Iconic singer Nana Mouskouri is back with a world tour, as well as a new studio album called ‘Forever Young’ that has just been released.
Nana is one of the best-selling recording artists in history, with more than 300 million albums sold. Nana will perform at Royal Festival Hall London this October and tells me: “I can’t retire when there are so many good songs to sing still, and I just hope all my UK fans will join me on my 60th year as a singer.”
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker will soon be heading to the BBC studios in Glasgow to film strategy game show Chase The Case, which we’ll see later this year. It will fulfil a long-held ambition for the self-confessed quiz super fan, who said: “I never thought I would get the chance to host a quiz show, but it’s happening and hopefully people will love it.”
In Emmerdale, the hospital set which is featured so much nowadays was the original studio of Calendar, right back from the 60s through to the late 2000s. A friend tells me: “The show is now basically the only thing they film there, apart from Calendar which is in a small studio at the back now.”
Charlie Brooks hints she could return as Janine Butcher in EastEnders. The actress last appeared on the soap four years ago and now she fancies a return, but as ever “only if the story was right”. With Kat and Mel now returned, the soap is turning into a time warp...
Coronation Street fans take note as Helen Worth, who plays Gail, tells me she has no plans to ever quit the show. She said: “I think I am getting good storylines and the show is doing well, but to be honest who else would I like to play? For me the Street is home forever.”
It was recently announced that one of Neighbours’ most loved characters, ‘Plain Jane Superbrain’ Harris, is making a return to the Aussie soap next month. Played by actress Annie Jones, she reveals: “I think now would be a good time to check in with her and see how her life panned out, I think the fans will enjoy it too.”
Coronation Street’s Sean Wilson, who returned to the soap after 18 years as Martin Platt, tells me that the only difference now is the speed at which all the actors work. He said: “I think that was a shock at first, but in a way now it’s better as it keeps you on your toes, but yes at first it’s huge.”
Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre have announced that stage, screen and pantomime legend Christopher Biggins will be joining Billy Pearce and leading the cast of this year’s pantomime Aladdin. Biggins tells me: “I have played here before and I love the Yorkshire humour, so I know we are in for a lot of fun.”
Irish actor Aidan Gillen tells me about taking on the role of ‘sit-down stand-up’ Dave Allen in a BBC biopic. “He was a great comic and so different for his time,” he said. “I mean allowing him to smoke also was a big thing, because that is what people remember. I can’t wait for fans to see it as hopefully it will spark more interest in him again.”
The Billy Cotton Band Show was a massive success on TV in the 1950s and 60s – so much so that the BBC are looking for people who may have copies they filmed at home. A source reveals: “We are trying to get as much missing material as possible out there, and we know he had so many fans.”
Writer, actor, comedian, radio and television presenter Paul Merton will be stepping out from behind the iconic Have I Got News For You desk and making his live pantomime debut as Widow Twankey in this year’s must-see family pantomime, Aladdin in Wimbledon.