LEE Mack has not had the best of years on the box.
After his Sky History show The Chop was axed after one episode in October because of a contestant with far-right tattoos, his new show, The 1% Club, has been shelved, too.
The ITV game show, which would have seen 100 contestants answering a series of questions — starting from one that 99 per cent of Brits would get right down to one only one per cent of would — was due to be filmed at the start of last year.
But the eight planned episodes are still on ice due to the pandemic , leaving ITV bosses with a scheduling headache.
A telly insider said: “A pilot for The 1% Club was made in January last year with Lee at the helm, but since then, any plans have been on hold.
“The pandemic has made filming a nightmare for most production companies but with 100 people taking part, it’s been impossible.
“Lee’s show was meant to be airing now and it’s just become another scheduling headache for ITV.
“Everyone is hopeful The 1% Club will go ahead at some point after the pandemic and Lee is completely committed.”
The series’ concept reminds me of Dermot O’Leary ’s 2006 show 1 vs. 100, which saw one person competing against 100 others in a general knowledge quiz.
The 1% Club sounds like a fresh take on that format and with Lee in charge, I’m sure it will be a hit with quiz lovers all over.
That’s if it ever gets off the ground, of course.
EMILY: I FEEL LIKE A FAKE
EMILY Atack has done rather well for herself since coming second on I’m A Celebrity three years ago.
But despite her success, the Celebrity Juice team captain says she never plans too far ahead because she suffers from imposter syndrome and fears she will be found out at any second.
Emily said: “People spend a lot of time looking at the next thing and the next thing.
“I’m just literally sat here looking round me, and I can’t believe all the things that are happening to me.
“I always say I feel like that girl in the club that’s got a fake ID and I’m about to be busted at any point and be chucked out the door.”
I Want You Back
A NEW Amazon Prime Video project will see Parks And Recreation star Jenny Slate team up with The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto.
The streaming service’s new movie will be a romantic comedy called I Want You Back which sees the actors play two dumped 30-year-olds.
The duo team up to win back their exes who have apparently moved on with other people.
Also look out for Suicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood , son of movie legend Clint, who is also in the cast.
GOVE IS MUZZLED IN COVID DRAMA
The drama is five episodes long but the actor who will play Gove will only have THREE lines.
The casting advert says an actor playing the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will only have a small speaking part despite “appearing in a number of scenes.”
But they’re still looking for someone who looks the part, stipulating that the successful candidate must “resemble the British politician.”
This Sceptered Isle, set to air next year, will look at how Boris and his fellow ministers coped with the evolving Covid-19 pandemic.
In which case Michael will probably be glad he will be keeping a relatively low profile.
GOLD A PERFECT CHOICE, SHERI
AFTER weeks of seeing some incredible coat transformations on Pooch Perfect, show host Sheridan Smith was inspired to pull something similarly dazzling out of the bag.
Which is why she is wearing this gold number for the final of the BBC1 dog-grooming contest on Thursday.
The Cilla star said: “I have loved being a part of Pooch Perfect, and I really think a show filled with furry friends was just what the nation needed.
“I’m sure I’m not alone in saying there is a new-found respect for dog groomers.
“Although I have learnt so much myself, I think I’ll leave it to the professionals.”
I’m sure Sheridan’s collection of SIX dogs will be relieved to hear it.
RUPERT’S NEAR-MISS ON NILSEN
Host Piers Morgan asks him about his youth as a gay man in the early Eighties.
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Speaking about a pub in Earls Court, West London, where murderer Nilsen – played by David Tennant in last year’s ITV hit drama Des – found some of his victims, Rupert said: “He used to go to the Coleherne which was this leather bar.
“I didn’t know him, but he was there. That’s where he got two or three of his victims from.
“Because his victims, a lot of them were like me, a young gay guy in the bar.”
THE Crown’s Richard Harrington has revealed he had to work as a Deliveroo driver to pay the bills when the Covid-19 lockdown halted work.
But the actor , who also appeared in Poldark and Hinterland, saw the positive side of getting out during lockdown, saying: “I was very grateful to be able to get on my bike every day.”
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