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The X Factor auditions on Tuesday have been cancelled: Simon Cowell will return this week

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The X Factor's Manchester auditions on Tuesday (July 7) have been cancelled, but the show will resume filming this week.

A spokesperson for the talent series has confirmed to Digital Spy that Simon Cowell will be back for auditions in Manchester on Wednesday and Thursday.

A show representative said today: "We can confirm that The X Factor auditions scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) have been cancelled.

"We will now start auditions in Manchester on Wednesday and Thursday."

Work on the series has been temporarily shutdown in order to let Cowell grieve the loss of his mother Julie Brett. Brett passed away at the age of 89 over the weekend after a lengthy period of ill health.

Manchester's audition round on Wednesday will be the formal unveiling of The X Factor's new-look judging panel of Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora.

There will also be an overhaul of the presenting lineup, »

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Love Island's Jess and Lauren will be dating five very special guests tonight

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Single Love Islanders Jess Hayes and Lauren Richardson are informed that they will be dating five very special guests on tonight's episode (July 6).

"Potentially there could be a guy that I fancy!" an excited Lauren announces.

However, Jess isn't sure that she wants a new male addition to the villa, admitting that she still fancies Max Morley - despite the fact he pied her off for ex-islander Naomi Ball.

"Obviously at the end of the day I do like Max... If I feel a connection with someone then I will go for it, but they've got to be very special because I do like Max."

After getting dressed up for their mystery dinner dates, Jess continues to discuss her feelings for Max: "I do love Max to bits, I do really fancy him.

"But I've got to remember that he did mug me off, he did treat me like s**t, »

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BBC Trust on licence fee changes: "We cannot endorse the process"

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The BBC Trust has said that it "cannot endorse" Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's overhaul of the licence fee.

Osborne announced plans today for the BBC to begin covering the cost of free TV licences for over-75s starting in 2018/19, which will likely lead to large-scale service cuts.

Rona Fairhead, chairman of the BBC Trust, has since come out in opposition to the way Osborne's plan has been presented to the public.

"We accept this decision is a legitimate one for the government to take, although we cannot endorse the process by which it has been reached," Fairhead wrote in a letter posted on the BBC Trust's Twitter account.

"Clearly, beyond the current charter period it is for the government to determine both its policy on the over-75s concession and how that is funded. We could not, ultimately, obstruct any decision that you made."

Fairhead affirmed the »

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Love Island's Luis and Zoe have it out: "I feel like you're not being genuine'

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Love Islanders Luis Morrison and Zoe Basia Brown have it out over something as petty as pancakes on tonight's episode (July 6).

Luis's Love Island girlfriend Cally Beech was attempting to make some pancakes when he told her to leave it and that he would do them instead.

Zoe picks up on this and comments to fellow islanders that Luis has recently been "really grumpy, all negative, snappy, he hasn't been the Lu that I know."

She then asks Cally: "Why is he being such a grumpy f**ker? If he snaps at you again, I will pull him up on it."

Later on, Luis asks to have a word with Zoe in private.

"I feel like you're not being genuine, some of the things you do contradict each other. You had sex in the red room, that's fair enough, but then when it comes to the sex games [and Zoe not wanting to take part]… that contradicts itself, »

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Hollyoaks will mentor a young writer following Channel 4 hunt for new talent

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The next generation of TV writers could be about to make their mark, after Channel 4 announced the winners of the Writing for Television Award.

The prize, given as part of the Northern Writers' Awards, in collaboration with Northumbria University, was awarded to Nuzhat Ali and Sharma Walfall.

As a result, Walfall and Ali will now spend ten months being mentored by Hollyoaks producer Lime Pictures and Happy Valley producer Red Production Company respectively.

Walfall will learn the process of script development, with the possibility of a commission at the end of the course.

Walfall said: "It means the world to me and feels a bit unreal to have won the competition. I did not think out of all those that entered, that I would be one of the six finalists, let alone win!

"I'm extremely grateful for the award. To have the chance to work with and learn from »

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Love Island Jordan's ex enters the villa: 'You f**king screwed me over you dickhead'

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Single islanders Max Morley and Josh Ritchie welcome five female dinner dates into the villa on tonight's Love Island (July 6).

First in is blonde-haired Poppy, 22, from Cheshire, who describes herself as a "bit of a daddy's girl, I do have him wrapped round my little finger".

She then boasts: "I mix with the hottest celebrities and footballers, go to the hottest parties, guys run after me, I don't run after guys."

Next in is Kelly, 28, from Hull: "My friends describe me as crazy, wild, I like to go out and have a laugh and I don't mind making a fool of myself. My ideal man would be tall, buff and tanned... and pretty."

Third in is Ranni, 25, from Bradford: "I would say I'm a feminist, I hate guys who don't treat women with respect. Most of the guys are pretty young and I think they need a real woman who »

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Big Brother: Housemates break down as letters from home arrive

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Big Brother gave the housemates an opportunity to win a letter from home, leading to many tears being shed.

In highlights airing tonight (July 6), the contestants are presented with a pile of eight letters - one for each of them - but must roll a tombola to determine their fates.

There are three types of balls in the tombola they can pick up at random: "win", "choose" or "lose".

"Win" adds an extra £5,000 to the prize fund and allows the housemate to save a letter of their choice. "Lose" forces the housemate to destroy a letter, while with "choose", the person has to decide whether to add £5,000 prize money or preserve a message.

Chloe Wilburn goes first and draws "lose". She sacrifices Joel Williams's letter, reasoning that his mother came in during the Time Warp task.

Cristian Mjc and Danny Wisker pick up "choose" and save Chloe and Nick Henderson's letters respectively. »

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BBC will take on £650 million annual cost of free licence fee for over-75s

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The BBC will take on the cost of free TV licences for over-75s as part of the Chancellor's latest budget.

George Osborne has already given a flavour of cuts the BBC can expect, but it is now clear that the BBC will have to shoulder the £650 million annual cost of free licences.

The BBC will begin to cover some of the cost from 2018/19, and will be fully responsible for free licences by 2020/21, according to The Guardian.

To put it into perspective, the extra money the corporation will have to find every year is equivalent to around a fifth of its current £3.7 billion income, and it is likely that the BBC will have to make cuts to popular services to cover the cost.

Shadow Culture Secretary Chris Bryant has criticised the Conservatives' plan, saying that it is "no way to run a whelk stall, let alone the best broadcaster in »

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Big Brother: Jack wants to offer money for a football result - but Chloe isn't happy

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Jack McDermott angers Chloe Wilburn after negotiating a deal with Big Brother for a football result.

After seeing Joel receive a tiny pizza for £2,500, Plymouth fan Jack decides to offer a proposition of his own in highlights airing tonight (July 6).

Jack wants a football result, a carton of Um Bongo juice and a cheap blazer and trousers for £4,000, saying: "I'm nominated anyway, so what have I got to lose. I may as well have a laugh while I'm here."

Afterwards, Chloe is furious, stating: "I'm not going to speak to you for the rest of the time here. I think you're selfish."

"It's not real money!" Jack says, but Chloe responds: "I've completely changed my opinion of you."

Chloe then tells Big Brother in the Diary Room: "Everyone's just changed. It's an awful atmosphere. Money's got involved and everyone's true colours have come out.

"Jack is being so selfish and »

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Big Brother: Nick passes on his nomination to Chloe in latest Cash Bomb twist

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Nick Henderson has saved himself from nomination - with Chloe taking his place - as the latest Cash Bomb twist hits the Big Brother house.

In highlights airing tonight (July 6), the nominated housemates - Nick, Sam Kay, Harry Amelia Martin and Jack McDermott - are given the opportunity to dip into the £45,900 prize fund to save themselves.

They must bid in secret how much they are willing to spend. The highest bidder will no longer face eviction and pass on their nomination to another housemate.

Because Chloe is the only housemate neither nominated nor immune, the nomination would be transferred to her. The only way she can remain safe is if all four housemates bid £0.

Harry, Jack and Sam bid nothing, but Nick submits a figure of £5,000 to reverse his nomination and win a place in the final. The prize fund drops to £40,900 as a result.

"Turns out you can put a price on friendship, »

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Penny Dreadful season 3 will introduce a new icon of horror

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Penny Dreadful will introduce another famous figure from horror literature in its third season.

The Showtime / Sky Atlantic series already features icons of horror including Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his creature (Rory Kinnear) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).

Series co-creator John Logan hinted at the introduction of a new character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, following last night's (July 5) broadcast of the season two finale.

"I can tell you this - and this is such a tease, and I am sorry for it - but after two years I am finally adding another famous literary character," he said.

"It's been fun going into another writer's brain and bringing one of those great characters back into our world."

Sky Atlantic and Showtime announced last month that Penny Dreadful - a transatlantic co-production - would return for a third season in 2016.

The series features Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton among its ensemble cast. »

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Clare Balding's Wimbledon 2Day to scrap studio audience after viewer outcry

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The BBC has decided to make big changes to Wimbledon 2Day after largely negative reviews.

Clare Balding's nightly Wimbledon highlights show has not gone down well with viewers or critics since it debuted last week, mainly due to its replacement of the usual Today at Wimbledon series.

The show's unpopular studio audience will be axed tonight (July 6), and will be replaced by a studio above Centre Court.

In previous years, John Inverdale hosted an evening highlights package, but Wimbledon 2Day has featured a more informal programme in which Balding chats to guests and fans at a wine bar named the Gatsby Club.

It has also included home video clips of babies playing tennis, while highlights of the day's action has been largely reduced.

The changes have been met with poor reviews, with 56% of Digital Spy users currently declaring the show dreadful, while 29% said it could do better and just 14% giving their seal of approval. »

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Peter Capaldi wants Jenna Coleman to stay on Doctor Who for series 10

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Peter Capaldi doesn't want his Doctor Who co-star Jenna Coleman to leave the show any time soon.

Capaldi told Entertainment Weekly that he hopes Coleman, who plays Clara, will feature in more episodes beyond the upcoming ninth series.

"Jenna continutes to deliver a beautifully nuanced, complex, and funny performance that marks her out as one of the best companions ever," he insisted.

Of the Doctor's sometimes tumultous relationship with Clara, he added: "They've suddenly realised that they are the most fortunate people in all of time and space and are hellbent on adventure."

Steven Moffat - Doctor Who's head writer and executive producer - previously spoke to Digital Spy about Clara's future on the series.

"She continues to complicate..." he hinted. "...and that relationship between the two of them is incredibly strong."

Doctor Who will return to BBC One this autumn.

Peter Capaldi says Doctor Who series 9 has an »

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It's a whole lot of fun as Pat Sharp returns for a one-off Fun House event

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Pat Sharp made an outrageously wacky return to Fun House at the weekend, though sadly it was only for a few lucky punters.

The presenter reunited with twins Melanie and Martina Grant for the one-off event, where four family teams competed in a day full of games, gunge and prizes.

Family pub restaurant Fayre & Square teamed up with children's play centre Wacky Warehouse for the event, with the winning team taking home a family holiday worth £1,000.

Games included a quiz round for the children, which saw the parents of the losing teams being gunged, while a Build a Burger relay game featured the children and parents working together to retrieve an oversized burger from a ball-pit.

Sharp said of the day: "The return of Fun House as a one-off live event was as wacky, fun and outrageous as you could wish for!

"It was a brilliant twist to allow adults »

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BBC Three's Defying the Label season to examine life with disability

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BBC Three's upcoming Defying the Label season will focus on the lives of young people living with disabilities.

The channel will air 15 programmes over the course of four weeks, including specialist documentaries, current affairs features, a factual drama and a comedy panel game show.

Issues including sex, romance, poverty and hate crime will be explored over the course of the season, which begins on Monday, July 20.

Factual drama Don't Take My Baby will kick off the season with the extraordinary story of a disabled couple's struggle to keep custody of their new-born baby.

Martin Dougan will present The Totally Senseless Game Show, which will tackle taboos around disability by 'disabling' its celebrity contestants, including Rick Edwards, Greg Rutherford and Amelle Berrabah.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, said: "This incredibly powerful range of programmes has been designed to speak honestly to our open-minded BBC Three viewers.

"With the channel's strong reputation for delivering hard-hitting, »

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Towie's Jasmin Walia and The Apprentice's Solomon Akhtar join Sky1's Desi Rascals

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Jasmin Walia and Solomon Akhtar have joined the cast of Desi Rascals for its second series.

Towie's Walia will appear alongside her boyfriend Ross Worswick (Ex on the Beach), while Akhtar entered last year's series of The Apprentice.

Farah Rai of Take Me Out has also been announced for the show.

"I'm really excited to be joining Desi Rascals," said Walia. "Since leaving the cast of Towie, I have been very fortunate to receive numerous offers of work, and this is the opportunity I've been looking for that will allow me to explore my cultural roots whilst still maintaining all the glitz and glamour that I love.

"I'm having such an amazing time with Ross at the moment, and this next chapter promises to be even better, full of surprises and magical moments that I'm sure viewers will also enjoy sharing with us."

Akhtar commented: "When it comes to girls, »

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Big Brother Day 54: Who had a good day, and who had a bad day?

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Big Brother is getting close to the final now, but if the housemates thought things might start easing up, they were sorely mistaken. Instead, Bb decided to throw yet more twists in with the Cash Bomb theme, and boy, is it affecting the group...

With an episode that had everything from disappointing pizzas to camera run competitions (and Harry reminding us of the existence of the word "twunt"), there was plenty going on. But some housemates came out of it all better than others, so read on for our daily verdict on who had a good day and who had a bad day:

Good Day

Joel Williams

Technically, we should be putting Joel in 'Bad Day' for being selfish. In practice, his whole pizza fiasco made us chuckle out loud. Part of this is thanks to sassy Big Brother, who agreed to swap £2,500 of the prize fund for a pizza »

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UK TV ratings: Sheridan Smith's Black Work concludes with 5.1m on ITV

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UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Sheridan Smith's Black Work concluded with strong ratings on Sunday (July 5), according to overnight data.

ITV's crime drama wrapped up its three-episode arc with 5.14m (23.5%) at 9pm, while a further 313k (1.9%) tuned in on +1. The series lost just short of 700,000 viewers from its first to its last episode.

Earlier, Catchphrase entertained 2.44m (13.5%) at 7.15pm (125k/0.6% on +1), while Surprise Surprise averaged 3.36m (17.0%) at 8pm (123k/0.6%).

However, it was BBC One's Countryfile that was Sunday night's most-watched programme, bringing in 5.48m (30.7%) at 7pm. Fake or Fortune? interested 4.85m (24.5%) at 8pm, while 7/7 drama A Song for Jenny moved 3.12m (14.8%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, John Carter gathered 1.41m (8.6%) at 6pm, before a repeat of Top Gear was watched by 1.86m (9.4%) at 8pm, and Odyssey appealed to 1.09m (5.0%) at 9pm.

Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year continued with 1.29m (6.5%) at »

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Netflix and ITV lead the race for Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May

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ITV and Netflix are thought to be leading the race to sign Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a new project.

Hulu is also apparently in the running to hire the former Top Gear trio to front a new unscripted motoring series, according to Variety.

Clarkson, Hammond and May are believed to have been negotiating deals with various networks since departing the BBC series, which is to be relaunched with Chris Evans as lead host.

Their long-time producer Andy Wilman is also expected to reunite with the team for the new series.

Netflix has reportedly made a "sizeable" offer for the trio for multiple seasons, in what is thought to be an attempt to expand its brand in the UK and Europe.

Hulu Plus has streaming rights to Top Gear episodes dating back to 2003, and the company is also interested in commissioning a new series.

However, Hulu is »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Episodes, My Mad Fat Diary

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True Detective : Sky Atlantic, 9pm

It's episode 3 of the Us crime series, and Frank Semyon is back and badder than ever.

Meanwhile, Ray and Ani investigate the murder of corrupt city official Ben Caspar and have a close call with his killer.

Idris Elba: No Limits : Discovery, 9pm

Idris Elba is behind the wheel of a rally car in the first episode of his new series Idris Elba: No Limits.

Mentored by rally veteran Jimmy McRae, Idris is given three months to prepare for the circuit of Ireland rally. He crashes the car in his first test drive, but will Idris be able to pull it out of the bag and complete the circuit?

Episodes : BBC Two, 10pm

Matt and Merc try to forget about their past in the hilarious series 4 finale of Episodes.

This doesn't work, however, as the tension rises and all hell »

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