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Strictly Come Dancing quarter-final – as it happened

It’s musicals week – and Alexandra Burke danced the Charleston to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But who sang in tune… and which dancer’s duff notes saw them leave the competition?

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Next week it’s Two Dances, which means approximately half the rehearsal time/dance quality. So that’s something to look forward to, no?

Kick off is at 6.45pm, so join me here then – in the meantime you can find me @heidistephens on Twitter If you want to come and give me a wave. Thank you all for joining in and being entirely splendid – have a fab week, and I’ll see you next week! Hx

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Davood and Nadiya dance their final dance to So Long, Farewell from The Sound Of Musical. Quite hard to bum lift to, but Davood gives it a go anyway, and promptly drops Nadiya to gasps from the audience. Well that’s one way to go.
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Star writers: the British media's top five astrologers

Following the death of the Daily Mail’s Jonathan Cainer, we list the UK’s best-known soothsayers, from Russell Grant to Mystic Meg

Following the unexpected passing of Jonathan Cainer, the Daily Mail’s resident astrologer, we look back at the careers of five of the UK media’s biggest soothsayers. It’s that curious combination of hope and pound signs that endears them to millions while drawing derision from the non-believers. You may detect a disparaging tone in what follows but I do find them genuinely fascinating, whatever doubts I might have about their belief system.

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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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TV highlights 10/06/2014

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Celebrity MasterChef | Welcome To Rio | The Complainers | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation | New Girl | Amber | 24 Hours To Go Broke | Basketball: NBA Playoffs U

While civilian MasterChef can often be a bit stale, the celebrity version offers something more consistently juicy. It lives and dies on the character not the calibre of the stars, and there are some solid contenders in the first of this new series. EastEnders actor and clumsy Dancing On Ice hero Todd Carty has got to be worth a watch in the kitchen, and he's up against a stir-fry of sort-of stars: Russell Grant, Sophie Thompson, Susannah Constantine and Jodie Kidd. One fairly famous face will go tonight, but first up is a spring roll challenge. Hannah Verdier

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Strictly Come Dancing 2013 win for Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec

Model and dance partner seize trophy after performance described by judge Darcey Bussell as "a joy to watch"

After one of the closest-fought finals in Strictly's history, model Abbey Clancy, the wife of footballer Peter Crouch, and her Slovenian professional dance partner, Aljaz Skorjanec, went home with the Strictly Come Dancing trophy on Saturday. Their final dance was described as "a seamless quickstep and a joy to watch," according to judge Darcey Bussell. "Top of the league," added head judge Len Goodman. "There was a little incident near the end. You took off and Aljaz forgot to. But, listen, I think you are a spectacular dancer."

Clancy was not the only winner this year, with the show itself trouncing its rival The X Factor in the annual ratings battle. As Goodman put it, we've all "got the jitters for the glitters".

The success of Strictly Come Dancing meant the
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TV rivals brekkie bread together at Royal Television Society bash | Media Monkey

Not at the table, dear

Erstwhile breakfast TV rivals Sir David Frost and Nick Ross were reunited at a Royal Television Society lunch on Monday looking back at the launch, 30 years ago, of breakfast television in the UK. Frost, one of TV-am's "famous five", was generous in his praise of BBC1's Breakfast Time which, until Roland Rat came on the scene, ate TV-am for breakfast. "It was pretty damn good straight away," recalled Frost. "The sweater [as modelled by Frank Bough et al] was a mega revolution. We rushed out to buy sweaters. They found a shorthand for what we were all trying to do." Ross, one of the original Breakfast Time presenters, was less gushing, more forthright. "Your mistakes weren't technical or union problems or the right computers," he told Frost. "You confused, as I would have done, authority with pomposity. It was actually a rather earnest programme and it was wrong for that time of day.
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BBC1 Breakfast Time: 30 years of cereal TV

Britain's first breakfast television show began three decades ago, featuring Frank Bough, Selina Scott and the green goddess

It was exactly 30 years ago on 17 January that not a particularly expectant nation sat down to watch its first taste of breakfast television.

BBC1's Breakfast Time, launching two weeks ahead of its ill-fated ITV rival, TV-am, promised a new dawn in the history of the small screen.

What it delivered, along with Frank Bough, Selina Scott, Debbie Rix and Nick Ross on a sofa, was Francis Wilson forecasting the weather, Diana Moran – the Lycra-clad "green goddess" – getting the nation fit over their cornflakes, and Russell Grant, in a brightly coloured jumper, doing the horoscopes.

Richard Ingrams, writing in the Spectator, was not impressed. "There is no earthly reason why anyone of any intelligence would want to watch it," he wrote.

"If you look back you think, no wonder people were taken
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What to Watch Tuesday: The Voice Finale, Happy Endings Humbug, Leverage Toys Around & More

What to Watch Tuesday: The Voice Finale, Happy Endings Humbug, Leverage Toys Around & More
On TV this Tuesday: The Voice wails for the last time this season, NCIS: Los Angeles has itself a deep sea little Christmas, Leverage screws a Scrooge and Happy Endings needs the absence of Christmas, right this very minute. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

Related | Hot for Winter: Your January Premieres and Finales Calendar

8 pm It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (The CW) | ShamelessWilliam H. Macy, The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg and other stars help Kermit regain his Christmas spirit after losing the Muppet
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Victoria Pendleton gets back on her bike for Strictly Come Dancing

Retired Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist expected to arrive on the dancefloor this week pedalling a BMX suspended by wires

Victoria Pendleton is getting back in the saddle by riding a flying bike for her routine on this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing.

The retired Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist will arrive on the dancefloor pedalling a BMX suspended by wires when the programme comes from Wembley Arena on Saturday.

To complete the look from her Team Gb days she will be wearing a red, white and blue outfit as she performs in front of a live audience of 6,000 fans on the BBC1 show.

She and professional partner Brendan Cole are due to perform a paso doble to the Queen hit Bicycle Race.

The "dancing through the decades"-themed show will also see Pendleton's fellow Olympian Louis Smith return to his sport by including a spot of gymnastics in his routine. The silver
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Ann Widdecombe, Russell Grant return to Strictly Come Dancing - watch

Ann Widdecombe, Russell Grant return to Strictly Come Dancing - watch
Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant will return to the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor tomorrow night to help raise money for Children in Need. The Strictly favourites will be reunited with their former pro partners Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace for a special one-off routine. Watch a teaser of their Children in Need Strictly performance: "I'm thrilled to be back on Children in Need as I was in the first one ever! And to be dancing with Flavia once more is a Strictly dream come (more)
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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 12-16 November

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Yotam Ottolenghi savours the flavours of Marrakech, 1950s TV newsroom drama The Hour returns and Michael Winterbottom explores the effects of a long stretch in prison

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MondayCrime Stories

2pm, ITV1

Co-created by the people who brought us The Bill, here's a peculiar and rather worthy hybrid of fact and fiction – a fake fly-on-the-wall police procedural, starring a former real-life detective chief superintendent (Jane Antrobus). It's certainly plodding and humdrum enough to be authentic – though does chuck in the odd Columbo-style red herring to keep us interested. In this series opener, Di Jane and DS Ben Shaw (Hollyoaks' Ben Hull) investigate the case of an care home resident who's had his money stolen. Ali Catterall

The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler

9pm, BBC2

Debut of a three-part series seeking to explain one of history's great inexplicables: how and why did the civilised people of a great European nation,
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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 12-16 November

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Yotam Ottolenghi savours the flavours of Marrakech, 1950s TV newsroom drama The Hour returns and Michael Winterbottom explores the effects of a long stretch in prison

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondayCrime Stories

2pm, ITV1

Co-created by the people who brought us The Bill, here's a peculiar and rather worthy hybrid of fact and fiction – a fake fly-on-the-wall police procedural, starring a former real-life detective chief superintendent (Jane Antrobus). It's certainly plodding and humdrum enough to be authentic – though does chuck in the odd Columbo-style red herring to keep us interested. In this series opener, Di Jane and DS Ben Shaw (Hollyoaks' Ben Hull) investigate the case of an care home resident who's had his money stolen. Ali Catterall

The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler

9pm, BBC2

Debut of a three-part series seeking to explain one of history's great inexplicables: how and why did the civilised people of a great European nation,
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'Strictly Come Dancing' Kimberley Walsh to fly like Ann Widdecombe?

'Strictly Come Dancing' Kimberley Walsh to fly like Ann Widdecombe?
Kimberley Walsh will reportedly fly through the air on Strictly Come Dancing. The Girls Aloud star is said to be training for a routine involving wires during her salsa on Saturday's show, according to The Sun. Sources have claimed that the singer is "proud" to become the second celebrity to attempt the routine following Ann Widdecombe's infamous dance in 2010. Widdecombe will return for a Children in Need special of Strictly with Russell Grant on Friday, November 16. Walsh has also denied reports (more)
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Russell Grant, Widdecombe return to 'Strictly' for Children in Need

Russell Grant, Widdecombe return to 'Strictly' for Children in Need
Children in Need's Appeal Night will feature a Strictly Come Dancing special with former show favourites Russell Grant and Anne Widdecombe. The two former celebrity contestants will take to the dancefloor one last time to raise money as part of the BBC One night of fundraising. Widdecombe will partner with Anton Du Beke and Grant will reunite with Flavia Cacace to provide "an unmissable performance". "I'm thrilled to be back on Children in Need as I was in the first one ever!" said Grant. "And to be dancing with Flavia once more is a Strictly dream come true. A fantastic cause doing something I love! Everyone's (more)
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Strictly Come Dancing flying high with million-plus lead over X Factor

BBC1 dance show had a 44.2% share of the audience on Saturday night, with 1.3 million more viewers than its ITV1 rival

Strictly Come Dancing waltzed off with its biggest-ever lead of 1.3 million viewers over ITV1 rival The X Factor on Saturday.

The BBC1 dance show, hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, was watched by 9.9 million viewers, a 44.2% share of the audience, between 6.30pm and 8.25pm on Saturday night.

On Saturday night, The X Factor had an average of 8.6 million viewers, a 36.3% share, between 8.20pm and 10.20pm.

With a lead of 1.3 million viewers, it eclipsed the 1.1 million advantage that Strictly had last Saturday, and the 19 November edition last year when Russell Grant was fired out of a cannon, propelling it 900,000 ahead.

The X Factor retains the lead in the battle of the Sunday night results shows, but only just.

Sunday's X Factor results programme had 9.6 million viewers (35.9%) between 8pm and 9pm,
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Strictly Come Dancing 2012: launch night - liveblog!

Strictly Come Dancing shimmies into action for 2012 with a lineup that includes Victoria Pendleton, Louis Smith, Kimberley Walsh and Jerry Hall. Join us for all the action live from 6.30pm

Good evening, and a very glittery welcome to the 2012 Strictly Come Dancing Launch Night Liveblog! It seems like no time at all since we watched Harry Judd's lovely arms holding aloft the Strictly trophy, but here we are again, all spangled up in little more than heels and tassels for the start of Series 10. What do you mean that's just me?

I'll be here from 6.30pm for the big sparkly launch show, where we'll find out which professional dancers our shiny new celebs have been paired with. The pros will do a few dances, someone will perform their new single, the celebs will blunder around the stage like drunken ponies at a wedding, and then we'll all go about
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Strictly 2012: What do you make of the lineup?

From Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton to Jerry Hall and Michael Vaughan – what do you make of this year's Strictly Come Dancing lineup? And who will you be backing to win?

I almost feel sorry for the celebrities. Almost. Because in among the usual soapstars, presenters and singers making up the Strictly lineup for 2012 are what might be the show's trump card: two Olympic medal-winning athletes who have thrilled the nation – and are gorgeous to boot. And just to really underline the standard of competition, one of them's a gymnast. Do showbiz mortals really stand a chance?

They will certainly have to pull out all the stops to beat Louis Smith, the suave posterboy for Gb men's gymnastics, who presumably has all the timing, control, fitness and grace necessary. When you can do this, the waltz must seem like a rather less daunting prospect. (Strictly's great rival The X Factor,
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'Daybreak's Richard Arnold signs up for 'Strictly Come Dancing'

'Daybreak's Richard Arnold signs up for 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Richard Arnold has signed up for the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, it has been confirmed. The Daybreak showbiz editor and presenter was reportedly approached by producers in the hope that he would provide some comic relief. "He will be our Strictly clown this year and he is happy to play that role," a source told The Sun. "Russell Grant was a huge hit on Strictly last year and we are hoping that Richard will attract the same fans. He is hilarious and during meetings had everyone in stitches with his camp jokes. "He is a great signing for us - we're delighted to have him (more)
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Kill Keith: A conversation with Keith Chegwin

Oli Davis chats with Keith Chegwin about his new film, Kill Keith...

“Hello!” yelled the manically cheery voice on the other end of the phone. For a moment, I knew how it felt to have Keith Chegwin “down your doorstep” – not a euphemism, but a feature he ran for Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast in the 1990s. He’d knock unannounced on peoples’ front doors, offering prizes and fun. Arguably that, and his stint on the 1970s, BBC children’s programme Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, is what has earnt him national treasure status.

A glance at the clock, however, shows it past noon. Perhaps for some people, it’s always morning; the sun perpetually rising; awake, hyper and gulping down gallons of orange juice at a time. If there are, Mr. Chegwin would be up before them all. “Call me Keith!” he bellows after I call him 'Mr. Chegwin' for the second time.
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Win Kill Keith on DVD

Cheggers goes schlock this month as the comedy-horror Kill Keith comes to DVD on Monday, March 26th and to celebrate the release we have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Metrodome.

Read on for the synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter this fantastic giveaway...

"The nation’s favourite, Keith Chegwin, has been entertaining the British public for more than four decades with his zany brand of cheeky chappy chuckles. From Swap Shop to Cheggers Plays Pop, The Big Breakfast to GMTV, his irrepressible, upbeat energy has kept him at the top of his game - King of the live broadcast. But his reign is about to come to a sticky and gory end. Much loved television personalities are being gruesomely despatched using a variety of breakfast condiments and as the body count grows, so does the hysteria.
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