If you enjoyed the brilliant series ‘Sir David Jason’s Secret Service’ you will be thrilled to know a new series is on the cards due to its success.
The show saw Sir David search out Britain’s eccentric amateur inventors and backyard boffins who played a key role in the defeat of Hitler, and created the machinery of 21st-century surveillance. He told me: “I loved doing it as like anyone of that era who lived through it, I was like a big kid and the stuff they revealed was amazing.”
Sir David will also will be back with a new series of Open All Hours.
With good film roles lacking of late, it’s nice to see Hollywood star Kate Beckinsale has signed up to star in a new drama series for ITV and Amazon. The Aviator actress has been cast in The Widow, penned by Harry and Jack Williams, the screenwriting siblings behind Liar, Rellik and The Missing. It will air later this year on ITV.
Did you know the late great George Michael was a huge EastEnders fan, and even visited the set? His favourite character was Heather Trott, played by Cheryl Ferguson, and she told me: “He was a true sweetheart and wanted to know all the gossip and storylines. A true fan, really.”
BBC Two, in collaboration with BAFTA, is to celebrate the life and career of Michael Palin in an hour-long television special. Michael Palin: A Life on Screen, will reflect on the Monty Python star’s fascinating career as a BAFTA-winning actor, writer, and presenter. The programme also hears from some of Michael’s closest colleagues and friends, including John Cleese, Sir David Jason and Connie Booth, who share their fond memories and candid stories of working with him.
Returning EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite has also recently popped up in the hit Canadian murder mystery series Murdoch Mysteries. She admits she returned to the show because: “I have two children, and need a regular job, plus this is ideal for me, as it’s near home and on top of all that the storyline they have written is brilliant for me, honestly.”
Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones has finally answered rumours that the show could be returning for a third season – but it’s not good news for fans. The actress, who played scorned wife Gemma Foster, revealed that there are currently no plans to bring the hit show back. She added: “I think it’s complete now for me anyway.”
Debbie McGee wowed everyone with her incredible routines on Strictly recently, and admits that she misses the daily training. She said: “It becomes such a routine and all the stuff that goes with it, yes, when it stops you do think what now? But I hopefully will keep dancing again at some point.”
Blackpool-born Victoria star Jenna Coleman tells me she misses the famous resort and her ambition as a child was to appear in the pantomimes there. She added: “I think when you’re starting out you just think, if I could land this, how fabulous would that be, and yes if they asked me I would consider it. I am not that regal you know...”
Cruising with Jane McDonald Christmas Special was a surprise hit for Channel Five over the festive season. Now it appears that the Wakefield vocalist is also looking at a new album and would love to make a move into films too. She said: “I think keep your options open, I mean who would have thought I would ever get this far, but I did and love it.”
She’s left the cobbles for the rink, and Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent admitted she’s had ‘double bruises’ from falling over so much in Dancing On Ice training! She said: “It’s tough but I wanted to start the new year with a challenge, and I loved the series of old, so when they asked me I figured just go for it, which I did.”
Britain’s Got Talent beauties Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon claim they are rare in the circles of showbiz and talent shows as they truly do get on. Amanda said: “I think that is one of the secrets with the show’s success, I mean no-one wants to watch people who clearly don’t like each other, do they?”
Dan Walker has been a BBC Breakfast presenter for barely two years, but he admits that it’s taken its toll on him so far. “The eyebags get bigger as the week goes on,” he says. “I can be so tired come Wednesday night that it’s just pure nonsense coming out of my mouth.” Hopefully the £600,000 a year helps any further sleepless nights though, Dan.
The Voice coach Olly Murs is not put off being a judge, despite his last single failing to dent the top 40. He claims: “I am here for my experience, I am not here to judge anyone, but I know people will bring up my failures and I know I have had a few for sure.”