Another ATV Sunday celebrating the world of showbiz and broadcasting with ATV Today’s Mike Watkins.

BBC drama ‘Press’ sees castings revealed.

This week Charlotte Riley was announced for the cast of Press where she will play the Deputy News Editor of fictional broadsheet, The Herald and Ben Chaplin will portray the Editor of fictional tabloid newspaper, The Post, while Priyanga Burford will play The Herald’s Editor. Paapa Essiedu will feature as The Post’s newest reporter and Shane Zaza its News Editor; while Ellie Kendrick will be a junior reporter; Al Weaver an investigative journalist and Brendan Cowell the News Editor at The Herald. They will be joined by David Suchet who will play the Chairman & CEO of Worldwide News, owner of The Post. So now we know.

Set in the fast-paced and challenging environment of the British newspaper industry, Press will immerse viewers in the personal lives and the constant professional dilemmas facing its characters.  The series follow their lives as they attempt to balance work and play, ambition and integrity, amid the never-ending pressure of the 24-hour global news cycle and an industry in turmoil.

“I’m so happy to be working with the incredible Tom Vaughan again, and the talent of this amazing cast make me feel like the luckiest writer around. Press is a series packed full of stories and now we have the very best people to tell them.” – Writer and Executive Producer, Mike Bartlett

It was a bit black without Cilla

Blind Date host Paul O’Grady, 62, who married his ballet dancer partner Andre Portasio, 37, in a secret ceremony at The Goring Hotel in front of 50 guests last month, has spoken about the wedding lacking one of his closest friends. While Lily Savage may have slagged off Surprise Surprise presenter and sixties singing icon Cilla Black, the man behind the drag act, Paul O’Grady, was one of her closest friends.

“She would be over the moon. It was just such a shame she wasn’t there. She wouldn’t have sung. She would never sing in public. If anyone said, ‘Cilla, give us a song’, she’d say, ‘I can’t, me voice is bad, but Paul will’. She wouldn’t get up at a wedding. She never used to sing in the shower or round the house.” – O’Grady speaking to The Mirror.

Andre and Paul have been a couple since 2006, finally marrying in August. In other wedding news EastEnders actress Lacey Turner married partner Matt Kay in a surprise Ibiza ceremony. The 29-year performer met her hubby at the age of 15 at a pals house and had been dating ever since. Co-stars from the beeb saggy soap opera attending the union ceremony included Jake Wood, Scott Maslen, Laurie Brett, Aaron Sidwell, James Bye and former matriarch of the show Barbara Windsor.

Paul O’Grady, who match-makes on Channel 5’s Blind Date recently wed.

TV Highlight of the Week

Good Morning Britain viewers were left stunned during Monday’s show (11th Sept), The Bristol Post reported, after ITV weatherman Alex Beresford ‘stormed the set’ and ‘demanded the camera from anchor Piers Morgan.’ The newspaper added, ‘Bristolian Alex, who presents the weather on the show, interrupted Morgan and co-host Suzanna Reid after their debate on feminism over-ran. The 36-year-old, keen to do the weather forecast, briefly blocked the screen before ordering the camera crew to “come with me” and “stay on camera six”.’ You can see this televisual delight on the Bristol Post story, here.

Not such a grand tour

Richard Hammond has been talking about the long-term effects he’s enduring following his second television car crash, the most recent one while filming sequences for AmazonPrime’s The Grand Tour. In March this year Hammond, who has also presented Total Wipeout for BBC One, was airlifted to hospital following a stunt gone-wrong. The Huffington Post reports how the accident left him in need of knee surgery.

“I can’t run for 18 months and that’s how I keep fit. I’m 47 – it’s hard to keep the weight off so it will hit me hard if I can’t run. They’ve told me I have to cycle – but I hate cyclists. We all hate cyclists. I’m a 47-year-old man – I can’t be cycling along the street wearing a helmet.” – Hammond quoted by the HuffPost

Hammond was first seriously injured just over a decade ago while filming BBC Two motoring show Top Gear back in 2006. Richard had broken the British land speed record and was on a last run filming extra scenes for the programme when the first accident happened.

An AmazonPrime promo for The Grand Tour.


On Monday the news former Coronation Street and Taggart actor John Michie’s daughter had died at the Bestival was announced, the current Holby City performer has thanked fans for their sympathy and support since the news broke. He has also denied there was any foul play, with early reports suggesting the incident may have been a deliberate killing. Louella Michie, 25, a dancer, was discovered unresponsive at the festival, which she attended with her boyfriend. The death is being treated as drug-related.

Aaron Carter said he fears he is HIV positive, speaking on stateside show series The Doctors, the 29-year-old singer who shot to fame as a teenager, said he feared he may have HIV due to becoming so thin. “Because I’m so skinny, I’m still so skinny. And that was the biggest one for me.” The programme assisted his quest for answers by giving the star a series of STD checks, drug tests and scans treatment. At 6 ft tall and weighing just 115 pounds (8 stone 2 pounds), Aaron is 35 pounds underweight for a man of his height. Earlier this year he revealed he was addicted to prescribed drugs following being arrested on a marijuana charge.

Former Celebrity Big Brother star and Ordinary Boys singer Samuel Preston broke half his entire body after a drunken fall, Digital Spy reported on Tuesday (12th Sept). The performer shared a photo of his injured body sat in a wheelchair in the hospital. Pictured alongside girlfriend Emily Smith, he explained to social media fans what had happened; “…I fell off a 2nd-floor balcony in Denmark and broke my leg in four places, pelvis, hip, foot, ribs, shoulder blade, punctured a lung and smashed my left hand to pieces…” This gives Preston new fame at least, he was prior to this only remembered for walking out of Never Mind The Buzzcocks when he didn’t like the tone taken on the show over his then-wife, CBB 2006 winner (despite not being famous at the time), Chantelle Houghton.

Diane Abbott used the N-word live on Good Morning Britain on Thursday (14th Sept) as she spoke about the online abuse she’s received. The Labour shadow home secretary, prone to interview gaffs usually due to not knowing her backside from her elbow when it comes to facts and figures, said she has been called a “n—– bitch” by trolls on Twitter. She added “it’s people threatening acid attacks, it’s rape, it’s death threats.” How many of each she didn’t note but maybe it was best she wasn’t asked for any actual figures.

The Only Way Is Essex star – and it doesn’t take much to be one on that show – Gemma Collins is possibly heading back into ITV’s Aussie jungle for I’m A Celebrity, following her previous time on the show lasting just 72 hours. Reports suggest host Declan Donnelly has urged the TOWIE favourite to try her luck for a second time. She quit the series in 2014 due to personal reasons, suggested to be due to a ‘bad’ relationship she was in at that time.

Last week saw Roald Dahl day celebrate the literary personality and, as part of the reflection on the Tales of the Unexpected stars life, a letter was revealed that showed when offering advice to newbie writers Dahl was bluntly to the point. If you can have a ‘blunt point’ as were… ‘Aspiring writer Jay Williams sent the author a letter in 1980 asking for feedback on a short story he had written for an A-Level project’, The Independent newspaper reported, adding, ‘he never expected to get a response – let alone such a blunt one.’ The reply informed Jay that he should stop using so many “beastly adjectives”, and suggested he should study “American short story writers”.

Keeping it classy, Danniella Westbrook insists, The Sun reported, that she didn’t cheat on her fiancé contrary to previous reports she had been spotted ‘snogging a man fifteen times during an all day piss-up’. The 43-year-old, who used to appear in EastEnders – and that alone is enough to send anyone to booze up surely – said the snogging photos, revealed by the tabloid, were just pecks on the cheek. She added that fiancé Alan Thomason is the most perfect man thus she didn’t need to cheat on him in during an alcohol fulled Benidorm bender.

Following on from Roy Croppers exceedingly expensive brie and rocket sandwich, which he was seen to be charging a staggering £4.95 for back in July, Coronation Street viewers were once again left gagging on the cost of something within the soap. It seems Manchester is competing for London prices after a glass of wine, cost £9.50. A glass of wine! It obviously wasn’t on sale in the Rovers Return, but a trendy inner city club.

Roald Dahl, not a fan of beastly adjectives.

Katie Price Weekly

A weekly watch of one of our favourite telly personalities. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Antony Cotton and Roxanne Pallett ATV News turns to the one and only – thank God – Katie Price. What’s our darling of the television screen been up to over the past seven days?

This week Closer magazine brought us the news that Price is ready to get back on the dating scene following her recent ditching of her latest ‘sex addict’ and former porn star hubby, after he was caught bonk-busting their nanny. The mag reports how Katie had proudly announced she was considering trying dating app ‘Huggle’ after recommendations from friends. Has anyone suggested she try putting herself on the

Despite this app search suggestion Closer also note that the ITV Loose Women regular has mooted she would be keen to hook up with some well-known men, with a list of names provided.

Former Loose Women star Kerry Katona jokingly blamed the ITV show for ‘ruining’ her marriage to former Westlife singer Bryan McFadden. Speaking on the anniversary show last week the singer noted being on the show had an adverse effect on her private life. Maybe its a sign, spend less time on gossip telly and love will bloom… Not that anyone would want to see less of Price on television of course, she lights up the small screen like a fire in a Lidl.

Loose Women star Price is ready for another man.

Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean and Miranda Richardson join Good Omens

Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean and Miranda Richardson have been confirmed in the cast for Good Omens, the forthcoming six-part television adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The BBC series is also to be co-produced with Amazon.

Whitehall will be playing Newton Pulsifer aka Newt – an unfulfilled wages clerk turned witch-hunter – and McKean will take on the role of Sergeant Shadwell, the leader of the witch-finder army who sends him on his mission. Miranda Richardson will play Madame Tracy, the psychic medium and part-time courtesan who provides a helping hand to the pair as they try to save the world from Armageddon.

As previously announced, Michael Sheen will star as the somewhat fussy angel and rare-book dealer Aziraphale, and David Tennant will play his opposite number, the fast living demon Crowley.

Jack Whitehall, on your box everywhere. Seen here as a regular on Sky 1’s A League of their Own, which returned this week.

It’s been fake news, and its nothing to do with Donald Trump

The Mirror headline screamed ‘Lauren Harries’ ‘toyboy lover’ Connor Yemm reveals their relationship was FAKE as he insists they were never an item.’ This follows several weeks of the pair parading in the newspapers as an apparent couple, and even a TV appearance. It seems to be something that has come straight out of the Katie Price Guide to getting Press Inches and increase your tabloid fame (and possibly money for it).

Lauren and Connor appeared on ITV’s Loose Women to discuss their ‘relationship’ following numerous newspaper items on the pair, however he’s now said his involvement with Lauren isn’t sexual at all and the pair are just ‘best friends’.

The 21-year-old says hes pan-sexual, which lets him love anyone for who they are whether they are gay, straight, bi, transgender or North Korean. Lauren, 40, revealed her ‘relationship’ to The Mirror in July hinting at wild sex sessions which were ‘magnetic’. The pair met on social media.

“Basically I think it’s all been twisted a lot because people are speaking to Lauren and she’s exclusively revealing things, like obviously the pictures that are out there. I mean I’m pansexual and I’m polyamorous in a way, but Lauren’s a beautiful woman inside and out so there’s no denies there about me giving her a kiss or anything because she’s such a good friend and such a good laugh, but it’s just the truth I want to get out there because people think I’m in a relationship when I’m not.” – Connor speaking to The Mirror

Twisted? Or maybe just one very good publicity exercise let’s face it we all know his name now – well for the next week or so anyway.

“I’ve been in extra work, such as Harry Potter, Casualty, quite a few things. I don’t need fame at the end of the day.” – Connor speaking to The Mirror

Fair enough.

Melissa Cobb to lead Netflix Kids and Family content team

Melissa Cobb has joined Netflix, Inc, the internet entertainment service, as Vice President, Kids and Family, overseeing the creation and acquisition of series and films for children and families. Based in the Los Angeles office, Cobb reports to Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

“I’m so excited to begin this next chapter with Netflix. Given the creative freedom offered here and the global audience, there’s a huge opportunity for talented creatives across the industry to create the world’s best kids and family series and features for Netflix. My goal for this team is to offer a diverse slate of great, powerful and timeless family entertainment with global appeal, and to be creator and talent friendly, while striving for the highest quality in everything we do.”- Melissa Cobb

Cobb joins Netflix from DreamWorks, where most recently she was Chief Creative Officer and Head of Studio for Oriental DreamWorks. Based in Shanghai, China, she oversaw all aspects of running the studio and the stateside and eastern collaboration including creative oversight of all projects in development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of high quality animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She insured the green light of a first feature, Everest, slated for a global release in fall 2019 with Universal. Prior to joining Oriental DreamWorks, Cobb served as a Producer at DreamWorks Animation.

There will be nothing corny when it comes to children and family programming on Netflix thanks to Cobb.


Theatre legend, Sir Peter Hall, died aged 86, while battling dementia. The eminent English theatre, opera and film director had been active in the business since the 1950s.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sir Peter Hall, while battling dementia… Sir Peter was a giant in theatre and opera. From founding the Royal Shakespeare Company to directing the National Theatre, his illustrious career speaks for itself.  Sir Peter was also the founding Artistic Director of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, a world class dementia-friendly theatre which welcomes and caters for those living with dementia. Our sincere thoughts and sympathies are with Sir Peter’s family and friends at this sad time.” – Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, told ATV Today.

Actor Terence Harvey passed away. He had starred in EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Doctors and Downton Abbey while stateside veteran American actor Frank Vincent, known for his role in The Sopranos as well as a number of Martin Scorsese films died at the age of 78 while cult stateside performer Harry Dean Stanton passed away aged 91, he most recently starred in the revived Twin Peaks.

Weekend Hunk

Not a video this week, instead a revival of our old Showbiz Hunk feature, this time back and lathered up as Weekend Hunk. I can’t promise you a regular one, but when a hunk passes through we’ll bring you one. Well if The Sun can have page 3… And the first unleashed is Anthony Joshua.

Lynx, the UK’s leading male grooming brand, is launching a limited-edition collection of knockout grooming essentials with its Ambassador and World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua. The range has been designed to celebrate a decade since first stepping into the ring, and launches ahead of his world heavyweight title defence against Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev on 28th October.

 The Lynx YOU Anthony Joshua range includes a body spray, body wash and Christmas gift pack, which are set to smash into British guys grooming routines from late September. Created by fragrance expert Ann Gottlieb, with AJ’s punch of approval, the range is a classic masculine scent, featuring sensual woods and aromatic herbs and spices, to leave guys smelling great all day.

The limited-edition range is available this autumn/winter in stores nationwide. It is the latest product to be launched as part of Lynx’s ‘Find Your Magic’ initiative alongside ambassador Anthony Joshua, which aims to champion male confidence by equipping guys with products to help them shape their individual style.

“I’m in and out of the gym all the time, so I know how important it is to have products that will leave me smelling and feeling good. I’ve been using Lynx products since I was a kid so it feels right to mark my first ten years in the ring by creating the Lynx YOU Anthony Joshua range. I’m excited to see the products on the shelves and hope they will help guys to smell great and feel good!”  –  – Anthony Joshua

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