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Geraldine McEwan, Miss Marple star, dies aged 82

6 hours ago

Geraldine McEwan has died at the age of 82.

The BAFTA-award winning star - famed for her starring role as Agatha Christie's detective Miss Marple in the ITV drama Marple - passed away at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

"Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30," read a statement from the late actress's family.

"Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross hospital who cared for her incredibly well."

McEwan was born in 1932, attending school in her home town of Windsor. She was appointed an assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal in the town at the age of just 14, making her stage debut there in October 1946.

Her West End debut followed in 1951, and she spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1950s and 1960s.

McEwan played Miss Marple between 2004 and 2008 on ITV, »

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CBB: Housemates are ranked in categories for latest task

8 hours ago

The celebrities find out who the public think is the most annoying housemate in tonight's Celebrity Big Brother.

As part of the latest task, the housemates split into two teams to compete in a competition of perception.

The two teams need to produce the correct line-up of celebrities which corresponds with what the public has voted - such as most annoying, most disappointing and most vain housemate.

Team Calum Best is made up of Nadia Sawalha, Keith Chegwin and Michelle Visage, while Team Kavana consists of Katie Hopkins, Katie Price, Cami-Li and Perez Hilton.

During the game, Nadia becomes upset that the public has decided she is the most disappointing housemate.

Michelle then jokes: "Am I going to be most vain because I'm a drag queen?"

Team Calum completed the task in the fastest time, meaning they win the competition.

Nadia was the fourth celebrity to be evicted from the »

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Celebrity Big Brother: Katie Hopkins and Keith continue to squabble

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Keith Chegwin and Katie Hopkins continue to exchange angry words in tonight's Celebrity Big Brother.

As the housemates discuss Kavana's drunken behaviour from the night before, Keith explains that he thinks it's a shame that alcohol changes the singer's behaviour.

Katie Hopkins quickly inserts her opinion before storming to the bedroom, and says: "It's better to enjoy yourself than be a grumpy old bastard!"

Keith follows and tells Katie Hopkins: "If you actually listened to what people said, maybe you'd have more sense about what happened?"

Katie Hopkins then describes Kavana as a "good egg" when he's had a drink, with Keith asking if she had actually heard what was said between the housemates.

Keith says: "You come in and only get half of a conversation and decide to do your usual thing; have an argument!"

Katie Hopkins responds by saying that all Keith does is moan, and »

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CBB: Perez gets final warning for inappropriate language

8 hours ago

Perez Hilton has received a final formal warning for using inappropriate language towards Calum Best.

In tonight's show, Perez brings up a past incident where Calum turned off the bedroom lights. This causes Calum to respond with "be the d**k" before walking away.

Perez then shouts: "I will do, I'll be the huge d**k and I'll shove it up your arse!"

Calum is clearly angered by the comment and tells Perez not to speak to him like that, before leaving the bedroom and pacing.

Later, Calum goes to the Diary Room and tells Big Brother he is feeling "pretty riled up" by the comment. He is assured that Perez will be spoken to about the incident.

Calum adds that Perez is "lucky we're in this place. I'm not an angry person and like to think I've stayed cool and calm... this morning, I'm wondering what that dude's doing in this house. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Voice, The Jonathan Ross Show

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The Voice UK: BBC One, 7pm

It's the fourth round of blind auditions this week, which means more high notes, more tears and most importantly, more Twitter debate over Rita Ora's hair.

Following on from last week's Welsh invasion, a mournful version of 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' and the return of Esmée Denters, we now have a man calling himself the Soho Hobo and Dawn 'with-the-horn'. She's a trumpet player, obviously.

Spiral: BBC Four, 9pm

The French crime drama, starring Caroline Proust and Philippe Duclos, continues with another double bill of murder and grit.

This week, everyone has to find the time to grieve following last week's emotional events, while keeping it together and solving the murder of a woman and her child. In the second episode, beginning at 9.55pm, Laure digs into Sandrine Jaulin's family history, discovering more than she bargained for in the process. »

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Celebrity Big Brother draws 2.5 million as Nadia Sawalha is evicted

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2.59 million watched the Celebrity Big Brother Live Eviction last night (January 30) as Nadia Sawalha left the house.

The show was 300k up on last Friday's eviction and secured an 11.4% share of the audience from 9pm, as well as 262.4k viewers on +1 (1.5%).

CBB was sandwiched between Ice Road Truckers at 8pm, which took 1.07m (4.8%) (95.4k, 0.4%) and Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side at 10pm with 1.10m (7.1%) (106.7k, 1.2%).

The One Show was the most watched show outside of soaps yesterday, giving BBC One 4.62m viewers (23.2%) at 7pm.

3.28m stayed with the channel at 7.30pm for A Question of Sport (15.4%) and went slightly up to 3.48m at 8.30pm for Room 101 (15.4%).

The latest episode of Benidorm was ITV's most watch programme outside of soaps, attracting 4.49m and a 19.9% share of the audience (405.9k, 2.4%).

It was preceded by The Martin Lewis Money Show at 8pm with 2.95m (13.4%) (135.0k, 0.6%).

Over on BBC Two, Mastermind »

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Why Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere could be the next Doctor Who

16 hours ago

Following the news that another hopeful heir apparent to the Saturday night Doctor Who slot - fantasy series Atlantis - has bitten the dust, what should the BBC should try next?

The return of Saturday night family adventure

Not so very long ago, the idea of an early evening adventure show on BBC One - on Saturday night no less - that the whole family would happily sit down to enjoy was seen as impossible. That time had passed, the audience was now too fragmented, there's just no way you could get people from eight to 89 to all sit together and watch the same narrative show.

Then, the BBC took a risk. With big swingers like writer Russell T Davies and then-bbc drama commissioner Jane Tranter fighting its corner, that old, dead TV legend Doctor Who lurched back into life... and it worked. People of all ages tuned in, the viewing figures stacked up, »

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First look at Bertie Carvel as Nick Clegg in Channel 4's Coalition

23 hours ago

The first look picture of Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Gordon Brown in new Channel 4 political drama Coalition has been revealed.

Bertie Carvel plays Clegg, Mark Dexter is Cameron and Ian Grieve stars as Brown in the 90-minute one-off.

Mark Gatiss also recently signed up to play Labour politician Peter Mandelson.

Coalition follows the moments which led to Clegg rising from outsider in the 2010 general election to the man who would decide the political fate of the country.

As a politician who was living in the shadow of Cameron and Brown, Clegg found himself in the powerful position of having to choose whether to ally his party with Labour or the Conservatives following the public's election votes.

Coalition is written by James Graham and directed by the BAFTA-winning Alex Holmes.

An air date is yet to be set by Channel 4. »

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Nadia Sawalha evicted from Celebrity Big Brother: 'It was a disaster'

30 January 2015 1:37 PM, PST

Nadia Sawalha has become the latest housemate to be evicted from Celebrity Big Brother.

The actress and presenter lost to Katie Hopkins, Keith Chegwin and Perez Hilton in the public vote tonight (January 30). Emma Willis also announced that another housemate will leave on Monday (February 2).

Nadia appeared happy when Willis read out her name. She smiled: "I'm coming home," before exiting the house to a mix of boos and cheers from the crowd.

Speaking to Willis, Nadia revealed her delight at leaving and said: "Did you see the housemates cheering for me? I was going, 'What, am I out?' I can't believe it's happened.

"I've got odd socks on, my pants are the wrong way round - I've done everything I can to leave."

Nadia was negative about her experience in the house, but still admitted that she loves Big Brother now more than ever.

"I'm a massive fan of Big Brother. »

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CBB's Perez on Katie Hopkins: "I've taken the power back"

30 January 2015 12:32 PM, PST

Perez Hilton declares to Big Brother that he has "taken the power back" from Katie Hopkins on tonight's Celebrity Big Brother (January 30).

Speaking in the Diary Room, an elated Perez describes himself as "powerful and happy and calm and feisty and fun"

"It's a great feeling to feel that there's less negative energy being aimed at me and to feel like people are now truly seeing Katie Hopkins for who she is - a backstabbing, two-faced bitch," the blogger says.

"I've taken the power back. I've always realised the power is within me... Now that I've taken my power back, I feel so powerful and happy and calm and feisty and fun.

"I feel like the old me, which is the new me, but I'm just me. Me, me, me, me, me!" he exclaims.

Later on in the snug with Nadia Sawalha, Perez says: "If I do leave tomorrow, I'm »

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First look at BBC Three's Zombie Apocalypse reality game show

30 January 2015 11:42 AM, PST

I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse has released its first trailer.

Touted as "television's most terrifying reality show", BBC Three's new game show is set six months into a zombie outbreak, and sees participants having to survive in an abandoned shopping centre.

Eight contestants must avoid the zombies that roam the centre for seven days, with any touch resulting in elimination.

They will be set tasks and forced to make difficult decisions, while an army helicopter rescues the survivors at the end of the week.

BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett, who commissioned the seven-part series, said: "I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse is a reality event on a huge scale for BBC Three, it promises to be a deadly twist on the genre."

Executive producer Andrew Brereton added: "It's nice to finally have a game show where if you get a challenge wrong, you get your arms ripped off and your brains eaten out. »

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CBB's Katie P on Katie H: "I'm not going down to your pathetic level"

30 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST

Katie Price told Katie Hopkins that she wouldn't go down to her "pathetic level" as the pair discussed the recent face-to-face nominations.

With the two having nominated each other, they proceeded to argue over each of their reasons.

Katie Hopkins told Katie Price that she had "quite enjoyed seeing some of Pricey" during the nominations.

The former glamour model replied: "Well you asked for it, so I gave it!"

She went on to accuse Katie Hopkins of "acting" but added that she did her a favour when the columnist had demanded to see the "feisty Kate [Price]".

"I'm so pleased that you've made everyone recognise that I'm not feisty, because I'm not," she continued.

Katie Price also revealed that she came into the house to make friends, and will remain pals with Michelle Visage, but suggested that Katie Hopkins - despite her seemingly close friendship with the Us star - will not. »

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Celebrity Big Brother: Kavana dubs Perez Hilton "precocious, horrific"

30 January 2015 10:14 AM, PST

Celebrity Big Brother star Kavana dubbed Perez Hilton "precocious" and "horrific" in a tense conversation last night.

Kavana was already in a bad mood after the end of a party thrown by Big Brother, admitting in the Diary Room that he was "a bit pissed" and that it is "a bit depressing" when the alcohol runs out.

Later, Perez asked him what he has learnt during his time in the house, prompting Kavana to reply: "I've learnt people aren't honest, people are insecure, people want to be liked constantly and you can't really trust anyone."

When Perez said that everyone has "different reasons" for being in the house and that he wants the British public to learn who he is, Kavana suggested that some of Perez's behaviour is unappealing and "madness, absolute insanity".

"Who is going to be attracted to that?" he added.

In response, Perez replied that he is »

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Strictly Come Dancing tour: Len Goodman to be guest judge in London

30 January 2015 8:09 AM, PST

Len Goodman is to join the Strictly Come Dancing live tour as a guest judge next week.

The head judge will appear at London's O2 on February 7 and 8, alongside his colleague Craig Revel Horwood and former winners Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup.

Meanwhile, former contestant Lisa Riley will guest host the matinee and evening shows on February 8.

Goodman said: "I am very much looking forward to getting behind the judges' desk with Craig, Tom and Camilla while the tour is at The O2. The Strictly Come Dancing live tour is great fun for all the family and I can't wait to be back."

Riley added: "I'm really looking forward to continuing my Strictly journey and I'm thrilled to have been asked to once again host the Strictly tour at The O2. I can't wait to get back out on that dance floor with the stars of this amazing tour and »

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Judy Finnigan "terrified" for daughter Chloe Madeley on The Jump

30 January 2015 7:36 AM, PST

Judy Finnigan has admitted that she is "terrified" for her daughter Chloe Madeley on The Jump.

She told her fellow Loose Women panelists that her daughter is a "total novice" when it comes to winter sports, and has never even "been on a pair of skis before".

She said: "She's had just four weeks to train up. I'm terrified."

Finnigan and her husband Richard Madeley will travel to Innsbruck, Austria over the weekend to support their daughter as the competition begins.

"We're going out to Austria on Sunday just to give her some moral support," she explained. "As long as she gets back in one piece, that's all I want."

When asked who Madeley's biggest competition will be, Finnigan predicted that Heather Mills and Mike Tindall could be the ones to watch.

The Jump returns on Sunday (February 1) at 7pm on Channel 4. »

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Why we want Perez Hilton to stay in the Celebrity Big Brother house

30 January 2015 7:20 AM, PST

The eternally nominated Perez Hilton faces the public vote in tonight's Celebrity Big Brother eviction - and we're on tenterhooks as it would be a travesty if Perez were to leave on Friday evening (January 30).

While we would agree with Katie Hopkins that he's a complete cretin and more irritating than thrush and syphilis combined, we can't deny that Perez has thoroughly entertained us throughout his stay in the house.

He's made us laugh, too - albeit mostly when he's not even trying to be funny, but it's probably because of this and his complete lack of self-awareness, which makes it even funnier.

When it was confirmed Perez would be entering the house, we thought the very prospect would put us off watching it completely. And although at first we found him verging on the despicable, we've now found ourselves almost warming to his obnoxious and odious ways.

What's possibly »

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Channel 4 drops sitcom London Irish: "No plans for a second series"

30 January 2015 7:20 AM, PST

Channel 4 has dropped sitcom London Irish.

The channel told Broadcast that it has no plans to move forward with the series, which ran for six episodes in autumn 2013.

A spokeswoman said: "There are currently no plans for a second series."

The series - which starred Ardal O'Hanlon - debuted to 1.2 million viewers, but only averaged 704,000 over the course of its six episodes.

Peter Campion, Sinead Keenan, Kerr Logan, Kat Reagan and Tracey Lynch also starred in the sitcom.

Earlier this month, Channel 4 ordered a new sitcom pilot from Mighty Boosh star Rich Fulcher. The proposed series is based in a family-run porn shop. »

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Channel 4 to hold Immigration Street talks with Southampton council

30 January 2015 6:53 AM, PST

Channel 4 will hold talks with Southampton City Council today (January 30) over the upcoming documentary series Immigration Street.

The channel's head of documentaries, Nick Mirsky, wants to allay the council's fears about the show, which will focus on life in Derby Road in Southampton.

Southampton City Council's chief executive Dawn Baxendale will discuss local residents' concerns about the series. When the show was announced last year, locals objected to the show's title and its similarity to Benefits Street.

According to Broadcast, Love Productions has also been accused of not putting in place "adequate measures to protect vulnerable people".

Locals have also signed a petition to have the series dropped, but their efforts have so far been unsuccessful.

This has prompted the Southampton Communities Alliance to stage a protest outside Channel 4's headquarters on Saturday (January 31).

Channel 4 and Love Productions declined to comment on the ongoing controversy.

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The Jump's Joey Essex: "Can you break your bum bones?"

30 January 2015 6:16 AM, PST

Joey Essex is training hard for The Jump, and he's certainly feeling the strain...

The reality star failed to land a jump during training, and was convinced that he'd broken a bone in his bum.

The Jump: Everything you need to know about the stars

Obviously in pain, Essex asked producers: "Can you break your bum bones?"

The former Towie star is competing on the winter sports series alongside Jls singer Jb Gill, Made in Chelsea's Louise Thompson and dancer Louie Spence.

Asked what he is most looking forward to about The Jump, he said: "The skeleton, I think, will be good fun. I like things like that. Even as a little kid, on slides I'd always try and go down face first."

He also predicted that he would strike up a friendship out on the slopes with fellow competitor Steve-o, as he's "obviously a complete joker".

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The Voice UK: Watch sneaky peeks at this weekend's blind auditions

30 January 2015 5:05 AM, PST

The Voice UK is back tomorrow and we've already brought you some spoilers about what to expect, but if that's still not enough for you then don't worry - now, we have some sneak peeks at the auditions.

First up is Ross Harris, who you might have heard a little bit about - because his cousin is Liam Payne from some band called One Direction. But can the session drummer - who has played for acts like The Saturdays and Ella Henderson - convince the coaches to turn around?

Also taking part in the show this weekend are duo The Mac Bros, a Liverpool-based duo who decide to perform not one, not two, but three songs. Will their ambition win over the coaches?

And our third sneak peek is at Tim Arnold (whose mum is Polly Perkins, aka Rose Cotton from EastEnders!) He was signed with his band Jocasta in the '90s, »

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