Jane McDonald to make emotional TV return to Yorkshire — months after partner's death

SHE’S as Yorkshire as ferrets, flat caps and proper brews – and now Jane McDonald is about to take us on an emotional journey across her home turf.

The singer and presenter, who is well known for her cruising programmes, is creating a new documentary series.

She will return to God’s Own Country to celebrate the region’s best assets.
It also means she is back at Channel 5 after a brief break.

It is the latest in a string of shows Jane has made for the channel, where she has become one of its biggest names and a real ratings winner.

A TV insider said: “This is a deeply emotional journey for her, and not just because she was born and raised in Wakefield.

“It’s also the city where she met her fiancé, musician Eddie Rothe, and the place where he died earlier this year after battling lung cancer.

“So there are some incredible memories for Jane in Yorkshire, both sad and joyous, which are the backdrop for this very personal show.”

Although Jane first shot to fame in 1998 on BBC documentary The Cruise, she has made her home at Channel 5.

Her shows include Jane & Friends and Cruising with Jane McDonald, which won a Best Features Bafta in 2018.

But last year she made the decision to step back from making them.

Her new Yorkshire project sees Channel 5 yet again dip into its current appetite for subjects linked to the county.

It has had a ratings boost from multiple hits based there, including a reboot of period vet drama All Creatures Great And Small, The Yorkshire Vet and Our Yorkshire Farm.

Channel 5 should now combine Jane’s two greatest loves — and have her singing on a cruise ship that only sails between Whitby and Hull.


CLARE BALDING was told not to flaunt her intelligence – by her own mum.

On Gabby Logan's The Mid-Point podcast, the BBC TV host revealed she was frustrated by the need to make men feel superior, even when they were in the wrong.

Clare said: “I didn’t just grow up in a world that was dominated by men, it was very much, ‘You are there to make them look good’.

“My mother would say to me, ‘You need to be very careful with men because sometimes I think you make them feel stupid’.

“I said, ‘Mum, only if they ARE stupid!’.

“I understand that sometimes you’ve got to be appreciative of someone else in a more senior position and make them feel as if it’s their idea.

“But I just find that all a bit tiring. I’m not very good at that.”

Why should she have to be?


TELLY favourite Bradley Walsh says filming shows with his lad Barney doesn’t feel like work because of their close relationship.

The comic and actor is glad they both feature in ITV’s comedy drama The Larkins and in their Breaking Dad travelogue, as they get to spend more time together.

Bradley told the Fuelling Around podcast: “I can’t say working on the road with Barney, is work, because I’m with my son and we’re having a scream.

"I never did anything like that with my dad. He was a manual worker, he never had the time.

“He’d come home on Friday night and be exhausted. So you never really had that time.”


THEY set tongues wagging with their captivating Strictly tango.

Now TV host AJ Odudu and pro dancer Kai Widdrington have been spotted making some equally interesting moves, saying a tactile goodnight.

The pair, who are one of the favourites to lift the Glitterball trophy, had been rehearsing a Charleston for Saturday’s show.

I think they should get a room.


EASTENDERS actress Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Slater, says Adele should swing by Walford for a cameo and added: “She’s a fan of the show and she has mentioned EastEnders in a couple of Instagram videos recently.

"She’d be brilliant and so funny.

"Her and Stacey would have a laugh.”

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