Jamie Murray OBE is a five-time Grand Slam doubles winner and a Davis Cup champion, currently the world number 14 doubles player and a former world number one.
He tells me that around this time of year, as Wimbledon approaches, “I do get nervous of course, because it’s your home turf and I don’t want to let people down...” He added that after his career as a tennis ace is over, he may move into coaching or a TV career. Whatever he chooses, he and his brother have put British tennis back on the map. Good luck to all...
Three new professional dancers will join the Strictly Come Dancing line-up, it has been announced. Italian Latin champion Graziano Di Prima, South African Latin champion Johannes Radebe and four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship Luba Mushtuk will take to the floor when the show returns for its 16th series later this year.
The last-ever episode of Car Share got an enormous audience for its 10pm slot, with a massive 6.1 million viewers tuning in to the Peter Kay comedy. The finale, which saw the last outing for John Redmond (Peter Kaye) and Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) will get an even higher figure when repeated, but so far, I am told there are no plans for any more, not even a Christmas special.
Citizen Khan star Adil Ray has revealed that he is planning to take his character to the big screen. The actor and writer said a full announcement would be made “very soon”. He added: “We have great backers and the next six months will be spent trying to write the film and script, and hopefully we’ll be on our way.”
Why do men bother to dye their hair, asks former Coronation Street actor and old trouper Roy Hudd? He tells me: “I think it looks daft, yet so many do on TV now and it really shows up under the lights, which I am always looking out for and playing a game as to who has had a bad hair dye job ... there are so many, let me tell you.”
Benny Hill is to be the subject of a major new biopic. Over two 90-minute episodes Lonely Boy: The Benny Hill Story will cover the comedian’s life from a child in the 1930s, rising through the dying days of variety to international TV fame, and on to the decline when his saucy comedy fell out of fashion in the 1980s.
BBC newsreader Huw Edwards is noticeably slimmer on camera, and tells me that he has lost a stone in weight. “I decided to get fit simply because I knew I was carrying too much weight, so I got a personal trainer and this is the result,” he said. “So far I have had positive reviews.” Well ladies?
Despite its move from BBC to ITV it appears that no one can seem to remember anyone from ‘The Voice’. Ruti Olajugbagbe was this year’s winner, (you forgot already), but it seems that show contestants feel not enough is done to promote them on or after the show. Perhaps they have a point...
Back in January ITV bosses unveiled the new-look Coronation Street set, complete with Costa Coffee and Co-Op, as part of a big product placement deal. While the brands would be ‘integrated’ in filming, an ITV spokesperson confirmed they wouldn’t threaten Weatherfield’s iconic shops, including The Kabin, Dev’s or Roy’s Rolls. Fans, though, are not keen, claiming the actors holding coffee cups to camera put them off the storylines off as it’s so obvious.
Brenda Blethyn has signed up for another series of the TV series Vera, which will mean five months’ filming away from home, leaving husband Michael to his own devices. He was with the National Theatre’s former art director for 35 years before they decided to get married six years ago and she admits “nothing has changed, but it does have a nice feeling about it all now.”
Sammy Winward, who played the part of Katie Addyman in Emmerdale for over 15 years, has moved over to films with a new role in a short film with Full Monty actor Mark Addy. ‘Lies We Tell’ is a gritty drama, and as Sammy told me “more of the direction I want to go in right now, as it was a huge challenge to me.”
In some lovely jubbly news for comedy fans, it looks like Only Fools And Horses will be getting a stage reboot. The classic sitcom, which was recently named Britain’s favourite ever TV show, is to be turned into a West End musical. The show has apparently been written by Jim Sullivan, the son of the comedy’s original creator John, alongside Paul Whitehouse. No word yet on casting, but naturally I will keep you posted.