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Weird Wonders: BBC America Series Debuts Tonight (Preview)

26 April 2016 5:03 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Watch a preview of BBC America's new Weird Wonders TV series, premiering tonight, April 26th, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. BBC America says, "From monkey first aid to a man whose sight was repaired by his tooth, Weird Wonders takes viewers on a surprising, intriguing and fascinating journey through all things weird." Chris Packham hosts



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Davina McCall: Life at the Extreme review – Davina races a cheetah. Seriously. She’s brought her running kit!

29 February 2016 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Davina McCall may be no David Attenborough, but she’s always good fun

Does the race to succeed Sir David Attenborough fronting the BBC’s landmark national history programmes have a late entry? Is it going to be like last week’s Fifa presidential elections, when everyone thought it was going to be someone and then it ended up being someone else? If Sir David’s lawyers are reading, I’m not suggesting in any way that his reign has been like Sepp Blatter’s, or that Chris Packham has anything in common with candidates for the Fifa presidential elections. All I’m wondering is whether the eventual winner, the Gianni Infantino of wildlife presenting, is going to be … Davina McCall.

Because here she is with her own four-part show, Davina McCall: Life at the Extreme (ITV, admittedly, but once she has established her natural-history credentials the Beeb will »

- Sam Wollaston

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Alan Partridge: I don’t need TV, I’ve got two Nutribullets

6 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In an exclusive epistle, Norfolk’s king of chat has harsh words for the future of the small screen. A golden age of TV? More like a golden shower, he writes

Six months ago, I was back at the BBC. It was a drinks reception to celebrate 45 years of The Goodies and Bill Oddie invited me as his plus one, mindful that he might bump into Chris Packham and lamp him for stealing the Springwatch gig.

Related: Alan Partridge to return to Sky Atlantic for second Mid Morning Matters series

Related: Iannucci: Alan Partridge went to Sky because BBC wanted to interfere

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- Alan Partridge

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Keeping Up With the Khans review – asylum seekers in Sheffield, from the people who brought us Benefits Street …

4 February 2016 11:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The camera crew are not the only ones wondering whether they are entirely welcome in this surprisingly even-handed look at all sides of the issue

Not a great title, this: Keeping Up With the Khans (Channel 4). It’s made by the production company behind Benefits Street and Immigration Street (as well as the equally controversial Great British Bake Off). It is Immigration Street, basically, but after the problems with that (it lasted just one episode, after the Southampton residents scuppered it), and the furore over Benefits Street before that, I can see how they wanted to move away from the street thing. Keeping Up With the Khans, though? Because apparently, for new arrivals, it’s all about catching up with the last big influx of migrants from Pakistan (though there’s nothing about that here)? And it sounds a bit like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and maybe Citizen Khan? »

- Sam Wollaston

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Tuesday’s best TV: Winterwatch 2016; Sugar Free Farm; The Real Marigold Hotel; The Mad World of Donald Trump

25 January 2016 10:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michaela Strachan and chums head to the Caingorns to see how wildlife is coping with the warm winter; D-list celebs give up sugar for a fortnight; eight Oap-list celebs consider retiring to Jaipur. Plus: Matt Frei investigates the Donald

A welcome reminder that the Beeb’s interest in window-scraping season extends beyond viewer photos of snow-covered miscellanea. Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games head to Cairngorms national park to examine how the furry and feathered residents are coping with the season. With this winter wandering from warmest on record to wettest within weeks, continued survival must seem like the wildlife equivalent of the Ninja Warrior course. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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- Mark Gibbings-Jones, Hannah J Davies, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Jack Seale and Paul Howlett

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