Monty Don's blunt take on Strictly amid Kevin Clifton's Gardeners' World show verdict

Monty Don has been entertaining viewers with his extensive horticultural knowledge on Gardeners’ World for the past nine years, after making his return. The BBC presenter regularly updates fans about his life and love of gardening on Twitter.

The 65-year-old has since taken to the micro-blogging site and addressed whether he had plans to make his debut on Strictly Come Dancing.

The gardening expert issued a blunt response as he shut down the idea of taking part in the dance competition.

It comes after a social media user quizzed Monty on joining the Strictly line up next year.

The person in question penned: “@GWandShows Monty for Strictly 2021 #montydon.”

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BBC Gardeners’ World official Twitter account took to the micro-blogging site and wrote: “Would anyone like to second this? #Strictly #GardenersWorld,” as they retweeted the viewer’s question.

It didn’t take long for Monty to get wind of the request as the presenter dismissed the idea as “not his thing”.

He replied: “I have been asked on Strictly three times now – politely refused each time and would continue to do so were there another 33 times! Not my thing.”

Fans flocked to comment on the blunt response, as many joked they would love to see Monty put on his dancing shoes.

Taking to Twitter, Kevin asked if he and his girlfriend Stacey Dooley were less “rock and roll” after watching the gardening show.

In view of his 248,000 followers, the Latin champion penned: “Just watched Gardeners World in bed with a tea. Are we still rock and roll?”

Viewers flocked to comment on the post, with many praising the BBC show.

“I have developed a crush on Monty Don! That programme is so relaxing I love it. One of the good things to come out of lockdown is my new love of my garden!” one person gushed.



Time BBC release date, cast, trailer, plot: When is the prison drama series out?

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham are the stars of BBC’s new prison-drama, Time. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Time including release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.

When is Time out on BBC?

At the moment, there is no official release date for Time on BBC.

The three-part series was only announced by the BBC and creator Jimmy McGovern this month, so it is still early days for the project.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, production on Time could face delays but filming is scheduled to begin in Liverpool this Autumn.

Therefore, crime-drama fans should expect Time to arrive on screens towards the end of the year or early 2021.

BBC’s Controller of Drama, Piers Wenger said that “Jimmy has a unique style of creating thought-provoking dramas which tell raw and emotional stories, and Time is exactly that.

“With Sean and Stephen in lead roles, Jimmy and Lewis behind the camera, Time is a shining example of British drama talent at its best.”

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Graham said: “It is an absolute honour to be working with Jimmy again, I’m feeling blessed.

“I’m excited to be working with Lewis as I have heard so many incredible things about him as a director, I can’t wait to get stuck in. Of course, I am made up to be back on set with Sean.”

Bean added: “Getting to be involved in a Jimmy McGovern drama again is a real privilege and it will be great to be reunited with Stephen.

“Mark Hebden is another of Jimmy’s complex and superbly-written characters and I am looking forward to bringing him to life on screen.”

The series is created by acclaimed writer, Jimmy McGovern and will be directed by Broadchurch’s Lewis Arnold.

McGovern said: “The BBC have given me a brilliant young director and two of the greatest actors on the planet. I am overjoyed.”

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What is Time on BBC about?

Time is a three-part drama series, described by the BBC as “visceral”, “emotional”, and “thrilling”.

The series follows the two entirely different experiences of the British penal system.

One through the eyes of a prisoner (played by Sean Bean) and the other through a prison officer (Stephen Graham).

The synopsis for the series reads: “Seen through the eyes of two very different men, Time is a visceral and high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system.

“It is a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment and penitence and the impact that prison has on all those who pass through it.

“Time is emotional and thrilling, showcasing the performances of two of Britain’s finest and best-loved actors.

“Both Eric and Mark, officer and inmate, are seemingly trapped by their pasts and unsure of their futures.

“Each has to not only survive but to find the strength and the way to move forward.”



Coronation Street spoilers: New Underworld boss 'unveiled' as Nick makes huge mistake

Ray Crosby (played by Mark Frost) has made his presence felt since arriving on Coronation Street last year and he has since made a number of enemies. The new ITV soap villain has already got his hands on the bistro restaurant, Kevin Webster’s (Michael Le Vell) garage and is now gunning to get the deeds to the Platt household. As his power trip on the cobbles accelerates, it’s becoming clearer he has a more sinister plan on his mind. However, could this involve taking over the Underworld Factory from Nick Tilsley (Ben Price)?

With his step-son Oliver Battersby (Emmanuel and Jeremiah Cheetham) on life-support in hospital, after he was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease earlier this year, Nick has been looking into alternative paths to avoid the system being shut off.

The factory bosses partner Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) has been in denial her son is dying and was over-the-moon to discover her lover had found a doctor in Germany who was willing to help.

Unfortunately, the cost of the experimental treatment costs £500,000 and upcoming scenes will see the businessman will tell his other half he is selling his shares in the factory.

This will provide a huge cash boost to the family’s fundraising efforts, but first, the beloved character needs to find a buyer.

Knowing Ray has the money to purchase his shares, Nick could make a big mistake by reaching out to the villain to make a deal.

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In a preview clip for next week’s episodes, Leanne walks in on Nick as he is looking at photographs of his long-lost son online.

With his partner currently in the dark, the factory owner lies to her, explaining: “Just doing some research about selling my shares.”

Unsure as to whether her other half is making the right decision, the mother-of-one says: “I know you want to do this and it’s incredibly generous of you, but you’ve worked so hard on that business, I can’t let you sell it.

“What would you do?” she asks, to which he instantly replies of the reason for his sacrifice: “Be there for my family.”

As the Underworld Factory is located in-between the garage and the Platt household, it would be a big piece of land for Ray to get his hands on.

The current factory boss could also swindle in his brother’s home, telling the ruthless businessman he will convince David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) to hand over the deeds to the property.

This would certainly make the villain the most powerful man on the cobbles and he would have the lives of several residents in his hands.

In the coming months, it will transpire why the dastardly character wants to get his hands on Weatherfield and what this means for his neighbours.

Ray star Mark told Express.co.uk and other publications: “It’s great! I’m really enjoying the fact that little teasers are coming out and gradually we know more and more. I get to know more and more as well!”

Speaking one an ally on the cobbles, the soap star said: “It’s nice that someone has kept quiet about his activities and kept it under the radar.

“Their motivations for doing so are quite interesting and he might even have an ally in getting what he wants.

“That’s all quite exciting and the development of that will be really interesting,” he added, but will Nick be the confidant to help him bring down the cobbles?

Coronation Street continues Monday at 7:30pm on ITV.



Sarah Paulson girlfriend: Who is Sarah Paulson's girlfriend Holland Taylor? Meet the star

“If my life choices had to be predicated based on what was expected of me from a community on either side, that’s going to make me feel really straitjacketed, and I don’t want to feel that.

“What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”

In 2017, in an interview on Sirius XM’s “Sandyland” with Sandra Bernhard, Taylor opened up about her relationship with Paulson.

She said: “I’m the luckiest person in the world.

“I can’t talk about my life today and not mention this wonderful love.”

She continued: “[The relationship] has to be part of what is the most wonderful thing in my life.

“The whole embrace of this wonderful relationship, which makes everything else makes sense.”

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Susanna Reid: GMB host shares coronavirus ‘nightmare’ that left her in tears

The GMB host took it upon herself to help Kate and her family during their time of need.

The 49-year-old stepped in to assist with Kate’s son’s wardrobe as he prepared for his first day at secondary school.

On GMB Kate explained how Susanna had lent a helping hand: “You rang me , and you said ‘What can I do to help? I’ve been through this’.

“I remember talking about this when your son went to secondary school and I just said: ‘At the moment I am trying to find trousers to fit,’ and you did a massive load, didn’t you? And sent me loads of appropriate wear.



Katie Piper's 'difficult' moment amid eye surgery in lockdown 'It's quite a big thing'

Katie Piper has spoken candidly about the moments she faced during lockdown. The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant admitted she faced feelings of “uncertainty”.

The 36-year-old underwent reconstructive eye surgery last month explaining that she had scar tissue from her left eyelid and skin taken from the inside of her upper arm to build a new lid.

Following an horrific attack in 2008, Katie was left blind in one eye and has endured many operations.

The presenter revealed that running has saved her from “moments of anxiety and depression” during lockdown.

Speaking about the surgery to her eye, Katie explained: “It’s been difficult because it’s not cosmetic where it just heals and it looks nice; it’s more functional and reconstructive.

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“It hasn’t gone wrong and it hasn’t been infected but it’s quite a big thing to have a graft on your face.”

She continued: “It’s not too bad, all my stitches are gone, I am able to read and go running.”

The mum-of-two continued to The Sun, that one of the positives of lockdown has been the benefits of running.

Katie said: “When lockdown first happened, I was looking for structure and routine.

The small-screen star recently chatted with BBC Breakfast hosts Jon Kay and Naga Munchetty about her latest move.

She spoke candidly about her experience with faith and the Katie Piper Foundation.

“It feels a bit surreal,” Katie said. “I grew up watching it and although I wasn’t brought up in a Christian household, it (faith) was something that I found later on in life.”

She continued: “It’s been a really big part of my life in terms of it’s given me hope, it’s given me meaning and also it was a big part in setting up my charity, The Katie Piper Foundation.



Tim Lovejoy admits he would 'never work again' if he signed up to popular reality show

Tim, 52, has always teased his Sunday Brunch co-host about showing off his moves on the dance floor but has never taken part himself. Joining Simon, 57, and The Voice host Emma Willis, 44, on the latest edition of the Channel 4 morning programme, the presenter finally revealed whether he would have ever competed on another reality show. In doing so, he revealed if he has participated, it would have brought an end to his career.

Not only is Emma the host of The Voice and reality show The Circle, but she is also best known for being the last presenter to oversee proceedings for Big Brother.

From 2013 to 2018, the mother-of-three took on duties from Davina McCall, 52, for both the civilian and celebrity versions of the franchise.

With the show axed two years ago, Tom decided to grill his guest on whether bosses would ever bring it back.

Despite giving full praise of the British constitution, Emma admitted the show had been for so long and therefore, needed to rest.

However, she also revealed she would have loved to have seen the Sunday Brunch star enter the house as a contestant on the all-star instalment.

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Though, Tim swiftly shut her down as he claimed he would “have never worked again” if he were to have taken part.

Therefore, the popular presenter would probably rule out a stint on Strictly or I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

For now, he is firmly staying put with Simon on the cookery show, but some viewers were distracted by what he was wearing for the latest instalment.

The host opted to wear a white polo shirt which featured several horizontal black lines across the front of it.

During her appearance on the programme, Emma also confirmed the first-ever celebrity version of The Circle had already been filmed.

The presenter wasn’t completely sure if she was supposed to reveal the news, but admitted it was all done for Stand Up To Cancer.

Viewers will watch as the yet unknown famous faces will enter the flats where they can either choose to be themselves or be someone completely different.

The latest series was filmed under six days and will have adhered to social distancing guidelines as the contestants would have lived by themselves.

Emma did admit there was one problem she encountered with filming the series as she explained “six days” wasn’t long enough.

However, she also shared the cast made the celebrity version even better but there has been no date given as to when the show will air.

Viewers expressed their reaction to the news, with one writing on Twitter: “I love @C4TheCircle I’m obsessed when it comes on @EmmaWillis @Channel4 #TheCircle @SundayBrunchC4 #SundayBrunch.”

Another wasn’t too pleased as a second added: “Must there be a celebrity version of every f****** show? #SundayBrunch.”

Sunday Brunch airs at 9:30am on Channel 4.



Emmerdale spoilers: Aaron Dingle makes 'unforgivable choice' as Ben issues ultimatum

“And in a way, this was almost self-harming,” he continued. 

“Bullying Ben was his way of releasing the anger of what his dad was doing to him at home.

“I think anybody that says, ‘You bullied me in high school,’ I think anybody would be shocked if they didn’t know that’s what they were doing.

“In Aaron’s way, he selfishly thought, ‘Something’s happening in my life, so I’m going to make somebody else’s life a misery.’”



Saturday Night Live: Why is Jim Carrey replacing Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden on SNL?

Saturday Night Live returns to NBC on Saturday, October 3, just in time for the presidential election on November 3 on SNL. Jim Carrey will portray presidential hopeful Joe Biden in the new series, replacing Woody Harrelson in the role. Express.co.uk has everything you to know about Jim Carrey on SNL.

Why is Jim Carrey replacing Woody Harrelson as Joe Biden?

Award-winning actor Jim Carrey will be returning to the SNL stage. He has hosted the series on several occasions in the past but this time, he will be returning as part of the show’s cast.

He will be portraying democratic presidential hopeful, Joe Biden in the US sketch series.

Carrey will be taking over from Woody Harrelson, who played the political icon and former vice president in season 45.

Speaking to NME, Harrelson explained why he would no longer be playing Biden on SNL.

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He revealed the decision to step down was due to his availability.

Harrelson said: “I was approached two or three times but I couldn’t do it so I don’t know, maybe Lorne [Michaels] has moved on which would probably be smart to have people who were definitely going to show up.

“Because I don’t know, I wasn’t always going to be there, but I’d be open to doing it again of course. It’s so fun.”

SNL producer Lorne Michaels revealed Carrey received the part after pitching his take on the politician too Michaels directly.

Carrey appeared to confirm the news on Twitter last night (Saturday, September 19) when he posted a cartoon image mocking President Donald Trump.

The image portrayed a naked trump with the words “by New Years Day 2021 more Americans will die from Trump’s negligence than the number of people killed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“There’s nothing more deadly than an insecure man.”

He captioned the picture “#BidenHarris”.

The role of Biden has previously been played by huge Hollywood stars including Jason Sudeikis and John Mulaney.

The upcoming series of SNL will see Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph reprise her role was Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris.

Rudolph recently won an Emmy for her portrayal of Harris.

SNL fans have taken to Twitter to share their excitement ahead of Carrey’s performance.

One fan tweeted: “Jim Carrey as Joe Biden? Yes, please!”

A second fan added: “Jim Carrey can play Joe Biden better than Joe Biden and I cannot wait!”

However, some fans of the series are frustrated SNL is not using one of the show’s cast members to play the role of Biden.

One fan tweeted: “Here’s a throwback idea: How about have cast members play the presidential candidates?”

SNL returns Saturday, October 3 on NBC