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It's 7am on a Friday, and I'm on the top floor of the central London shopping centre from which Princess Productions, the company who also make Got To Dance and Sunday Brunch, broadcast Channel 5's weekday news-chat behemoth The Wright Stuff. Wright, the show's titular host, is already working on today's script, identifying the biggest stories.
Wright studied drama at uni but made his name as the Mirror's showbiz editor. At 35 ("Too old to be doing showbiz nonsense") he ghost-wrote Martine McCutcheon's autobiography and helped set up teen portal MyKindaPlace. "The week it launched I got a call from Channel 5 saying, 'Do you fancy a five-days-a-week talk show?'" he recalls. "So I quit the internet company." Only then did he realise that he was simply being invited to record a pilot, and the six-week »
- Peter Robinson
It's been a big week for The Big Reunion. Not only did we get introduced to brand new supergroup 5th Story, but the big Hammersmith gig was last Friday! Well, Girl Thing's Jodi Albert is blogging about her time on the show for DS, so read on to get her take on Hammersmith and which 5th Story member's story broke her heart, as well as much more...
"First of all, Hammersmith was just incredible. The whole thing came together right at the last minute and the reaction from the crowd was just unbelievable. We weren't expecting it, to be honest, and it was amazing. I don't know about getting into it full time, though. I always love performing - it's in my blood to want to sing and dance and act. And when I do something like that, I really do live in the moment and enjoy it. But »
Martine McCutcheon admits she would have returned to 'EastEnders' had her character not been killed off. The former soap star claims she would have made a Walford comeback as Tiffany Mitchell had producers let her live, but it's a ''blessing'' that the character met her demise as she has been able to explore her other passions. Martine - who scored a number one single with 'Perfect Moment' after leaving 'EastEnders' - said: ''When I left I felt really exposed, so I do look back and go, 'Oh, why did they kill Tiffany off?' I felt so blessed to play such an amazing »
The idea of British television stars heading off to Hollywood has become commonplace in recent years. In fact, there was the story only earlier this year that Charlie Brooks (better known as Janine Butcher in Eastenders) was the most recent star to want to try her luck “across the pond” as they say. Numerous stars have tried and failed, some of which are household names in the UK. But then some seem to land that one role that makes them internationally famous.
Mind you, there are certain shows that you expect to generate Hollywood stars just because of the sheer volume of people that appear in them. Eastenders for example is one of them. Actresses like Martine McCutcheon have managed to appear in movies but hasn’t become a Hollywood star. The latest one to appear in a big film was Robert Kazinsky who appeared in Pacific Rim, as well »
- Brian Chapman
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