Emma Williams, who created the role of Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is rumoured to have been offered the role of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music at the West End’s London Palladium this autumn, playing two performances per week as the alternate to the as yet undiscovered star the impresario hopes to find in the BBC’s reality TV show, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (See News, 16 May 2006). The winner of the TV programme, which begins this Saturday (29 July 2006), will play the role of nun-turned-nanny immortalised by Julie Andrews in the 1965 Oscar-winning Hollywood movie for six performances per week. Williams’ other credits include Bat Boy, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and in the West End, Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Promises, Promises at Sheffield Crucible and currently Tomorrow Morning at the New End Theatre in Hampstead.