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The Apprentice 2015: episode eight – as it happened

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What’s that old saying – never work with kids and candidates? This week, Lord Sugar laid on a children’s party event for the teams to organise

9.59pm GMT

Thank you for your company this evening. I’m coming downstairs to the comments now to hand out cake which may contain nuts.

See you here again next week, same time, for another lovely hour of cringe and Oh No. And I’m assured you’ll be able to find the blog on the TV front page from 8.45pm. Hooray! See you then/there.

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“It was really, really close,” says Gary to his amazed compadres as everyone thinks about what they’re going to spend the money on when they definitely win.

Next week it’s something to do with windows. Will they find their true calling as double glazing sales people? Also, several people cover their mouths with their hands to denote drama. »

- Julia Raeside

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Legends of Tomorrow joins The Flash – should DC leave its superheroes on TV?

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Smaller-scale television projects such as the latest Arrow spin-off Legends of Tomorrow allow DC to flesh out its characters and cater for die-hard fans and casual viewers, while in the cinema it faces a crushing battle against its rival Marvel

Comic-book characters are everywhere. Both DC and its rival Marvel have laid out their release schedules for the foreseeable future – a run of 20-odd new films such as Justice League Part One, Wonder Woman, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two that will take us up to 2019 …

So far on the big screen, there has been one clear winner: Marvel and Disney teamed up to crush all before them with a Hulk-sized fist, leaving DC to reminisce over the success of Christopher Nolan’s celebrated Batman trilogy, and not much else.

Related: Noir nights and superpowered sex – everything you need to know about Marvel's Jessica Jones

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- Raj Bains

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David Attenborough 'was prepared for leaks' on record-breaking dive

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BBC natural history veteran says he remained calm during plunge on Great Barrier Reef – and producer reveals they had plans in case they needed the loo

Sir David Attenborough was as cool as a cucumber about his record-breaking 1,000-foot dive in a submersible on the Great Barrier Reef. When asked at a screening of his new BBC1 series if he was nervous about the dive, he said it was just like “sitting in an armchair”. Attenborough, who is going to the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris to “explain the urgency” about doing something to stop global warming, was interviewed on stage by BBC director general Tony Hall. The natural world’s national treasure said no other organisation could have made Great Barrier Reef: “The BBC’s the only place that does it. In years gone by there were other natural history units … which have fallen by the wayside. »

- Monkey

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Toast of London reviews Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth: 'Utterly, utterly dreadful'

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Justin Kurzel’s new take on Shakespeare’s finest gets a resounding two thumbs down from veteran actor Steven Toast. Mind you, he only watched the trailer

First of all, I must declare a personal interest here. My agent met one of the producers of this latest big-screen Shakespeare adaptation some years ago (in the Earls Court branch of Oddbins), who intimated that I was very much “in the frame” to star in the title role. I have played the Scottish king on stage literally 100 times, and felt I had successfully immersed myself in the character’s determination and single-mindedness. (I also added a humorous touch and sense of playful mischievousness to Macbeth, which many actors don’t bother with).

He fails to get any laughs out of “Macca” at all, and was clearly going through the motions on set

Related: Toast of London – TV review

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- Steven Toast

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Bindi Irwin wins Dancing with the Stars with performance dedicated to father

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The 17-year-old daughter of Steve Irwin says show has ‘changed her life’ as she is announced winner of the Us reality show with partner Derek Hough

Bindi Irwin has won the Us series of Dancing with the Stars after dedicating her last routine to her late father.

The 17-year-old, with dancing partner Derek Hough, triumphed in the final of the reality TV show on Tuesday night.

Related: Why I cried as I watched Bindi Irwin on Dancing With the Stars

.@BindiIrwin & @derekhough definitely impressed with their moving freestyle. Will it be enough to win? #dwts https://t.co/RPxherlg38

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- Monica Tan

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Wednesday’s best TV: The Supervet; Peep Show; Toast Of London

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Hi-tech pet-fixing with Noel Fitzpatrick, romance is in the air for Jez, embarrassment for Mark; and Toast scoots after Clancy Moped. Plus: the candidates try not to make a mess of some children’s parties in The Apprentice

Noel Fitzpatrick is the bionic vet, a man who can fix any broken furry thing you care to throw at him using incredible technology and years of expertise. He’s one of those guys who seems as if he’s always wearing sunglasses, even when he isn’t. Like a Clooney/Bono splicing, he soothes frantic owners with his reassuring manner while they sob and fret over their precious ones. Tonight, he performs facial reconstruction surgery on an injured cat and scans a dog suffering from cancer to determine how long it has left. Julia Raeside

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- Julia Raeside, Jack Seale, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Paul Howlett

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Minogue sisters duet for the first time in almost 30 years – video

24 November 2015 5:46 PM, PST

Kylie and Dannii Minogue perform together at the Australian X Factor grand final, singing the first single from Kylie’s Christmas album, Kylie Christmas. The appearance is the first time the sisters have sung together live since the 1980s. Later in the evening the Wollongong teenager Cyrus Villanueva was crowned this year’s X Factor winner, beating Louise Adams from Mount Gambier

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- Guardian Staff

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I thought at first Victorian Sherlock had lost the plot

24 November 2015 4:01 PM, PST

Star says he was eventually convinced that The Abominable Bride, which will air in the UK and Us on New Year’s Day, was ‘absolutely brilliant’

Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted that fans may not relish the decision to set a one-off Sherlock Christmas special in Victorian times.

The actor, who plays Holmes in the drama, initially thought the decision to set the feature-length special, The Abominable Bride, in 1895 was mistaken.

Related: The outrageous fortune of Benedict Cumberbatch

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- Chris Johnston

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Capital review – a complicated and brilliant portrait of London life

24 November 2015 2:00 PM, PST

The eponymous novel by John Lanchester is transported to an all-too-recognisable suburban street, unfolding the lives of its complex residents, where somebody wants what they have

How much of a city of 8.5 million can you get into one south London street? Capital (BBC1), adapted from John Lanchester’s novel, manages a lot.

Petunia is at 84 (Pepys Road and about that in years, too), an old-school native who has been here for ever. The modern metropolitan world might confuse her a bit (Gemma Jones is so good at being old and confused) – Indians, Pakistanis, Hindus, Muslims, what is the difference? – but she’s more accepting of it than her recently deceased husband. Ahmed, who’s very good to Petunia, and his family, second generation Pakistani immigrants, run the corner shop. Roger, a banker, and his family, who don’t know Petunia or Ahmed, are in the big double-fronted number 92, with the Range Rover outside. »

- Sam Wollaston

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BBC to mark David Attenborough's 90th birthday with special show

24 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST

Natural history veteran to be interviewed about his career by Kirsty Young in front of a studio audience

He is used to scrutinising the wonders of the natural world but Sir David Attenborough himself will be the focus of a new BBC1 programme to mark his 90th birthday next year.

Inspiring Attenborough: Sir David at 90 will look at the broadcasting career of the man who has become synonymous with natural history programming and was also a former controller of BBC2.

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- Tara Conlan

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From football to Friends: 10 things to watch this Thanksgiving

24 November 2015 11:57 AM, PST

Parades, Christmas specials, and marathons take over the tube when you should be at the table with your family

There are so many traditions each year on Thanksgiving: getting stuck in a traffic jam that would give even the Dalai Lama road rage, eating so much turkey you pass out with your hand in your pants, and arguing with your drunk uncle about the future of democracy in America. But there is one recent tradition that requires you to do absolutely nothing and won’t have any negative results: Thanksgiving TV.

Most of our favorite series are on break until everyone is back to work, so we have a variety of specials and marathons to keep us occupied through Black Friday and until Cyber Monday. Here are the best and the brightest to keep you engaged this year.

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- Brian Moylan in New York

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Annie Wood obituary

24 November 2015 10:27 AM, PST

My friend Annie Wood, who has died of cancer aged 64, was one of an exclusive group of EastEnders writers who scripted more than 100 episodes. She was also on the writing teams of Family Affairs, Grafters and Grange Hill.

Born in Stoke Newington, north London, to Edward Lambert, foreman in a wood yard, and his wife, Doris (nee Unicombe), a machinist in a clothing factory, Annie left Clissold Park school at 16 with modest ambitions and a certificate in shorthand and typing. She worked at Ipc Magazines, where I met her in 1977, and went from secretary on Woman’s Own and Ideal Home to feature writer on Oh Boy! and Number One, in the heady heyday of teen and music magazines.

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- Sue Teddern

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Sue Perkins is right – losing friends to relationships can hurt | Fay Schopen

24 November 2015 10:21 AM, PST

It didn’t surprise me when the presenter talked of the loss she felt when Mel Giedroyc got married. We don’t talk enough about this side of friendship

I sit at my desk almost every day. Beyond the window lies the sea. Immediately to my left is a bookcase with two framed photos propped up in front of the books. Despite the charms of the ocean, I often find myself gazing at these. The one in the blue frame, a recent, sun-dappled shot of me with my friend Hannah. We have known each other since we were 18. And in a gold frame, a faded snap of my friend Mattias and me, taken at a magnificently drunken dinner party in New York eight years ago.

Related: A moment that changed me – making friends with a 106-year-old | Hannah Manson

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- Fay Schopen

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In our age of tablets, the romance of typewriters lives on | Catherine Shoard

24 November 2015 10:06 AM, PST

The clacking of a classic Underwood – or at least a typewriter-inspired Bluetooth keyboard – is still a bewitching mark of authenticity

The screenwriter Dalton Trumbo worked at night, naked, in the bathtub, cigarette in his mouth, wine by his side, parrot (a present from Kirk Douglas) nibbling his ear, manual typewriter balanced on a tray atop the tub. It is an image of almost impossible glamour and promise. To carry off this level of eccentricity you need to be a real genius.

Related: Key workers: writers at their typewriters - in pictures

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- Catherine Shoard

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Tat's entertainment: Blindspot and the rise of tattoo television

24 November 2015 3:53 AM, PST

The latest hit show in the Us features a heavily inked heroine. And it’s far from a first. Here’s how skin ink went from exotic to mainstream on our favourite shows, from The X-Files to Sons of Anarchy

In an eerily evacuated Times Square, a shivering woman unfolds herself from a duffel bag, her naked body completely covered in swirling tattoos. As attention-grabbing opening sequences go, Blindspot gets top marks for effort. A heavy marketing push – featuring Thor valkyrie Jaimie Alexander in the buff but for her elaborate ink – has also helped make it the most successful drama of the new TV season. In the Us, 10m viewers tuned into the opening episode in September, and the numbers are holding up as it launches in the UK this week.

Related: Blindspot: NBC’s big bet for fall lacks the Memento to take off

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- Graeme Virtue

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Doctor in the House, The Frankenstein Chronicles and I'm a Celebrity: TV review – video

24 November 2015 2:24 AM, PST

In his review of the week’s TV, telly addict Andrew Collins attempts to ascertain the differences between two near-identical medical makeover shows, BBC’s Doctor in the House and Channel 4’s Doctor in Your House; gets stuck into the ‘Hammer Horror Ripper Street’ The Frankenstein Chronicles on ITV Encore; lasts for an hour and 20 minutes of I’m A Celebrity; finds Masterchef: The Professionals better than expected; toasts Toast of London; and finds Zen in a Swedish rap on The Muppets

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- Andrew Collins, Jonross Swaby, Ken Macfarlane and Richard Sprenger

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Capital: the gentrification will be televised in BBC1's class war drama

24 November 2015 1:00 AM, PST

The new adaptation of John Lanchester’s novel tries to capture the property price zeitgeist with mixed results

As picture-perfect residential streets go, Pepys Road – an area that’s meant to be fictional but which even someone who’s never left their rocky outcrop north of Iona can tell is meant to be a nice part of Clapham – is up there with the best of them. There’s a road like it in almost every area of Britain; made up of houses built for middling Victorians, which over the years have seen successive waves of families come and go, getting more and more affluent with each new mod con, boxed-in fireplace and restored period feature.

More and more, as well as onwards and upwards, seems to be the name of the game in gentrification drama Capital, adapted from John Lanchester’s novel over three 60-minute episodes. Roughly speaking, it shows »

- Filipa Jodelka

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Tomorrow’s Food review: it ticked all the quality control boxes, but it lacked flavour

23 November 2015 11:20 PM, PST

People like science and technology, food and presenter Dara Ó Briain, but it still felt like quite a long hour. Plus: film-maker Matthew Heineman was right where the bullets are flying in Storyville: Cartel Land

Dara Ó Briain is in a greenhouse, admiring the tomatoes. A very big greenhouse as it happens, about the area of 49 football pitches (football pitches I can picture; it’s Wales I have a problem with). This is a place called Thanet Earth in Kent, a hi-tech indoor farm that grows millions of fruit and vegetables throughout the year. The show is Tomorrow’s Food (BBC1).

Everything at Thanet Earth is controlled: the temperature, the weather, the insects. There’s no soil, no earth at Thanet Earth; tomatoes are grown in a dense wool made of volcanic rock. It holds water better, doesn’t have any dangerous bacteria and gives the grower more control. Precise »

- Sam Wollaston

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Tuesday’s best TV: The House of Hypochrondriacs; Capital; Catastrophe; The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

23 November 2015 10:10 PM, PST

Dr Christian Jessen invites three people with health anxiety to face their fears; Adeel Akhtar, Toby Jones and Gemma Jones in John Lanchester adaptation; Wilko Johnson – still standing. Plus: Charli Xcx on feminism

If it’s got an alliterative title and it’s dealing with personal dysfunction, it must be Channel 4. Dr Christian Jessen invites three people with health anxieties to meet others living with the conditions they fear most, to try to cure their hypochondria. There’s an attempt to shame the trio by showing them how overstretched the NHS is dealing with actual existing problems, as well as a visit to a Gp practice and ambulance service, who explain how their hard work is hampered by people trying to self-diagnose via the internet. David Stubbs

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- David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, Phil Harrison, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Rachel Aroesti, Paul Howlett

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Fargo recap: season two, episode seven – Did You Do This? No, You Did It!

23 November 2015 8:00 PM, PST

Lou and Hank investigate in Fargo, The King of Breakfast visits Betsy and Molly, Floyd is summoned away and Bear questions a family member’s loyalty

Spoiler alert: this blog is for Fargo viewers who have seen season two, episode seven, showing on FX in the Us on Monday at 10pm Et, and the following week on Mondays at 10pm on Channel 4 in the UK

We open with one of those brutally stylish moments that make Fargo such an unnerving experience. A couple of suits (presumably part of the North Dakota management?) are listening to a manager give an inspiring “washing machines or cocaine” bit of business speech. It’s just long enough for you to notice the window cleaners behind them rising up on a lift outside the building, but still short enough for it to be a real shock when they start shooting. It’s followed by »

- Richard Vine

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