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Jemaine Clement: Australians have a great attitude to being made fun of

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The Conchord and star of new vampire film, What We Do in the Shadows, on share homes, his Mori heritage and playing a nice guy for the first time ... just not in this movie

Dressed in a smart black coat, Jemaine Clement arrives at our Wellington interview by bike. Hes an unswerving non-driver: When I was growing up in the Wairarapa we couldnt afford a car and then I got to Wellington and didnt need a car.

We are talking at Deluxe, the boho cafe where his fellow Conchord Bret McKenzie used to work between the dilapidated artists joint the duo once shared and the flasher home where Clement now lives with his wife, Miranda, and son, Sophocles Iraia.

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- Alexander Bisley

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30 most powerful women in British TV and radio named by Radio Times

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Presenters and executives, including Mary Berry and Kirsty Wark, among on- and off-screen talent on list drawn up by panel

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman, Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry and Newsnight host Kirsty Wark have been named among the 30 most powerful women in British TV and radio, in a list drawn up by the Radio Times.

Also featured are presenter Clare Balding, and comedians Miranda Hart and Victoria Wood.

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- Jason Deans

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Mary Berry: I have no desire to be a centenarian

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Great British Bake Off judge would rather be 'given a pill' than become a burden on her family

Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has said she does not want to live beyond 90 and would like her children to be able to "give me a pill" if she became a burden to her family.

The cookery writer turned TV star, 79, said she had no wish to live as long as her mother, who died aged 105, saying very old age had no appeal "if you haven't got your marbles".

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- John Plunkett

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Feisty, flounce and bossy: the words used to put women down

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Do you ever hear men described as hysterical? Do people say they whine or nag? Thought not. Here are eight sexist words wed like to never hear from again

Feisty? My least favourite word. Have you ever heard a man described as feisty, said Daisy Lewis, who plays the schoolteacher Sarah Bunting in Downton Abbey, in an interview . Have you heard a male character described as feisty? I think not. Ah, feisty. It sounds like a compliment for some reason, it always makes me think of those women in the second world war, wearing dungarees, lipstick and a new-found confidence in changing a wheel when really it just puts down a whole gender. In their guide to improving the media coverage of female politicians, the Womens Media Centre lists feisty as one of the words that should be avoided (it categorises it with spunky, which is surely a word that nobody should use, »

- Emine Saner

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Views for the top 100 YouTube channels have grown 80% in a year

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Its biggest star PewDiePies gaming videos were watched 439m times in July 2014 alone

YouTube now attracts more than 1 billion viewers a month watching 6bn hours of video, with nearly 40% of it watched on mobile devices. Its top channels are taking advantage.

In fact, the monthly view-count for the top 100 YouTube channels has grown by 80.5% over the last year, according to new data published by online video industry site Tubefilter and analytics firm OpenSlate.

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- Stuart Dredge

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Top Gear to launch France edition

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BBC Worldwide France to make version of programme locally for Rmc Decouverte with filming to start in next few months

Top Gear is to be launched in France a country which banned two of the UK presenters of the show from its roads last year.

A version of the programme is to be made locally by BBC Worldwide France for the broadcaster Rmc Decouverte and will begin filming in the next few months for screening next year.

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- Press Association

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Lars von Trier breaks 'vow of silence' to appear in virtual form at Venice

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Controversial Danish director makes first public utterances via laptop since infamous Hitler remarks at Cannes as new TV series, The House That Jack Built, is announced

Having turned his back on speaking in public, controversial director Lars von Trier is briefly turning his back on film-making as well. The Danish provocateurs next project will be an ensemble TV series entitled The House That Jack Built, shot in English and due to air in 2016.

Speaking at the Venice film festival, von Triers producer Louise Vesth would not be drawn on the seriess plot details. Lars has a great idea, which I cant tell you about, she told reporters. From what Ive heard, its something you have never seen before and will definitely never see again. She confirmed that the director wanted a huge cast for the show.

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- Xan Brooks

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Arrow hints at new big bad and possible romance in season three teaser

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New clip for upcoming season suggests that Ollie and Felicity may be on a real date, while the leader of the League of Assassins, Ras al Ghul, appears

One of the things Arrow managed to pull off in its first two seasons was a kind of maximalist approach to plotting. It raced through as much of the DC universe as possible Black Canary, the Huntress, Shado, the Suicide Squad and the Flash (without stepping on the toes of any of the big three Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman that DC are holding for movies), while making sure Ollie Queen had as much to do in his boardroom (and bedroom) as he did out on patrol at night on Starling Citys rooftops. A new teaser for Arrows third season promises more of the same, in just 20 seconds. Theres also another hint that well get to see more of the fan-favourite Olicity relationship, »

- Richard Vine

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Simon Cowell lifts The X Factor ratings as Doctor Who slips back | TV ratings - 30 September

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ITV shows launch episode attracts more viewers than in the past two years, as BBC series sheds 1.6 million on last week

Simon Cowells return to The X Factor delivered a minor boost to the ITV talent shows ratings on a night when one of the biggest drops in audience was suffered by BBC1s Doctor Who.

The X Factor, back for its 11th series with an (almost) all-new judging lineup Louis Walsh will always be with us attracted an average of 9.3 million viewers, a 42.3% share, between 8pm and 9.25pm on Saturday.

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- John Plunkett

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Kevin Bishops favourite TV

15 hours ago

The actor and comedian sorts out the TV blockbusters from the bobbins

Celebrity Big Brother. Its my favourite guilty pleasure. You have to watch it live. I think this years gaggle of housemates are awful. But thats brilliant, isnt it? I was watching, thinking, This could be a normal Big Brother. I dont know who anybody is, except for Gary Busey. So far its looking pretty good because its the most bizarre selection of celebrities Ive ever seen in my life.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Dan Stevens Q&A post your questions

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You may know him as ever-so-nice Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey but hes turned into an all-American badass for new film The Guest. Dan Stevens will be joining us at 11.20am BST on Wednesday 3 September to answer your questions so what do you want to ask him?

No more Mr Nice Guy: Viv Groskops recent interview

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As unlikely transformations go, its up there with Helen Mirren kicking ass in Red or Selena Gomez as a bikini-clad robber in Spring Breakers. Dan Stevens, best known for his turn as charming and gentle Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, is now ripped, bearded, sexy and maybe a little bit evil in gritty new thriller The Guest. He plays a war veteran visiting the family of a fallen comrade but it quickly becomes unclear whether hes a benevolent friend or an unpredictable thug. Downtons world of sugar tongs and forelock-tugging has never been so far away. »

- Guardian film

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The X Factor has got it right this year, but beware the army of mini-Murs

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The talent may be lacking, but ratings are up thanks to the freshness of the judges dynamic and Simon Cowells new wacky uncle persona

Is 2014 the year that The X Factor finally stops being rubbish?

The X Factor is back. And for once it isnt back in the traditional Oh god, thats us effed until Christmas manner that weve all become so accustomed to. No, this time The X Factor seems to have somehow reattached itself to the hearts and minds of the British viewing public.

Saturdays episode was its most-watched series debut since 2011, when the show came swaggering back after an insanely popular year. No other show this weekend, not even Doctor Who with Daleks, could match it in terms of popularity. If things carry on this way, then whisper it The X Factor might have just staged an improbable last-minute comeback.

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- Stuart Heritage

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Downton Abbey series five trailer: bad secrets and scandalous suggestions

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First official trailer for fifth series of the historical smash welcomes Richard E Grant and Anna Chancellor to the cast, and reveals a new zinger from the Dowager Countess

Preposterous period blockbuster Downton Abbey is back for a fifth series, and theres a brand new trailer for it, with nary a plastic water bottle in sight. As well as the perennial the future is coming but we fear change theme, there looks to be plenty of scurrilous behaviour to take viewers through the autumn.

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- Guardian TV

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Gary Lineker's Motd goatee to get the chop despite Russell Brand's praise | Media Monkey

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BBC presenter in stubble trouble as he faces ridicule on Twitter over his Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill tribute

Gary Lineker seems to have learned nothing from the ribbing he took in 2011 when his children dared him to grow a moustache. When he appeared on Match of the Day on Saturday sporting a grey goatee, he faced the inevitable deluge of ridicule on Twitter.

Evening, d'Artagnan... @GaryLineker @Bbcmotd

Nice of Gary Lineker to grow a rubbish goatee to take the spotlight off Phil Neville's blonde highlights! #Motd

Lineker's face looks a mess tonight #Motd

The only thing worse than Gary Lineker is Gary Lineker with a goatee beard. #Motd

@GaryLineker Not sure about the oul face furniture there, Mr Lineker

@rustyrockets: Goatee @GaryLineker? This is a new era #Motd < It's a Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill tribute ;)

@GaryLineker turned you from respectable presenter to snake oil salesman.

@GaryLineker I've officially stopped »

- Monkey

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Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure review the sordid reality of mid-life crises happening abroad

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If only there were some way of revoking this demographic's passports while they're away, our austerity years would be over

In part 27 of the BBC's occasional series The Decline of British Masculinity, comedians John Thomson and Simon Day appeared as two middle-aged gringos bent on reupholstering their effete derrieres to become hard-assed gauchos. Or at least having a jolly in Argentina at the licence fee payers' expense.

If things went to plan in Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure (BBC2), the two Fast Show stars would mutate from Billy Crystal to Jack Palance in City Slickers, from loquacious nebbishes into uncommunicative cowboys so leathery you could mistake faces for saddles, with amusing consequences. By the end of their sojourn they would be, ideally, clearing their noses without hankies, expectorating on to the pampas, and cleaning their teeth with very big knives, while cursing in idiomatic Spanish. Then, spiritually renewed, they would »

- Stuart Jeffries

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TV highlights 01/09/2014

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Jamie's Comfort Food | Duck Quacks Don't Echo | Alex Polizzi: The Fixer | The Human Tissue Squad | Return To Betjemanland | 21 Up: New Generation | Pakistan's Streets Of Shame | Football: Transfer Deadline Day

The emphatic, herb-hurling master returns with Jamie Oliver's Here Comes the Aeroplane, in which he teaches us how to make lovely, comforting food that we used to eat as kids, but for grownups. And kids. Of course, the whole thing comes from his idyllic Essex home with help from his organically named children, Quinoa, Polenta, Shiitake and Bosh. Tonight, it's his ultimate burger with "secret sauce". Mocking aside, he's ever so good at this, it's just that when something goes so far past parody, it's hard to watch. Julia Raeside

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- Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Huw Oliver, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller and Gwilym Mumford

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Big Brother is back and it's time to push the boat out forever

31 August 2014 7:19 PM, PDT

The subtext of the reality shows latest biblical promo is terrifying were the world to end, that Big Brother contestants would be the ones repopulating Earth

If youve driven over a precipice, what the scenery looks like as you plummet to your death isnt the most pressing issue. As the undulant bubbles of Big Brother promo burst reality goo all over my TV screen, I feel much the same way. Weve gone over the edge, but Big Brothers tweaked format is designed to make us go Oooh as we crash into a televisual bed of rocks.

Who cares what window-dressing adorns this hooey? Whether its set in a pyramid and all the housemates have to sleep in sarcophagi wrapped in stained bandages, or in a crumbling city under threat from hyper intelligent apes on horses, its a corner of our TV schedules that will be entirely unwatchable for the next seven years, »

- Jazz Twemlow

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