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Great British Bake Off: Biscuit Week round-up - Fondant fiasco

13 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Biscuits! Cookies! Gingerbread! It was crunch time (sorry) in the Great British Bake Off tent this week as the remaining eleven contestants weathered three dastardly Biscuit Week challenges - but who went crackers and who jammie dodged an early exit (oh God, we're sorry)...

The signature challenge - biscuits for cheese

First up, the bakers all had to create 36 savoury biscuits to go with cheese ("cheesier than an Abba tribute band at a fondue all night bash", Sue ordered). We figure that turns out as 396 biscuits in total. Mary's cheese and wine nights must be pretty epic.

Nancy had to get used to using in-date ingredients. "I used three teaspoons of fennel at home and that was spot on, but I think it was probably out of date," she confessed, to Mary's pursed lips. Who doesn't have forgotten, out-of-date herbs at the back of their cupboard, though? This is possibly »

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Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

4 June 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex's series looking back at the film careers of actors who've played the Doctor finishes with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi...


Read the previous part in this series: the film careers of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, here.

By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.

Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »

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Baftas 2014: 10 things we learned

17 February 2014 6:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The red carpet has been rolled, the stars are sleeping off their hangovers. Here are our top takeaways from last night's Baftas

• Winners in full

• The ceremony as it happened

Stephen Fry has got gummy

Maybe it's that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have ruined us for everyone else. Maybe it was because the broadcast didn't start until after the watershed, so we'd expected more bite. But Stephen Fry calling Emma Thompson "a ghastly piece of stinking offal" and describing Captain Phillips as "Saving Mr Hanks" didn't quite seem to cut it like it might have in 2002. There was the odd glimmer of the old wit: slagging off Jeff Pope's grammar, telling us he was so moved by Oprah in The Butler he nearly gave his the afternoon off. But Fry's own suggestion that Steve Coogan should take on the mantle seemed the sanest thing he said all night. »

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