All Star Musicals
Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and
Grantchester actress Tessa Peake-Jones will take to the stage
when they appear on the All Star Musicals show.
Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh and
Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank are also due to join
the one-off ITV programme, which pays homage to the West End and
Financial journalist Martin Lewis,
comedian London Hughes and Joel Dommett, who hosts I’m a
Celebrity: Extra Camp, have also been announced.
Titchmarsh, a gardener, presenter,
poet and novelist, said his on-stage experience extended only to
singing in the church choir.
The broadcaster added that while he
had always steered clear of reality television, this offer was
too good to turn down.
He said: “I’ve always loved musicals
and while I have always resisted taking part in any ‘reality’ TV
shows I found the chance of being able to sing on the stage of
the London Palladium irresistible.
“That said, I’m now scared stiff. I
sang as a boy in the church choir and later as an adult, but I
have never sung anything like this in public. Eeek!”
Tessa Peake-Jones is best known as Del
Boy Trotter’s wife Raquel in Only Fools And Horses.
More recently she played Mrs Sylvia
Maguire, the vicar’s cantankerous housekeeper in Grantchester.
She said: “I was keen to do this
because I wanted to be shaken out of my comfort zone and boy am
I being shaken.
“I’m really excited about the
Palladium and being part of a team musically with an ensemble as
I’ve never had that experience.”
Elaine Paige, dubbed the first lady of
musical theatre, will lead the panel of judges.
Also on the panel are Strictly Come
Dancing’s Kevin Clifton, US singer Kristin Chenoweth and West
End star Trevor Dion Nicholas.
Paige, 70, will also mentor the seven
celebrities until they perform a musical standard or well-loved
modern classic at the London Palladium.
The programme will also feature
performances from host John Barrowman and the panel, with Paige
and Chenoweth performing a duet for the first time.
Pointless: The Good, The Bad And The Bloopers is
to be shown on BBC One later this month.
Presented by Alexander Armstrong and his
Pointless friend Richard Osman, this special episode is a
collection of bloopers, out-takes, funny answers, celebrity
contestants and unforgettable moments from ten years of the
nation’s favourite quiz.
Alexander and Richard introduce their favourite
Pointless moments, including some classic stupid answers, big
wins, and give you a glimpse behind the curtain at parts of the
show you will never have seen before.