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5 items from 2014


Pat Sharp teams with Dave Benson-Phillips for Pointless Celebrities

25 July 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The lineup for this year's Pointless Celebrities series has been announced by BBC One.

Beginning with an August 9 comedy special, the upcoming series will feature different themes each week.

Four teams of two from the world of music, TV, soaps, sport, food and drink, journalism, radio and theatre will compete for charity in weekly specials to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

The first show pits Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson from Birds of a Feather against Ronni Ancona and Phil Cornwell, Su Pollard and Ruth Madoc, and Josh Widdicombe and his partner Sara Pascoe.

Standout teams from the series include Stefan Dennis and fellow Neighbours star Rebekah Elmaloglou, who will square off against Ray Quinn and Louis Emerick from Brookside.

Antony Costa from Blue will team with 5ive's Scott Robinson in the music special, while TV stars Louie Spence and Carol McGiffin will face off against the likes »

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Rewind TV: Benefits Street: The Last Word; Benefits Britain: The Debate; Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry; True Detective – review

22 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The last word on Channel 4's Benefits Street should go not to a chaotic studio debate but to the people who live there

Benefits Street: The Last Word (C4) | 4Od

Benefits Britain: The Debate (C4) | 4Od

Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry (BBC4) | iPlayer

True Detective (Sky Atlantic) | Sky Go

This winter has seen two deluges. First, the never-ending rain and then the ceaseless torrent of words about Benefits Street. Although the series finished almost two weeks ago, the controversy has hardly subsided. Last week there was the optimistically titled Benefits Street: The Last Word, followed, as if to confirm the emptiness of that claim, by Benefits Britain: The Debate.

Channel 4's six-part documentary has been so divisive that, forget the show, people are still arguing over its name. The use of the word "benefits", say many commentators, has "demonised" those on benefits. I'm not sure »

- Andrew Anthony

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Rewind TV: Benefits Street: The Last Word; Benefits Britain: The Debate; Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry; True Detective – review

22 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The last word on Channel 4's Benefits Street should go not to a chaotic studio debate but to the people who live there

Benefits Street: The Last Word (C4) | 4Od

Benefits Britain: The Debate (C4) | 4Od

Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry (BBC4) | iPlayer

True Detective (Sky Atlantic) | Sky Go

This winter has seen two deluges. First, the never-ending rain and then the ceaseless torrent of words about Benefits Street. Although the series finished almost two weeks ago, the controversy has hardly subsided. Last week there was the optimistically titled Benefits Street: The Last Word, followed, as if to confirm the emptiness of that claim, by Benefits Britain: The Debate.

Channel 4's six-part documentary has been so divisive that, forget the show, people are still arguing over its name. The use of the word "benefits", say many commentators, has "demonised" those on benefits. I'm not sure »

- Andrew Anthony

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Benefits Street: White Dee and others expected to join live TV debate

17 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Residents and producers to give their views on Channel 4 show, which has attracted more than 1,800 complaints

Benefits Street's White Dee, Mark Thomas and Becky Howe are expected to be among the panellists in Channel 4's live debate about the controversial documentary series on Monday night.

More than 1,800 people have complained about the five-part series about the residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, which came to an end on Channel 4 last week.

White Dee – real name Deirdre Kelly – became one of the show's central characters, and their appearance on the Channel 4 live debate comes after early suggestions that they would boycott the show, which will be presented by Richard Bacon.

Fellow James Turner Street residents Tich and Smoggy will take part, along with the government minister for work and pensions, Mike Penning, shadow welfare minister Chris Byrant, and Big Issue founder John Bird. Also taking »

- John Plunkett

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Michael Bay's stagefright has done us all a favour | Jonathan Freedland

7 January 2014 5:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

By publicly showing their vulnerability, the likes of Bay, Scott Stossel and Allison Pearson are helping to break wider taboos

The gags were inevitable. Within minutes of Transformers director Michael Bay's panicked exit from a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – apparently overcome with stagefright after the autocue broke down – Twitter was sniggering that at last he had done what thousands of others had wanted to do before him: he'd walked out of a Michael Bay production.

But mockery – laced with schadenfreude at witnessing the discomfort of someone otherwise blessed by wealth and success – will not be the only reaction to the footage of Bay's onstage meltdown. Many, many more will feel empathy. After all, fear of public speaking routinely takes first place in the league table of phobias. Psychology Today describes it "the thing we fear more than death". For those who have woken in »

- Jonathan Freedland

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