With the hotly-anticipated closing ceremony promising an impressive lineup of our most popular and successful musical artists past and present, we can only hope that Macca has taken the (kindly) hint and decided to leave the 408 squeaky chorus' of 'Hey Jude' at home this time.
Now, first up, it's a heartfelt congratulations to my former kids telly stable mate Fearne Cotton, as following a cryptic tweet, it was announced by the Radio 1 DJ herself that she is to become a Mum. Fearne and boyfriend, son of Ronnie Wood, Jesse, are to become parents later this year. With rumours of a pregnancy circulating, how refreshingly typical of Fearne to announce her happy news herself. With two Celebrity über fashionable parents, and a rock god for a grandfather, it's safe to say this is going to be one cool kid.
And speaking of Fearne, I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering exactly HOW much banter she's set herself up for on the upcoming new series of ITV2's Celebrity Juice. You can imagine host Keith Lemon's delight at this new 'Fearne fodder'...it might have taken a life-changing pregnancy Fearne, but finally the 'nostril' taunts may have been trumped with this corker.
So it's over to the aforementioned Mr Lemon and his new 'reality' show, 'Lemon La Vida Loca'. I'll be honest, I'm a huge fan of Keith both on and off screen, but with Keith-mania saturating the ITV schedules in various guises, his book, phone app, and with his new movie released at the end of this month, I did wonder if it might perhaps be one Lemon offering too many. Five minutes in, and the sight of Keith trying to flog condoms ('always wear Wellies when swimming') and a suspicious-looking latex fist to an octogenarian in Oxfam, I'm pleased to say any reservations I had were blown out of the water.
This show is Keith at his best. With the introduction of girlfriend Rosie (a Northern dead ringer in looks and talent for The Office's Lucy Davies), the house-hunting rigmarole involving Keith trying out a posh pad's 'lavatorial facilities', and a (very) personal portrait of an erotic house warming present courtesy of 'Neil Buchanan from Art Attack', this new itv2 show is certainly deserving of the Lemon hype. Well done Leigh, one of the nicest guys in telly, it's great to see the sheer simple brilliance of his hit creation has much farther to go.
Now having been away lolling on a sun lounger this past week, unable to bypass the hype any longer, I took it upon myself to see what all the fuss was about and read the UK's biggest-selling book ever...EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey. Over 5.3 million copies sold so far, and with the rights well and truly sewn up in a megabucks Hollywood movie deal, the tough task is now underway to secure a hotshot screenplay writer, and of course the biggest question of all, who will play leading man, sadomasochist, Christian Grey?
Robert Pattinson, Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum, all have been mooted for the role, but having discussed this topic at great length this last week, I can conclude that 2 jugs of sangria later, me and my committee of 'Fifty fans' top choices to play the brooding businessman are....Bradley Cooper and Ian Somerhalder. Both men possess the mandatory piercing eyes and suitable physique. What's that you say?...can they act?....quite frankly, who cares?!
Oh, and as for the leading lady role of Ana Steele...rumoured for the role, move over Emma Watson, not only do 'I' conveniently possess the same name as the annoyingly graduate...I can bang on about my subconscious and bite my lip like the best of 'em!