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Cilla: Watch preview of Sheridan Smith drama finale

3 hours ago

ITV has released a new teaser trailer for the final episode of Cilla.

Chronicling the life of Cilla Black, the three-part drama series comes to an end at 9pm on Monday, September 29 on ITV.

Sheridan Smith as Cilla: What was the critics and Twitter verdict?

After enjoying chart success in the UK, the third episode examines the strain it puts on her relationship with Bobby Willis.

It also looks at her failure to crack the American market, and the unravelling of Brian Epstein's private life, all of which threatens to derail her success.

The series has been written by Jeff Pope (Pierrepoint, The Fattest Man in Britain, See No Evil: The Moors Murders).

Sheridan Smith stars as Cilla Black, Aneurin Barnard is Bobby Willis, and Ed Stoppard plays Brian Epstein.

Watch Digital Spy's interview with Sheridan Smith about starring in Cilla below: »

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Kate Hudson takes selfie with Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain

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Kate Hudson enjoyed an early morning selfie with presenter Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain earlier today (September 23).

The 35-year-old Us actress joined Reid on the sofa for a chat about her latest movie - Zach Braff's Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here - and to discuss the parenting tips she learned from mother Goldie Hawn.

Reid then tweeted about her meeting with the Hollywood star and enthused: "Kate Hudson is lovely - she says that when she needs a moment of joy, she goes dancing."

Hudson also appeared on Alan Carr's Chatty Man last week as part of the film's current promotional trail, and revealed that she and mother Hawn "can see dead people", going on to describe a ghostly encounter and claim that she possesses a "fifth energy".

Meanwhile, broadcaster Reid shared a selfie with actor Tom Cruise earlier this year while she attended the »

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Sick of the Friends nostalgia? This Adam and Joe clip is the antidote

5 hours ago

Can you believe Friends is 20 years old?

It started in 1994, so actually, yes we can.

Friends nostalgia went into overdrive over the last seven days - hey, we even had our own Friends week on Digital Spy - but what do you do if you didn't actually enjoy the ubiquitous series? Could you be any more sick of that darn Us sitcom?

This classic Adam and Joe Show clip is the perfect antidote for anyone who didn't grow up in the '90s humming The Rembrandts and wishing that they had hair like Jennifer Aniston.

'Furends', which was one of Adam and Joe's finest Toymovies spoofs, is every Friends-hater's dream.

"You're a bunch of self-obsessed, one-dimensional characters, who shout all the time and wave your hands around and everyone finds you extremely irritating," says toy Gunther at the start, speaking for a generation of TV viewers who didn't associate with Rachel, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Driver, The Leftovers

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The Driver: BBC One, 9pm

New series of a three-part crime drama starring David Morrissey, written by Jim Poyser and BAFTA winner Danny Brocklehurst.

Taxi driver Vince is stressed, poor, estranged from his wife, and contemplating an escape from his tired existence. He accepts an offer from a criminal gang organised by his old ex-con friend Colin (Ian Hart), and his life starts to take an exciting turn.

The Leftovers: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Two percent of the population have vanished in this mystery drama, and the world is struggling to deal with the enormous sense of loss.

Kevin (Justin Theroux) visits a therapist following some disturbing encounters and decides to discuss the breakdown with his ex police chief father, currently being held in a mental health facility.

Meg (Liv Tyler) struggles to adapt to life within the Guilty Remnant. Meanwhile some are curious about the background of local »

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Let's all relive Rita Ora's Eurovision audition: What could have been

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It's confirmed - Rita Ora is the newest coach on The Voice and will be joining Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson on those big red spinning chairs for next year's series.

But all this Rita talk got us reminiscing about that time she auditioned for Eurovision in 2009. Yup. If you fancy, you can relive her time on reality show Your Country Needs You below:

In fact, Andrew Lloyd Webber loved himself a bit of Rita, and she was selected to compete. But in a shocking lack of patriotism, she decided to skip the whole thing and Jade Ewen was brought in instead.

As if that wasn't enough, she chucked a rather sizeable amount of shade at Ewen when she spoke about being glad she pulled out, saying: "Imagine! If I'd stayed, it would probably have been all over for me. At best, I'd be a contestant on that diving show… »

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ITV's Cilla drops 300k but still tops Monday ratings with 5.7m

6 hours ago

Cilla remained on top of the ratings on Monday evening, overnight data reveals.

The Sheridan Smith drama dropped around 300,000 viewers from last week to 5.79 million (26.0%) at 9pm, with an added 423k (2.8%) on +1. Earlier, The Undriveables was seen by 2.54m (11.9%) at 8pm (108k/0.5% on +1).

On BBC One, Inside Out brought in 3.31m (16.5%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama interested 2.08m (9.6%) at 8.30pm. New Tricks continued with 4.75m (21.3%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip appealed to 1.52m (7.9%) at 7pm. University Challenge quizzed 2.81m (13.1%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 1.96m (9.1%) at 8.30pm. Traders: Millions by the Minute gathered 1.09m (4.9%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food attracted 1.21m (5.6%) at 8pm (169k/0.8%), followed by Gadget Man with 1.25m (5.8%) at 8.30pm (100k/0.5%). Derren Brown's latest special amazed 1.36m (6.7%) at 9pm (243k/1.9%), while Jon Richardson Grows Up amused 525k (5.0%) at 10.30pm.

Channel 5's Ultimate Police Interceptors entertained 861k (4.0%) at 8pm, followed »

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Michelle Keegan, Jason Manford, Jo Joyner in new BBC drama Ordinary Lies

7 hours ago

Michelle Keegan and Jason Manford are to star in a new BBC One drama.

Ordinary Lies comes from the creators of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax Red Production Company, and Shameless director Danny Brocklehurst.

Max Beesley, Mackenzie Crook, EastEnders actress Jo Joyner and Rebecca Callard will also star in the ensemble series, which will air in 2015.

Sally Lindsay, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Shazad Latif, George Bukhari, Cherrelle Skeet, Shaun Dooley and Fisayo Akinade round out the cast of the dark thriller with comedic undertones.

The series will be set on the shopfloor of a motor showroom, and how a series of each character's lies and secrets can lead to life-changing consequences.

Beesley plays boss Mike, whose marriage to Alison (Stewart-Wilson) is in trouble as he appears to be interested in Head of Sales Beth (Joyner). Beth is still struggling with the disappearance of her husband, while handling her sales team »

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Tmi, Gordon Ramsay: 'I want to go to the toilet once a day, properly'

7 hours ago

Gordon Ramsay has over-shared while talking about the illnesses he picks up on his Nightmares franchise.

Ramsay announced in the summer that he had decided to axe the show and the final series - Costa Del Nightmares - kicks off on Channel 4 tonight (September 23).

He has now spoken in a Channel 4 video about the illnesses he picked up on the show, including "11, 12 stomach ulcers".

"I want a rest," Ramsay said. "I want my stomach to go through a 12-month period with no ulcers. I don't want to walk around with Rennies in my pocket and Digex in my satchel.

"And then I want to go to the toilet once a day, properly, as opposed to four or five times a day once I've had a bad experience in a s**thole selling frozen food that's been defrosted in the microwave for the last 17 minutes, so no, I want to get back to eating normally. »

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Great British Bake Off gets viewer complaints for being 'too smutty'

7 hours ago

Despite its booming ratings and critical acclaim, not everybody is happy with the current series of The Great British Bake Off.

The BBC's complaints show Points of View featured a segment this week, focusing on viewers who were unhappy with the "constant smutty" remarks from hosts Sue and Mel.

Innuendo has long been a part of the show's charm for many fans and the BBC even plays along on Twitter with the #innuendobingo hashtag. However, it's clearly not everyone's cup of tea.

One viewer complained: "Tired of the constant smutty remarks of the two hosts, Sue Perkins (mostly) and Mel Giedroyc (sometimes), please ask them to stop spoiling an otherwise delightful show."

Another viewer emailed: "They get smuttier and smuttier, and it's totally unnecessary. Mary Berry looked quite embarrassed on the first programme of this series and so were we as a family."

There were also complaints about Jo Brand »

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Doctor Who: See first-look pictures from 'The Caretaker'

7 hours ago

New pictures from Doctor Who's next episode 'The Caretaker' have debuted online.

The BBC sci-fi's latest episode - co-written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat - sees the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) pose as a caretaker at Coal Hill School, where Clara (Jenna Coleman) works as a teacher.

The episode's official synopsis reads: "The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity - but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

"When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill School, the Doctor decides to go undercover."

Samuel Anderson reprises his role of Danny Pink for the instalment, helmed by 'Robot Of Sherwood' director Paul Murphy.

Coal Hill School was introduced in the first ever episode of Doctor Who back in November 1963.

The Doctor's granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford) originally attended the school, where she was taught by companions Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill »

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Is Rita Ora the right woman to save The Voice UK? Have your say

7 hours ago

Jessie J grated. Kylie was lovely - she's Kylie - but was perhaps too lovely for a reality TV show. So the quest for The Voice UK to find a team of judges coaches who can turn the show from New Year Saturday night filler into a genuine bona fide smash continues.

The answer for 2014? Step forward Rita Ora.

Sassier and naughtier than Kylie. Less in your face than Jessie, the BBC will hope they've found the perfect middle ground with the 'Rip' popstar.

It's a great gig for Ora. Although she seems ubiquitous to anyone who has a passing interest in pop or showbiz (or anyone who reads Digital Spy), she's not quite reached the stage yet, where your mum, dad and gran know who the hell she is.

My dad probably thinks she's a type of drink. No dad, that's Kia-Ora.

But will this shake-up of the panel »

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Michelle Yeoh, Max Beesley join Strike Back's final series

8 hours ago

Michelle Yeoh and Max Beesley will appear in the fifth and final series of Strike Back.

Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester will be back as Strike Back leads Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge, with Robson Green (Philip Locke), Michelle Lukes (Sgt Richmond) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez) also returning.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Yeoh - in her first ever role for television - will play the wife of the British Ambassador to Thailand, with Tim McInnerny (Blackadder, Spooks) playing her husband.

Mad Dogs star Beesley takes on the role of an ex-pat gangster in the new episodes, which will also feature guest appearances from Game of Thrones actor Michael McElhatton, Highlander: The Series star Adrian Paul and Spartacus actor Dustin Clare.

Completing the cast are Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine), James Wilby (Gosford Park), Joseph Gatt (Game of Thrones) and Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War Of The Damned).

Cameron Roach, »

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Rita Ora joins The Voice UK for fourth series

9 hours ago

Rita Ora has joined The Voice UK for its fourth series.

The singer joins Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson on the coaching panel for the BBC One show.

"So excited to be part of - and for my team to win - The Voice this series!" Ora said.

"Let's have some fun will.i.am, Tom and Ricky! I'm really looking forward to the blind auditions - and spinning in my big red chair. Excited!!!!"

Tom Jones said: "I'm really looking forward to coming back to The Voice for season four.

"Not only do I get to know and work with Rita, I can once again enjoy hearing and seeing the talent that comes from just about every corner of the UK.

"I respect and admire all those who have the guts and determination to get through each challenge that the show presents, so let's see what happens in 2015!"

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The Driver's David Morrissey: No plans to abandon UK for Hollywood

9 hours ago

David Morrissey has insisted that he has no plans to abandon the UK for Hollywood.

The BAFTA-nominated actor returns to British screens tonight (Tuesday, September 23) in BBC One's The Driver - having completed a stint on Us drama The Walking Dead.

"For me, it's about mixing it up - I wanna do as much variation as I can," Morrissey explained. "The main thing about America is they really want long-form TV shows, and I'm really up for that, I like it.

"I loved being in The Waking Dead - I invest in those long forms. I invest in Breaking Bad and Mad Men and those programmes."

The Driver - a three-part serial from Accused writer Danny Brocklehurst - stars Morrissey as a taxi driver who sees his life spiral out of control when he takes on a job driving for crooks.

"I like working in the UK, I've had a great time working here, »

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 live tour dates confirmed

9 hours ago

The dates have been confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing 2015 Live Tour.

Following the completion of this year's TV run, the show goes on the road for its eighth year.

"Audiences will experience Strictly's glitz, glamour and breathtaking choreography in this supersized arena spectacular as some of the celebrities and professional dancers from the hugely anticipated twelfth BBC series take to the dance floor to recreate their dazzling moves," said organisers.

"The judges will be offering their invaluable wisdom and all important scores, featuring the am-a-zing Craig Revel Horwood, who is directing the live show for the fifth year running."

The audience each night will decide who wins the Glitterball Trophy by texting via their mobile phones.

Details of the celebrities on the tour will be confirmed in the coming months.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Monday, September 29, with a pre-sale from tomorrow (September 24). Tickets are »

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Why is Tricked's Ben Hanlin naked for Brooke Vincent and Amy Kelly?

18 hours ago

Ben Hanlin gets naked for Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent and Amy Kelly in tonight's episode of Tricked.

The magician claims he has been dared to perform naked on Twitter - although he does at least have balloons to cover his private parts.

That doesn't stop Vincent from blushing, as she says: "I've actually gone really red."

Hanlin decides to play a game with Vincent, asking which celebrity she would replace him with if she could. For everything he gets incorrect, she's given the honour of popping one of the strategically-placed balloons.

Hanlin incorrectly suggests that the star is American and an actor, leaving just the all-important crotch balloon intact.

However, when he says that Vincent is thinking of Olly Murs, she tells him she is actually dreaming of Prince Harry - and nervously pops the last balloon.

But in a shock move, the final balloon is not just covering »

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Towie Mario on the hunt for 'fresh meat': 'The show needs the bad boy'

18 hours ago

The Only Way Is Essex star Mario Falcone has revealed that he is on the hunt for "fresh meat".

The reality star - who is returning to the show this series after his suspension over alleged footage showing him snorting cocaine - explained that he will fill the same role when he rejoins the cast.

Speaking to Digital Spy and others in Ibiza, where the cast are filming two special episodes, Falcone said: "I think the show needs the bad boy, and I've grown up a lot, but at the same time I still love women.

"I'm still single. Tom Pearce is the only one that's single as well, so we're probably going to form a little allegiance and just go out on the pull every time. I'm quite looking forward to that."

However, Falcone explained that he doesn't have his eye on anyone just yet, joking: "Most of the »

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Mario Falcone on Towie return, drug scandal: 'I was arrogant before'

18 hours ago

The Only Way Is Essex star Mario Falcone has admitted that he was "arrogant" before his break from the show.

The reality star was forced to sit out the show's last series after a video was published which allegedly showed him snorting cocaine on a night out.

Speaking to Digital Spy and others in Ibiza - where the Towie cast are filming two special episodes - Falcone claimed that the show's bosses had been "really supportive".

"I think actions speak louder than words, and I think they could see that I was in a much better place and I was ready to come back," he said. "My attitude towards the show had changed as well."

Falcone, who explained that legally he cannot discuss the situation in detail, added that the timing of his suspension allowed him to spend time with his nephew Buzz - the son of McBusted's Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna, »

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Gary Lineker denies BBC warned him over expletive Leicester City tweets

19 hours ago

Warning: This article contains language that younger readers are advised to avoid.

Gary Lineker has denied that the BBC has warned him against tweeting expletive messages, and jokingly enforced his point by posting another swear word.

The Match of the Day presenter, who is a lifelong fan of Leicester City, had tweeted during Leicester's momentous 5-3 win over Manchester United on Sunday (September 21): "Bloody hell!" "F**king hell!" and "Shat on Man United!"

The BBC issued a statement on Monday (September 22) to assert that it plans to speak to Lineker about his tweets on the social media platform which imposes no age restrictions on users.

"Gary's is a personal Twitter account but we regularly remind him of his responsibilities around football-based tweets," a spokeswoman added to The Telegraph.

However, Lineker, who has over three million followers on Twitter, later responded to the BBC's statement by tweeting: "As if they're bothered by swearing. »

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Bear Grylls recalls naked proposal while skinny dipping

22 September 2014 10:19 AM, PDT

Bear Grylls has recalled the moment he proposed to his wife while skinny dipping.

The 40-year-old British adventurer told Piers Morgan on his show Life Stories that when he popped the question to now-wife Shara Cannings Knight, who he went on to marry in 2000, he even hid the ring between his bum cheeks.

Describing the romantic (and slightly painful-sounding) moment, the star laughed as he said: "Well I was swimming with no clothes on. I pulled out the ring from my butt cheeks.

"I remember kneeling on the beach like this. She was standing there going, 'What are you doing?' She was in a towel and a massive Atlantic roller came and I went, will you - and it went - took me up the beach."

He continued: "I had all the seaweed and I was spinning around, so I tried it again, and in this sort of moment »

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