HE became a dad last summer – and now Dermot O’Leary is going to oversee more family challenges.
I’m told that the popular presenter, who already hosts The Pet Show and This Morning, is to front another ITV programme — this time featuring family members going head to head on a once-in-a-lifetime bonding trip.
After more than 12 months of loved ones torn apart by the pandemic, Dermot will reunite them as they are tasked with using the generational skills they’ve learned over the years.
Keen family pairs — from grandparents and grand-children to aunts and uncles and their nieces or nephews or parents and their kids — have already auditioned for the primetime show, which is currently in its early stages.
Producers have approached X Factor host Dermot to front it and filming is expected to start in the summer.
A source said: “This past year has been an incredibly hard one for families who have been forced apart by the pandemic.
“This upbeat competition series hopes to not only celebrate and nurture those bonds but pit the duos against others with a series of challenging tasks in the great outdoors.
“By teaching and sharing their knowledge of life skills such as building, craft and constructing, not only are the teams hoping to win but also learn more about their roots and strengthen the bonds of their friendships.
“Producers hope the show will be a fun and inspiring competition format at a time when the whole country can at last spend more time with their loved ones.
“To make it the ultimate feel-good show, new dad Dermot has been invited to join the adventure as host.”
Dermot’s TV producer wife Dee Koppang gave birth to their son Kasper in June last year.
With three shows and a little one on the go, he’s going to be a busy boy.
JERMAINE Jenas is making a C4 documentary on police stop-and- search powers, which see nine times as many black people targeted than whites.
Ex-footie pro Jermaine said he wanted to “highlight the day-to-day struggle and mental health difficulties that are being put on one community”.
Dynevor says dye
PHOEBE Dynevor swaps corsets for curls as she films her first major post-Bridgerton role.
On the set of The Colour Room in her native Manchester, Phoebe was all masked up and sporting a wavy fresh brunette hairdo.
It’s all a far cry from her prim and proper look as Daphne in the hit regency period drama.
Phoebe is playing influential ceramic artist Clarice Cliff alongside Downton Abbey and The Crown star Matthew Goode in the highly anticipated biopic.
She’ll be following in the footsteps of mum Sally Dynevor's Corrie character Sally Webster, as Clarice started off as a factory worker before helping revolutionise the 1920s workplace while winning acclaim for her Art Deco creations.
Phoebe said of the film, which is being made by an all-women creative team: “It is a beautifully written contemporary take on the 20th Century, and I feel proud to be working with such a strong female team, both in front of and behind the camera.”
Phoebe is proving she has what it takes to be a big star.
Cas closed but cops will return
THE latest series may have ended with the tear-jerking death of its central star, but ITV has confirmed cold case detective show Unforgotten will live on.
It has commissioned a fifth season despite the fact Nicola Walker who played DCI Cassie Stuart alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan, perished in a horrific car crash.
An ITV spokesman said: “Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie’s story would come to an end but that Unforgotten would continue with a new case and a new ‘partner in crime’.”
That’s good news for Sanjeev, who was gutted to lose his beloved colleague in Monday night’s season four finale.
It’s been one of the most-watched outings for the series too, with 9.5million viewers catching the debut episode when repeats and catch-up figures are factored in.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise ITV didn’t want the show to end along with its leading lady.
LONG-awaited ITV drama Too Close begins airing at 9pm on Monday, April 12, then continues for two more nights.
The psycho- logical mini-series is written by author and The Bill actress Clara Salaman and stars Emily Watson and Denise Gough, who also featured in 2017 BBC1 drama Apple Tree Yard together.
Show's wrecks appeal
ALL aboard for new laughs – BBC Three has commissioned horror comedy Wrecked, about a teenager who is transformed into a sleuth when his sister goes missing on board a cruise ship, where a string of bloody murders take place.
The six-parter, from Euston Films, will be shot in Northern Ireland and is one of several new Beeb commissions from across the UK.
The others include cop drama Blue Lights, from the writers who gave us The Salisbury Poisonings; Better, a Leeds-set thriller from the creators of Humans; Welsh story Wolf; and Rules Of The Game, set in the North West.
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