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Monday’s best TV – BBC Music Awards, Muslims Like Us, David Blaine: Beyond Magic

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The Beeb’s third annual shindig of musical backslappery, and a Big-Brother style documentary about interpretations of the Islamic faith. Plus: the easily mockable magician startles with his act

Join Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman and Gemma Cairney for the Beeb’s third annual shindig of musical backslappery. Live performers include Robbie Williams and Craig David, while the evening’s chief concern, the British artist of the year award, sees Adele, Jess Glynne, Coldplay, David Bowie and – unless it was an unfortunate typo in the press release – Calvin Harris compete for the gong. Something for everyone, then. Luke Holland

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Davina McCall, Caroline Flack to appear on Comic Relief Danceathon

Davina McCall is one of the latest celebrities to sign up for Comic Relief's Danceathon.

The six-hour "dance frenzy" will be held on March 8 at Wembley Arena to raise money for Red Nose Day and McCall - a frequent Comic Relief collaborator - has now signed up to hit the floor.

She has been joined by Strictly Come Dancing stars Caroline Flack and Steve Backshall along with the show's professional dancers Aljaz Skorjanec, Ian Waite, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Robin Windsor.

DJs Gemma Cairney, Edith Bowman and Sara Cox are also among the cast along with Kirstie Allsopp and Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan.

The danceathon is expected to be hosted by Claudia Winkleman and celebrities who have already signed up include Arlene Phillips, Chelsee Healey, Rachel Riley, Rufus Hound, Zoe Ball, Jo Whiley and Got to Dance's Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt.

Over 2000 fundraisers will take part at
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Jools's Annual Hootenanny

Mapp and Lucia: BBC One, 9pm

In the final part of Steve Pemberton's adaptation, Lucia decides to start a series of musical evenings in Tilling.

Meanwhile, Mapp is keen to encourage a revolt, convinced her rival is a fraud since learning she traced her sketch for the art exhibition.

Britain's Favourite Sitcoms: Channel 5, 9pm

Mel Giedroyc narrates a countdown of the nation's 50 best-loved TV comedies, as voted for by Channel 5 viewers in an online poll.

A host of celebrity contributors such as Shelley Long, Ardal O'Hanlon, Leslie Ash, Nigel Planer, Derek Fowlds and Lesley Joseph talk about their personal favourites - including comedy classics such as Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley and The Inbetweeners.

Queen and Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live: BBC One, 11.15pm

Kick off the new year with a nod to the rock of years past, as veteran rockers Brian May and
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BBC Music Awards: Full details announced for inaugural event

The BBC has announced details of its inaugural Music Awards event.

BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 will team up for a simultaneous live broadcast of the ceremony, celebrating the best in popular music over the past 12 months.

Coldplay, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit and Paloma Faith will be among the artists to perform during the event on Thursday, December 11.

Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host the main event live from Earls Court on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 from 8pm to 10pm.

Along with live performances and surprise collaborations, the night will also review and celebrate the past 12 months in music.

Three awards will be presented during the night as well, with British Artist and International Artist of the Year to be decided by a BBC Music panel and leading music journalists. The Song of the Year prize will be voted for by members of the public.
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Agents of Shield, The Blacklist

The BBC Children in Need Sewing Bee: BBC Two, 8pm

This three-part Children in Need special of The Great British Sewing Bee comes to an end.

Tonight's episode is hosted by Anita Rani and sees BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney, journalist and author Kathyrn Flett, Overtones frontman Timmy Matley and comedian Helen Lederer up against the titular sewing challenges.

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

This Marvel Universe TV spinoff focuses on the adventures of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his small team of Shield agents as they investigate new cases.

Tonight's second season premiere covers the team's attempts to try and carry on their investigative efforts after being labelled fugitives and being forced to take on new members.

The Blacklist: Sky Living, 9pm

The ongoing second season of The Blacklist continues to follow ex-government agent and FBI fugitive Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader), after surrendering
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Edith Bowman and Louie Spence for Children in Need Sewing Bee specials

The BBC has detailed three celebrity editions of The Great British Sewing Bee.

Each Children In Need special will see four famous faces attempt to impress judges Patrick Grant and May Martin, and will be fronted by a different guest host.

DJ Edith Bowman, Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers, Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters, and Embarrassing Bodies' Dr Dawn Harper will compete in the first episode, presented by Jenny Éclair .

Sara Cox will oversee Pineapple Dance Studios' Louie Spence, stand-up Mark Watson, TV presenter Gaby Roslin and actress Pam Ferris in the second edition.

Finally, BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney, comedian Helen Lederer, author Kathryn Flett, and Overtones singer Timmy Matley will hit the sewing machines when Anita Rani takes charge.

Speaking about the shows, Bowman said: "It was a total joy to be part of Gbsb for BBC Children in Need, if not totally daunting.

"Having Patrick
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Prince William and Baby Prince George Listen to Music Together, DJ Reveals 3 of His Favorite Bands

Prince William and Baby Prince George Listen to Music Together, DJ Reveals 3 of His Favorite Bands
Prince William is not like just any regular prince—he's a cool dad, too. A British radio DJ Gemma Cairney recently hosted a Google+ Hangout with the 32-year-old British royal and his 29-year-old brother, Prince Harry (watch video, below). Cairney said William told her before the online show that he has listened to her BBC Radio 1 program, which airs from 4 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., while taking care of his and wife Kate's 11-month-old son, Prince George. "You know, sometimes when I'm up with George ...' 'I was like, 'Yeah, yeah, 'course, totes,'" she told listeners on her show on Thursday, July 10. "He said, 'Yeah, you know, I have a listen.' I was very...
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Prince William Rocks Out with George at Early Morning Feedings

Prince William Rocks Out with George at Early Morning Feedings
It seems Prince George is already enrolled in the school of rock. Prince William revealed Wednesday that he often turns the radio on, and listens out for his favorite bands, when he gets up early to give son George a feeding. Joining BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney for a Google Hangout as part of a search for young leaders around the world, William, 32, told Cairney he often tunes in to her show, which runs from 4 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Cairney, 29, said William told her, " 'Sometimes when I'm up with George I have a listen.' I was very flattered.
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Prince William Rocks Out to BBC Radio During Prince George's Early Morning Feedings

Prince William Rocks Out to BBC Radio During Prince George's Early Morning Feedings
Prince George's playlist! Prince William revealed Wednesday, July 9, that his early morning routine involves feeding Prince George, 11 months, while rocking out to music. The Duke of Cambridge, 32, told BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney in his Google Hangout with Prince Harry that he listens to her show, which airs from 4 to 6:30 a.m. London time. "William told me he listens to the show," Cairney, 29, said. "He said, 'Sometimes when I'm up with George, I have a listen.'" Added the radio show host, "I was [...]
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Towie, Glastonbury highlights

Glastonbury: BBC Three, 7pm

Greg James, Jen Long and Gemma Cairney present highlights from the final day of the Glastonbury music festival.

Featuring performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and headliners Kasabian.

Celebrity Catchphrase: ITV, 7.20pm

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, Benidorm actor Steve Pemberton, and chef Rosemary Shrager all compete in a special celebrity edition of Catchphrase tonight.

Stephen Mulhern hosts the game show, where at stake is thousands of pounds for the celebrities' chosen charities.

Big Brother: Channel 5, 9pm

Marcus Bentley narrates a round up of the highlights from the last 24 hours in the house.

Featuring the latest tasks, games, arguments and diary room chat.

The Only Way Is Essex: ITV2, 10pm

The Towie lot are back in Essex for tonight's episode, as the cast recover from the fallouts that occurred in Marbella.

Will Harry and Bobby's relationship survive Harry's recent confession?
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Glastonbury 2014: BBC unveils full coverage plans

The BBC has unveiled its broadcasting plans for this year's Glastonbury Festival.

It will broadcast over 250 hours via radio, TV, the red button and online streaming, with coverage from six stages.

Presenters include Chris Evans, Jo Whiley, Fearne Cotton, Dermot O'Leary, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Greg James, Stuart Maconie, Pete Tong, Cerys Matthews, Mark Radcliffe, Gemma Cairney, Annie Mac, Toddla T, MistaJam, DJ Target, Yasser and Alex Jones.

Controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network and director of BBC Music Bob Shennan said: "Glastonbury is one of the world's most famous music festivals, and once again the BBC will be providing audiences with a magical weekend of coverage, in a way that only the BBC can."

The full outline of coverage is as follows:

BBC TV

30 hours of coverage across BBC One (The One Show), BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.

BBC Radio

50 hours of coverage
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Ollie Locke: 'My time with Made in Chelsea is over'

Fresh from his recent stint in Celebrity Big Brother, Ollie Locke returns to our screens in his latest series The Fox Problem this week.

The YouTube entertainment show stars Locke, Georgia La, Gemma Cairney and Georgie Okell, and streams every other Tuesday in front of a live audience.

Ahead of the latest episode on Tuesday (March 18), Digital Spy had a quick Q&A with the former Made in Chelsea star about the ongoing series and his other projects.

Hi Ollie! How excited are you to be a fully-fledged member of the Fox Problem team?

"I've been there since the first series and they are the best Tuesday evenings I've ever had! Hilarious."

The show manages to secure some pretty impressive guests each episode, are there any stars you would love to invite on the show?

"Our guests are incredible. I would love to see Joanna Lumley on the show, she is my secret crush.
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Looking for the new Girls? Srsly, you need to get online

Inspired by Lena Dunham, the next generation of funny females aren't waiting for TV to green-light their shows, but doing it for themselves

While TV comedy is dominated by laddish panel shows, the internet is home to what the New Yorker recently described as "an almost golden age of web-native series", many of them written, directed by and starring women. Sadly, even after Girls and Orange Is The New Black, it's still unusual to see a female-penned show being launched straight to TV. Which is why female comedians are building massive followings online, then crossing over to TV from there. Issa Rae, writer-director of Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl, was one of the first; she's now developing an ABC series with Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. Broad City (see below) is heading for Comedy Central. While the UK hasn't quite caught up (pretty much every successful female-fronted webseries is set in New York), things are changing.
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Catch-up TV guide: from House Of Cards to Payday: First Cut

House Of Cards | The Musketeers | Amazon Pilots | Danny Baker's Rock Treasures | The Fox Problem | Payday: First Cut

TV: House Of Cards

Season two of the Emmy-winning Us political drama premiered last Friday. Catch up with Kevin Spacey's skullduggerous Democratic congressman Frank Underwood as he climbs the greasy pole to assume the role of vice president – or dig back through all 13 episodes of season one, which is still available on Netflix.

Netflix

TV: The Musketeers

Luke Pasqualino is the swashbuckling d'Artagnan and Peter Capaldi excels as dastardly Cardinal Richelieu in this frothy but entertaining take on Alexandre Dumas's 19th-century tale, which has just scored a second series. You can catch up with the first four episodes now on iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer

TV: Amazon Pilots

Amazon has announced 10 new pilot shows, including classical music drama Mozart In The Jungle, dark comedy Transparent (starring Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor) and
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'Pointless Celebrities' returning in late summer

Pointless Celebrities is returning for a new series on BBC One later this summer, it has been confirmed.

Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Gemma Cairney, England footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst, and comedy duo Brendan O'Carroll and Christopher Biggins are among the stars signed up for the latest run.

Chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Jean Christophe Novelli and former boxing champion Joe Calzaghe will also take part in the series.

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman return as hosts of the quiz show that is searching for 'pointless answers'.

The winning celebrities take home a cash prize for their respective charities.

Pointless repeats are currently airing on weekdays on BBC One.
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Glastonbury on television, radio and online: a festival without drunk people

Actually, Peter Robinson likes being in a field with drunk people, but he still enjoyed the media's blanket coverage of Glastonbury

Sixty years ago at the University of Michigan, a man with a stronger stomach than mine conducted a long-winded experiment into chemical memory by teaching flatworms how to negotiate a maze then – of course! – grinding them up and then feeding them to other flatworms, who then supposedly magically "knew" how to negotiate the same maze. You might need to munch some of David Bowie's toenail clippings for an idea of what went down at the first Glastonbury, but for 2056's historians, chowing down on Yannis from Foals won't be necessary: the festival's 177,000 attendees are almost matched in quantity by media representatives relaying the experience for those who didn't get a ticket or, as Nick Grimshaw noted in his Friday afternoon Radio 1 broadcast from the site, "like live music
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Glastonbury TV Guide: Enjoy the full lineup from your comfy sofa

Maybe you couldn't get a ticket. Maybe you hate camping. Maybe you're too old to do the mud, drugs and dancing in the Shangri-La until 4am. Whatever the reason you're not at Glastonbury this weekend, it doesn't meant that you can't do Glastonbury.

Thanks to the BBC's monstrous coverage, you can watch more on the TV than you could if you were there in your wellies. Turn up the volume, buy some dodgy cider, bring in some mud from the garden and cook yourself a dodgy cheeseburger for dinner and you'll have near enough the Pyramid Stage experience in your living room. Sort of.

Friday

After weeks of build-up, the BBC's TV coverage starts properly tonight with viewers having the choice of BBC Two, Three or Four, depending on your tastes.

The big hitters and highlights from Day One will be on BBC Two at 10pm-10.30pm and 11pm-2am
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Glastonbury goes digital on BBC: Six stages live streamed

Glastonbury Festival will have its most extensive TV and online coverage ever on the BBC this year.

More than 120 live performances will be broadcast and six stages - Pyramid, Other, John Peel, Jazz World, Park and BBC Introducing - will have live streaming. In total there will be 250 hours of live coverage and streaming.

Radio 2's Chris Evans will make his Glastonbury debut and help lead the coverage alongside festival veteran Steve Lamacq, Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, Gemma Cairney, 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne, Dermot O'Leary, Mark Radcliffe, Jo Whiley and Craig Charles.

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis said: "The BBC have stuck with us through thick and thin since 1997 and they've earned their stripes the hard way. It's been quite a journey since 97 and to have a complete record of what we've been up to over the years is music history gold dust."

BBC controller of popular music Bob Shennan said:
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What gardening TV could learn from The Great British Bake Off

After baking and sewing, gardening should be the next post-retirement pastime to capture younger audiences. Here's how TV bosses could make the potting shed primetime-friendly

The Great British Bake Off started the trend and The Great British Sewing Bee – recently commissioned for a second series – built on the formula: take a retirement-age-friendly pastime, celebrate its traditional values while making it appealing for a young audience, then present it on TV for a reappraisal by the nation's under-40s. Home improvements could be the next topic revived by TV executives, but there is the potential for damage and death should Diy fever sweep the nation, so the most likely candidate for a semi-hipsteresque new lease of life therefore has to be gardening, and not just because of mounting excitement for this year's Chelsea flower show coverage.

But as the old saying goes, there's more than one way to creosote a fence,
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TV review: The Curious Case of the Clark Brothers; Dying for Clear Skin

A distressing film gave a glimpse of two brothers as they slowly slide back into childhood – and the elderly parents who must watch their boys suffer

The Curious Case of the Clark Brothers (C4) must rank as one of the most unremittingly distressing things I have ever seen on television. If you saw it, you'll know what I mean; if you didn't, I'm sorry to have to bring it to your attention.

Brothers Michael and Matthew Clark both suffer from a rare form of leukodystrophy, a genetic disorder that attacks the myelin sheath covering the nerve fibres of the brain. The illness is causing them to become increasingly childlike, their behaviour and ability to function steadily regressing. They need constant care and, as bleak as the present is, the prognosis is worse.

The "curious" aspect of the situation is that Matthew is 39 and Michael 42. Neither brother displayed any symptoms until
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