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Ricky Gervais to make Derek special

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Ricky Gervais has announced plans to make a one-off episode of 'Derek'. The sitcom has already run for two series and while Gervais admits he considered making a third, he says he ultimately decided to stick to his usual format. Writing in a blog post, Gervais said: ''''I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of two series and a special.'' Gervais made the statement in reference to two of his earlier shows, 'The Office' and 'Extras', both of which had the same format. As well as writing and starring in »

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Sunetra Sarker struggling to juggle Casualty and Strictly Come Dancing

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Sunetra Sarker is struggling to juggle filming 'Casualty' with her 'Strictly Come Dancing' commitments. The 44-year-old actress has been working on both shows since it was announced that she would be joining Caroline Flack, Scott Mills, Pixie Lott and 'MasterChef' judge Gregg Wallace on the BBC One celebrity dance contest and she's revealed it's a lot tougher than people may think. Talking to Bang Showbiz, Sunetra revealed: ''Learning the medical words is hard enough, but then learning steps to try and keep it in another part of my memory has been hard ... I found it really hard actually ... using »

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Michelle Keegan: Mark Wright is my 'best friend'

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Michelle Keegan says Mark Wright is not just her lover but also her ''best friend''. The 'Coronation Street' actress says the former 'The Only Way Is Essex' hunk - who she got engaged to last year - is a great boyfriend because they get on so well with each other. She told Closer magazine: ''He is just perfect. He is my best friend - we're like best mates'' The 27-year-old actress and model admitted that despite them being so close, they struggle to find time to spend with each other, but recently treated themselves to a day out. She revealed: ''We've been so busy »

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Harry Reid: First week at EastEnders one of scariest in life

16 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Harry Reid's first week of filming 'EastEnders' was ''one of the scariest'' of his life. The soap newcomer is set to take over the role of Ben Mitchell when he returns to Albert Square next week and he's confessed that while being in the BBC One soap is a dream come true, he found shooting his first scenes nerve-wracking. Quizzed on what his first day was like, Harry said: ''It was quite intimidating and my first week was one of the scariest weeks of my life ... Danny Dyer [Mick Carter] came up to me, and the man's done however many films, »

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Jada Pinkett Smith: Gotham character shows my dark side

16 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith loves exploring her ''dark side'' in 'Gotham'. The 42-year-old beauty stars as gang boss Fish Mooney in the upcoming series set in pre-Batman Gotham City, and she's revealed her new character has allowed her to explore different sides of her personality. She said: ''I have loved it because it gives my shadow a place to play...safely. All that shadow in Jada gets to come out and dive into Fish Mooney and have a life. ''This is my dark side because Fish Mooney doesn't have to be good all the time, and it's really fun, ''She's a hot headed little woman »

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Shane Richie: Viewers will see different side to Kat Moon

16 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Shane Richie says viewers will see a different side to Kat Moon in upcoming 'EastEnders' storylines. The 50-year-old actor stars as Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap and he's revealed his on-screen wife Kat, played by Jessie Wallace, will be seen in a completely different light when a current storyline begins to develop. Speaking about what is set to happen after Alfie starts a fire in their home without realising Kat is alone upstairs, Shane revealed: ''For Jessie's character it really is [life-changing] and for Jessie to play the storyline we've got coming up after this event, for an actress, is »

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Robert Sugden to return to Emmerdale

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Robert Sugden is to return to 'Emmerdale'. The character - who appeared in the soap between 1986 and 2005 and returned briefly in 2009 - is to be taken on by newcomer Ryan Hawley and is to cause trouble for his brother and old adversary Andy Sugden, played by Kelvin Fletcher. Ryan said of joining the ITV soap: ''I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show. 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 »

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Coronation Street bosses to fine cast members for bad behaviour

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

'Coronation Street' bosses have reportedly begun handing out fines to badly behaved cast members. The ITV soap is said to have introduced a football-style fines punishment system for any stars whose actions and behaviour lead to the show being brought into disrepute. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''The view is that the only real way to punish the cast is to hit them where it really hurts - and that's financially. ''Unprofessional behaviour isn't going to be just accepted any more. Quite often, saying sorry isn't good enough.'' News of the new penalty for badly behaved cast members comes after »

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'Downton' star Lily James forced off internet by trolls

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

'Downton Abbey' star Lily James stays off Twitter to avoid trolls. The 25-year-old actress claims she suffered upsetting abuse on the social networking site when she first joined the much-loved ITV drama as Lady Rose MacClare two years ago. The blonde-beauty - who previously starred in 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' - has now left Twitter to avoid having to read negative comments about herself. She told Radio Times magazine: ''I was surprised people had an opinion about me, but now I don't want to engage with that stuff. ''The internet is not a real person, so why would you want to »

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Simon Cowell considering celebrity X Factor

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Simon Cowell wants to bring back a celebrity version of 'The X Factor'. The 54-year-old music mogul is reportedly considering filming a special edition of the show featuring famous faces for ITV's Text Santa charity appeal later this year despite the failure of the 2006 attempt at a celebrity focused version of the singing competition entitled 'X Factor: Battle of the Stars'. Simon is said to have spoken of the idea at his house in Los Angeles, where current 'X Factor' contestants have been performing for him in a bid to make it through to the live shows phase of the talent »

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Rob James-Collier fears Downton Abbey character will be axed

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

'Downton Abbey' star Rob James-Collier fears his character will be axed. The 37-year-old actor plays twisted Thomas Barrow in the ITV period drama and although he loves the role, he's confessed he's constantly worried about him being axed because of his bad behaviour. He said: ''I check for death first in every script - the first thing I want to know is, 'Am I alive at the end?''' Series five of the hit drama is to kick off this weekend and will see blackmailing under-butler Thomas increase the pressure on new lady's maid Phyllis Baxter (Raquel Cassidy). Following on from the 2013 »

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James Jordan to get own reality show

16 September 2014 2:15 AM, PDT

James Jordan is to get his own reality TV show. The dancer's entertaining appearance on 'Celebrity Big Brother' has convinced TV producers that he would make the ideal focal point for a new reality show, which will be similar to that starring Peter Andre and Katie Price. James - who is married to 'Strictly Come Dancing' star Ola - told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Channel 5 and Endemol, who make Big Brother, want to work with me again - something with me and Ola. I really enjoyed Peter's and Kate Price's show. I found them fascinating. ''Like them, we aren't afraid to let »

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Sir Bruce Forsyth: I wasn't the 'real Bruce' on Strictly Come Dancing

16 September 2014 2:15 AM, PDT

Sir Bruce Forsyth claims he wasn't the ''real Bruce'' on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 86-year-old star co-hosted the BBC One celebrity dance contest alongside Tess Daly for ten years and eleven series but, having stepped down from the role earlier this year, he's now revealed he never felt as if he could be his true self on the show. He explained: ''On the 'Generation Game', for example, I could have fun I was allowed to be 'Loose Bruce' ... I could do whatever I liked and interact with whomever. That's the real me. A presenter on 'Strictly' isn't the real »

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Gino D'Acampo to stand in for Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice

15 September 2014 5:30 PM, PDT

Gino D'Acampo is to stand in for Holly Willoughby on 'Celebrity Juice'. The TV chef is to take over from the 'This Morning' presenter when she goes on maternity leave as a team captain alongside Fearne Cotton and host Keith Lemon on the ITV2 celebrity panel show. Gino said of his new job: ''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 Ferne.'' Holly is pregnant with her and husband »

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Sheridan Smith shaves head for new role

15 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Sheridan Smith has shaved her head and eyebrows for her latest role. The 33-year-old actress took the plunge for her part in 'The C-Word', in which she portrays her late friend, terminal cancer-sufferer Lisa Lynch, who penned the eponymous book on which the show is based. The new drama will air on BBC One later this year and was described by Sheridan as ''bittersweet'', as Lisa won't get to see the final result. The 'Mrs. Biggs' star - who appeared on ITV's 'This Morning' sporting a long blonde wig earlier today (15.09.14) - admitted: ''I'm wearing a wig... A friend »

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Jordan Stephens: I was 's**tting myself' during acting debut

15 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Jordan Stephens was ''s**tting himself'' during his acting debut in 'Glue'. The Rizzle Kicks rapper stars as Rob Kendle in the new E4 murder mystery and he's confessed that he was more than nervous about taking on his first ever acting role, but insisted his fame played no part in securing the job. Speaking at the show's premiere in London, he said: ''I was s**tting myself. I didn't even do Gcse drama. I was grilled in the auditions. I think I had five or six auditions. I definitely didn't walk into this situation.'' Despite having performed in front of crowds of thousands »

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Jim Rosenthal wants Plebs wrestler role

15 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Jim Rosenthal wants to play a wrestler in 'Plebs'. The 66-year-old sports presenter makes his debut in the ITV2 sitcom in a short stint as a chariot racing commentator next week, but his son Tom Rosenthal, who portrays Marcus in the show, admits his father won't stop asking producers Tom Basden and Sam Leifer for bigger parts. Speaking at the launch of 'Plebs', he told Bang Showbiz: ''He has not stopped bothering me. Every sentence begins with, 'Have you got me a part in Plebs yet?' And he still wants more. He's not happy with this. Any kind of sport, »

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Ricky Rayment cheated with X Factor contestant

15 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Michelle Keegan says Mark Wright is not just her lover but also her ''best friend''. The 'Coronation Street' actress says the former 'The Only Way Is Essex' hunk - who she got engaged to last year - is a great boyfriend because they get on so well with each other. She told Closer magazine: ''He is just perfect. He is my best friend - we're like best mates'' The 27-year-old actress and model admitted that despite them being so close, they struggle to find time to spend with each other, but recently treated themselves to a day out. She revealed: ''We've been so busy »

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Caroline Flack: Pasha Kovalev is 'brilliant'

15 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Caroline Flack says her 'Strictly Come Dancing' partner is ''brilliant''. The former 'Xtra Factor' host has been paired with Pasha Kovalev for the upcoming series of the BBC One celebrity dance contest and she's confessed she thinks her professional partner's calmness will help to settle her nerves ahead of performances. She said: ''Pasha is brilliant. He's so calm - he's like the opposite of me.'' Caroline also revealed she received a good luck gift from Pasha's new girlfriend, 'Countdown' beauty Rachel Riley. The couple - who were partnered together on the show last year - confirmed they were dating last week after Rachel »

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Laura Main: Boyfriend cries watching Call the Midwife

15 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Laura Main says her boyfriend cries when he watches her in 'Call the Midwife'. The 33-year-old actress stars as Shelagh Turner, previously Sister Bernadette, in the BBC One drama and she's revealed her boyfriend, theatre actor Stephen McGlynn, often has to fight back tears during more emotional episodes. Laura said: ''He often has a tear in his eye at the end. ''Men really like the show - it seems to really appeal to everyone.'' Laura also admitted that as her character has just adopted a daughter, filming scenes for the upcoming fourth series - which is set to air early next year - »

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