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Cilla Black drama launches with nearly 7m viewers | TV ratings - 15 September

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ITV biopic starring Sheridan Smith is broadcasters best-rating new drama since Broadchurch, beating BBC1s New Tricks

ITVs Cilla Black biopic starring Sheridan Smith began with nearly 7 million viewers, the broadcasters best-rating new drama since last years Broadchurch.

The three-part drama Cilla, written by Jeff Pope, whose credits include ITVs Fred West drama Appropriate Adult and Steve Coogan film Philomena, was watched by 6.7 million viewers, a 29.7% share of the audience, between 9pm and 10pm on Monday.

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- John Plunkett

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Sesame Street Star Wars and the latest Kanye rant plus the rest of today's breaking pop culture news

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Just six months after the release of his last album Mastermind, Rick Ross has announced another one, Hood Billionaire. The cynical among you might suggest that Ricks prolificacy is aided somewhat by the fact that most of his tracks sound pretty much the same. But at least you aways know what youre getting, and in the case of new single Elvis Presley Boulevard its a chorus that hangs on the booming rhyme of Priscilla (as in Elviss wife) with vanilla (as in Ice, as in diamonds, Im guessing). Have to admit that guest rapper Project Pat has me foxed with his reference to leprechauns, however. Any ideas? »

- Sam Richards

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Cilla; Glue review a lorra, lorra reasons to love ITVs Cilla Black biopic

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It may not sound too promising but the singers career doubles as a fantastic portrait of Liverpool in the grip of Merseybeat madness

Im not going to lie, I wasnt convinced that Cilla Black merited a three-part biopic. Look at the other biographical stuff Jeff Pope, who wrote Cilla (ITV), has been involved with. Pierrepoint, about Albert the hangman; he killed a lorra lorra people. Likewise the moors murderers and Fred West, subjects of See No Evil and Appropriate Adult, respectively. Ok, so Mrs Biggs didnt kill anyone, but that one starring Sheridan Smith as this does was about the aftermath of the crime of the century.

Cilla though, what has she done? Well people like her, and she hosted a couple of very popular TV shows in the 1980s and 1990s. And before, she was a singer, had a lot of success in the charts, and hung around a »

- Sam Wollaston

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The Leftovers: what critics make of the powerful Us drama

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Bleak, beautiful and full of hope, Lost creator Damon Lindelofs new drama, in which families are torn apart when millions of people suddenly disappear, deals with grief in an intelligent, adult way

Upon learning that Damon Lindelof is returning to television with a new drama about a mysterious event which sees 2% of the worlds population disappear, viewers may well sigh: Theres no way Im watching that I gave six years of my life to Lost and look how that turned out.

Yet hold on, because The Leftovers is an altogether different proposition to the show that made Lindelofs name. Adapted from Tom Perrottas best-selling novel, itself a response to 9/11, The Leftovers is not really a drama about an unexplained occurrence so much as a drama about what happens to people after they experience a devastating event.

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- Sarah Hughes

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At the Movies: Margaret and Davids most divisive films revealed

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David was a harsher reviewer overall than Margaret, and only six films achieved a five-star rating from both

Team America, Friday Night Lights and Sex and the City are among the most divisive films reviewed by Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.

Following news that At the Movies will end on 9 December, Ive collated every score theyve given to a film since they moved to the ABC in 2004.

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- Nick Evershed

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David and Margaret the head and heart of Australian film culture

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Theyll be missed. Strattons long career gave him enviable knowledge and Pomeranz could strike to the core of a film

The movies that divided David and Margaret the most

The news that At The Movies hosts Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are retiring, announced by the ABC on Tuesday, is a huge blow to the Australian film industry, and to film lovers.

Their partnership began with The Movie Show on Sbs in 1986, shifting to the ABC in its current form in 2004. Starting with a tiny budget and no audience, The Movie Show was built almost entirely on the back of its presenters personalities and reputations (not to mention the hard-working crews they have always been quick to credit).

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- Laurence Barber

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TV highlights 16/09/2014

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Champions League Football: Liverpool v Ludogorets Razgrad | Posh Pawn | The Secret Life Of Books | The Motorway: Life In The Fast Lane | Dont Stop The Music | The Leftovers | Later Live With Jools Holland | Bad Education

Liverpool return to European footballs top table after a five-year absence. Their opponents, Ludogorets, will be unfamiliar to all but the most clued-up of football hipsters, though the Bulgarian side did enjoy 15 minutes of YouTube fame thanks to their play-off victory over Steaua Bucharest, in which defender Cosmin Moti went in goal for the deciding penalty shoot-out (after Ludogoretss keeper was sent off in extra time), and, amazingly, managed to save two spot-kicks. Gwilym Mumford

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- Gwilym Mumford, Rachel Aroesti, Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Bim Adewunmi, Lanre Bakare and Hannah J Davies

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Working-class talent being priced out of acting, says David Morrissey

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State of Play star says creative industries have an 'intern culture' that is failing people from disadvantaged backgrounds

The actor David Morrissey has said young working-class people are being priced out of the profession and called on the creative industries to do more to end their "economic exclusion".

Morrissey, acclaimed for his role as Gordon Brown in The Deal, said the arts was a "very rich community" but was not doing enough to support young people.

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- John Plunkett

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Us soccer needs to find its voice it wasnt Fox's Gus Johnson

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As the announcer ends a controversial (and loud) spell at the microphone, its time to combat a rare American cultural cringe

Mls: Seattle on rise with Rose as Galaxy stumble

Gus Johnson, who has stepped down from his controversial role as Foxs No1 soccer announcer, had become a lightning rod for some simmering cultural tensions within the American game.

Wrapped up in the reactions to his tenure, and now departure, has been an ongoing anxiety about cultural authenticity within the sport, especially as it features in Us broadcasting. Johnsons was an unapologetically American voice; not only that, it was one that came from the broadcast conventions of other Us sports, and tried to learn in public what it might take to be a credible American soccer announcer.

Van Persie breaking to the footbaaaaaaall, and its headed up and in! Danny Welbeck!

Im a much better communicator because of this experience. »

- Graham Parker

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Rosie O'Donnell returns to The View and finds a show without a voice

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A revamped View and the new Rosie both feel disappointingly cautious a far cry from the crass bombast that made it special

Rosie ODonnell is back on daytime TV and back on The View. After her controversial exit from the morning chat fest in 2007, following heated remarks with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck about the Iraq war, ODonnell swore to never return and has kept a low profile ever since.

On Monday morning, ODonnell summarized the time in between: I got married, I had another baby, my oldest boy is in college and went on to describe her heart attack and weight loss surgery. Now her biggest ailment appears to be her sciatica, over which she tossed her clogs to the floor and sat with her legs crossed under her for the entire show.

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- Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

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Michael Che and Pete Davidson: meet SNL's two newest cast members

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Michael Che and Pete Davidson will join Saturday Night Live to revamp its 40th season but who are they?

SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels announced on Friday that former Daily Show correspondent Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong as she moves on from SNLs Weekend Update desk, and on Monday Michaels added 20-year-old New York comedian Pete Davidson, from MTVs Guy Code and Nick Cannons Wild n Out.

If you havent heard of either of them, heres what you need to know.

I sat in [Hilfigers] office and I remember he said, You know why Im doing this for you? I was like, No. And he was like, Because somebody gave me a chance, so Im gonna give you a chance. So he asked me to do some designs and I just couldnt do them... I ended up being like a week late on the designs. And a week turned to two weeks, »

- Lilah Raptopoulos

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Cilla Black: five unlikely musical moments

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The new ITV miniseries might make you wonder whether Cilla Black was ever more than the queen of the variety show. Well, she had her moments, singing with Marc Bolan and Scott Walker

Surprise, surprise! Cilla Blacks life story comes to our screens on Monday night, with Sheridan Smith taking the role of Cilla. To most people, Black is one of the staples of Saturday evening light entertainment, the colossus of ITV through the 1980s and 90s. Its easy to forget she became famous as a singer, a Liverpudlian protege of John Lennon, managed by Brian Epstein (her debut single, Love of the Loved, was a Lennon/McCartney composition). Like many female singers of the 60s, her work was mainly Mor covers, making her a safe option, and easing her move into television she had her own show on the BBC by 1968, and has rarely been far from our screens since. »

- Michael Hann

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Popular YouTube shows may be heading to Facebook's news feed

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Social network wants multi-channel networks to bring their YouTube hits directly to its users

Facebook is keen to take on YouTube as a distribution network for online video, and has reportedly been courting some of the latters top multi-channel networks.

MCNs including Maker Studios and Collective Digital Studio have been testing uploading some of their shows directly to Facebook, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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- Stuart Dredge

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Whit Stillman: I find it remarkable that people hate my work

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Americans abroad? Check. Romantic navel-gazing? Check. High-society posers? Bien sûr! The Cosmopolitans couldnt be more Stillmanesque but for one thing. Its for Amazon TV. Priya Elan talks to him

I dont want to get sued, says Whit Stillman with a laugh, but its pretty darn close to my life. The director is talking about his latest work, The Cosmopolitans, an online TV venture made with Amazon thats drawn from his days as an American abroad. I lived in Paris for nine years, adds Stillman, best known for The Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan.

The first episode of the fish-out-of-water dramedy sees a group of lovesick, largely American drifters make their way through the bars and nightlife of Paris. Like Stillmans 1994 film Barcelona, it looks at how awkward expats can be abroad. Were Parisians, Adam Brody, playing Jimmy, drawls at one point in his broadest west coast accent. But its »

- Priya Elan

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BBC2 mockumentary W1A to return in 2015

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Hugh Bonnevilles head of values, Ian Fletcher, set to face corporations charter renewal in second series

BBC mockumentary W1A is to return for a second series next year with Hugh Bonnevilles head of values, Ian Fletcher, facing the thorny issue of the corporations charter renewal.

Downton Abbey star Bonneville has signed up for another outing of the follow-up to writer John Mortons acclaimed Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve.

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- Tara Conlan

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Ben Savages favourite TV

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The Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World chap on his likes and loathes

First, a disclaimer: usually when I turn on the TV, its after a long day of work, and I need to watch something that doesnt challenge me too much. So Im a big fan of Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. A chef called Guy Fieri visits different diners in small rural towns across the Us and makes a meal with the chef of that restaurant. I wouldnt say that its the most important, but I would say that its my favourite show in terms of relaxation. Plus I felt like Breaking Bad would have been too cliched.

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- Kate Hutchinson

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As If: the teen show that set the tone for youth dramas

15 September 2014 3:06 AM, PDT

As former cast member Jemima Rooper suggests a reunion, we revisit the frantic early 00s show to discover if it has stood the test of time

For a time, As If, the Channel 4 show that followed six friends as they navigated their way through their college years in London, was essential viewing. In the best possible way, it was what you watched when slumped in front of the TV on a Sunday morning when you were too hungover to reach for the remote. But despite running for four seasons (between 2001 and 2004) and getting a Us remake, it has been largely forgotten. Last week, Jemima Rooper, who played Nicki in the show, suggested that it might be time for a reunion episode. But how does As If look now, 10 years on?

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- Priya Elan

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Antiques Roadshow; The Real Noahs Ark: Secret History review the actual Queen is on the Roadshow!

14 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

but after a couple of comments she lets the punters get on with trying not to look too disappointed by the valuation of their family treasures

Heres an interesting-looking old relic someone has brought along to Antiques Roadshow (BBC1, Sunday). A tiny figure, in duck blue with matching hat. Looks very old, but still in reasonable condition. Worth an absolute fortune, round about £330m, the expert says.

Because shes the Queen, the actual Queen, who just happens to be at Hillsborough castle at the same time as the Ar. Well, it is her place in Northern Ireland. She drops by because, says Fiona Bruce, shes a fan of the programme. Nonsense, Ive heard from reliable sources that she watches back-to-back Family Guy and nothing else. While Philip is a Game of Thrones man, for the girls. Hes here, but kept safely back, in case of inappropriateness, I imagine.

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- Sam Wollaston

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TV highlights 15/09/2014

14 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Wolfblood | Traders: Millions By The Minute | Cilla | Lost Kingdoms Of Central America | Jon Richardson Grows Up | Web Junkies: Chinas Addicted Teens Storyville | Glue | Major League Baseball: Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

Life is full of surprises when youre a slightly wolfy teenager. In this new series of the fantasy drama, those fast-talking teens see their friendships tested as Rhydian lives a secret wolf-based life and tries to cope with Maddys departure. Still, theres foxy Dacia, whom he meets at a career fair, to create a distraction. All very well, but what happens when the full moon hits and theres a wolf on top of Rhydians car? Meanwhile, Dr Whitewood turns up at school, and no ones secret is safe. Enough intrigue for all ages. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, John Robinson, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi and David Stubbs

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The Leftovers: Lost's co-creator reels us in again

14 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

What happens when 2% of the worlds population randomly disappears? HBOs new show opts for sex, cults and death apps

Take a moment to imagine a global tragedy that deletes 2% of the population. Not dead, but instantaneously disappeared. Loved ones, J-Lo, 140 million others: vanished like bubbles in a can of White Lightning. Ill be honest, The Leftovers (Tuesday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic) isnt brimming with LOLs. The premise: based on a book of the same name by Tom Perrotta and developed in part by the co-producer of Lost, its set three years after such an event known as the Sudden Departure and features an all-star cast, most notably Johnson from Peep Show (Patterson Joseph). Hes now left Jlb Credit behind to become a cult leader called Holy Wayne, a man so sinister that no ones yet told him what a stupid name Holy Wayne is. Messiah complexes are 10-a-penny post-Departure, which neither religion nor science can explain. »

- Filipa Jodelka

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