ITV have been trying to work out what to put in the old Jeremy Kyle Show slot ever since they dropped it a year ago.
The show was ended following the death of one of the programme’s guests.
All ITV needed to do was look in their old schedules at who was there before Jeremy first aired in 2005 — Trisha Goddard.
I’m told that next week, the telly veteran is shooting a pilot for a rebooted version of her iconic talk show, which was simply called Trisha and ran on ITV from 1998 until 2004. The new version of the show is being made by production giants Spun Gold.
A source said: “It’s being referred to as Talk to Trisha at the moment.
“But telly fans will recognise it for what it is — the old legendary show and her back together.”
It’s a UK resurgence for Trisha, who has been living in the US for the last few years.
Trisha has signed with a new talent agency in Blighty, Jonathan Shalit’s InterTalent.
And I’m told she’s also got another big telly gig lined up — Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.
She is sitting down with the Good Morning Britain host today to film an episode for his new run, which will also include Cliff Richard, Gemma Collins and Rupert Everett. What an eclectic mix.
WHAT? The Truth About Your Sandwich, Channel 4, 8pm.
WHY? Helen Skelton investigates the sandwich industry in the UK and reveals the unhygienic conditions in which some snacks are made.
Bubbling away on a Grand Tour
GETTING back on the road is proving to be an unusual experience for James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond – because they have been in a biosecure bubble.
The Grand Tour trio have headed to Scotland for a new series with their own Covid-19 testing unit and a fleet of camper vans to sleep in.
A source said: “Nothing was going to stop the boys filming a new series and this was the only way to make it possible.
“They’ll exist as a unit with the crew to comply to government guidelines and have a kit to test anyone who shows symptoms.
“Staying in the camper vans reduces their chances of catching the virus.”
Jeremy and his co-hosts are driving from Edinburgh to the Outer Hebrides in a Buick, a Lincoln and a Cadillac for The Amazon Prime Video show.
The source added: “They wanted to get out on the road as soon as possible.
“To keep the crew safe, they even hired their own small plane to avoid mingling with random people.”
CATCHPOINT is returning to BBC1 for a third series next year with Paddy McGuinness back at the helm.
The popular game show sees teams go head-to-head in a bid to catch balls and win cash prizes.
Just Luc who’s on BGT final
MATT Lucas swaps channels this Saturday to join a special guest performance on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent final.
The BBC Great British Bake Off star will be part of a 60-person cast performing hits from West End shows Les Misérables – the Staged Concert, the Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins, directed by theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh.
The final will see ten hopefuls retake the stage, including the five judges’ picks – such as sorcerer Magic Bones and variety act Steve Royle.
Cameron said: “Britain’s theatrical talent is the best in the world so it is a wonderful opportunity after seven months of enforced lockdown to be invited by Britain’s Got Talent to showcase three of my greatest British musical hits with their fabulous West End casts all bursting to perform again.”
It does baffle me that there’s not more support for the theatre right now. If you like TV or films, there is a very good chance the stars have come from treading the boards . . .
Lemon aid date
CHRIS Ramsey has revealed fellow comic Leigh Francis – telly’s Keith Lemon – crashed his first date with his then wife-to-be Rosie, helping him win her over.
Chris, host of new BBC1 series Little Mix: The Search, told Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast: “Not many times in my life am I Billy Big B****cks, but on the Sunday I’d been at the same place – Ed Sheeran was doing Newcastle City Hall so I went there, then we went for drinks.
“I was like, ‘oh, I was here with Ed Sheeran the other night,’ trying to impress.
“So then [Leigh] came over in the bar. I was like, ‘I must look fantastic, this never happens to me, this is so cool’.”
Hollyoaks dinner date
A HOLLYOAKS special of Celebrity Come Dine With Me will see the Channel 4 soap celebrate its 25th birthday with five famous cast members competing to take the culinary crown.
A week of shows, starting on E4 from October 19, will feature the stars showing off their kitchen skills in the hope of scooping a £1,000 prize, which will go to charity.
The names appearing are Gary Lucy, Ruby O’Donnell, Rishi Nair, Jorgie Porter and Jeremy Edwards.
Each celebrity will stage their dinner party with a theme – whether it’s an American diner vibe, a hip hop-inspired meal or an Irish experience.
And it’s all to mark Hollyoaks starting back in 1995, with the stars selected from throughout the years to reflect just how far the soap has come. Channel 4 aired a Come Dine With Me special in 2015 to celebrate the soap’s 20th year.
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