19 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
SOME people scoffed when I revealed last year that Paddy McGuiness and Freddie Flintoff would be the new hosts of Top Gear.
But concerns they would be short-lived presenters have gone, as I can reveal they are already signed up for a second series.
Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris have been signed up for a second run on Top Gear
Despite only one episode of the rebooted programme having aired on BBC2, bosses have agreed to bring the pair back for another run in 2020.
The pair and returning host Chris Harris will start work as soon as next month on episodes for what will be the 28th series. A show source said: “The minute the trio started filming bosses saw the spark between them.
“They’re really pleased with how it’s started and with all the footage they’ve already got in the can for series one.
“They have been warmly received by viewers, too. Ratings are up on last year, which is a good sign. Now Freddie and Paddy have got their feet under the table, the ante will be upped for series two.
A show source said: ‘The minute the trio started filming bosses saw the spark between them’
“They’re going to go for bolder locations and bigger challenges. This should bring great scenes and laughs for the audience.”
The lads’ first outing on the motoring show, screened on Sunday, made a decent start in the ratings charts.
It hit a peak of 2.8million viewers, which is its biggest in three series and up 45 per cent on last series’s average.
I’ve watched this Sunday’s episode already and it sees the chaps building their own electric cars before taking on a series of classic Top Gear silly challenges.
The electric shock car track will have you in stitches . . .
The lads’ first outing on the motoring show, screened on Sunday, made a decent start in the ratings charts – peaking at 2.8million viewers
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Nic’s Extra Factor
X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger soaks up the sun in Capri, Italy
BRONZED telly judge Nicole Scherzinger looks like she needs some extra factor. The former Pussycat Dolls singer wore a hat and pink bikini in sun-soaked Capri, Italy.
It comes after The Sun confirmed her return to the X Factor panel with show veteran Louis Walsh.
Axed from X Factor last year, Nicole bounced back to impress as a judge on US competition The Masked Singer. I’m glad Simon Cowell saw the light.
IT still has millions tuning in after 22 years – and now I can reveal Cold Feet is returning for a ninth series.
Core cast James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Fay Ripley, John Thomson and Robert Bathurst are all in.
Core cast James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Fay Ripley, John Thomson and Robert Bathurst are all in
The ITV comedy drama will start filming later this year, with six new episodes expected to air in 2020.
A show insider said: “The last series captured the public imagination, with James and Hermione’s characters Adam Williams and Karen Marsden starting a controversial romance.
“Fay’s character, Jenny Gifford, moved viewers with her breast cancer storyline. Some hospitals even reported a spike in numbers of women coming forward for tests.”
A weekly audience of nearly four million watched the last run of Cold Feet, which first aired in 1997 and lasted for five series before taking a break from 2003 to 2016. Now it looks set for another long run.
[boxout headline=”HERO WE GO AGAIN, ’ARRY” featured-image=”4387381″ intro=”HARRY REDKNAPP beat the Germans with a team of porky ex-footballers earlier this year – and now he has confirmed he is giving it another go.”]As I revealed in April, the former Spurs boss will lead some of England’s finest for a second outing of Harry’s Heroes, one of the best things on telly this year.
The first series, featuring the likes of Paul Merson and David Seaman, ended in a 4-2 victory over the Germans, just like in 1966.
Harry said: “This time we’ll play the Germans in their own backyard.”[/boxout]
MATT and Luke Goss fans can enjoy an entire evening devoted to the duo on BBC Four in July. Called A Night In With Bros, it follows the release of much-talked about documentary and viral sensation Bros: After The Screaming Stops.
Big Mac & Ry’s
Rylan is pictured filming a promo for fast food giant McDonald’s
The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two co-host worked the kitchen, tills and tables at the branch in Ashford, Kent
RYLAN CLARK-NEAL got a taste of real life as he put in a shift at McDonald’s.
The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two co-host worked the kitchen, tills and tables at the branch in Ashford, Kent, as he shot a promo for the fast-food giant which goes online later this week. Not his usual glam life.
WHAT? Death Row: Countdown To Execution, ITV, 9pm.
WHY? Susanna Reid meets 70-year-old Billie-Wayne Coble, who killed three of his in-laws, and has waited 29 years for execution in Texas.
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A-mazed by Diva Gemma
SHE once threatened to quit Celebrity Big Brother – and Gemma Collins was at it again on The Crystal Maze.
When the GC appears on the celebrity version of the Channel 4 show, she shouts at producers to “stop the game” during a meltdown.
The GC had a meltdown while filming Crystal Maze
While taking part with on-off boyfriend James Argent, comedian Ellie Taylor and presenters Rick Edwards and Carol Vorderman, the reality star steps on to a “moving saw” during a virtual reality game.
She shouts at Rick: “Tell me where and how big a step forward. You’re letting me down! This is not rocket science.”
While trying to duck below a moving bar, she fumes: “Tell the producer they’ve got to sort it out. No, hang on, stop the game.”
Maze Master Richard Ayoade joked: “It’s amazing, even in grid form you’ve got mugged off . . . I’m so frightened of Gemma.”
You’re not the only one, Richard . . .
She stormed out the maze – clearly unhappy
SUSAN COOKSON is joining Emmerdale next month to play Wendy Posner, the mother of Lee, Victoria Sugden’s rapist. She previously played Marion Logan – the mother of drug dealer Callum – in Coronation Street.
[boxout headline=”SOAPBOX” featured-image=”4387382″]TIFF lives up to her name in EASTENDERS – by getting into one.
While enjoying a walk in the park with Keegan they encounter a gang of youths and he accuses her of eyeing up one of the lads.
In EMMERDALE, Maya is finally in the dock. And with angry villagers watching from the public gallery, she’s about to receive her verdict.
There’s more legal drama in HOLLYOAKS as Sami and Diane try to talk sense into Sinead. They urge her to plead guilty at her court hearing but she is having none of it.[/boxout]
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