Peter Kay fans are in for a treat, as the Bolton comedian is making a rare return to the spotlight in a special programme early next year.
You’ll want to get January 2nd in your diary, as the much-loved funnyman will be appearing on BBC Radio 2 for a one-off show.
Peter has rarely been seen in public since cancelling his tour back in 2017, with his last TV appearance coming back in April when he was on the BBC’s The Big Night In via a pre-recorded clip, in which he introduced a new version of his iconic Comic Relief track – Is This The Way to Amarillo.
The comedian was also forced to cancel his Dance For Life tour earlier this year, due to coronavirus, which would have seen him return to the spotlight for the first time since he suddenly cancelled his work commitments in 2017 because of ‘unforeseen family circumstances.’
For the new special Peter will be joining Cat Deeley from 10am, with the former SMTV Live star making her BBC Radio 2 debut as she fills in the slot left by Graham Norton’s departure.
Her show is one of a number which will fill in until February, when Claudia Winkleman will permanently replace Norton, with Nicki Chapman also stepping in to cover.
Cat, 44, told the Press Association: “I’m thrilled to be making my Radio 2 debut on Saturday January 2nd. This time of year always fills us with love, hope and optimism, even if it looks a little different this year.
“We may not gather in the same ways or in the same places, but we are always together in our hearts.”
She added: “Gather round the radio and tune in to hear me chatting to some fantastic guests and playing the best music.”
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Stockport to film a new crime drama
Mother of god
If you’re already missing Line of Duty, which finished last Sunday with a final episode that divided opinion among viewers, then we’ve got some good news.
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Greater Manchester to film a new crime drama on Monday.
Compston is coming to Stockport to film the new series of Traces, a show following the team behind SIFA (the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy) as they investigate a bomb plot.
As well as Compston, the series will also star Molly Windsor and Laura Fraser – who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.
Traces producers, in a letter sent to local residents and businesses, said: “As part of the economic recovery, filming on location is allowed to proceed, provided government guidance surrounding work activities is observed and industry guidelines are adhered to.
“We want to reassure you that our work is in line with the government guidance and has been approved in consultation with all relevant authorities.”
Filming for the second series of the BBC show will happen around Stockport town centre, beginning at The Arden Arms on Millgate at 8am on Monday.
Next the action will head to Great Underbank, followed by Freedmans clothes hire on Little Underbank, before heading to The Angel Inn at Market Place later in the day.
While the first series of Traces told the story of Emma, a young forensic lab assistant who discovered the truth behind a fictitious case study with links to her past, the second promises to ramp up the stakes with the bomb storyline.
The letter says: “While Emma and Daniel anxiously await Phil McAfee’s murder trial, a series of homemade bombs go off in Dundee.
“The targets make no sense. The only clues they have about the bomber are the bombs themselves.”
The new series is set to be released later this year, and you can catch the first series on BBC iPlayer now.
Come Dine With Me is looking for Mancunians for the new series
Calling all amateur chefs, now’s your chance to win £1,000
Popular culinary TV show Come Dine With Me is coming to Manchester this summer, and they’re on the lookout for contestants.
Filming is set to take place over June and July, and they need some top tier home chefs from around Greater Manchester.
The hit Channel 4 series pits amateur cooks against each other for the chance to win a £1,000 cash prize, and has become a British institution.
The press release reads: “Are you bored of cooking for your partner? Housemates? Children? Think your cooking skills have improved over lockdown and finally ready to test them out on the wider world?!
“Do you think you’ve got what it takes to host the perfect dinner party and walk away with £1000?”
Casting Producer Sasha Risner added: “Following the success of previous episodes in Manchester we are back looking for hosts to create the recipe for success. We are looking for keen cooks with bags of energy and who are up for the challenge of winning £1,000!”
If you want to get involved, you need to be aged over 18 and not working or trained as a professional chef. You also need to be currently living in Greater Manchester.
Due to Covid, for this series Come Dine With Me is using a centralised house to host the dinner parties rather than people’s homes.
Shooting will take place between June 28th and July 2nd, and to apply either head here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Line of Duty star says final episode is the ‘perfect ending’
Who else is excited for this?
The bad news for Line of Duty fans is that the new series is coming to an end this weekend, with what promises to be an action packed episode.
Series six will conclude with the seventh episode this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with a trailer hinting that H’s identity will be revealed.
As well as that, the trailer shows AC-12 going all out on one suspect, with another police chase and gun wielding action thrown in for good measure.
And now one of the star’s has revealed that he thinks the upcoming series finale is the ‘perfect ending’.
Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott in the BBC series, spoke to the Shrine of Duty podcast, and while he refused to reveal the identity of H he did have a few interesting things to say.
He told the podcast: “What I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.
“There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.”
When asked if there would be another series, he said: “We don’t know [if there will be another] – that’s nothing new… Jed always takes time after a series, like a couple of months.
“There’s a lot of stuff above my pay grade like analytics and audience scores. He takes the emotion out of it and looks at all that.”
Martin continued: “It’s different this year, because we have to look at it in terms of, do people want us back? 10 years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.
“But then we might go another couple of months and… what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it. Jed will only do it if there’s a story to be told.”
More than 11 million people tuned into the latest episode, so it’s a safe bet that people do want the Line of Duty gang back on their screens catching bent coppers.