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Bridget is back in Jones the West End musical

Bridget Jones is returning with a vengeance. The angst-ridden and accident-prone singleton is about to bring her comic self-doubt and unfulfilled relationships to the West End stage.

The show and cast have not been confirmed, but the Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith is almost certain to win the role.

As fans of Bridget Jones will have already gleaned, Lily Allen is writing the music and Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot, has been mooted as director. Meanwhile, Helen Fielding is understood to be writing a new book about her character and a third movie is being planned, with Renee Zellweger again putting on pounds to play the heroine.

In the last film, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, she finally got together with Mark Darcy, who was played by Colin Firth. Working Title, the British film company behind the first two movies, is preparing the new film.

Firth revealed the possible plot to a reporter from the American magazine Entertainment Weekly .

"I can tell you that Bridget and Mark can't have children, I think that's the way it goes on. So then she makes the huge mistake of going back to Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant's character] for long enough to get pregnant.

"And I think he dumps her and she's left stranded, and guess who comes back to rescue her," he said.

Whether that does turn out to be the plot, and whether Firth's tongue was in his cheek, remains to be seen.

It certainly is likely that stars Zellweger, Firth and Grant, will feature in the next movie, though it is to be hoped that the new film and musical will make more of Bridget's female friendships and often hilarious chats with her two girlfriends.

This was a key feature of Fielding's book, but it was one that was under-represented in the previous two films.