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17 items from 2015


UK TV ratings: Britain's Got Talent continues to dominate with 7.8m for ITV

8 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Britain's Got Talent continued to dominate the ratings on Tuesday (May 26), but around 750,000 viewers tuned out night-on-night for the second semi-final on ITV.

The second live show of the 2015 series brought in 7.79m (36.8%) between 7.30pm and 9pm, while a further 393,000 (1.8%) watched on +1. Monday's first semi-final attracted an overnight audience of 8.56m for the live performances.

Later, the live results were seen by 6.57m (31.1%) at 9.30pm (289k/2.1%).

BBC One's Crimewatch averaged 2.79m (13.2%) at 9pm, while Gary Lineker on the Road to Fa Cup Glory entertained 1.56m (15.8%) at 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, A Cook Abroad continued with 790k (4.3%) at 7pm, before Springwatch interested 1.89m (8.6%) at 8pm, and Joan of Arc: God's Warrior fascinated 1.32m (6.2%) at 9pm.

Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It continued to prove popular with Channel 4 viewers, with 1.18m (5.4%) at 8pm (234k/1.1%). No Offence followed with 1.07m »

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Tuesday’s best TV

25 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The women detectives continue to steal the show in No Offence, Muse go for all-out destruction on Jools Holland and Gary Lineker welcomes the Fa Cup back to the Beeb. Plus the incredible history of Joan of Arc and the best live sport

We’re at the halfway point in Paul Abbott’s smart cop drama and tonight the Friday Street law enforcers are on the trail of a gang conning the hard-up into selling their kidneys on the black market. The female leads utterly make this, giving Abbott’s zappy dialogue true heart and humanity. That said, if we could just pop a moratorium on dead-girl victims in all TV drama for a year, that would be great. The unending parade of throttled, hacked women in canals – continued here – needs to stop. Julia Raeside

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- Julia Raeside, Hannah J Davies, Jack Seale, Rachel Aroesti, Jonathan Wright and Ali Catterall

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The BBC is devoting a whole day to 2015 Fa Cup final coverage

19 May 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

If you're not that into football, you might want to avoid BBC channels on Saturday, May 30.

The BBC has announced plans to devote a whole day to Fa Cup final coverage, bringing back its tradition of dedicated programming for the football event.

Build-up to the big kick-off will include special editions of Pointless, Saturday Kitchen and TOTP2, as well as special content on Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website.

Arsenal will face off against Aston Villa on BBC One from 5.15pm, with live build-up from Gary Lineker on Match of the Day at 3.55pm.

Danny Cohen, the BBC's director of television, said: "The BBC has delivered so much unique Fa Cup programming to audiences since its return to BBC TV this season, it's only fitting to end the competition on such a high."

The full list of highlights is as follows:

BBC Breakfast (6.30am - 10am, BBC One)

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Watch the trailer for Gazza documentary Gascoigne

10 May 2015 2:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, distributor eOne has released a trailer for the upcoming documentary Gascoigne, which presents the definitive story of troubled midfield genius Paul Gascoigne and delves into the rollercoaster of highs and lows of both his career and his life after football. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

The Italia ’90 World Cup was a renaissance for English football, watched by millions of people across the UK. Its leading figure was the young Paul Gascoigne – a player who had come to prominence with his hometown club Newcastle United and who now, upon England’s semi-final exit, captured the hearts of the nation.

Gascoigne returned home to a hero’s welcome and became a superstar of international football. With his irrepressible spirit and extraordinary skills he was for a generation of players and fans the most captivating footballer they had ever seen.

Gascoigne is the definitive »

- Gary Collinson

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Gascoigne trailer celebrates the highs and lows of England's legendary footballer

1 May 2015 2:46 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A documentary charting the life of 1990s football icon Paul Gascoigne is coming.

From the emergence of his childhood talent to his highly publicised struggle with alcoholism, it features interview snippets from peers (Gary Lineker), admiring fans (Wayne Rooney) and coaching experts (Jose Mourinho).

Alongside archive footage and tabloid headlines, the former England ace also tells his side of the story and reflects on his journey to superstardom.

Gascoigne will be released in cinemas for one night only on Monday, June 8.

It will then be available on Blu-ray, DVD and to download a week later on June 15. »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015

21 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for, »

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'Happy warrior' Ed Miliband leaves leaders' debate notes in dressing room

5 April 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Papers apparently left behind in Salford studio reveal Labour leader’s rehearsed one-liners, comebacks and lines of attack for Thursday’s debate

Ed Miliband was presenting himself as a “happy warrior” in the televised leaders’ debate, according to notes he apparently left in his dressing room on the night of the TV debate.

The notes show the meticulous preparation the Labour leader had undertaken ahead of the debate and the extent to which some of his phrases were wellrehearsed lines.

Related: Ed Miliband determined to take part in 'challengers' TV debate

Exclusive: Those Ed Miliband motivational crib notes - in full: http://t.co/B8oSEEam3u #HappyWarrior pic.twitter.com/K1zxc8MgaM

Related: Leaders' debate: triumphs, turn-offs and body language giveaways

Related: Leaders’ debate verdict: ‘It’s not a good night when Gary Lineker calls you a dick on Twitter’

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- Patrick Wintour Political editor

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Gary Lineker wants Messi to sign for Walkers

31 March 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Gary Lineker dreams of getting top footballer Lionel Messi to work on a Walkers campaign. The 'Match of the Day' host has been working hard trying to convince bosses of the crisp manufacturer to cast the Argentine superstar alongside Gary in an advert, and the former England international admits one reason he would love work with the star is because he has a lot of ''respect'' for him. Gary - whose latest advert for the company features him with a bag of Walkers MixUps crisps - said: ''They ask my opinion, and certainly on individuals involved. It is amazing the kind »

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Dermot O'Leary to leave X Factor: Here are the best Twitter reactions

27 March 2015 10:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dermot O'Leary will be leaving X Factor after eight glorious years as host.

We'll miss the slick suits, the even slicker dance moves, the badinage with Louis Walsh, and most of all his valiant attempts to interview an A-list popstar mere seconds after one of their high-octane performances.

However, we're not the only ones who'll miss Dermot - here's how social media has reacted to news of his X Factor departure:

New X Factor host gets my vote pic.twitter.com/Q7BUXZRSFG

Captain Kidd (@kidd_kong78) March 27, 2015

I don't think it's a coincidence that The X Factor have let Dermot go in the same week that Jeremy Clarkson became available.

— Popjustice (@Popjustice) March 27, 2015

The x factor just won't be right without @radioleary

— (@BibbysMinion) March 27, 2015

Dermot O'Leary is leaving X-Factor

....I feel sick...

I think it may be Dermotitis

— Luke Atar (@LukeHoosTawking) March 27, 2015

Rt @sjb2371 pic.twitter.com/AElfwQfa9F »

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Casualty, Harry & Paul, Line of Duty win at Rts Programme Awards

17 March 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Line of Duty, Casualty and Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse have won at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2013-2014.

The event - which honours excellence across all genres of television programming - took place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday (March 17), hosted by John Sergeant.

Line of Duty picked up Best Drama Series, Best Actress went to Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire and Best Actor was won by Tom Hollander (A Poet in New York).

Casualty beat Coronation Street and EastEnders to claim Best Soap, while comedy Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos received two awards from its three nominations.

Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman also took home Entertainment Performance, The Graham Norton Show won for Entertainment Programme and The Island With Bear Grylls triumphed in the Popular, Factual and Features category.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville collected Best Sports Commentator for the second year running, and the Lifetime »

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Ad break: Honda, Betfair, Heineken, The Today Programme, Walkers - video

23 February 2015 5:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This week's Ad break opens with a clever advert for Honda which challenges viewers to keep up with some fast-moving wordplay, and closes with a new Walkers commercial which sees the tables being turned on Gary Lineker. In between, Betfair has the strangest horse race you're ever likely to see; a Heineken drinker goes to extraordinary lengths to watch Champions League football; and a BBC film promoting Radio 4's Today programme illustrates the power of the spoken word Continue reading »

- Jason Stone

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10 Players You Didn’t Know Nearly Signed For Leicester City

21 February 2015 5:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images

Leicester City could certainly never claim to be one of Britain’s most successful or glamorous clubs but they have always been there or there abouts in the top echelons of English football, only dropping out of the top two divisions of the Football League for the first time in 2008.

Up until 2010 they were far from financially well off, flirting dangerously with liquidation in 2002 until club legend Gary Lineker led a consortium to save the club. But at the start of the new decade the club were purchased by ambitious Thai owners and with the purchase came a number of transfer rumours and stories that the club had never previously experienced.

They soon hired Sven Goran Eriksson and inevitably came the speculation that follows the Swede wherever he touches down as he attempted to exhaust every link, friendship and favour he has around the »

- Fred Humphries

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Match of the Day to stay: BBC keeps Premier League highlights for three years

29 January 2015 7:47 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC will continue to broadcast Premier League highlights for at least the next three years with a new multi-year contract awarded to Match of the Day.

Director of television at the BBC Danny Cohen confirmed the news today (January 29).

"We're keeping Premier League highlights on BBC for a further three years through to and including the 2018/19 season," read a post on the programme's official Twitter feed.

Cohen added: "Brilliant news that the BBC has won a new multi-year contract for Match of the Day. #Ilovematchoftheday @Bbcmotd."

Included in the new agreement is Match of the Day's current Sunday morning repeats, spin-off show MOTD2, Football Focus, and a new midweek show to be broadcast on Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

We're keeping Premier League highlights on BBC for a further 3 years through to & including the 2018/19 season! #Motd pic.twitter.com/cVD4S8nBJv

Match of the Day »

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Gary Lineker to sign for BT Sport from 2016?

26 January 2015 6:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gary Lineker is reportedly having serious discussions with BT Sport over a potential deal.

The pay-tv channel is thought to be negotiating a contract with the BBC presenter, in which he would host its Champions League coverage next season, Broadcast reports.

However, any possible deal would likely see Lineker remain a key presenter at the BBC.

BBC insiders have stated that the corporation is prepared to be flexible about his contract, which is thought to expire in spring 2016. His current contract states that he can only present sport on UK television for the BBC, but this could be renegotiated.

The report comes weeks after ITV was said to be interested in securing Premier League highlights rights from the BBC, after they become available from the 2015/16 season.

Lineker has previously presented the Champions League for Al Jazeera, and currently hosts Premier League coverage for American network NBC.

The BBC and BT »

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Celebrity Big Brother Live Eviction watched by 2.2 million

24 January 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 2.29 million (9.6%) on Channel 5 yesterday evening (January 23).

Down by more than 600k on last Friday's live show, the latest episode was seen by a further 348k (2.0%) on Channel 5+1.

An average audience of 995k (6.3%) watched Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side from 10-11.30pm.

Channel 5 also secured 336k (1.6%) for Race to the Pole at 7pm, followed by 879k (3.9%) for Ice Road Truckers at 8pm.

With an average audience of 5.82 million (25.3%), BBC One's live coverage of the Fa Cup fourth-round match between Cambridge and Manchester United was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

It was preceded by The One Show, which entertained 4.5 million (22.2%) at 7pm.

With guests including Gary Lineker, Jessica Chastain and McBusted, The Graham Norton Show rounded the evening off with 3.42 million (24.8%) at 10.35pm.

Over on ITV, Benidorm entertained 4.03 million (16.9%) at 9pm, while The Martin Lewis »

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Adrian Chiles replaced by Mark Pougatch on ITV with immediate effect

23 January 2015 3:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Adrian Chiles has been replaced as the lead presenter of ITV's football coverage with immediate effect.

ITV has not given a reason for the change.

Pougatch said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining ITV and to be given this great opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to working with ITV's talented pool of commentators and pundits on some of the very best football there is."

ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane added: "Mark is a highly-respected sports journalist and an outstanding broadcaster.

"We're delighted to welcome Mark to the ITV Sport team."

In Defence of... ITV Sport

Pougatch will host ITV's next live football match, the Champions' League clash between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain on February 17.

He is understood to be continuing to work for rival BBC Radio 5 Live despite his new appointment.

Earlier this month, it emerged that pundit Andy Townsend and presenter Matt Smith would be leaving their roles at the broadcaster. »

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