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Lewis Hamilton, Gareth Bale up for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

24 November 2014 11:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The full list of ten nominees in line for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award has been announced.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, Welsh footballer Gareth Bale and boxer Carl Froch are among the stars competing for the title this year.

Dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin, golfer Rory McIlroy, long-distance runner Jo Pavey, swimmer Adam Peaty, gymnast Max Whitlock, skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold, and Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans will also go up for the public vote.

Last year's winner was Andy Murray, after he became the first British tennis player to win a Wimbledon men's singles title since 1936.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will return to host this year's ceremony, after succeeding Sue Barker in the role last year.

The 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday, December 14 at 7pm. Voting takes place on the night, »

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Match of the Day future in doubt as ITV plan Premier League rights bid

21 November 2014 4:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV is expected to place a significant bid for the Premier League highlights rights for the 2016-19 seasons in the New Year, putting the future of Match of the Day in doubt.

ITV has recently lost the rights to Champions League, Europa League and Fa Cup football, meaning that they potentially have the extra budget to outmaneuver the BBC in the auction.

The 2016-19 season package is expected to sell for more than the £180 million paid by the BBC last time.

ITV has a team of presenters and pundits, such as Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon, ready to take on the coverage if they snatch the rights from the BBC.

Match of the Day recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on the BBC, and it remains a ratings hit for the corporation with Gary Lineker as its main host.

However, it wouldn't be the first time that the BBC has lost the rights to ITV. »

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Tom and Jerry meet Lord Sugar and Bake Off judges for Children in Need

9 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tom and Jerry will meet some of the BBC's biggest stars in a sketch for Children in Need.

The cartoon will involve the duo heading out to try and raise some money after receiving a letter from Sir Terry Wogan, asking for their help.

They'll visit Gary Lineker at the Match of the Day studio, before giving a quick performance to the Strictly Come Dancing judges.

Tom and Jerry will then take a breather in the Queen Vic with EastEnders characters Mick and Linda (Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright).

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood also receive a visit from the pair, before Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer get some company in The Apprentice boardroom.

This exclusive cartoon, made especially for BBC Children in Need, will air during the appeal show on Friday, November 14, from 7.30pm on BBC One.

The night will include performances from One Direction, Cheryl, »

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Ingenious court case: what lies ahead

3 November 2014 1:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Ingenious v Hmrc tribunal kicks off today in London.

Ingenious v Hmrc, the case which begins at the Competition Tribunal in Bloomsbury Place London today, marks the culmination of almost a decade of wrangling between the blue chip British media investment company and the Revenue. 

Newspapers have been intrigued by the case because of the celebrity investors involved. David Beckham, Gary Lineker, Jeremy Paxman, Wayne Rooney, David Gower and politician Andrew Mitchell are among the names linked to either Ingenious funds Inside Track or Ingenious Film Partners.

The case is expected to last well into December. It will then take months for a decision to be handed down and whichever side loses is likely to appeal. According to the “Agreed Hearing Timetable” issued in advance of the trial, those being called will include Ingenious founder and CEO Patrick McKenna [pictured] and Ingenious Director Duncan Reid as well as such “expert witnesses” as Jonathan Olsberg and Angus Finney.

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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The Apprentice: Here are the funniest tweets about Wednesday's drama

29 October 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Wednesday night's episode of The Apprentice caused a bit of a stir on Twitter, as three candidates were sent packing by Lord Sugar.

History was made when Steven Ugoalah, Sarah Dales and Ella Jade Bitton were all fired in the dramatic triple elimination.

The Apprentice review: Erectile dysfunction, begging and rubber chickens

Fired Apprentice defends 'skirt hitching' show tactics

Digital Spy had a gaze at Twitter and rounds up the funniest reactions to the episode below:

Just caught the end of #TheApprentice and @Lord_Sugar has fired a hat-trick.

Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 29, 2014

The Apprentice: Red Wedding

Ryan Love (@RyanJL) October 29, 2014

Steven at least kept his sassy attitude & walked out with his head held high :) #Theapprentice pic.twitter.com/EGIq22qfid

Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) October 29, 2014

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! #TheApprentice

Matt Edmondson (@MattEdmondson) October 29, 2014

Fire one candidate a week...#TheApprentice pic.twitter.com/34vkTIdiSb

— Paddy Farrell (@PaddyFaz) October 30, 2014

Never look a hypnotist in the eye! »

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Frank Skinner returning to host 15th series of Room 101

15 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Frank Skinner is to return to host Room 101's fifteenth series.

The comedian, who has presented the comedy show since 2012, will host a new eight part series for BBC One.

"Another series and another opportunity to study the Great British tradition of moaning from close quarters, with me as the whinge-commander," Skinner said. "I think it's refreshing to know that even the rich and famous have something to complain about."

Jack Dee, Gary Lineker, Bob Mortimer, Jonathan Ross and Tim Vine are among the confirmed guests for the forthcoming series.

Room 101 will return to BBC One early next year.

Skinner recently guest starred in the Doctor Who episode 'Mummy on the Orient Express'. »

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10 Players You Totally Forgot Played For Spurs

8 October 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Neal Simpson/Empics Sport

Tottenham Hotspur have had a lot of great – and very memorable – players over the years.

From outright club legends like Bill Nicholson and Dave Mackay, to modern legends like Gary Lineker and Glenn Hoddle and post-millennium superstars like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric there are players at the club that nobody will ever forget, let alone the club’s fans.

And yet, for every truly memorable superstar, there are players who most people won’t even recall having been on the club’s books and/or wearing the club’s shirt.

In recent years in particular – a time when making a name for yourself at the top level is more difficult and a time when players come and go more regularly than ever – it’s extremely easy to forget players. Some players make what are effectively fleeting visits at clubs, while others can spend a decent »

- K.J. Stewart

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Gary Lineker denies BBC warned him over expletive Leicester City tweets

22 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Warning: This article contains language that younger readers are advised to avoid.

Gary Lineker has denied that the BBC has warned him against tweeting expletive messages, and jokingly enforced his point by posting another swear word.

The Match of the Day presenter, who is a lifelong fan of Leicester City, had tweeted during Leicester's momentous 5-3 win over Manchester United on Sunday (September 21): "Bloody hell!" "F**king hell!" and "Shat on Man United!"

The BBC issued a statement on Monday (September 22) to assert that it plans to speak to Lineker about his tweets on the social media platform which imposes no age restrictions on users.

"Gary's is a personal Twitter account but we regularly remind him of his responsibilities around football-based tweets," a spokeswoman added to The Telegraph.

However, Lineker, who has over three million followers on Twitter, later responded to the BBC's statement by tweeting: "As if they're bothered by swearing. »

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Gary Lineker on Motd goatee tweets: 'It's a Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill tribute'

1 September 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gary Lineker took a punt and sported a brand new goatee on Match of the Day at the weekend.

The presenter's new look didn't go unnoticed with the BBC One viewers, who quickly took to Twitter to let him know that it wasn't a great look.

@GaryLineker Not sure about the oul face furniture there, Mr Lineker

Michael Smiley (@mrmichaelsmiley) August 30, 2014

Evening, d'Artagnan... @GaryLineker @Bbcmotd

Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 30, 2014

Russell Brand appeared to be a fan of the beard, before Lineker offered his explanation behind his Three Musketeers homage.

"@rustyrockets: Goatee @GaryLineker? This is a new era #Motd" August 30, 2014

After mounting pressure, Lineker gave in and gave the public what they wanted - for the goatee to go.

Seems like the overall verdict was great show, crap goatee! It's going.

Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 30, 2014

On Sunday morning (August 31), it appears that the negative reviews didn't stop, as the Match of the Day repeat started airing. »

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Gary Lineker's Motd goatee to get the chop despite Russell Brand's praise | Media Monkey

1 September 2014 1:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC presenter in stubble trouble as he faces ridicule on Twitter over his Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill tribute

Gary Lineker seems to have learned nothing from the ribbing he took in 2011 when his children dared him to grow a moustache. When he appeared on Match of the Day on Saturday sporting a grey goatee, he faced the inevitable deluge of ridicule on Twitter.

Evening, d'Artagnan... @GaryLineker @Bbcmotd

Nice of Gary Lineker to grow a rubbish goatee to take the spotlight off Phil Neville's blonde highlights! #Motd

Lineker's face looks a mess tonight #Motd

The only thing worse than Gary Lineker is Gary Lineker with a goatee beard. #Motd

@GaryLineker Not sure about the oul face furniture there, Mr Lineker

@rustyrockets: Goatee @GaryLineker? This is a new era #Motd < It's a Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill tribute ;)

@GaryLineker turned you from respectable presenter to snake oil salesman.

@GaryLineker I've officially stopped »

- Monkey

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11 Most Memorable Spurs Premier League Goals

29 August 2014 11:33 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Martin Rickett/Pa Archive/Press Association Images

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club are a club who are known for their attacking prowess and for scoring goals (they certainly aren’t known for being a tight-knit defensive unit).

Over the years, they club have had some wonderful attacking players – Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith, Martin Shivers, Gary Lineker, Teddy Sheringham, David Ginola and Gareth Bale to name but a few – and the Premier League years have been no different in that regard.

As a result, there have been some very memorable goals scored in that time – though not all of them have come from the attacking players who you’d necessarily expect them to come from.

Although many of Spurs’ most memorable goals in recent years are memorable specifically because of how good they were, several are memorable simply because of the circumstances in which they were scored; late equalisers, last minute winners, »

- Kev Stewart

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Celebrity Bb, Reading Festival

22 August 2014 4:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Reading Festival: BBC Three, 7pm

Josh Homme and his Queens of the Stone Age round off the first day on Reading's Main Stage, playing the hits and tracks off their latest LP, '...Like Clockwork'.

Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Jen Long front BBC Three's coverage, which also takes in sets from Paramore and Vampire Weekend.

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction: Channel 5, 9pm

Just four days after entering the Big Brotherhouse, one celeb is about to get the boot - but who will it be?

Gary? Frenchy? The bloke off of Gogglebox? Emma Willis will be on hand to console the first famous face to be evicted by the public.

The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill: BBC Four, 9.10pm

Ahead of her much-anticipated live gigs later this month, BBC Four delves into the life and career of the iconic Kate Bush.

Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Stephen Fry, »

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Match of the Day is 50: League table of the show's icons from Motty to Des

22 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Match of the Day celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, after launching back in August 1964 with a game between Arsenal and Liverpool.

Half a century later, after five decades of triumph and tragedy for football fans across the country, the UK's flagship football programme is still going strong and remains as iconic as ever.

To celebrate this, Digital Spy has collated its own Premier League table of Motd icons from past and present. Using a (likely contentious) points system based around football knowledge, longevity on the show and a certain 'magic factor' that makes them a warm presence on our screens, this is our just-for-fun chart of the biggest names in its history.

Key: K=Knowledge L=Longevity M=Magic Factor (out of 10)

20. Robbie Savage – 14 points

K: 4, L: 4, M: 6

Love him or hate him, Robbie has grown to become one of Motd's most regular pundits over the past couple of »

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Backchat with Jack Whitehall moving to BBC Two

21 August 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jack Whitehall's BBC Three comedy chat show will move to BBC Two.

Backchat will return for a second series on its new home, after previously airing one series and two specials on BBC Three.

Broadcast dates for the new series will be confirmed in the near future.

The series features games and quizzes with celebrity guests, while Jack's father Michael interjects with questions and observations.

The first series was repeated on BBC Two in July and August in order to gain a more mainstream audience.

Danny Dyer, Jeremy Paxman and Gary Lineker were among the guests in the first series, which launched in November 2013.

Watch a clip from the first series of Backchat below: »

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James Alexander Gordon, 'voice of the football results', dies aged 78

18 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Football broadcaster James Alexander Gordon has died at the age of 78.

He was best known as the voice of the classified football results for three decades, and also worked as a BBC Radio 2 newsreader until the early 1990s.

Gordon - who began reading the classified results in 1973 - announced his retirement from the role in July 2013 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Richard Burgess, Head of BBC Sports News and BBC Radio Sport, paid tribute to Gordon on Twitter, posting: "I'm very sad to let you know that James Alexander Gordon has died at the age of 78.

"A true gentleman, he will be greatly missed at BBC Sport."

The likes of Gary Lineker, Robbie Savage and Ben Foster were also quick to post their tributes.

A voice we all know, the voice of the football results, James Alexander Gordon has died. Tottenham Hotspur 1.. Newcastle United 1.. #Rip

Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 18, 2014

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David Beckham, Alan Sugar, Russell Brand in Match of the Day at 50 clips

18 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Beckham and Russell Brand are among the stars to appear in an upcoming Match of the Day documentary.

The one-off programme will mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic football highlights show on Friday, August 22 at 10.35pm.

New clips from the special include friendly rivals Lord Alan Sugar and Piers Morgan discussing their love of the game and Match of the Day.

Another clip features the likes of Russell Brand, Sue Johnston and Greg Dyke speaking about the show's different presenters over the years, including Jimmy Hill, Des Lynam, and current host Gary Lineker.

Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Alan Hansen are among the Match of the Day pundits of past and present that will feature in the show.

Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Jose Mourinho and Thierry Henry will be just some of the football icons that will make an appearance as well.

Composer Barry Stoller will also discuss »

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Match of the Day at 50 is it too early to read anything into its new season?

18 August 2014 4:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Phil Neville joined Gary Lineker's Motd line-up on the weekend, but will the new team be outplayed by the pundits of football past in the programme's 50th birthday documentary?

After Doctor Who celebrated its 50th birthday last year with an extravagant special episode featuring the return of several past stars, Match of the Day marked its own five decades this weekend by introducing Phil Neville as a new regular studio pundit.

The comparison may be slightly unfair because, while a drama can more or less decide what it wants to happen in the cake-and-candles edition, a football highlights show is stuck with what actually did happen, and the fixtures at the beginning of a new season can notoriously be misleading for fans and experts.

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- Mark Lawson

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Tumble, Got to Dance

16 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tumble: BBC One, 6:30pm

Presented by Alex Jones, BBC's gymnastics contest sees five of the celebrities perform acrobatic floor routines, while the remainder take to the aerial hoop.

The bottom two contenders from the first and second week will face The Vault, where head judge Nadia Comaneci will decide who to eliminate and who to save. Beth Tweddle will also perform.

Got to Dance: Sky1, 8pm

The dance auditions continue, as the contestants aim to impress the judges in order to earn a place in the live shows.

The judging panel includes former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, West End tap-dancer Adam Garcia and Diversity's Ashley Banjo. Davina McCall presents.

TV's Nastiest Villains with Joan Collins: Channel 5, 9pm

Joan Collins announces the results of an online poll in which viewers were asked to vote for TV's nastiest villain. Jr Ewing from Dallas, Walter White from Breaking Bad, Dynasty's »

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BBC's Match of the Day marks 50 years as an institution of English football

15 August 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Football highlights show is now key to BBC1's Saturday-night schedule but barely 20,000 viewers watched its first broadcast

The most recognisable theme music on television will have a special resonance on Saturday night as BBC1's Match of the Day returns for a new season and celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The football highlights show presented by Gary Lineker is a keystone of BBC1's Saturday night schedule, like another show which celebrated its half-centenary last year, Doctor Who.

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- John Plunkett

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10 Modern Spurs Legends Tottenham Fans Idolise

14 August 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sean Dempsey/Pa Archive/Press Association Images

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have had some legendary players over the years; Bill Nicholson, Dave Mackay. Jimmy Greaves, Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle, Ray Clemence, Pat Jennings, Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne to name but a few.

The club has a rich history that includes everything from hard-men to technically gifted flair players and the Hall of Fame is full of massive footballing names.

But not all of the club’s legends are from the distant past. Since the turn of the new millennium, a number of players who are legends in the eyes of the club’s fans have worn the famous lilywhite of Spurs.

Whether it’s because they’ve performed so admirably on the pitch that it’s impossible to not admire them, whether it’s because they gave 100% in every single match or whether it’s because they’ve displayed »

- Kev Stewart

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