Christine McGuinness in talks to compete in ITV's Olympics series The Real 2022 Games

SHE first made a name for herself on screen as one of The Real Housewives Of Cheshire in 2018 – but fast forward three years and Christine McGuinness is fast becoming a star in her own right.

After impressing ITV bosses on The Real Full Monty last month, and following the success of her BBC documentary about autism, the model is now on course to land her next big telly job.

I can reveal Christine, wife of Question Of Sport and Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness, is in advanced talks to star on new challenge show the Real 2022 Games.

 The ITV production will see a group of stars taking on a series of Olympic events.

A source said: “Christine is becoming a really popular telly star and at the moment she is seriously in demand.

“The makers of the Real 2022 Games are casting the stars at the moment and they have been in discussions with Christine about the possibility of her taking part.

“The show will see stars competing in a series of Olympic sports including the javelin and synchronised swimming.

“As a character, Christine has such an interesting back story as a working mum to three children with autism, and bosses know that viewers would relate to her.

“Christine is also incredibly physically fit and would be up for all the challenges the series would put her through.”

The source added: “She is the ideal fit for the Real 2022 Games and if they can make the filming dates work then they hope Christine will sign on the dotted line and come on board.”

The show has been in the works for two years and has repeatedly been hampered by the pandemic.

However, insiders tell me the show is now on course and it’s hoped it will finally air in the spring.

At the helm will be hosts Holly Willoughby and cricket legend Freddie Flintoff.

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Wolf meets Dragon

Wolf give Deborah Meaden a kiss in Extraordinary Escapes on Channel 4
Dragon Deborah is told a lick is how a wolf says hello

YOU’D be scared stiff of getting this close to a wolf – unless you’re a dragon, of course.

Which is why Deborah Meaden has no qualms about getting intimate with one of the creatures on Extraordinary Escapes on Channel 4.

Host Sandi Toksvig takes the Dragon’s Den tycoon on the ultimate festive adventure in Norway along with actress FAY RIPLEY and scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock .

Animal lover Deborah is told that the wolves’ way of saying hello is to lick your mouth, as she soon discovers. She describes it as “fine, funny and weird”, then announces: “I once had a kiss from Johnny Depp but I’d have a wolf kiss any day of the week.”

Deborah explains how she and the rest of the dragons were invited onto the set of movie Dark Shadows at Pinewood Studios by director Tim Burton himself. It was there that Depp greeted her with a kiss.

She adds that co-star Helena Bonham Carter was such a huge fan she wanted to pitch a business idea to the dragons, just like entrepreneurs do on their BBC2 show.

Strike It Lucky 2 for Vern

VERNON KAY was one of the biggest stars on telly in the Noughties

 But the Bolton-born presenter fell out of favour after he was exposed for sexting model Rhian Sugden behind wife Tess Daly’s back.

However, after appearing on 2020’s I’m A Celebrity Vernon bagged a place on This Morning’s presenting roster. And now he’s got a masterplan to get back on prime-time TV by rebooting much-loved old game shows.

Vernon said: “I would love to bring back The Price Is Right. I think it is the best game show there has ever been.

“There has to be a modern version of that. It was huge and the formula still works.” 

Strike It Lucky, hosted by Michael Barrymore, is also one of Vernon’s favourites. 

He added: “That was another great game show I would love to reinvent and bring back. They were both huge in their day and if a show like that is so successful for so long they don’t really go out of fashion.”

Either way, I’d love to see these hits back on air. 


ACTING legend Miriam Margolyes may have helped make Call the Midwife one of Christmas Day’s biggest TV hits, but don’t expect any festive frivolity from her.

The stage and screen veteran plays Sister Mildred In the BBC1 favourite, which enters its eleventh series this weekend. But that’s the only reason Miriam has to be cheerful right now.

She told Woman magazine: “I’m not a fan of Christmas, not at all. Firstly, I’m a Jew. Secondly, I’m an atheist. And thirdly, I don’t like enforced jollity. I think there’s a responsibility for everybody to say, ‘Oh, I’m having such a lovely time, it’s marvellous,’ and I don’t think people always feel like that.

“It’s a time when people spend money they don’t have, buying presents for people they don’t like.”

The fact that Miriam plays a nun shows what a great actress she is.

Sally: Ice skating is so scary

SALLY DYNEVOR is queen of the Corrie cobbles but she’s not so confident on ice. 

The star, who plays Sally Webster in the ITV soap, is among the celebs competing in Dancing on Ice when it returns to ITV next month. 

And Sally confessed she’s always been terrified of ice skating. She said: “My younger daughter Hattie used to go ice skating and I’d watch her from the side, but I’d never go on the ice. I was still too scared.

“I was first asked about Dancing on Ice three years ago, but it’s taken me this long to actually pluck up the courage to do it. 

“I’m certainly not in it to win it. If I get voted out the first week, that’s OK.”

I believe in you Sally!


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A Lecturer in Disability at Liverpool Hope University said the show poked fun at outdated social attitudes, rather than making fun of disabled people. 


Torvill and Dean not done

THEIR performances are a Dancing on Ice highlight – and Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill insist being in their sixties doesn’t mean they’ll stop showing off their skills on the rink.

The much-loved duo are back on the judging panel of the ITV show, which returns on January 9 with Ashley Banjo and newcomer Oti Mabuse. And they’ll be back delivering awe-inspiring routines.

Christopher, 63, says “he notices the difference” in his physical ability compared to the days when he was winning Olympic gold with Jayne, 64.

But he told Derbyshire Life magazine: “I still really enjoy it and I don’t ever see a time when I don’t skate any more.”

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