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Us sci-fi series closes first part of debut season run on Channel Five
The Us sci-fi series, which also stars fellow Brit actors Jack Davenport and Dominic Monaghan, pulled in 1.9 million viewers and an 8% share between 9pm and 10pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.
FlashForward, which airs close to its transmission date in the Us, will now take a mid-season break after 10 of its 22 episodes, and will return to Five in the new year.
The drama began with 3.2 million viewers in September, and has gone on to maintain a typical weekly audience of more than 2 million viewers for its Monday night outing.
Last night the second part of BBC2's art competition, School of Saatchi, drew 700,000 viewers and a 3% share, also between 9pm and 10pm.
- John Plunkett
It's an old-fashioned sitcom starring a desperate 30-something woman. But I can't stop laughing at Miranda
Miranda Hart's BBC2 sitcom has all the elements that would normally make me squirm: the desperate singleton with a massive crush on her mate from two doors down; the vast amount of gurning to camera; the mother who wants to marry her off; the staying in, drinking wine and singing karaoke. The terrible thirtysomething-woman-in-a-sitcom clichés. It's like Jessica Hynes in According to Bex all over again. So why am I laughing at Miranda?
Lest you think I've totally lost my mind let me assure you: My Family leaves me so stony-faced my cheeks practically turn to granite. Keeping Up Appearances, The Vicar of Dibley, Not Going Out – all make me want to weep. Friends? It almost sends me over the edge. I categorically do not like sitcoms unless they are Spaced, Black Books, »
- Vicky Frost
More than 9 million viewers saw the return of Doctor Who on BBC1, while nearly 10 million people saw the beginning of the ninth series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! on ITV1 last night, Sunday 15 November.
The latest one-off Doctor Who special, the first of David Tennant's final three episodes in the role, averaged 9.1 million viewers and a 34% share between 7pm and 8pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.
I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! returned with 9.8 million viewers and a 36% share between 9pm and 10.30pm on ITV1.
This was the reality show's highest-rating launch show since series three in 2004, which began with 10.1 million viewers, a 41% share. That series, won by Kerry Katona, went on to be the best-rating run of I'm a Celebrity.
The ITV1 series, »
- John Plunkett
ITV1 gave us riveting drama, C4 went off into the deep end and BBC2 gave us the lightest of comedies, writes Kathryn Flett
As we lead increasingly dip-in-and-out, Add, pick'n'mix lives, it takes a fairly heroic commitment for anybody who isn't a single, grandchild-free septuagenarian who is also bizarrely uninterested in either gardening or sleep – or a TV critic – to watch a drama more demanding of one's time than, say, the clotted and cloying Sunday oeuvres of Clunes or Fry, which unfold in such leisurely, undemanding fashion they leave even viewers under 50 feeling as though they've been called "Ma" or "Pa", had a tartan rug put over their knees and, somewhat against their will, been taken for a drive in the country.
Even if you were casually caught up in the first episode of Collision – a quasi-Crash for the smaller screen, set in Essex rather than La (reminding us that »
- Kathryn Flett
Skins star Luke Pasquilino has landed a guest role in a new BBC Two sitcom based on Miranda Hart's life. The actor, best known for his character of weed-smoking skateboarder Freddie in E4's Skins, will be joined by regular cast members Patricia Hodge, Sarah Hadland, Sally Phillips and Tom Ellis. Based on the semi-autobiographical writing of comedy actress Hart, the aptly titled Miranda follows her public school background, (more) »
- By Dan French
5 items from 2009
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