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Friday’s best TV: Children in Need 2017; Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices

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Pudsey and friends are back to put us through the emotional wringer while soul and jazz singer Porter celebrates the power of the voice

Only the darkest heart could turn a blind eye to Pudsey and his fundraising chums as they take viewers on the annual rollercoaster of emotions. Tess Daly and Ade Adepitan host and Joanna Lumley honours the king of CiN, Terry Wogan. Former Blue Peter presenters including Anthea Turner and Diane-Louise Jordan try their luck at a little Strictly Come Dancing and the cast of EastEnders flex their vocal chords in an Albert Square medley.

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Strictly Come Dancing: week six - as it happened

Relive all the spooky sambas, terrifying tangos and quivery quick-steps – but which dancer had a truly frightful night?

7.58pm GMT

Simon and Karen dance their final dance to Eric Carmen/Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’, and another Strictly week is over. I’ve had all my blog holidays for this year, so I’ll now be at the Strictly helm all the way through until Christmas - thank you all for joining in and being brilliant, have a great week and I’ll see you next Saturday! Hx

7.56pm GMT

All the judges save Mollie and Aj (obvs), so Simon And Karen are going home. Simon thanks Karen for being amazing, and Karen thanks Simon for all the food. Lols.

7.52pm GMT

Mollie and Aj give their devilish Cha-Cha another turn. I had really high hopes for Mollie, but she needs to up her game if she’s going to make it beyond Blackpool,
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Strictly speaking, Tess Daly is doing just fine | Brief letters

White-haired women on TV | Strictly Come Dancing | Scottish spellings | French nouns

It’s not just the sexism and prejudice at the BBC (Why no white-haired women on the BBC?, Letters, 22 August). Many women simply don’t want to see a white-haired woman in the mirror. The reasons for this need investigation; perhaps Susie Orbach could write another book: White Hair Is a Feminist Issue?

Dr Brigid Purcell

Norwich

Peter Bradshaw wishes that Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly is one day “allowed” to “present a show with a man 40 years her junior” (TV’s gender game, 24 August). Has he not noticed that she in fact presents Strictly herself now – together with another woman (Claudia Winkleman)? Or is the idea of women presenting such primetime shows themselves, without being accompanied by a man of any age, just a bit too much for his own gendered perspective to take in? Do keep up,
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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame, gender gap pay

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest
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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame pay

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest
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BBC talent gender pay gap revealed

Women account for just a third of top earners.

Two thirds of the BBC on-screen talent earning more than £150k are men and only one third are women, the BBC Annual Report will reveal later today (reports Broadcast).

In an internal video for BBC staff seen by Broadcast, director general Tony Hall admitted that the disclosure of pay of named individuals, instigated by the BBC’s new charter, has highlighted the need to “go further and go faster” on issues of gender and diversity.

The BBC will tomorrow publish the salaries of on-screen talent paid for directly by the licence fee, who earn more than £150,000.

While those paid via independent producers will not be listed, the salaries of stars working on BBC Studios-produced series such as Strictly Come Dancing duo Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly and Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc will be disclosed in this Annual Report.

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Len Goodman praised as 'the king of Strictly' after final show

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman say Goodman will be ‘a big miss’ as he retires after 12 years on the show

Strictly Come Dancing hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have said that head judge Len Goodman will be a big miss now that he has retired from the show, calling him the king of the programme.

Goodman, 72, bowed out of the BBC1 dance contest with the series finale on Saturday night and his co-stars have paid tribute to his time on the show in a documentary about him due to air next week.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing: farewell Len Goodman, the king of pickled walnuts

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Friday’s best TV: Children in Need, Unreported World, American Horror Story

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Take That and Michael Bublé rattle their tins for Pudsey. Plus: dangerous beauty treatments in South Africa, and season six of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology reaches its bloody climax

Children in Need returns for 2016, with the early shift helmed by Tess Daly, Greg James, Graham Norton and former Paralympian Ade Adepitan, who introduces a kids’ version of Would I Lie to You and announces the winner of the first ever Sir Terry Wogan fundraiser of the year award. Later, switch to BBC2 for music from Michael Bublé, Take That and Ellie Goulding, while the late show on BBC1 sees a comedy dance performance from the cast of Citizen Khan. Ben Arnold

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Strictly Come Dancing: week seven – as it happened

Did Ed Balls live to boogie another week? We followed every step as another couple left the Strictly dancefloor

7.58pm GMT

So that’s it for another Strictly week! We’ve made it past the half way point of the series, and things are starting to hot up on the Strictly dancefloor.

I’m sorry this weekend has been a bit...alternative, but I’m in the liveblog chair every week now until the very end. So that’s pre-Blackpool, Blackpool, post-Blackpool, quarter-finals, semi-finals, Grand Final. Thank you as ever for joining in, have a brilliant week, and I’ll see you at 6.55pm next Saturday!

7.57pm GMT

Laura and Giovanni take to the floor to shaggy-haired 80s crooner Michael Bolton’s ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?’ Think of the lie-ins, Laura.

7.54pm GMT

All the judges vote to keep Ore and Joanne, which means Laura And Giovanni are out of Strictly.
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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special – live!

Happy Christmas, Strictly fans! Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will be in charge today, with three winners – Abbey Clancy, Harry Judd and Tom Chambers – and Lisa Snowdon, Alison Hammond and Cassidy Little strutting their stuff

Evening all, hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas Day. There’s no official liveblog for tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, but we’d still love you to add your usual Strictly wit and wisdom in the comment box below. Enjoy the show – and a very Merry Christmas to all. It’s over to you …

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Karren Brady: I don't want to be a 'TV wannabee'

Tess Daly has hit back at 'Strictly Come Dancing' fix claims. Singer Ola Jordan has claimed that the judges' scores are fixed while Jamelia alleged that fellow contestant Peter Andre's standing ovation was faked but co-host Tess has defended the ''integrity'' of the show. She said: ''I have been at 'Strictly' since Day One. ''I can categorically say that the integrity of everyone who works on that show, from the producers to the judges, is absolutely without question. There is no fix. This is not an issue, it is just an absolute nonsense. ''Every judge is a professional dancer - they
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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week 10 – as it happened

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman watched the seven remaining couples show off their ballroom and Latin routines. Did anyone need to boost their scores with a quickstepathon?

8.00pm GMT

So that’s it for another week! Thank you all for joining in, I’ll be back for next week’s Quarter Finals, which has a musical feem. So that’s nice. Have a brilliant week, and I’ll see you next Saturday! Keeeeep dancing!

7.58pm GMT

So that’s the end of Peter’s Strictly journey! He makes a heartfelt speech and spreads some love around. Obviously he has plenty more to say, but Tess cuts him off and sends them off to do their final dance to Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’. This could be Peter’s anthem for life.

7.55pm GMT

So who will the judges choose? All of them pretend this is really tough decision,
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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week nine – as it happened

Back in Blackpool … Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present live from the Tower Ballroom, where the eight remaining pro-celebrity couples dance for the judges

8.00pm GMT

So that’s it for another Strictly! Only seven couples left now, and any of them could make the grand final in just four weeks’ time, so all getting very exciting. I’ll be back here next week, so please join me then, and feel free to swing by Twitter @heidistephens for a chat in the meantime. Thanks for all your comments as ever, you guys are the best. Have a great week! Hx

7.58pm GMT

Jamelia and Tristan say lovely things about each other, because it’s the Strictly way. I’m sad to see her go, her dancing has come such a long way and she was the better dancer this weekend.

7.57pm GMT

So what will the judges do? Craig saves
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Dermot O'Leary stepping in for Sir Terry Wogan on Children in Need

Dermot O'Leary is to step in for Sir Terry Wogan on 'Children in Need'. The legendary presenter had to pull out of hosting the annual charity extravaganza due to ''health reasons'' but the BBC has now announced the former 'X Factor' host is to take his place. A spokesperson said: ''We are pleased to announce that fellow Irishman and Radio 2 presenter Dermot O'Leary will be stepping into Sir Terry Wogan's shoes for tonight's 'Children in Need' from 7.30pm to 10pm, hosting alongside Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton. The presenting baton will be picked up by Shane Richie on BBC Two at
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Friday’s best TV: Children In Need 2015, Great Continental Railway Journeys, Rod Stewart Live at Hyde Park

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Terry and Tess lead the grand fundraiser, Michael Portillo takes the slow train to Greece and Rod’s in prime form in Hyde Park. Plus: Unreported World investigates Mexico’s child-surrogacy industry, a visit to An Island Parish: Falklands, and to Prince Charles’s alma mater in Gordonstoun: A Different Class

Terry and Tess helm another year of fervent fundraising with the customary cast of celebs pitching in. Radio 1’s Scott Mills attempts to abseil 400 feet down Blackpool Tower. The cast of Call the Midwife compete in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing, with Brucie and Tess Daly reunited for presenting duties. Meanwhile, the cast of EastEnders travel back in time for a vintage Hollywood-style performance, and Harry Hill edits 40 years of TV into four minutes. Ben Arnold

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Lauren Murray leaves X Factor house

Dermot O'Leary is to step in for Sir Terry Wogan on 'Children in Need'. The legendary presenter had to pull out of hosting the annual charity extravaganza due to ''health reasons'' but the BBC has now announced the former 'X Factor' host is to take his place. A spokesperson said: ''We are pleased to announce that fellow Irishman and Radio 2 presenter Dermot O'Leary will be stepping into Sir Terry Wogan's shoes for tonight's 'Children in Need' from 7.30pm to 10pm, hosting alongside Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton. The presenting baton will be picked up by Shane Richie on BBC Two at
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The X Factor 2015: the results show – as it happened

Simon Cowell had the ‘overs’, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini the groups, Nick Grimshaw the boys, and Rita Ora the girls – but which of the 12 finalists impressed the crowd in the first of this year’s live shows?

8.58pm GMT

And that’s that. Goodbye to Alien Uncovered - I didn’t get to know you as well as I’d liked, but I’m sure neither of us will lose that much sleep about it. I’ll be back here on Saturday to do this all over again. Will you join me? I won’t hate you if you won’t promise. Bye.

@StuHeritage

8.57pm GMT

Cheryl just called Alien Uncovered fresh and hot. I think she might have mistaken them for a delicious bagel.

8.56pm GMT

Either way, Alien Uncovered are Out. This means more people will vote for 4th Impact, right? And they’ll win, right? Good.

8.56pm GMT

Ooh,
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Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3Po, Warwick Davis, The Stig and Lord Sugar team for a mighty Children in Need sketch

Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3Po, Warwick Davis, The Stig and Lord Sugar team for a mighty Children in Need sketch
In what could be the mightiest Children in Need sketch of all time, a few special guests are joining forces for an amazing Star Wars-inspired skit.

Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3Po will be joined by Harry Potter star Warwick Davis to find someone to trigger the first BBC Children in Need totaliser of the night.

The three of them will be fighting off some of their famous friends such as The Stig and Lord Sugar, who all want the job.

Terry Wogan will be back on hosting duties on the night, alongside Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw.

Children in Need will also see Sir Bruce Forsyth return to host a Call the Midwife special of Strictly Come Dancing and Harry Hill present a one-off comedy special.

Musical performances on the night will come from Ellie Goulding, Years & Years, Rod Stewart and Selena Gomez.
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Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3Po, Warwick Davis, The Stig and Lord Sugar team for a mighty Children in Need sketch

In what could be the mightiest Children in Need sketch of all time, a few special guests are joining forces for an amazing Star Wars-inspired skit.

Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3Po will be joined by Harry Potter star Warwick Davis to find someone to trigger the first BBC Children in Need totaliser of the night.

The three of them will be fighting off some of their famous friends such as The Stig and Lord Sugar, who all want the job.

Terry Wogan will be back on hosting duties on the night, alongside Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw.

Children in Need will also see Sir Bruce Forsyth return to host a Call the Midwife special of Strictly Come Dancing and Harry Hill present a one-off comedy special.

Musical performances on the night will come from Ellie Goulding, Years & Years, Rod Stewart and Selena Gomez.
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Scott Mills to defy gravity as he aims to abseil Blackpool Tower for BBC Children in Need

Scott Mills got more than he bargained for on his Radio 1 show today (October 26).

None other than Sir Terry Wogan phoned in to challenge the DJ to abseil down Blackpool Tower for BBC Children in Need.

Mills will be joined by Royal Marines for the 400ft abseil.

"I would say I'm really excited to be part of Children in Need this year, but to be honest, I am ridiculously nervous about what I am taking on," Mills noted.

"If facing my fear and abseiling the Blackpool Tower inspires even just one person to donate then it will be absolutely worth it... especially when I get to the ground!"

Viewers will see if Mills can conquer his fear of heights during the Children in Need show on November 13.

Wogan will be hosting this year's broadcast alongside Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw.

It will see Sir Bruce Forsyth
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