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Happy Mondays’ Bez made Dancing on Ice debut wearing melon helmet and fans were loving it

The maraca shaker gave it his all on the ice

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Happy Mondays star Bez blew viewers away last night with his melon crash helmet-clad debut performance on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

It was the first time in the show’s history that a contestant has been forced to take to the ice wearing a crash helmet, following a nasty fall during rehearsals.

But regardless of the helmet, the fifty-seven-year-old ‘freaky dancer’ put his all into the performance, which began with him being lowered down onto the ice aloft a giant pair of maracas in ode to his Happy Mondays days.

Bez and his professional partner Angela Egan – who was seen practically holding him up through some parts of the performance – were then surrounded by giant watermelons as they skated along to the band’s ‘Step On’, all of which contrasted perfectly with his melon pattered crash helmet.

And, much to the delight of viewers at home, bandmate Shaun Ryder was spotted cheering his  friend on in the audience like a proud dad, while also singing along to his own song. 

Despite the support from the audience and TV viewers, however, Bez received a below-average score of 12.5 out of 40 from the four judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Oti Mabuse and Ashley Banjo. 

But this didn’t deter the maraca-shaker’s spirits, who admitted to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in his post-performance interview that he thought it would be ‘much lower than that’. 

He explained: “I’ve been doing some spectacular falls, crashing into the ice. But I wear a helmet so nothing too serious… I’ve actually got a little bit better this week. I only fell over once yesterday, so I am improving.”

And while his skating skills were nothing to write home about, viewers at home were quick to take to social media to applaud his performance, noting it as ‘TV gold’. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Bez is a legend! That was brilliant entertainment. What Dancing on Ice is all about!” while another noted, “Give Bez the trophy now, best thing I’ve ever seen on Dancing on ice! Didn’t stop laughing.”

A third wrote simply, “Oh my god, Bez you absolute LEGEND.”

Dancing On Ice will be airing weekly every Sunday evening for ten weeks at 6.30pm on ITV.

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The Bill set for huge TV return after 12 years

Some of the original cast are also expected to be reprising their roles…

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Former ITV series The Bill is set for a huge TV comeback with two reboots and plans to ‘attract a whole new generation’.

The police series, set in the fictional Sun Hill, made its debut in 1983 but was sadly axed in 2010 after twenty-six series on ITV. 

But now, twelve years after the final episode aired, The Bill is set for a huge television comeback with two new reboots reportedly in the pipeline.

According to The Sun, UKTV are ‘in the early stages of developing a new version’ of the fan favourite.

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The newspaper states that two reboots are in the works, and that it will be a new show entirely to ‘attract a new generation’ of viewers.

The insider said: “In the minds of many producers and execs, The Bill is a drama which is just sitting, waiting, to be rebooted.

“It’s a simple format but one which attracted a loyal army of followers who would be delighted to see it return.

“No doubt any new incarnation would be tweaked to make it attract a whole new generation to the show.”

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And some of the original cast members could be making a comeback for the new series, with some reportedly collaborating with writer Simon Sansome for a reboot last year.

A source told The Sun at the time: “The project started picking up pace last year after the cast got together to mark ten years since the show last aired.”

Actors rumoured to be reprising their roles include Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin and Mark Wingett, who played fan favourites PC Tony Stamp, Sgt June Ackland and DC Jim Carver.

Stars who have previously featured on the series include Keira Knightley, David Tennant, James McAvoy and Sean Bean.

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Gogglebox’s Jenny missed last episode as she was in hospital, co-star and friend Lee confirms

Fans of the pair were worried by their absence during Friday night’s episode

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Gogglebox favourite Jenny Newby ‘isn’t very well’ and is in hospital following an operation, her co-star and friend Lee Riley has confirmed. 

Jenny and Lee have been a staple part of the Channel 4 show since 2014, and have gained a loyal fanbase thanks to their antics and comical television commentaries from their caravan in Hull.

However, fans were concerned on Friday (May 6th) when the pair were absent from the evening’s episode, with many taking to social media to ask where the beloved duo where.

And on Sunday, Lee then appeared alone at the Bafta awards, where he gave an explanation for Jenny’s absence from the show.

Speaking to the Daily Star from the red carpet, Lee confirmed that his friend ‘isn’t very well’ having recently undergone an operation in hospital.

He explained: “She is not very well, she is having an operation, a mini one, but she is recovering well though.

“She was invited but the appointment was in Bafta week. You can’t turn down an NHS operation down can you? But she is doing well.”

Lee also told The Sun that Jenny’s operation was ‘minor’ and that ‘she’ll be watching [the Bafta Awards] from her hospital bed’.

Gogglebox went on to win the prize for Best Reality and Constructed Factual show at the Bafta Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Following the win, Lee took to the stage with a number of other cast members to give a speech, where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives, saying the award was for the ‘past and present families who have been on Gogglebox… it is an honour to get it for them’.

Following Gogglebox’s win, Stephen Lambert, chief executive of Studio Lambert, then addressed the UK government’s plan to privatise Channel 4.

He said: “Gogglebox might have ended when it started nine years ago as it got modest ratings, but a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it and they stuck with it.

“If the government go ahead with its destructive plan to end Channel 4, these kinds of risks will not be taken and a big part will have ended for no good reason.”

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Stephen Graham praised for ‘powerful’ speech following his BAFTA win

‘I swear on my ma’s life, we really weren’t expecting this’

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Fans have praised Stephen Graham for his ‘powerful’ speech after prison drama Time picked up up the TV Bafta for Best Mini-Series.

The three-part BBC series saw Graham take on the role of prison officer Eric McNally, while Game of Thrones star Sean Bean portrayed Mark Cobden, a teacher, husband and father attempting to navigate and survive life behind bars.

Yet while the show was met with wide-spread praise, the cast were visibly shocked when it was announced as the winner, with Graham later confirming in his speech that he was not expecting the win.

Taking to the stage with his fellow cast members, Graham said: “I swear on my ma’s life, we really weren’t expecting this.”

He went on to praise the ‘phenomenal cast of young working class men’ who were ‘absolutely outstanding’, saying: “It was an absolute joy to be a part of.

“I just want to say, this is the reason that I wanted to be an actor as a kid, to tell stories which had a social commentary.”

In a nod to the other nominated series, which included Channel 4’s It’s A Sin and Landscapers, Graham added: “I just want to say, this isn’t a game of footy, so there shouldn’t be a winner or a loser.

“We’re all winners because we’re all doing exactly what we want to do.”

He then quipped: “I was just want to say as well, it was an absolute honour to get to act with my wife!”

Despite the cast’s own shock, fans were delighted to see the series win at the awards evening, with many praising Graham not only for his performance, but for his ‘brilliant’ speech. 

One Twitter user wrote: “Just when you can’t love this man anymore @StephenGraham73 he makes a speech like that. So happy for #Time it was brilliant”.

Another commented: “Finally Stephen Graham the UK’s best actor wins a Bafta…”. 

Time is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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