt on the show, and why Blackpool will always be her true home. “My life, yes it has changed – but not that dramatically,” she said. “I moved to Manchester for a while, but then I moved back home again to my mum and dad’s house in Blackpool, I just missed being there. And I thought why not? It’s cheaper...”
Comedian Peter Kay will entertain BBC Radio 2 listeners as he joins host Johnnie Walker for a very special interview on Friday December 30. The entertainers have conducted a two-way interview while playing music as they drive around together in a car, for two hours in Kay’s home towns of Bolton and Manchester, Peter tells me: “I just loved the idea of us in a car around Bolton ... there were a lot of laughs.”