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CELEBRATING the life and music of the legendary Matt Monro, The Matt Monro Story is an inspired and unforgettable show.

It’s a unique evening of music, warmth and love, keeping the memory of his music alive. From ‘Born Free’ and ‘Walk Away’ to ‘Portrait of My Love’, be prepared to be transported back in time by this tribute to one of Britain’s most popular and endearing singers. Matt Jr can be seen at King’s Hall in Ilkley on April 15 at 7.30pm – book now for a wonderful evening of music.

Naga Munchetty may have failed to ignite the ratings while appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, but that does not stop the BBC pushing the Breakfast host onto every show. A source reveals: “It’s basically any show she fancies to appear on now, as they want to promote her as a new ‘star’.”

Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh, who found fame via a reality TV show, tells me that she has not given up singing for good. “I think I will return to it at some point, but for now acting remains my passion,” she said.

West End star Bonnie Langford tells me she is now more known as a soap star. She said: “It’s funny, you can spend years in musical theatre, yet one soap can define you. I love it in the show as she lurches from one disaster to another, it’s great fun to play.”

Osmonds fans take note – Merrill Osmond is coming back to Yorkshire this year with his new one-man show. He is now celebrating his 56th year in showbusiness on Friday June 9 at the world-famous City Varieties. He will be back and singing all your favorite tunes.

Radio Two is making a sitcom about a working class couple who become unwilling guardians to their estranged grandchildren. Just Grand is labelled by the BBC as “a family sitcom about a clash of generations and cultures”. The cast list will include Benidorm star Siobhan Finneran, Trollied’s Jason Watkins and Denise Welch.

If you’re a fan of the 50s character actor Jimmy Edwards, then you will be delighted to learn that three missing believed wiped episodes of 1950s sitcom Whack-O! have been recovered. Written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, efforts to restore the film and then show it on TV will happen later in the year.

A third series of Scottish comedy Two Doors Down will be filmed next year, following two hugely successful runs in just eight months. Exploring the best and worst of family life, the sitcom follows the residents of Latimer Crescent as they navigate the trials and tribulations of suburban life. Starring Arabella Weir, Alex Norton and Elaine C Smith, it will be back on screen this autumn.

BBC Four has announced a new comedy series called Bucket. The show, which has been written by and will star Frog Stone, focuses on a reserved high school history teacher in a rut, and her mother, an eccentric free spirit who believes 70 is the new 40. Stone – who has previously played guest roles in shows such as I Want My Wife Back – will play the central role of Fran, with Miriam Margolyes playing her mother Mim.

Veteran Liverpool comedian Sir Ken Dodd says he felt ‘a little bit special’ to be knighted in the New Year Honours List, and told me that he can’t quite believe it. Now I can reveal that Ken, who appeared way back in the 80s in Dr Who, tells me his next wish would be to “return to the show, I loved it and I am still a big fan today.”

Decca Records will release a soundtrack album for the ITV series The Halcyon. The album features selections from the show’s original music composed by Samuel Sim. Also included are two original songs written for the show by Jamie Cullum, as well as a track by singer Beverley Knight, who has a special guest appearance in the series, where she performs at the Cafe De Paris.

Coronation Street actress Samia Ghadie reveals that the bravest thing she’s ever done on TV was Dancing On Ice. “I was terrified every second; it was awful,” she said. “I was dead confident during my last dance, but only because I think I knew it was my last. Looking back I don’t think I would dare do it again now. It must be my age...”

Rapper Honey G’s debut single has failed to make an impact on the charts. The former X Factor hopeful, 35, released her first single just before Christmas after being signed by Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco. Plans for a second single are now “on hold”.

Kevin Kennedy has suggested that he could make a long-awaited return to Coronation Street as Curly Watts. The actor played the role from 1983 to 2003, and although a comeback has been ruled out in the past, Kevin has suggested there’s more to come from Curly. So far soap bosses have yet to offer Kevin a return but say “anything is possible”.

Noel Edmonds made a return to live TV recently as he hosted Sell Or Swap Live, for Channel Four. It was his pay-off for the daytime quiz show Deal Or No Deal ending on the channel, but people were less than impressed and plans for more episodes of the new quiz format look very much in doubt. Maybe Noel needs to ring the banker himself?

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