First up I was privileged to attend and present an award at the annual Children's BAFTAs in London's Hilton Park Lane - the date in the Showbiz calendar for all those involved in the making of our kids' favourite TV shows. Yes my friends, Peppa Pig (OK, well the voice of, Harley Bird), Justin 'Mr Tumble' Fletcher and an assortment of popstars and Olympians were there to ensure the annual bash was as unforgettable as ever. Sandwiched on a table between Young Ones legend Nigel Planer, Caitlin Moran and Alesha Dixon, it was certainly a night for laughs and entertainment too.
Filing into the vast ballroom for the beginning of the night's celebrations, my evening narrowly missed a false start... being shoved roughly from behind (I even spilt my champagne - pah, honestly!) by a cheeky chancer Jedward fan who'd manage to hoodwink security and attempted to barge in to the main room, backpack, camera and all, for a glimpse of their favourite duo. Apprehended by the burly bouncers, the young lady was unsuccessful on this occasion but it certainly spiced up proceedings.
Chatting to fellow awards presenter Stacey Solomon ahead of filming a new TV project, she raised concerns about her post-baby bod in her usual adorable self-deprecating fashion by saying that she felt "like a whale". I can assure you she looked nothing of the sort, and with her charming boyfriend Aaron by her side - taking it all in his stride and not phased by his missus' popularity - the pair really are clearly very loved up and perfectly suited. Stacey, you're a total breath of fresh air and continue to be unchanged by the often fickle world of showbiz. You go, girl!
The highlight of the night was the heartfelt speech from Del Boy and original kids' telly star David Jason, who gave friend and colleague Brian Cosgrove the Special Recognition Award. Cosgrave is the man behind Jason's success, and responsible for kids' cult classics such Chorlton and the Wheelies, Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and Jamie and the Magic Torch. The rowdy room silenced to give both men the respect and recognition they deserved. Even Jedward piped down for a full two and a half minutes and were last seen obliging tanked-up telly execs who after several bottle of Tattinger joined the ranks of the aforementioned stalker and were literally begging for pictures. They may be cheesy, but there's no mistaking the loveable pair were the most popular s'lebs in the room.
OK magazine held its annual Christmas bash at London's Sway nightclub. Usual suspects Kerry Katona, TOWIE's Gemma Collins and a very thin Chantelle Houghton rocked up red carpet glam. Having parked up in her own self driven car, Alex Reid's scorned ex took to the carpet peering up through her bambi lashes, the heartache having clearly taken its toll on the fragile lass. With not a week going by without the mum of one being pictured moving house/laden with shopping bags/hulking heavy boxes/*insert other activity here, its not surprising she's looking so worn out!
The Princes Trust celebrated Christmas in style this week with the We Are Most Amused comedy Royal Gala at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Attended by HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and with a lineup including the creme de la creme of stand-up comics including my beloved pal Dame Edna, Ben Elton, Omid Djallili, Joan Rivers, the new 'Mr Cat Deeley' Patrick Kielty, Miranda Hart and Ed Byrne, there were more laughs than you could shake a tickle stick at.
The gala in aid of disadvantaged young people consisted of many jokes aimed at the present royal family, including my favourite "The Princes Trust does so much to help put young people back on their feet, what they've done with Prince Harry is marvellous" and political gaffs and middle-class fun poking.
The piece de resistance was perhaps the most exciting comedy comeback I could have asked for. Giddy with excitement and nostalgia I was certainly not alone in rapturous applause when Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson reprised their roles as Lord Blackadder and 'S*d Off' Baldrick with a specially written sketch for the occasion.
A terrific night for an even better cause in a jam-packed venue - there really is nothing more amusing than seeing 6,000 toffs being ripped apart by a 70-year-old American feminist. Ms Rivers, I salute you.