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Gary Lineker, Katie Price for 'Dragons' Den'-style experience

11 October 2013 8:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gary Lineker and Katie Price are to take part in an upcoming Dragons' Den-style experience.

A lineup of celebrities and entrepreneurs will appear at the BBC show's original den venue in South London, where company employees can try to promote their idea or product.

Made in Chelsea's Francis Boulle, Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood and Heston Blumenthal will also feature on the panel.

Former Dragons' Den hopeful and Reggae Reggae Sauce creator Levi Roots, Martha Lane Fox, Celia Sawyer and Michelle Mone are also part of the lineup.

The corporate experience, run by Chilli Sauce, will be recreated to fit the mood of the BBC competition.

The VIP Den of Dragons Experience will take place in November 2013, with prices starting at £350 per person. There is a minimum group size of 20 people, while the room can accommodate up to 120.

"This experience is one of our toughest yet - absolutely terrifying. »

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'Great British Bake Off' Final Four: Who is your favourite?

9 October 2013 1:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's eggs and flour at dawn on the Great British Bake Off. The Final 4 Bakers have been chosen by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. After Christine was given the chop by the judges last night, only the strongest and most fiercely competitive bakers have survived.

We've all seen the dagger eyes across the Bake Off tent and the tension about the prize of Star Baker has become palpable. However, there can only be one winner in two weeks' time. Who will it be?


The most divisive figure on the show, viewers are split into two camps with Ruby. Some people love the youngster's flashes of genius, Gif-able facial expressions and uncanny ability to wing her way to victory.

Others believe that her humbleness is disingenuous and that her eye-fluttering is wooing Paul and Mary into going soft on her. Which side of the fence are you on?

Best Bake: »

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'Great British Bake Off' week 7 review: A suet crisis and creamy horns

2 October 2013 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Heading towards the quarter-finals, the final six bakers began to show their true colours this week. Kimberley was smug and cocksure, Beca displayed a competitive streak and Frances stepped things up about five notches with her French framboise cream horns.

Ruby is still playing the doe-eyed innocent card, but if you believe that it isn't masking a ruthless edge, you've spent too long being wooed by her eye fluttering.

Christine and Glenn still look like they're in the competition for fun and because they genuinely love baking creamy cakes and delicious buns every week. Glenn got booted out last night. Christine will surely be devoured by the competition next if she doesn't bring some steeliness to the kitchen.

Aside from the sly glares and sharpening of bread knives going on in the background, the actual baking was on a different level this week. Not even a devilishly tricky Mary Berry »

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Would you like your vinaigrette shaken or stirred, Mr Bond? | David Mitchell

29 September 2013 2:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

William Boyd's new James Bond novel finds our hero fussing over salad dressing. What do our other favourite fictional characters eat?

There's another James Bond novel out. Its launch has been surrounded by a bit of a fanfare, presumably because the publishers hope and expect it'll be bought, and in some cases read, by thousands of people who haven't got any of the Fleming originals. It'll be snapped up by those looking for a recent bit of Bondanalia, some more up-to-date Bond, rather than all that old Bond from the 50s and 60s, which isn't really relevant to a multi-platform media environment.

The fanfare is also a sign that, as a culture, the British are quite proud of the whole Bond thing. It's become a symbol that we haven't let go of everything about the past that was successful. High street shopping, manufacturing industry, free higher education, affordable railway »

- David Mitchell

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'Great British Bake Off' Top 6: Who are you backing?

26 September 2013 10:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Things are hotting up in the Great British Bake Off tent. We're down to a Final 6 and the prize of being crowned Britain's best amateur baker is up for grabs.

Every one of the bakers has displayed incredible skill and talent at some point in the competition, but as we head into the final rounds, who has the passion, dedication and imagination to take their sweet treats, pastry delights and magnificent pies to the next level?

Ruby is the contestant that everyone is currently talking about. The Daily Mail and co have already become big fans of writing stories about the former model. Presumably, they're already licking their lips about some holiday bikini pictures.

On Twitter and fan forums, the youngest baker in the group is proving slightly more divisive. Are Paul and Mary being overgenerous with their criticism? Were her buns burnt last week? How many times do we »

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Great British Bake Off week 4: Snakes, filo slapping and fruit pies

10 September 2013 2:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It was a week for pimping some pies and tarting up some, erm, tarts as the latest Great British Bake Off took us deep into the worlds of filo, double crusts (mmm, even crustier) and dodgy custards.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry were in a particularly ruthless mood this week as they sniffed out soggy bottoms and laid the smackdown on dodgy filo. And the bakers didn't help themselves either, with many coming apart like a flaky pastry in the custard tarts technical challenge.

Undercooked pastry, raw inedible messes, Awol tarts. It was more like watching a primary school cookery lesson than Bake Off Week 4 at times.

Thankfully, 'Star Baker' Kimberley came to the rescue with some tasty-looking treats to perk up the judges and get our tummies rumbling.

Away from the baking, the nation continues to fall in love with Howard. It was a relatively disaster-free episode for the »

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Great British Bake Off week 3: Trifles, stolen custard and a big twist

3 September 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Week 3 of the Great British Bake Off and it was 'Dessert Week' (isn't it nearly always dessert week?). It pushed one baker to her limit and another one floundered, meaning we were given a dramatic late twist - a double elimination. Duh-duh-duh!

Trifles, petits fours 'Showstoppers' and trickiest of the lot, floating islands of meringues, were on the menu for Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and the increased skill levels required took their toll on a fair few bakers.

From Deborah's mini-meltdown to Howard's constant groaning (Oooooh noooooo!) and from Ruby's anxious gurning to Ali's dodgy giant cardigan, everyone looked slightly uncomfortable with this week's custards, crème anglaise and macaroons.

We even got our first ever 'Bake Off Custard Crime Caper'. Sadly, the pudding theft turned out to be an accident and Deborah pinching Howard's custard was nothing more than an innocent mistake. And even the pilfering of his yellow »

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'Great British Bake Off' week 2: Breadsticks, muffins and octopus loaf

27 August 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gluten-intolerant readers should look away now. It was 'Bread Week' on the Great British Bake Off and we were cooked up majestic muffins, seductive breadsticks and bodacious, beautiful loaves.

Paul Hollywood was back in his element as the remaining 12 bakers tackled his specialist subject, but nearly all of them rose to the challenge and only a few of them have something left to prove. Sorry, we should leave the puns to Mel and Sue.

While on paper, Bread Week may not be as immediately alluring as the chocoholic Cake Week of episode one, the subtleties and complexities of tackling kneading, yeast and getting the perfect dough appeared to be more suited to these occasionally over-ambitious and eager-to-please bakers.

Who left?

Poor old Lucy. We'd grown to love her after only two weeks in the Bake Off tent, but she came a cropper with some baseball bat-style breadsticks, a batch of »

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The Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry hits the big league | Media Monkey

21 August 2013 12:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It's official: Mary Berry has taken her place in the pantheon of top TV cooks. First it was the 'Delia effect', then came the 'Nigella effect'. Now, the Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has whisked up her own phenomenon. The Daily Express reports that sales of bakery goods – including wooden spoons, rolling pins and mixing bowls – shot up ahead of the BBC1 hit's new series on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Berry's co-star, Paul Hollywood, even Bake Off's unlikely popularity does not yet warrant the 'Hollywood effect'.

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'Great British Bake Off' review: Salty cakes & chocolate monsters

20 August 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sponges, squirrel's nuts and salty cakes. The Great British Bake-Off returned this evening (August 20) and it was business as usual with disastrous sponges, choco-mania showstoppers and more innuendo than you get from being stuck in a lift for an afternoon with David Walliams, Kenneth Williams and Alan Carr.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood haven't let the show's phenomenal success alter their mild-mannered approach to reality TV judging. Meanwhile Mel and Sue reminded us again why the recent American version of Bake Off failed massively - because they weren't in it. Offering horrendous puns and shoulders to cry on for the blundering bakers, they're as integral to the series as flour and sugar.

Similarly, this year's bakers remain a delightful mixed bag of quirky types, rather than the usual fame-hungry wannabes we get on reality TV. There's nervous ones, confident ones, ones who are far too good at everything and you »

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Paul Hollywood: Bake Off fans snubbed Food Glorious Food

13 August 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Paul Hollywood says 'Food Glorious Food' failed because fans of 'The Great British Bake Off' are so loyal. The 47-year-old star, who is a judge on the BBC2 competition, noted while the shows had some crossover the actual focus made for a ''big difference'' with Simon Cowell's attempt. He told The Sun newspaper: ''It's tricky when you have an original programme that people have fallen for then you try to do something similar. ''But 'Food Glorious Food' was cooking not baking. That's the big difference. ''When you bake, people might have those ingredients in their cupboards -- yes, they might be four years old »

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How Not to Get Old – TV review

7 August 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Anna Richardson and Louise Redknapp offer a joyless guide to cosmetic surgery and other tricks to keep TV reviewers young

Notice anything different today? I'm talking about the photo, the mugshot of muggins here, at the top of this piece. Well, frankly it was getting embarrassing, the last one was taken in about 1973. I'd meet people for the first time and they'd say "Oh Jesus, what happened?" Or "Is that your son who writes in the Guardian?"

It's not just me. You'd think, looking at Guardian picture bylines, that this place was filled with attractive young columnists, firm of flesh and fresh of mind. Ha! I'm looking at Freedland over there, teeth in a glass on his desk, gumming on a biscuit. And Freeman, bent over, gibbering and dribbling into her keyboard. It's an old trick, not changing a byline photo. I swear to God some people even have Dorian Gray ones. »

- Sam Wollaston

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Hairy Biker signs for Strictly

3 August 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Hairy Bikers' star Dave Myers has signed up for 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 55-year-old TV chef will receive a £25,000 fee for taking part in the BBC contest and is feeling confident about his chances after he and sidekick Simon King overhauled their unhealthy lifestyles to shed weight and get fit. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Dave's transformed himself. He's a lot lighter on his feet and has much more confidence.'' Dave was reportedly approached to take part after 'Great British Bake Off' star Paul Hollywood turned down the show. While Dave is the first celebrity confirmed to be taking part on the »

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Paul Hollywood's Us show set for axe

23 July 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Paul Hollywood's 'American Baking Competition' is set to be axed after failing to pull in viewers. The TV baker's dreams of making it in the Us are crumbling fast as his show only managed to attract 5.8 million viewers at its peak, putting it in jeopardy with network CBS. Paul, 46, has staked a great deal on the programme, and even split from his wife of 15 years, Alexandra, for his co-star Marcela Valladolid. An insider told The Sun newspaper: ''Hollywood's chances of stardom are on the rocks. ''He has not made an impression like [chef] Gordon Ramsay or [reality TV judge] »

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'Homeland' star David Harewood turns down 'Strictly Come Dancing'?

2 July 2013 5:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Homeland star David Harewood has hinted that he turned down the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Harewood revealed on Twitter that he had been approached by a "rather well-known" dancing series, but did not outright name the BBC One show.

I was asked to do a rather well known Saturday evening 'Dancing' show yesterday. I said 'No'. Strictly speaking its not for me.#spandex

David Harewood (@DavidHarewood) July 2, 2013

The 47-year-old is known for playing David Estes, the Deputy Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Centre, in the Showtime series Homeland - which airs on Channel 4 in the UK.

Harewood left the show after two seasons, with the Estes character being killed in a terrorist bombing.

The actor has recently been linked to the lead role in Doctor Who and said that it would be "extraordinary" to replace outgoing star Matt Smith.

"Not to... put too dark a pun on it, »

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The American Baking Competition

5 June 2013 1:22 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: CBS

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: May 29, 2013 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Jeff Foxworthy (host), Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood (judges).

TV show description:

This baking competition series features skilled amateur bakers as they compete in challenges in pursuit of a $250,000 grand prize.

The 10 bakers are chosen from a nationwide search of amateur bakers at local casting bake-offs. Proving the joy of baking's broad appeal, the contestants come from all different backgrounds, having varied lives and jobs. The one thing they all have in common is their desire to turn professional.

Each week, the bakers competing in three unique challenges -- "Signature Bake," "Technical Bake" and "Showstopper Bake." The contestant who out-bakes the rest is that week's "Star Baker," »


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Judah Friedlander: my trucker caps for the stars

31 May 2013 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The 30 Rock star and self-styled World Champion stand-up likes a personalised cap, but what words would he write on celebrity headgear?

1. Tom Cruise All The Right Moves

All The Right Moves was a gooooood movie Tom Cruise did in the 80s. It's a genre the USA doesn't make any more, a drama about blue-collar people trying to get out of the depressed dying town they're in. This was USA movie-making that was sincere before snarkiness took over. I miss those movies. And Cruise is actually good in it.

2. Emma Watson Future Mrs Friedlander

Emma's a good actor and has been writing me 30 love letters a day non-stop for two years.

3. Tina Fey Secret Doughnut Addict

Tina eats very healthy. But I think she's a dessert lover at heart. And she loves a good doughnut.

4. Nick Grimshaw 2 Cool 4 Slogans

I've been told to make up hat slogans for people. Even people whom I don't know. »

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'Great British Sewing Bee': Is sewing the new baking?

3 April 2013 5:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

When you have a surprise TV hit like the Great British Bake Off, you can always expect plenty of spin-offs, rip-offs and dodgy commissions to follow.

So far we've had Simon Cowell nabbing Mary Berry's bunting but none of her charm with ITV's Food Glorious Food and now BBC Two have launched an official sister show to the cookery pop culture phenomenon. It's out with soggy bottoms and cinnamon swirls and in with puckering and scallops, as Claudia Winkleman introduces the nation to the Great British Sewing Bee.

When it was first announced, Sewing Bee sounded utterly ridiculous. What next? The Great British Morris Dance? The Great British Trip to B&Q on a Sunday? The Great British Fish and Chips Takeaway? Actually, that last one doesn't sound too bad. Can I sign up to be the judge?

The beating heart of Great British Bake Off, and central to its incredible success, »

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'American Baking Competition' cast announced

2 April 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

CBS has announced the 10 amateur bakers who will compete on new reality cooking show "The American Baking Competition," which premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS.

Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and judged by chef Marcela Valladolid and baker Paul Hollywood, each week the bakers, chosen from a nationwide search at local bake-offs, will compete in unique challenges -- "Signature Bake," "Technical Bake" and "Showstopper Baker."

The winner will be crowned the best amateur baker and will win $250,000 and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster to publish his or her own cookbook.

Meet the amateur bakers in the video and check them out in our photo gallery.

Name: Whitney Appleton Beery

Age: 21

Current Residence: Lubbock, Texas (Originally from Castle Rock, Colo.)

Occupation: College Student

Baking Specialties: Cupcakes, cakes and scones

Name: James Reddick

Age: 26

Current Residence: Hollywood (Originally from Indianapolis, Ind.)

Occupation: Photographer

Baking Specialties: Pies, cookies »


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Boris Johnson BBC documentary pulls in over 2 million viewers

26 March 2013 6:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Boris Johnson documentary The Irresistible Rise generated a big audience for BBC Two on Monday night (March 25).

An audience of 2.39 million tuned in at 9pm (9.77%) to learn more about the Mayor of London and Conservative politician, overnight data has revealed.

Meanwhile, Paul Hollywood's new cookery show Bread continued to impress with 2.25m (8.7%) at 8.30pm.

On BBC One, Rip Off Britain had 2.38m (9.3%) at 8.30pm, followed by Motorway Cops with 2.67m (10.9%).

ITV's detective drama Broadchurch continues to intrigue a massive audience, pulling in 6.88m (28.1%) at 9pm. A further 308k (1.79%) watched on +1.

Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies had 1.71m (6.9%) at 9pm, while Channel 5 entertained 868k (3.5%) at the same time with Robson's Extreme Fishing Challenge.

ITV2's Ancient Rome-based sitcom Plebs started with a healthy audience of 840k (4.3%) at 10pm.

On Sky1, action drama Arrow continues to impress, with 553k tuning in at 8pm (2.1%). »

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