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Come Dine With Me: falling into its inescapable trap

Elizabeth Donoghue Sep 21, 2016

Unrivalled in its ability to showcase the worst of people, Channel 4's Come Dine With Me sucks viewers into an ineludible abyss...

Dinner parties are rubbish, they're just dinner with added pressure. Why add pressure to dinner? It’s probably the best meal of the day. Come Dine With Me dinner parties on the other hand, are amazing. Intrigue! Underhand tactics! People riffling through strangers’ bedroom drawers! They've got it all.

For those who don’t know, Channel 4's Come Dine With Me entails people from the same area each putting on a dinner party on consecutive nights in the hope of winning £1000. They all score each other out of ten and with any luck, someone kicks off.

There is something wonderful about watching a group of people who have been thrust together in such an unusual situation – who will make the most disastrous dish?
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Danger Mouse: revamped show renewed for second series

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Cbbc has ordered another pile of Danger Mouse episodes, with Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon set to return...

Cbbc’s Danger Mouse revamp has been renewed for a second series. You’d expect the show’s impressive voice cast – including Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Dave Lamb, Stephen Fry and Lena Headey – to assemble once again.

Alexander Armstrong is definitely coming back, and he had this to say about the renewal:

“I have had enormous fun playing Danger Mouse, whose style, bravery and wit I greatly admire. I am almost unbearably excited about what new magnificent missions and terrifying situations the writing team will come up with for Danger Mouse and Penfold in series two!”

Penfold himself, Mr Kevin Eldon, added this:

“It’s a funny old world. You get no series of Danger Mouse for 23 years and then two come along at once. All right, there’s been 18 months between them,
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Trailer for Netflix’s Danger Mouse Animated Series

"No threat is too small, no evil too great for this secret agent mouse and his sidekick! Villains: You've been warned.”

Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming animated action series, Danger Mouse. This is a remake of the original cartoon that aired in the UK from 1981 to 1992. I remember watching a few episodes of that show, but I was more into Mighty Mouse since that’s what was airing in the Us when I was growing up. The new Danger Mouse series updates the world’s greatest super spy rodent for the 21st century, and it looks like a lot of fun.

The world’s greatest secret agent, Danger Mouse, returns in dashing, globe-spanning style with a new animated series that features all the classic characters, catchphrases and comedy that made it an 80’s cult favorite. With the world once more teetering on the edge of disaster,
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Come Dine With Me: Champion Of Champions – easy on the Zinfandel

Narrator Dave Lamb comes out of the voiceover booth to judge a show that’s less about getting guests drunk and more about, you know, cooking

Earlier this month, a piece of history was made. For the first time in its 11-year run, Come Dine With Me featured a competitor who, cracking under the strain, chucked his guests out of his home after finding he’d lost the competition. It’s a glorious achievement for Peter from Milton Keynes, who will also be forever remembered for being part of the finest piece of daytime television ever broadcast, a show that condenses competitive entitlement and aspirational anxiety into a 30-minute comedy of manners which delights all senses (at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, anyway). But despite Peter’s heroic action – striking back for all the other losers who grin and bear it as a victor chucks a salver full of £20 notes
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Danger Mouse episode 1 review: Danger Mouse Begins... Again!

Danger Mouse is back! This slick, self-aware, modern revival boasts plenty of action and jokes...

It’s been over a year since the BBC announced it was remaking Danger Mouse, a show which has a special place in the hearts of a generation of children. Understandably, there’ve been nerves; can Danger Mouse thrive without David Jason and Terry Scott? Will the new team stick with what made the show great in the first place? Is there a place for Danger Mouse on television today? Will this ruin childhoods?

Based on the first episode of the revived series, the answer to all of those questions is tentatively ‘yes’. Except that last one; as we’ve said before on this site, even the worst remake can’t have any genuine impact on your childhood. And, happily, Danger Mouse is far from being the worst remake.

Fans of the old show will
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Danger Mouse sneak peek video shows new-look characters: Is he still the strongest, the quickest, the best?

Get a sneak peek at the new Danger Mouse revival with this video of the new voice actors.

The clip shows stars Alexander Armstrong (Danger Mouse) and Kevin Eldon (Ernest Penfold) bringing their characters to life in the booth and on screen.

We also get a look at Stephen Fry as Colonel K, Shauna Macdonald as Professor Squawkencluck and Come Dine with Me's Dave Lamb as the Narrator.

Game of Thrones' Lena Headey stars as Jeopardy Mouse and Armstrong's Pointless co-star Richard Osman voices Professor Jelly.

The show will also star Ed Gaughan as the villainous Baron Greenback, Facejacker's Kayvan Novak and The It Crowd's Richard Ayoade.

A James Bond-themed trailer for the show premiered earlier this month.

The new series of Danger Mouse will start on September 28, the 34th anniversary of the premiere of the original series. Watch a promo below:
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Come Dine with Me to crown its Champion of Champions

Channel 4 is bringing Come Dine with Me to our screens in a whole new format, as it commissions an 'ultimate' version of the flagship series.

Produced by Shiver productions for Channel 4 Daytime, the 20-episode, 60-minute show will feature former winners competing against each other for the title of 'champion of champions'.

In keeping with Come Dine with Me tradition, the contestants will rate one another's efforts after each evening's dinner party.

However, in a new twist, the host will also be judged by an extra-critical mystery guest.

After four days of heats held in a country manor house, each day's winner will return to battle for that week's overall crown.

Long-time narrator Dave Lamb will present the show for the first time in the series, stepping in front of the camera to provide his trademark sarcastic commentary.

"Come Dine with Me has produced some unforgettable moments," Channel 4
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Daniel Radcliffe would do Strictly Come Dancing to make his mum and dad proud

Daniel Radcliffe showed his glam side after revealing that he'd choose to go on Strictly Come Dancing over any other reality show - but only to make his mum and dad proud.

Sadly for Strictly fans though, while the Harry Potter actor showed a fondness for the show, he made it clear he won't be heading to the ballroom anytime soon.

When asked which reality show he'd choose to go on, Radcliffe told Radio Times: "I guess Strictly, because at least my mum and dad would be proud."

He quickly added: "But it's not an option!"

Speaking about other TV, the 26-year-old went on to say: "The show I miss when I'm away, weirdly, is Come Dine with Me.

"I watch a lot of it. It's all down to the voiceover guy, Dave Lamb. Other versions in different countries just aren't as good."

Elsewhere, Radcliffe stars in television film The Gamechangers,
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Danger Mouse takes aim at James Bond in a trailer for the new reboot

Danger Mouse gives James Bond a run for his money in a brand new trailer for Cbbc's reboot of the classic show.

Danger Mouse (Alexander Armstrong) and his loyal sidekick Penfold (Kevin Eldon) are out to save the world in the clip, which looks forward to the return of the show later this month.

Joining Armstrong and Eldon on the show will be Stephen Fry and Richard Osman, who play chinchilla Colonel K and mastermind Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz respectively.

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and comedian John Oliver also joined the project back in July.

Appearing as well are Ed Gaughan, who will play the villainous Baron Greenback, FaceJacker's Kayvan Novak, Come Dine with Me's Dave Lamb, Shauna MacDonald and Morwenna Banks.

The new series of Danger Mouse will premiere on September 28, which represents the 34th anniversary of the original Danger Mouse premiere.
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John Oliver, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Lena Headey Join ‘Danger Mouse’

John Oliver, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Lena Headey Join ‘Danger Mouse’
London — Satirical presenter and talk-show host John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”) and “Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey are set to join the voice-cast of the BBC’s revamped animated series “Danger Mouse.”

Oliver will take the part of mad scientist wolf Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III, while Headey will be the voice of U.S. Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse. “Danger Mouse” will air on the BBC’s kids’ channel Cbbc in the fall.

Oliver said: “I’ve loved ‘Danger Mouse’ my whole life. ‘Danger Mouse’ was a significant part of my childhood. So to get a chance to do it is like getting a chance to step into your childhood, which is both a magical and a potentially hazardous thing.”

Headey said: “I wanted to do it (‘Danger Mouse’) because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now, and it’s just a treat
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Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and John Oliver join Cbbc's Danger Mouse

Lena Headey and John Oliver are joining the vocal cast of Cbbc's Danger Mouse.

It was announced during a Danger Mouse panel at Comic-Con this weekend that the Game of Thrones star and the Last Week Tonight host are joining the show's second series.

Headey will play Us Secret Agent Jeopardy Mouse, while Oliver will play the mad wolf scientist Dr Augustus P Crumhorn III.

Headey said: "I wanted to do it [Danger Mouse] because it was pure nostalgia for me.

"I have children now and it's just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come along once in while are not to be missed."

Oliver added: "I've loved Danger Mouse my whole life. Danger Mouse was a significant part of my childhood.

"So to get a chance to do it is like getting
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Goodness Gracious Me to return for another special

Goodness Gracious Me will return for another special.

The sketch comedy show originally ran from 1996 to 1998 on BBC Radio 4 before a TV stint on BBC Two from 1998 to 2001.

Last year saw a one-off special as part of BBC Two's 50th anniversary special.

The BBC has now announced that Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Nina Wadia and Dave Lamb will return for another recording on March 7 at BBC Elstree Studios.

"After their successful reunion in 2014 the original cast from the award winning sketch show returns for another one-off special of the ground-breaking British Asian sketch show featuring some new characters and old favourites," said the broadcaster.

Yes tweeps. Another 1 off #GoodnessGraciousMe Scripts being written,filming March, broadcast later this year #kissmychuddies #timewarp #Ggm

Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) February 12, 2015Fans can apply for a maximum of two tickets before Thursday, February 19 at 4pm.

Bhaskar confirmed on Twitter that scripts are currently
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Stephen Fry and Richard Osman join cast of Danger Mouse

Stephen Fry and Richard Osman have joined the cast of Cbbc's forthcoming version of Danger Mouse.

Osman will team up with his Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong on the show.

Fry will provide the voice of chinchilla Colonel K, while Osman will play mastermind Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz.

It was announced in September that Armstrong would voice the lead character on the revamp of the classic animation.

Also joining the cast are Ed Gaughan and FaceJacker's Kayvan Novak.

Osman said: "As a lifelong fan of the show and a slightly more recent fan of Alexander Armstrong I could not be more delighted to be playing my own small part in this incredible new version of Danger Mouse."

Already confirmed cast members include comedian and actor Kevin Eldon, Come Dine With Me's Dave Lamb, Shauna MacDonald and Morwenna Banks.
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Alexander Armstrong To Voice "Danger Mouse"

Comedian Alexander Armstrong is set to voice Danger Mouse in the revamped version of the classic 1980s cartoon. The new take will air on British kids TV network Cbbc.

Armstrong will be joined by comedian Kevin Eldon as Danger Mouse's assistant Penfold, and Dave Lamb from "Come Dine With Me" will narrate the series.

Also onboard are Shauna MacDonald as Professor Squawkencluck, and Morwenna Banks in a variety of roles across the series. The revamp will air in 2015.

Source: Digital Spy
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Frankie Boyle, Matt Berry in new BBC iPlayer Comedy Shorts - first look

Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are among the stars involved in the BBC's upcoming iPlayer Comedy Shorts.

Reece Shearsmith, Morgana Robinson, Meera Syal and Micky Flanagan will also feature in a number of original one-off shows, to go live from June 1 on iPlayer.

Matt Berry will star in The Lone Wolf, an alternative nature documentary in which he follows wild wolves as they try to hunt a herd of elk.

Bob Mortimer will team up with Frankie Boyle on their Cookery Show special.

Boyle will show the Shooting Stars comic his recipe for Lancashire Hot Pot, but soon meets trouble when the show isn't quite fun or educational enough for the audience.

Shearsmith will star opposite Sally Phillips in the 1930s-set The Case of the High Foot.

Set in Austria, Hilda Stolf (Phillips) visits her doctor (Shearsmith) after suffering from a strange case of 'high foot'.

Foxageddon will star Flanagan and Kerry Goldsmith,
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Dave Lamb, Lead Singer of Folk Duo Brown Bird, Dead at 35

  • The Wrap
Dave Lamb, a guitarist and songwriter, who performed in the folk duo Brown Bird with his wife MorganEve Swain, died Saturday in Providence, R.I. He was 35. “This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave's body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse,” Swain wrote on the band's Facebook page. “Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.” Also read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) Lamb started Brown Bird in 2003 as a solo artist in Seattle. He met Swain in 2008 and...
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Us 'Come Dine With Me' to begin airing in December

Channel 4's Come Dine With Me is to begin airing a Us version next month.

An American edition of the show will be broadcast on the Lifetime network from December 5.

In an identical format to its British predecessor, four contestants will take it in turns to host a dinner party and cook a four-course meal for the rest of the group.

At the end of each night, the guests will mark the host out of ten based on menu difficulty, execution and entertainment.

After all four contestants have cooked and been ranked by their opponents, the winner will be awarded with a cash prize.

The first group of contestants include a host who cooks their entire menu using a toaster, microwave and hotplate.

The show will also feature a snarky male narrator, in place of UK voiceover Dave Lamb.

Come Dine With Me premieres on Lifetime on December 5 at 10pm Et.
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Ross Noble's favourite TV

The geordie surrealist on his favourite telly flights of fancy

Unmissable show?

Breaking Bad and Arrested Development. The whole Netflix thing is really exciting. This is the way telly usually works. Someone goes: "We want to make a TV show with you. What do you want to make?" And I go: "I want to make this." And they go: "Great, but could you do a chat show, or make it a panel show?" But what's been brilliant about Dave, and also Netflix and similar, is that somebody goes: "How can we help you make something that is genuinely new and exciting?" If you look at Ricky Gervais, he's writing, producing, directing his own shows. Louis Ck's another example. I think that's the future. We're cottoning on to the idea of having a showrunner. That's not to say that you can go off and have an episode that's two hours of just a vase!
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Sinead Keenan's favourite TV

The Being Human and London Irish star lets us in on her telly top trumps

Box set?

I come late to every party there is. I've only just seen Homeland, which I managed to consume in about 24 hours. Modern Family is a hoot. I'm on episode three of the first series of The Killing. I'm a little bit behind everyone else, but I get there in the end.

Bottom of the DVR?

This is a really bad one: Breaking Bad. By the time I get round to it, it'll probably be in two years' time, and something else will be fabulous and new, which I should be watching instead.

Bring back…

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. They cancelled it before it won a rake of Emmys. Any Aaron Sorkin, really. I am a devil for The West Wing. I will go to sleep with it, not even watch it,
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Is Brendan's Magical Mystery Tour the new Come Dine with Me?

The jolly host of Coach Trip has been upgraded to a new series – and it could be a must-see teatime TV contender

Come Dine With Me is on the decline. Its time in the sun was spectacular and well-deserved, but that moment has passed. It now exists as a mere shadow of itself: an annoying ubiquitous combination of transparently awful guests, Dave Lamb yipping and yelping like a stunned seal and the inescapable sensation that the whole thing is just spinning its wheels until Channel 4 can find a suitable replacement.

The portents are not good. So far, none of Channel 4's would-be Come Dine With Me successors have really captured the public imagination. Four in a Bed is too cosy. Come Date With Me was a shameless attempt to rip off Dinner Date, which in turn was a shameless attempt to rip off Come Dine With Me. Coach Trip showed promise,
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