SIGNING Richard Madeley for The Circle was a masterstroke by Channel 4, instantly stealing the show before his exit last night.

But despite showing off his dance moves in the series, the daytime telly veteran has ruled out fox-trotting over to the BBC, telling me there is no way in hell he will ever take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

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Richard Madeley said he will never take part in Strictly Come Dancing despite showing off his moves in his last episode in The Circle[/caption]

Richard said: “I cannot dance. If I thought I was a bit of a mover — if I could actually do it — then I would do Strictly because it’s a fantastic show and I can see why people want to do it. But I’d be worse than James Cracknell.

“If James is asking if that could have gone any worse, then yes, it could have been — it could have been me.

“I just cannot move. Some have it dormant and it can be lit, I just do not have any ­dancing feet.”

For those who haven’t seen The Circle, it’s a slightly mad concept where contestants live in the same building but never meet or communicate with one another except on the show’s social media or after an eviction — and they have to convince the others to like them.

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He finally revealed his true identity after acting as 27-year-old ‘Judy’[/caption]

A public vote decided Richard would have to pose as a 27-year-old woman with the same name as his wife Judy, using a picture of a glamorous blonde to convince fellow contestants he was legit.

But it was the real Judy in his life he missed most, having spent five days in isolation in a block of flats in Manchester.

He said: “First and foremost that was the most difficult thing, not being able to talk to my missus, which I do every day. I missed her hugely.

“I knew I’d have to surrender my laptop, my mobile phone, my watch.

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Richard said he was happy to be on a ‘Brexit holiday’ while on the show[/caption]

“I thought I’d be quite frustrated by not knowing what was going on in the outside world. But it was lovely, it was great.

“It was so nice not to have to wake up to a f***ing headline about Brexit. I had a lovely, lovely Brexit holiday.”

I feel like we all need one of those . . .

Must watch

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WHY? Alan Sugar puts his latest crop of hopefuls through their paces for a new series. Tonight’s episode has them hitting South Africa to set up safari and vineyard tours.

Len raps sitcom racism

LENNY Henry has blasted outdated sitcoms from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties for blatant racism.

In Gold documentary Race Through Comedy, out later this year, he slams shows such as Love Thy Neighbour, ’Til Death Us Do Part, Mind Your Language, Mixed Blessings and The Crouches.

The stand-up comedian Lenny Henry has blasted outdated sitcoms for blatant racism

Lenny says: “Love Thy Neighbour feels like a relic from the past.

“At school I’d hear n*g-n*g and c**n and even if you said snowflake back to someone, it didn’t feel as powerful. I think sometimes that show did more harm than good.

“Despite the barrage of racial slurs, Love Thy Neighbour became one of Britain’s most successful- ever sitcoms.”

Lenny also criticises Spike Milligan for black-facing in single series Curry And Chips.

He says: “It was clear that clumsy race-based humour was central to the show.”


FORMER Love Island winner Cara De La Hoyde says she and husband Nathan Massey would not get on the hit show now because they are “too normal”. The pair, who were at the Dense Hair Club launch, won in 2016.

Ant and Dec…TV royalty

ANT McPartlin and Declan Donnelly discover one of them is a descendent of royalty in a new DNA show.

The two-part ITV special, Ant And Dec’s DNA Journey, sees the BGT hosts also find out one is related to a war hero and the other has a cousin who is a former US female wrestling promoter.

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BGT hosts Ant and Dec find one of them is a descendent of royalty in a new DNA show[/caption]

Ant said: “What we find out is mind-blowing and nothing either of us could ever have imagined. It’s something that will stay with us forever.”

The Saturday Night Takeaway pair also meet living relatives who they didn’t know existed in the show, which is in development.

Dec added: “While it was incredible to find out about the past, what was hugely overwhelming was to meet relatives neither of us knew we had. It was amazing.”

Perhaps I’m also related to them – they do say there’s only six degrees of separation between everyone . . .


ROYLE Family actors Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little are reuniting as they travel across the north of England while sharing memories for new show Ricky And Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip on Gold TV.

Bride ‘N’ Gloom

TWO nearly-weds on Don’t Tell The Bride saw show bosses cancel their nuptials at the eleventh hour – after details were leaked.

Viewers on Sunday will see producers call off a wedding for the first time in the E4 show’s 13 series after it emerged bride Chanise had flouted her contract by reading groom Yanis’s emails about his plans for the big day.

The couple still plan to marry – but will now be paying for it themselves.

Good – but what a plonker.


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