Saturday, October 3, 2015

Journey's end

There are a number of interesting betting markets in Strictly. The straightforward win still has Peter Andre as favourite, but with most bookies Jay McGuiness has moved to second place, ahead of Helen George. And the longest odds are still on Carol Kirkwood and Jeremy Vine.

But if you look at the market for first elimination, the shortest odds are on Iwan Thomas, who, in the training video for this week's show actually looks as if he may have been kicked into shape by Ola Jordan. The bookies, of course, take the popular vote into account - by their reckoning, Iwan, Carol Kirkwood and Daniel O'Donnell will all leave before Jezza.

  • In July, Chancellor George Osborne accused the BBC of being imperial in its ambitions for its online services. Jeremy Vine's new comprehensive website can't be far behind. It's peppered with important videos, and has been built by Natasha Courtenay-Smith, who has provided similar glossy offerings for Cerys Matthews, Adil Ray, Mary Nightingale and Samantha Simmonds.  
  • Meanwhile Paddy Power still thinks Robert Peston is odds on to be the next Political Editor at ITV, at 1/3, despite the blandishments of Lord Hall and Eddie Mair.  Sharing second spot, at 5/1 are Allegra Stratton, Cathy Newman and Tom Newton Dunn.

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