Hello everyone – it’s great to be back in the studio again – the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd etc. Our teams have been working hard to bring you a fabulous mix of interesting items, regular features and top celebrity chat.
In our first week, we’ll be meeting Mark Benton, fresh from rehearsals on the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour. Eagle eyed viewers may actually spot that Mark will be missing from the final part of the show as he has to hot- foot it back to Wembley for a performance this evening. Also joining us today will be Paul Hollywood, kneading us into shape and letting us prove under a damp teatowel while he makes a tasty sausage plait.
Tuesday brings our regular pet feature with the Barking Blondes Jo and Anna and some more weird and wonderful animal antics. Guests include Stephen Tompkinson and Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton, whilst on Wednesday we’ve got Meera Syal (The Kumars) and ex-Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford.
On Thursday actress Pauline McLynn – you may know her as Mrs. Doyle from Father Ted, Joe Pasquale (no introduction necessary!) and Tim Healy (the cross-dressing Les/Lesley from Benidorm) are sure to cause a stir in the studio and rounding off the week on Friday we have Pam Ferris (Call The Midwife), food writer and cook Lorraine Pascale.
Add to this a host of entertaining and informative features and top it off with a live performance of Seasons of Love by Kerry Ellis and the cast of Rent and that, ladies and gentlemen, is week 1 in a nutshell.
I hope you can join us for some, if not all of it!