DAN WOOTTON: A touch of Hollywood comes to Corrie as Robert Vaughn moves into the Street

A touch of Hollywood comes to Corrie as Robert Vaughn moves into the Street

Hollywood star Robert Vaughn begins his much-anticipated four-week stint in Coronation Street next week.

And,
surprisingly, the acting legend famous for The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The
Magnificent Seven and, more recently, Hustle wasn’t too expensive.

Cheap date: Robert Vaughn didn't make extreme demands to make an appearance in Corrie

Cheap date: Robert Vaughn didn't make extreme demands to make an appearance in Corrie

Corrie executive producer Kieran
Roberts tells me: ‘We didn’t have to change our payment structure, other
than throwing in a plane ticket to and from the U.S. It is a real
coup.’

Robert — a fan of
the work of Stephanie Cole, who plays Sylvia — was keen to do the show.
His character, Milton, is introduced as her love interest.

American TV executives are hailing ‘the Downton effect’ as the reason behind a wave of U.S. period drama series. Major network ABC is making Gilded Lillys, which follows the mingling of the classes (sound familiar) at New York’s first luxury hotel at the turn of the 20th century.

And NBC, another terrestrial broadcaster, is working on a version of Dracula set in the 1890s.

Singer
Nicole Scherzinger is not only being courted by Andrew Lloyd Webber to
be a judge on his new Jesus Christ Superstar talent show on ITV1, but
also to take a leading role in the musical.

The composer wants the American X Factor judge to play Mary Magdalene in the production, which will open at London’s 02.

But
the former Pussycat Doll may not be able to commit. My source says:
‘She doesn’t know if she’ll be asked back for American X Factor, so it
is hard for her to make decisions.’