SIR Tom Jones has been persuaded by James Corden to join his old pal’s new sitcom Mammals, playing . . . himself.
I revealed last week that James has signed a deal with Amazon Prime Video for the series, which also has Paddington actress Sally Hawkins and Merlin’s Colin Morgan on board.
Sir Tom Jones has signed up for his first comedy since Gavin & StaceyCredit: Getty
Sir Tom will star in James Corden’s new sitcom, Mammals, playing himselfCredit: Getty
The show will be set in London and Cornwall, and locals in the South West were stunned last week to see James and the Welsh music legend filming in the pretty Cornish seaside village of Millook.
James plays the lead character in the comedy about a troubled marriage.
A source said: “There is a huge buzz in Cornwall at the moment as word soon spread about James filming his new show.
“Since it doesn’t look like Gavin & Stacey will be back for a while, fans are intrigued to see what James has got up his sleeve with this new project. Obviously there’s the Welsh connection in that show — so it’s an interesting curveball that Sir Tom has been filming with James for Mammals.
“They looked like they were having a great time, which bodes well for the finished project.”
Mammals will run over six episodes and given James’ high profile in the US, where he hosts The Late Late Show on the CBS network, it is expected to be a success across the Atlantic as well as at home.
At the age of 81, most people are putting their feet up at home — but Sir Tom has been busier than ever.
His 41st album, Surrounded By Time, hit No1 in April, making him the oldest man to score a UK chart-topper.
As someone who likes the finer things in life, I’m glad Sir Tom got the chance to dig into some local delicacies in Cornwall, eating at Bude restaurant Potters.
His menu choices included Cornish mackerel, crab, a venison scotch egg and chocolate tart for pud.
Restaurant owner, chef Oly Clarke, said: “I believe they were filming at Millook and that Tom and James were staying in Bude for a few days.
“Tom was not demanding in any way. He was as good as gold and really happy with the food.”
FORMER Corrie star Faye Brookes shows that the legwork she put in during Dancing On Ice has paid off.
The actress flashed her toned and tanned pins in a bronze playsuit covered in black spots while out for dinner in Manchester with her boyfriend, personal trainer Joe Davies.
Faye Brookes and her boyfriend Joe Davies look in good spirits as they leave Six By Nico Restaurant in ManchesterCredit: BackGrid
After a holiday together in Greece it’s clear the loved-up couple are still dotty about each other.
Faye gets back to the day job in October when she takes up the role of Roxie Hart in theatre show Chicago.
CHANNEL 4 has signed up Julie Walters and Hugh Dancy to voice characters in its Christmas adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s story The Abominable Snow Baby. Homeland star David Harewood will narrate the hand-drawn animation about a 14ft-tall creature who rocks a small town.
The presenter – one of the brains behind footie anthem Three Lions – was in the VIP section with the Spice Girl as it kicked off.
He said: “I was walking shoulder-to-shoulder with Mel C when suddenly the fence started caving in. It was really scary and like being Tsar Nicholas at the storming of the Winter Palace.”
An after-match portion of pie helped soak up Frank’s disappointment after England lost on pens.
He said: “I didn’t cry but my son did.
“I knew on the menu it said post-match Shepherd’s Pie and that kept me above water.”
Dionne, who was signed to Amy’s Lioness record label, has made a documentary to mark a decade since Amy’s death in which she reflects upon their time together – and how the singer supported her ahead of her appearance on the BBC show.
Dionne Bromfield has told how her godmother Amy Winehouse helped her at the tender age of 13Credit: Getty
Recalling her big moment before Bruce Forsyth introduced her on stage, Dionne said: “Amy was sorting the ruffles on my dress to make sure I looked smart.
“She was like: ‘Ignore the noise. I’m there with the band. They’re my band, they’re going to smash it with you’.”
Elsewhere on Amy Winehouse And Me: Dionne’s Story – which is on MTV on Monday – Dionne admits that hearing Amy had died felt like someone playing a tasteless prank on her.
She said: “I was waiting for someone to say: ‘You have been Punk’d’.”
When the news broke, Dionne was about to go on stage.
She adds: “I couldn’t do any of the routines, my mouth was singing and I was looking at people as they were becoming aware. People were looking at their phone and then me.”
As well as appearing in upcoming BBC show Vigil alongside Suranne Jones, the Scot is busy filming four-part ITV drama Our House in London.
Acting jobs are coming in thick and fast for Martin Compston after Line of DutyCredit: BBC
In the adaptation of Louise Candlish’s best-selling novel, he plays Bram Lawson, who is estranged from his wife, Fiona, played by Downton Abbey star Tuppence Middleton.
She is stunned when strangers move into her house and her belongings and husband disappear. Martin said: “The scripts are thrilling – packed with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end.”
Sounds like the writers are sucking diesel.