Jane & Friends

Jane McDon­ald re­turns for fun, chat and a song or two!

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Jane McDon­ald is round­ing up her celebrity mates for an­other singing spec­tac­u­lar. First up, for­mer EastEn­ders star John Par­tridge and Rose Royce’s lead singer, Gwen Dickey, are among those join­ing Jane to belt out a tune.

Jane McDon­ald is putting the sparkle into Fri­day nights again with the sec­ond se­ries of her glitzy, all-singing, all-danc­ing en­ter­tain­ment show, Jane McDon­ald & Friends.

‘It is just fan­tas­tic, es­capist telly with big stars, a fab­u­lous stage and songs that pro­vide some­thing for every­body,’ she says. ‘Peo­ple watch it with their granny or their kids; there’s noth­ing of­fen­sive and that’s lovely. We just have a party.’

The singer and pre­sen­ter will dig out her se­quins and high heels to belt out a va­ri­ety of hits with help from celebrity pals such as, in the first episode, for­mer EastEn­ders star John Par­tridge, soul band Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey and the cast of Chicago.

Rus­sell Wat­son, Col­labro, Billy Ocean and Alexan­dra Burke will ap­pear later in the run. But Jane ad­mits one star was her stand-out favourite…

Emo­tional

‘One of the best mo­ments for me was hav­ing Lee Mead on. Just see­ing him sing to the cam­era was breath­tak­ing – that guy is a star,’ she says.

The new se­ries also finds her pay­ing trib­ute to unsung he­roes by sur­pris­ing them with some much-de­served treats.

‘To meet these angels is hum­bling,’ she says. ‘One lady runs a bhangra drums group. She’s a pi­o­neer for Asian women. I had a go on the drums and it was em­pow­er­ing. But I get emo­tional and al­ways have to have tis­sues on set!’

On song…

Jane is joined by Gwen Dickey and John Par­tridge (in­set)

Celebrity mates… Jane (left) with guests Gwen Dickey and John Par­tridge

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