Celebrity is a strange business. Look at the career of Billie Piper! One minute she is a crap, though commercially-successful, pop star, the next a much-admired, in some quarters, “Doctor Who” companion. But, in the blink of an eye, she’s moved on to star in prestigious costume dramas. ITV1 is about to launch a new SF series, with the intention of rivalling the adventures of the great Time Lord, called “Primeval”. And, guess what? It stars ex-pop star Hannah Spearritt from cheesy pop combo S Club (7). Coincidence or deliberate strategy? It’s all about a time rift! Now there’s an original idea!! I wonder where we’ve heard that one before?!!
Hannah’s ex-band mate Jo O’Meara has just popped up again on telly. In an even more bizarre twist, she’s appearing alongside eccentric, but wildly-brilliant, film director Ken Russell in “Celebrity Big Brother 5”. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried! None of the non-entities knew of him or any of his work. He had Alan Bates and Oliver Reed indulging in a spot of nude wrestling long before Russell T thought it oh-so-modern to have a couple of guys playing tonsil tennis on prime time. I won’t be eulogising over “Bog Bother” as I absolutely abhor the concept and the exceptionally un-divine Davina.
And, while Ms O’Meara wastes her time trying to rekindle her career, I will, at least, be tuning in to Hannah’s drama. There’s the clue... Drama. Let’s have more of it on TV. I’ll, no doubt, post more on “Primeval” later. Meanwhile, which pop stars are likely to appear in a science fiction drama next? It’s only a matter of time. After all, Charlotte Church, Jennifer Ellison and Rachel Stevens, yet another ex-S Clubber (you’ve got to be careful how you say that!), have already been suggested as possible replacements for Billie Piper in “Doctor Who”!! See below to help imagine them in the part!!!