IT is ITV’s newest gameshow – but Walk the Line turned into a whodunnit during filming when more than a hundred chocolate mousses went missing backstage.
The treats were being chilled for the enjoyment of the contest’s judges, Take That frontman Gary Barlow and comic Dawn French.
With around ten days of filming to get through, the desserts were also available to their fellow judges and host Maya Jama too.
But after they mysteriously disappeared, producers sent an email to crew urging the culprit to come forward – or at least hand the puddings back.
A TV insider said: “Behind the scenes there was some super sleuthing going on which would rival an Agatha Christie novel.
“But the offenders have yet to be tracked down.
“It wasn’t so much the loss of the chocolate mousses, but the principle of them being pinched – and the bizarre fact that a hundred of them had gone missing and no one noticed them being removed.
"Everyone was gutted, particularly Gary and Dawn who, despite both getting healthier as they’ve got older, still retain a sweet tooth.”
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They will form the judging panel on the six-part show, which starts on Sunday, alongside singers Craig David and Alesha Dixon.
Host Maya will oversee proceedings on the contest, which was recorded last month and will air every night throughout the whole of next week.
Gary is still looking trim these days despite a high-profile battle of the bulge over the years.
Only last year he said it was down to avoiding over-indulgence but not ditching his favourite treats altogether. He added: ‘I have good balance on all that now. I can eat chocolate.”
Despite also losing a great deal of weight, Dawn still hasn’t quite mastered a balanced diet due to having a very sweet tooth.
During the pandemic she Tweeted about her greatest lockdown indulgence: “5 choc eclair toffees. Every. Night. #noteethsoon.”
Executive Producer Simon Cowell has also returned to his chocoholic ways after losing large amounts of weight on a super-healthy diet.
But he’s not under suspicion as he’d effectively be stealing from himself.
His new show sees acts perform before the panel of judges, and the winner from each show is offered a cash sum.
They can take the money but have to leave the competition – or they can risk it all and continue in the hope of winning half a million pounds.
But I reckon they should be careful dishing out the cash until they find the light-fingered pud-pincher.
I hope they get their just desserts.
SPANDAU CLAUS IS COMING
WHILE most ageing celebrities reach for the Grecian 2000 when they start to turn grey, Martin Kemp has found a way to turn it to his advantage.
The former Spandau Ballet and EastEnders star – who turned 60 this autumn – made the most of his silver fox status and dressed up as Santa Claus on Lorraine yesterday.
Martin was part of a campaign encouraging people to get fully vaccinated against Covid.
The segment also featured him in his festive beard and red trousers getting his jab.
Martin may have nailed the silver hair – but Santa’s belly was a step too far for the svelte star, and he had to wear a fat suit.
Wonder if he’d bring me some Gold for Christmas?
NETFLIX FEAR FOR £57M FILM
I’M told that Netflix chiefs are panicking that their £57million Christmas blockbuster Don’t Look Up will flop as they’ve been unable to promote it in the UK.
Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill and Meryl Streep were due to fly to London for a premiere and interviews ahead of the film’s release on Friday.
But the Covid Omicron variant has thrown those plans into chaos.
A source said: “This could go down as the biggest waste of money in history.
“It’s a risk for a film to debut without any fanfare – especially during telly’s busiest season.”
The film is a satirical sci-fi black comedy which stars Leo and Jennifer as two ‘low-level’ astronomers attempting to warn mankind about a comet that will destroy Earth.
PERIOD drama Sanditon will return on PBS’s Masterpiece in the US in March and in Britain later next year.
Tom Weston-Jones, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Frank Blake join the cast of series two.
The show is based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel.
TO THE MANOR PORN
A ONE-OFF pilot called Britain’s Most Expensive Houses aired on Channel 4 last Christmas – and got an impressive three million viewers.
So it’s back as a four-part series from December 29 following a new group of prospective buyers.
The line up includes a 102-room mansion and a castle that was owned by Scottish Jacobite Mad Jack Hall.
Plus there’s a cottage that featured in the movie Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, a £3 million Arts and Crafts house in Bognor Regis and a $40 million property in Barbados.
For added glamour, there’s also the £75million former Knightsbridge home of Margot Fonteyn.
STRICTLY LIVE'S KAT AND MAX
THE Wanted hunk Max George is returning to take part in the Strictly tour – and he’s been paired up with racy Russian Katya Jones.
He took part in the BBC1 dance contest last year but was denied the chance to go on the road as the live event was cancelled due to Covid.
Max is one of seven stars who’ll be performing at various venues in January and February.
The others are all from the current series; AJ Odudu, John Whaite, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Sara Davies, Rhys Stephenson and Tilly Ramsay.
Together with the pros they’re paired with on the show, they’ll take part in 33 performances, starting in Birmingham and ending at the 02 in London.
However, Dan Walker is notable by his absence – particularly as he got through to the quarter finals last week.
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