Linda Marlowe steps onto the square

She's unpredictable, unreliable, vicious, vulnerable and manipulative.. A dream for an actress to play!

– Linda speaks about her character Sylvie Carter

Star of stage and screen, Linda Marlowe joins Lorraine in the studio today to talk about her new role playing Shirley's mother Sylvie Carter in EastEnders.

Linda has played characters in numerous films including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and House of Mirth but says she's just as excited to be a part of the EastEnders family and loves her character Sylvie.

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Dan Wootton's weekenders

There's a whole load of entertainment on the box this weekend, and Dan Wootton's here to tell us all about it!

Of course, who could forget that the X Factor finals are on Saturday and Sunday - it's between finalists Fleur, Ben and Andrea.

Before that, though, there's a star-studdent music extravaganza in store this evening as Olly Murs hosts a one-off show featuring a load of celebrity guests and performers - tonight at 9pm on ITV.

There's also a great line-up on the Graham Norton Show with guests including Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Tamsin Greig and Nicole Scherzinger.

And last but not least - the race to the Christmas Number One is on!

Dan prepares to go into the studio

Tessa Peake-Jones is no Fool

Tessa Peake-Jones, who played Del Boy's long-suffering wife Raquel in Only Fools and Horses, tells us about the DVD release of ITV's hit drama Grantchester and starring in her first film Bonobo.

If you want to get into the festive spirit, catch Tessa this Saturday and Sunday this weekend at two carol concerts - the first at Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire on the Saturday and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on the Sunday.

Tessa will be reading at both events. Enjoy!

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Enchanting Jane McDonald joins the panto troupe

Anyone who thinks panto is easy is wrong. You have to have great stamina and work hard

– Jane McDonald

'Oh no she didn't... Oh yes she did!'

SingerJane McDonald joined Lorraine to talk about making her panto debut in the Birmingham Hippodrome's production of Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.

Jane is playing the Enchantress alongside former Blue band member Duncan James as Jack and former Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne as Fleshcreep.

She says: "It's the best thing ever, there is an amazing cast and it's the funniest thing I've ever done in my life. Why have I waited so long to do this?"

Jane also talks about working with Alexandra Burke, Suggs and The Clash on a new charity Christmas single and plans to move into country music.

The pantomime runs from 19 December 2014 to 1 February 2015.