Baby Spice Emma Bunton isn't the only celebrity name being bandied about for the replacement cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the West End's London Palladium (See The Goss, 2 Sep 2002). According to today's edition of The Stage, amongst those actors now being mooted as possible replacements for Michael Ball in the part of Caractacus Potts are Philip Schofield, Nick Berry and former "Wet Wet Wet" singer Marti Pellow, currently appearing in Chicago. In the part of the Childcatcher, Paul O'Grady (aka Lily Savage), who took over from role creator Richard O'Brien in September, may be succeeded by either Tony Slattery, Bradley Walsh or 'Allo 'Allo's Richard Gibson. Meanwhile, specialist magazine Musical Stages is also touting Cliff Richard (as Caractacus), Su Pollard (the Baroness), Peter Polycarpou and Frank Skinner (the Childcatcher). Most of the original cast - which, in addition to Ball, includes Brian Blessed, Nichola McAuliffe, Anton Rodgers, Edward Petherbridge and Emma Williams - are on year-long contracts which expire in March 2003.