Wynne Evans, principal tenor with the Welsh National Opera but more widely known as Gio Compario, the star of the long-running Go Compare TV ads, will appear at Huddersfield Town Hall next month with a local choir.
He tells me: “I am truly looking forward to this as I hear Yorkshire hospitality is the best, and I am sure, Ann, with your help we can get a full house.” Book to see Wynne now, you won’t be disappointed.
Murder She Wrote star, Angela Lansbury, a veteran of Disney musicals, has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns. The sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins is currently being filmed, and she’ll feature as the Balloon Lady, a character who appeared in PL Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books.
Critics panned it, the BBC tried to block it, but Mrs Brown’s Boys is still loved by millions and has made creator Brendan O’Carroll a £10m fortune. Brendan tells me: “It’s still not welcomed by many, I mean we are popular and that can be a problem with any comedy, but we’re just happy fans love it.”
TV star Bradley Walsh is now recording his second album of songs after his debut became a success last year. He told me: “No-one was more surprised than me at what happened, and that includes the label, but now thankfully all is good and we’re even planning a singing tour.”
Meghan Markle has reportedly asked TV bosses to kill off her character in US drama Suits so she can live with Prince Harry in London. However, the HBO show refutess the claim, saying that the new series goes into production later in the year, along with Meghan...
Coronation Street’s executive producer Kieran Roberts has revealed more about the new six episodes a week schedule that’s due to start later this year. ITV Studios is understood to have requested planning permission to expand the set, with the intention of creating Tile Street – which is a location often mentioned on screen, but never seen. The crew is also building a police station, a school and a court. Which is handy given how much time the characters spend in them...
Ed Balls’ valiant efforts on Strictly Come Dancing had him hoping he could now be the host of a political show. “I think I would enjoy a move into TV, like so many of my people have done previously. I would enjoy the battle of politics, but not in the House of Commons again.”
Extras favourite Ashley Jensen will head the cast of Kay Mellor’s new BBC One drama Love, Lies & Records. The six-part series, set in Leeds, follows Ashley’s character, registrar Kate Dickinson, as she juggles her hectic personal life with the daily dramas of births, marriages and deaths. Filming begins in and around Leeds this month.
Danny Miller, who plays Aaron in Emmerdale, tells me that he might be gone next year. “You don’t know how the soap world works,” he said. “I love the people at Emmerdale and it would be difficult to say goodbye, but you never know.”
Gary Barlow’s musical The Band is due to open in Manchester in September, and Gary is already planning a cast album of Take That songs. “It’s odd at this age that I am considered a relic in the music biz, but I am hopeful that the show will reignite interest in our early musical career,” he said.
Endeavour star Shaun Evans will be jumping behind the camera as he joins Casualty in an exciting new role.
The actor is best known for playing young Endeavour Morse in the ITV drama series - but is now trying his hand at directing for the first time. He tells me: “It’s something I like doing, and this great opportunity came up.”
Wilkie Collins’ Victorian thriller The Woman in White is being adapted for BBC One, with X-Men actor Ben Hardy in the lead role. Ben, who previously starred in EastEnders as Peter Beale, will play central character Walter Hartright.
Alongside her role on Emmerdale, Gemma Atkinson has been hosting a daily breakfast show on radio station Key 103 Manchester – but she is still staying with the soap for another year. “I have just re-signed which I am thrilled about, as I can now do both jobs too,” she said.
Emmerdale’s producer Iain MacLeod has addressed the rumours that Kelvin Fletcher could make a shock return as Andy Sugden. “I know people think he may be coming back, but we have no plans to ask the actor to return, as he is busy with other projects,” I heard.
Buzzers at the ready – it appears that Amanda Holden’s show, ‘I’ve Got Something To Tell You’, which aired on TV channel ‘Watch’ last year, won’t be coming back, and she is hoping no-one will notice...
The Great British Sewing Bee, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, has dropped a stitch after the BBC failed to commission a new series. Love Productions also make The Great British Bake Off, which controversially moved to Channel Four after talks between the company and the BBC collapsed. An insider reveals: “It could be a bit of bitterness with the production team...”