David Schwimmer is on the lineup for the Stand Up to Cancer celebrity edition of the Great British Bake Off.
The Friends actor, who played Ross Geller, is among a star-studded list of celebrities who are appearing on the much-loved Channel 4 baking competition show.
Also set to join is Bolton actor and presenter Paddy McGuinness, Radio 1’s Adele Roberts, TOWIE star Gemma Collins, former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson, TV presenter AJ Odudu, The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan, and Olympic swimmer Tom Daly — plus many more.
While the lineup is mainly full of familiar faces you’d expect to see on British Bake off, David Schwimmer is the one name that has us all star-struck.
The 56-year-old US actor who played Rachel Green’s goofy but adorable love interest and Monica’s brother, will be the glacier cherry to the top of a freshly baked cake. He will be making his way to join the famous lot in the tent later this year. The series will see 20 stars in total competing to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and win the coveted title of Star Baker.
To make you even more surprised, Schwimmer was already supposed to have appeared in the celebrity special of the hit baking reality TV show a few years back, but he had to pull out of filming right at the last minute.
It comes after the star revealed in an interview that he’s a huge Bake Off fan, telling Radio Times back in 2020: “It’s competitive, but everyone’s so lovely with each other. It’s so not American!”
After the lineup was unveiled on Tuesday, fans have been taking to social media to share their excitement at Schwimmer’s unexpected inclusion. One fan tweeted: “You managed to get actual David Schwimmer? Ridiculous!!!”
Another fan simply wote: “DAVID SCHWIMMER!!!!!” and a third person commented: “… and David Schwimmer!! Wait! What???”
Plenty of Friends jokes and references were also made, of course, as one fan joked: “I wonder if @davidschwimmer will mix the talc with the lotion to form a paste.” Another replied: “I read ‘paste’ in the high pitch voice he does so well.”
Someone else remarked: “Is that the guy who robbed the beer from the store?” — a joke referencing the time CCTV images were released of a thief stealing beer from a shop in Blackpool, which everyone said looked like David Schwimmer’s doppelganger.
BBC confirms The Traitors series two launches on January 3rd
We can’t wait for this!
The BBC has confirmed the launch date for the second series of the reality game show The Traitors.
Fans of the show will be pleased to hear the nail-biting reality game show set in the Scottish Highlands and hosted by Claudia Winkleman is set to land on TV screens very soon.
The tense game sees 22 strangers move into a castle to play the ‘ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust’ by completing a series of challenges together as a team in the hope of winning up to £120,000.
Among the ‘Faithful’ contestants are ‘Traitors’ hiding in plain sight secretly looking to sabotage the game and eliminate their fellow players one by one.
And the good news is fans don’t have much longer to wait for the new series, with the BBC announcing the hugely anticipated show will launch on Wednesday, January 3rd at 9.00pm on BBC One and iPlayer. Episodes will air weekly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
Confirming the news on Twitter, the BBC tweeted alongside a sneak peek trailer: “#TheTraitors Series 2, coming to #BBCOne & #iPlayer on 3 Jan 2023.”
Episodes two and three will be available to watch on iPlayer immediately after and the show will air on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The contestants are yet to be announced, but according to the BBC, ‘all will be revealed in due course…’.
The broadcaster has also confirmed that we can expect a third season in the future, with casting now open for anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to deceive their fellow contestants and claim the winning prize. To apply click HERE.
The debut series had us all hooked when it landed on screens last year. Since then The Traitors has scooped a host of awards including a Bafta TV Award for best reality and constructed factual, and a National Television Award for best reality competition.
It also won the Royal Television Society (RTS) award for entertainment as well as the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for best entertainment programme.
With series two dropping soon and casting open for a third instalment, the BBC website says about the show: “The Traitors is a competition series built on strategy and suspicion, filmed in the Scottish Highlands. A team of players will compete in a series of missions, the more missions they win, the bigger the prize pot.
“However, amongst the players lie the ‘Traitors’. The Traitors will meet in secret and decide who to eliminate from their fellow players known as the ‘Faithfuls’.
“The aim for the Traitors is to stay undetected until the end, the aim for the Faithful is the banish all of the Traitors before the game ends. Throughout the series, there will be twists, turns, shocks and surprises for the players.
“A game of trust and treachery… do you have what it takes to play?”
Taking to Instagram to share the announcement with her followers, host Claudia Winkleman teased: “Watch your back. The Traitors starts 9pm on January 3rd, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer (everything crossed you like it).”
Fans went wild and jumped in the comments section with one person typing: “I’m so ready to make this my whole personality once again.”
Another wrote: “Yasssss! I can’t wait.” And a third tagged their mate saying: “We need to watch this together!!! Traitors sleepover pending?”
The Traitors series two will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9.00pm on January 3rd 2024.
Stars call for I’m A Celeb boycott after Nigel Farage joins camp
The rumours are true
Showbiz stars have called for viewers to boycott I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! after Nigel Farage joins the jungle camp line-up.
Fans have been left outraged after the official line-up for the hit ITV show was announced and included former UKIP member and controversial politician Nigel Farage.
To make matters worse, he’s set to be the highest paid person in the history of the show when he enters the camp.
The reality programme, which has been going since 2002, has been no stranger to controversy. Just last year, the public were left outraged that Conservative MP Matt Hancock was a contestant on the show after the scandal of MPs having parties during the Covid lockdowns.
The disgraced former Health Secretary joined the series after being sacked for breaking Covid restrictions. It was reported that he was paid £400,000 to be on the show.
This year’s line-up includes the sister of Brittany Spears, Jamie-Lynn Spears, This Morning presenter Jodie Gibson and First Dates’ star Fred Siriex.
In response to Farage joining the camp, a number of TV stars have called for a mass boycott of the show, which is due to air on November 19th.
Comedian Laura Hughes has spoken out to say that if she were included in the line-up, she would immediately quit the show and sue ITV.
She said: “If I went on I’m A Celebrity and found out I was on the show with Nigel Farage, I’d leave and sue for racial negligence… but that’s just me.
“I’d say that I’m quite shocked that ITV is platforming a racist as a form of entertainment, but nothing really surprises me anymore.”
Kathy Burke also didn’t mince her words as she said: “Quick, there’s another hate baiting c**t available.”
Journalist Bella Mackie took to Instagram to share that she would not be tuning in to watch the series. “He’s apparently being paid £1.5 million,” she said, before listing all the reprehensible comments Farage has made over the years.
She included him taking specific aim at Romanian people, people with HIV and the Aids virus, and saying women are ‘worth less’ to employers.
Calling for her followers to take action, she said: “I sincerely hope people don’t watch I’m A Celebrity if he’s on it this year. For real. How is this entertainment?”
Conservative MP Edwina Currie said last week that Farage’s involvement in I’m A Celebrity could change the face of politics forever.
Meanwhile, the show’s presenters Ant and Dec have been put under pressure by viewers and other celebrities to address the controversy of Farage’s appointment.
Caroline Aherne’s life to be celebrated in Christmas special on BBC
The special will celebrate the late star’s life
Writer and actor Craig Cash says a Christmas special celebrating Caroline Aherne’s life will air over the festive period.
Good friends Aherne and Cash worked together on The Royle Family and a number of other comedies over the years, until Aherne sadly died of cancer in 2016.
Cash said the late star asked him to cover for her and record the voiceover on Gogglebox after her diagnosis.
Aherne was the first presenter for the Channel 4 programme, providing the commentary for it since the show began in 2013 until shortly before she passed away.
Cash said it was during her treatment for the disease that she turned to him for help to cover for her when she was too sick.
“She just asked me if I’d do the show for her if she was poorly and when she had to go for chemo, so of course I said yes just to help out, because I couldn’t help in any other way,” he told the BBC.
He said he still feels her ‘presence’ when he records the voiceover for the show in the studio and said the work was like ‘a gift that she left me’.
He said: “It was really lovely, because it feels like a gift she has left me and I’m very grateful.
“It felt like only natural I should keep doing it and I feel like she’s with me sometimes.
“When I go in the studio where we used to record it, I can feel her presence sometimes.
“That feels a bit weird but true.”
A Gogglebox 10 Year Anniversary Special aired this March to celebrate a great decade of TV, showing some of it best stand-out moments.
Cash and Aherne worked together on many projects over the years, including The Mrs Merton Show and The Fast Show, after they met in the 1980s.
Their work in both writing and acting on The Royle Family became their best known and loved.
Cash said the idea for The Royle Family, which was first broadcast on BBC One in 1998, was born out of an idea Aherne had while she was still working on The Mrs Merton Show.
The Stockport-born star said: “We wanted to write something that we knew and the likes of which we grew up in, as opposed to the posh middle-class families that you got on TV at that time.
“The working title was the Wythenshawe Project, because Caroline was from Wythenshawe and we set it in Wythenshawe.
“We just wanted it to be about a family like our family really and that’s what it ended up being, just sat there watching telly.”
The show went on to become a British classic and is often repeated over the festive season where families sit together and laugh at the relatable humour.
But Cash admitted that when it was first developed, ‘nobody wanted to make it, because it was just about people sat around talking drivel’.
Cash said he and Aherne ‘had to convince them’.
He continued: ” Caroline actually threatened not to do any more Mrs Merton shows if they didn’t commission it. She meant it as well.”
Though he said some executives were still not convinced.
“When we’d made it, they [still] didn’t really want to put it out,” he said.
“They were looking at and saying, ‘people will be climbing the walls’, because it’s people just sat round talking.”
Cash said he was delighted when the show found success but was shocked at how wide an audience it reached.
He said: “I thought it would only be popular in Manchester or the North-West. But I get in taxis in London and [the drivers] say, ‘it’s just like my house’.
“It turns out to be a lot of people’s real lives.”
The star said he speaks about how he still feels his friend Aherne’s presence with him in the new documentary about her life, which is due to come out this Christmas.