From hit TV shows Never The Twain and Two’s Company to films such as The Cruel Sea and Eyewitness, celebrated actor and theatre director Marc Sinden remembers the wonderful career of his late father, the one and only Sir Donald Sinden in a new interview for Sky TV.
Marc who is busy with so many projects himself, was delightful and a wonderful guest to meet, just like his late, great father. It’ll be on TV this spring.
The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 tour is now well under way, and it’s a sell-out, which cannot be said for the ailing X Factor live shows. A source reveals: “They have picked far smaller venues this time around, as they want to make it look more successful.”
The Queen star Dame Helen Mirren has signed up to play another monarch – Catherine the Great. The Oscar-winning actress came up with the idea for the HBO drama, saying she had always wanted to play the Russian empress. Dame Helen said she was attracted to the idea of playing such a powerful woman.
BBC archivists have described the painstaking process of restoring a previously lost 50-year-old episode of Morecambe and Wise. Experts recently recovered a copy of the second episode from a sweltering outbuilding in the small semi-rural Nigerian town of Jos. They hope to show it on TV fully restored.
Proof that reality TV stars are now less remembered than ever before. Take Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo, who attended a recent red carpet event and told me: “They made me walk the red carpet twice, because no-one recognised me the first time around, even after winning Bake Off. You see how fickle we all are...”
Beyonce and Madonna are to celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday by featuring on a new compilation album. The birthday collection will feature newly recorded songs as well as cherished favourites from the Oscar-winning composer’s most successful musicals across his 50-year career. Lord Lloyd Webber told me: “You forget you have worked with so many wonderful artistes all along the way. I have been so lucky.”
On-off EastEnders actor Neil McDermott, who played Ryan, has a new role in a stage version of The Sound of Music. He tells me: “Yes I’m playing Captain von Trapp in the iconic musical. We’re touring around the country until April. I have always loved the film and it’s super now being a father too, so fingers crossed I can do the show proud.”
Former Strictly Come Dancing stars James and Ola Jordan have apologised to fans after being forced to postpone their UK tour due to injury. The couple said they are “hugely saddened” to postpone their Uncensored tour – due to start on March 3 in Blackpool – after an injury sustained by James during rehearsals required more time to recover than previously expected.
Coronation Street actress Alison King has revealed that Carla Connor acts “like a cat with a mouse” the way she deals with all the staff in the factory. “I don’t know any boss that can get away with what she does, but again the fans seem to love it and that is all that matters,” she said.
Saturdays singer and Strictly contestant Mollie King says she is not giving up music despite her last effort failing to chart. “I think I picked the wrong moment to make it happen, but I am hopeful with my new stuff that fans will embrace it,” she said.
Blackpool-born actress Jenna Coleman won rave reviews for her portrayal of Victoria in the ITV drama. But screen legend Sylvia Syms, star of classic films such as Ice Cold In Alex, does not share the critics’ opinion. “I didn’t think the girl in Victoria was very good,” says Miss Syms, regally. “She just looked too pretty and dull.”
Romesh Ranganathan is to host a panel show pilot for Sky One. Romesh’s Look Back To The Future will see the comedian fronting a show in which “three stars put their reputations on the line” as they predict what will happen in the forthcoming year. So far Sky have yet to have any real hit comedies in the last 10 years ... will this change things?
It appears that the BBC are desperate to make comic Rob Beckett family-friendly. His new show with ex-Spice Girl Geri, called ‘All Together Now’, recently debuted on BBC Saturday nights. Two weeks in it appears that we are not ‘all together now’ and ratings have slipped. Again.
Good job Amanda Holden clings on to that judge’s chair on Britain’s Got Talent as her last series, ‘I Am Going To Tell You A Secret’ has been axed after just one series on the little-watched W channel. Amanda, though, is now proposing a return to acting.