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The Great British Bake Off 2015: Everything we know about series 6 from the contestants to the challenges

5 hours ago

The Great British Bake Off is about to start, and we are feeling very hungry... sorry, excited about its return. We've already tidied our Tupperware and polished our spatulas, and now we're just counting down the hours until we can judge other people's baking skills (while hastily hiding our burnt scones under the sofa).

While we wait, we thought we'd collect together everything we know about the series so far, so read on to find out what we can expect from the new series of The Great British Bake Off...

When is The Great British Bake Off back?

The sixth series of Bake Off (yup, really, the sixth) will launch on our screens on Wednesday, August 5 at 8pm on BBC One (it's the show's second run on BBC One after it made the jump from BBC Two last year).

Are there any new judges?

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Love Island's Jon & Hannah on wedding plans: 'We want a gangsta theme'

7 hours ago

Love Island's Jon Clark and his "glamorous Scouse gold dust" Hannah Elizabeth have revealed they want a "gangsta" theme for their upcoming wedding.

The runners-up became a couple right from the start of the ITV2 show, and later became engaged after Jon popped the question during a Commitment Challenge towards the end of the series.

However, it wasn't long before viewers started questioning their relationship when it was revealed that they had met a handful of times before and shared the same management.

Speaking about the cynicism, Jon told Ok: "So many people have met us and apologised because they realise we're serious."

On plans for their big day, Hannah enthused: "It's going to be the biggest wedding ever, especially as it's Liverpool and Essex coming together. We want a gangsta theme."

Discussing her dream wedding dress, she continued: "I want something dead fabulous. I like lace gowns with long sleeves. »

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Enjoy the silence while it lasts as Katie Hopkins's new TLC panel show gets its first trailer

8 hours ago

It seems no one is quite as excited about the launch of If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World as the woman herself.

With just over a week to go until the new panel show launches on TLC, the first trailer for the latest outlet for her controversial and attention-seeking opinions has landed.

The advert sees an impatient Hopkins sit in silence, while a voiceover ominously warns: "Listen. Can you hear that? Lovely, isn't it? Britain's most outspoken woman, blissfully quiet. Enjoy the silence while it lasts."

Hopkins has been teasing rehearsals over on Twitter, sharing pictures of the set as filming continues, with early guests set to include The Only Way is Essex's Gemma Collins.

The show will see the former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother star go head to head with celebrities, comedians and experts on a range of topics including weight, class, relationships and education.

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The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

8 hours ago

It's time to face the music. Possibly unable to bear saying "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini" one more time, Peter Dickson - the voice of X Factor itself - has announced that he's decided to "check out and cut loose". Oh well, at least we'll always have Rachel Adedeji.

But the paradox is that while Peter Dickson is irreplaceable, he must also be replaced. It's not going to be easy, but we've come up with a list of eight people who could possibly lend their voices to the tricky task of introducing various hopeful acts as they pursue their dreams on the biggest stage in Britain...

1. Marcus Bentley

The obvious choice. Marcus is best known for his dulcet Geordie tones on Big Brother, which have become increasingly exaggerated as time has gone by ("Toniiiiiiiiiiiiight," he yells, sounding like a gruff puppy whose tail has just been stomped on). He has voiceover experience, he »

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Linford Christie turned down Strictly Come Dancing: "I'm not a good dancer"

9 hours ago

Linford Christie has revealed that he rejected the opportunity to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

The gold medal-winning former sprinter told the Radio Times that he did not want to do the show because he feels that he is "not a good dancer".

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

"I'm the only black guy you'll meet with two left feet," he said. "I spent so much time training in my youth that I missed out on dancing."

However, he added that he would "love to be able to dance".

Christie also voiced his dislike of reality shows in general. "There are far too many. I know I did I'm a Celebrity, but they're part of that growing intrusive popular culture.

"People want their 15 minutes of fame, but they don't realise it affects their lives forever."

Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One later this year, »

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Diane Keaton will play a nun in Jude Law's new series The Young Pope

10 hours ago

Diane Keaton is the latest big name to join the cast of The Young Pope.

The Godfather actress will play an American nun living in Vatican City in the new television drama from Sky, HBO and Canal+.

She joins Jude Law in the series, who leads the cast as fictional pope Lenny Belardo, the first Italian-American leader of the Catholic church.

Belardo, a conservative American pontiff, is recruited for the role by a Vatican fed up with liberal Popes.

Belardo is described as "a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor".

The eight-part drama will be directed by Paolo Sorrentino, and will enter production later this summer in Italy, Africa, Puerto Rico and the Us. »

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Rachel Adedeji saying goodbye to X Factor's Voiceover Man Peter Dickson is the only tweet we need today

10 hours ago

We were all very sad to hear that the voice of The X Factor himself, Peter Dickson, has announced that he has chosen to leave the show.

But there was just one person whose reaction we needed to the news. Not Simon Cowell. Not Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. Not even Dermot O'Leary.

The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

We're talking about Rachel Adedeji, of course.

Who could forget the perfect way in which Dickson enunciated her moniker when she took part in series six all the way back in 2009? Not us. In fact, we kind of think of it as Dickson's defining moment.

So, clearly, does Rachel, who took to Twitter today to say the following:

@Nat_Jamieson A sad day seeing @peterdickson leave the @TheXFactor.. It just won't be the same without you Sir! X

Rachel Adedeji (@RachelASongs) July 28, 2015

We couldn't agree more, »

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My Mad Fat Diary's Jodie Comer will star in BBC Three's new original drama

12 hours ago

My Mad Fat Diary actress Jodie Comer has signed up to star in a brand new BBC Three series.

Thirteen sees Comer playing 26-year-old Ivy Moxam, who escapes from the cellar that's been her prison for the last 13 years and returns home to her family.

The psychological drama is written by Marnie Dickens and directed by Vanessa Caswill and China Moo-Young.

"I am beyond excited to be working with the BBC as part of the cast of Thirteen," Comer said. "Marnie Dickens's writing is truly remarkable, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring Ivy to life.

"Imagine the most unimaginable happening. Life turning completely on its head, with the actions of one person affecting so many lives.

"We as humans, even though we doubt ourselves, have this amazing strength within us to cope in the most terrifying situations, and Marnie explores that so beautifully.

"With Vanessa Caswill »

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The X Factor will never be the same again: Voiceover Man Peter Dickson leaves the show

12 hours ago

The X Factor will never be the same after Peter Dickson confirmed his departure from the show.

Dickson has been the distinctive voice of the show since it first started in 2004.

Rachel Adedeji saying goodbye to Peter Dickson is the only tweet we need today

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

"After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose," Dickson confirmed on Twitter.

Dickson began his career at the BBC and was the corporation's youngest ever TV news presenter at the age of 17.

He had stints on BBC Radio 2 as an announcer and worked on The Steve Wright Show on Radio 1. His own Peter Dickson's Nightcap ran for four years on Radio 2.

The X Factor 2015: 8 stars who could replace Voiceover Man Peter Dickson on the show

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

13 hours ago

The X Factor is still a few weeks 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 The X Factor 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.

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God-Dame! Helen Mirren swears on TV again as she turns the air blue on Good Morning Britain

13 hours ago

She may be a Dame but Helen Mirren certainly doesn't give a damn when it comes to turning the air royal blue in public - and she's at it again.

The Oscar winner brought equal amounts of class and filth to the Good Morning Britain sofa this morning (July 28), although you can judge for yourselves whether the Queen star's potty mouth was really such a punishable crime.

Talking about a camping trip to in Cornwall with her former boyfriend Liam Neeson, the 70-year-old matter-of-factly recalled how it "pissed with rain", which was enough to send ITV into a panicked tizzy.

Presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway immediately jumped in and apologised, with Shephard nervously adding: "You can't say things like that first thing in the morning."

But she's got good form when it comes to dishing out the swears. Last year, Mirren made headlines for delivering all manner of expletives »

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The X Factor's newbie Rita Ora admits to nerves: 'I'm the quiet mouse'

13 hours ago

The X Factor's new judge Rita Ora has admitted that she is suffering from nerves.

The outspoken popstar - who previously appeared as a coach on BBC One's The Voice UK - complained about people comparing her to her fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The X Factor: 8 big changes that have been made this series

The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

"I am nervous at what I say on the show as I don't have a filter," she told The Sun. "It's a bit unfair, as Cheryl is really good as she's been here for years and is a total pro. Obviously I'm just learning stuff."

But Ora explained that she's pleased she has joined the judging panel at the same time as her friend Nick Grimshaw - although she suggested that he has settled in more easily. »

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UK TV ratings: Bloomsbury set drama Life in Squares opens to 1.85m

13 hours ago

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

BBC Two's Bloomsbury Set drama Life in Squares opened with an audience of just under 2m last night (July 27), according to overnight data.

The three-part series - starring Lydia Leonard as Virginia Woolf alongside James Norton and Phoebe Fox - debuted to 1.85m (9.3%) at 9pm.

Earlier in the evening, University Challenge brought in 2.66m (12.4%) for the channel at 8pm - the highest-rated primetime programme outside of soaps - with 2.2m (10.4%) for Only Connect at 8.30pm. The latest episode of reality TV competition Hair screened to 644k (3.9%) at 10pm.

Elsewhere, ITV's police documentary Rookies ended with an audience of 2.65m (13.4%) last night at 9pm, with 2.38m (11.1%) tuning in for Vet School at 8pm.

On BBC One, The Housing Enforcers led the night outside of soaps with 3.43m (17.6%) at 7pm, followed by 2.03m (9.5%) for Panorama at 8pm. At 9pm, Britain at the Bookies »

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The X Factor: Adult film star dropped from auditions after her porn past is revealed

14 hours ago

Get your Sex Factor and XXX Factor jokes out of the way now, because an adult film star has told of how she was dropped from The X Factor.

Becky Constantinou - also known as porn star Brooklyn Blue - made it through three rounds of auditions but was axed when producers discovered her saucy history, The Sun reports.

The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

The X Factor: 13 brilliant and bonkers auditions that make us excited for the new series

In fact, the 24-year-old - who previously dated Towie's Kirk Norcross - claims that she was axed from the show when a security guard at Wembley Arena recognised her.

"The guard came up to me with a knowing smile and said, 'I know you from somewhere, you're that Brooklyn girl'," she said. "A few days later I got a call from the show »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Taskmaster, Brits Behind Bars

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Brits Behind Bars: ITV, 9pm

You might want to be extra careful with the local customs when flying abroad after watching this documentary.

This show focuses on several cases of British prisoners around the world, facing dreadful living conditions, abuse and even death. It will meet with families and lawyers putting together cases to bring their loved ones home.

Child Genius: Channel 4, 9pm

After whittling them down from 20 to five, we will now discover who will be crowned Britain's brainiest child.

The hopefuls will take on two further rounds of tasks, including a complex specialist subject set by experts on degree-level topics. We're glad it's not us taking it on.

Rookie Blue: 5Usa, 9pm

Previously aired on Universal, this Us drama is now airing from the beginning on 5Usa.

The police drama follows the lives of five new officers as they begin their police careers. Starring Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith, »

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Jodie Kidd has some advice for Chris Evans: 'Top Gear needs a woman's angle'

14 hours ago

Jodie Kidd has added fuel to speculation that she could be joining Top Gear - by suggesting the new-look show "definitely" needs a female presenter.

The model and car enthusiast has been heavily linked with a role on the BBC series following the high-profile departures of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

On the future of the motoring show, Kidd told the Daily Mail: "Women are buying cars - it's the norm - so you need a woman's angle.

"Because we're different, men and women, and it's great to listen to a car expert who is a woman."

The 36-year-old, who fronts Channel 5's Classic Car Show, previously spoke of her sadness at watching Clarkson on his final episode of Top Gear, but would she be reluctant to have the same level of global public profile as her close friend?

"Walking down the street, all over the world he's recognised, »

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Khloe Kardashian posts untouched photos after shoot: 'This one is for all the troll haters out there'

14 hours ago

Khloe Kardashian has hit back at online critics who've suggested she's been heavily airbrushed in her latest bootylicious magazine photoshoot.

The 31-year-old reality TV star stripped down to a sheer bodysuit in a series of images for Complex magazine, and told the publication that she's never "felt as comfortable in my own skin than I do now."

Defending herself against some social media users who have suggested the photos have been heavily retouched, Khloe has shared an untouched picture from the shoot next to a digitally-enhanced image to show how little airbrushing has actually taken place.

Next to the snap - which sees the star sporting a grey leotard and a holding a weight - she posted the message: "This one is for all the troll haters out there that cannot seem to give me an ounce of credit for my daily workouts!

"The image on the left is an »

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Watch drops Being Human USA and Saving Hope - but it's not all bad news

14 hours ago

Being Human USA will not return to Watch, as the channel firms up its acquisition schedule for the coming months.

The UKTV channel aired the first three seasons of the Syfy series - based on the British original - but has passed on the fourth and final run.

Watch has also declined to pick up further episodes of Saving Hope, a spokesperson confirmed to Digital Spy.

The supernatural medical drama starring Erica Durance aired its first two seasons on the channel between 2013 and 2014.

But it's not all bad news. Watch previously announced it would be airing ABC's Secrets and Lies from September and has now confirmed to DS that it also has the rights to the recently-announced second season.

Grimm will also return to the channel for its fifth season later this year, along with season two of vampiric thriller The Strain.

Watch the first terrifying teaser for The Strain »

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Harry Styles thinks Nick Grimshaw will be really good for The X Factor: 'He's young and he's cool'

15 hours ago

They're close friends and they even dress the same - so it comes as no surprise that Harry Styles is rooting for Nick Grimshaw as he prepares to make his debut on The X Factor.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ and Rita Ora are new additions on the ITV show's judging panel, joining Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and veteran Simon Cowell.

The X Factor 2015: 8 big changes that have been made this series

One Direction singer Styles, who found fame on the show back in 2010, enthused to The Sun: "I think it's brilliant that Grimmy's been chosen for X Factor. He's going to be really good at it.

"What does he bring that isn't already on the panel? He watches it a lot, he knows a lot - you don't necessarily get his total knowledge solely from the radio show but he knows so much about music.

"He's young and he's cool. He's »

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The X Factor 2015: Is Dannii Minogue going to make a shock return?

15 hours ago

She might have left The X Factor after the 2010 series but rumours have suggested that Dannii Minogue could be back this year.

According to Metro, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has personally requested that Minogue joins her for the Judges' Houses stage of the competition.

Apparently, it's all working out quite nicely as Minogue is filming her X Factor Australia Judges' Houses in the UK and won't have too far to travel, as Fernandez-Versini is hosting hers in France.

The report also claims that Simon Cowell has bagged Paloma Faith to join new judge Nick Grimshaw, saying that he's hoping this will deter her from signing up to BBC One's rival singing show The Voice UK.

But none of this is confirmed at the moment - Grimshaw was previously said to be planning to take Jess Glynne with him to Judges' Houses - and the report suggests that Cowell has ditched Sinitta, »

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