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BBC Two is airing a live Labour leadership debate on Newsnight in June

11 hours ago

The BBC will broadcast a live Labour leadership hustings in June.

The Newsnight Labour Leadership Debate will be hosted by Laura Kuenssberg live from Nuneaton on June 17.

Proceedings will be aired at 7pm on both BBC Two and the BBC News channel, before coverage continues on the news channel at 8pm and Newsnight shows highlights and discussion at 10.30pm.

Nuneaton was selected as the location for the debate because it is viewed as an example of the kind of constituency which Labour needed to win to regain power, but missed out on May 7.

Newsnight editor Ian Katz says: "Five years ago, Newsnight staged the first televised hustings in the race to succeed Gordon Brown as Labour leader and we're delighted to be giving viewers a ringside seat for the fascinating argument over the future of the party at this pivotal moment."

A format for the debate has yet to be decided, »

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The Big Brother housemates are all arguing with each other thanks to a nasty task

12 hours ago

We thought the Big Brother house had been surprisingly peaceful this series, and sure enough, that couldn't last for long.

Big Brother set the housemates a debate task yesterday, where they were split into two teams - Danny Wisker, Chloe Wilburn, Eileen Daly, Amy Broadbent, Sally Broadbent, Joel Williams, Adjoa Mensah and Nick Henderson versus Kieran McLeod, Jack McDermott, Jade Lynch, Cristian Mjc, Sarah Broadbent, Aaron Frew and Harriet Jackson.

Each team had to decide which housemate from the opposition fell into a certain category - 'Most Inconsiderate', 'Most Boring', 'Most Annoying' and 'Most Fake' - while the person they chose had to defend themselves.

And surprise surprise, this led to everyone arguing with everyone. A lot. It started off alright, with Amy choosing Cristian as "most inconsiderate" as he stole a pancake from her plate - and his defence - but before long the cracks really started to show: »

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Big Brother Day 9: Who had a good day, and who had a bad day?

15 hours ago

We're going to be honest - this is the first time during this series of Big Brother that we've really struggled to say which of the housemates had a good day and which had a bad day. While we enjoyed last night's show, it had no real stand-out moments, which has made our job a bit difficult.

Even so, some of the housemates stood out a little more for the right reasons and some stuck in our mind for the wrong ones, so read on for our daily verdict...

Good Day

Jade Lynch

We just love this picture of Jade in the Diary Room, surrounded by delicious food and tucking right in with just a slight hint of guilt on her face. After the housemates discovered they'd be living on basic rations for failing their shopping task, Jade hesitated for just a nanosecond before deciding to cash in her luxury shopping timebomb. »

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Simon Cowell: 'I'm not sitting there in the dark thinking about firing Louis Walsh'

15 hours ago

Simon Cowell really doesn't know what's going to happen with Louis Walsh on The X Factor.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the Britain's Got Talent judge said that Walsh's heavily-rumoured departure "is what it is".

Cowell explained: "I said to Louis, 'With you Louis, I don't know what's going to happen'. I'm not sitting there in the dark going, 'You know what, today I'll fire Louis'. It is what it is, you know?"

The mogul added that it sometimes "irritates" him that people don't recognise he's not the only person deciding Walsh's fate.

"It does irritate me sometimes thinking, 'I'm not the only person making this decision'," he said.

Cowell also spoke about Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's bickering past, saying "there was always going to be a clash".

"They've never liked each other those two," Cowell said. "[When Cheryl was in Girls Aloud] he was their manager. Now Louis managing a girl band, disaster, »

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Britain's Got Talent studios evacuated because of a bomb days before the live shows

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Update, 2pm Friday, May 22: The Ministry of Defence has now confirmed that the unexploded bomb has been removed from the scene.

"It is not the intention to detonate the bomb next to Wembley Stadium," said Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher of the Metropolitan Police.

"Arrangements have been made to take the bomb to a detonation site outside of London, but I'm not at liberty to disclose that location."

Original story: The Britain's Got Talent studios were evacuated yesterday (May 21) after an unexploded World War II bomb was found close by.

The Fountain Studios in Wembley were cleared out by police, with acts including 'crumble lady' Lorraine Bowen reportedly among those ushered out of the building. None of the judges are thought to have been on site at the time.

The 50kg bomb, which dates from the Second World War, was found by builders digging near Wembley Stadium and led to »

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Amanda Holden: 'I'll get Simon Cowell back for Call or Delete Bgt firing prank'

15 hours ago

Simon Cowell will probably regret pranking Amanda Holden, as her method of revenge sounds rather unique (and painful).

Earlier this year, Cowell phoned his fellow Britain's Got Talent judge during the Call or Delete segment of Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio 1 show, and told her he was going to replace her with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Speaking with fellow guest Grimshaw on tonight's (May 22) Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Holden revealed that she would be getting her own back, but not on the radio.

"I will but not on your show," she said. "I have an idea. You know he has procedures and he has colonics? I'm going to be the person that does it.

"He will be lying on the operating table and I'll be there with a tube to go right up. 'Hello Simon, are you ready for your procedure?' Right up!

"That's the only thing I can think of »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Peter Kay's Car Share, Big Brother: Timebomb

16 hours ago

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

The sci-fi action continues in 'The Dirty Half-Dozen', as Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) is held prisoner with Mike Peterson (J August Richards).

Meanwhile, Gonzales and Coulson have to ignore their differences to fight together against Hydra.

Big Brother Timebomb: Live Eviction: Channel 5, 9pm

Emma Willis reveals the latest evictee from the Big Brother: Timebomb house as voted out by the public. Will Adoja, Eileen or Sarah be evicted tonight?

We also get to catch up with all of yesterday's action from the house with all the latest gossip, drama and tasks.

A League of Their Own: Sky1, 9pm

Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and TV presenter Alex Brooker join the A League of Their Own gang for the latest helping of the comedy sports quiz.

James Corden hosts, with regulars Jamie Redknapp and Andrew Flintoff joining him as team captains. »

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UK TV ratings: Channel 4's High Class Call Girls titillates 1.2 million

16 hours ago

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Channel 4's High Class Call Girls documentary excited an average overnight audience of 1.19 million viewers (7.6%), with an added 198,000 (2.4%) on +1.

Earlier, Born Naughty? intrigued 1.35m (7.1%) at 8p (220k/1.1% on +1), followed by Bear Grylls's Born Survivor with 1.33m (6.5%) at 9pm (283k/1.8%).

ITV's coverage of the British Soap Awards topped the night overall with 3.92m (19.8%) at 8pm (274k/1.5%).

On BBC One, Watchdog brought in 3.20m (16.7%) at 8pm, followed by the last Shark episode with 2.59m (12.7%) at 9pm and Question Time with 2.50m (24.3%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Chelsea Flower Show coverage continued with 2.42m (12.7%) at 8pm, while The Game attracted 1.17m (5.8%) at 9pm. The Clare Balding Show entertained 520k (3.0%) at 10pm.

On Channel 5, The Hotel Inspector interested 1.07m (5.2%) at 9pm, while Big Brother's latest episode was seen by 961k (6.0%) at 10pm.

BBC Three's coverage of the second Eurovision semi-final wowed 619k (3.1%) at 8pm, »

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Nick Grimshaw hasn't been in X Factor talks, but would "love" to do the show

16 hours ago

Nick Grimshaw has admitted that he would "love" to play a part in the new series of The X Factor.

The DJ and broadcaster has been tipped to join the 2015 judging panel, but confirmed that he hasn't had any formal discussions about the role with Simon Cowell or show producers.

Grimshaw, who appears alongside Britain's Got Talent judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon on Alan Carr's talk show tonight, said: "I feel like everyone's been up for this job - Robbie Williams, Demi Lovato.

"I saw this week they were like, Dolly Parton. Who will it be, Nick Grimshaw or Dolly Parton? Obviously give it to Dolly - although I would love to do it."

When Holden suggested there was room for both on the X Factor panel, Grimshaw added: "Yeah, come on - me and Dolly. Yeah I would [be interested]. I love the show."

Carr then asked Grimshaw if he'd "heard anything from Simon, »

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Alesha Dixon on body image: "Who gives a s**t what size you are?"

16 hours ago

Alesha Dixon doesn't think much to the pressure for women to be "beach body ready", branding the phrase "bollocks".

Appearing on tonight's (May 22) Alan Carr: Chatty Man alongside fellow Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, the trio got into a conversation seemingly sparked by Protein World's controversial advert about being "beach body ready".

Dixon said: "I didn't really think much about being beach body ready [for my music video]. I had to get the choreography right.

"I spent hours and hours with amazing choreographers doing some great dancing, so I guess I was beach body ready."

She added: "I hate that saying, 'beach body ready'. Bollocks!

"You're just ready for the beach, aren't you? Who gives a s**t what size you are? There is so much bloody pressure on women to be beach body ready."

Carr then explained that men aren't immune to summer pressures. He said: "And men, I thought people were just happy with abs, »

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Count Arthur Strong is returning to BBC One for a third series in 2016

16 hours ago

Count Arthur Strong is coming back for a third TV series.

The comedy will air seven new episodes on BBC One, with both Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear reprising their roles.

A reboot of the original radio show, Count Arthur Strong stars Delaney as an ex-variety star, while Kinnear plays Michael, the son of his old performing partner.

Delaney said: "I'm thrilled, delighted and humbled that BBC One have requested another series of Count Arthur Strong. Where do I sign? Quick, before they change their minds!"

Co-writer Graham Linehan added: "Very happy to hear that Arthur, Michael and the gang will have more adventures. And we've got some crackers lined up for this series."

Critics were divided when Count Arthur Strong first aired on TV in 2013, with BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow describing the show as "Marmite" after recommissioning the comedy for a second series.

However, Linehan later suggested: "I »

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Top Gear could be coming back with Clarkson, Hammond and May... in a new Lego set

17 hours ago

Jeremy Clarkson could well be coming back to Top Gear - as a Lego minifigure.

A Lego Ideas user is trying to drum up support for a Top Gear-inspired set, in the hope of turning their proposal into a future official product.

The collection would include all three ex-hosts (Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond) and The Stig, as well as two camera crew members.

The 540-piece set would also include Top Gear studio pieces, such as a Broken Toyota Hilux with stand, Top Gear billboard and a Power Lap board with lap times.

Creator FisheeC6 also suggests that the set could be co-branded with Lego Speed Champions if made a reality.

The idea currently has 1,056 supporters, with 534 days left to reach its review target of 10,000.

Clarkson recently said that he's missing working on Top Gear every day.

"[Top Gear] was very much my baby and I absolutely adored it and »

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The X Factor 2015: Everything we know so far including the judges, auditions and rumours

21 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT

The X Factor is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean we don't know anything about what to expect when it rolls back into town. In fact, we've been getting a few snippets here and there, so read on for everything we know so far about the new series!

When is it back on television?

We don't have a confirmed date for The X Factor's return yet. That won't be announced until much nearer the time, but we'd bet it will start in August - it has for every other series apart from the first. In fact, series 11 began on August 30, while series 10 kicked off on August 31. If we're taking that general ballpark as a guide, we'd guess Saturday, August 29 - but it could be a week or so earlier, as the last two years have had the latest launches since series one.

Do I still have a chance to audition? »

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Eurovision semi-final 2: Watch the 10 performances that qualified for the final

21 May 2015 3:12 PM, PDT

Tonight saw Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Switzerland amongst seven countries who failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest final.

Here is what Twitter thought as the UK finally had its say with Eurovision semi-final 2

But that has left 10 entries singing their way to the stage for Saturday's grand finale.

Watch those qualifying performances here:

Azerbaijan - Elnur Hüseynov 'Hour of the Wolf'

Cyprus - John Karagiannis 'One Thing I Should Have Done'

Israel - Nadav Guedj 'Golden Boy'

Latvia - Aminata 'Love Injected'

Lithuania - Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila 'This Time'

Montenegro - Knez 'Adio'

Norway - Mørland 'A Monster Like Me'

Poland - Monika Kuszyńska 'In The Name Of Love'

Slovenia- Maraaya 'Here For You'

Sweden - Måns Zelmerlöw 'Heroes'

Along with Austria, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Australia, all 20 qualifying countries will perform on the grand final on Saturday »

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Here are all the pictures from the second Eurovision semi-final in Vienna

21 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT

It's official - we now have the full lineup for this year's Eurovision Song Contest final after the second semi in Vienna, Austria this evening (May 21).

Sweden, Azerbaijan and Poland were among the countries to successfully qualify, while seven countries including Portugal, Malta and San Marino missed out.

Here is what Twitter thought as the UK finally had its say with Eurovision semi-final 2

Eurovision semi-final 2: Watch the 10 performances that qualified for the final

The first semi-final earlier this week saw the likes of Greece, Belgium and Serbia go through.

The final will be broadcast on Saturday on BBC One from 8pm. »

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Loose Women's Andrea McLean goes under the spell of Britain's Got Talent's Hypno Dog

21 May 2015 2:08 PM, PDT

Britain's Got Talent's Hypno Dog has claimed another victim... Loose Women panellist Andrea McLean.

She and fellow presenter Nadia Sawalha sat down with the pooch named Princess plus her assistant Krystyna Lennon earlier. Naturally, the Loose Women pair looked into Hypno Dog's eyes, not around the eyes, into her eyes.

As seen in the must-watch video, a hypnotised Sawalha wakes up to think she is Janet Street-Porter, and McLean believes dogs should have the same rights as humans.

After causing a bit of controversy last month, Lennon and Hypno Dog told Digital Spy they are used to people questioning their act - but challenged cynics to come to a live show.

Watch the original Britain's Got Talent audition featuring Hypno Dog below: »

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Boxes, weddings and world records: 10 of the best ever Big Brother tasks

21 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT

Big Brother pulled out a great task last night - it was impossible not to snigger at the housemates screaming their heads off at everything from teddy bears to non-existent bumps in the night. And it was such a good one that it got us thinking about some of our other favourite challenges across Big Brother history.

We've left out Celebrity Big Brother, but below we picked just some of our favourite ever tasks. It turned out to be quite a tough ask to narrow it down, given how many there have been over the years. Read on to see what we picked, and let us know what you loved in the comments...

1. Boogie Nights (Big Brother 2)

We loved the old style tasks which lasted a few days - including overnight. And this early task from Big Brother 2 was a great example of that. It was simple enough, »

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Episode 4 of Telltale's Game of Thrones comes out next week

21 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT

The fourth episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones will be out next week across all platforms.

Titled 'Sons of Winter', the upcoming episode will be available from May 26 on PC, Mac, PS4 and PS3, May 27 on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and May 28 on mobile.

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In episode 4, the fate of the scattered Forresters hangs in the balance and no one allied with the family is safe.

An unexpected meeting offers Rodrik a new opportunity to free Ironrath from its Whitehill stranglehold, but with young Ryon Forrester still held prisoner, his next moves are critical.

In addition, Gared must abandon Castle Black and venture beyond the Wall in search of the mysterious North Grove.

Telltale recently released a host of new screens and plot teasers, including a glimpse of Daenerys and one of her dragons. »

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Morph is back! The clay figurine returns with new Cbbc shows

21 May 2015 10:28 AM, PDT

Morph is jumping out of his box and returning to our TV screens next month with a new series for Cbbc.

The new episodes follow a Kickstarter campaign in late 2013 that raised over £110,000 and part-funded 15 brand new one-minute instalments.

An official YouTube channel showing the episodes was launched in July 2014.

Aardman Animations is behind the return of its own 1977 creation, who first appeared on television as part of BBC children's art programme Take Hart alongside the now-late artist Tony Hart.

Viewers can expect a smoother movement of the figures than in the past, following advances used on recent Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep projects from Aardman.

Peter Lord, Aardman co-founder and co-creator of Morph, said: "Both Morph and I are equally delighted that his latest adventures are back on the BBC. Although he's been away for a while, I'm delighted to report that he's as lively and full-of-fun as »

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The Jinx, Serial: When did true crime become so cool?

21 May 2015 9:43 AM, PDT

A year ago, if someone had mentioned that they were a fan of true crime, you might have sneered. You might have had images of cheap books in an airport Wh Smiths with gaudy titles, or perhaps of shoddily made TV programmes somewhere low down the Epg pecking order.

And then everything changed.

You couldn't move at the end of last year for people grabbing your arm and asking if you'd listened to the latest episode of Serial, a podcast investigating the 1999 murder of teenager Hae Min Lee and the ensuing case against her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was later convicted and imprisoned. Suddenly, true crime was cool again.

Now, there's a new player in the world of true crime. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - which had already aired to great acclaim in the Us - finished its run on Sky Atlantic tonight (it was already available on demand so, »

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