Wales

Astrologer Russell Grant to appear in TV soap Pobol y Cwm

A picture of Russell Grant in a gold jacket
Image caption Russell Grant appears on Pobol y Cwm on their Children in Need special

Celebrity astrologer Russell Grant is to appear in BBC television's longest-running soap Pobol y Cwm.

The 66-year-old, who competed in Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity MasterChef, appears as a guest judge at a dance event on the 10 November show.

Pobol y Cwm is broadcast on Welsh language TV channel S4C and Grant learned the language whilst taking part on reality TV show Cariad@iaith.

"I loved every bit of it, and everyone was so lovely," said Grant.

The stargazer's special guest role sees him surprise villagers of Pobol y Cwm's fictional village Cwmderi at a local fundraising dance competition put on in memory of a young character Courtney, who was a big Strictly fan.

Pobol y Cwm, first aired in October 1974, is filmed in BBC Wales' Roath Lock studios alongside Doctor Who and Casualty.

Grant, who lives in a Welsh speaking area of Gwynedd in Maentwrog, said he was "impressed" by the standard of dancing and was delighted for the opportunity to his Welsh skills.

Image caption Russell partnered Flavia Cacace on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011

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