Eighties icons Shalamar played to a sold-out crowd at the London Palladium and rocked London with their mega collection of hits.
Recently also playing Huddersfield, the band are back again on tour this autumn. Book now if you really want a ‘Night to Remember’. The group told me: “We are blown away every time by the reception we receive here in the UK, and are so very grateful to our many fans here.”
John Cleese sitcom Hold the Sunset, is to get a second series, the comedian has revealed. The star disclosed that another season of the BBC One comedy – which also stars Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins – will be shot this autumn.
Former Great British Bake-Off host Mel Giedroyc tells me that she does not expect to land such a hot show again any time soon. She said: “I think it was a moment in time and we all enjoyed it, but yes we were all aware that it could end any minute, and well, it did.”
Davina McCall has said she’d love to do Strictly Come Dancing. The TV presenter says it’s the one reality show she’d take part in and added: “I think it’s all the glamour of the show, and how they make you look wonderful, so yes, for me if they asked I would be there like a shot.”
TV hosting couple, Rochelle and Marvin Humes, are reportedly working on a new BBC One show. The duo are said to have filmed a pilot for a new Saturday night music series. Rochelle, a one-time member of The Saturdays, tells me: “I think for me music will always be the first choice, so yes when this came along I was more than happy.”
Helena Bonham Carter has confirmed that she will play Princess Margaret in season three of The Crown. The actress will take over the role from Vanessa Kirby, but this isn’t the first time the actress has portrayed a member of the royal family. She played Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech, which also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Brendan Cole has landed a high paying new job following his Strictly Come Dancing exit. The former pro dancer will be exchanging the paso for panto this Christmas. Brendan will make his pantomime debut in this year’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Wycombe Swan Theatre, and will star in the lead role of Prince Charming.
Some of Hollywood legend Jerry Lewis’s personal items are going under the hammer this summer. The auction includes some high-end watches, such as a 14-carat gold Le Coultre timepiece given to him by Dean Martin, and inscribed: ‘Jerry my buddy and pal, I love you. Dino’ which is expected to raise around $5,000 (£3,700). The estate auction will take place on June 22, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and you will be able to bid online also.
Jimmy Tarbuck is not too worried about his diminishing chances of receiving a knighthood, despite many of his friends, like the late Bruce Forsyth and Ken Dodd having felt the touch of the sovereign’s sword. He said: “I think if it happens it would be nice of course, but you can’t wait around for these things, can you?”
The BBC plans to make a five-part series on Margaret Thatcher, and I am told it will be very revealing, focusing on the softer side of the former PM. A friend reveals: “I think people only see one side of Mrs Thatcher, but like everyone there were two sides, and this will be explored further than ever before.”
Coronation Street Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Eva in the show, tells me she enjoyed playing the part when she was devoid of make-up. “I think this was a big chance for Eva, as we normally see her done up to the nines,” she said. “But for me what a relief to go in and straight on set with no hair or make-up ... wonderful in many respects.”
Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh is not a great fan of reality TV casting when it comes to musicals. “I do believe that it has its place, but you put an awful lot of pressure on them to deliver and for many this is also their first big job,” he said.
Despite all the hype about its return, it appears that even former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson couldn’t drive viewers in to watch the revamped version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which received only 3.8 million viewers. It’s too expensive a show to go with these low ratings, given the vast prize money...