Chris Packham left BBC co-star worried after sudden illness forced him to miss Springwatch | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Chris Packham, 61, was forced to miss an episode of Springwatch when he caught a sudden illness and was violently “throwing up” before going on air. Chris’ co-star Michaela Strachan, 56, made the admission whilst she was discussing blunders that the duo have faced throughout their decades-long career together.

Michaela recalled to Express.co.uk and other press: “Chris was throwing up just before a show and he couldn’t go on air because he was chucking up in a sink from food poisoning.

“It’s a live show, of course things go wrong, but I am actually amazed how few times things have gone dramatically wrong in the 12 or 13 years that I have been doing it.”

The TV veteran also reminisced about another incident which saw their broadcast halted when nearby rivers burst their banks.

She explained: “We had the most unbelievable floods where the rivers burst their banks, and everything got flooded.

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“It was so close to going in the OB truck and that would have been hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.  

“Fortunately, it didn’t get in, but there was no way we could do the programme as normal. There was just floods everywhere, half the nests were flooded out. But it was incredible how many of the birds survived and how few actually got damaged from those floods.  

“We had to do a very different programme when we managed to get back on air.”  

Chris and Michaela have worked together since 1993 as co-hosts on CBBC’s The Really Wild Show.

“That’s when you see the team do their very best and you see everyone pull together.  

“It is amazing what everyone can do when something goes wrong and watching the shows back you would never have known there was a problem in the first place.”

It comes as the latest series of Springwatch is set to hit screens next week.

The trio will be joined by fellow presenter, Iolo Williams, as they take viewers on a wildlife journey across UK locations.

The series is back with dozens of live cameras capturing the unpredictability of wildlife over three weeks.

Viewers can expect insights into the birth of wild badgers, the romance of cuttlefish and the habitat of the greater horseshoe bat.

Chris and Michaela will be at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk, Megan will take viewers on a road trip across the North of England, while Iolo is returning to the Isle of Mull.

Springwatch returns to BBC Two on Monday at 8pm.

Stephen Fry ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ to be ‘sacked’ by BBC for being ‘fat, old and white’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The show’s maths whizz Rachel Riley took to Twitter to react to the news, saying that the addition was “well worth the wait”.

Rachel took to Twitter to compliment national icon Stephen in view of her 695,600 followers by replying to his tweet, which read: “After a 20 year gap, I’ll be guesting on @C4Countdown all this week.

Stephen also tagged Rachel and Dictionary Corner star Susie Dent, 57, in his exciting announcement to his 12.4 million followers.

Reacting to Stephen’s first day of guesting on the show, Rachel wrote: “Worth the wait! (heart emoji)”.

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

Jenny Ryan: The Chase’s The Vixen unveils ‘surprise debut’ career move away from ITV show | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

“I didn’t even really enjoy listening to it.”

However, she is now hopeful that her cabaret show in London this weekend, which features drag queens and comedy acts, will be the perfect opportunity to re-introduce the public to her performance skills.

“I assumed that I wasn’t going to be doing anything, that I was going to leave it to the professionals, but my co-producer has absolutely insisted and put me on the bill, and has decided that I’m going to be doing at least one number,” she explained.

“You never know, maybe a record producer will be in the crowd and demand that we record something together!”

Jo Wood opens up on love life after split from ex Ronnie Wood ‘Quite happy as I am’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Jo Wood has opened up on her love life following her split from her ex-husband, Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the former model, 67, didn’t rule out marrying for a third time but said that it’s not on her mind at the moment as she’s “happy” being single.

Ahead of marrying the Stones musician, Jo was previously married to Peter Greene.

In 1973, the couple eloped to Las Vegas but divorced three years later.

Earlier this year, Jo addressed the reason behind her split from sports development consultant Carl Douglas, admitting she had too much “emotional stuff going on” following the death of her brother Paul.

In 2020, the former model was dealt the heartbreaking news that her brother had died of Covid after being hospitalised with breathing problems.

Jo was heartbroken by the news as her sibling’s health decline was “incredibly sudden” and he wasn’t believed to have been ill before his death.

However, it was later uncovered that Paul was also battling heart disease.

During this difficult time, the former model has now said that the loss of her brother is what led to the end of her relationship with Carl later that year.

In a new interview with Platinum magazine, the former model expressed how she was still coming to terms with Paul’s death and no longer felt like the romance with Carl was a priority of hers.

“I think I had so much emotional stuff going on that I couldn’t deal with being in that relationship,” she told the publication.

“It was very hard for me, losing my brother, and I couldn’t give.

“I needed to be on my own.”

Speaking of Paul’s death, the mother-of-three believed he would have died regardless of whether Covid had infected him or not due to this heart condition.

‘I’m so nervous!’ Stacey Solomon fears backlash over Bake Off: The Professionals debut | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Stacey Solomon, 32, has spoken out about being “nervous” about the first episode of Bake Off: The Professionals airing on Tuesday evening. Stacey has replaced comedian Tom Allen, 38, to present the show alongside 2017 Great British Bake Off contestant, Liam Charles, 24.

Each week, contestants will be taking on a range of baking challenges with the aim of impressing returning judges, Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden.

As the Channel 4 baking show made its debut, Stacey said she was worried about any trolling she might receive.

Taking to her Instagram Story, Stacey told her 5.2 million followers: “Oh my gosh, I just got a message from Bake Off, I completely forgot it starts tonight!

“I’m so nervous because when you are on the telly, people let you know if they hate you.

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“If you watch it tonight, I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to know what you think.

“Unless of course you think I’m a big horse face who shouldn’t be on the telly.

“Then in that case, don’t let me know!”

In a follow-up clip, Stacey revealed that her pal Sophie Hinchliffe – otherwise known as Mrs Hinch – had helped to settle her nerves.

Mrs Hinch also shared a snap of the sweet moment and gushed that she is “proud” of her friend.

It comes after Stacey opened up about how stressful she found filming the show and admits that she was nearly brought to tears because the pressure was so “intense”.

She explained: “My first weekend of filming was so dramatic.  

“I thought, ‘Is this normal?’ It was intense and crazy. It was just really frantic and a lot happened.

“Honestly, my heart sank so many times on that first episode I thought I was going to cry.”

She also added to The Sun that her co-stars put her at ease and immediately made her feel like she was “part of the family”.

Bake Off: The Professionals airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4. 

Braless Kristen Stewart risks wardrobe malfunction as Bond Girl pal Léa’s Cannes gown wows | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux attended the 75th Cannes Film Festival together to mark their new movie Crimes Of The Future.

Kristen, 32, boasted a completely braless look, flaunting her incredible physique in nothing but an eye-catching Chanel suit.

Her red and white striped tweed suit risked a red carpet wardrobe malfunction, as it hung loosely open at the front, with all the buttons but one left undone.

She positioned a black and white CC brooch on the left pocket to showcase the brand, while her co-star, Daniel Craig’s former Bond girl Léa, wore a chic black suit and pale pink floral tie.

Lea might have sported an androgynous look for that photo session, pairing the suit with a crisp white shirt and wearing her hair in a short bob, but later that day, she returned to her Bond girl roots in a sensational patent leather dress.

The top section of her gown featured a vinyl effect, while the lower portion was designed with a dramatic split up the thigh.

The pair both looked delighted to be back after a two year absence from the festival owing to the pandemic.

As the cameras snapped away beside them, the actresses were all smiles at the glamorous event.

‘It hurts!’ Strictly’s Karen Hauer shares pics of painful physio to heal ‘aching muscles’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Karen Hauer took to Instagram today to share some snaps of her demanding physiotherapy session with her 281,000 followers. The Strictly Come Dancing star, 40, admitted that she was “hurting” but explained that the physio was needed in order to reduce her muscle ache as she features in the hit dance programme’s live shows across the country.

Karen shared some pictures of herself on the physiotherapy table, as parts of her body were moved around and manipulated to improve her aches and pains.

One snap showed her receiving a form of acupuncture beside fellow Strictly dancer Luba Mushtuk, as physiotherapist Doug Jones could be seen smiling in the background.

The last photo showed an exhausted Karen looking close to tears as she closed her eyes and put her head on the pillow.

Under the snaps she wrote: “Yesterday’s day off = Physio.

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“Good afternoon. Yes, I’m still in bed,” she began. “I’m trying to take advantage of staying in bed for as long as possible and not move.

“By the way, if anyone finds my spine in Nottingham, could you please send it to me? FedEx it,” she joked.

“You know what, my body’s feeling ok and I had physio yesterday. We had our day off, which was nice.

“But yeah, it’s been gruelling and I think that the only part of my body that’s feeling ok right now is my knee,” she said with a laugh.

“It’s the only thing that’s feeling great, because everything else is falling apart!

“But you know what? We have our last week of shows. I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m feeling very positive and excited to be here in Leeds, Blackpool, Scotland and then finally home to my man and my doggies – I can’t wait,” she concluded, before signing off the message.

Last year, Karen suffered a knee injury that forced her to miss out on the Strictly final, but has since made a huge recovery.

Martin Lewis addresses ‘skeletons in closet’ as he’s branded ‘most trusted man in Britain’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Martin Lewis, 50, has spoken out about being held to such a high regard that he is branded the “most trusted man” in the country thanks to his money saving expertise. The journalist states that although the compliments are “very nice”, he maintains that he is “no saint”.

He said: “Honestly, I read about myself on Twitter and online and all these people say, ‘You’d be a great chancellor’, or ‘you should be prime minister’ or ‘this is the most trusted man in Britain’.

“It is all very nice, but I’m no saint, I’m a real human being.”

Martin explained to host Gabby Logan that he has done “lots of cr***y things” throughout his life.

He continued on her The Mid.Point podcast: “I’ve been mean to people at times, I’ve got skeletons in the closet.

“I don’t know what they are. I can’t think of them right now, but I’m sure there were some there. Right?  

“All of those things, you know, I am not infallible and it’s lovely of you to make me out that way.”

He also points out that he finds the positive “narrative” so difficult to accept because his wealth puts him in a “very different position” to the majority of people in the country.

Martin went on: “I have more influence than most people should have, and I have an expertise in my subject. So, it is very easy for me to be that honourable, trusted person in a vocational life.

“There’s a difficulty that the narrative paints me as what an amazing human being… I’m a fortunate human being.  

“I’m a lucky person to be in the position to make choices that were easy.”

The Mid.Point with Gabby Logan is available on all major podcast platforms.

Last week, Martin was forced to issue a public apology to Ofgem staff after he “lost his rag” in an “emotional rant”.

He took to Twitter to explain that he was angered by the regulator’s proposition that the energy price cap could rise every three months instead of six.

As a result, Martin says he responded in an “inappropriate” way.

The TV star penned in view of his 1.5 million followers: “I’d like to formally apologise to the @ofgem staff for losing my rag in a background briefing just now and saying its changes are a ‘f***ing disgrace that sells consumers down the river’.    

“I should’ve behaved better. My ire’s institutional not individual, it was inappropriate.”

Martin concluded that he has “had good meetings with Ofgem for years” and apologised that it “blew up”.  

He also added that the staff members were “calm” while he “wasn’t”.  

He finished his apology stating: “Please accept that was (and this is) an emotional rant, not a considered piece.
 
“I pray when I do further analysis I have to apologise again as I’ve got it very wrong (if not I worry about dire consequences for consumers – we must do more to make things better for them).”

Cara Delevingne flashes the flesh in daring cut-out bandage dress at Cannes Film Festival | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Model Cara Delevingne was turning heads on the French Riviera this week as she appeared at the 75th anniversary of the event in a show-stopping bandage dress, following two unfortunate years when the festival could not take place. She arrived at today’s 75th anniversary celebrations to watch the forthcoming movie The Innocent, while also posing for red carpet pictures with pal and Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing.

Cara looked sensational in her floor-length bandage maxi dress, which featured a long trailing bustle that swept out behind her as she walked.

She paired it with sheer black elbow-length gloves and looked every inch an opera star, while her pal Olivier opted for an all-white suit.

The close friendship between the pair has been well-documented since they kissed each other on the lips for the cameras at a 2019 event celebrating the Puma x Balmain collaboration, which Cara had acted as a “visionary” for, while Olivier brought the idea to life.

He also told the world that his model pal had “a sexy brain”.

Olivier’s net worth stands at over $100 million, while Cara’s is a reported $28 million.

‘Couldn’t do half-a**ed job’ Richard Osman insists as Pointless starts filming without him | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

“My dad’s side of the family wasn’t something I was interested in because that’s not the family I grew up in,” he explained.

“It would, in a funny way, be like learning about strangers.”

He was much more interested in discovering the Brighton history of his maternal family.

During the show, viewers will witness him learning that his four times great grandfather, fisherman Gabriel Gillam, was forced to turn to smuggling to feed his family, after fighting severely debilitating poverty.

“Early 19th-century Brighton was an incredibly poor place if you came from the fishing community,” he elaborated.

The full interview with Richard appears in Radio Times (www.radiotimes.com)