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Channel 4’s Naked Attraction picks up more viewers than Big Brother

Nude dating show garners 1.4 million viewers on first showing, beating both Channel 4 and BBC2 in the ratings

It was described as a “meat market” and a “Blind Date in a brothel”, but Channel 4’s nude dating show, Naked Attraction, rose to the occasion and drew more viewers than both BBC2 and Channel 5’s Big Brother on Monday night.

Naked Attraction, presented by Anna Richardson, featured copious full frontal nudity, like Sex Box but without the box (or the sex) or, if you prefer, How To Look Good Naked without the tiresome clothes shopping trip with Gok Wan.

Related: Naked attraction: the apocalyptic rise of nude dating shows

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Downton Abbey Gets Very Meta With Its Christmas Charity Short

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Downton Abbey Gets Very Meta With Its Christmas Charity Short
Last year, Downton Abbey recruited George Clooney to participate in a charity holiday short for ITV's annual "Text Santa" appeal. This year, the short is even more spoof-tacular, with appearances by Gordon Ramsay (who's good mates with Mrs. Patmore, apparently) and noted British personalities Sir Bruce Forsyth, Gok Wan, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Michelle Keegan, and Warwick Davis joining in for the fun. The goal: Win over the Crawley family to become the Abbey's official Santa Claus. (Just give it to Carson, don't be daft, he really wants it!). The banter is cheeky, and the accents are merry.The sixth and final season will premiere on PBS on January 3.
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X Factor's 9 most bonkers novelty acts: From Wagner's bongos to Jedward-mania

It's not just X Factor winners who keep us coming back year in, year out, it's the ludicrous novelty acts who make the show so memorable. In the words of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, "it may be borderline bonkers, but I love that".

But since Louis Walsh's departure from the show, there's been a noticeable lack of novelty fodder. Damn them for employing judges who actually value musical talent over mad outfits and insane dance routines.

So in tribute to the former finalists who may have made us visibly cringe but always smile, here's nine of our favourites, brought to you in association with TalkTalk's new Bopheads app:

1. Wagner (2010)

"On my death bed, I shall remember this moment..."

A 54-year-old, Brazilian-born former lion owner from Dudley, Wagner Carrilho won Sharon Osbourne's heart with his sheer eccentricity at the Judges' Houses.

From his mashup of 'She Bangs/Love Shack' to his
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The Changing Room: Henry Holland gets a hooray from me

Channel 4’s latest fashion series sees the designer guide shoppers through ‘the trauma of the changing room’. Despite some lazy stereotyping, it’s refreshingly different from other makeover shows

Fashion designer Henry Holland has gone full-on Gok Wan as the presenter of Channel 4’s latest fashion makeover series, The Changing Room. With cameras rigged in changing rooms across the country (although mostly Birmingham, Oxford Street and London’s Westfield stores so far), Holland is seen lurking around high-street stores (“I’m dusting off my shop-assistant’s badge!”) in order to guide shoppers through “the trauma of the changing room”. Meanwhile, we’re invited to sit back and watch shoppers strip down to their undies like a bunch of sartorially minded peeping toms.

In the age of Asos, no one uses changing rooms any more – but we do watch a lot of reality TV, and that’s where the
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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.

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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

Rumoured

Confirmed contestants

Jeremy Vine

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

The
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Amanda Holden and Gok Wan got very excited by David Cameron's jogging cameo on This Morning

David Cameron brightened up Amanda Holden's morning yesterday, when he jogged past her as she presented This Morning live on London's South Bank.

The presenter and guest host Gok Wan were enjoying the sunshine, hosting a food segment of the daily magazine show outside, when Holden learned that the prime minister was nearby.

Hearing the news, she excitedly told viewers: "David Cameron is jogging on the South Bank!" before proceeding to call out his name and invite him to join them on the set.

Wan, who was filling in for Phillip Schofield, unfortunately had his offer of a healthy smoothie turned down by Cameron.

As the moment passed - and attention went back to guests the Hemsley sisters - Holden reflected on the morning's excitement, saying: "I can't believe that!"

Still buzzing from the moment, she later described the prime minister as being "in quite good nick".
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Holly Willoughby to return to This Morning

Holly Willoughby is returning to 'This Morning'. The 34-year-old presenter is set to resume her hosting duties alongside Phillip Schofield on the ITV breakfast show in September, a year after she left the show to go on maternity leave. Phillip - who has been presenting the programme with Amanda Holden since - was absent from the show yesterday (06.07.15) and was replaced by Gok Wan as he joined Holly to film new titles ahead of her return in autumn. Revealing the news on Twitter he wrote: ''Not on @itvthismorning today. Spending the day with @hollywills shooting new opening titles, promos and doing
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Simon Cowell's mother passes away

Holly Willoughby is returning to 'This Morning'. The 34-year-old presenter is set to resume her hosting duties alongside Phillip Schofield on the ITV breakfast show in September, a year after she left the show to go on maternity leave. Phillip - who has been presenting the programme with Amanda Holden since - was absent from the show yesterday (06.07.15) and was replaced by Gok Wan as he joined Holly to film new titles ahead of her return in autumn. Revealing the news on Twitter he wrote: ''Not on @itvthismorning today. Spending the day with @hollywills shooting new opening titles, promos and doing
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Celebrity Juice celebrates Keith Lemon's 32nd (!) birthday party - see the pictures

This week's Celebrity Juice is a special affair - as Keith Lemon celebrates his (he says) 32nd birthday.

Joining regulars Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton and Gino Sheffield D'Acampo are Professor Green, Gok Wan and Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby.

Keith dons Wolverine claws and Holly and Fearne become Ab Fab's Eddie and Patsy.

Gino ditches the tights when he becomes Batman's partner Robin, Pro Green is Jim Carrey's The Mask, Gok Wan is Psy of 'Gangnam Style' fame, and Charlotte Crosby becomes fellow Geordie Cheryl Cole.

Keith joins Gok for the 'Gangnam Style' dance before the pair share a birthday kiss together.

Gino, meanwhile, books a stripper for Keith as a birthday present, but it's not Kelly Brook as Keith hoped it would be.

Celebrity Juice: Keith's Birthday Party is on ITV2 tonight (Thursday, April 30) at 10pm.
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In Pictures: Asian Awards 2015

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It was a night to remember when the fifth annual The Asian Awards took place in London! Not only did the show, hosted by Gok Wan, boast a performance by the Bend It Like Beckham musical, the stars came out…literally!

Shah Rukh Khan was honored for his Outstanding Contribution to cinema,”I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether is was Dr Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by people in difference field but similar passion.”

And
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Linford Christie booked for new nostalgia TV show TV That Made Me

Clip and archive-based programmes are ten-a-penny these days, but have you ever wanted to know what Linford Christie's TV guilty pleasure is?

Well, now's your chance - a new BBC One daytime show has been commissioned that will see celebrities taking a nostalgic look back at their favourite TV shows.

Hosted by Brian Conley, TV That Made Me will see famous guests including former Olympic 100m champion Christie talking about their TV obsessions, family favourites, guilty pleasures and biggest influences.

EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy, BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood and poet Pam Ayres are among those taking part, along with Rory McGrath, Gok Wan, Sandi Toksvig, Jo Wood, Vanessa Feltz and Eamonn Holmes.

Raise the Roof Productions, who previously worked on Len Goodman's Holiday of My Lifetime, will make the 20-episode series.

BBC daytime and early peak commissioner Jo Street said: "We were blown away by the success of
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Exclusive First Performance From Bend It Like Beckham The Musical At Asian Award

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The cast of upcoming West End musical Bend It like Beckhamgave a rousing performance of the show’s opening number ‘UB2’ to a star studded audience at last Friday’s Asian Awards. The evening, hosted by Gok Wan, was attended by icons of the stage and screen including the legendary Shah Rukh Khan, former one direction member Zayn Malik, national treasures Sanjeev Bhasker and Meera Syal.

Adapted by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges from the 2002 smash hit film of the same name, Bend it Like Beckham: The Musical follows Jess, a talented young football player torn between following in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham, or living up to family expectations of university, career and marriage.

Scored by Howard Goodall (Love Story, The Hired Man) with the collaboration of pioneer of the British Bhangra sound, composer and performer Kuljit Bhamra and lyrics by Charles Hart (Phantom of the Opera,
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Zayn Malik, Shah Rukh Khan & John Rocha Win at Fifth Annual The Asian Awards

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Global music phenomenon, Zayn Malik, Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, renowned fashion designer John Rocha and cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara were among the big winners at the fifth annual The Asian Awards a global celebration of Pan Asian excellence, on April 17th at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Fashion icon, Gok Wan hosted The Asian Awards, in Partnership with the British Asian Trust, and saw an exclusive performance from the cast of Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming West End extravaganza, Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical. The event itself dazzled with an array of A-list celebrities, dignitaries and influencers, including Zayn Malik, Mila Kunis, Gary Linekar, the Hinduja Brothers, Naughty Boy and Shah Rukh Khan. Picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, was Zayn Malik, who propelled to stardom with One Direction and is now one of the most influential music artists of our time. Bollywood icon, Shah Rukh Khan
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Shah Rukh Khan To Attend The Asian Awards

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Now in it’s 5th year, The Asian Awards which take place this Friday April 17th, has gotten even bigger. And guess who is flying in especially for the glamorous event? Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan!

Hosted this year by fashionable TV personality, Gok Wan, The Asian Awards will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London and celebrate the outstanding achievements and excellence of Asians across the world.

The brainchild of Paul Sagoo, entrepreneur and Founder of the Lemon Group, The Asian Awards were launched in 2010. “Our goal was to celebrate the highest calibre of individuals from the global Asian community across all spheres of activity. This year is no different and we continue to raise the bar of the event each year.”

Host Gok Wan, who picked up last year’s Outstanding Achievement in Television award, will also be joined by Zayn Malik, Mila Kunis, Gurinder Chadha
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Maisie Williams: 'Doctor Who character could be good or bad'

Maisie Williams has teased that her Doctor Who character could be a "goodie" or a "baddie".

The Game of Thrones actress is to guest star in the sci-fi drama when it returns for its ninth run in the autumn.

Speaking to Alan Carr on Chatty Man, Williams teased that she is going to "test" Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

"There's been a lot of speculation about whether she's like a younger Clara or whether she is a new character completely," she said. "I'm not going to tell you which one."

She continued: "Whether she is good or bad is up for discussion, I think. She does put the Doctor to the test and it's sort of a dynamic that we haven't seen before."

On joining the series, she added: "It's wonderful. The set's amazing.

"I'm used to being part of Game of Thrones and going into something where you're a small part of something else.
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Victoria Wood wins The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

Victoria Wood has been named winner of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

The comedian was revealed as the champion of the charity series The Great Comic Relief Bake Off – An Extra Slice this evening (March 13).

Having won their individual episodes, Wood, Michael Sheen, Gok Wan and Jennifer Saunders discussed their efforts with hosts Jo Brand, Mary Berry, Frank Skinner and Howard Middleton.

The finalists submitted their Red Nose Day cakes for consideration. After much deliberation, Wood was named winner of the series.

The likes of Joanna Lumley, Lulu, Dame Edna Everage, Jonathan Ross, Zoella, Abbey Clancy, Sarah Brown, David Mitchell, Jameela Jamil, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles and Kayvan Novak tested their baking skills for charity over the course of the series.

Meanwhile, Dermot O'Leary completed his 24-hour dance marathon for Comic Relief earlier in the evening.

Cassidy Little was named as the winner of The People's Strictly for Comic
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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 2015 episode four – live blog

Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles, Kayvan Novak and Victoria Wood were the stars cranking up their ovens in this week’s instalment.

9.00pm GMT

Thanks for coming, all of you. I’ll dive south into the comments now because I literally haven’t stopped for breath or even any cake. Who really wants cake now? I massively want and need cake. There’s only one thing for it now the shops are shut. I’m going to have to bake one.

Good night and thanks so much for coming! And don’t forget to donate.

8.58pm GMT

Now don’t forget what this has all been for. If you text Bake to 70005 you can donate a fiver to this excellent cause and then we won’t have just spent the last hour sneering at other people’s cooking. Go on.

8.57pm GMT

Mary says the younger bucks suffered from poor timing.
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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: Victoria Wood named Star Baker

Victoria Wood has been named as Star Baker on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off tonight (March 4).

The final episode of the four-part charity version of Bake Off saw Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles, Kayvan Novak and Wood compete against one anther for charity.

The celebrities were tasked with baking brownies, crumpets and show-stopping self-portrait vegetable cakes.

While Moyles struggled throughout, there was tough competition between the other three contestants but it was the comedienne who eventually came out on top.

Wood earns a place alongside Michael Sheen, Gok Wan and Jennifer Saunders on a special edition of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, which will air on Red Nose Day (March 13).

The show will see the four Star Bakers from the series face off to win the Champion of Champions title.

And the winner ... #VictoriaWood is your Episode 4 Star Baker ... #GBBOComicRelief pic.twitter.com/BTTEH29twV

— Red Nose
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Bake Off, Vampire Diaries

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: BBC One, 8pm

It's the final Bake Off for Comic Relief - at least until the champions (including Gok Wan and Michael Sheen) face off on the night itself.

Tonight, it's Chris Moyles, Alexa Chung, Kayvan Novak and Victoria Wood hoping to out-do each other in the kitchen and impress Paul and Mary.

The People's Strictly for Comic Relief: BBC One, 9pm

More fun for Comic Relief, as this non-celebrity variant on Strictly Come Dancing continues, with three more members of the public putting on their dancing shoes.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman narrate the contestants' heart-warming stories, revealing just why they were picked for this special event.

Dci Banks: ITV, 9pm

Stephen Tompkinson returns for a fourth series as the sour-faced detective, who has even more cause to look miserable this time round.

After suffering a personal loss, Banks is forced to
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Rylan Clark asks Gok Wan to be stylist for his wedding

Rylan Clark has asked Gok Wan to be the stylist for his wedding. The 'Big Brother's Bit On The Side' host is set to tie the knot with fiance Dan Neal and has reportedly asked his 'This Morning' colleague to help him pick out the perfect outfits for their special day. A source shared: ''Rylan has asked Gok Wan to style him and Dan on the big day, as well as pick the bridesmaid's dresses. He loves Gok's ideas and they've been good friends for a while.'' The 26-year-old star has asked his fellow 'Celebrity Big Brother' housemate Claire Richards to be his
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