I was lucky enough to meet Scott Shellady, aka The Cow Guy, on the set of Fox Business News.
He’s a super character who is seen all across the US and soon to be here too. His cheeky persona, while dressed in a cow jacket, shirt and tie is making finance fun across the pond, and he tells me: “It’s a dull subject, but I speak to the everyman who needs help and it explained in a fun simplistic way.” Check out his website for more details, but remember you saw him here first when he makes it big here in the UK too!
Father Ted is posed to make a comeback after 22 years as a stage musical, the show’s co-creator Graham Linehan announced recently. The parish priest will finally be leaving Craggy Island to take up the job of Pope, and Graham reveals: “It’s a thrill, as I always get asked about what the team are doing now, so we can finally reveal them all to be singing and dancing...”
Sky Arts has commissioned new documentaries on much loved comedy heroes Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers and Kenneth Williams, featuring previously unseen diary entries, letters and photographs. The films are being made following the Undiscovered Peter Cook documentary made for BBC Four in 2016.
Channel Four has confirmed that social worker comedy Damned will not be returning for a third series. The sitcom starred Jo Brand and Alan Davies. Producers are now looking for a new home for the show, but Jo and Alan are stunned at the decision, claiming it was very popular ... Channel Four had other ideas.
Alison Steadman has taken the lead role in a short comedy film about a woman who becomes a psychic medium. The creators confirm: “We’ve mapped out a six-episode series that we’re hoping will eventually air on TV with a major broadcaster. The main cast are on board and we’re currently developing the storyline.” Fingers crossed...
Sarah Lancashire has joined Hollywood actor Richard Gere on the cast of BBC drama MotherFatherSon, the broadcaster has revealed. Two-time Bafta-winner Sarah heads up a list of new names announced for the series in which Richard will play American media mogul Max, whose outlets include a London newspaper.
Carol Vorderman has discussed the gender pay gap, revealing in the process that she was on a salary three times larger than her co-host Richard Whiteley on Countdown. Speaking recently, the presenter explained that she and the late Whiteley once had a “heated debate” over their salaries when he discovered how much they were earning.
Former X Factor judge Cheryl is in negotiations to join the cast of West End musical Chicago. Cheryl, who was in Girls Aloud, has met the producers of the musical, which is running at the Phoenix Theatre. A source reveals she is keen on the role of Roxie Hart, which requires singing, dancing and acting skills...
EastEnders star Jake Wood, aka Max Branning, has reminded me that he was in the classic show Only Fools And Horses! Jake said: “I popped up in the legendary comedy as Rodney Trotter’s dopey assistant in the Jolly Boys’ Outing episode, back in 1989. I was only 17, he tells Rodney that the information he wanted is now on his computer! A great moment for me for sure.”
Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard tells me that had he not been a TV presenter, he would have been very happy playing football as a career.
“I think I am like so many, but I do get to play in charity football matches, so it’s no bad thing really, but yes I dreamed of Wembley.”
Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid womaan on the BBC, hosting BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, but it appears that her other shows are not rating so well, leading some to ask why do the BBC pay her so much? Claudia, though, will be back when the dancing show returns in the autumn.