12 items from 2014
Jonathan Creek was Friday's (March 14) highest-rated TV show outside of soaps for the third week running.
Down slightly from last week's 5.57m rating, the third and final episode of the mystery series was seen by 5.41 million viewers (25.2%) at 9pm on BBC One.
BBC One started the evening with 3.91m (20.1%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.98m (14.4%) for The Question of Sport at 8.30pm.
Over on ITV, Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was the highest-rated show outside of soaps with 2.62m (11.9%) at 8pm. The fourth episode of Edge of Heaven suffered a slight dip in viewers, picking up 1.51m (6.8%) at 9pm.
Mastermind was once again BBC Two's highest-rated show of the evening, attracting 2.31m (10.5%) at 8pm. The evening continued with a strong »
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway pulled in its highest ratings of the current series so far last night (March 8), according to overnight data.
The third episode of the current 11th series attracted 6.65 million viewers and 28.89% of the audience share when it aired at 7pm on ITV. It gained an additional 356k (1.56%) on +1.
The long-running entertainment show was just 50,000 viewers behind the reigning ratings champion The Voice UK, which once again topped Saturday night's live viewing figures.
The BBC One show pulled in 6.7m (29.3%) as contestants faced off for the second bout of battle rounds at 7pm.
Sue Perkins initially turned down 'The Great British Bake Off'. The 44-year-old TV presenter - who fronts the BBC Two baking competition with Mel Giedroyc - has admitted she passed on the chance to host the show at first because she didn't think it would last. She said: ''They said, ''Would you do it?' and I said, 'No, it's about cakes, don't be silly.' '' However, Sue is now thankful she changed her mind as 'Bake Off' has enjoyed momentous success over the past four years and will soon move to BBC One. She added: ''I can't tell you how joyous it is. I'm »
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she originally turned down the job of presenting the BBC reality show.
Speaking on the Jonathan Ross show, Perkins confessed that she was the "luckiest person alive" to have changed her mind.
"They said, 'Would you do it?' and I said, 'No, it's about cakes, don't be silly'," she tells Ross.
Perkins also reveals some amusing secrets about life behind the scenes on the bakery show, which includes the team playing a game with a plastic baguette.
"Paul [Hollywood] in particular likes to take a running jump and thwack me so hard that my teeth knock together," she says.
"I got him [Hollywood]. He bent over to receive a cob and I connected intensely with big John and the twins. So that's what we do. It's like a playground."
Perkins also spills secrets about Mary Berry, telling Ross that the 'Queen »
That's it! We're done! The blind auditions are now over, and the coaches' teams are finally complete. Mind you, with will.i.am chatting about ducks and reciting the alphabet, Ricky making sure his hair was perfect and talking about how he used to want to be Et, Sir Tom trying to destroy his chair out of frustration, and everyone complaining about how tough the whole thing was, it's a surprise we made it.
And, of course, the final blinds are always brutal - seven acts made it through, but eleven had to say goodbye. Still, who made it and who didn't? Who were we loving? Read on to find out how we ranked this week's auditionees...
1. Tom Barnwell
Song: 'American Boy' / Coach: will.i.am
Tom was first out of the gates tonight, but what a way to kick off the show. The ambulance controller seemed like »
Only when we have a female equivalent of Adrian Chiles hosting a panel show will I believe TV is getting gender equality right
BBC boss Danny Cohen seems to have taken some people by surprise when he announced: "We're not going to have panel shows any more with no women on them. You can't do that. It's not acceptable."
Before the same tripe gets trotted out about this topic for the millionth time, let's get one thing clear – despite being a comedian who happens to be a woman, I can't stand so-called positive discrimination. I say this in the face of being a beneficiary of the policy, before anyone accuses me of bitterness. I've had numerous work offers or auditions in the past year where it's been clear to me that the fact I'm a girl has been a contributing factor in asking me in. I should be pleased, really. »
- Fern Brady
While Michael Vaughan seems more interested in giving Mary Berry a big kiss on the cheek, the celebrity bakers will be tasked with whipping up some tasty treats as part of the effort to raise money for charity.
Among the foods the first four celebrities will be attempting to make are sandwiched biscuits and tarte tatin.
However, the showstopper bake - a 3D novelty cake representing a sporting event - is expected to separate out the pack, with Bond appearing to struggle with her baking in the picture above. »
The Great Sport Relief Bake Off: BBC Two, 8.30pm
This celebrity edition of the baking show phenomenon sees Sue Perkins host as stars including Harry Potter's Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and radio presenter Johnny Vaughan show off their best sandwich biscuits and tarte tatin.
The Bletchley Circle: ITV, 9pm
The second series of the 1950s mystery drama continues, as the women of the Circle face a battle to save Alice (Hattie Morahan) from the gallows. Evidence they find begins to suggest a high-level conspiracy may be involved...
Uncle: BBC Three, 10pm
This brand new sitcom sees out-of-work musician Andy (Nick Helm) forming an unwilling bond with his 12-year-old nephew Errol (Elliot Spencer-Gillott), which soon leads to an unexpected adventure involving a fake injury and a trip to a gay club. »
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The Great Sport Relief Bake Off: Monday (January 13) at 8.30pm on BBC Two
After rolling up their sleeves and creating a load of tasty festive delights in the Christmas special, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry return to their cushy judging roles as a bunch of hapless celebrities enter the tent for The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.
Don't go expecting the technical showstoppers or signature bakes seen in the regular show, though. This four-part charity special's running theme is 'Look how clueless famous people are when they have to get their hands dirty', and a celeb is deemed »
The hopefuls will be seen in four programmes for BBC2's The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to be screened later this month, with four participating each night.
Cyclist Pendleton's fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford is also in the series along with her 2012 Strictly Come Dancing competitor Michael Vaughan, under the watchful eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Others taking part are Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes, singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, actors Doon Mackichan, Samantha Bond and Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, writer and broadcaster Emma Freud, Johnny Vaughan, and Helen Skelton, the former Blue Peter presenter. »
- Alistair McGowan
If you're starting off 2014 feeling a little bit worse for wear (Too many Cheeky Vimtos and too much twerking last night?), let Digital Spy soothe your aching head with some exciting news. 2014 is going to be a bloody belting year for entertainment.
Want to know why? Here are 25 reasons that the next 365 days are going to be pretty flipping awesome.
1. True Detective - January
What will be the Breaking Bad of 2014? We can probably rule out Splash! and the comeback for Birds of a Feather, but other than that there's a pretty open field for new dramas this year, hoping to fill a Heisenberg-shaped hole.
HBO's gritty new serial killer series is currently the most likely contender with incredible trailers and some serious hype. If we could only watch one new show next year, this would be it. It arrives in the Us in January and on Sky Atlantic in February. »
Impressionist Alistair McGowan, singer Michael Ball and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner will also take part in the four-part BBC Two series, which will air every night from Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16.
For the first time, a number of guest presenters will also step into the tent to host the series, which is in aid of Sport Relief. As well as regular presenter Sue Perkins, comedians Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand are to each host one episode.
12 items from 2014
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