What should music TV look like in 2017?

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The BBC is planning a primetime music show featuring live performances, sketches and interviews. Can it reinvent Top of the Pops for the 21st century, or is it chasing a dead format? Five Guardian writers ponder its merits

It’s testament to the nation’s fondness for Top of the Pops that not even Jimmy Savile and Dave Lee Travis have managed to entirely taint it – and it feels as if every year there’s a thinkpiece longing for a rebirth of the show (yes, including in the Guardian).

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Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Who is going in? 11 early rumours

Wondering what you're going to do when X Factor and Strictly end? Fear not friends, because yet another series of Celebrity Big Brother is just around the corner. It is expected to return on January 5 on Channel 5 and this year it will have a "twisted fairytale" theme.

Emma Willis and Rylan Clark will be back in January with another batch of famous (and not so famous) faces, willing to humiliate themselves for our amusement.

Here are 15 early rumours about potential housemates for the 2015 series.

1. Danniella Westbrook

The former EastEnders actress has had a terrible 2014 and she's recently been on This Morning talking about her financial plight, so it isn't a surprise to hear that she's a new hot favourite to be heading into the house. Producers will no doubt hope that she's prepared to spill the beans about her troubles with drug addictions.

2. Sammy Winward

She seems like a bit of a long shot,
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BBC won't show Dave Lee Travis presenting editions of Top Of The Pops

The BBC says it will no longer show archive Top Of The Pops episodes featuring Dave Lee Travis.

Travis was last month given a three-month jail sentence suspended for two years, after being found guilty of indecent assault.

"The BBC will not show Top of the Pops repeats fronted by Dave Lee Travis," a BBC spokesperson told The Guardian. "We will consider any other archive appearances on a case-by-case basis."

Programmes that Travis hosted had already been pulled from the weekly BBC Four repeats of the show following his initial arrest in 2012.

The BBC recently apologised after an excerpt of Top of the Pops featuring Jimmy Savile was broadcast on TV.

The corporation carefully reviews programmes where the disgraced broadcaster featured ahead of transmission, and axes or edits any material which may cause offence or distress.

The attorney general's office has confirmed that it is considering whether to refer the
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Dave Lee Travis cleared of indecent assault

London, Feb 14: A judge has ruled in favor of former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis and cleared him of 12 counts of indecent assault.

After the decision, Travis insisted that he did not feel like there is a victory in any way, but instead claimed he went through a year and a half of hell on this.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to reach a decision on a further indecent assault count and one of sexual assault, as Travis denied all charges against him during the four-week trial, the BBC reported.

The 68-year-old former Radio 1 DJ said that he endured a crown court trial but also a trial by media, wherein he.
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Dave Lee Travis claims being groped by three "very famous" female celebs

London, January 30: Dave Lee Travis has claimed that he had been groped by three "very famous" female stars.

The former Radio 1 DJ refused to name them, but insisted that he was the victim as three female celebrities had "squeezed" his manhood, the Daily Star reported.

The former 'Top Of The Pops' host said that he was the victim of a "witch-hunt" by women who were lying or bearing a grudge because he did not sign autographs for them.

Travis is accused of sex attacks on 11 women over three decades, but has denied 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault. (Ani)
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DJ Dave Lee Travis admits groping behaviour was `norm`

London, January 25: DJ Dave Lee Travis, who has denied the charges of sexual offences against him, has revealed that groping behaviour was the "norm" during the 1970s.

The 68-year-old British radio presenter admitted that his reputation was everything to him so if he had touched someone's breasts he would admit it, the BBC reported.

While describing the claims as "absurd and ridiculous", Travis said that he would have been insane to grope anyone in a BBC studio.

He is charged with counts of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003 and a sexual assault in 2008, involving a total of 11 women who were aged between.
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Ridiculous Rewrite: Bloom And Whitaker Watch The Film Zulu In Their New Film Zulu

Here is a still from Zulu, the new feature film starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom.

(The above comment is the only true thing about this entire article. From here on in, it’s all lies. Enjoy the Ridiculous Rewrite.)

The film concerns Dr Wintupple Thumbs (Bloom), a physician who just loves the film Zulu, featuring Michael Caine and troubled broadcaster Dave Lee Travis. He watches it as often as he can, projecting it from a powerful light on his wristwatch onto any surface wide enough (and in his view, worthy enough) to display the film. Today, he is sat on a park bench and projects it onto the side of a passing dog which, luckily, remains stationary enough for him to sit and enjoy.

However, twenty minutes into his viewing, a local horse whisperer (Whitaker) sits beside him to watch the film as well, and Thumbs suddenly realises this
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Saturday Night Takeaway v The Voice: this ratings 'battle' is no contest

Ant & Dec's unstoppable Saturday Night Takeaway is going head to head with The Voice. It's hardly a fair fight …

If you didn't pity The Voice enough already, here's some even worse news – when it starts, it will be going head to head with Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. The poor thing doesn't stand a chance. This isn't X Factor versus Strictly. It's an insanely popular programme that everybody loves versus The Voice.

Saturday Night Takeaway shouldn't even really be on television any more. By rights it should have died five years ago when it got caught up in ITV's premium-rate phone scandal. Surely if anything can kill a show for good, it's the knowledge that a competition about sitting on top of a giant mechanical pig wasn't decided fairly.

And yet Saturday Night Takeaway is arguably stronger than ever: once you strip away soaps and football, it's one of ITV's most watched shows.
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Ahhhhaaaaa! First Official Still From ‘The Alan Partridge Movie’ & Trailer Hits Friday!

We’ve had behind-the-scenes images of Steve Coogan’s beloved failed chat show host and radio DJ, Alan Partridge, around Norwich City Centre (possibly discussing the pedestrianisation with visitors) of the characters hometown, as well as filming on the pier nearby. Now we have the first official image of the big-screen transition of Norfolk’s favourite son, (well, after Bernard Matthews of course), The Alan Partridge Movie, which is still currently filming in the UK.

Coogan’s most famous creation will make the leap from the small screen to the silver-screen and will be reunited with a host of familiar faces which include put-upon Pa, Lynne (Felicity Montague) and Geordie pal, Michael (Simon Greenall). Sadly, hairy cornflake Dave Lee Travis’ inclusion was way of the mark.

The Alan Partridge Movie will hit cinemas from 16th August and co-stars Nigel Lindsay, Sean Pertwee, Phil Cornwell, Colm Meaney and Anna Maxwell Martin.
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Horrific Jimmy Savile Report: His Youngest Victim Was 8

Horrific Jimmy Savile Report: His Youngest Victim Was 8
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London, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The late British TV presenter Jimmy Savile physically abused hundreds of people over six decades, according to a police-led report on Friday which said he carried out attacks at the BBC and at hospitals where he did voluntary work.

Of his victims, 73 percent were under 18 and 82 percent were female. The oldest was 47 and the youngest just 8.

"Savile's offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic," Commander Peter Spindler told reporters.

Savile, one of the BBC's biggest stars of the 1970s and 80s received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth for charity work. He died in 2011, aged 84, a year before allegations about his abusive behaviour emerged in a TV documentary.

Friday's report said he had committed 214 criminal offences including 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults across the country.

His offending first occurred in 1955 in the northern English city of Manchester and the last attack was in 2009, the report said.
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Savile probe: Quizzed TV star 'spent Christmas in rehab for stress'

Savile probe: Quizzed TV star 'spent Christmas in rehab for stress'
A children's TV star quizzed in the Jimmy Savile police probe has been admitted to The Priory for stress. The star, who is in his 80s but cannot be named for legal reasons, spent Christmas at the private rehabilitation clinic.

[Jimmy Savile alongside waxwork] The man has been quizzed over underage sex claims as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree. The probe, which was set up after Savile was accused of sexual offences against underage girls, has so far questioned high-profile figures such as Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr and Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis. A source close to the questioned TV star told The Mirror: (more)
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BBC to show Teletubbies in Burma

Burmese viewers will also be able to watch In the Night Garden and Doctor Who as BBC launches three channels

The BBC is introducing the Teletubbies to Burma as it launches three of its pay-tv channels in the country.

Young viewers in Burma will be able to watch In the Night Garden, Teletubbies and Mister Maker on the pre-school channel CBeebies, while the sci-fi drama Doctor Who and The Graham Norton Show will be broadcast on BBC Entertainment. A third channel, BBC World News, will feature 24-hour world news.

The announcement comes after David Cameron became the first serving British prime minister to visit the country, which became independent from Britain in 1948, when he flew to Burma in April. Burma has moved to thaw relations with the west by releasing political prisoners and holding parliamentary byelections, which saw the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party win 43 seats.

Peter Horrocks,
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Jimmy Savile scandal: Alleged victims tally reaches 450

Jimmy Savile scandal: Alleged victims tally reaches 450
The number of alleged sexual abuse victims of Jimmy Savile has reached 450, police have confirmed. Operation Yewtree teams have spoken to 589 people in relation to offences carried out by the late broadcaster and others. The alleged victims are 82% female and 80% children or young people, reports BBC News. Operation Yewtree is investigating Savile's abuse under three sections - abuse committed by Savile alone; abuse committed by Savile along with others; and others committing abuse. Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis and ex-tv producer Wilfred De'Ath are believed to be among other individuals arrested as part of the investigations. Max Clifford was arrested by police last week for offences that do not directly link with Savile, while two more unidentified (more)
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Two and a Half Men's young star isn't the first to bite the hand that feeds

Angus T Jones has called his own programme 'filth' – joining a long line of show-sabotaging celebrities

Self-flagellation has become the fashion in broadcasting. Less than a month after the extraordinary Newsnight programme in which the whole show was devoted to apologising for the false Lord McAlpine report and questioning the programme's very right to exist, an American actor went even further – suggesting that the hit sitcom in which he appears may be the work of the devil.

As well as further confirming the difficulties of talent management in an age of social media, Angus T Jones's attack on Two and a Half Men as irreligious filth – for which he has since apologised – has attracted such attention because it breaks a law of product loyalty implicit in the industry and sometimes contractually stipulated.

Broadcasting encourages a form of patriotism, in which staff are expected to wave a flag for their programme.
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Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC could axe Top of the Pops repeats

BBC4 controller Richard Klein says he has not decided whether to continue airing re-runs of chart show

The BBC may axe its re-runs of classic editions of Top of the Pops on BBC4 as a result of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Vintage shows from the 1970s featuring the disgraced presenter have already been pulled from the schedule, and last week BBC4 shelved an episode presented by Dave Lee Travis after the DJ's arrest.

The BBC is currently airing editions of the chart show from 1977, but BBC4 controller Richard Klein said he had not decided whether to continue into 1978.

"It is complex and it is difficult to judge," Klein told a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch on Wednesday.

"These are judgments we are making on a case-by-case basis. It requires us to be cautious and careful without overreacting, to take into account public sensibilities and legalities, and hopefully we are going to get it right.
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DJ Facing Sex Abuse Allegations

London -- A British radio station has suspended the radio program of a disc jockey who has been arrested as part of a national child sex abuse scandal.

Bauer Media says Dave Lee Travis' weekend show on Magic Am will not be broadcast until the investigation has been resolved.

Travis was arrested Thursday and later freed on bail as part of a wide-ranging police inquiry that began by looking into allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, a BBC TV host suspected of abusing hundreds of underage girls.

The 67-year-old Travis has denied any wrongdoing. He told reporters Friday that he is being investigated for groping two grown women, not for abusing children.

Travis was once one of Britain's best-known DJs. He has not been charged.
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Danny Baker and 10 more great resignations

As DJ Danny Baker froths on-air about his show's cancellation, we pick 10 others who were mad as hell and not going to take it any more

Danny Baker's on-air rant over the cancellation of his show on Thursday was a masterpiece of baroque fury. Baker frothed and railed against everything that happened to cross his mind, from BBC middle management to weasels to abacuses. It spewed from the airwaves to Twitter to the pavement outside his studio and in all likelihood is still going on now. But it's by no means unique. Danny Baker has simply joined the ranks of other celebrities who've had very public work-related tantrums. Here are 10 more we should all aspire to.

William Faulkner resigns as a postmaster

Faulkner announced his resignation in 1924 with a letter reading: "I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel
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Jimmy Savile: former BBC executives deny sex abuse claims were open secret

Ex-head of TV variety and BBC1 controller say they did not hear of rumours or complaints against presenter

Two former senior BBC TV executives have denied that claims of sexual abuse by Sir Jimmy Savile were an open secret at the corporation in the 1980s.

Jim Moir, who as a BBC entertainment executive was in charge of Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops in the 1980s, said he never received any complaint or warning about Savile's behaviour towards underage girls.

Jonathan Powell, the controller of BBC1 from 1987 to 1993, also told the Guardian he had never heard of any rumours or complaints. Powell said he had never even met Savile during his period at the BBC.

Moir, the BBC's head of TV variety from 1982 to 1987 before he became head of light entertainment between 1987 to 1993, told the Guardian: "There is so much talk about rumours, but I can tell you
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Media Monkey: Rev modesty, Murdoch tweets and pasty panic

✒ Friday's Broadcasting Press Guild awards swiftly turned into a I'm-more-fraudulent-than-you contest for the winners. Gareth Malone, collecting the best factual entertainment gong for The Choir: Military Wives (accompanied by "some of my wives"), affected puzzlement because in his shows everyone knows what's going to happen: "Nobody sings. Everyone laughs at me. I get very cross. Everyone sings."

✒ Backing into the limelight at Friday's Broadcasting Press Guild awards were Rev's writers Tom Hollander and James Wood, winners of the writer's award as well as best comedy/entertainment. Hollander, also star of the series and credited with having the idea, insisted that he was not really a writer; but Wood, referring to a clip just shown of the Rev Adam Smallbone having a pre-Christmas breakdown, countered by saying the scene was improvised – "Tom went mad, and I just typed it".

✒ Their modesty was topped by Hollander's screen wife Olivia Colman, who
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TV highlights: 25/12/2011

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Doctor Who | Downton Abbey | Absolutely Fabulous | Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe | Matthew Bourne's Christmas | Top Of The Pops 1976: Christmas Day Special

Doctor Who

7pm, BBC1

An angel, a forest of Christmas trees, and a very good reason not to open your presents early: you can tell Stephen Moffat has had fun putting a tinselly Tardis spin on the festive components. This year's Who panto takes its cues from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as the Doctor visits 1940s Britain, where he finds mum Claire Skinner and her two kids waiting for dad Alexander Armstrong to fly his Lancaster Bomber home for the holidays. Large dollops of syrup as ever with these specials, but it's just the right side of corny. Richard Vine

Downton Abbey

9pm, ITV1

It's a two-hour bumper cracker-barrel of cross-class nonsense to celebrate Jesus' birthday. No dog's bum at the top of the show tonight.
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