Vanessa Feltz has last laugh in feud with Anne Robinson by returning to The Weakest Link as a contestant
VANESSA FELTZ has had the last laugh on Anne Robinson by returning to The Weakest Link.
She has been in a long-running feud with the acid-tongued quiz mistress after being given a rough time on the show more than two decades ago.
Now Vanessa is returning as a contestant — unlike Anne, who has been replaced as host by comic Romesh Ranganathan.
It is all part of the Beeb’s reboot of the much-loved game for a celebrity series in aid of charity toward the end of the year.
It will also feature ladies’ hockey Olympian Sam Quek, Towie’s Gemma Collins and EastEnders turned Hollyoaks actor Richard Blackwood.
There will a Strictly Come Dancing special too, featuring judge Anton Du Beke, It Takes Two co-host Janette Manrara and former contestants Ranj Singh and Emma Barton.
But Vanessa’s return will still feel the most momentous.
A TV insider said: “This will be delicious for her because the last time she was on the show, she left with a bad taste in her mouth following Anne’s comments.
“But Anne’s not the one who has been asked back — it’s Vanessa, and she is likely to savour the moment.”
Vanessa branded Anne “a nasty piece of work” when she went on the show 21 years ago.
In a moment which was never screened, Anne asked: “Looking the way you do, how do you think you land all these big, black boyfriends?”
The remark referred to Vanessa’s partner, singer Ben Ofoedu, whom she has been with since 2001.
The reboot of The Weakest Link, and new host Romesh, were revealed earlier this year.
Each episode will feature eight celebs working as a team trying to win up to £50,000 for charity.
Romesh was announced as host on the same day Anne began hosting Countdown.
Since then she has been in a spat with Rachel Riley, the show’s maths whiz, who claimed last week that Anne wasn’t “cuddly”.
Maybe Rachel will get her revenge. Let’s hope that doesn’t take 21 years.
ANGELA FINALE IS 'NO DUD'
VIEWERS of domestic-violence drama Angela Black ripped into its ending, saying it made no sense, even raging that they had wasted six hours watching the series.
But Joanne Froggatt, who stars in the ITV series, reckons the finale DID deliver.
Before it aired, she said its writers never leave an audience hanging.
She said on That Gaby Roslin Podcast: “It is the most unsatisfying thing, isn’t it, when you really enjoy a show and you get to the end and you go, ‘Oh, they haven’t really worked it out’ or it was a very unsatisfying conclusion?
“Because you just go, ‘Oh, I’ve really invested in this, I really wanted my conclusion and it’s a disappointment’.”
But she insisted the show’s writers would not allow that, saying: “They’ve always got a good ending worked out.”
Life would be boring if we all thought the same, eh?
STEPH'S LUNCH IS LONGER
CONGRATS to Steph McGovern – Channel 4 has recommissioned her daytime show Packed Lunch for another year.
The former BBC presenter launched it in September with celeb guests and lifestyle, consumer and news stories.
She told me: “I love making the show. It’s so nice to work alongside my screen family and the team who graft so hard behind the scenes.
“We’ve done some great things, from encouraging women to have a smear test – I had mine live on TV – to helping people back to work through our Job Clinic.
“We’ve tackled real issues affecting lives, welcomed celeb names and met shedloads of inspirational people. I’m buzzing we’re going to keep doing it.”
BRAD’S CHARITY DROP
IT seems BRADLEY WALSH is just as nice as Pop Larkin, his kind-hearted character in ITV drama The Larkins.
He has donated clothes to an auction of celebrity items in aid of actress SUSAN GEORGE’s charity Lasting Life.
See mythingsandothers.com for more details.
A RIGHT CORRIE ON, DENISE
ACTRESS Denise Welch threw a mini Coronation Street reunion this weekend as she hosted a charity ball in Manchester.
Cobbles pals Jane Danson and Katie McGlynn joined their former co-star, alongside actresses Victoria Ekanoye and Sue Devaney, as Jane performed a surprise turn by revealing a hidden talent for Irish dancing.
Hosted by TV’s Jenny Powell, the event raised cash for Rochdale’s Gem Appeal, which funds research into genetic conditions.
Singer Heather Small entertained guests partying into the early hours.
ULRIKA'S MAD AT MARTY
THERE’S not much that ruffles Ulrika Jonnson's feathers. But a date with her Celebs Go Dating co-star Marty McKenna left the Sun columnist a little rattled.
A source reveals that she was not best pleased about former Geordie Shore and Ex On The Beach reality TV star Marty’s cheeky chat during their evening out on the E4 show.
Our insider said: “Ulrika and Marty went on a date as part of a new twist introduced by Celebs Go Dating for this series.
“But she is a woman of class, so when he turned the conversation to more cheeky subjects Ulrika wasn’t best impressed.
“Marty is half her age, so they were never exactly going to hit it off. Ulrika hopes the dating experts pair her with someone more mannered and mature on her next dates.”
If you fancy a good glass of wine and a decent meal, Ulrika, you know where I am.
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK ON TOUR
THE third series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK ends on Thursday but you can still see the BBC show’s 12 queens on tour next year.
Kitty Scott-Claus, Ella Vaday, Krystal Versace and the rest will kick off their jaunt in Bradford on August 31, with tickets going on sale this Friday
IT'S TWO PINT AND ONE TOUR
FANS of Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps are in for a treat – as Will Mellor and Ralf Little are taking their podcast Two Pints Live! on a UK tour in January.
Tickets are £30. But hurry – the first gig, in Birmingham on January 21, is already sold out.
The lads, who starred in the cult BBC sitcom which ran from 2001 to 2011, will also play Manchester, Edinburgh and London on the 14-date run.
Earlier this year Will, who played Gaz Wilkinson, teased a show reboot, despite admitting he hadn’t spoken to co-star Sheridan Smith in years.
He said: “We need to do a reunion. I’d love to.”
But he added: “I can’t force the hand of other cast members or the BBC. They haven’t come knocking at my door.”
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