I HEAR that Nigel Farage had been hoping for a six-figure memoir deal from HarperCollins for his book – but he is way too polite to reveal figures.
He admits: “It will tell about a time in history which changed the world of politics and beyond.” Nigel now also hosts a radio show on LBC and says: “It’s such fun, and we cover far-ranging diverse topics which hopefully are highly entertaining.”
Did you know that if you’re a pop star you have to pay to appear on your favourite shows? Going on Strictly Come Dancing or The X Factor costs a band a fortune. It’s about £30,000 to go on Strictly, and about £100,000 for The X Factor, because you pay for the whole production, the lighting, the staging etc. A source said: “You will sell records, but it’s all about money. Hence the reason why only big US stars can afford to appear on them now.”
ITV has commissioned a fourth series of its variety show Tonight at The Palladium. The new series tapes from April 10 to May 24 at the famous 2,200-capacity theatre, and free audience tickets are available. Previous hosts have included Jack Whitehall, Jimmy Carr and Rob Brydon. But there’s no word on whether Bradley Walsh will return full-time.
Miranda Hart is making her first move into children’s TV. She has created 10 two-minute episodes of ‘So Sammy’for the Disney Channel, which launched on the broadcaster’s app recently. The series of shorts revolves around a ‘tweenage’ blogger and her colourful family. Miranda reveals: “I hope children everywhere will be enchanted by lovely, funny Sammy, who gets herself into many silly scrapes and adventures, much to our delight.”
Carla Connor’s wedding dress is to be put up for auction to raise money for charity, the Coronation Street team has revealed. The white strapless gown, which glamorous factory boss Carla wore last year as she married Nick Tilsley, has been given to St John’s Hospice for them to auction off. A soap insider tells me: “We wanted to do this as we felt that it was something rather special and could really make a difference.” Quite where anyone would wear it, though, is another story...
X Factor are scrapping their live final shows this year, say insiders, and I can reveal that cost is the real reason. ITV want to save more money on this expensive show, and this is simply a way to do that. It means that Louis, Sharon and co will be paid far less, and of course taped shows are cheaper and easier to run.
ITV3 will broadcast a documentary called Morecambe & Wise Forever. The new two-part series follows on from ITV3’s previous ‘Forever’ shows on Les Dawson, Rising Damp and Carry On. Morecambe & Wise Forever, which will be narrated by Martin Clunes, will hear stories told by those who knew Eric and Ernie best – including Eric’s wife Joan, sons Gary and Stephen and daughter Gail. The show will also reveal recently-found photos of the duo, images which have never been seen in public before.
After his bid to become a music star failed, former Lewis actor Laurence Fox has joined TV drama The Frankenstein Chronicles for its second season. The adaptation, inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic tale, stars Sean Bean and has begun filming its follow-up run for ITV. It will return to our screens later this year.
Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has released a lifestyle book – and is hopeful for it not to end up in the pound shop too quickly. She reveals: “I am always stunned when I see pals’ books in there, and now knowing how hard it is to make a book, honestly, I am living in fear...”
After all the dramatic Bake Off headlines, Paul Hollywood says he’s finally looking forward to a ‘brand new adventure’ as he prepares for the show’s big move to C4 without Mary, Sue and Mel later this year. He adds: “I think once the show gets under way, people will love it as much as the old show, so it will all calm down.”
TV presenter Ben Fogle tells me that he believes manners have slipped in Britain, and society has lost some of its charm. Ben has made a passionate plea for people to behave less selfishly towards others, regardless of their age or gender. He said: “I do believe it’s down to the parents, and we should teach people the manners that can set them up for life.” Do we all agree?