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Adrian Chiles has opened up about his axing from Daybreak, admitting that he has to take "a lot of blame" for the show's failure. Chiles moved to the ITV breakfast programme along with his former One Show colleague Christine Bleakley last September, but the pair were fired just 15 months later following consistently low ratings. Speaking after he and Bleakley hosted their final Daybreak episode earlier this month, Chiles confessed to being "dead wrong" for a daytime audience and noted that viewers had started to pick up on the "doubt" that he harboured. "Looking back on it, am I right for breakfast TV? I thought I was dead right for it, and now I think I was probably dead wrong," he told the Daily Mail. "What housewife wants to look at me in the mornings? A lot of blame has to come to my door. "At (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
Richard Vine picks his highlights of the year ahead
If the words "pixie", "kooky" and "Zooey Deschanel" are a turn-off, then this is not for you. If you're a fan, however, this is a breezy riff on the apartment-sharing sitcom that should sit well on a Friday night. Post-breakup Zooey splits the rent with three guys who don't know what to make of her singing, crying and Dirty Dancing marathons. From 6 January, Channel 4.
Claire Danes plays an unreliable CIA agent who doesn't quite believe the official story when marine Damian Lewis turns up after years being held captive by al-Qaida. Is he a hero – or has he been turned? February, More4.
Euro 2012; the Olympics
If you're not a sports fan, you »
- Richard Vine
The 33-year-old singer was offered the chance to join the ITV breakfast show to replace Christine Bleakley, who was dropped along with Adrian Chiles last month as producers attempt to overhaul the series.
"I have had offers, but have had to turn them down because it doesn't work for my family," the Daily Express quoted her. »
- Anita Agarwal
Current editions of Daybreak (ITV1) are an example of a particular and rare sort of broadcasting: interregnum TV. These are the editions put out when presenters suddenly leave a programme because of tragedy, sacking or a better offer. Such programmes are a striking combination of panic – as items featuring the previous incumbents are abandoned – and naked ambition, as the stand-ins try to show they're big enough for the gig.
Curiously, Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley have now been responsible for two of these interludes: first because ITV was desperate to get them on the Daybreak sofa and then because the network was desperate to get them off, a transition that neatly symbolises the sudden shifts of power during a presenting career. In summer 2010, when Chiles and »
- Mark Lawson
Music is a serious issue for Suzanne Moore. She has introduced daughter Angel to Bob Dylan, the Sex Pistols and Billie Holiday. Then along came The X Factor. So what happened when they went to the semi-finals?
I haven't bothered much with The X Factor this year. The formula is tired. Cowell is not there. The blanding out of music into something-they-prepared-earlier is tedious, as is the endless sobbing, the choreographed back stories, the fake auditioning of those who have been talent-scouted – or paid – to make fools of themselves. The daft rivalry between the judges, and even the flashing lights, are irritating. But I am not 10 and sometimes you just have to get over yourself. This series may have lost a million viewers but it is still the biggest show in Britain across Saturday and Sunday nights.
When I got tickets to see the semi-final last week, my youngest was beside herself. »
- Suzanne Moore
ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has broken the broadcaster's silence over Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley's departure from Daybreak, arguing that it was necessary to "take a risk" on the former BBC presenters.
"It is important to remember GMTV was on a gradual slide down and it is important to try and take a risk," said Crozier, speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch on Wednesday.
- Mark Sweney
Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley signed off from 'Daybreak' yesterday (05.12.11) by racking up a £551 bar bill in just over an hour. The presenting duo had drinks with ITV colleagues Kate Garraway, Dan Lobb and show executives at the Mulberry Bush pub opposite the ITV studio on London's South Bank, but despite the hefty bill, the pair are said to have been "really cut up" about their exit from the ITV1 breakfast show. An ITV source told The Sun newspaper: "It was more like a wake than a party. They're both really cut up about what has happened." Adrian was quoted »
Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles signed off from 'Daybreak' this morning (05.12.11) by thanking their production staff. The presenting duo said a very low-key farewell to viewers on their final show in the final minute of the programme and revealed their future projects. Adrian said: "As some of you will know, this is our last show. As a leaving present, I'm taking my funny animal clips clipboard with me! "We would just like to say thank you to the rest of the on air team." Christine said: "We'd like to say thank you especially to all the production staff for all their hard work »
Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley have presented their final edition of Daybreak. ITV recently confirmed that the duo - who defected from the BBC last year - would leave the struggling breakfast show to focus on their peak-time projects. Ahead of hosting alongside Chiles for the final time this morning, Bleakley tweeted: "Morning all, what lovely messages this morning for my last 3am wake up all (sic)" "As some of you will know, this is our last show," Chiles told viewers. "As a leaving present, I'm taking my funny animal clips clipboard with me! We would just like to say thank you to the rest of the on-air team." The Northern Irish presenter added: "And especially to all of our production staff." Chiles continued: "I'm off to concentrate on the football and Christine is being (more) »
- By Ryan Love
Christine Bleakley has revealed that she is excited about "having her life back" after leaving Daybreak. Last month, it emerged that Bleakley and her co-host Adrian Chiles will be dropped from the ITV breakfast show shortly. However, speaking at the Women in Film and Television Awards today, Bleakley explained that she is pleased she will no longer have to cope with early mornings. "I feel good," she said. "I'm looking forward to having my life back again, I really am. It's difficult to explain, but anyone who does night shifts or those kind of hours will understand it does take its toll on you. So I certainly won't miss 3am starts." Bleakley admitted that she will miss the people working on Daybreak but explained that they are all "good mates". "So from that perspective I'll quite happily watch (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Christine Bleakley has revealed that she has no bad feelings following her exit from Daybreak. Last month, it emerged that the presenter and her co-host Adrian Chiles will be dropped from the morning programme shortly. Chiles later criticised the way the news was leaked and said he was "mightily unhappy". However, speaking at the Women in Film and Television Awards today, Bleakley explained that she does not share those feelings. "I know the whole world wants me to say that but it's not the case," she said. "I understand telly. I've been in telly since I was (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Christine Bleakley is looking forward to getting her "life back" following her axe from 'Daybreak'. The 32-year-old presenter - who, alongside co-host Adrian Chiles, will leave the ITV1 flagship morning show on Monday (05.12.11) - explained over a year of starting work at 3am has "taken its toll" on her, and she is looking forward to watching from the comfort of her own home. She said: "I feel good. I'm looking forward to having my life back again, I really am. It's difficult to explain but anyone who does night shifts or those kind of hours will understand that it does start »
Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley will reportedly exit Daybreak earlier than planned. The former One Show pair were confirmed to be leaving the ITV breakfast format at the end of the year following months of poor ratings. Sources have now claimed that Chiles and Bleakley will finish the programme on Monday, December 5. "It was felt that Adrian and Christine were better off out of there now that everyone knows they are going," an insider told The Mirror. "There's nothing to be gained (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
Channel 5 News presenter Matt Barbet is reportedly being lined up to replace Adrian Chiles on Daybreak. Producers are said to have approached Barbet in the hope of giving the ITV breakfast show a greater focus on current affairs, following the departure of Chiles and Christine Bleakley. Daybreak bosses are apparently planning to pair him with BBC Breakfast host Sian Williams, who was offered the job earlier this week. Current support hosts Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway will present Daybreak until (more) »
- By Colin Daniels
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David Mitchell, comedian
Do you wish you were less posh?
"[Laughs] No. You can't change who you are. For a long time I thought my full name was 'The Old Etonian David Cameron'. I had parents who gave me a wonderful start in life, who sacrificed a lot to give me a great education. So I don't ever want to change – I don't want to drop my accent or change my vowels. I am who I am."
Piers Morgan, TV presenter
If you could relive one moment in your life, excluding births of children and marriage, what would it be?
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Breakfast duo to 'focus on peak-time commitments', says ITV1
The departing Daybreak presenters are understood to have been in talks with ITV to sort out their future with the broadcaster since last weekend, when news leaked that they were leaving the ITV1 breakfast show.
Chiles and Bleakley joined ITV last year from the BBC on exclusive deals reportedly worth a combined £10m amid much fanfare about their leading role in Daybreak, which replaced GMTV as ITV1's breakfast programme in September 2010.
ITV said that it has reached mutual agreements with Chiles and Bleakley that will see them give up their Daybreak roles "later this year" and instead fulfil their contractual obligations on other "peak-time commitments with ITV1".
Chiles's main priority will now be his role as the anchor of ITV's football »
Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles will leave Daybreak at the end of the year, ITV has confirmed. Last week, reports suggested that the pair were being axed as presenters of the breakfast series, after failing to help the show compete against its BBC rival in the ratings. Announcing their exits, the broadcaster said that both Bleakley and Chiles were stepping down from their roles in order to focus on their peaktime commitments. Peter Fincham, ITV director of television, said: "Adrian and Christine are both superb presenters. They have worked tirelessly to help establish Daybreak on ITV1 and they leave the show at a point when ratings have recently seen their biggest year-on-year increase. "Adrian has had a hugely positive reception as the host of ITV's live football coverage since he joined us for the 2010 World Cup and I'm (more) »
- By Ryan Love
ITV are close to settling a deal with axed 'Daybreak' duo Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles. After the pair were sensationally cut from the struggling flagship breakfast show last week, they have been involved in "heated discussions" with network bosses who warned they could be chopped from the channel altogether. While Christine and Adrian - who were sacked just one year into their three-year £2 million apiece deal - were originally demanding a full payout, channel chiefs claimed if a compromise was not reached the Irish beauty would be axed from her new 'Dancing On Ice' presenting gig and Adrian would lose »
Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley are reportedly close to agreeing a settlement with ITV over their Daybreak axe. The former One Show pair were fired from the struggling breakfast programme last weekend following a prolonged ratings crisis. Chiles and Bleakley's management demanded the full £2m fee they were each promised upon moving to ITV, despite being axed just one year into their three-year Daybreak contract, The Sun claims. Bosses at the channel allegedly responded by threatening to axe them from other programmes. "There have been some heated behind-the-scenes discussions," an insider said. "If their agent thought he (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
There's little to dwell upon about the departure of Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley from Daybreak. At very most, Chiles might grow a scruffy protest beard like he did when The One Show made him unhappy, but that's about it. In a few weeks they'll be gone.
Which means it's time to start speculating wildly about who will replace them. This, largely, depends on what sort of show Daybreak wants to be. Bleakley was seen in some circles as too lightweight when it came to handling big news stories, from which we can assume that Daybreak wants to beef up its current affairs in order to compete with BBC Breakfast. That's why the likes of Natasha Kaplinsky and Sian Williams have been put in the frame. »
- Stuart Heritage
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