Pandemic has killed our sex life but a trip to the local Travelodge might reignite things, says Fearne Cotton

SHE has Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood as a father-in-law, but Fearne Cotton can’t get no satisfaction with his son, Jesse.

The pandemic has denied the TV and radio star and her husband the chance to go away for sexy weekends.

And having two kids – eight-year-old son Rex and daughter Honey, six – mean they hardly have any private time to themselves.

Speaking on Alan Carr’s Life’s A beach podcast, Fearne said: “Sexy time hasn’t happened for so long in terms of me going anywhere.

“I think for me and my husband, booking into the local Travelodge would make us feel sexy at the moment.”

“But before all this craziness, Paris was our go-to.

"Not every weekend, maybe once a year. But it felt special.

“It just has an air of something gorgeous, doesn’t it? I love it there.”

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First it was Toff …now it’s toffs

KEEPING up with The Kardashians transformed a little-known American family into showbiz royalty.

Now a new ITV show is about to give us a similarly revealing peek into the lives of real-life British toffs.

The three-parter, called Keeping up with the Aristocrats, will take viewers behind the closed doors of stately homes and follow the incredible lives of four frightfully posh households.

So posh, in fact, that we can expect to see one or two of the lords and ladies’ royal relatives popping up when the documentary airs early next year.

Dramas about royalty and reality TV involving stars like Made In Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo have created an appetite for aristos.

A TV insider said: “From The Crown to Made in Chelsea, viewers are still obsessed with getting an insight into how the other half live in the UK.

"But while other shows naturally go through a filter, this will be observing all the action as it happens from inside some of the grandest piles in the land.

“It’s not a dramatisation, but viewers can expect to see plenty of drama as the upper class residents reveal the indulgent lives that result from having buckets of money and privilege.”

It’s not clear yet which families will feature in the fly-on-the-wall show, which was filmed over this year’s “summer social season”.

However, the central characters are believed to be among the most wealthy and most distinguished toffs in the country.

The fact that ITV have deliberately chosen to reference the Kardashians – whose US show was recently axed after 13 years – suggests these upper crust families could make for equally addictive viewing.

Though they’ll still need plenty of money and grandeur to eclipse Kim K and her crazy clan.


EASTENDERS has been working closely with Macmillan Cancer Support on a storyline that has seen Stuart Highway, played by Ricky Champ, receive the devastating news that he has male breast cancer.

After tests, Stuart was officially diagnosed in last night’s episode.


NOT many shows manage to win a Bafta for their pilot, but then Alma’s Not Normal is not, well . . . normal.

Viewers and critics alike went mad for Sophie Willan's semi-autobiographical sitcom about family, friends and sex work.

So they’ll be thrilled to hear whispers that it will be back for a second series.

A BBC source said: “Sophie is a hugely talented writer and performer and we would love to see more from Alma in the future.”

Actress Sally Lindsay recently called the show, which Sophie both stars in and wrote, the best British comedy in a decade. She reckons the series, which follows wild child Alma, is on a par with The Office.

Sally said: “You see how unbelievably brilliant Alma’s Not Normal is and how that smashes anything in the last ten years out the water.”


FOR fans of the old Top Gear, its hosts James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were like rock gods – especially when they took the show on the road.

But James reckons that they’ll never go on tour as a trio again, despite the fact he enjoyed it tremendously.

Speaking on the Stars, Cars, Guitars podcast, he said: “For whatever reason – and it always baffled me – these people really like our slightly pony-assed show about cars and car football and things.

“We were actually walking out and saying hello and they’re pleased to see us and they’ve paid money to see us.

"It is a fantastic stimulus and you will never get that stimulus doing it to a camera.

“But we haven’t done it for a long time and we will probably never do it again.”


IN our woke world, being funny has become a serious business.

Even national treasure Billy Connolly reckons he’d struggle in today’s world to get away with the gags that made him a superstar.

Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: “There’s things I talked about that you simply couldn’t do these days – it was healthier then.”

Which is why The Big Yin, who has another documentary My Absolute Pleasure coming out on ITV on Boxing Day, admires comedians who have the guts to do stand up.

He added: “I like the balls it takes to get up and do it. You’re saying: ‘I’m the funniest man in the room’ and then you have to go and prove it.”


EASTENDERS star Maisie Smith admitted she was “shaking” as she appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday.

She was in the ITV studio with hosts Susanna Reid and Martin Lewis to discuss her mental health and why she’s encouraging people to talk.


SHE’S swapped the catwalk for TV screens and now Cara Delevingne has landed a prime role in one of the biggest shows in the US, hit comedy Only Murders in the Building.

Cara will star alongside comic legends Martin Short and Steve Martin, plus pop star Selena Gomez.

The show, which airs on Hulu, follows three strangers who share an obsession with true crime – then find themselves caught up in one.

Cara plays sophisticated art world insider Alice, and joins in season two – which will be screened next year.


RUSSELL HOWARD hates social media so much he’s lost his log in and handed over his Insta account to his manager.

The comic has confessed he couldn’t cope with comments from trolls.

Mock the Week star Russell said: “There’ll be like one out of 50 that’s super horrible, rather than focusing on the kind things, and my brain focuses on the negative. So I just don’t bother with it.

“If I want to do comedy I can go to a comedy club. Social media is the worst comedy club in the world because people aren’t there to laugh.

“Some people are looking to be angry or enraged, so it just seems naive to put humour into such a volatile club.”

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