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When good TV goes bad: how Bo’ Selecta! became proper boring

Leigh Francis’s mix of relentless toilet humour and surreal celebrity satire made his twisted freakshow unmissable – until he let the slebs in on the joke

The component parts never made a lick of sense: a popular UK garage artist, a 1960s Ken Loach film, congenital incontinence, a deranged neckbeard who stalks celebrities. Yet for two years, beginning in 2002, Bo’ Selecta! was Friday night’s unmissable twisted freakshow, a riotous riff on fame that appalled as many as it thrilled.

Leigh Francis’s warped take on celebrity culture featured him in a series of sketches, wearing a series of unconvincing latex masks, playing a series of celebrities. Rory Bremner it was not. Francis’s grotesques were impressionistic impressions that barely looked like, and sounded nothing like, their targets. UK garage phenom Craig David was now a blunt Yorkshireman with a urostomy bag and a plastic falcon, Michael Jackson was a
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Fearne Cotton webchat – your questions answered on Keith Lemon, Teletubbies and the future of radio

The presenter and writer spilled the beans on anger management, meeting the Royals and what she really thought of the ropiest Live Lounge performances

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Thank you so much for the really interesting, thought-provoking and cool questions. I hope you all have a cracking Thursday afternoon in the pissing rain. And good luck all kids who started school this week. Bye!

2.06pm BST

PimpmasterFlex 3d asks:

Do you think Strictly is losing its mojo?

No. It's terribly sad that Bruce died and there will be a different feel to it this series because he passed away. But my god I think Claudia and Tess are the most brilliant duo. I think they're great together. This is the great thing about TV - there's room for moving dramas and move for simply feelgood entertainment where there's no agenda and it's just people wearing beautiful outfits and doing sometimes beautiful dance routines.
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Spencer Pratt Puts the Ass In Asphyxiation, Chokes Out Comic

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[[tmz:video id="0_7kzj1bsr"]] Spencer Pratt went on the attack Tuesday night, putting a famous British comedian in what looks like a vicious head lock. Spencer was goofing, we assume, just outside the Ivy in the bougie part of L.A. where Keith Lemon was begging for mercy. It's a little weird ... 2 grown dudes rolling around in the grass, clearly for the cameras. Soon-to-be-father Spencer -- courtesy of Heidi -- sure looks like he's applying pressure. And, Spencer's death stares are definitely WWE worthy.
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Interview: Author Paul Davis on Celebrating 30 Years of The Lost Boys in His New Retrospective Book Lost In The Shadows

The first time I ever met Paul Davis was at a HorrorHound convention back in 2007. He was there presenting some footage from his amazing documentary, Beware The Moon, a celebration of all things An American Werewolf in London. His passion and enthusiasm for John Landis’ film, as well as for the horror genre as a whole, immediately struck me, and I’ve been following his career in the realms of filmmaking and writing ever since.

His latest literary endeavor, Lost in the Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, is currently available for pre-order Here, and arrives just in time for the 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher’s landmark horror comedy. Daily Dead recently caught up with Davis to hear more about how Lost in the Shadows came together, his progression from werewolves to vampires, his experiences catching up with the cast and crew of The Lost Boys, and more.
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Jonathan Cheban Doesn't Believe Kardashian Butt Enhancement Rumors: 'They Look Real to Me!'

Jonathan Cheban Doesn't Believe Kardashian Butt Enhancement Rumors: 'They Look Real to Me!'
Jonathon Cheban is setting the record straight.

Kim Kardashian's close pal stopped by Celebrity Juice on Thursday, where he addressed a major plastic surgery rumor regarding the Kardashian sisters.

Related: Kim Kardashian Denies Wearing Butt Pads, Explains Recent Pics: 'Everyone Has Seen My Naked Butt'

When asked if the famous sisters have "enhanced" their infamously curvy bottoms in any way, Cheban was quick to shut down the rumor.

"I mean, I don’t believe so," he told host Keith Lemon. "I don't believe the speculation. They look real to me."

Read: Khloe Kardashian's Butt Gives Kim a Run for Her Money

While the Kardashian's have been open about botox and lip fillers, they mostly laugh off the butt rumors.

"Once you start getting in the tabloids claiming you have fake body parts, then it's like, 'Okay, I made it. Now I'm really working out," Khloe explained to Redbook magazine in 2015. "Kourtney said yesterday, 'I got so
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French & Saunders: watch their best movie spoofs here

Simon Brew Louisa Mellor Nov 25, 2016

As Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness announce their own TV show of movie spoofs, we celebrate the work of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

The news today that Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness are joining forces for a new primetime ITV series of movie spoofs has, well, not been particularly well received (we're sticking vehemently to our rule of not judging something until we've seen it. Even on a project like, say, this one). Their new show, The Keith And Paddy Picture Show, will arrive on Saturday nights at some point in 2017. But the pair will have a high bar to aim for.

For it can’t just be us that holds in high regard the exemplary movie parody sketches of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. The pair gradually began to get higher and higher budgets from the BBC to make their spoofs and parodies
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Keith Lemon, Paddy McGuinness to launch new movie parody show

Simon Brew Nov 25, 2016

Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness - with a few celebrities - will be spoofing some of their favourite films for ITV...

ITV has commissioned a brand new series, where Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness pay tribute to some of their favourite movies.

The programme, which goes by the name of The Keith And Paddy Picture Show, will run for five half hour episodes, and it’s billed as “an affectionate and humorous tribute to some of Keith and Paddy's favourite movies of all time”. The idea is that in each episode, the pair will recreate a famous film, with the help of a celebrity cast.

You’ll get to see not only the finished recreation, but also behind the scenes material as Lemon and McGuinness try and pull each film spoof together.

The Keith And Paddy Picture Show is being earmarked for a Saturday night slot at
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Tuesday’s best TV: National Treasure; Alex Jones: Fertility and Me; Bricks!

  • The Guardian - TV News
A timely drama follows Robbie Coltrane as a beloved old-guard comedian accused of rape; Alex Jones ponders motherhood at 38. Plus, how the ‘but is it art?’ debate was born in the 70s

Si and Dave enjoy an interesting double life as both the stars of their fairly pedestrian cooking/lifestyle shows, and the subject of endless parodies by Leigh Francis and John Thomson. If only they were as exciting as their sweary counterparts on Celebrity Juice: in this not-misleadingly titled series, they attempt recipes based solely on poultry. Could a trip to cook lemon tagine with rebel Berbers in north Morocco spice things up at all? John Robinson

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Saturday's best TV: All Together Now - The Great Orchestra Challenge; Newzoids

  • The Guardian - TV News
The nation’s best amateur orchestra is unveiled, and Newzoids pokes fun at ITV favourites including Keith Lemon

8pm, BBC2

Katie Derham presents the finale of the show in which amateur orchestras compete for a place to perform at the Proms in Hyde Park. As much as this is a celebration of music, under the gaze of judge Paul Daniel and the personable mentoring of Chi-chi Nwanoku the show does best with characters discovered within the ranks of musicians. How will they balance their commitments and their personal lives as the pressure mounts? John Robinson

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez,
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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List
London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the
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Mark Rylance, ‘Wolf Hall’ Win BAFTA TV Awards

Mark Rylance, ‘Wolf Hall’ Win BAFTA TV Awards
Oscar winner Mark Rylance won another award at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards on Sunday, where he was named the best actor in a dramatic television series for “Wolf Hall.” “Wolf Hall” was also named the best drama series, “Peter Kay’s Car Share” won for scripted comedy series and “This Is England ’90” won for best miniseries. Acting awards went to Rylance, Suranne Jones for “Doctor Foster,” Tom Courtenay for “Unforgotten,” Chanel Cresswell for “This is England ’90,” Peter Kay for “Peter Kay’s Car Share,” Michaela Coel for “Chewing Gum”and Leigh Francis for “Celebrity Juice.” “Wolf Hall” went into.
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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones,
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This week in TV: The Mad World of Donald Trump; The Good Wife; The Real Marigold Hotel; James May’s Cars of the People

A profile of Donald Trump revealed the inconceivable – he’s worse than imagined. And make the most of The Good Wife

The Mad World of Donald Trump | C4

The Good Wife | More 4

The Real Marigold Hotel | BBC2

James May’s Cars of the People | BBC2

It is possible I’m not alone among Observer readers in not being Donald John Trump’s most avid fan. Leaving aside the resentment at his daring to share a first name with my dear brother, he can generally be relied upon to fill any competitive slot, even with late entries from Keith Lemon and the Alans Titchmarsh and Sugar, for worst sight of last or any other week.

As the first post-Nuremberg historians surely sighed about Adolf Hitler, the more you learn, the less there is to love

Darts star Bobby George looked as if he could and might just eat Wayne Sleep for breakfast

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The underrated film acting performances of 2015

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Rosario Dawson, Hugh Jackman and Blake Lively lead our look at 2015's best under the radar acting performances in film...

This article contains mild spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. We've kept these as vague as possible, but if you haven't seen the film yet, you might wish to skip the entry pertaining to that.

2015 was a particularly exemplary year for all kinds of movies, but particularly in genre and blockbuster cinema. When there's so much to talk about, it's inevitable that some of the really good stuff gets lost in the mix of awards season chatter, but that's especially true when there's still some residual stigma about movies outside of the 'worthy' release schedule that will arrive in UK cinemas between now and the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

There are a couple of likely breakthrough geek movies for this year's Oscars, in the
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9 Times Danny Dyer Was The Funniest Man Alive

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Danny Dyer is an actor, a TV presenter, a football chairman, and a right propa nawty geezer of the very highest order.

One thing he is definitely not though is a comedian. But despite this, he remains one the UK’s foremost comedy geniuses working today, with a string of legendary yet accidental comic performances behind him.

His brand of humour is not observational like Ricky Gervais, caustic like Stewart Lee or blue like Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown.

Rather it’s that subtle, deep-seated, fully fleshed-out type of character comedy that the likes of Keith Lemon and Tim Westwood have been doing for years. In fact, in Danny Dyer’s case, it’s so deep-seated that he himself might not be aware it’s happening.

It’s exactly his ability to keep such a straight face when faced with ludicrous situations that makes so much of what he does inadvertently hilarious.
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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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Little Mix show off their amazing Halloween costumes on Celebrity Juice

Halloween is just days away, and Little Mix have been celebrating the holiday by dressing up in some pretty spooky costumes.

The group posed with Celebrity Juice guests Adam Lambert and Johnny Vegas, ahead of tonight's Halloween special.

Jade Thirlwell looked elegant as the Black Swan ballerina, while Perrie Edwards dressed as a cheetah.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock appeared as a skeleton and Jesy Nelson was a vampire.

Little Mix were originally named after an everlasting orgasm

It wasn't just Little Mix that got in the Halloween spirit though, as Holly Willoughby made for a frightening zombie Alice In Wonderland, and Gino D'Acampo dressed as Zorro.

UK Mixers! Tune in to @CelebJuice tonight @ 10pm to watch us get our scare on! Leigh x pic.twitter.com/wdEEV1cN9I

Little Mix (@LittleMix) October 28, 2015

Hooray! Little Mix will be performing on The X Factor this weekend

Vegas and Lambert also dressed up, appearing
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UK TV ratings: The Apprentice gains back 500,000 viewers for Sugar's third firing

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Apprentice climbed back to over 6 million viewers on BBC One last night to witness Lord Alan Sugar's third brutal firing.

The show gained back around 500,000 viewers from last week to an average overnight audience of 6.07m (27.5%) at 9pm. Earlier, Diy Sos also proved popular with 5.71m (27.0%) at 8pm.

On Back to the Future Day, 1.05m (5.2%) people tuned in to watch Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to 2015 at 6.45pm on ITV2 (369k/1.7% on +1), followed by Keith Lemon's celebration special with 919k (4.5%) at 9pm (254k/2.0%).

BBC Two's Building Cars Live brought in 1.41m (6.7%) at 7.30pm, followed by The Apprentice: You're Fired! with 1.72m (10.1%) at 10pm.

On ITV, All-Star Mr & Mrs entertained 2.65m (12.5%) at 8pm (108k/0.5%), while Land of the Midnight Sun attracted 2.28m (10.3%) at 9pm.

Channel 4's Grand Designs interested 1.74m (7.9%) at 9pm (239k/1.6%). In the same timeslot,
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Back to the Future Day October 21, 2015: A definitive guide to hoverboards, Chicago Cubs and Jaws 19

Back to the Future Day October 21, 2015: A definitive guide to hoverboards, Chicago Cubs and Jaws 19
"We're descending toward Hill Valley, California, at 4:29 pm, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015."

Great Scott, the future has finally arrived! The above date is burned into the minds of Back to the Future fans as the day Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to in the screen classic's 1989 sequel.

Hoverboards and flying cars may not be in widespread use, but there's still plenty of Bttf goodies for fans to get their teeth into today. From a Jaws 19 trailer to a Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunion, consider this your hub for all things 21/10/2015-related - and make sure to keep coming back as we'll update with the latest news, clips and virals as they arrive.

Bttf: 5 things it got right and 5 it got wrong about 2015

Hoverboards, flying cars, hydrating pizzas… Back to the Future 2 made some wild predictions about 2015. But which ones were on the money and which were way off the mark?
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