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Royal Blue! Princess Kate Hosts Dazzling Dinner for Olympic Hopefuls at Kensington Palace

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Princess Kate - and a group of former and hopeful Olympic athletes - lit up Kensington Palace at a landmark dinner on Wednesday evening. Kate, wearing a royal blue dress from Roland Mouret, helped host the glamorous occasion in the King's Gallery of the palace's state apartments to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of her key charities, SportsAid which works to help British athletes overcome financial challenges and give them motivation to succeed during the early stages of their careers. Sports-loving Kate became the royal patron of the charity in 2013. "Some of you may know that I love sport,
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Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? 10 stars of the hit '90s show then and now

"Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions? Do you have the courage of the heroes?

"Do you have the will or the skill? Do you have the strength, the speed the heart to be a winner? Deep down in your Soul?"

These were the fundamental questions posed by ITV's original Gladiators, to both the audience and brave contenders who dared to take part. While this particular writer longed to be Lightning (her backflips were to die for), all the seemingly superhuman powerhouses were forces to reckon with - only occasionally tamed by strict referee John Anderson.

Originally hosted by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson, Gladiators was what Saturday nights in the '90s were made of.

So as Saracen (aka Mike Lewis) returns to our small screens to tackle the Ninja Warrior UK obstacle course, we pick out some of the
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ITV's Gladiators: where are they now?

Have you ever wondered what Jet, Wolf, and the rest of ITV's Gladiators did after the show finished? Wonder no more...

ITV’s Gladiators - the show that for eight years made children everywhere become interested in sports, eating well and keeping fit... for about five minutes on a Saturday night, then we all went back to our natural state of sitting on the settee eating sugar straight from the packet.

What was it that inspired this minor surge of enthusiasm for being buff? That would be the gladiators themselves. Every week, twelve superhuman powerhouses - six men and six women - would intimidate, bully, and otherwise humiliate whichever puny contestants stepped up to try their luck, beating or hindering them in a series of physical skill games. This took place before the big finale – where the contenders would race each other up a downwards escalator, while the gladiators were
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Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities

The lineup for this year's Pointless Celebrities series has been announced by BBC One.

Beginning with an August 9 comedy special, the upcoming series will feature different themes each week.

Four teams of two from the world of music, TV, soaps, sport, food and drink, journalism, radio and theatre will compete for charity in weekly specials to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

The first show pits Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather against Ronni Ancona and Phil Cornwell, Su Pollard and Ruth Madoc, and Josh Widdicombe and his partner Sara Pascoe.

Standout teams from the series include Stefan Dennis and fellow Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou, who will square off against Ray Quinn and Louis Emerick from Brookside.

Antony Costa from Blue will team with 5ive's Scott Robinson in the music special, while TV stars Louie Spence and Carol McGiffin will face off against the likes
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Rewind TV: London 2012 Olympics; Horizon: Mission to Mars; Midwives – review

Medal winners aside, the real stars of the Olympics so far have been the BBC's female commentary team

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It's been something of a fine first week for the women. Starting of course with Mrs Queen, who helped Danny Boyle help a few million British minds to shed cynicism like snow off a dyke; lightly echoed last Tuesday by her own daughter, Anne, who broke with protocol by planting a smiling double kiss after having looped a medal round the welcomingly un-royal vowels of her own daughter Zara. Then Heather and Helen pulled in our first gold, and did so with such a triumphant monstering of the opposition it couldn't have been bettered had their boat been featuring galley drums and flaming cannonballs.

But mainly it's been a fine week for
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London Olympics 2012: will BBC break TV ratings records?

BBC execs will be hoping Danny Boyle's opening ceremony will beat the ratings for the Diamond Jubilee Concert

A glance at the recent history books suggests two things about the BBC's coverage of the Olympics. First, that at least one aspect of its output will be controversial, whether it is inappropriate presenters, inadequate highlights, or a pair of shorts that are just too short.

Second, in ratings terms the BBC's Olympics programming will do to other broadcasters what Usain Bolt tends to do to the other runners in the 100 metres.

This year's Games are likely to be no different, with 2,500 hours of coverage across its various channels (including 24 dedicated Olympics services) and the corporation's critics lined up to seize anything as inappropriate as an 2012-themed sickbag.

The London 2012 Games, it can be reasonably assumed, will be the most popular ever with UK viewers, with BBC schedulers unhindered by the
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Dancing on Ice: why Jason Gardiner should not be fired

People who complain about sharp-tongued talent-show judges are missing the point – the likes of Jason Gardiner and Craig Revel Horwood are paid to be rude to people

Assembling a panel of reality TV show judges involves little more than gluing a handful of archetypes together. You'll need an Authoritative One, a Sexy One, a Gormless One – a Louis Walsh or Bruno Tonioli type whose job it is to squeal and compare people to Luther Vandross – and also, of course, a Nasty One.

The Nasty One is the most vital member of the judging panel. It's their job to sit on the end and cut through all the indiscriminate praise in order to sneer and snort at everyone. Without the Nasty One, most modern reality shows would devolve into a gloopily smug hour of syrupy mutual appreciation. But with the role come risks: they might be the most entertaining aspect of the show,
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Yogi Bear in 3D Gala screening

On this very chilly and irritatingly windy Sunday morning, I went to Vue Cinema for the Gala screening of Yogi Bear (who was there in person with Boo Boo, his furry sidekick) along with a few interesting people… Here are a few interviews with them as they share their thoughts about bringing this big and rather well-known bear to 3D or as close to life as possible!

Here is some ‘Yogi’ talk with Phillipa Forrester:

What do you remember about the original series?

Jellystone Park still makes me laugh today. Is that really sad? That’s the most obvious gag o the whole thing.

Have you ever been anywhere similar?

Well, we went to Jellystone and explored. My husband’s a wildlife cameraman so we spent quite a lot of time there. We’ve seen bears and the whole ecosystem which is incredible. The geysers and the byson and all those things…
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Dancing on Ice is strangely compulsive viewing

The celebrity skate-off always been the poor relation to X Factor and Strictly. But there's something compelling about the shamelessly tacky Dancing on Ice

Dancing on Ice 2011: meet the contestants

Lace up your skates, slather on the Fake Bake and dig out that day-glo lycra with built-in flesh-toned panels, because this weekend Dancing on Ice comes sliding, spinning and salchowing back into the TV schedules. The celebrity skate-off is strangely compulsive – without most of us noticing it has reached its sixth series, pulling in ratings that have reached 12 million. And this year the celebrity-booking team seem to have received a kick up the spangle-clad arse, widening their net beyond the usual Emmer-dames and Holly-blokes.

The 16-strong field – who have already been in intensive training for three months – includes Victoria Cross-decorated Johnson Beharry, leggy newsreading legend Angela Rippon , Craig "Henry from Neighbours" McLachlan and one-hit rap wonder Vanilla Ice,
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'Doi' releases weekly vote results

'Doi' releases weekly vote results
The voting percentages for this year's series of Dancing On Ice have been released. The statistics show that Hayley Tamaddon won the show with 82.9% of the public vote, beating runner-up Gary Lucy who took 17.1%. Tamaddon received the most amount of votes 10 times out of a possible 13. The former Emmerdale actress was also the most popular contestant for three weeks leading up to the final weekend. Mikey Graham was the only hopeful to top the winner in week two and week eight with 32.8% and 35.7% respectively. He was eliminated in the ninth week despite taking 22.9% of the vote. The full breakdown of the results is as follows: Week One: Girls Week Hayley Tamaddon: 34%

Emily Atack: 14.4%

Tana Ramsay: 14.3%

Heather Mills: 12.5%

Danniella Westbrook: 10.9%

Sharron Davies: 6.5%

Sinitta: 7.6% Week Two: Boys Week Mikey Graham: (more)
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'Doi' releases weekly vote results

'Doi' releases weekly vote results
The voting percentages for this year's series of Dancing On Ice have been released. The statistics show that Hayley Tamaddon won the show with 82.9% of the public vote, beating runner-up Gary Lucy who took 17.1%. Tamaddon received the most amount of votes 10 times out of a possible 13. The former Emmerdale actress was also the most popular contestant for three weeks leading up to the final weekend. Mikey Graham was the only hopeful to top the winner in week two and week eight with 32.8% and 35.7% respectively. He was eliminated in the ninth week despite taking 22.9% of the vote. The full breakdown of the results is as follows: Week One: Girls Week Hayley Tamaddon: 34%

Emily Atack: 14.4%

Tana Ramsay: 14.3%

Heather Mills: 12.5%

Danniella Westbrook: 10.9%

Sharron Davies: 6.5%

Sinitta: 7.6% Week Two: Boys Week Mikey Graham: (more)
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Jason Gardiner fears Ice axe

Jason Gardiner fears he will be axed from 'Dancing On Ice'. The outspoken judge admits that although his curt and often controversial comments have been a hit with viewers, he could be cut from the next series of the reality show because he often enraged bosses. Australian-born Jason told The Sun newspaper: ''It hasn't been a very easy year for me. Producers might turn around and say they don't need that kind of heat on a family show.'' During this series, one comment he made to Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies compared her brown costume and routine to ''faecal matter that won't flush'', caused nearly ..
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Gardiner fears 'Dancing On Ice' axe

Jason Gardiner has claimed that he could be axed from Dancing On Ice due to the controversy surrounding his judging style. The choreographer's cutting remarks have angered some fans of the ITV1 show this year, most notably after he compared contestant Sharron Davies to "faecal matter that won't flush" in one live show. Speaking to The Sun, Gardiner admitted: "It hasn't been a very easy year for me. Producers might turn around and say they don't (more)
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Gardiner fears 'Dancing On Ice' axe

Jason Gardiner has claimed that he could be axed from Dancing On Ice due to the controversy surrounding his judging style. The choreographer's cutting remarks have angered some fans of the ITV1 show this year, most notably after he compared contestant Sharron Davies to "faecal matter that won't flush" in one live show. Speaking to The Sun, Gardiner admitted: "It hasn't been a very easy year for me. Producers might turn around and say they don't (more)
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Jason Gardiner: 'I didn't go too far'

Jason Gardiner has claimed that he did not go too far with his controversial comments on this year's Dancing On Ice. The judge was forced to apologise for comparing Sharron Davies to "faecal matter that won't flush" after one skating performance. However, Gardener has now told Closer: "I've taken a lot of flak this year, but I stand by what I say. My job is to criticise their performances. "I've been described as 'too heavy' (more)
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Jason Gardiner dismisses "bully" label

Jason Gardiner has dismissed claims that he is a "bully". The Dancing On Ice judge has caused controversy with his comments this series and sparked hundreds of complaints to Ofcom when he compared contestant Sharron Davies to "faecal matter". "Some contestants take it too seriously and spend all their week thinking about how they can destroy me in the press," he told The People. "I take the criticism with a grain of salt but when contestants start throwing around the over-used term 'bully', I get annoyed. I am not a bully. When celebrities sign up for this kind of thing and put themselves in a competitive scenario where they get criticised and then come back and call me a bully I get mad." Gardiner added: "I was bullied for 15 years of my life in school and it is nothing in comparison to what I am doing on that (more)
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Laila Rouass: 'TV judges go too far'

Laila Rouass: 'TV judges go too far'
Strictly Come Dancing star Laila Rouass has claimed that TV talent show judges need to be "reined in" because their critiques are becoming too personal. The Primeval actress spoke out following the recent row which hit ITV1's Dancing On Ice when panellist Jason Gardiner compared Sharron Davies to "faecal matter" because she was wearing a brown outfit. Speaking to What's On TV, Rouass commented: "I think sometimes they get too personal. It happened to me a couple of times [on (more)
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Karen Barber: 'Gardiner can go too far'

Karen Barber has admitted that Jason Gardiner's criticism on Dancing On Ice can "go a bit too far". Gardiner sparked over 400 complaints to Ofcom earlier in this series after comparing Sharron Davies to "faecal matter", although the regulator later cleared his comments. Speaking to The People, Barber explained that she can find Gardiner's remarks about the contestants "offensive". "I understand criticism, but it shouldn't be too personal," she said. "And it shouldn't be offensive. There's a line and sometimes it gets crossed, especially by Jason. Jason totally believes in what he says and does, and I do too. I guess you could say I feel like the viewer may feel - that things go a bit too (more)
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Atack, Young favourites for 'Doi' exit

Atack, Young favourites for 'Doi' exit
Emily Atack and Danny Young have become the bookmakers' favourites to exit Dancing On Ice this weekend. Young only scored 17 points from the judges last week and has already been in two skate-offs. Inbetweeners actress Atack was in last week's skate-off with Sharron Davies and has always been near the bottom of the scoreboard. Paddy Power have listed ex-Coronation Street (more)
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Sharron Davies blasts Jason

Sharron Davies claims the 'Dancing On Ice' crew avoid Jason Gardiner because he is so nasty. The former Olympic swimmer hit back at the Australian panellist - who branded her a ''rude brat diva'' after she changed the music for her routine on Sunday (21.02.10), blasting his frosty demeanour. Sharron - who lost in the skate-off on Sunday - said: ''He is someone who makes a living being rude to people, he has to live with that. ''But he doesn't mix with anyone off camera, because people have that view of him. ''He doesn't go to the bar and he doesn't talk to ..
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