Jason Manford

Olly Murs to host new entertainment series Starstruck

Olly Murs (credit: ITV)

Murs will be joined by a celebrity panel including singer and actress Sheridan Smith (Gavin and Stacey), Queen frontman Adam Lambert, comedian Jason Manford and the musical star and soul icon Beverley Knight.

The new format will see talented members of the public step up, perform and transform into their favourite singing artists, such as Amy Winehouse, Ariane Grande, Lady Gaga, Marvin Gaye and Michael Buble.

Soccer Aid for Unicef unveils first 2020 line-up

To help stop the spread of coronavirus and limit the impact on children’s lives, a mixture of celebrities and former professionals will ‘Play for Generation Covid’, raising money through donations that will be matched and thus tripled by the UK Government and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Here are the confirmed starters.

Jason Manford delivers the Anthony H Wilson Memorial Lecture

Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldesley (Credit: JesRPB Photography)

This year, it featured fellow Mancunian Jason Manford – comedian, actor, TV presenter and quiz show panellist – in conversation with former Coronation Street regular Catherine Tyldesley.

Manford’s start in show business could not have been more different to Wilson, who joined ITN as a trainee reporter after graduating from Cambridge University. Manford was 16 and working in a Manchester pub with a weekly comedy night, where he was lucky enough to watch the likes of Caroline Aherne and Peter Kay.