FREDDIE Flintoff’s hopes of touring Bangkok for a Top Gear special were stymied – when he got Covid.
The former England cricketer was expecting to go full throttle in a series of smart engines as part of a four-day jaunt to Thailand.
But he was floored after 24 hours of filming and fans will see him onscreen for a fraction of the episode, which also stars Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.
A BBC1 insider said: “Freddie’s trip to Thailand with Top Gear ended in disaster.
“He arrived with Paddy and Chris for four days of filming but ended up being isolated for five days.
“Freddie was fine for the first 24 hours, but after he started feeling unwell on the second day, he took a test and came back positive.
“He did all the right things and drove himself to his hotel, where he stayed in his room until he tested negative.
“And fortunately, his symptoms were not too severe. But for Freddie, it was the worst thing that could have happened.
“He was so excited about filming that he ended up locked in his hotel room.
“His absence will be mentioned when the show comes out later this year.
“While he was locked inside, Paddy and Chris sent him loads of videos of what he was missing.
“Freddie took it all in good spirits, but Paddy and Chris are going to tease him about it for a long time.”
I’m sure Freddie has heard it all by now. But the new series isn’t slated until August, and jokes might be a little thin until then.
A Top Gear spokesperson said: “Freddie, Chris and Paddy recently returned from filming a great Thai adventure.
“Viewers will see them racing cars, vans, drifting around Bangkok and helping a local community deliver important building materials to a far-distant temple.”
That’s loyalty, Marvin
The days of buying CDs are a distant memory for most of us.
But Marvin and Rochelle Humes welcome compact disc fans with open arms on their Saturday night show The Hit List.
It’s back on BBC1 for a second series and Marvin called one such person back.
He said, “I remember we had a contestant who had the Now collection of albums. She only needed one on CD and she won’t go to eBay to buy it. She should go to a charity shop or somewhere to find it.
“That was his goal, to try and find that last CD.”
Rochelle added, “She likes the buzz when she comes across the gem.”
The couple said viewers should also look out for “very funny” Jamie Laing and former rugby player Ugo Monye, who feature on an upcoming The Hit List Strictly Special.
Chef Gino D’Acamore
FOR his next show, chef Gino D’Acampo is looking for singles who love to travel and cook to spend a summer in Italy in search of romance.
A casting call has been launched ahead of the filming of Gino’s Cooking Up Love for ITV.
Those interested in appearing should see tinyurl.com/cookingshowapply.
EMILY Atack has been the victim of another attack on Twitter by someone who can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction.
Bizarrely, a viewer mistook the comedy series The Inbetweeners – in which she appeared from 2008 to 2010 – for a documentary.
They failed to distinguish between Emily and her character Charlotte.
The tweet read: “Emily basically drank alcohol, walked around school in partial dress and acted like Marilyn Monroe.
“She basically slept with everyone, even the French exchange student. Clearly she was spotted on the show and became a celebrity from there.
“How she used guys and treated them just to boost her sexual image so she could become a celebrity, felt a bit insensitive.”
Emily simply replied, “It’s a sitcom, mate.”