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Top Gear’s Chris Harris has signed up for Celebrity Masterchef as show bids to bring in petrolhead viewers

TOP Gear host Chris Harris is swapping the racetrack for the kitchen after signing up for Celebrity MasterChef.

Chris, who presents the BBC1 car show with Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff, has a huge fanbase – and MasterChef producers hope he will bring some petrolhead viewers with him when he features on the cookery battle.

His ample experience of high-octane contests should come in handy when trying to impress foodie judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode with his cooking.

A source said: “Chris loves food and can rustle up some decent, hearty grub. But he is by no means a kitchen whizz.

“He’s nervous but thinks it will be good fun and is prepared to get stuck in.

“Chris is used to stressful situations racing around the track but cooking will be a whole new challenge.”

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Claire's in Home stretch

CLAIRE Danes shows a bit of sash at the New York premiere of the eighth and final season of Homeland, which returns in the US this weekend and is expected to air on Channel 4 later this year.

She resumes her most famous role as brilliant but troubled CIA officer Carrie Mathison – a part Claire first played a staggering nine years ago.

Even more incredibly, it is almost 25 years since she starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

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VIEWERS of Celebrity Come Dine With Me were stunned that Charlotte Crosby had no idea who George Michael was.

She asked, “Is he supposed to be someone big?” of fellow diner Dawn Ward.

Time for Dr David?

DAVID Walliams has his eye on replacing Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord in Doctor Who.

But he fears show boss Chris Chibnall wouldn’t give him a look-in.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge said: “I’d absolutely love to play The Doctor one day. It is one of those iconic roles you couldn’t turn down.

“It is highly unlikely I’d ever be asked but obviously I’d jump at the chance to do it.”

Stranger things have happened.

must watch

WHAT? Secrets Of The Museum, BBC2, Thursday 8pm.

WHY? The start of a new series going behind the scenes at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, revealing some of its treasures – including stunning Dior gowns.

Missus' TV break

IT’S not often I get to write about my own family. But today is an exception.

My talented wife Stacey Halls’ first novel The Familiars has been optioned for telly. This means production company The Bureau might be making it into a drama for you all to watch.

And her brilliant second novel The Foundling is published tomorrow.

Laura Aikman (Sonia in the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special) has voiced half the audiobook.

Here’s hoping that proves up the street of TV companies too, so I can get the beers in . . .

Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have some fun with Paddy McGuinness on the Top Gear electric shock challenge

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