STRICTLY Come Dancing followers have been over the moon to listen to The Solar’s information this week that it’s going again to a full run – together with a visit to ballroom capital Blackpool.
And I’m advised that after a yr with out audiences at Elstree Studios, the place the BBC1 juggernaut is filmed, the followers shall be allowed again in when the present returns in September.
A BBC supply mentioned: “The tough plans for the sequence are beginning to come collectively, and that features getting the present’s most vital ingredient again in — the viewers.
“Producers hope that by the final week of September, when the primary stay present is pencilled in, Covid restrictions can have been lifted they usually’ll be capable to get as many followers into Elstree as potential.
“There is likely to be some social distancing, however it’ll give the present a carry, having had simply forged and crew current in 2020.”
The present — hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman — managed to remain on air for the entire sequence final yr, regardless of numerous Covid outbreaks and every dance partnership having to stay in a bubble to attempt to guard towards the virus.
And clearly bosses have realized from final yr’s sequence, as I’m advised the group dances shall be pre-recorded as earlier than.
The supply added: “In the event that they get all of the group dances within the bag in late August and early September, they’ll have extra time to work with on the stay reveals.
“It additionally means if somebody does fall unwell mid-series, they’ve acquired the majority of the professionals’ work within the financial institution.”
I can’t anticipate TV — and the remainder of the world — to return to some semblance of normality.
Right here’s hoping Strictly is on the forefront of all that.
Christopher Walken stick
CHRISTOPHER Walken wears a hi-vis jacket – with a strolling stick in tow – for his position in Stephen Service provider’s new sequence The Offenders.
The pair have been snapped filming the BBC six-parter, which follows seven strangers from totally different walks of life pressured collectively to finish a neighborhood payback order in Bristol.
And Hollywood actor Christopher just isn’t the one massive star within the line-up – Killing Eve’s Darren Boyd and Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson have additionally joined the forged.
Stephen, who co-stars and directs, mentioned: “The Offenders is a long-standing ardour undertaking for me.
“My mother and father used to work in the neighborhood service world and I used to be all the time intrigued that the numerous and different folks they handled solely had one factor in frequent: They’d dedicated a criminal offense.”
Olivia’s position is a killer
THEY say don’t combine enterprise with pleasure and Olivia Colman is discovering this out for herself.
The actress is working together with her screenwriter husband Ed Sinclair for the primary time on Sky’s new true crime sequence Landscapers.
Ed wrote the four-part drama, which relies on the 1998 Mansfield murders. In it, Olivia performs killer Susan Edwards.
However she admits issues acquired frosty between her and Ed and it is likely to be the final time they work collectively.
Talking on Dermot O’Leary’s podcast, she revealed: “We’ve by no means labored collectively earlier than, I feel I may not do it once more!
“We’ve by no means had a battle in 26 years however this is likely to be the factor that does it.
“There was fairly a frosty second once I mentioned one thing and he went, ‘We’ve had an enormous assembly about that and it’s not my first rodeo, really’.”
Packed Lunch a daily for Lisa?
STRICTLY make-up chief Lisa Armstrong was successful with followers after she dished out a few of her greatest magnificence tips about Steph McGovern’s Packed Lunch final month.
And now these in cost on the Channel 4 present are contemplating signing her up for a daily slot on the sequence.
A present insider mentioned: “Lisa’s section on make-up and cosmetics was successful on Packed Lunch and he or she slotted into the workforce very well.
“It’s now hoped her masterclasses may develop into a daily factor.
“Lisa has made it clear she’d be greater than up for approaching the present as she cherished each second of her time on air.
“In addition to being widespread with the present’s bosses, Lisa was effectively favored by viewers.”
Lisa, ex-wife of Ant McPartlin, isn’t any stranger to being on the telly.
In addition to popping up on BBC2’s Strictly spin-off present, It Takes Two, Lisa additionally starred in area of interest makeover present The Updaters in 2019.
I feel she’d be a superb addition to their workforce.
Floyd legacy is probed
SIR Trevor McDonald and ITV Information presenter Charlene White will host an hour-long documentary as we method the primary anniversary of the killing of George Floyd.
George Floyd: Has Britain Modified? will discover how his demise in Minnesota on Could 25 has impacted folks dwelling within the UK and the impact of the Black Lives Matter motion.
The ITV show will see Sir Trevor and Charlene speak to people across the nation, from all walks of life, to assess if things have changed.
Sir Trevor said: “The death of George Floyd a year ago sent waves of anger and frustration across the globe.
“It sparked a worldwide movement of such power and emotion.
“This film will explore what the legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement is in Britain.”
Bubble of love
EASTENDERS’ Shona McGarty and Davood Ghadami have told how they formed a Covid-secure bubble together to shoot an upcoming smooch on the soap.
Their characters, Whitney Dean and Kush Kazemi, got engaged recently – after it was announced Davood is to leave the soap.