Douglas and, in its second season, plenty of sex appeal with new regular Connie Stevens. This was a pleasant little hour-long variety show from the UK that aired for a couple of summers in the early seventies on US network TV.

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Des O'Connor has hit back at criticism of his decision to have a baby late in life.

The entertainer became a father for the fifth time in 2004, when his fourth wife Jodie Brooke Wilson gave birth to their first child.

They have since lost the slot after the station's student committee decided to take them off the air waves.

Mr O'Connor, 76, said he and Kristina had dismissed the students' comments as "puerile nonsense".

"'I wish I were a glow-worm, I never could be glum, how could I be miserable when the sun shines out of my bum! People worry too much about things that will never happen." A second book of verse is in the making and Des is considering an offer to write a second volume of his much-loved autobiography Bananas Can't Fly. I haven't fallen off stage since though." Des is talking to me ahead of his latest appearance at Mayflower Theatre next weekend.

"I wrote that when I was 71 or 72 and in the last 11 or 12 years, quite a lot has happened. He was a regular Mayflower visitor during its previous incarnation as The Gaumont. Last year, he starred in Sunday Night at The London Palladium with Des O’Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck.

As she is the Poet Laureate, this is perhaps no surprise.

What is a bit of an eye-opener is the identity of the writer who occupies the top spot: Des O’Connor.

Dame Shirley, who appears as the star turn in this year's BBC Electric Proms at the Roundhouse in north London later this month, has been married twice. which is being broadcast on Radio 2 this month, with the second episode due next Friday.