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A petition to save BBC Three from being axed has hit 85,000 signatures in less than 48 hours.
Set up on Change.org, the #SaveBBC3 petition has become the fastest-growing and largest about a television network or programme in the UK.
BBC Three is an easy target: Why its move online makes me angry
17 reasons we should save BBC Three from the axe
Read said: "In just two days the campaign has forced the »
The Radio 1 DJ has been a regular fixture on BBC Three over the years and his recent Extreme South Africa documentary series was described as "outstanding" by BBC Director-General Tony Hall when he confirmed today (March 6) that the network will close in autumn 2015.
17 reasons we should save BBC Three from the axe
BBC Three axe: Tony Hall on budget going to BBC One, more
Speaking to DS at the launch of eBay's new shopping features this afternoon, Yates stated his belief that BBC bosses will cave to pressure from angry viewers and TV personalities.
"I've done a lot with BBC Three and [it's] given me incredible opportunities, so I've got a lot of love for the channel," he said.
"Honestly, I'd like to believe what »
The corporation confirmed today that the channel will no longer air on television from autumn 2015, instead moving online to make room for a timeshifted BBC One and an extension to Cbbc. The decision is subject to approval from the BBC Trust.
Speaking to BBC News, Hall claimed: "It's not the end of BBC Three, it's the beginning of a new BBC Three.
"This has been a difficult decision, but it's also a historic decision, because it's the first time we've asked a channel to transform itself to meet the needs of the audience we'll have in the future," he said.
"This is not the end of BBC Three programming and all the things people love and care passionately about BBC Three - it is the beginning of a challenge to BBC Three to say, »
BBC3 allowed Heydon Prowse to take his satirical collective Don't Panic from the internet to national TV – and win a Bafta in the process. He argues that the loss of the channel to cost-cutting would be a disaster for the youth of the UK
• BBC3: the shows we'll miss
I have an idea to save BBC3. If director general Lord Tony Hall needs to find £100m in savings, perhaps I could start by giving back the £3.50 I raised last year when I went chugging with my friend Jolyon for a sketch called BBC In Need – a much needed fund to supplement the multimillion-pound payouts to failing Beeb execs. Another option would be for ex-director general Mark Byford to commit ritual seppuku so that his £3.4m pension could be returned to the state.
Back in the day, Jol and I would have filmed that sketch on our own and posted »
- Heydon Prowse
Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches | Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama | Silk | Horizon: How You Really Make Decisions | One Born Every Minute | Knife Crime ER: Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa | My Mad Fat Diary
Secrets Of Your Credit Rating — Channel 4 Dispatches
8pm, Channel 4
There will be many who think of themselves as fundamentally reliable citizens who have found themselves thwarted when attempting to purchase anything via an obdurate computer that doubted their creditworthiness. This investigation goes undercover at Britain's biggest credit reference agency to find out how accurate its information is, and assesses your options in the event that a mistake is made. May induce seething. Andrew Mueller
Kidnapped: Betrayed By Britain? – Panorama
Reporter Jane Corbin investigates the curious case of Abbas Yazdi, a British businessman of Iranian origin who disappeared in Dubai in June 2013. Did the British government play a part in what happened? »
- Andrew Mueller, Bim Adewunmi, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Ali Catterall
Inspector George Gently stayed top of Thursday's ratings outside of soaps on BBC One, overnight data reveals.
The period crime drama attracted 5.44 million (24.2%) at 8.30pm, dipping slightly from last week. Later, Question Time appealed to 2.58m (21.4%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, the continued Winter Olympics coverage scored 2.60m (11.7%) at 7pm, followed by the Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure with 2.71m (11.8%) at 8pm. Bible Hunters gathered 1.31m (5.8%) at 9pm, while a repeat of Qi quizzed 1.29m (6.9%) at 10pm.
ITV's Europa League coverage of Swansea City's game against Napoli brought in 2.44m (10.9%) at 7.45pm.
On Channel 4, Supersize vs Superskinny intrigued 1.29m (5.6%) at 8pm (288,000/1.3% on +1). Big Ballet continued with 987k (4.4%) at 9pm (110k/0.6%), followed by Bodyshockers with 1.40m (8.1%) at 10pm (149k/1.5%).
Channel 5's documentary Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History interested 931k (4.1%) at 8pm. The Hotel Inspector attracted 1.47m (6.6%) at 9pm (138k/0.8%).
On BBC Three, Reggie Yates's Extreme South Africa »
Swansea City v Napoli | The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure | Henry VIII & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History | Bible Hunters | Big Ballet | The Smoke | The White Slums: Reggie Yates' Extreme South Africa | The Man Who Fought the Planners: The Story of Ian Nairn
There's something irresistible about the sight of the Hairy Bikers arriving in Bangkok by boat, before speeding through the city in a tuk-tuk. Once they hit the streetfood stalls their hairy charm is infectious and the dishes they discover are mouth-watering. Their Thai classics, such as green curry, look delicious if a little bit tricky to cook, but the chilli beef stir-fry is more simple. "It'll blow your plugs off," promises Dave as the hirsute pair nearly explode at the promise of their spicy creation. Hannah Verdier
Henry VIII & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History
8pm, Channel 5
With so many »
- Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, Rachel Aroesti, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Gwilym Mumford
"Have there been any improvements?" she said. "I wouldn't say, 'The show is so much better this year' at all.
"If you're comparing the coaches, Jessie J was so strong in her critique musically that the singers could really learn something from her. As a vocalist she was on top of her game. She was incredible."
Willoughby continued: "But then Kylie is a little pocket sex god. She is the pop princess and she has got real warmth to her. So they both bring completely different things to the table.
"If I was on the show, »
ITV has commissioned a full six-episode series of horror gameshow Release the Hounds.
Reggie Yates will host the programme on ITV2 again after a successful one-off Halloween special last year.
Release the Hounds will start in spring and sees unsuspecting contestants enter a forest at dusk to face terrifying challenges in order to get their hands on money locked in chests.
Its one-off debut last year managed to attract some 361,000 on its first showing but trending on Twitter gave repeats a boost and put the overall total up to 658,000.
The series is created and produced by Gogglebox Entertainment, a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television.
"Release the Hounds was one of those rare things - a show that defies description but that once you watch it, just works. Both terrifying and entertaining in equal measure, we are thrilled to bits that a full series will be on ITV," said the »
London– U.K. talent agency Ken McReddie Associates, which represents actors including Idris Elba, Emily Blunt, Jack Huston and Diane Kruger, is rebranding and re-launching under the fresh moniker The Artists Partnership. The move, according to the agency, reflects the company's growth and a strategy for repping clients in the U.K. and internationally. Other names at the newly refreshed banner include Jeremy Irons, Kim Cattrall, Anna Friel and Harvey Keitel as well as British TV talent including David Suchet, Martin Shaw, Reggie Yates, Philip Glenister, Marc Warren, Sue Johnston and Jenny Agutter. The Artists Partnership has also
- Stuart Kemp
British talent shop Ken McReddie Associates is rebranding. The name change to The Artists Partnership is intended to “reflect the kind of company we have become” and “the way that our agents work with our clients,” says CEO Roger Charteris. Charteris and the Marcus Evans Group took over the agency five years ago and recently set up literary and development departments run by Robert Taylor. The development department is working as a partner and co-producer with clients on projects across theater, film and TV. The agency has also begun working with writers and directors. The Artists Partnership’s client roster includes Idris Elba, Emily Blunt, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons, Diane Kruger, Kim Cattrall, Harvey Keitel and Aneurin Barnard as well as such UK TV talent as David Suchet, Reggie Yates and Call The Midwife‘s Jenny Agutter. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Horror/game show hybrid Release The Hounds debuted as a Halloween special on the UK’s ITV2 last year. The one-off episode received positive notices for the premise, and an outpouring of interest on Twitter. ITV has now commissioned a six-episode series to be produced by Sony Pictures Television‘s UK production joint venture Gogglebox. Production starts on the hourlong show this spring. It will be fronted by UK TV personality Reggie Yates. Release The Hounds mixes two genres by sending unsuspecting contestants into a forest at dusk as they seek out chests full of prize money. In order to win big after a series of challenges, they must outrun a pack of hounds trained to guard the cash. Gogglebox created the series with Sony Pictures Television distributing the format internationally; it’s currently in discussions with other territories. Executive producers are Gogglebox founders Adam Wood and Mat Steiner. Related: »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Emma Willis didn't have to audition for 'The Voice UK'. The 37-year-old presenter and Jls hunk Marvin Humes are replacing Reggie Yates and Holly Willoughby as hosts on the BBC talent contest, and the brunette beauty was astonished by how easily she landed the job. She said: ''I didn't even have a meeting with them, I just literally got called and asked if I wanted to do it, which I was knocked for six by because that's never happened to me before. You normally meet people or screen test to see what you're like together and see if it works.'' Emma - who »
Emma Willis couldn't stop crying while presenting 'The Voice UK'. The 37-year-old star - who is co-hosting the singing competition with former Jls hunk Marvin Humes - couldn't fight back the tears during filming of the Blind Auditions for the third series of the show. She said: ''One day, I just cried for a long time. One after the other after the other. ''Marvin would be like 'you alright, babe?' and I'd be like 'No! Why do I keep getting them?''' The duo have taken over from previous hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, who presented the first two series together, and they »
New Voice UK host Emma Willis has admitted that she got emotional and cried during filming for the show's third series.
Willis and Jls star Marvin Humes have taken over from Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates as presenters on the show and the Celebrity Big Brother host confessed that she struggled to hold back the tears during the Blind Auditions.
"I cried quite a few times. I am a bit of a soft touch, to be honest, and so I really felt for the contestants," said Willis.
"You are willing them on. You really want them to succeed. They are just incredible. For some, you also see their whole dream crumble in front of them. But even when people did not get through, they said the experience alone had been phenomenal.
"will, especially, is very happy to give out his email address to people he thinks are amazing. Even if you don't get through, »
The BBC is launching a new mobile app to coincide with the third series of The Voice UK.
The free app is available on iOS and Android and features the HomeCoach Game, where users can put themselves in the show's famous red chairs and decide whether or not to turn around while listening to exclusive previews of the blind auditions.
When the corresponding auditions are broadcast on the BBC One primetime show, the users will be awarded stars if the coaches turn for the same artists.
The feature - which also allows users to rate performances and compare their scores with their Facebook friends - will develop further as the series goes on.
The game is a progression from last year's The Voice Predictor app, »
16 items from 2014
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