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10 items from 2015


'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

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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.

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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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