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Attenborough serves up a desert-themed spectacular, and there’s a fascinating, enraging look at race in British football

Never a man overburdened by notions of racial sensitivity, West Brom manager Ron Atkinson dubbed his 70s trio of black players “The Three Degrees”. But for Brendon Batson, Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis, racial difference – and the vile abuse it provoked – was no joke. Adrian Chiles explores the experiences of these pioneers via an extraordinary “black v white” testimonial in 1979. Fascinating, enraging and moving. Phil Harrison

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

Strictly Come Dancing is still months away, but the rumours about which celebrities could be taking part this year are really starting to heat up now - and they've been going since January. So it felt like a good time to start to put together all the speculation we've heard to see if we can figure out who'll be hitting the ballroom in the new series.

Strictly Come Dancing: This is how they keep the celebrities taking part a secret

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With all the contestants now confirmed, check out the lineup below - and lament what could have been with the rumours that didn't become a reality. Oh well, there's always the Christmas special...



Confirmed contestants

Jeremy Vine

King of the swingometer Jeremy became the first celebrity confirmed for Strictly on August 10.

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Here's what The Great British Bake Off looks like in Brazil, Ukraine, Italy, USA and beyond

The Great British Bake Off is as synonymous with the UK as a nice cup of tea and Big Ben, but can the format be translated around the world?

The answer is... yes! Bake Off has been broadcast in 196 territories and its format has been sold to 20 nations, with varying degrees of success. So what do Mel and Sue, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry look like in the USA, Ukraine and elsewhere?

1. Bake Off Brazil - Hands-on

Very similar to the UK version, but if you're expecting a dose of samba music you'll be disappointed, as the exact same UK soundtrack appears to have returned. Ticiana Villas Boas hosts the oddly named show, flanked by entrepreneur Fabrizio Fasano Jr (a brilliant Hollywood replacement) and baker Carolina Fiorentino (a much younger Mary Berry, don't tell her we said that).

2. The Great Australian Bake Off

The first series aired in 2013, with hosts
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Ainsley Harriott is the second celeb confirmed for this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed its second celebrity for the new series - Ainsley Harriott.

The news was unveiled on BBC One's The One Show this evening (August 11).

Ready Steady... Dance! Ainsley Harriott joins the cast of #Strictly 2015!

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 11, 2015

Strictly Come Dancing: This is how they keep the celebrities taking part a secret

The 58-year-old chef and Ready Steady Cook host will appear on the show alongside previously confirmed star Jeremy Vine.

"I do like the idea of [Strictly], especially when I'm gliding around the kitchen…" he said.

Speaking about Jeremy Vine, Harriott added: "Jeremy's got this wonderful discipline about him… he really plans, and everything is done in detail… and that's what's required in dancing."

He went on to say that he has "absolutely no idea" who is yet to be confirmed for the show or
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Jeremy Vine is the first confirmed name for this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed its first celebrity for the new series - Jeremy Vine.

The BBC broadcaster was unveiled on Chris Evans's Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Monday (August 10), and admitted he's looking forward to thoroughly embarrassing his two daughters.

Welcome @theJeremyVine to #Strictly. Our first celebrity of 2015!

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 10, 2015

The 50-year-old - also known for overseeing the infamous swingometer during the BBC's election coverage - said: "How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!

"Now I just need to find some dancing shoes and identify my left foot. I am doing it for my two young daughters who jumped behind the sofa when I told them. It seems Dad on Strictly is more scary than Doctor Who!"

I was looking forward to hearing @achrisevans announce the
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Craig Revel Horwood wants Dermot O'Leary for Strictly Come Dancing

Craig Revel Horwood wants Dermot O'Leary to join the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The dancing judge believes Dermot would make an ideal addition now that he has left the X Factor.

In an interview with The Mirror, Revel Horwood said: "Now we can get Dermot, I'd love to see him dance on Strictly.

"I've heard that he might be quite good actually."

Former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack, went on to win last year's series with professional partner Pasha Kovlev.

Flack has since been announced as the new co-host of this year's X Factor alongside former finalist Olly Murs.

Revel Horwood believes the changes to the X Factor are exciting for fans.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in the autumn. Celebrities linked to the series include Ayda Field, Angie Best, Amy Jackson and Adrian Chiles.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Craig Revel Horwood 'has had violent threats'

Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood has revealed that he has received threats of violence following some of his comments on the show.

Paul O'Grady recently admitted that he couldn't take part in the BBC One hit show because he would "smash [Craig's] face in" if he was harsh about his dancing.

Revel Horwood - who said that O'Grady would be "great" on the show - has now told Metro that it is not the first time he has been threatened.

"I have been threatened with violence by Jan Ravens's husband in the BBC bar [when she took part in 2006]," he said. "She didn't take criticism very well.

"You have to be able to think like a sports person and not blame any particular person - like me - if you don't do well because I'm not the one voting."

Horwood also expressed relief that he is not one of the professional dancers on the show,
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Adrian Chiles and Karen Danczuk for Strictly Come Dancing?

Adrian Chiles and Karen Danczuk are being lined up to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The former football commentator and the wife of Labour MP Simon Danczuk are just some of the celebrities who are reportedly being lined up to take to the dance floor later this year for the thirteenth series of the BBC One show. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Every year the producers want to get bigger names than the year before and two names that are on their radar are Adrian's and Karen's. ''It came as a huge shock to everyone when Adrian Chiles was sacked by
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The BBC just had to make a meal of the Clarkson affair

The Top Gear supper saga could have been over with a brief farewell and an unrenewed contract. But no …

They could have said something simple. “Dear Jeremy: Top Gear is old and tired and you’re all manifestly bored with it. Your contract ends in a couple of shows anyway. We won’t be renewing it. Your increasingly gung-ho antics just show how bored you are. It doesn’t matter to us if ITV picks you up. Think Adrian Chiles and Susanna. The BBC has a constant duty to do something fresh and innovative, not churn out more weary formulas to flog worldwide.

“Maybe we’ll lose a few millions in bottom gear; but we’ll certainly lose millions going through final-warningsuspension-tribunal proceedings as though you were some out-of-control football galactico. Thanks a lot.

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Gary Lineker to sign for BT Sport from 2016?

Gary Lineker is reportedly having serious discussions with BT Sport over a potential deal.

The pay-tv channel is thought to be negotiating a contract with the BBC presenter, in which he would host its Champions League coverage next season, Broadcast reports.

However, any possible deal would likely see Lineker remain a key presenter at the BBC.

BBC insiders have stated that the corporation is prepared to be flexible about his contract, which is thought to expire in spring 2016. His current contract states that he can only present sport on UK television for the BBC, but this could be renegotiated.

The report comes weeks after ITV was said to be interested in securing Premier League highlights rights from the BBC, after they become available from the 2015/16 season.

Lineker has previously presented the Champions League for Al Jazeera, and currently hosts Premier League coverage for American network NBC.

The BBC and BT
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Adrian Chiles replaced as ITV’s main football presenter by Mark Pougatch

• Pougatch to present Psg v Chelsea in Champions League on 17 February

• Pougatch keeps reduced 5 Live role but ITV do not say if Chiles will stay

• Andy Townsend’s contract will not be renewed next season

ITV has abruptly replaced its lead football presenter, Adrian Chiles, in a surprise move that immediately provoked as much febrile speculation off the pitch as any transfer window saga involving top players on it.

The broadcaster said that Chiles, who joined on a reputed £6m contract from the BBC in 2010, would be replaced as its main football anchor with immediate effect by Radio 5 Live’s Mark Pougatch.

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Adrian Chiles replaced by Mark Pougatch on ITV with immediate effect

Adrian Chiles has been replaced as the lead presenter of ITV's football coverage with immediate effect.

ITV has not given a reason for the change.

Pougatch said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining ITV and to be given this great opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to working with ITV's talented pool of commentators and pundits on some of the very best football there is."

ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane added: "Mark is a highly-respected sports journalist and an outstanding broadcaster.

"We're delighted to welcome Mark to the ITV Sport team."

In Defence of... ITV Sport

Pougatch will host ITV's next live football match, the Champions' League clash between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain on February 17.

He is understood to be continuing to work for rival BBC Radio 5 Live despite his new appointment.

Earlier this month, it emerged that pundit Andy Townsend and presenter Matt Smith would be leaving their roles at the broadcaster.
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Match of the Day future in doubt as ITV plan Premier League rights bid

ITV is expected to place a significant bid for the Premier League highlights rights for the 2016-19 seasons in the New Year, putting the future of Match of the Day in doubt.

ITV has recently lost the rights to Champions League, Europa League and Fa Cup football, meaning that they potentially have the extra budget to outmaneuver the BBC in the auction.

The 2016-19 season package is expected to sell for more than the £180 million paid by the BBC last time.

ITV has a team of presenters and pundits, such as Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon, ready to take on the coverage if they snatch the rights from the BBC.

Match of the Day recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on the BBC, and it remains a ratings hit for the corporation with Gary Lineker as its main host.

However, it wouldn't be the first time that the BBC has lost the rights to ITV.
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Adrian Chiles made Daybreak staff feel 'depressed'

It only took ten minutes for staff to feel ''depressed'' when Adrian Chiles joined 'Daybreak'. An ITV executive has described the 47-year-old television presenter - who was forced to leave 'Daybreak' in 2011 after only 13 months due to poor viewing figures - as too ''grumpy'' to present early morning TV. The unnamed ITV executive said: ''There was so much excitement because they had been so successful 'The One Show'. But it took about 10 minutes on day one for optimism to give way to depression. ''Despite the critics he appeared to dig deep and gave his all to make it a success.
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Surprise, Surprise: Roy Keane Takes Aim At Newcastle United Again

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With his usual commitment to class and decency, Roy Keane has released another inflammatory book, full of some of the pearls of wisdom that made him such a great manager…

The famed raconteur and known intellect had kept some of his juiciest morsels away from the first book – which famously got him in trouble for admitting he purposely tried to injure Alfie-Inge Haland, and basically ended his Man Utd career along with a silly elbow on Jason McAteer – in order to spin a bit more money with a follow up.

Now that he has pretty much failed as a manager – despite claims that he turned down Celtic in the summer because they didn’t make him feel wanted – Keane has released that second volume, detailing things like a training ground fight with Peter Schmeichel, why he wishes he hadn’t apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson and
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Watch Adrian Chiles and his ITV co-hosts get a soaking on live TV

No, it wasn't Adrian Chiles's turn to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The ITV anchorman and his co-hosts had an unexpected shower when Swiss officials decided to turn on the sprinklers prior to tonight's (September 8) game between Switzerland and England.

In Defence Of... ITV Sport's World Cup coverage

Chiles was joined by Glenn Hoddle, Lee Dixon and Ian Wright to discuss England's chances going into their first Euro 2016 qualifier, when he realised that they were about to get a soaking.

The group unsuccessfully attempted to avoid the sprinklers, and Chiles signalled for a break soon after the incident.

He joked: "We're going for a break, we've just sent for a towel!"

Earlier this year, Chiles and Robbie Savage were voted among the most gaffe-prone football pundits.
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World Cup 2014 battle of the pundits: ITV v BBC - who is winning?

The battle of the pundits between the BBC and ITV at recent major tournaments has been something of a one-sided competition.

Poor old ITV. A bit like watching England taking part in a penalty shoot-out - no matter who they tried giving the ball to, they always ended up fluffing it on the big occasion. However, in 2014, something seems to have changed.

In Defence of.... ITV Sport's World Cup coverage

Pundit Watch: Chiles and ITV get a frosty reception

Jonathan Pearce gets Twitter ridicule

Pundit Watch: Whispering Neville, Thierry's cardie and Pearce's bungle

Ever since Gary Lineker took the helm at the BBC, his mix of cheeky-one liners, cracking tan and affable charm have smoothed over the cracks of the occasionally stiff and one-dimensional coverage.

But in 2014, thanks to a couple of gaffes (booking Phil Neville's first game as a commentator as England v Italy, letting Jonathan Pearce run
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In Defence Of... ITV Sport's World Cup coverage

I never thought I'd ever say this, but ITV aren't as bad as everyone makes out when it comes to live football. Hear me out - it's not as crazy as it may first sound.

For years, I've been baffled that anyone would choose to watch ITV over BBC One if given the choice. However, as this year's World Cup has proved so far, both channels have had their fair share of gaffes and errors.

The BBC is pretty stellar when it comes to live tennis, snooker, athletics and many other sports, and Match of the Day is clearly light years ahead of ITV's The Premiership, but has ITV suddenly gained back some ground this year?

There's probably two words that you're thinking which throws out my argument: Adrian Chiles. The former BBC man has become the face of ITV football, possibly because they're stuck with him and don't know where to plonk him.
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The Inbetweeners 2 Trailer Promises More Of The Same

I recently discovered the hilarious British comedy series The Inbetweeners on Netflix and spent a few weeks savoring all 18 episodes and the equally side-splitting Inbetweeners Movie. Though a lot of the humor is pretty low-brow, the four dirty-minded teenagers at its center are all terrifically funny – which is why I was thrilled to find out today that The Inbetweeners 2 is on its way.

The sequel, which British audiences will see in August, finds actors Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas reprising their roles as Will, Jay, Neil and Simon, who decide to reunite for a road trip in Australia. “You know why they call it Down Under – because that’s where your face spends most of the time!” proclaims Jay, the group’s resident pervert. And just like that, the band is back together, alienating themselves from the continent’s female population and getting into all
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Pundit Watch: Whispering Neville, Thierry's cardie and Pearce's bungle

Have you heard the one about Phil Neville's World Cup commentary. I Said Have You Heard The One About Phil Neville'S World Cup Commentary!

The BBC's World Cup coverage launched in full over the weekend and despite having approximately 456 pundits flown out to Brazil, somebody, somewhere thought it was a smart idea to give Phil Neville his first big co-commentary gig in the England v Italy game.

Don't worry, Phil, there's only 15 million people watching. Nobody will notice if you get off to a shaky start. Oh, hang on.

Barely registering above a whisper, Neville sounded like he'd come straight off the set of Jamaica Inn. Throw in a staccato presentation manner, which meant that he barely broke into sentences longer than half a dozen lines long (Was he actually being really smart and speaking in Haikus?), and you've got a recipe for one the most simultaneously snooze-inducing
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