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Sir Trevor McDonald's Women Behind Bars stayed top of Thursday's ratings outside of soaps and news.
The Us prison documentary dipped to 3.11 million (14.5%) at 9pm (288,000/1.8% on +1). Earlier, Pat and Cabbage amused 2.11m (9.9%) at 8.30pm.
On BBC One, Mark Chapman's Mayhem & Mishaps interested 2.72m (12.6%) at 9pm. Question Time brought in 2.56m (22.2%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location was seen by 1.82m (8.4%) at 8pm (243k/1.1%), followed by Educating Yorkshire with 2.31m (10.8%) at 9pm (363k/2.2%). My Tattoo Addiction gathered 1.31m (8.2%) at 10pm (220k/2.5%).
Channel 5's The Railway attracted 872k (4.0%) at 8pm, while the latest NCIS thrilled 834k (3.9%) at 9pm (138k/0.8%).
On ITV2, Celebrity Juice entertained 773k (4.6%) at 10pm (148k/1.6%). »
Golf: Presidents Cup
4.30pm, Sky Sports 1
The Presidents Cup is a biennial event, played out between the Us and an international side. You have to go back to 1998 to find the last time the combined golfing forces of the rest of the world defeated the Americans, who this year enjoy home advantage, with the tour being staged at Muirfield Village, Ohio. The opening day sees six foursome matches tee off, with team captains Nick Price and Fred Couples testing each other out, hoping their charges still fancy a scrap at the final stage of the PGA season. David Stubbs
This programme, a mish-mash of experiments, dog-owner interviews and slo-mo shots of flapping ears, has »
- David Stubbs, Rachel Aroesti, John Robinson, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies
Sir Trevor McDonald's Us prison documentary topped Thursday's ratings outside of soaps, according to overnight figures.
Women Behind Bars was seen by 3.54 million viewers (17.0%) at 9pm (245,000/1.5% on +1). Earlier, Pat and Cabbage amused 2.32m (11.2%) at 8.30pm (156k/0.8%).
On BBC One, Steve Backshall's Super Giant Animals brought in 2.71m (13.0%) at 8pm. Question Time interested 2.31m (20.5%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location gathered 2.07m (10.0%) at 8pm (247k/1.2%), followed by Educating Yorkshire with 2.41m (11.5%) at 9pm (281k/1.8%). My Tattoo Addiction was seen by 1.43m (9.4%) at 10pm (203k/2.4%).
Channel 5's latest episode of CSI: NY thrilled 1.10m (5.2%) at 9pm (151k/1.0%).
On ITV2, Celebrity Juice topped the multichannels with 871k (5.3%) at 10pm (204k/2.1%). »
The ITV stalwart's style is naturally diffident, but silence proves golden when it comes to drawing out the best from female prisoners
Back in January, Trevor McDonald went inside death row at Indiana state prison and came away with a documentary that seldom rose above standard "America's Hardest Prisons" fare, primarily due to McDonald's willingness to take everything at face value and his reluctance to ask the difficult questions. The broadcaster has now returned to Indiana for Women Behind Bars with Trevor McDonald (ITV), which was as compelling as his previous effort was missable. He still failed to ask some key questions, in particular why the Us imprisons more women than any other country, but his lack of pushy inquisitiveness paid dividends elsewhere.
McDonald's interviewing style is naturally diffident, as if he feels awkward about probing too deeply. Among the male population of death row, this had been a major »
- John Crace
The National Television Awards 2014 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now open.
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2014 awards take place at London's O2 on January 22.
Ant and Dec are returning to battle for their 13th consecutive 'Entertainment Presenter' win, but will face competition this year from Holly Willoughby, NTAs host O'Leary, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.
The 'Talent Show' category will once again be a fierce battle ground for Simon Cowell and the BBC. »
Word of advice to any politician attending an event sponsored by the Aarp: don't insult your opponent for their old age. But Anthony Weiner did just that last night, when he got heated with Republican rival George McDonald in an open mic moment picked up by NY1. McDonald got annoyed when Weiner touched him, and the two candidates got testy with each other right in front of a microphone, culminating in Weiner snidely calling McDonald "grandpa." »
- Josh Feldman
New York -- One makes a video with Steve Buscemi and rockers Vampire Weekend. Another gets shout-outs from Whoopi Goldberg and Brooke Shields. A third hobnobs over cocktails with an actor from "The Sopranos."
No, it's not an awards show weekend. It's the New York City mayor's race, featuring a cast of celebrities like few other municipal elections.
Last weekend, Democratic mayoral contender Christine Quinn unfurled a star-dusted list of pro-gay-rights backers of her bid to become the city's first female and first openly gay mayor. Among them: singer Lance Bass, actor Neil Patrick Harris, director Rob Reiner and "Project Runway" style czar Tim Gunn, who said Quinn would "make the position of mayor the bully pulpit it needs to be to fight for all New Yorkers. "
Ten days earlier, Alec Baldwin announced that he'd raffle off two dinner invites to any-amount donors to Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.
Sheffield Doc/Fest | Dunoon film festival | A Nos Amours | Seret – The London Israeli film and television festival
Sheffield doesn't quite have the same ring as Cannes or Venice, but in documentary terms it's a fair comparison. This is a market and a meeting place for professionals, and guests this year include Walter Murch, Jonathan Franzen, Trevor McDonald and Captain Sensible, as well as just about every British documentarian you can think of. But this is also the place to see the latest in non-fiction film: 120 films, many of them premieres, on topics ranging from Pussy Riot to Uri Geller's CIA missions, Indonesian genocide, and Bradley Wiggins.
Various venues, Wed to 16 Jun
Dunoon film festival
Edinburgh and Glasgow festivals bring world cinema to Scotland, but this inaugural festival brings Scottish cinema to Scotland, and helps put a seaside town on the cultural map. There are some recent international releases, »
- Steve Rose
TV: Game Of Thrones
By its usual rocket-propelled standards, season three of HBO's fantasy drama started out a little slowly, dwelling more on simmering family feuds and political machinations than the stabby, sexy stuff we all secretly pine for. One suspects that was merely the producers playing rope-a-dope with the viewers, as episodes since have seen the show back to its rumbustious, hack'n'slash best, with developments behind the Wall, and the ongoing adventures of Daenerys , proving especially gripping. Sky subscribers can catch up with all three seasons on the Sky Go service.
Podcast: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Shane Galvin's two-hour doc, podcasted by Dublin's Phantom 105.2, offers a unique history of Irish youth subcultures. In episode one, a bewildering array of talking heads – from Who inspiration "Irish Jack" Lyons to Alison »
- Gwilym Mumford
Live PGA Tour Golf
7pm, Sky Sports 3
Day one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational from the Bay Hill Club in Florida. With just over a million dollars on offer for whoever eventually sinks the winning putt, eyes are on the return of recent Wgc-Cadillac championship victor Tiger Woods. He won last year, and seems to enjoy particularly fine form on this course, walking away with the top prize on seven occasions thus far. Woods defends his title against a field including Kj Choi and Phil Mickelson, who won the trophy in 1997. Andrew Mueller
The Baby Bomb
It's the lovechild of Big Brother and One Born Every Minute as a group of pregnant youngsters are brought together to live in the same building »
- Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside
Our Queen, a two-hour documentary on ITV this Sunday, is watchable but frustrating. It's hardly surprising: television about the royals has always been fawning, boring or both
Prince Edward was the first and last British royal to set up an independent TV production company: Ardent Productions, which specialised in documentaries about his relatives and folded in 2009 with reported assets of £40.27. However, without ever professionally entering the industry, other members of his family have run up a much more impressive set of screen credits than "Edward Windsor", as he styled himself on Ardent business cards.
This Sunday's Our Queen is the fourth major behind-the-scenes piece in which "Elizabeth Windsor" has appeared during her reign, apart from her regular 25 December piece-to-camera slot with her Christmas message. Our Queen, a two-hour documentary directed by Michael Waldman, follows Richard Cawston's The Royal Family (1969), Edward Mirzeoff's Elizabeth R (1992) and Matt Reid's Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (2007), which, »
- Mark Lawson
News Flash: The Human Torch has been denied a bank loan...
Ford is fresh from the newsroom himself, playing an anchorman in the 2010 comedy Morning Glory. His character in Anchorman 2 is said to be a legendary newscaster in the mould of Tom Brokaw (for British readers, maybe think Trevor McDonald).
Anchorman 2 will begin shooting this month in Atlanta, and also stars the original's Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and David Koechner, as well as other new additions Kristen Wiig, James Marsden and perhaps the recently-rumoured John C. Reilly.
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have written the screenplay, with the latter once again taking up directing duties, while Judd Apatow is producing. The film is scheduled for a 20th December release later this year in both the Us and UK.
So until then, »
- Chris Villeneuve
I'm fed up with the final moments of a TV show being ruined by a voiceover or the titles being squeezed into a corner of the screen. And I know I'm not alone …
There I was, enjoying Midsomer Murders and finding out who stoved Martine McCutcheon's head in with a log of cheese. "Mmm that's quite an aroma," said Neil Dudgeon's John Barnaby. A jolly bit of banter resolving the tame subplot later – a dog had swallowed a wedding ring – and I was ready for the credits and another glass of wine.
But what's this? A voice over telling me: "Using state-of-the-art technology Martin Clunes gives a good idea of what it must be like to be one of man's best friends – The Secret Life of Dogs. And after the news Trevor McDonald comes face to face with a killer – Inside Death Row on at 10.35."
I don't know »
- Ben Dowell
Cookery show finishes four-part run with nearly twice audience of Channel 4's Location, Location, Location on Thursday
BBC2's Great Comic Relief Bake Off finished its four-part run with nearly 4 million viewers, nearly twice Channel 4's Location, Location, Location, on Thursday.
The celebrity cakes show had an average of 3.6 million viewers on BBC2 with another 330,000 on BBC HD, a total share of the audience of 16.3% between 8pm and 9pm on Thursday.
BBC2 fared less well at 9pm with the start of Michael Mosley's new documentary series The Genius of Invention, which had 1.5 million viewers (6.3%) between 9pm and 10pm.
It was narrowly beaten by Channel 4's The Restoration Man, with 1.7 million viewers, a 7% share, also between 9pm and 10pm.
At the same time on Channel 5, the penultimate in the current »
- John Plunkett
Sir Trevor McDonald's new ITV series Inside Death Row seemed to dent BBC One's popular Silent Witness last night. The documentary two-parter exploring American execution interested 4.46m (18.1%) in the 9pm hour, adding an impressive 507,000 on +1. Meanwhile, Silent Witness maintained a strong 5.78m (23.4%) to lead the 9pm hour, despite losing 300k on last week's opener. Celebrity Big Brother pulled in 1.89m (7.6%) for Channel 5 at 9pm (+1: 199k), staying ahead of rival Restoration Man which mustered 1.69m (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Despite being a considered look at the Us penal system, the former news presenter failed to ask the big questions
Even with America's Hardest Prisons and several other imitators available virtually 24/7 on the cable channels, the Us penal system still exercises a peculiar fascination this side of the Atlantic. Supersized cons – American inmates seldom seem to weigh in at less than 15 stone: supersized sentences – can anyone explain the point of banging someone up for 150 years? And, of course, its capital-punishment production line. Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald (ITV1) set out to be a rather more considered programme than most Us prison documentaries, and in some ways it was; the interviews with inmates were lengthier than usual, the soundtrack softer and the pace less breathless. And yet, in other ways it didn't really offer a great deal more insight.
Prison documentaries are suspect at the best of times. Given the problems of access, »
- John Crace
Trevor McDonald has said that he regrets making a comeback to ITV's News at Ten programme in 2008. The iconic broadcaster hosted the channel's flagship evening news show from 1992 before retiring in 2005. However, he was invited back to front a relaunched edition of the programme in 2008, before retiring again later that year. McDonald explained that he was "flattered" to be asked back to the show by ITV, but realises he should have stayed away. "To be honest I was flattered to be asked to return and looking back on it I think probably I shouldn't have," he told BBC Radio (more) »
- By Tom Eames
A new Cbbc science series looking at just what happens when Mother Nature decides to turn things up to 11, kicking off with a look at the Mario Balotelli of climactic conditions, the hurricane. Storm chaser Mike Theiss dashes towards the Florida coastline to greet Hurricane Sandy in a reinforced meteorological-mobile, while in the more sedate surroundings of Watford, adventurer Leo Houlding visits a wind tunnel to take us through the difficulty of having a picnic at various points on the Beaufort scale. An enjoyable field trip for young and old, and easily deserving of a wider audience. Mark Jones
Inside Death Row With Trevor McDonald
First of a two-parter in which Sir Trevor visits the formidably titled Indiana state maximum security prison, »
- Mark Jones, Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier
18 items from 2013
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