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DAVINA'S TEARS

Davina McCall has revealed she had barely cried for years until she undertook her gruelling Sport Relief challenge last month - during which she sobbed repeatedly.

The presenter - who travelled 500 miles from Edinburgh to London in a week, much of it on a bike - said she felt like she had been "traumatised" by parts of her ordeal. McCall, 46, confessed she was in such pain from her punishing days in the saddle that she was unable to celebrate Valentine's Day when she was finally reunited with her husband Matthew Robertson.

Reliving her experiences during an interview for ITV's Jonathan Ross Show last night, she said: " I've never cried so much. But actually I look back on it and it wasn't a bad thing. I was so exhausted, so physically and mentally drained, that I didn't have the normal barriers I would have to stop myself."

NIGHY RECRUITED

The Voice coach Ricky Wilson has enlisted Bill Nighy to voice a contemporary poem inspired by the likes of war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Wilson wrote The Occupation, with its references to warfare, and it has been included as a spoken word track on his band's new album. It will come later this month on the Leeds band's new release Education, Education, Education & War.

Singer Wilson was inspired to write the poem when he was preparing lyrics for the album and was influenced by hearing about this year's commemoration of the beginning of the First World War. A friend of the band, Cally Callomon, brought Nighy on board. The band's frontman said the actor's voice was "perfect" for the verse.

YOUNGSTERS CHEER HARRY

Prince Harry has been greeted with cheers and applause as his girlfriend Cressida Bonas looked on.

Casually dressed in an open-necked checked shirt, Harry spoke to around 12,000 students and teachers from more than 400 schools at We Day, held at Wembley Arena. "Some people do not think it is cool to help others - personally I think it is the coolest thing in the world," he told the crowd.

It is thought to be the first time Miss Bonas has attended one of his official engagements.

PENELOPE KEITH HONOURED

Actress Penelope Keith may be best know for playing posh characters but today she officially became a titled woman - a Dame Commander.

Dame Penelope received the honour from the Queen for an acting career spanning more than 50 years that has featured memorable roles in classic sitcoms like To The Manor Born and The Good Life. The award also recognised her work with good causes, she is president of the Actor's Benevolent Fund and played a significant role in helping to establish and then develop the National Memorial Arboretum.

The actress played down her achievements over the decades after the Windsor Castle investiture ceremony and joked: "It is amazing, it's marvellous recognition for keeping at it for as long as I have, but also for the charities."

BLACK KEYS AT FESTIVAL

The Black Keys have been confirmed as the final headline act for this year's Latitude festival.

The blues/rock duo join Northern Irish indie act Two Door Cinema Club and Blur frontman Damon Albarn in topping the bill at the Suffolk arts and music event.

Festival founder Melvin Benn described the line-up as "sensational and diverse". He added: "We're incredibly pleased to announce The Black Keys as headliners, along with a huge variety of established and emerging artists, representing every genre from blues and rock through to world, indie, psychedelia, electronica and soul."

CAST REUNITES

The cast of comedy hit Goodness Gracious Me are to be reunited for a one-off special to celebrate a half century of BBC2.

The show - which began life on Radio 4 before transferring to TV - helped to make major stars of its leading lights, including Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Figures from the sketch show, which looked at the collision of cultures for British Asians before ending in 2001, were reunited to discuss the programme last year for a Radio 4 documentary, as part of the series The Reunion.

MARCH 8 BIRTHDAYS: Lord (Douglas) Hurd of Westwell, former foreign secretary, 84; Michael Grade, former ITV executive chairman, 71; Micky Dolenz, actor/singer, 69; Gyles Brandreth, ex-MP, author and TV personality, 66; Cheryl Baker, singer/TV presenter, 60; Gary Numan, rock musician, 56; Aidan Quinn, actor, 55; Freddie Prinze Jr, actor, 38.

MARCH 9 BIRTHDAYS: Neil Hamilton, former Conservative MP, 65; Bill Beaumont, broadcaster and former rugby player, 62; David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, 58; Martin Fry, singer (ABC), 56; Juliette Binoche, actress, 50; Martin Johnson, former England rugby union team manager, 44; Kerr Smith, actor, 42; Juan Sebastian Veron, former footballer, 39.