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The opening episode of Britain's Got Talent was delayed this evening (April 12) by ITV's coverage of Fa Cup football.
The semi-final tie between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal went to extra time and penalties, resulting in Britain's Got Talent starting 45 minutes later than scheduled at 8pm. Arsenal emerged victorious.
The news was met with anger from some enthusiastic fans of Simon Cowell's talent show, while others hoped that the episode would be delayed indefinitely. However, most took the opportunity to joke about the situation.
Take a look at some of the best reactions to the delay below:
Shouldn't Wenger bring on Ant and Dec?
— Tim Lóvejøy (@timlovejoy) April 12, 2014
listening to @AleshaOfficial 'Breathe Slow' on repeat to calm myself after the Bgt delays. I can't wait much longer! *counts from 1 to 10*
— Jon Hornbuckle (@JonHornbuckle) April 12, 2014
These lads in blue and white must get 4 yesses #Bgt
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April »
Three new programmes will air in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup, which will both celebrate and mock the history of the England team.
England's Top 19 Footy Heroes, England's Top 53 Footy Goals and England's Top 39 Footy Gaffes will feature several sports pundits and comedians including Alex Brooker, Tom Rosenthal and Phil Cornwell.
Jason Manford will narrate the three-hour-long specials, to air in May.
UKTV Commissioning Editor Iain Coyle said: "This rich mix of talking heads and brilliant clips met with sporting heroes and comedians will be a great build-up to the World Cup and remind audiences why we all bask in the love/hate relationship with the England football team."
Dave's Steve North »
Rooney impressed pundits and fans with a strike that helped deliver the 2-0 win to Manchester United, drawing comparisons to David Beckham's famous goal at Wimbledon in 1996.
"I think David Beckham's goal is a very beautiful and iconic goal, and wasn't immediately preceded by some terrible elbow work," he quipped.
The comic then declared: "I would have to say David Beckham's [goal was better]… Ultimately, this is a day where we have to focus on the injustices that preceded Rooney's goal."
Brand went on to insist that he has not given »
Sport Relief raised £51,242,186 at the end of its six-hour TV appeal on Saturday morning (March 22), beating the previous highest-on-the-night total of £50.4m in 2012.
"It's simply wonderful that Sport Relief continues to grow. »
The comedian will join the punditry team in aid of Sport Relief for a one-off episode on BBC One.
He will provide his own insights of the weekend's games, including his beloved West Ham United's match against Manchester United.
Match of the Day will air tomorrow at 10.30pm on BBC One.
Sport Relief: BBC One, 7pm
The six-hour charity special airs tonight from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Hosting duties are covered by Gary Lineker, David Walliams, Davina McCall, Fearne Cotton, Jack Whitehall and Claudia Winkleman.
David Beckham also makes a special guest appearance in a brand new Only Fools and Horses sketch.
Coulson decides once and for all to discover which Shield agent dropped Skye off at the orphanage 24 years ago, and embarks on an investigation which leads him to Mexico City.
The rest of the team are located »
You wait years for a big TV show about space, and then two come along at the same time … but did they have the all-important 'Wow!' factor?
In lists of television's most memorable images, America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) generally claims three spots: the pictures of the first Moon landing in 1969, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986 and the videos of Mars sent back by Nasa's Viking craft in the 1970s.
Despite this, space has disappeared from TV schedules for long periods. Star Trek in the Us and Doctor Who in the UK, the two most celebrated extra-terrestrial dramas, both had runs with long interruptions and – until Ron Howard's and Tom Hanks's movie Apollo 13 and their related HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon in the mid-90s – parents and teachers were often startled to discover that young people had no »
- Mark Lawson
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W1A: Wednesday (March 19) at 10pm on BBC Two
There may be trouble ahead, because former Olympics Head of Deliverance Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) is heading to the BBC in W1A, the follow-up, don't-you-dare-call-it-a-sequel to BAFTA-winning mockumentary Twenty Twelve.
He's joined by clueless buzzword-spewing PR guru Siobhan Sharpe, played to perfection again by show-stealing Jessica Hynes, as well as a whole host of brand new oddballs and incompetents inside Broadcasting House. Cringe and clever, W1A certainly delivers and is never afraid to bite the hand that feeds it for.
Watch the trailer for W1A below:
Despite the changes wrought by bidding wars, technical improvements, and questionable personal grooming decisions, Match of the Day remains an iconic – and only occasionally infuriating – piece of TV. Mark Lawson salutes its blend of always-original content and comfortingly unchanging punditry
Selecting a best-ever experience of television raises a version of the dilemma faced by every Desert Island Discs castaway when asked to pick a single book: is the intention to nominate a favourite work of literature or to come up with a text that could plausibly survive regular re-reading during years of isolation? With regard to the small-screen question, for example, The West Wing is the series that has given me most extended and memorable pleasure but – being practically able by now to recite some whole episodes – it's possible that I will never watch it again.
Better, then, to go for a show that offers something fresh and original every week, »
- Mark Lawson
Michel Roux Jr has quit the BBC after being banned from appearing in potato adverts. The 53-year-old chef - who has appeared on 'MasterChef: The Professionals' for the past six years and also worked on the channel's 'Food & Drink' series - revealed yesterday that he had quit the channel after they refused to allow him to keep a number of commercial interests, including his role as ambassador for Albert Bartlett's Rooster potatoes. BBC sources have now revealed that Michel was told he wasn't allowed to appear in adverts for the potatoes, adding that 'Match of the Day' presenter Gary Lineker's »
Presenter and chef tells corporation it's had its chips after being told TV spud ads broke rules on commercial interests
After 140 episodes and six wildly popular series, could it all have come down to a potato? The chef and presenter Michel Roux Jr has confirmed that he is to step down from MasterChef: The Professionals – and leave the BBC – following a dispute with the corporation over his endorsement of a brand of spud.
Describing his negotiations with the broadcaster as a "frustrating process", Roux questioned if the BBC understood "the realities of today's commercial world". He said: "The BBC needs to recognise … that, while we love to be associated with top quality television, we have other professional commitments that are as important to us as programme making."
- Esther Addley
David Beckham has spoken about his upcoming appearance in an Only Fools and Horses sketch.
"I'm a huge fan of the show. I have been for many years, as far back as I can remember," Beckham told Radio Times. "Being from the East End of London, it's what I was brought up on."
He continued: "The day of filming started off with a slightly sleepless night, going over my script. The thought of being on set with Nicholas and David was obviously very nerve-racking."
Creator John Sullivan's writer son Jim praised Beckham's performance, saying: "His acting and delivery were very good. »
The Voice UK coach will sing her classic hit 'Especially for You' during the live charity event on BBC One on Friday, March 21.
She will be joined by a "very special guest" for the duet, Sport Relief confirmed today (March 10).
She has since performed the track during her 'Showgirl' tour, and with Kermit the Frog back in 2001 for her An Audience With... special.
Watch the original 'Especially for You' video below: »
Tickets for the event can be purchased for £15 through Ticketmaster, with at least £2.50 going to Comic Relief.
The teams will face off in five different sports - track cycling (men's elimination race and women's time trial), team rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and a swimming relay.
Clare Balding will host the event at the London Aquatics Centre, »
The sketch will mark the show's first material since creator and writer John Sullivan passed away from viral pneumonia in 2011.
David Jason recently described a new script as "very good".
Only Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack - who played Trigger in the long-running comedy - died aged 69 last week.
The sitcom aired seven full series between 1981 and 1991. Ten Christmas specials were subsequently produced, the last of which aired in 2003.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's »
BBC One has announced details of its 2014 Sport Relief coverage.
Taking place on Friday, March 21, the charity fundraiser will include a Strictly Come Dancing special featuring four Paralympic stars paired up with professional partners.
The star-studded show will also include various celebrity performances, comedy sketches and highlights from this year's Sport Relief challenges.
Gary Lineker is giving away £1 million as he marks 20 years of being the face of Walkers crisps. The 'Match Of The Day' host and former soccer star is asking the nation to come up with a new flavour of the calorific snack once again after the successful 'Do Us A Flavour' campaign in 2008. He said: ''It's been incredible, it's been 20 years, I have a lot of great memories but it has given people ammunition to take the Mickey. ''Most of the commercials have been great fun and it's been hugely successful.'' He continued: ''We want the public to »
17 items from 2014
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