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Digital Spy: Anna Williamson's Showbiz Peek at the Week

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Anna Williamson

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Apologies for the sporadic column of late; the demands of panto have not been conducive to a regular schedule over the past week so it seems. But with only four days to go till the curtain finally comes down on our Wimbledon panto marathon, you can be assured that as of next week, normal business will be resumed - and I've got some corking showbiz news and events coming up to tantalise you with!

Now even though Dame Edna has been taking my time and attention on a daily basis - honestly that woman is just the most wickedly naughty lady you've ever met (I can't tell you the things she does in the wings of the stage to try and put me off, but let's just say I've seen more than most of Australia's most famous export!) - I have however managed to keep my ear to the ground and catch up with all the delights the New Year has had to offer.

And hasn't 2012 kicked off with a bang! The weather might have been diabolical but our mornings are already brighter thanks to the new 'sunnier' Daybreak. Lovely to see my colleagues residing in the slightly tweaked, 'yellower' set! One Born Every Minute burst back on to our screens in all its stretched-marked, legs akimbo glory, and after seemingly significantly less hype than last series, Celebrity Big Brother polluted our 9pm timeslot once again. I say this with torn feelings because historically I'm not a Big Brother fan... however, I have to say, from the moment Sonia from EastEnders and that one from Free Willy walked into the Elstree portacabin, I was hooked!

Celebrity Big Brother 9 - Day 3
Michael Madsen goes head-to-head with Natalie Cassidy to see who can eat the most raw eggs during the 'Body Building Task

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Natalie Cassidy wears fake tan on CBB



Fantastic casting - Andrew Stone, words cannot express! - and the return of host Brian Dowling, giving Gary Kemp's 'Ronnie Kray' a run for his money in the style stakes, sashaying down the gangway suited and booted, hair slicked back; the series has certainly been worth bringing back - if only to give us something to fill the nightly celeb gawp gap that has been left by I'm a Celeb. As much as I profess to not being a fan of the show, I hate to say it... 2012 is the year I've succumbed. Urgh, I feel dirty.

We've had the usual New Year spat of celebrity breakups, pregnancies and drama. Gethin and Katherine, Russell and Katy... all are back on the celeb dating market. Bey and Jay Z have finally had their little'un Blue Ivy (and naturally!), Sienna Miller has recently emerged from the woodwork all engaged AND with a bun in the oven by actor Tom Sturridge, and my pal Caroline Flack and Happy Styles are still causing quite the media storm. There's nothing quite like a New Year in celeb-land to shake things up a bit.

And speaking of a New Year in the world of celebrity, although I use that term loosely, my favourite of the reality shows started this weekend. Yes, it's that time of year when Lee Valley Ice Rink gets its annual PR freebie and we get treated to Robin Cousins's 1980-something skating VT being wheeled out once again... yes my friends, Dancing on Ice is back.

Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley

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Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter who will be dancing with partner Matt Evers

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After the countless media reports of injuries, rows and lineup changes, we suspected we were going to be in for a corker of a series; if for the drama and tantrums alone! Now working alongside the current Dancing on Ice champion Sam Attwater in panto at the mo, we watched with great interest to see what this year's offering would be like... we weren't disappointed.

From the opening pro skater sequence to the new set, the delightful Christine Bleakley as the new co-host, and the new and improved judging panel, this series does seem to be one to watch. The 'celebs' are an interesting mix. Other than Hollyoaks' Jorgie Porter who is clearly a talented little minx and certainly worth placing a bet on, everyone else seems to be on a par with each other which will no doubt make for some decent elbow-barging, competitiveness over the next few weeks. Excellent.

The new judges: Louie Spence, Robin Cousins and Katarina Witt

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Personally I was gutted that Cheggers didn't make it to the live shows due to his accident early doors, but I'm seriously hoping he gets offered back next year. Cheggers whooping his way round an ice rink in lycra... now THAT is worth tuning in for. Oh and memo to wardrobe, if Louie Spence is to continue to use the phrase 'precise execution' in front of Christine Bleakley, I think next week's dress needs to be of 'wipe clean' fabric.

It's back to showbiz business next week folks, so I'll be bringing you all the latest, thanks for all your support and comments. Do come and see me in my Dick Whittington glory this week if you can; believe me, Dame Edna is worth the money. Happy New Year to you all and here's to a storming 2012.

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