Richard Madeley returns to This Morning

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Richard Madeley has turned back the clock to host ITV1's This Morning, nine years after quitting - after presenter Eamonn Holmes was late for work.

Madeley had been due to appear as a guest - along with wife Judy Finnigan - on the show which they hosted for 13 years.

But Holmes struggled to make it into the studio at London's South Bank due to traffic, so the former host filled in.


Louie Spence has danced his way into a spin-off TV show after the success of Pineapple Dance Studios.

The camp choreographer made his name with a series of over-the-top appearances in the documentary about life in the Covent Garden dance school.

Spence, who boasts on his website of having "liquid legs and a lisp", appeared in several West End musicals before touring as a dancer with acts including Take That, Boyzone and Bjork.


Footballer Kieron Dyer has been banned from the road for six months after he was caught speeding.

The West Ham and former England player already had three points on his licence when his Mercedes was clocked travelling at 95mph on a dual carriageway near Capel St Mary, Suffolk.

Dyer, 31, did not attend court for the hearing but was found guilty in his absence of speeding, failing to provide information on the identity of a driver and failing to produce a driving licence at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court.


Boxer Amir Khan has said the Pakistan cricket scandal has heaped more misery on an already devastated nation.

The sports star, who travelled to his parents' homeland to help those affected by the flooding, branded the damaging allegations "upsetting", and said the controversy had set the country back even further.

"It's upsetting. I don't know the whole truth behind it but it does just put Pakistan behind a little bit," he told GMTV.


A Premier League footballer walked free from court after admitting lashing out at four people in a nightclub.

West Bromwich Albion player Joe Mattock, 20, was given a suspended sentence for punching two men and two women in Liquid Envy in Church Gate, Leicester.

Leicester Crown Court heard that Mattock, who was 19 at the time, hit out after he was given "grief" over a transfer from Leicester City.


British songwriter Don Black, known for tracks such as Born Free, Diamonds Are Forever and Michael Jackson's Ben, is to be honoured by the US music industry.

The lyricist, who has contributed to numerous film soundtracks as well as working with Andrew Lloyd Webber, will collect an award from rights body Broadcast Music International.

He will follow in the footsteps of figures such as the Bee Gees, James Brown and Willie Nelson when he is awarded the BMI Icon title.

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