Gino D’Acampo joins Celebrity Juice

October 2, 2014 by  
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Gino D’Acampo is to join multi award-winning Celebrity Juice as team captain to replace Holly Willoughby as she takes maternity leave for her third baby.

Holly filmed the first show of the series last week, and Gino takes her place from this week.

Cooking sensation Gino, will aim to come out on top against rival team captain Fearne, aided by a host of different celebrities each week, in the mightiest and most ludicrous of comedy panel shows. The two teams will battle it out in a series of chaotic challenges to prove who knows the most about the week’s celebrity news. As ever, boisterous host Keith Lemon will preside over activities.

Keith Lemon commented: “Looking forward to having me old pal from Sheffield cover for Holly whilst she’s sprouting. I don’t know how he’s gonna keep up that fake Italian accent for a whole series but it’s gonna be fantastico! As Gino says, or when he’s out of character ‘reet good’!”

Gino D’Acampo added: “I actually can’t believe it’s true…it’s going to be the gig of my year!  A show where I can express myself, not through food, but through my sex positions.  Which I will be very happy to demonstrate with Fearne.”

Fearne Cotton said: “I’ll certainly miss Holly and am slightly worried about Gino’s very naughty side, but it’s going to be a lot of fun! “

Get ready for the Flack attack

October 1, 2014 by  
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Caroline is one of the UK’s best known TV presenters and over the years has hosted a variety of programmes including I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now!, The Xtra Factor and Gladiators.

How are you feeling?
I am going through mixed emotions! I am getting myself geared up by watching old performances and that is making me really excited. But then when I have to go along and actually do things for the show I get really nervous, so I think that is a good mix. I feel balanced!

What made you sign up to Strictly?
I have always wanted to do the show and this year the time was right. Ever since I was a presenter on CBBC and used to see the Strictly judges walking around Television Centre I have wanted to be on the show.

Have you done any special preparation?
Me and my boyfriend have done a bit of practice in the kitchen but that really is about it. The only problem is that my boyfriend is the worst dancer I have ever seen in my entire life! Although to be fair he really does try hard though even if he does move like a mosquito, haha!

Are you competitive?
I don’t know. I’m not sure. I did Dancing on Wheels but that was more of a documentary style programme but that was a completely different experience from Strictly Come Dancing. I’d probably say that I am not very competitive to be honest, maybe it’s because I have a twin sister.

What are your thoughts on embracing the sequins/fake tan?
Being ‘Strictlyfied’ is the opposite to who I am normally, but on this show you definitely have to go with the flow. If you weren’t wearing sequins you would look weird, so I am looking forward to embracing them!

Has anyone given you any tips or hints which you think might come in useful this series?
I don’t know anyone well enough to ask them so I definitely need to make friends with the ex-contestants and get some pointers from them!

Do you have any favourite moments from previous series?
I loved Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Charleston from last year so that was a highlight for me. Sophie was brilliant because she remained true to herself. And Vanessa Feltz’s Waltz made me cry.

Who will be supporting you this series? Family? Other celebs?
I’m not inviting my family and friends to the first show, I’ll be far too nervous! They can come to the second show!

Kin for the win? Emmerdale’s Andy gets a surprise visit

October 1, 2014 by  
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Robert Sugden is to return to Emmerdale causing trouble for his brother and old adversary Andy.

Newcomer Ryan Hawley is set to take on the role and will first appear on screen late October.

“I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show,” said Ryan. “Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big Emmerdale fans. I can’t say much about what’s going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it.”

Robert and his adopted brother Andy have always been at loggerheads. Andy has never forgiven Robert for having an affair with his fiancée Katie, whilst Robert has never coped with feeling Andy was the most cherished son. Could Robert’s return cause old rivalries to awaken? Particularly now Andy and Katie have rekindled their love and are planning to marry. Will Robert’s arrival jeopardise their big day?

Kate Oates, Emmerdale Series Producer says: “I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the show. Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge. Robert Sugden’s life has moved on in many ways… but those ingrained feelings – about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up – are sure to find an explosive outlet.”

The character of Robert Sugden was previously played by Karl Davies from August 2001 until he left the village in October 2005.

Nick Frost to star in Christmas ‘Doctor Who’

September 30, 2014 by  
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Production on 2014′s Doctor Who Christmas episode has begun, with a host of British acting talent set to appear. And set to be front and centre is comedy star Nick Frost. The actor, who has appeared in hit film and television roles, including Spaced, The World’s End, Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz commented: “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream “No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”

Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will follow in his father’s footsteps by appearing in Doctor Who. His father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.

They will be joined by Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Frost at Christmas – it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it’s a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.”

Suranne Jones talks DC Bailey

September 29, 2014 by  
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How is Rachel at the beginning of the series?
“Rachel has no ring on her finger, Sean is out of the picture completely. She is in a good place personally and professionally, I think she is ready for a new challenge.”
 
She is sitting her Sergeant’s exam – is she ready? 
“Yes I think she is. She is certainly the most ready she has ever been. She has grown up a lot over the last few years and although you will still find her asleep next to an empty bowl of Weetabix and glass of red wine she appears to be much more focused on her career.”
 
Rob has been promoted would Rachel relish the opportunity to take his role?
“Most definitely. She loves her job and working with the group of people she works with, so to be promoted and not to have to move would be ideal for her. She also really respects Gill. Gill has in the past put her own reputation on the line for Rachel and I think she would absolutely relish the opportunity to prove to her what a great Sergeant she could be.”
 
The audience will see Gill has to make the decision who replaces Rob. If Rachel knew this how do you think she would feel?
“I think she would feel that Gill would choose Janet to replace Rob. I think she would think Gill would see Janet as the safe choice. Plus Gill and Janet have always been much closer than her and Gill, they have a long-standing friendship.”
 
How are things between Rachel and Janet after their fall out in series 3?
“There has been a slight shift in their friendship. A few episodes into the series we see they have both been keeping secrets from each that will test their friendship once again. But Rachel and Janet are still very close. There is a great scene when they both declare they want Rob’s job of Sergeant in Syndicate 9 and they just accept it and move on.”
 
Series 4, how does it feel to return to the character?
“I feel very blessed to be able to go off and try different things in my career and then come back to the same job and step back into Rachel’s brogues. The cast and crew of Scott & Bailey are really like a big family and I love working in the Manchester area as I get the extra bonus of seeing my friends and family, which is wonderful.

Rachel has a new romance in this series can you tease this for us?
“In the first few episodes the audience won’t be aware that Rachel has a new man in her life but it becomes apparent in episode 4.  She has kept him a secret from everyone including Janet so it is a bit of a shock to everyone when they find out. In typical Rachel style everything isn’t straightforward but this new man certainly makes her happy and they could be really good together.”

Inbetweeners Greg Davies to host ‘Taskmaster’

September 29, 2014 by  
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Taskmaster will see Greg Davies take the title role of The Taskmaster; setting tasks to a group of well-known comedians and ultimately deciding who wins. Alex Horne will assist The Taskmaster as his right-hand-man, coaxing the comedians to show how comic, creative and seriously competitive they are.

Rivalry will be encouraged, dodgy tactics rewarded and bribes will be accepted in what is set to be the most the most dogged, hard-fought and ridiculous comedy show on TV. Taskmaster started out as a critically acclaimed live show, also devised by Alex Horne, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011.

Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV, said: “Entertainment shows with this level of invention and ambition are extremely rare so it’s great to have it on Dave. It absolutely demonstrates our commitment to taking risks where other broadcasters might not. The thought of Alex Horne’s off beat comic genius brought to life with Greg Davies as the ultimate, authoritarian Taskmaster has me smiling already.”

Taskmaster is due to air on the channel in spring 2015.

Thrills with Mills on Strictly?

September 28, 2014 by  
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Award-winning Scott has been entertaining the nation on BBC Radio 1 for over 15 years and is one of the longest-serving and most popular presenters on the network. He currently hosts the weekday early afternoon show on the station from 1pm to 4pm and the weekly Official Chart Update show. On television he has recently presented The National Lottery Live on BBC One and also hosts annual coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC Three.

What made you sign up top Strictly this year?
I signed up because I like to do something every year that makes me scared. As much as I say I don’t like being scared, I obviously do. Which makes me an adrenaline junkie! Four or five years ago I wouldn’t have considered it but I feel braver now. I did street dancing with Olly Murs on TV and the Sport Relief desert trek where we trekked across the desert in Kenya – I never thought I’d be able to do that. So here we are! That’s why I said yes. I don’t know whether I’ll live to regret it…

Are you a competitive person?
Not massively. Or I don’t think I am. But I’ve not really been in a situation where I’ve been up against people before. I want to make it good. I don’t want to be ‘the bad one’ so that makes me a bit competitive already…I’m going to do as much as I can, try my best and hopefully do alright.

What do you think about the Strictly judges?
I met Craig yesterday for the first time. He was on my show and we soaked him with water. So that’s probably not going to do me any favours particularly! He was very encouraging and nice and told me I have to just do my best. I know on the show he can be quite mean but I guess that’s his job- and yesterday I found him surprisingly pleasant! I haven’t met any of the others, ever.

How do you rate your dancing skills?
Awful. Zero. Non-existent because I’ve never done it. But let’s find out, I might be brilliant!

And what are your views on the sequins and fake tans?
Fake tans yes, sequins – I’ll get used to it.

Strictly Come Dancing with Donny Osmond

September 26, 2014 by  
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Show-business veteran Donny Osmond will be joining Strictly Come Dancing’s judging panel for a special one-off guest appearance this autumn.

For one week only, Donny will join the Strictly Come Dancing judges – Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel-Horwood, Darcey Bussell and head judge Len Goodman – as this year’s celebrity line-up compete to impress the panel.

Osmond is no stranger to the dance floor, having won Dancing with the Stars in America in 2009, when he beat Kelly Osborne to win the coveted trophy.

“It’s a huge honour to be asked to guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing” said Donny. “I know what it’s like to hold that trophy in your hand and believe me, it’s worth all the blood, sweat and tears you put into your dances. I’m going to be a tough judge and the contestants are really going to have to give me their all.”

Donny will also treat viewers to a special musical performance during the Sunday night results show.

Louise Rainbow, Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing said: “Many of our audience will have grown up with Donny Osmond and it’s a joy to welcome him to the show for a very special one-off guest appearance alongside our regular judging panel. Having won Dancing with the Stars himself, Donny knows what it takes to win that trophy and we all look forward to hearing his comments.”

Donny Osmond is this year celebrating 50 years in show-business. He has sold over 100 million records in his career. He first shot to fame alongside his brothers in the 1960s, as part of The Osmonds. Age 14, he embarked on a highly successful solo career and the infamous song “Puppy Love” gave him his first number one hit in the UK.

Donny and his sister Marie currently perform nightly in Las Vegas.

Strike Back returns with some familiar faces

September 25, 2014 by  
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Michelle Yeoh, Max Beesley and Tim McInnerny are to join the cast of Sky1’s action packed drama, Strike Back.

In her first ever role for television, Yeoh, (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) plays the wife of the British Ambassador to Thailand with McInnerny (Notting Hill) playing her husband. Beesley (Mad Dogs) takes on the role of an ex-pat gangster.

Returning to lead the cast once again are Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of An Empire), Philip Winchester (24: Live Another Day, Camelot) and Robson Green (Mount Pleasant, Grantchester), who reprise their on screen roles as counterterrorism operatives Sgt. Damien Scott and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge and Section 20 leader, Col. Philip Locke.

Also returning to the series is Michelle Lukes (Doctors, Alexander) as Sgt. Julia Richmond and Milauna Jackson as DEA Special Agent Kim Martinez (Squad 85.)

Michelle Yeoh said: “I’m delighted to be joining the cast of Strike Back and incredibly excited to be working with Sky and Left Bank. As an actor, it’s always challenging to try new things. She is a fascinating character and I can’t wait to play her.”

Max Beesley commented: “It is a pleasure to come and spend some time fighting it out with section 20 on Strike Back. The production values speak volumes and Sullivan and Phillip are guys I know and enjoy working with, along with the very talented Michelle Yeoh. The character Ray McQueen is an absolute gem to play. “

Dermot O’Leary talks X Factor

September 24, 2014 by  
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Dermot O’Leary’s television and radio work has made him a household name. He has been at the helm of The X Factor since 2007 and also hosts his own award-winning BBC Radio 2 show every Saturday, which has won three Sony Radio Awards. Dermot has also chaired the debate and interviewed party leaders for First Time Voters Question Time on BBC Three, presents Unicef’s SoccerAid, and is host of the National Television Awards. In March 2014 Dermot hosted the ground-breaking ‘Live from Space’ season on Channel 4.

What do you think the new panel each bring to the table?
Mel for me is almost like a mini Sharon Osbourne, in that she is kind of un-produceable, which I love. It doesn’t matter what anyone says to her, she knows her own mind. Cheryl is incredibly insightful, and emotionally engaging, and really intelligent. Simon brings brutal honesty and you need that, because this is an audition process. Louis for me brings an encyclopaedic music knowledge, and say what you want about him but he knows how to put a band together. Also, he’s not afraid of making decisions that won’t make him popular with the people.

How often do you find yourself disagreeing with the judges’ decisions?
I’m a soft touch; I wouldn’t say I’d put everyone through, but you get to know people and you get to know their families and the fact that they do jobs that they don’t particularly want to do and they have a fair degree of talent. So when you see someone whose audition doesn’t go that well I do feel quite bad for them.

I can’t wait for the live shows, because I like it when the panel has disagreements, and when it kicks off, because that’s what I’m there for. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it when they go below the belt, or they start saying nasty things to each other, or they have disagreements in the press, I’m not a big fan of any of that. But I like it in studio when all’s fair in love and war, and then when it finishes, we have a drink together.

What’s the overall dynamic between them?
It’s really early doors in terms of dynamic; Mel B and Cheryl have a great understanding and get on very well at the moment. But they all work very well as a team – Mel B has a clear definition as to what she wants and Louis is
brilliant because you can put him with anyone.

Which judges are you expecting to clash the most, have you noticed any disagreements yet?
I think Simon and Cheryl will clash a fair bit in studio, and I think Mel B will clash with anyone. Louis digs his heels in about the strangest things – it could be an outfit, a song choice, someone’s hair, it’s never something
particularly controversial.

You’re first on hand to console the acts who don’t make it through – Would you say that’s the hardest part of your role on the show?
At the moment the hardest part of my role on the show is definitely when the acts come off and they haven’t done too well. But then it’s quite hard because they’re not really listening, all they’re doing is mulling over their
audition. Sometimes you can have a good conversation with someone, and try to contextualise it, and other times you could be saying anything to them.

Do a lot of the contestants come to you for advice once the show is underway?
I always do a pep talk before we start. People that get to the last three in this show are the hardest working, the most talented, and the most honest. There’s nothing that drives me nuts more than when someone gives me the
answer they think I want rather than how they’re feeling; and people worry about how they’re going to be perceived. There’s nothing worse than being perceived in any other way than being honest and who you are. The people that do well in this show are the people that are true to themselves.

This is your eighth series on the show – what are your favourite memories from throughout the years?
I love those moments in studio where you’re not quite entirely sure something has happened – it invariably involves more colourful contestants, so Wagner doing Love Shack, Jedward doing Ghostbusters. But then I love the moments where someone will just pick up an audition song and absolutely sing. For me, it’s about seeing an Ella Henderson, seeing a James Arthur, seeing an Olly Murs, come on and blow an audience away.

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