Currently starring in the hit musical 42nd Street, actor Bruce Montague received hundreds of letters from viewers and even marriage proposals while on 70s TV classic Butterflies.
Between 1978 and 1983, 29 episodes of the classic sitcom were made with Wendy Craig as bored housewife Ria Parkinson. Bruce tells me “I think people just loved Leonard for trying basically, but I adored playing him, and I am thrilled that people still remember the show with such great affection.” The lovely Bruce is also the voice and face of those TV ads that promote the famous Stannah stairlifts...
If you have ever wondered where the famous tent that features in the hit baking show The Great British Bake Off is pitched, then I can reveal that it’s in Welford Park in Berkshire. The very leafy stately home is fast becoming a tourist haunt for fans, who want to see exactly where they film the show. Last year it was the most watched show on British TV, with 15 million viewers.
Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Pop Idol winner Will Young has been dropped by Island Records after low sales of his last album and single. A source reveals: “Will was quite adamant about the shows and his promotion, so the label felt they had no other option, and now he is without a deal.”
Prince Charles’ bitter divorce from Diana Princess of Wales and the days leading up to her death will be dramatised in a new series from the creator of The People vs OJ Simpson. There’s no word yet on who will play the lead roles, but casting for the young princess has already begun.
Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Kristina Rihanoff could be making a comeback in the US. Kristina left the BBC series as a professional dancer in 2015 after eight years – but now she could be set for a role on the American version Dancing With The Stars.
Singer Katherine Jenkins, currently starring in Carousel in London, hopes that her stint in the musical will lead to other acting roles, and hopefully on TV too. “I would love to appear in something like Lewis or Call The Midwife, those are the shows I never miss,” she said.
Len Goodman may have left Strictly Come Dancing, but he told me he is busier than ever. “I have had a bit of time off and all that, but I have quite a few projects on the go,” he said. “It’s nice, plus I have been doing quite a bit of radio, so yes, busier than ever.”
Jayne Torvill, of famed ice skating duo Torvill and Dean, has all but confirmed that ITV is reviving Dancing on Ice. Rumours of the celebrity talent contest’s imminent return have intensified in recent weeks. “The show will definitely be refreshed, but the basics will be the same, we will still be teaching celebrities how to skate,” she said.
Britain’s Got Talent street dancer and actor George Sampson admits that winning the talent show was just the start. He said: “I think you’re given a chance and it’s then up to you, they don’t provide you with a career, but if you’re clever you can expand and move into other areas which is what I have tried to do.”
Emmerdale star John Bowe, who plays Lawrence White, confirms he’s been dropped and admits: “I’m still upset, I had no idea when I had a chat with the bosses, but that is what happens when you are in a soap. It has a shelf life for sure, and unless you’re Ken Barlow, it’s bound to happen.”
Holly Willoughby has said she won’t ever be signing up to Strictly Come Dancing. She admitted: “I’d love to learn to dance, but I wouldn’t want to do it on TV. Everyone would be watching me do it, and that would be horrendous because I’m not very good at dancing...”
Former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton tells me she still gets people who loved the show when they were young asking her questions about it. She said: “I think that is it with children’s TV, you connect with them at a young age and they stick with you which is so nice, and even now I find it very sweet.”
Former Benidorm star Nicholas Burns explains why he’s thrilled to be playing a Doctor Who villain who gets thumped by Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord. “I have loved the show for years, as a kid and adult, but I never thought I would appear in the show,” he said. “Plus I now have an army of new dedicated fans who love the Doctor as much as I do, and I have been invited to conventions around the world too.”
1980s pop band Bananarama have reformed and are to embark on a UK-wide tour for the first time in almost three decades. Band members Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey will also document their return with a TV special and a DVD release.
Tenor Russell Watson is to star in new musical arena tour Heaven On Earth. The musical has a book, music and lyrics by Sara Jeffs and is a classic re-telling of the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Russell Watson will feature as the voice of God, but will not appear on stage.
British actress Jane Asher has confessed she still enjoys baking at home just for pleasure. She reveals: “That is why I did my range with a pound store because I want it to be accessible for everyone, and who doesn’t enjoy the real delights of home baking? Plus it’s far cheaper too.”