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When good TV goes bad: how Popworld's bubble burst

In a new column pinpointing the moments great TV shows jumped the shark, we remember Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver’s irrepressible double act – and the ship that sank without them

Back in the halcyon days of 2001, when people still bought CDs and pop music TV didn’t exist purely online presented by two quiffs from YouTube, there was Channel 4’s Popworld. Hosted by gangly geek Simon Amstell and the apparently perpetually hungover Miquita Oliver, its aim was to crawl under the veneer of pop stardom and poke it until it said something interesting. Sometimes interviews were delivered by two horses, Richard & Trudy; or they’d be framed as police interrogations (Ronan Keating being challenged as to whether life really is a rollercoaster); while recurring segment The Big Ones, asked the sort of questions – Rachel Stevens being put on the spot with: “Have you got any power tools?” – that
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New to Streaming: ‘Sense8,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)

Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to
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Five Questions for Miss Stevens Writer/Director Julia Hart

We’ve seen our fair share of films about teacher-student relationships, but they tend to fall into either the titillating or inspirational categories. Miss Stevens is neither. It’s a quiet drama which is powerful in its subtlety. The plot itself is understated, but the execution is surprisingly compelling. The set-up involves Rachel Stevens (Lily Rabe), a lonely high school teacher who reluctantly chaperones three teens – including the troubled and charismatic Billy (Timothee Chalamet) – to a drama competition. In her directorial debut, Julia Hart, who co-wrote the film with her husband Jordan Horowitz, exhibits an aptitude for working with actors. Rabe won the Best Actress […]
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Miss Stevens Review

Going in, it is tempting to make a great deal of assumptions about Miss Stevens, because its outer-most layer feels like familiar territory. An unhappy female High School teacher takes three students to a weekend drama competition, and a transformative experience ensues. This is a dramatic plot device that we have seen play out many times on the big screen but – as the film begins its powerful opening sequence, set to the haunting musical saw stylings of Natalia Paruz – it quickly becomes clear that Miss Stevens is actually something else entirely.

This is the directorial debut of Julia Hart (The Keeping Room), who co-wrote the screenplay with producer, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land). What has been created is a stunning work of misdirection, though it is neither contrived nor manipulative. Rather, it works in concert with the habitual expectations of the audience to weave a tale run-through with absolute truth.
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Miss Stevens’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Miss Stevens’
A high-school English teacher chaperones three students at a weekend-long drama competition and finds that she’s the one with a lot to learn in “Miss Stevens,” a well-acted and involving dramedy that takes a few too many facile turns en route to upbeat endings all around. Julia Hart’s directing debut is distinguished by a smartly layered performance from Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”), fully persuasive as a designated authority figure still a few steps away from embracing full adulthood, but it’s hard not to wish the script weren’t quite so insistent on treating its characters — even those it invests with deeper, richer complexities — as problems waiting to be solved by film’s end. Still, with its polished presentation and strong performances, this late-coming-of-ager should serve as a solid calling card for Hart as it makes its way into the niche-distribution stream.

A brief opening scene of
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Hollyoaks turns 20: What happened to the original cast from 1995?

Holly birthday, Happyoaks! Sorry, let's try that again. Happy birthday, Hollyoaks! That's better.

It's often written off as the runt of the soap litter, but we're rather affectionate towards Hollyoaks. Surprisingly, it's not only survived but is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this autumn. It now boasts 50 regulars and a faster pace than any other soap, but can you believe that Hollyoaks once focused on the adventures of only seven main characters?

Launching on Channel 4 in October 1995 with just one episode per week, Hollyoaks gradually earned a place in viewers' hearts as it followed the tangled lives and torrid loves of Kurt, Jambo, Louise, Maddie, Natasha, Dawn and Tony. So where are Chester's magnificent seven now?

Jeremy Edwards (Kurt)

Ex-model Jeremy Edwards' character Kurt Benson was Hollyoaks' original king of cool, known for his love of his motorbikes, music and the local ladies. Kurt eventually settled
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Strictly Come Dancing tour: Len Goodman to be guest judge in London

Len Goodman is to join the Strictly Come Dancing live tour as a guest judge next week.

The head judge will appear at London's O2 on February 7 and 8, alongside his colleague Craig Revel Horwood and former winners Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup.

Meanwhile, former contestant Lisa Riley will guest host the matinee and evening shows on February 8.

Goodman said: "I am very much looking forward to getting behind the judges' desk with Craig, Tom and Camilla while the tour is at The O2. The Strictly Come Dancing live tour is great fun for all the family and I can't wait to be back."

Riley added: "I'm really looking forward to continuing my Strictly journey and I'm thrilled to have been asked to once again host the Strictly tour at The O2. I can't wait to get back out on that dance floor with the stars of this amazing tour and
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Anton Du Beke joins Strictly Come Dancing live tour judging panel

Anton Du Beke has joined the Strictly Come Dancing live tour judging panel.

The dancer and presenter will join Craig Revel Horwood, Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup on the panel at Liverpool's Echo Arena (February 3 and 4) and The Sse Arena Wembley (February 5 and 6).

It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball hosts the Strictly live tour, and this year's pairings are as follows:

Caroline Flack with Tristan MacManus

Simon Webbe with Kristina Rihanoff

Rachel Stevens with Kevin Clifton

Mark Wright with Karen Hauer

Alison Hammond with Aljaž Skorjanec

Thom Evans with Iveta Lukosiute

Scott Mills with Joanne Clifton

The 31-date arena run kicked off at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on January 16.

It will conclude on February 8 at the O2 London.

Flack was named winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014. The former Xtra Factor host was partnered to victory by Pasha Kovalev.
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Rachel Stevens replaces Frankie Bridge on Strictly Come Dancing UK tour

Rachel Stevens has joined the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 UK tour as a replacement for Frankie Bridge.

Bridge pulled out of the dates on the advice of her doctor after announcing that she is pregnant.

"I'm really happy for Frankie and Wayne - it's great news to start the New Year with," Stevens said.

"I know she's disappointed not to be doing the tour- I was supporting Team Frankie during the show and she was fantastic - but I'm happy to be able to step in for her."

She continued: "It's no secret that I loved my time in Strictly and that I'm a big fan of the dances, so I'm excited to be back and to get my dancing shoes on again.

"Today, I'm straight into rehearsals learning the routines and meeting the guys and next week we'll be on tour seeing fans across the country - I can't wait!
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Louis Smith wins Strictly Come Dancing 2014 Christmas special

Louis Smith has won the all-star Strictly Come Dancing 2014 Christmas Special.

The 2012 champion and his partner Aliona Vilani earned a perfect score of 40 points from the judges for their quickstep to 'Jingle Bells'.

"It's a nice present, I am not going to lie!" said the gymnast. "We've had such a fun time, although the first week of rehearsals was hard.

"But since then we have just been chilling out, laughing and giggling, messing around on the dance floor, it's been really good fun."

Sophie Ellis Bextor, Lisa Riley, Rachel Stevens, Chris Hollins and Russell Grant completed the lineup of celebrity contestants from previous series.

Sir Bruce Forsyth also returned to the Strictly ballroom alongside Tess Daly to host this year's Christmas Special.

After watching all the dances, the studio audience cast their votes for their favourite couple.

The audience's vote was then combined with the judges scores to
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Louis Smith jumps back into Strictly Come Dancing after stumbling Tumble | Media Monkey

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith will be back on safer ground this Christmas after his stint as a judge on BBC1s not entirely overwhelming Saturday night talent show Tumble when he returns in his guise as a former champion to the Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing. The celebrity dance show, which will also welcome back Bruce Forsyth, will feature Strictly alumni Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Rachel Stevens, Lisa Riley and Russell Grant (another former contestant, Susanna Reid, presumably opting for a lie-in). But another former star who found fame on the BBC Breakfast sofa, Will be back. Yes, its Chris Hollins! Although, it might have been more fun to watch him on Tumble.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rachel Stevens for Christmas Strictly Come Dancing

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rachel Stevens are among the celebrities who have signed up for the 2014 'Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas special. The 'Murder on the Dancefloor' hitmaker and S Club 7 star are among the list of former contestants set to compete in the annual special, which will also see the return of retired host Sir Bruce Forsyth. However, after coming in fourth place with professional dancer Brendan Cole in the 2013 series, Sophie will now be partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec, while 2008 runner-up Rachel will swap Vincent Simone for Tristan McManus. Olympic gymnast Louis Smith - who won Strictly with
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Strictly Come Dancing: Celebrity lineup for Christmas special revealed

The lineup for the Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing has been announced.

The festive edition of the show will feature six returning celebrities from previous series performing a pantomime-inspired yuletide routine with professional dancers.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is paired with Aljaz Skorjanec, while Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor will be dancing together.

Rachel Stevens has been coupled with Tristan MacManus. Meanwhile, Louis Smith is hitting the dance floor with Aliona Vilani.

Chris Hollins's partner will be Iveta Lukosiute, and Russell Grant is paired with Joanne Clifton.

The special will air on Christmas Day.

Rufus Hound and Flavia Cacace won the one-off show in 2013. Their waltz earned them 38 points from the judges.

The current series of Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday (November 15) at 7pm on BBC One.
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Jennifer Metcalfe genuinely cried saying goodbye to on-screen sister

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rachel Stevens are among the celebrities who have signed up for the 2014 'Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas special. The 'Murder on the Dancefloor' hitmaker and S Club 7 star are among the list of former contestants set to compete in the annual special, which will also see the return of retired host Sir Bruce Forsyth. However, after coming in fourth place with professional dancer Brendan Cole in the 2013 series, Sophie will now be partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec, while 2008 runner-up Rachel will swap Vincent Simone for Tristan McManus. Olympic gymnast Louis Smith - who won Strictly with
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S Club 7 reunion: testing the power of pop nostalgia

The 90s pop act are getting back together for charity. Should the recent appetite for reunions give them hope of another bite at fame?

As anyone who attended a school disco in 1999 will attest, there aint no party like an S Club party. The group behind that song and other glistening pop hits such as Reach, Bring It All Back and Dont Stop Movin will be hoping to prove that their much-quoted catchphrase still holds true 15 years later, as they announced on Wednesday that theyve officially reformed for a special performance for the BBCs Children in Need appeal the first outing for the original lineup since 2002.

After Paul Cattermole quit the group to devote more time to his nu-metal project, the remaining six members trudged on for one last half-hearted album campaign before bowing to the inevitable in 2003. The interim years have seen short-lived solo careers, reality TV racism scandals
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S Club 7 Makes Our Dreams Come True With Reunion News

S Club 7 Makes Our Dreams Come True With Reunion News
The '90s pop supergroup is getting back together for a charity performance next month.

S Club 7 is bringing it all back for charity, and making our dreams come true in the process!

The '90s supergroup has finally gotten all seven members on board for a reunion at the BBC's Children in Need benefit show on Friday, November 14.

Since the group called it quits in 2003, the members had gone their separate ways. Bradley McIntosh, Paul Cattermole and Jo O’Meara still got together to perform S Club hits from time to time, while Tina Barrett stayed out of the spotlight, Hannah Spearritt pursued an acting career, and Jon Lee focused on musical theater.

Video: Watch This 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Reunion!

Rachel Stevens, meanwhile, pursued a solo career in music. She'll serve as a judge on the upcoming season of The Voice of Ireland.

November's BBC Charity show marks the first time that
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S Club 7 Is Reuniting for the First Time in More Than a Decade

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S Club 7 Is Reuniting for the First Time in More Than a Decade
There ain’t no party like an S Club 7 reunion party: According to the BBC, the beloved ‘90s Brit pop band will reunite for the BBC’s Children in Need benefit show on November 14, marking the first time that all seven members have performed together in more than a decade (even though it feels like yesterday in our hearts). "This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time," the band said in a statement to the BBC. We can’t wait to see Bradley sing and Rachel do her thing. But has Jo still got the flow? Find out on November 14!
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S Club 7 Plans Long-Awaited Charity Reunion After More Than a Decade

S Club 7 Plans Long-Awaited Charity Reunion After More Than a Decade
Ain't no party like an S Club party! After more than a decade apart, the seven British singers announced plans to reunite next month.  S Club 7 will stage a long-awaited reunion to raise funds for charity. The famed 1990s pop group is set to take the stage at the BBC's Children in Need benefit show on Friday, Nov. 14.  While various iterations and pairings of the group have performed in recent years, this is the first time that all seven members will be together for a gig [...]
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Rachel Stevens and Una Foden named as coaches on The Voice Of Ireland

Rachel Stevens and Una Foden have been announced as coaches on The Voice Of Ireland.

The ex-member of S Club 7 and The Saturdays singer join Bressie and Kian Egan on the coaching panel for the show's upcoming fourth series.

Foden said in a statement: "I'm delighted to be a part of the fantastic team behind The Voice of Ireland. I love the show and I can't wait to sit in that chair.

"I know the talent that Ireland has to offer, so that button is going to see a lot of action. I'm excited to be working with Bressie, Kian and Rachel but it will be me who finds this year's winner!"

Foden also voiced her excitement about joining the show on Twitter.

Super excited to announce that I'll be joining the judging panel for the next season of @RTETheVoice w/ @KianEganWL @nbrez @msrachelstevens

— Una Foden (@UnaTheSats) October 6, 2014

The
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Ranking the Strictly Come Dancing winners: Who is the best ever?

After all the excitement about the Strictly Come Dancing launch last weekend, we've now got to wait a couple of weeks to discover who can dance and who can... waddle around a floor, badly (We're looking at you, Gregg Wallace).

In the meantime, we've had the ultimate Strictly pub debate - yes, we talk about Strictly in the pub - who is the greatest champion of all time. Here is the Definitive* ranking of the 11 Glitterball Champions from Worst to the Best.

*Actually just our opinion.

11. Chris Hollins

You can't win Strictly Come Dancing and be a bad dancer. However, Chris Hollins would have struggled to reach the final in any other series and it was only really his partnership with Ola 'Chops' Jordan and the dull competition that allowed him to stroll (or should that be Charleston?) to victory.

10. Tom Chambers

Were Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup the best dancers in 2008? Probably not.
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