TV AND RADIo NEWS

March 27th

SAMIA SAYS THE STORK IS COMING

Samia Ghadie says she's pregnant with her second child.

The Coronation Street actress revealed the news on Twitter and says the baby
is due later this year. 

It'll be her first with partner Sylvain Longchambon, who she teamed up with on
ITV skating show Dancing on Ice in 2013.

March 10th

TRIBUTES TO SAM SIMON

Tributes are being paid to Sam Simon, a co-creator of "The Simpsons". who has died at the age of 59.

The writer and executive producer won nine Emmy awards for his work on the

long-running hit animated series - which started in 1989.

Fellow co-creator Matt Groening, says in a statement, "We will miss Sam's

phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humour".

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SCHOFIELD SAYS IT'S ALL INNOCENT

Phillip Schofield claims there's been mock outrage after This Morning

broadcast an item inspired by Fifty Shades Of Grey - featuring a range of

raunchy items. 

Ofcom had 120 complaints and is investigating whether it should have been

broadcast before the watershed. 

But Schofield says it was 'very innocent stuff' and that the items sold out

online soon afterwards.

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MADONNA TELLS OF 'CHEEKY' MOMENT

Madonna says her daughter Lourdes was mortified when she flashed her bottom at
the Grammy Awards.

The 56-year-old singer made headlines around the world when turned up in

fishnet tights and a black thong on the red carpet.
She's told The Jonathan Ross Show - to be broadcast on Saturday - she just

"couldn't help herself."
The star is currently promoting her 13th studio album Rebel Heart and says the

title reflects her original idea of making a two-sided record:

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JONES' TOUGH STANCE ON POCKET MONEY

Dragons' Den's Peter Jones says his children won't get a penny of his money
unless they find work.
The 48-year-old multimillionaire has five kids, and says that even pocket
money is given in return for something - such as cleaning their rooms. 
He says he wants them to be polite and respectful, and stand on their own feet.

March 6th

The local community radio station for the Erewash Area of Derbyshire is 5 years old today. Broadcasting on 96.8fm the station covers the two towns of Long Eaton and Ilkeston and surrounding areas of the Borough. It began broadcasting on March 6th 2010 and has recently received permission from OFCOM to continue for a further 5 years.

Erewash Sound broadcasts from a purpose built studio centre in Ilkeston and is on air 24hours a day, normally with live presentations for round 16 hours every day. 

The station plays music from the 60's to now with News local and national on the hour. The transmitter is in Ilkeston and in addition to the FM transmissions it is available on the internet. 

During the day there have been special events including visits to local businesses, visitors to the station and a film is being made about the stations celebrations. 

For more photos and information see www.facebook.com/erewashsound.

March 3rd

Some of the original Crossroads actors are concerned that they may receive as little as £1.25per repeat episode when the soap returns to Big Centre TV tomorrow (Monday). Paul Henry who played Benny in the soap says he is considering taking legal again over the issue. The new TV station for Birmingham and surrounding towns has bought 3,000 episodes of the classic soap which is set in a motel. Henry is asking for the series to be taken off unless a deal over royalty payments is agreed. Another of the cast, Tony Adams who played Adam Chance has also criticised the way actors have been treated. The series of old episodes is due to start at 9.30am on Monday.  

February 28th

The Next Local TV 

Big Centre TV in the Birmingham and Black Country Area launched tonight at 6pm. It promises a range of local programming and good quality archive material 24 hours a day on Freeview Channel 8 and on line. The station is based in Walsall and is owned by former ATV presenter Mike Prince and Wolverhampton born Chris Perry.

It also covers Solihull with transmission from the Sutton Coldfield and Brierley Hill Transmitters and will see former sports broadcaster Bob Hall as its head of news and sport.

Big Centre TV has no doubt delighted fans of Crossroads, the iconic soap that ran from the 60's to the 80's by announcing that it will screen all the available episodes. At its height of popularity the serial attracted up to 18million viewers.

The story is centred on a fictional motel set in Kings Oak, near Birmingham.

February 27th


Leonard Nimoy
 has died at the age of 83. The actor who is probably best known as Mr Spock in
the 
Star Trek TV series and movies, died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife told 
the 
New York Times today

He said last year that he had the disease, caused by smoking. He had been 
in hospital earlier this week.


He began his career in the early '50s appearing in B movies and  a number of TV roles.

February 22nd

Suggestions of Things to Watch fro Digital Spy.

The Casual Vacancy: BBC One, 9pm

The JK Rowling drama, which opened with 6.6 million viewers, continues tonight.

With elections looming, the residents of Pagford's secrets are posted online by an internet troll pretending to be the ghost of a murder victim. 

Mr Selfridge: ITV, 9pm

Gossip arises in the store tonight, as Harry announces two new positions are open to apply for.

Meanwhile, gossip of a different kind starts spreading when a newspaper publishes an article about the recent attack on Kitty.

Indian Summers: Channel 4, 9pm

Following last week's shooting, a terrorist threat is declared and a curfew is imposed.

Elsewhere, Sarah is determine to find out why Alice moved to India and Ian learns about his uncle's financial problems.

Game of Thrones: Greatest Moments: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

If you're not hyped enough yet for the newest season of Game of Thrones, with the newest boxset release, exhibitionIMAX screenings and trailers, Sky Atlantic has you covered.

Cast members and famous fans count down the 20 most shocking and exciting moments from the fantasy series. Anyone want to bet where the Red Wedding will place? 

February 19th

The Dangers of Live TV!

EastEnders caused confusion last night, when the actress who stars as Tanya Branning fluffed her lines in a and referred to the charactoer of Ian Beal as Adam.

Viewers should finally find out tonight who killed Lucy Beale as the show's 
long-running whodunnit comes to an end.
 

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 GOK WON

Gok Wan became Star Baker on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off last night.

Gok triumphed against Abbey Clancy, Jonathan Ross and Zoe Sugg by making cupcakes and
cakes of their favourite buildings.

February 16th


Carol McGiffin talks to the Press

Carol McGiffin the Former Loose Women star has told the Sunday People that she's been treated for breast cancer. The 54 year old said she's undergone a
mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy - after finding a lump while on
holiday in February last year.

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Benedict Got Married then?

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has got married to fiancee Sophie Hunter.
Some of today's papers have distant photos of the bride arriving at the ceremony
on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

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Nick Found by Three - Allegedly 

The live edition of EastEnders will see three people finding the body of Nick Cotton during the hour long special on Thursday. Nick - played by John Altman - died on Friday night's show. 


February 14th

ANT AND DEC AND THE ROYALS

Ant and Dec are joining up with the Royal Family - for a new documentary about
the work of the Prince's Trust supporting young people across 
the country.

 The Geordie pair, who already work as ambassadors for it, will spend time with the Prince of Wales.

 The 90-minute ITV special will be shown to coincide with the trust's 40th anniversary next year.

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GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME

The TV comedy series "Goodness Gracious Me" is returning for another one-off

special. It follows a revival of the sketch show last year which was to mark the 50th anniversary of BBC Two.

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THEY ARE ALL THE SAME IN AMERICAN TALENT

The next series of America's Got Talent will have the same judging line-up as

last year. Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern are all returning to the panel.

 The show will be broadcast in the summer.

 

February 11th

EUROVISION TO INCLUDE AUSTRALIA?

Australia have been invited to take part in this year's Eurovision song contest. 
An act from Down Under is being invited to take part - as a one-off - to mark 
the 60th anniversary of the competition. Broadcasters have hailed the move as "historic" - saying it will elevate the show to a "new global level".

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CHANGES AT THE DAILY SHOW

Jon Stewart's is leaving The nightly satirical show, The Daily Show,  later this year. His bosses have paid tribute to his 'comic genius'. It is not yet known who will replace him.

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SPITTING AGAIN!

Some of the cast and crew who made Spitting Image are returning for a new show on ITV. As before it will make fun of politicians and celebrities. 

Spitting Image was a great success during the 1980s and 1990s.


February 10th

 ESSEX JUMPS TO VICTORY

 Joey Essex is the Lord of the slopes after his victory last night on Channel 4's reality show "The Jump." The TOWIE star jumped  17-and-a-half metres to beat  Mike Tindall and former Commonwealth champion heptathlete Louise Hazel.

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JK ROWLEY'S NOVEL TOO GRIM FOR TV

A new TV VERSION of JK Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy's had to be

re-written - because it was 'too grim'. The drama's based on the Harry Potter author's book,
which follows the fate of 
a teenager left in charge of her brother by her
drug-addict mother. However,
 according to the Telegraph, scriptwriters insisted on
changing the ending.
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GAME OF THRONES MAY SURPRISE US ALL

 Game of Thrones stars are warning fans they can expect to be surprised by the
new series of the fantasy show when t
he fifth series starts in April.

One of the stars, Maisie Williams has said that the cast has been sworn to absolute secrecy.

February 9th

MARK IS NERVOUS?

Mark Wright's revealed he's nervous about his first dance at his wedding to ex-Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan. Mark finished fourth last year in Strictly Come Dancing but he says he won't do any fancy steps.

The former 'Only Way Is Essex' star has also told Hello! magazine they

will have a traditional wedding in this country.

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ONE FINAL JUMP

The finalalists in this year's skiing reality series are now known after  JLS star JB Gill was left the show last night.

Mike Tindall, Jon-Allan Butterworth, Joey Essex, Louise Hazel, Louise Thompson

and Chloe Madeley are all in tonight's final.

They'll take part in the ski cross and air jump events - before facing the

main jump. 

February 8th

Call the Midwife: BBC One, 8pm

Tonight, the popular BBC One drama tackles the subjects of safe sex and sexually transmitted infections.

Sister Winifred takes it upon herself to provide some education to the local working girls after caring for a young prostitute who is pregnant and suffering with syphilis. 

Top Gear: BBC Two, 8pm

In the vein of their 'ambitious, but rubbish' attempts at building amphibious cars, police vehicles and motor homes, this week the team tackle the ambulance.

Clarkson tries adapting a Porsche into a 'sports ambulance', Hammond tries to disguise his as a van of nuclear waste, whilst May goes for comfort - which means adapting a hearse. Elsewhere, Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) is this week's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

The British Academy Film Awards: BBC One, 9pm

Taking place at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, Stephen Fry hosts the annual ceremony celebrating the last 12 months of film.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is up for the most nominations, while Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike are among the British stars nominated for acting prizes.

Mr Selfridge: ITV, 9pm

In tonight's instalment, Harry pursues his ambitions for the Selfridge Estate, which leads to furious bidding battle. 

Meanwhile, Henri has been acting erratically due to the effects of shell shock, and his poor treatment of Agnes threatens to end their marriage. 

(From Digital Spy) 

February 5th

OUT OF THE HOUSE!

There were two evictions last night from the big brother house. The first was Kavana and the second was Perez Hilton.

Kavana said in the after eviction show on Channel 5 "the series was "twisted", "weird", "dark" and called the house a "freak show. Tonight, I knew I was going," 

Perez told Emma Willis  "I am so happy to be out of the house… I had a dream last night that I was leaving today." He also said "I am thrilled that all those people are still there… I wanted to go home two weeks ago."

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WHO JUMPED OUT?

The latest celebrity to be eliminated from The Jump last night was Stacey Soloman. She failed to make it through to the next round after a live jump-off. This was against Louise Thompson who jumped 16metres against her 13.5metres. 

february 4th

A SURPRISE IN THE BB HOUSE

Eamonn Holmes has joined the remaining celebs in the Big Brother House.
He will stay in the house briefly as he takes part in the latest task. Whatever next - Good Morning?

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GRAMMY ON 4 MUSIC

The annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be on 4Music on Monday, February 9 at 9pm. Kanye West, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and Sam Smith are among the artists confirmed to perform at the event in Los Angeles.

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IS GRANT GOING BACK

Actor Ross Kemp, who played Grant Mitchell for 10 years, says he would be interested in returning to Eastenders if the script was right for him.

‘I’ve got no problems with going back there. It was 10 years of my life; some of it was happy, some of it wasn’t so happy but I enjoyed most of it, or I wouldn’t have stayed there so long,’ he told BBC Radio 2.

Steve McFadden – who plays his on-screen brother Phil Mitchell also said: ‘I am up for Ross coming back. It would certainly be interesting.’

He was last in EastEnders in 2006.

 

FEBRUARY 2nd and 3rd

NEW REALITY IN THE PAST! 

20 people of today are being sent back to the Stone Age for a new reality TV
show.  It is starting on Channel 4 tonight at 10pm and is called "Ten-thousand BC." The contestants we try to survive for 8 weeks by hunting and searching for food.

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THE FIRST TWO SKIERS SLIDE OUT  

England cricketer Phil Tufnell and Gogglebox star Dom Parker were the first to
slide out of The Jump last night on the Channel 4 show.
The 48-year-old sportsman lost out to former England rugby centre Mike Tindall.

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DENISE IS COMING TO WALFORD

Denise Van Outen is to visit Walford this spring - as
part of Eastenders 30th anniversary. 
Soap bosses haven't given many details yet but it is suggested that she will send "sparks flying" as her character wastes no time getting close to one of Walford's men. 

January 31st / February 1st

Actress Geraldine McEwan, who was known for bringing Agatha Christie’s detective Miss Marple to life on ITV, has died aged 82.

Her son Greg and daughter Jane confirmed that the Bafta-award winning actress passed away on Friday three months after suffering a stroke.

‘Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30,’ they said in a statement.

‘Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well.’

McEwan, who notched up over seven decades acting in TV, film and theatre, played the role of detective Jane Marple in 12 ITV films from 2004-2008. 

(Metro UK)

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Actor Ted Robbins has collapsed on stage midway through the opening night of Phoenix Nights Live in Manchester – with the performance being cancelled as a result.

According to reports the 59-year-old Liverpudlian, who plays Den Perry in the Peter Kay show – was performing solo when he appeared to clutch his chest and stumble.

The curtain was immediately drawn, initially leaving the 20,000 capacity audience at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester confused over whether Robbins’ collapse was part of the show.

However fellow cast member Justin Moorhouse told the crowd that the show had been cancelled and asked them to leave.

JANUARY 30TH

ITV says it doesn't comment on "speculative stories" after reports Downton Abbey could come to an end this year. The Daily Mirror thinks the programme's upcoming series will be its last. The paper says it's because creator Julian Fellowes wants to work on a new show set in 19th century New York.

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Coronation Street has picked the new actress who'll play 14 year old Bethany Platt in the soap. Lucy Fallon, who's 19, has already started filming and will be on our screens in late March. She replaces Katie Redford who bosses believed was 19 when they cast her - before learning she was actually 25.

 

January 28th

WHAT A MISTAKE TO MAKE!

A TV Set in a shop has attracted people who want to shop there. It is actually a lingerie shop set up for the TV version of JK Rowling's novel 'The Casual Vacancy', thinking it was real.

Locals in the Cotswolds mistook the set for a real shop, even though it was being run by actress Keeley Hawes, who plays the character Samantha Mollison.

'The Casual Vacancy' is being shot in the town of Painswick in Gloucestershire for BBC TV.

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A VERY HAPPY PATSY NOW SHE'S OUT!

Patsy Kensit says she's 'thrilled' to be out of the Celebrity Big Brother House. She left last night - after loosing the latest public vote.

However, Perez Hilton is back - after taking part in a fake walkout over the weekend. Is nothing what it seems in the Big Brother House? Obviously not.


January 27th

THE DG  BACKS TOP GEAR

 Top Gear's got the backing of Tony Hall, the BBC's Director-General despite a

controversial 12 months. The show's provoked rows over racism and caused a near-riot while filming in Argentina. 

But Tony Hall's told the Radio Times the broadcaster should feel proud about

the long-running show. 

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GRYLLING TAKES CELEBS INTO THE FOREST! 

Survival expert Bear Grylls is taking eight celebrities on ajourney through the

a rainforest for a new reality show on TV. The group will have to go on a 12-day journey without him after he has briefed them.

 The show is to be called 'Mission Survive' will see the celebs eliminated on a daily basis leaving one celebrity winner! Not yet sure which channel this will be on. Any guesses?

 

January 26th

ANOTHER GONG FOR DOWNTON

Downton Abbey has picked up another award in the US.  The ITV drama won best ensemble cast at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild awards last night.

In the film section, the comedy Birdman took the top award while Julianne Moore became best actress.

Eddie Redmayne won best actor for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. 

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MR BEAN TO RETURN

 Rowan Atkinson will play Mr Bean once again in a Comic Relief Sketch.

He last appear as the bumbling character during the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012.

Dawn French will also appear as the Vicar of Dibley in the charity fundraiser in March. 

This was reported here last week.  

January 25th

Emmerdale's producers are apparently going to start letting fans have a look at
the set.
While tours showing people round the village where the soap used to be filmed
have been running for years, the current set's never been accessible to the
public.

 ITV's said to be looking to open it at weekends - although it's been described
as a 'limited availability opportunity'.

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Former Eastenders adversaries Barbara Windsor and Pam St Clement will discuss
their memories of the soap for a special show to mark its 30th birthday.
The actresses who played Peggy Mitchell and Pat Butcher will appear in the
show, which is being made for on-demand services.

 Other cast members will feature in future episodes ahead of next month's
anniversary. 

 

january 23rd

Hilary Mantel's historical drama 'Wolf Hall' has become
BBC Two's biggest new drama for a decade.

According to the latest ratings, the opening episode attracted an average
audience of 3.9 million viewers.

 The series stars Damian Lewis as Henry the Eighth and has been well received by the critics.

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Sherlock was the most popular show on the BBC iPlayer last year.
The episode where viewers saw Benedict Cumberbatch's character apparently come
back from the dead was seen more than 4-million times.
The second most-watched programme was the opening edition of last year's
series of Top Gear. 


JANUARY 22ND

Community Radio Order 2015

The Government has this morning published its response to the recent consultation about changes to Community Radio funding. 

Current rules mean there are strict financial limits in place on how much income the 217 community radio stations in the UK can generate from advertising and sponsorship. Under the planned changes, all community radio stations will all be able to raise at least £15,000 in income from commercial sources before any limits kick in.

Under the current rules in the Community Radio Order 2004, most community radio stations can only raise 50 per cent of their income from commercial sources, with 19 stations not allowed to make any money from advertising at all as they compete in the same market as small commercial radio stations.

The Government has also announced that it will provide Ofcom the power to extend licences for community radio for a third term, for a period up to five years, where it is satisfied the community radio station continues to meet current licencing conditions. The changes will give further stability to the sector and allow the early pioneer stations launched before 2008 to continue to support their communities up to the early 2020s.
This is welcome news for the Community Radio Sector.

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Winners of The National TV Awards 


Entertainment prog
 - I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Chat Show Host - Alan Carr

Comedy - 
Mrs Brown's Boys

Daytime - 
This Morning 

Drama - 
Downton Abbey

Drama Performance - Sheridan Smith

Entertainment Programme - 
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Entertainment Presenter - 
Ant & Dec

                                                                 Factual - Googlebox


                                                           Multichannel
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Celebrity Juice

                                                               Newcomer - Maddy Hill

                                                             Serial Drama - EastEnders


                                                      Serial Drama Performance
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Danny Dyer


                                                 Skills Challenge Show - 
The Great British Bake Off


                                                               Talent Show - The X Factor

                                                                TV Judge - David Walliams

                                                      Special Recognition Award - David Tennant


january 21st

Community Radio Changes?

The government's conclusions following last years consultation about changing some of the rules around Community Radio is expected tomorrow. Main areas of consideration are:

The relaxation of the rule to match 50% of commercial income with that of grants, donations and volunteer time.

Allow all community radio stations to carry advertising, even those operating in an area with a small local station already.

Power limitations and coverage area, usually capped at 5km.

The rules which stop stations making profit for their owners benefit, the restriction to sell stations for a profit, or for one company to own more than one station should stay in place. 

There will be details here tomorrow - hopefully!! 

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Gilded Downton?

It's been confirmed the so-called 'next Downton Abbey' will air in the US
early next year. 'The Gilded Age' - also created by Julian Fellowes - follows millionaires
living in New York in the 1880s.

 Downton Abbey returns for its sixth series later this year - with rumours it
could be the penultimate season.

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National TV Awards

Dermot O'Leary says he's not too bothered if he doesn't win a National
Television Award considering the strength of the opposition. 

He's nominated in the "Best Entertainment Presenter" category - along
with Bradley Walsh, Keith Lemon and Ant and Dec who have won it for the last 13 years.

Dermot says he'll just concentrate on hosting the awards themselves
tonight on ITV. The nominations are underneath.

january 20th

Nominations for The National TV Awards on Wednesday (ITV)

Talent Show:

Strictly Come Dancing - X Factor - The Voice - Britain's Got Talent

Skills Challenge Show

The Great British Bakeoff - The Apprentice - Masterchef - Come Dine with me

Serial Drama

Coronation Street - Emmerdale - Hollyoaks - Eastenders

Comedy

Mrs Brown's Boys - Outnumbered - Benidorm - The Big Bang Theory

Drama

Cilla - Sherlock - Downton Abbey - Doctor Who

Drama Performance

Sarah Lancashire - Dame Maggie Smith - Sheridan Smith - Benidict Cumberbatch

Factual

Googlebox - Paul O'Grady: For the love of Dogs - Long Lost Family - Top Gear

Chat Show Host

Paul O'Grady - Jonathan Ross - Michael McIntyre - Graham Norton - Alan Carr

Daytime

The Jeremy Kyle Show - The Chase - This Morning - Pointless

Newcomer

Maddie Hill - Michael Parr - Cameron Moore - Lee Mead

Serial Drama Performance

Danny Dyer - Nikki Sanderson - Verity Rushworth - Kellie Bright

Multichannel

The Walking Dead - Geordie Shore - Celebrity Juice - Game of Thrones

Entertainment Presenter

Keith Lemon - Ant and Dec - Dermot O'Leary - Bradley Walsh

Entertainment Programme

I'm a Celebrity - Through the Keyhole - Saturday Night Takeaway - Celebrity Big Brother

TV Judge

David Walliams - Simon Cowell - Cheryl - Mary Berry


Tribute tomorrow for Anne

Tomorrow's National Television Awards will pay tribute to Coronation Street
star Anne Kirkbride, who's died at the age of 60.

Organisers are working out last minute plans to honour the actress.

One of her character's most memorable storylines was when she was jailed after
being duped into a mortgage fraud.

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TRIBUTES TO ANNE KIRKBRIDE

Tributes are coming in for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, known to millions as Deirdre Barlow, who died yesterday aged 60.
A statement said she passed away after a short illness. 
Kate Ford, who plays her daughter Tracy,
says she's "heartbroken", while 
William Roache, who was her onscreen husband
Ken, described her as an 
"impeccable performer" .

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DESI RASCALS

A new TOWIE style reality series begins tonight. Much like The Only Way Is Essex,
Desi Rascals is a non-scripted drama.

It follows the lives of British-Asian communities in west London, with 12
hour-long episodes being broadcast on Sky Living.

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IS GOING INTO THE BB HOUSE A SUITABLE PUNISHMENT?

Well 80s Alexander O'Neal says he might recommend going into the
Celebrity Big Brother house to people he doesn't like.

He said being in the house was very stressful after he left  after rowing with Perez Hilton.

However he did say he was 'honoured' to have been with Katie Price.

 

january 19th


The Death of Ann Kirkbride has been announced

Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow in the long-running television soap, has died aged 60 after a short illness.

ITV said the actress, who was in the show for 44 years, passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.

Her husband David Beckett and the programme's cast and crew were said to be "heartbroken and deeply saddened".

Coronation Street executive producer Kieran Roberts said: "We feel blessed and honoured to have known her."

He added: "There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne's passing. We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow.

"She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share happy memories of working with her. Our thoughts are with David and their family."

'Greatly missed'

ITV director of television Peter Fincham said the character she played on the programme was "unique and unforgettable".

"Anne has been a truly loyal servant to Coronation Street since joining the programme in the early 1970s," he said.

(BBC News)

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FILES OPEN AGAIN?

The cult show the X-Files may be coming back on TV screens.

Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who starred as lead characters
Mulder and Scully, are said to be interested in returning.

The show about FBI agents originally ran for nine series from 1993 to 2002.

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ANOTHER CELEB OUT OF THE HOUSE!

The third housemate to leave Celebrity Big Brother is Alexander O'Neil, left
unexpectedly yesterday.

After being given a formal warning for using homophobic language in rows  The soul singer quit the show. after being given a formal warning for using homophobic words while arguing with Perez Hilton. As a result the next eviction was cancelled.

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MTV IN BLACK AND WHITE!

MTV is being broadcast at times in black and white during today for the first time.

The music channel is taking part in a national conversation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

12 hours of special programming will include personal reflections on race from celebrities. 

january 18th

The Voice UK had 8.5 million viewers on BBC One last night according to latest viewing figures.

This was an increase of more than 400,000 compared to last week's series premiere.

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The Soccer Saturday team had to evacuate their studio yesterday after a fire alarm went off. 

Sky Sports viewers were without the show's pundits for nearly 30 minutes while the fire brigade were called. Jeff joked on Twitter ""It's pretty warm in here. "There's been a fire alarm going off and we've all had to evacuate the building, but it's ok now, I sorted it out."

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The return of BBC comedy Lovejoy could be on the cards. It was about an antique dealer and ran on the BBC from 1986 to 1994 and starred Ian McShane. 

The Radio Times has reported that Tony Jordan, who created Hustle and Life on Mars, may be reviving the stories.

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january 17th

Former glamour model, Katie Price went into the Big Brother house yesterday after considerable speculation that she was poised to do so. She is likely to cause quite a stir and in fact last night was immediately tasked with the job of banishing three contestants from the house for the evening. She chose Perez Hilton, Cami Lee and Nadia Sawalha. 

Katie entered the house after the first live eviction which was of Chloe Goodman.  

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BBC 3's Bafta winning supernatural drama, In the Flesh, will not be returning the channel said yesterday.

The BBC Statement said "BBC Three is very proud of the two award-winning series of In the Flesh. However, given there is only budget for one original drama series a year on the channel it won't be returning. 

"We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through and create room for emerging talent. Huge thanks to the BAFTA award-winning writer Dominic Mitchell and the superb cast."

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Presenters on QVC have argued about whether the moon is a star or a planet. Here is the video. It is hilarious.

January 16th

The new series of Top Gear is getting going world wide for the first edition.

It will be broadcast over 50 countries around the world on January 25th.

The ten-week series has the presenters and the Stig heading across

the Russian city of St Petersburg in different kinds of transport.

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Production has started in Cardiff for the next series of Doctor Who.

The story is by Toby Whithouse who created BBC Three's hit

"Being Human".

The series features Game of Thrones actor Paul Kaye in a guest role and

will be back on BBC 1 in the Autumn.
 

january 15th

Darcey Bussell one of the Strictly Judges says she's "delighted" to be involved in 
a new search for a dance star.
The former star ballet dancer will be a judge on a new talent contest for young
dancers.
The competition will feature in a range of documentaries, with the final being
shown live on TV.

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George Ezra, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood have signed up to perform live at
this year's Brit Awards show.

They'll join Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith who're already on the bill
for the event on Wednesday 25th February.

The nominations for the BRITs will be revealed tomorrow night.

The awards will be screened on ITV featuring  this year's Critics' Choice
winner James Bay.

january 14th

Joan Collins is to return to Benidorm later in the series it has been revealed. She will be reprising her role as Crystal Hennessey-Vas, the hotel owner. Apparently she has a very funny scene with Johnny Vagas which should be well worth watching. 

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Stormy weather has caused problems broadcasting BBC Radio Scotland's news bulletins for the Highlands and Islands.

A fault at the Rosemarkie transmitter has meant the news at 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 12:30, 16:30 and 17:30 have been off air since Monday.

Engineers hoped to have fixed the problem later on Tuesday.

"The storms at the weekend seem to have caused the fault and, sadly, it's left us with no way to broadcast."

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Torchwood is returning as a series of radio plays, according to star John Barrowman.

Barrowman played Torchwood leader Captain Jack Sparrow in the Doctor Who spin-off, last appearing in Torchwood: Miracle Day.

The show has been off the air since but it looks like it’s making a comeback to the airwaves this time.

John added that there will be ‘three or four’ radio plays for the BBC.

january 13th

 The mystery series "Twin Peaks" is returning to TV and Dale Cooper will be appearing again.

Kyle MacLachlan is playing the role again in the new version of the 90s drama. The new series will be set in the present day,  and will air in 2016.

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Jenny Agutter says older women are finally being seen again on TVThat's despite
Dame Helen Mirren and Miranda actress Patricia 
Hodge complaining women are not seen on TV dramas once they reach their forties. She told Radio Times that there's a more mature audience to be catered for. She added that women still face more pressure than their male counterparts to look younger though.

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Ken Morley has left from the Big Brother house after he'd  been given a formal warning for using 'unacceptable language' towards  Alexander O'Neal. 
He is the second celebrity in three days to be removed from the house - after Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson left last week.

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Simon Cowell has signed X Factor runner-up to his record label. Fleur East will
release her debut album later this year. 
Simon has said she "proved what a star she was on the show"
and
he's now 
looking forward to starting work on her record.

JANUARY 12TH

10.30am

MORE FROM THE GLOBES

Joanne Froggatt has won the Best Supporting Actress in a TV series for playing Anna Bates in Downton Abbey. She says her Golden Globes win is the 'most shocking moment of her life'. The Globe was awarded after a tough storyline where her character was the victim of sexual assault.

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DIBLEY RETURNS

Dawn French and The Vicar of Dibley are said to be returning to TV for a one off Comic Relief special. It is understood that the episode will see  Geraldine Granger trying to become a Bishop, of Dibley, of course!
The comedy aired from 1994 to 2007 - and returned for a special in 2013.


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DARA QUITS

Dara O'Briain is no longer the host of "The Apprentice, You're Fired."
He has presented the spin off show for 5 years but now wants to spend more time working on his own comedy.
Lord Sugar's adviser Nick Hewer has also left the programme. Currently there are no replacements.

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CORRIE STREET TO BE SAVED? MAYBE MAYBE NOT!

Attempts are being made to keep the old the Coronation Street set standing in Manchester.
The set had been used since 1982, is under threat of demolition since the Soap moved Corrie to a new set in Salford. Coronation Street fans want to preserve it. I will keep you updated on this one.

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4.30am

The 72nd annual Golden Globe TV Awards were presented a few hours ago in Beverley Hills. 

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best TV Series, Drama: The Affair

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honourable Woman

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Transparent

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBilly Bob Thornton, Fargo 

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Fargo

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Joanne Froggatt,Downton Abbey  

January 11th

The Golden Globe TV Nominations

 Best drama TV series nominees: "Downton Abbey"; "The Affair"; "Game of Thrones"; "House of Cards"; "The Good Wife"

Best musical or comedy series nominees: "Orange is the New Black"; "Girls"; "Jane the Virgin"; "Transparent"; "Silicon Valley"

Best actress in a TV drama series nominees: Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards"; Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"

Best actor in a TV drama series nominees: Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"; Clive Owen, "The Knick"; James Spader, "The Blacklist"; Dominic West, "The Affair"; Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"

Best actress in a TV series musical or comedy nominees: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"; Lena Dunham, "Girls"; Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"

Best actor in a TV series musical or comedy nominees: Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"; William H. Macy, "Shameless"; Ricky Gervais, "Derek"; Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"; Louie C.K., "Louie"

Best TV movie or miniseries nominees: "Olive Kitteridge"; "Fargo"; "The Missing"; "True Detective"; "The Normal Heart"

Best actress in a miniseries or TV movie nominees: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"; Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honorable Woman"; Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"; Allison Tolman, "Fargo"; Frances O'Connor, "The Missing"

Best actor in a miniseries or TV movie nominees: Martin Freeman, "Fargo"; Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"; Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"; Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"; Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"

Best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie nominees: Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"; Uzo Aduba, "Orange is the New Black"; Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"; Michelle Monaghan, "True Detective"; Allison Janney, "Mom"

Best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie nominees: Bill Murray, "Olive Kitteridge"; Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"; Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"; Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"; Colin Hanks, "Fargo"

The awards are tonight.

january 10th

Jeremy Jackson has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house following an incident. Channel 5 has said that tonight's episode has moved to 10pm.

The nature of the incident has not yet been revealed.

Meanwhile last nights edition of the reality show was seen by an average audience of 2.16 million. 

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The BBC is to study global prosperity and affluence in the new "A Richer World" season.

BBC World News and BBC World Service will host the three-month-long season, featuring content across TV, radio and online platforms.

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There’s trouble at another community radio station this weekend as Lancashire based Preston FM ‘takes a break’ from regular broadcasting.

The move, which is only usually possible with prior Ofcom approval, means the station is not sticking to its Key Commitments of providing live, locally relevant content each day.

A message on the station’s Twitter account points to this message on Facebook

“We’re sorry we’ve taken a break from our regular broadcasting. This has been necessary to allow Preston FM Ltd to take part in discussions and negotiations regarding the future of community radio in Preston and South Ribble. We hope you can understand that the we, the volunteers of Preston FM, cannot make any further comments without potentially jeopardizing these negotiations.

“Preston FM Ltd will issue a statement in due course and we look forward to getting back on air as soon as we can.”

january 9

 Frankie Bridge is pregnant again. She and husband Wayne Bridge had
son, Parker in 2003.
The recent Strictly Come Dancing runner-up also confirmed that she will not be able to appear on the upcoming 2015 Strictly tour as she is "really unwell". 

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Celebrity Big Brother launched with over 3 million viewers on Wednesday,  latest ratings show.
Channel 5's latest series opened with an average audience of 3.09m at 9pm, with a further 178,000  tuning in on +1.

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january 8

Katie is booed - bless!

Katie Hopkins had to choose the first two housemates to face eviction last night in night one of Celebrity Big Brother. She was booed as she entered the house and then chose model Chloe Goodman
and soul singer Alexander O'Neal to face the first vote.


See below for a video of all the contestants.

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Rowan Atkinson is returning to historical comedy for the first
time since Blackadder. He's going to play Henry the Eighth on the hit kids TV show Horrible
Histories.

Ben Miller and Sanjeev Bhaskar will also star in the new series based on the
books by Terry Deary.

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The special Top Gear show shot in Argentina was the most popular show on the
BBC iPlayer over Christmas.

The first part of the programme had almost 2-point-1 million requests from
viewers, with 1-point-5 million for the second part.

The team provoked local anger after it was felt the number plate of a Porsche
being driven by Jeremy Clarkson was a provocative reference to the Falklands
war.

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Celebrity Big Brother has now launched and here is a short video from the Daily Mirror with the full line up.

Click Here

January 7th 

Afternoon Update - 2.30pm

The confirmed line up for tonight's Celebrity Big Brother 2015 launch is

Katie HopkinsPerez HiltonPatsy Kensit Keith Chegwin

Calum BestCami LiJeremy JacksonKavana - Chloe Goodman

Nadia SawalhaKen MorleyAlexander O'NealAlicia DouvallMichelle Visage 

The launch is at 9.00pm on Channel 5.

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Alice Webb has been appointed the new director of BBC Children's.
She is operating officer of BBC England at the moment but will be in charge of CBeebies and CBBC in Salford from late February. 

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Sherlock has resumed filming with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman back in their roles
as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. They are recording a Christmas special and a fourth series which is expected to be shown in 2016. The BBC confirmed that production started yesterday.

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Downton Abbey was watched by 10.1 million viewers on US television on Sunday (January 4).
It was again shown on America's PBS.

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Ordinary web users in Britain could be prosecuted if their broadband connection interferes with radio signals, a proposed update to existing Ofcom legislation suggests.

Ofcom, the UK's official communications watchdog, claims technology such as TV ‘set-top’ boxes could interfere with standard radio channels, which GCHQ and emergency services believe could pose a threat to public safety and national security.

Under the proposals, media providers could force their customers to shut down these networks, and prosecute them in court if they fail to comply.

January 6th

The National TV Awards

The X FactorDoctor Who and Sherlock are among the shows nominated for this year's National Television Awards.

Stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and EastEnders actor Danny Dyer are also included in the shortlist for the 20th NTAs.

However, Peter Capaldi has failed to secure a nomination for the best drama performance. It’s the first time Doctor Who has not been on the shortlist since the BBC show was revived by the broadcaster in 2005.

The ceremony - hosted by Dermot O'Leary - will be held on Wednesday, January 21 and broadcast live on ITV from 7.30pm.

Read More here

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Bad Joke Bakeorf?

Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins says even her doctor has had a go at her for her bad jokes on the show.
The 45 year old has told the Radio Times a consultant told her there's "no medication possible" for her "terrible" gags on the cookery contest.
He joked that Sue and co-host Mel Giedroyc should be ashamed of themselves.

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Eastenders Cleared

The broadcasting watchdog's cleared EastEnders over a controversial rape
storyline. More than 90 people complained to Ofcom about the plot - which saw Queen Vic
landlady Linda Carter attacked by Dean Wicks in October.
Ofcom's decided the BBC gave enough warning to viewers beforehand - and didn't
go into graphic detail.

january 5th

DOWNTON BUILDING NEEDS HELP!

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is supporting a campaign to save a building
used as a location for the TV drama.

The Old Grammar School in Bampton in Oxfordshire needs renovating to repair
damage caused by rot.

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BIRTHDAY TIME IN THE SQUARE AND ALL WILL BE REVEALED?

Who killed Lucy Beale will be revealed in February.

The murderer - and why he or she did it will be revealed as
part of the show's 30th anniversary week starting on February 16th.

There will also be a 30-minute live show and "live elements" in other episodes during the week.


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WHO DRESSES THE BEST?

Actor Eddie Redmayne has topped an annual list of best-dressed men.

GQ magazine named Newsnight presenter Evan Davis the worst-dressed for resembling "a supply geography teacher".

Others in the best-dressed list include Benedict Cumberbatch, who comes in second place, Wayne Rooney and Prince George who gets 49th position.

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BROADCHURCH SECRETS KEPT SECRET

It's claimed producers of TV drama Broadchurch - which returns for its second
series tonight - took special measures to keep the plot a secret.

The Sun reports scripts were issued under a fake name - with former military
guards patrolling the set during filming.

The series one finale drew an audience of more than 9-million viewers - making
it one of the most-watched TV programmes of 2014.

JANUARY 4TH

Who was more like Frank than Frank?

George Gallagher, 22, took on a Frank Sinatra classic – and won the BBC’s search for a Sinatra-singing star with his efforts. He  wowed a panel of music industry experts on last night’s show with his spot-on rendition of the classic track That’s Life. 

George’s victory has now won him a spot on the bill at a Frank Sinatra centenary concert – celebrating the 100th birthday of the legendary singer – due to take place later this year.

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The Celebrity Big Brother Rumour Mill

Are these this year's competitors? Wednesday all will be revealed .... but

Jeremy Jacksonthe former Baywatch heartthrob. 

Wealdstone Raider - His real name is Gordon Hill. I know no more!

Linda Evans - she would bring some much glam into the house. 

Stevi Ritchie - Former X Factor contestant, apparently!

Katie Hopkins
The motormouth that the nation loves to hate. 

Marcus Collins
An X Factor finalist who lost out to Little Mix in 2011.

Danniella Westbrook
- ex Eastenders?

Calum Best
- Controversial in the past and in the future?

Keith ‘Cheggers’ Chegwin
- Do I need to say more? Everyone likes Cheggers don't they?
Kavana - A 90's Star I understand!

Perez Hilton - A
 celebrity blogger. I wonder what that is?
Patsy Kensit -  Actress  in Emmerdale, Holby City, Lethal Weapon 2 and some other stuff.

Chloe Goodman
- a Cheryl lookalike according to some.
Michelle Visage - An American who has lots of opinions.

Austin Armacost
- An American model apparently.


Until Wednesday Night's Launch Show on Channel 5 at 9pm we will not know if all, some or any of the above will appear. 

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Virgin Media has added more Sky HD channels to its TV line-up.

Sky News HD and Sky Sports News HD are now available at no extra cost to Virgin Media's XL TV subscribers.

Last month, Virgin Media revamped Netflix on its TiVo set top boxes. 

Meanwhile, Virgin TV Anywhere added four new channels in October - Channel 4+1, More4+1, 4Seven and Bollywood film channel UMP Movies - taking the number of stations available on the platform to 113.

january 3rd

Mrs Brown's Boys and Miranda have dominated the festive TV ratings. Both the Christmas and New Year's Day episodes of the comedies were in the top 5 most viewed programmes. Elsewhere, Coronation Street, Eastenders and Emmerdale all made top 10.


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The latest series of Downton Abbey has premiered in the US to rave reviews. Variety called it 'addictive', The Oregonian said it was 'sexy and frisky' while The Boston Globe described it as 'pretty and terrifically acted'.

One of the talking points of series five was the killing off of Isis the dog. Hugh Bonneville denies it was anything to do with sharing a name with a terrorist group.

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UKRD station Wessex FM will be broadcasting live from Broadchurch on Monday morning to mark the return of an ITV drama.

Presenter James O’Neill will be presenting the Breakfast Show live from The West Bay Hotel, ahead of the return of Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman on Monday evening. The station is also hoping for some on-screen logo action too.

On Breakfast in Broadchurch, James will interview members of the cast and crew, including a special chat with writer and creator of the show, Chris Chibnell.

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Smitten Radio DJ Nick Grimshaw has offered to adopt an abandoned puppy named Umbro - within minutes of the Manchester Evening News posting a touching story about little Staffie cross.

The Oldham-raised presenter went onto Twitter and posted five smiling emoticons each one with hearts instead of eyes and gushed ‘he’s amazing’ within seconds of the story being posted.

He asked if the pet had been adopted yet.  And Cheshire Dogs’ Home, which posted the appeal, responded by saying there had been ‘tons of interest’ and asked if he wanted to be considered.

And the Radio One breakfast host Grimshaw quickly replied ‘yes!’ and said he would ‘call up’.

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Mrs Brown's Boys is expected to air Christmas specials for the next five years. Writer and star Brendan O'Carroll told the Mirror that two shows for 2015 and 2016 are already planned, with a further three anticipated.

He said: "I have been commissioned to write another two Christmas specials and the BBC are expecting Christmas specials up until 2020.

"I am lucky enough I can grow into the part and so that is nice. The Christmas special was quite naughty. But it was good fun to do."

January 2nd 

Miranda fans finally got the happy ending they had been waiting for as her

sitcom drew to a close last night. The character, created by comedian Miranda Hart, finally married Gary in the final episode of the TV show. Miranda was reunited with Gary after a cliffhanger ending to the previous episode, where he stormed out.

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Coronation Street's Paula Lane has given birth to a baby boy. The 28-year-old, who plays Kylie Platt in the show, has tweeted to say that she and husband Tom Shaw welcomed their first child on New Year's Eve. The actress says their "world is complete".

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A host of celebrities have welcomed the new year with music gigs, television appearances and swanky parties in far-flung destinations. One Direction were in the US with a prime-time performance on ABC's Rockin' Eve event along with Elton John. Queen played to a packed house at Westminster's Great Hall.

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