7 items from 2014
2014 is almost over - we've had Christmas and everything - but what kind of year has it been? Well, if you're talking about reality TV, it's been pretty bloody spectacular. From scandals involving paper skeletons and baked Alaskas to shock winners and surprise losers, 2014 had a bit of everything. It's time for a little trip down memory lane, so strap in and join us as we revisit the best reality TV moments from the past 12 months...
This year's Celebrity Big Brother prompted a lot of soul searching as Jim Davidson ended up taking the crown - after striking up a bromance with Dappy. But it wasn't actually this winning moment that made January's CBB so captivating - instead, it was Lee Ryan's inability to keep it in his pants (and Casey Batchelor's mum shrieking: "He's mugging you off, »
Get Your Act Together is starting to sound like it will be the best thing on our screens in the new year.
ITV's new series sees various celebrities trying to learn new skills before performing them with experts in their field, and we've already been told about lot of the stars who will be taking part.
But now we've found out what some of them will be doing - and the thought of 79-year-old New Tricks actor James Bolam duetting with Michael Bublé on 'Me And My Shadow' is just too much for us to deal with.
According to the Daily Star, that's what we can expect - as well as Amy Willerton dancing on roller skates, Phil Tufnell showing off his basketball skills, the cast of Emmerdale doing a "magic" quick change stage act and Jedward performing some illusions.
And Chelsee Healey has reportedly joined the lineup and will »
Sinitta, Brian McFadden, Jedward and Ann Widdecombe are among the stars who have signed up to learn circus skills for ITV's new series Get Your Act Together.
The show, hosted by Stephen Mulhern, will see celebrities teaming up with some of the world's best variety acts in an attempt to learn different talents.
Five celebrities will appear in each show and will try to learn skills such as contortion, fire dancing, ventriloquism, acrobatics, juggling and plate spinning.
Some of the other stars who have signed up are Danielle Lloyd, James Bolam, Oliver Mellor and Sherrie Hewson, while Roxy Shahidi, Ruth Madoc, Phil Tufnell, Natalie Anderson and Matthew Wolfenden are also on the bill.
Their mentors - who will perform with the celebrities in front of a studio audience - include famous magicians Penn and Teller, »
Star with a wide-ranging TV and stage career, best remembered as the Oxo mum in a long-running TV ad
Lynda Bellingham, who has died aged 66, played many roles during her five-decade professional career, but became synonymous with one. Being a mum making gravy was not quite how I had seen my career advancing, she said once. But between 1983 and 1999 thats what she did in 42 episodes of an award-winning TV ad. Since the early 1980s, her name was rarely mentioned in print without it being prefaced with Oxo mum.
During her career, though, she starred on TV as the vets wife Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small in the 80s and as one of two divorcees trying to forge a relationship in the 90s sitcom Second Thoughts, opposite James Bolam. On stage she was best known for playing the lead in a touring production of Calendar Girls between 2008 and 2012. She was also, »
- Stuart Jeffries
BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20).
But which shows from those five decades on air were given short shrift? Did your favourite drama or comedy not get a fair shake?
BBC Two is 50: Share your memories and thoughts
But with just two days to go until Two hits 5-0, here's five more shows - from the '60s to the '00s - that deserve another shot.
The Likely Lads (1964-66)
"Oh, what happened to you? Whatever happened to me?" - Yes, its more distinguished follow-up Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? might have graduated to BBC One, but its 1960s predecessor was a BBC Two staple. »
Feature Glen Chapman James Stansfield 26 Feb 2014 - 07:00
“Urgh, I’m so hungover. I’m going to sit in my pants and watch movies all day”
So invariably goes at least one entry on my Twitter feed every Saturday or Sunday morning. Yes, lying about all day watching TV is great but nine times out of ten when someone writes something like this, I can guarantee that they don’t have kids. For those of us with small children, the television we regularly watch throughout the day comes from a vastly different landscape. To the childless, names such as Makka Pakka, Tree Fu Tom and Yo Jo Jo may mean very little. To some us though they’ve become household names, as our lives are filled »
CBeebies' BAFTA-nominated series Grandpa in my Pocket returns for a fourth series with two new young stars.
Sezen Djouma plays Elsie and Harvey Thorn is Josh, who come to stay for the summer and the now teenage Jason (played by Jay Ruckley) lets them in on my secret life.
James Bolam, one of the country’s favourite actors, returns as Grandpa but in this series he has new grandchildren in tow. He said of the young cast members:
"I think Harvey is brilliant as Josh and Sezen is absolutely delightful as Elsie. They were both a little nervous at the start, but they soon settled in and licked all us adults into shape. They’re both so natural, and keen, so a real pleasure to work with. They really "live" the stories. It's been a fantastic experience for them both working with such an experienced cast and they've learned a lot. »
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7 items from 2014
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