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Darren Gough on The Jump

In 2005 former England cricketer Darren Gough dazzled his way to victory on Strictly Come Dancing, but joining winter sports-themed celebrity contest The Jump is proving to be a rather different beast.

“It wasn’t like we had a couple of runs on normal skis. They just gave us these jump skis for the first time and it was ‘Off you go’,” Gough tells RadioTimes.com. While the Austria-based show sees the stars take on various sporting challenges, including skeleton and speed skating, it’s the jump itself that appears to be on Gough’s mind.

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Patsy: drink and drugs nearly wrecked my life

If you thought her experiences in EastEnders were manic – all blokes, babies and bust-ups – it is nothing to what Patsy Palmer has gone through in real life.

Away from Albert Square, the actress famous for playing fiery redhead Bianca Butcher has suffered things that would make a hardened soap fan wince. In an emotional TV interview to be shown at the weekend, Patsy confesses she’s been to hell and back because of drink and drugs and says: “I’m grateful to be alive.”

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Patsy Palmer in talks for US show

Patsy Palmer is in talks to star in a US drama show. The 'Eastenders' actress - know for playing mouthy Bianca Butcher in the BBC1 soap - wants to swap the streets of Watford for Hollywood and has revealed that American TV bosses have approached her about a role.

However, the 38-year-old redhead - who is currently on maternity leave from 'Eastenders' after having baby Bertie in December - isn't confident that she will get the job and expects to be back on location to reprise her role as Bianca again.

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Fiona Phillips to replace Holly on This Morning?

Fiona Phillips is one of the presenters who is being tipped to take over from pregnant Holly Willoughby on This Morning, when she takes her maternity leave.

The former GMTV star, who quit the show in December 2008 to spend more time with her family, is apparently in the running and is up against fellow TV talent such as GMTV newsreader Helen Fospero and Ruth Langsford, who currently presents the Friday episode of This Morning.

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Goughy drops in for a coffee

Yorkshire cricket legend Darren Gough braved the cold and snow to have a cuppa with the people of Sheffield - and a giant dog.

The famous cricketer from Monk Bretton, Barnsley, who was a former England player and captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, was in Barkers Pool with the 21 foot Yorkshire Terrier Samson, the Plusnet mascot made famous through the company's television adverts.

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The ladette grows up

Well, a girl’s got to grow up sometime. Zoe Ball, the ladette once happy to swig from a bottle of Jack Daniels, has rather more sophisticated tastes these days.

The Radio 2 DJ celebrated her 40th birthday with a cocktail party at Claridge’s for family and friends.

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Patsy Palmer expecting another child

EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer is expecting her fourth child, the BBC has confirmed.

The 38-year-old - who returned to Albert Square in 2008 after a nine-year absence - is said to be "delighted".

Palmer already has two children with husband Richard Merkell and another son from a previous relationship.

The London-born actress made her debut as Bianca Jackson in 1993. Earlier this year her character was seen remarrying her former husband Ricky Butcher.

Born Julie Anne Harris in 1972, Palmer studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School and appeared in Grange Hill and The Bill prior to EastEnders.

During her EastEnders hiatus she appeared in detective series McCready and Daughter and competed in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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Darren Gough swindled in £115m fraud

A business has been charged over Britain’s biggest Ponzi fraud after allegedly cheating investors out of £115 million. Kautilya Nandan Pruthi is accused of being the mastermind behind the get-rich-quick scheme.

Alleged victims included former England cricketer Darren Gough, singer Jerome Flynn and other celebrities. Gough is a former winner of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing talent contest.

 

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Fiona Phillips criticises changes to Strictly

Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips has claimed that Strictly Come Dancing bosses should have consulted fans before they revamped the show. Fiona took part in the ballroom dance contest in 2005.

She spoke out following the news that professional dancers Darren Bennett, Lilia Kopylova, Ian Waite and Matthew Cutler will not partner celebrities on the next series.

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Fiona Phillips: 'I had a breakdown'

Fiona Phillips said she suffered a breakdown while dealing with GMTV and her family's battle with Alzheimer's.

The 49-year-old, who had been 'severely depressed' and quit as a presenter on the show more than a year ago, said she was writing a book about how she dealt with the impact of the disease - which her late mother suffered from and her father has been diagnosed with.

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Poland win Eurovisin Dance

Poland claimed first place in the Eurovision Dance Contest, which was held in Scotland on Saturday.

Actor Marcin Mroczek and dancer Edyta Herbus won the votes of watchers throughout the continent with a routine set to Michael Jackson's music.

Russia finished second and Ukraine were third, while hosts UK finished ninth out of 14 competitors.

A television audience of millions watched the 135 minute programme, which came from Glasgow's SECC.

Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman hosted the show, which featured 14 couples from Austria, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Each couple - one celebrity and one professional dancer - performed a freestyle dance with a national flavour which could have elements of Latin and Ballroom.

A panel of expert judges as well as the TV audience voting from home then decided on the winner.

The UK was represented by Vincent Simone and Eastenders actress Louisa Lytton.

It is the second time the contest has been run. Finland won last year's vote.

"With this competition, we created a fantastic new Eurovision tradition, which we are confident will last for many years to come," said Bjorn Erichsen, Director of Eurovision TV.

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Louisa & Vincent strutt their stuff

Strictly Come Dancing pair Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone will represent the UK at Saturday night's Eurovision Dance Contest.

The former EastEnder and her professional partner have gone back to the ballroom for the second outing of the dancing tournament.

Couples from across Europe compete in the contest, held in Glasgow and screened on BBC1.

Lytton, 19, who plays Pc Beth Green in The Bill, was the youngest ever Strictly contestant when she appeared in the fourth series with the likes of Emma Bunton and victor Mark Ramprakash.

Italian-born Simone split with his lover and professional dance partner Flavia Cacace, amid rumours of a romance between Cacace and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Matt Di Angelo.

The Eurovision Dance Contest is fronted by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman and features a professional and non-professional from each nation.

Strictly Come Dancing judges Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood will comment on performances but the winner is decided by a public vote and a separate panel of judges.

Last year, Finland won the contest and Brendan Cole and Camilla Dallerup flopped, finishing second from last.

The Eurovision Dance Contest is taking place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and will be broadcast on BBC1 at 8pm.

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