Catherine Tate to make her first major comedy show in six years after signing up with Netflix

BEING out of the limelight doesn’t seem to have bovvered her, but now Catherine Tate is set to launch a comeback.

The comedian and actor, known for playing a sulky schoolgirl on BBC comedy series The Catherine Tate Show, is following Ricky Gervais’s lead and signing up with Netflix.

Six years after her last major TV series, she has created, directed and will star in a new comedy drama called Hard Cell, set in a women’s jail called HMP Woldsley.

A TV insider said: “Catherine is one of the country’s best-loved comedy actors.

"The fact she’s kept a low profile for so long has been the subject of much speculation, particularly as she was one of the most high-profile stars of the Noughties.

“But with the new series she’s set to make a spectacular return.”

Hard Cell sees a documentary crew follow the inmates and staff at the prison, with many of the characters played by Catherine herself.

As Netflix announced the show yesterday Catherine simply said: “Exciting ain’t it?”

Last year, Catherine reprised her role as Lauren for the BBC’s Big Night In – one of the last times she was on our TV screens.

I wonder if Lauren will make an appearance inside HMP Woldsley . . . 

I can't take any Maura

LOVE Island’s Maura Higgins, who has just started dating Strictly hunk Giovanni Pernice, looks a tad saddle sore.

While filming new ITV show On Yer Bike in West Yorks she had to dismount and, suspiciously, was last seen by a bus stop.

In the programme, part of the Soccer Aid series of shows this autumn, stars learn from cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Maura is joined by Corrie’s Sair Khan, actor and presenter Barney Walsh, GMB’s Alex Beresford, Emmerdale’s Rebecca Sarker, comedian Zoe Lyons, Strictly champ Joe McFadden and Boyzone singer and ex-Corrie star Keith Duffy.

Idris: My tantrums with wife

LUTHER star Idris Elba admits he gets so angry at home he has told his wife Sabrina to leave him.

The TV and movie star makes the candid confession in their new podcast series, Coupledom, where he admits that explosive arguments have almost led them to split.

Idris said: “Sabrina and I, early in our relationship I was very stressed, so I had these massive anger tantrums that were like explosions. She was like, ‘Who are you?’

“I was always the first to say, ‘Hey if you’re not happy, leave. Move’. It was kind of like a male instinct.

“Sabrina and I both have strong personalities and typically it’s Sabrina who says, ‘Look, I don’t want to fight’. I’ve been getting better at it recently but when I do it, I get nothing back. When she does it, I go, ‘Thank you’.”

Nice to know that celebs have the same blazing bust-ups as the rest of us.


A NEW Channel 4 digital original series, Adrenaline Addicts, looks at the UK’s most extreme sports – including base jumping, bare-knuckle boxing and cliff jumping.

Host George King-Thompson made the news in 2019 when he climbed The Shard without ropes.

Max has tips for Hancock

EASTENDERS star Jake Wood has told Matt Hancock not to worry after the MP was caught cheating on camera – just like his Albert Square character Max Branning.

Married Hancock resigned as Health Secretary after The Sun published video of him kissing and cuddling former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo in breach of coronavirus restrictions.

Max, meanwhile, was filmed having an affair with his son’s girlfriend Stacey Slater in a famous Christmas episode in 2017.

Asked on talkRadio what advice Max would give Hancock, he said: “Crack on, keep going on, just carry on. Don’t worry about it, it’ll be all right in the end.

“Max was one of those characters who always did the wrong thing, but he always thought it would turn out all right and it never did.”

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