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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Phil Neville, Ruud Gullit and Rio Ferdinand join Match of the Day team

6 August 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Match of the Day will add Phil Neville, Ruud Gullit and Rio Ferdinand to its punditry team for the 2014/15 season, it has been revealed.

The trio will replace Alan Hansen, who retired from BBC Sport after the Brazil World Cup.

Neville lands the role despite criticism of his performance at the World Cup, which sparked a huge amount of jokes and mockery on Twitter.

Alan Shearer, Robbie Savage and Danny Murphy will remain as the core punditry team as the show celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Gary Lineker also returns as the host for his 16th year at the helm, delivering augmented reality graphics, Opta statistics and live social media votes.

Commentators for the new season are Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton, Steve Bower and John Motson, who has been with the programme for over 40 of the 50 years.

Match of the Day's 50th anniversary will be celebrated »

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Commonwealth Games: has the BBC reached peak Gary Lineker? | Media Monkey

24 July 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter faces barrage of abuse on Twitter for fronting opening ceremony less than a fortnight after his World Cup stint

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony divided opinion, with some praising John Barrowmans kiss and the dancing Tunnocks teacakes, and others criticising the cringeworthy lyrics of the opening song. However, Twitter users seemed united in complaining about the BBCs choice of Gary Lineker, fresh from a month of fronting its World Cup coverage, as lead presenter of the Games. Scottish viewers in particular appeared to take umbrage at the fact that Lineker was fronting the opening night of the BBCs 11 days of coverage (alongside St Andrews-born Hazel Irvine).

Get that prick Lineker off my Country's Commonwealth Games. Are there no Scottish presenters ?

Why is Gary Lineker even going this programme?? #bbcglasgow2014 #Glasgow2014 #CommonwealthGames

Surely one of the only sounds more annoying than bagpipes is Ken Bruce, or Gary Lineker's agent »

- Monkey

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Spurs: 10 Players You Didn’t Know Tottenham Almost Signed

15 July 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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In accordance with a recent trend that has seen similar articles written about Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Celtic, let’s move on to another top British club.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have attracted some of the biggest names in world football to White Hart Lane over the years – Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa signed for the club fresh from winning the World Cup in 1978, 1990 World Cup stars Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker were plying their trade at Spurs when they helped England reached the semi finals of said tournament, German international striker and World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann joined in 1994 and the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have made their names at Spurs before going on to make the grade at Real Madrid.

But those are players who have played for Spurs – what »

- Kev Stewart

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11 footy pundits to replace Alan Hansen on Match of the Day

14 July 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Despite uttering the infamous line "you can't win anything with kids", Alan Hansen went on to become one of the longest-running and most well-respected football pundits in the UK.

After 22 years, Hansen has appeared on his final edition of Match of the Day on BBC One, leaving Alan Shearer as the only regular pundit alongside Gary Lineker on the flagship football show.

With a place to fill, Digital Spy has selected 11 potential candidates to replace Hansen as the next full-time pundit from the 2014/15 season onwards.

1. Gary Neville

The BBC may be tempted to sensationally poach arguably the best pundit working today in Gary Neville. Sky are highly unlikely to let the older Neville leave, but he would bring a modern, technology-filled touch to proceedings. Despite only working on TV for a couple of seasons, he has already built a reputation as an intelligent expert, rather than just an ex-player saying a few words on screen. »

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First full Doctor Who trailer: a fan's interpretation

14 July 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Half-time at the World Cup Final brought with it the first full-length Doctor Who trailer and Peter Capaldi looks very promising indeed

On Sunday, many of Earths humans sat watching the World Cup Final. But a few million geeks knew that however Angela Merkel was going to react, the real big event last night was coming at half-time: the first proper-proper glimpse of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Gary Lineker talked sheepishly about something coming next month. And so it all began again.

Let's be honest: the recent six-month break from Doctor Who is the best thing that could have ever happened to the fandom. The pre- and post-50th anniversary tension made us all crazy. Six months of sanity has allowed us to recharge and dive headlong into internet speculation anew. We had Girls and Happy Valley and Looking and Fargo to enjoy. Life felt weirdly peaceful.

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- Dan Martin

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