HOLBY’S CHIZZY AKUDOLU JOINS STRICTLY 62

Chizzy Akudolu is the twelfth celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing. The 15th series of the BAFTA award-winning entertainment show produced by BBC Studios will return in the autumn on BBC One putting the sparkle back into Saturday and Sunday nights.

Chizzy said in a statement:

“When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere… I knew it was game over for me. That was then, this is now and this is my chance to have even more sequins!”

Andrea Chizoba ‘Chizzy’ Akudolu is an actress, best-known for playing heart surgeon Mo Effanga, in BBC One’s Holby City. Chizzy joined the cast in 2012 and hung up her stethoscope in June after five years. During her time on the show, Chizzy won the award for Best Newcomer at the Black International Film Festival and Music Video and Screen Awards as well as Best Actress in the same year at the BEFFTA Awards. She was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.

Chizzy’s background is in comedy acting and she is also a writer and producer; her other TV appearances include The Inbetweeners, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Hollyoaks and Twenty Twelve. Earlier this year, Chizzy took part in BBC One’s Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief with a duo from Casualty. The trio performed Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and were runners up.

Chizzy Akudolu joins Charlotte Hawkins, Brian Conley, Susan Calman, Aston Merrygold, Simon Rimmer, Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles, Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King who have also been confirmed for the new series. More celebrity contestants will be announced later today.

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HAYES AND JARVIS PRODUCE A NEW GUIDE TO HELP TRAVELLERS BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES 47

They say that New Year is meant to be a time for a fresh start; to let go of all the stress the past 12 months has brought us and to begin again with a relaxed mind and happy heart. However, a new study conducted by luxury worldwide holiday specialists Hayes and Jarvis has found that even the most positive of starts to a new year don’t and can’t stop us Brits from getting stressed, with a third of those questioned – 32% – saying they feel stressed on holiday due to thinking about work, and another third – 30% – admitting to having their holiday ruined because of their jobs.

The Hayes and Jarvis statistics have been released to coincide with new data from the Office of National Statistics, which revealed that around 10,890 holidays abroad were taken by UK residents in January 2017, with many believed to be an effort to beat the January blues and the third Monday of the month known as ‘Blue Monday.’

No matter where residents jet off to however, it would seem the stress of their daily lives, combined with the pressures of work, don’t disappear once they step foot on foreign or overseas soil. Instead, Brits take an average of two days to switch off completely, with 75% of those in London taking as long as four days to finally put their feet up and relax.

In an effort to help the people of the UK switch off from the stress, Hayes and Jarvis have created “The Four Pillars of Holiday Relaxation”, an expert guide to relaxing and winding while on holiday. The Four Pillars campaign focuses on four categories of well-being; physical, communication, mental and nutritional and includes helpful tips and advice from experts on how individuals can completely unwind and feel relaxed while on their break. The detailed information pack also includes a free downloadable PDF, the result of a collaboration with Mind and the British Nutritional Foundation among others, which offers 24 mindfulness tips to help combat stress on the go.

A spokesman from Hayes and Jarvis says of the campaign:

“We are a nation that often finds it hard to de-stress and unwind from our day-to-day worries, and a holiday should be the perfect time to take yourself away from this to connect with yourself, friends and loved ones. Our holidaymakers personally invest time and money into choosing a holiday that is tailor made for them as individuals with the ultimate aim of relaxing, unwinding and creating new experiences. With the help of some tips and advice from industry experts, our guide is an essential tool to help you leave the stress at home and ensure a holiday really is what it sets out to be.”

UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES REVEALED 45

Here is our exclusive guide to all the upcoming TV appearances. Check back daily for updates.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER (9PM ON ITV2)
Emmerdale cast members Danny Miller and Adam Thomas are joined by Love Island’s Scott Thomas (who is also Adam’s twin!). They’ll encounter freaky children, a haunted ambulance and an art gallery from hell.

8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER (9PM ON CHANNEL 4)
Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson take on guest captain Kevin Bridges and Jessica Knappett. John Cooper Clarke is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent, and Rachel Riley is in charge of the letters and numbers.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
On Graham’s sofa: Dame Helen Mirren, starring in supernatural horror film Winchester; Oscar-nominated Liam Neeson, starring in action thriller The Commuter; Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed, the final part of the erotic trilogy; and music from singer-songwriter Sigrid, who performs Strangers.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE – SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER (9.30PM ON ITV)
The star-studded panel in this edition of the fulsomely funny programme are comedian Paddy McGuinness, Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, and presenter Scarlett Moffatt.

INSERT NAME HERE – MONDAY 22 JANUARY (10PM ON BBC TWO)
In the final episode of the series, Josh is joined by Tom Davis and historian Kate Williams and Richard is joined by Robert Peston and Aisling Bea.

HARRY HILL’S TEA TIME – TUESDAY 23 JANUARY (8.30PM ON SKY ONE)
Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter is next to brave Harry Hill’s crazy kitchen. And it’s rather fortunate timing because the kitchen’s resident pet sausage could give birth at any moment. Expect funny clips and hilarious sketches as Harry puts roast turkey on the menu, pokes fun at Jenny’s hit film The Railway Children and challenges her to mould a bust of Jeremy Paxman out of stuffing.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 25 JANUARY (9PM ON ITV2)
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! jungle contestants George Shelley, Joe Swash and Vicky Pattison appear in the third episode attempting to win the cash prize. Will their time in the jungle prepare them for the forest?

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 26 JANUARY (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise talking about his forthcoming blockbuster Mission: Impossible 6. Plus, music and chat from Palmoa Faith, who performs Til I’m Done.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY (9.30PM ON ITV)
On this week’s star-studded panel are presenter Stephen Mulhern, The X Factor judge Louis Walsh and pop star Rochelle Humes.

RELEASE THE HOUNDS – THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY (9PM ON ITV2)
The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon and Tanya Bardsley take on the terrifying challenges but most terrifyingly of all, not drink Champagne for a whole night!

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY (10.35PM ON BBC ONE)
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: musician, entrepreneur and Voice judge will.i.am; stage and screen actor Imelda Staunton starring in new romantic comedy Finding Your Feet; and musical guest George Ezra who performs Paradise.