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Orville the Duck ventriloquist Keith Harris dies at the age of 67

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Keith Harris has died at the age of 67.

The entertainer and ventriloquist was best known for his partnership with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

Harris passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer.

The comedian's agent Robert C Kelly confirmed the news this morning (April 28).

"Sad to announce death from Cancer of my client, dear friend and great talent, Keith Harris," Kelly said.

Harris had a prime-time spot on BBC One Saturday night TV with The Keith Harris Show in the 1980s.

He had a number four hit in the UK singles charts in 1982 with 'Orville's Song'.

Harris remained a popular cultural figure despite the waning of variety, and as well as other TV guests spots he made an appearance in the 2012 series of Big Brother.

Harris was married four times. He is survived by his fourth wife Sarah and their two teenage children, »

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Christopher Eccleston's Safe House tops ratings but loses 700,000 viewers

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Christopher Eccleston's Safe House continued to top the ratings outside of soaps, according to overnight figures for Monday (April 27).

The ITV drama's second episode brought in 4.57m (21.4%) at 9pm (219k/1.4%), losing around 700,000 viewers from last week's opener. Earlier, Wild Ireland interested 3.04m (14.3%) at 8pm (129k/0.6%).

On BBC One, Evan Davis's interview with Snp leader Nicola Sturgeon was seen by 2.38m (11.9%) at 7.30pm, while Who Will Win the Election? followed with 2.19m (10.0%) at 8.30pm. New Tricks entertained 2.57m (12.1%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial continued with 1.28m (6.0%) at 8pm, before Inside Harley Street gathered 1.38m (6.5%) at 9pm, and Jack Dee's Election Helpdesk informed 1.15m (6.7%) at 10pm.

The Secrets of Sports Direct brought in 1.75m (8.1%) for Channel 4 at 8pm (298k/1.4%), while Skint was watched by 1.26m (5.9%) at 9pm (205k/1.2%).

Over on Channel 5, Police Interceptors thrilled 638k (3.0%) at 8pm (86k/0.7%), and Gotham entertained 789k (3.7%) at 9pm. »

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Myleene Klass turns Countdown blue with 8-pointer 'gobs**te'

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It must be quite the Countdown conundrum when you realise you've got a high-scoring word, but it's one that's going to make Nick Hewer blush.

Myleene Klass wasn't fazed, though. The radio presenter would have won eight points for her glorious "gobs**te".

The former Hear'Say star giggled as she told host Hewer: "I got a rude one. It's an eight... gobs***e."

While Rachel Riley sheepishly put the letters in place, Dictionary Corner expert Susie Dent confirmed that it was allowed.

Dent told viewers that "gobs**te" was "chiefly Irish" and "vulgar slang". So, there you go.

Myleene's crass word came just a week after Riley had to spell out the word "erection", which also won eight points, on the Countdown board.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has announced that 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will return for a new series in May, including special guest Joey Essex. »

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The Jump has been renewed for a third series by Channel 4

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The Jump has reportedly been renewed for a third series by Channel 4.

The dangerous winter sports show will be back next year to test another batch of brave celebrities after the last run averaged 2.3m viewers.

The last series of the show, which is hosted by Davina McCall, saw Joey Essex ski to triumph in a surprise victory over Mike Tindall and Louise Hazel.

But the show has also become notorious for injuries thanks to the dangerous sports involved, with Ola Jordan and Sally Bercow both pulling out of the competition last year before it had even started.

Still, it wasn't all bad news, as unlikely couple Steve-o and Stacey Solomon met on the slopes of Austria during filming for the show.

"With The Jump we've created a show that is a unique blend of daring live action, genuine sporting skill and some raucous après ski – it's the most frightening show on TV, »

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Happy birthday Good Morning Britain! How do you think the show has done?

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Get out the party hats and the balloons (and the cake, please), because Good Morning Britain turns 1 today.

It's not been the easiest first year for the ITV breakfast show, which picked up dodgy reviews right from the off and had to deny rumours it was facing the axe just a couple of months after it started.

But now we're 12 months in, what do you think of the show? It's had a good chance to bed in now... but has it? Are you tuning in to Good Morning Britain with your corn flakes, or choosing a rival? Is it setting the news agenda or lagging behind?

We want to know what you think, so hit the comments and have your say about Good Morning Britain's first year on the air »

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Introductions don't go well when Gary brings new girlfriend Lillie to Geordie Shore

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Things get tense in tonight's (April 28) Geordie Shore, when Gary introduces his new girlfriend Lillie to the house.

After telling Charlotte last week that he was seeing someone else, she was nervous about finally meeting her.

Charlotte said: "I can wait to meet LillIe, I can wait forever, I can wait until I'm dead."

Once back at the house, Gary thanks Charlotte for making an effort to talk to Lillie, but Charlotte isn't happy and kicks off.

"You've f**ked up my life so badly."

Gary shouts back: "You think you were the only one shaking when you walked in there? Do you not think it was f**king hard for me as well?"

Elsewhere in the house, things start to heat up in the hot tub, when Chloe tells Charlotte she fancies her and they should have sex.

Watch the sneak peek below:

Geordie Shore airs tonight on MTV at 8pm. »

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Empire starts tonight: 7 reasons why you should tune in for the hit Us drama

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Empire is huge. Massive. A phenomenon. The drama kicked off in the States earlier this year and quickly established itself as one of the biggest things on the box (seriously - over 23 million people tuned in to its finale last month. Twenty-three Million).

Now, we're finally getting a chance to see the show in the UK courtesy of E4, but is it worth the hype? Yes... and here are 7 reasons why you should be tuning in to the show...

1. The story is rooted in family - but we're talking mad, crazy, Dynasty-style family.

Make no bones about it - Empire is a soap. We're talking high glamour and high nonsense; it's a glossy whirlwind with surprise twists and 'rich people problems'. But while there's a shiny sheen to the whole thing, given that it's set in the world of hip-hop royalty, it's also firmly rooted in family.

The main storyline »

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Peter Davison talks Doctor Who's music and a Five-ish Doctors sequel

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It's been 35 years since Peter Davison signed on the dotted line to become Doctor Who's then-youngest ever lead, at just 29 years old.

In the years since he played the first incarnation of the Time Lord, Peter has remained very much part of the Doctor Who world - and next month, he'll be hosting a special concert tour celebrating the show's iconic soundtrack.

Davison spoke to Digital Spy about fronting the 13-date Symphonic Spectacular, whether he'll ever play the Doctor on-screen again and if the rumours about a 'Five-ish Doctors Reboot' sequel are true.

For fans who are unfamiliar, what can we expect from the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular?

It's the music of Murray Gold, that he's written for the series - a fair part of it is the music he's written for Peter Capaldi's series, but there's also music from earlier Doctors.

It's a shift in focus - »

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Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump: "I would do Strictly Come Dancing"

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump isn't done with the ballroom just yet - she wants to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Vanderpump was a contestant during 2013's Dancing with the Stars, where she became the second celebrity to be voted off.

In an interview with Lifetime, she said: "I would do [Strictly Come Dancing].

"It's definitely an experience, that's for sure… I saw today on Twitter that my dance partner Gleb Savchenko, who is lovely, is going to England to do Strictly.

"He's gorgeous, people are going to love him."

Savchenko is joined by 2012 Italian champion Giovanni Pernice and eight-time South African Latin-American winner Otlile Mabuse in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Iveta Lukosiute and Trent Whiddon won't be returning for this year's competition.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs in the UK on Lifetime. »

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BBC Two is looking for the best mobile phone seller for its new show Phone Shop Idol

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BBC Two is on the hunt for the UK's best mobile phone salesperson to star in a new reality TV show.

Documentary Phone Shop Idol is to include six half-hour episodes. To take part, hopefuls must prepare to be judged on store visits, quizzes, challenges, interviews, voting and presentations.

A press release stated: "BBC Productions will make Mobile Phone Idol, which will go behind the scenes of Shop Idol 2015 – known as the Pulitzer Prize of telecoms."

Head Shop Idol judge Christian Azolan said that the show is "a great opportunity to highlight the excellent standard of mobile retail staff that iSellMobile's Shop Idol attracts".

Phone Shop Idol is expected to air later this year.

BBC Two has been busy green-lighting several new shows recently.

Last week, the channel announced it had commissioned a Sue Perkins-fronted documentary series, Himalaya, and a new gardening competition show, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. »

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Davina McCall goes where humans can't survive for new ITV series Life At The Extreme

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Davina McCall is journeying to places on earth where humans can't survive in the ITV factual series Life At The Extreme.

The four-episode show will follow McCall as she travels to the globe's wettest, hottest, coldest and most dangerous exotic locations.

Life At The Extreme examines the wildlife that are able to survive in the most hostile environments.

McCall encounters polar bears in extreme cold and tracks cheetahs in their hunting groups while living alongside animal tribes and locals in each spot.

The presenter said today: "I've just come back from the Arctic - and honestly, I do not like the cold at all!

"And I keep going to these places and thinking, 'Honestly, they've got me wrong' somebody, somewhere down the line they've got me wrong… and I'm being sent off to all these places.

"And I was running with cheetahs! Literally next to cheetahs and clearly I'm not »

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The Real Housewives of Cheshire are returning for a second series on ITVBe

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The Real Housewives of Cheshire will be back for a second series, ITV has today (April 27) confirmed.

The reality TV show follows the lives of some of the most glamorous women in Cheshire as they juggle their careers, families and social lives.

Series one ended last month with an explosive finale, featuring a disastrous dinner party that resulted in tears and dramatic walk-outs.

But despite the drama, all six women have signed up for series two.

Ampika Pickston, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon, Leanne Brown, Magali Gorré and Tanya Bardsley will begin filming for the new series in June.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire will air on ITVBe later this year. »

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Jessica Hynes: 'I was disappointed by Up the Women axing'

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Jessica Hynes has admitted she is "disappointed" with the decision to axe Up the Women, calling the BBC Two show "a special job".

The suffragette sitcom was cancelled after two series, with the channel voicing its desire to "bring new comedy shows through".

"I was disappointed, but at the same time grateful for having had a chance to do it," Hynes - who created, wrote and starred in the show - told Digital Spy.

"When you go through the process of development and commission and production, everything is very incremental… when it goes from a treatment idea to a script, that's a celebration - and then when you get a commission, that's a massive milestone.

"... And then we got a series, and then we got commissioned for another series, so I'm very aware of the investment that the BBC put into it and I'm grateful for it. Of course, I'm »

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3D TV is pretty much over: Sky 3D to close in favour of on-demand only

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Sky has given up on its dedicated 3D channel, five years after it launched with hopes of revolutionising television viewing.

The broadcast giant has announced plans to close Sky 3D in June, but will continue to provide 3D content on-demand.

The move is no surprise, as viewers never warmed to 3D from their living rooms, despite a heavy push to make it the next big thing.

On the flip side, on-demand television is booming according to Sky's brand director Luke Bradley-Jones, which is why it has decided to shift its 3D content.

"Since its launch in 2010, Sky 3D has led the industry, becoming the home of incredible 3D content - from Sir David Attenborough's award-winning documentaries like Flying Monsters, to the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar," he explained.

"From June Sky 3D is going fully on-demand. From the latest 3D movie premieres like Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past »

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Bad news, Line of Duty fans: Keeley Hawes rules out a series 3 comeback

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Keeley Hawes has ruled out a return to Line of Duty.

The second series of BBC Two's cop thriller ended with Hawes's character Di Lindsay Denton behind bars - and the BAFTA-nominated actress told Digital Spy that her commitment to Sky1's Fungus the Bogeyman adaptation rules out a return for the character.

For more from Hawes, including why she thinks her Ashes to Ashes co-star Danny Mays is a "phenomenal choice" to play AC-12's new nemesis, hit play on the video above.

Hawes was speaking to DS at the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards Nominees party.

She is nominated in the Leading Actress category at this year's TV BAFTAs, going up against Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and Sheridan Smith (Cilla).

The 2015 House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards will take place on Sunday, May 10.

Will Mellor, Arsher Ali and Leanne Best »

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The Apprentice: 9 times Claude Littner made us quake in our boots

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It's official - interviewer from hell Claude Littner will replace Nick Hewer as Lord Sugar's advisor on the next series of The Apprentice. That noise you hear? It's candidates running screaming from that lavish house.

Because yes, Claude is scary. Very scary. We've lost count of the number of times we've sat on our sofa, chewing our fingernails off and sweating buckets as we watch Claude interrogate the hopefuls who've made it to the interview stage of the competition, destroying not only their CVs but also their dreams. Read on for just nine times we wanted to die watching him...

1. James McQuillan (series 5): "You're trying to defend what's frankly indefensible"

Well, James made the mistake in his CV of writing: "In a nutshell, I put a leash on people who spunk money up the wall." Claude wasn't going to have any of that kind of naughty language - goodness me no. »

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The Apprentice: Are you happy about Claude Littner's new job?

27 April 2015 8:37 AM, PDT

The Apprentice won't be back until later this year, but we're more excited than ever after discovering that Claude Littner will be replacing Nick Hewer as Lord Sugar's new advisor.

We could probably have guessed that Claude would be the one flanking Lord Sugar in the Boardroom (and reporting back on the candidates' strengths and weaknesses) but while he's notorious for his tricky interviews, what will it be like seeing him week in, week out?

Well, we want to know what you think. Are you glad that Claude's going to be Lord Sugar's advisor, or did you want someone else? Are you excited or dreading it? Let us know by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below! »

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Claude Littner is officially replacing Nick Hewer on The Apprentice

27 April 2015 8:13 AM, PDT

The candidates on the next series of The Apprentice better get prepared, because Claude Littner has been confirmed as Lord Sugar's new advisor.

The famously tough businessman will replace Nick Hewer in the show's upcoming eleventh series, it was announced on Monday (April 27).

He will join Karren Brady to watch the hopeful candidates as they take part in the tasks, before reporting back to Lord Sugar about their successes - and, more likely, their failures.

"If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven't been watching me on The Apprentice over the past decade," Littner said.

"I will now be assessing their performance in the process, individually and within their teams. I will be reporting to Lord Sugar to play my part in ensuring that his personal investment of £250,000 goes to the best candidate. I'm ready, and this won't be a walk in the park!"

Littner is »

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Mel Giedroyc to fly the flag with Scott Mills for BBC Three's Eurovision semi-finals

27 April 2015 6:38 AM, PDT

The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals have just got a whole lot more interesting with the news that Mel Giedroyc will co-host the UK coverage.

The Bake Off host said she "cannot express [her] excitement" to be joining Scott Mills while hosting live from Vienna for BBC Three.

Giedroyc said: "Words cannot express my excitement to be joining Scott and the BBC Eurovision team in Vienna this year!

"I have dreamed of this since the age of 9, when my siblings and I would mount our own Eurovision at home, taking the parts of different countries. I would always be allotted Mexico and only at the very end of our competition, would be disqualified on the grounds that I was not part of the European Union.

"I can't say that I'm any more geographically savvy than I was then, but I hope to bring some truly trivial Eurovision knowledge with me to Vienna, »

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Top Gear was going to get new presenters after a final 3-year deal

27 April 2015 6:37 AM, PDT

James May has suggested that he, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond would have quit Top Gear after a final 3-year deal before Clarkson was axed from the show.

The presenter made the claim in his review of the £208,090 Ferrari 458 Speciale in The Sunday Times.

Explaining why he was planning such an extravagant purchase, May said: "There we were, all three of us, on the brink of a new three-year contract to make Top Gear, after which we would definitely chuck it in with dignity and hand the reins to a new generation, assuming we were still alive.

"There were a few details to resolve about time frames and other mundane stuff, but the groaning draft version of this document was actually sitting on my desk."

Earlier in the piece, May denied rumours that he, Clarkson and Hammond already have a new show lined up for another broadcaster after they were »

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