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Honey Badgers practise canoodling and jailbreak in BBC doc - watch

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BBC Two has released preview clips from a new Natural World documentary which airs on the channel tonight (April 18).

Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem explores the lifestyle of the honey badger, who is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most fearless creature in the world.

The first clip sees Stoffel - a honey badger living in a South African sanctuary - making a new friend as he recovers from a lion attack.

Stoffel sets about "canoodling" his fellow honey badger, but it's not long before the mischievous couple conduct a plan to escape from their newly-reinforced pen.

Despite being moved to a new enclosure, built with high concrete walls, the intelligent creature finds sneaky new ways to escape his confinement.

Another preview shows two greedy honey badgers raiding bins at a rubbish dump to try and score some goodies.

The determined pair are not deterred when »

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Meet the honey badger, he's not as cute as he looks - watch

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Despite its cuddly appearance and cute name, the honey badger is one of the most ferocious animals around, as showcased in the preview clips from BBC Two's new documentary on the creature.

Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem explores the lifestyle of the honey badger, who is shown causing chaos in a trailer for the programme, which airs tonight (April 18) at 9pm.

The promo shows a honey badger named Stoffel break in to the home of Brian Jones, who runs a South African Sanctuary for injured wildlife.

The creature proceeds to raid Brian's fridge where he helps himself to a snack. When Stoffel is discovered he finally takes his leave, but not before urinating on the family's dining room floor.

In a further clip, we are introduced to the honey badger's ferocious personality, as the animal goes up against hyenas, lions and snakes.

One local says of the honey badger »

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Britain's Got Talent: Schoolboy James Smith's audition wows judges - watch

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A new clip from this weekend's Britain's Got Talent shows a schoolboy wowing both the judges and audience.

15-year old singer James Smith took to the stage to perform an acoustic version of Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good'.

His performance landed him well-deserved cheers from the audience, as well as Ant and Dec who clap enthusiastically as Smith starts to sing.

The audition left Simon Cowell smiling, while judge Amanda Holden mouthed "I love him".

Britain's Got Talent airs on Saturday (April 19) at 8.20pm on ITV. »

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Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston

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Idris Elba's girlfriend Naiyana Garth has given birth to a baby boy.

The actor took to Twitter to announce the arrival of his son Winston who was born yesterday (April 17).

My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing :-) pic.twitter.com/MrSEQPZo4z

Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 18, 2014

Winston is Elba's second child, as he already has an 11-year-old daughter Isan from his previous marriage.

Elba was recently confirmed for this year's Glastonbury festival.

He will head to Worthy Farm for the annual three-day music event when it returns over the weekend of June 27 to 29. »

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Britain's Got Talent: Simon Cowell scared by Bold Dogs audition - watch

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A motocross display team called Bold Dogs leave the judges fearful in a new clip from Britain's Got Talent.

The act performed a variety of dangerous stunts on motorbikes outside the arena in the hope of impressing the judges with their unique audition.

The team jumped, flipped and did handstands on their motorbike handlebars as judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams look on with a mix of amazement and fear.

Their stunts were so extreme and dangerous, that it caused Simon to shield his eyes at one point, while Alesha said the act's performance was "amazing".

Britain's Got More Talent airs on Saturday (April 19) at 8.20pm on ITV. »

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Ricky Gervais's Derek: Tom Hughes stars in new trailer

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Ricky Gervais has unveiled a new trailer for Derek.

Tom Hughes features as London Zoo employee in the new clip, who attracts the attention of Vicky (Holli Dempsey).

Post by Ricky Gervais.

Derek will return to Channel 4 on Wednesday April 23 and will be available to Us viewers on Netflix a month later.

Gervais plays a dedicated volunteer at a nursing home in the comedic drama.

Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl return in series two, while comedian Joe Wilkinson also joins the cast. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Trip to Italy, Nurse Jackie

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Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith: Watch, 5pm

This Good Friday, remember Matt Smith's four-year stint as the 11th Doctor on the BBC family sci-fi show. Various clips and interviews, mostly from past behind-the-scenes editions, but with some new excerpts, recall Matt Smith's adventures with Amy, Rory, and Clara. Alex Kingston narrates, as cast, crew and celebrities offer their opinion on the most recent Doctor, and the show's future with Peter Capaldi. Contributors include showrunner Steven Moffat, and co-stars Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Jenna Coleman.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Channel 4, 8pm

Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett return to help Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team after they are attacked by Mike Peterson, reborn as Deathlok. The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D have been tasked with tracking down the Clairvoyant, a bitter enemy of the agency, »

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BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back

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BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20).

But which shows from those five decades on air were given short shrift? Did your favourite drama or comedy not get a fair shake?

BBC Two is 50: Share your memories and thoughts

Other channels have plundered BBC Two's back catalogue with results ranging from the sublime - Sky's Alan Partridge revival - to the disastrous - Gold's Yes, Prime Minister rehash.

But with just two days to go until Two hits 5-0, here's five more shows - from the '60s to the '00s - that deserve another shot.

The Likely Lads (1964-66)

"Oh, what happened to you? Whatever happened to me?" - Yes, its more distinguished follow-up Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? might have graduated to BBC One, but its 1960s predecessor was a BBC Two staple. »

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Martin Freeman on Sherlock series 4: "Piss or get off the pot"

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Martin Freeman has admitted that scheduling a fourth series of Sherlock is proving "hard to do".

The John Watson actor - soon to play Richard III on the West End - told Digital Spy that initial plans to work on new episodes following his theatrical run have now been scrapped.

"It's very hard to get together," he said. "But it's one of those things where you have to at some point just go, 'We're going to do it now' - otherwise we could be having this conversation in three years.

He added: "There comes a point where you've got to piss or get off the pot."

Martin Freeman on reinventing Fargo: 'I never thought about the film'

Freeman recently stated that he is not interested in the long-term television roles offered up by Us television, but told DS that he is happy to stick with Sherlock for the foreseeable future. »

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MasterChef climbs to 4.6 million on Thursday

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MasterChef climbed in the ratings on Thursday evening, according to overnight data.

The BBC One cooking series was seen by 4.6m (21.9%) at 8pm, up 300,000 from last week.

Later, new series Parking Mad brought in 4.3m (20.6%) at 9pm. A repeat of BBC Three documentary Life and Death Row appealed to 1.9m (15.5%).

On BBC Two, Great British Menu attracted 1.9m (9.8%) at 7.30pm, followed by Digby Jones: The New Troubleshooter with 869k (4.1%) at 8pm and Protecting Our Parents at 9pm with 749k (3.6%).

ITV's Ade at Sea interested 2.6m (12.5%) at 8.30pm (155k/0.7% on +1), followed by Walton Sextuplets at 30 with 2.9m (14.1%) at 9pm (235k/1.4%).

On Channel 4, Posh Pawn intrigued 1.4m (6.8%) at 8pm (215k/1.0%). 15,000 Kids and Counting brought in 925k (4.4%) at 9pm (210k/1.3%), while 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown amused 1.10m (6.8%) at 10pm (151k/1.6%).

Channel 5's Beware Cowboy Builders was seen by 702k (3.3%) at 8pm, while Driven to Kill: Harold Shipman gathered 897k (4.3%) at »

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Friday, April 18 - Toy Story, Harry Potter, more

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The Dirty Dozen - 2.15pm, Channel 5

This classic Hollywood war film directed by Robert Aldrich follows a WWII major who must lead a suicide mission into enemy territory with a motley band of violent criminals.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - 2.45pm, ITV

The first of the Harry Potter films and the most child-friendly sees the schoolboy discover he is a wizard, and set off for an adventure at Hogwarts, full of fun, fantasy and magic special effects.

Beetlejuice - 7pm, 5*

One of Tim Burton's first films, and he already had his kooky gothic comedy vibe sorted. Michael Keaton stars as the hellish phantom who must exorcise a living couple from the home of two fellow ghosts.

Toy Story - 8.30pm, BBC Three

The excellent first film from Pixar that paved the way for hit after hit from the animation company, and a movie trilogy that actually maintains its quality. »

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Ricky Gervais: I'm responsible for rise in cynical, ironic comedy

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Ricky Gervais has admitted that he feels responsible for a rise in 'cynical' comedy shows.

The comic explained that he has tried to leave "cynicism and irony" behind with his Channel 4 series Derek.

"I think what makes Derek a different type of sitcom - if it is even a sitcom - is the sincerity," he said.

"Certainly in the last few years - and I'm responsible for a lot of it - there's been this comedy of cynicism and irony and I've tried to leave that behind."

Gervais compared the modern comedy landscape to "a student's bedroom" with "ironic" posters.

"Just say what you do like!" he urged. "I think people are afraid to do that."

The second series of Derek begins April 23 on Channel 4 and will be available to Us residents via Netflix from May 30. »

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Jessica Brown Findlay talks Jamaica Inn: 'I worried I'd offend people'

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Jessica Brown Findlay has admitted that she feared "annoy[ing] half the country" with her new role in BBC One's Jamaica Inn.

The Downton Abbey actress adopts a Cornish accent to play heroine Mary in the three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel.

"It was hard at first, because it's an accent you don't hear that often," Brown Findlay said. "If it's American, you're bombarded by certain sounds all the time.

"But [with this] you think, 'God, how does it actually sound?' -- apart from going offensive country farmer and just annoy[ing] half the country? I don't want to do that.

"You can forget about that when you're on set and [the accent] just sort of happens - not to say it's perfect."

Jamaica Inn also stars Matthew McNulty (Misfits), Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and recent BAFTA nominee Sean Harris.

"He's extraordinary," Brown Findlay said of Harris, who plays Mary's menacing uncle Joss. »

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Game of Thrones, Fargo, Got Talent: What to watch over Easter

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With a four-day Easter weekend ahead, you're going to need some great telly to keep the family entertained, and thankfully there's bucket-loads of great programmes to choose from.

So let us, along with our friends at Now TV, pick out the best Easter entertainment to watch on the box this weekend.

1. Game of Thrones

Where: Sky Atlantic on Now TV

When: Monday nights at 9pm - Series 1-3 box set available now

It's the most talked-about show in the world right now, and after the jaw-dropping Omg-ending to series four's second episode, anticipation couldn't be any higher for the next instalment of action from Westeros. And if you haven't seen it already, you can catch up on every episode from the beginning on Now TV.

The fall-out from the Purple Wedding looks set to dominate the remainder of series four, but don't be surprised if there are a few more »

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Martin Freeman on reinventing Fargo: 'I never thought about the film'

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Rapturously received by critics at the time and the recipient of many awards – including two Oscars – the Coen brothers' 1996 picture Fargo is now widely regarded as a modern classic.

So the news that Us cable channel FX had commissioned a new television series inspired by the movie was met with skepticism in some quarters – even the show's star Martin Freeman admits he had reservations.

"I think my initial reaction was probably the same as most people's initial reaction, which is – oh, how's that going to work?"

But Fargo the series is a different beast than the film, Freeman insists, using the Coens' work as "a jumping-off point" to explore new characters – including his own downtrodden insurance salesman Lester Nygaard.

"There was never a moment in five months of shooting where I thought about the film," the actor claims. "I'm hoping that people who like the film will be able to let us into their lives, »

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Sherlock, Poirot: Who is the UK's favourite detective?

17 April 2014 11:11 AM, PDT

The British public's top ten favourite TV detectives have been revealed.

Britain's Favourite Detectives - a celebration of the UK's greatest fictional crime solvers - will air on Saturday, April 19 on Channel 5.

Benedict Cumbarbatch's dashing Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's intellectual Hercule Poirot and Life on Mars double-act Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) are among the top 'tecs featured.

Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 9.25pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which detective has claimed the top spot.

The top ten list is as follows...

Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)

Miss Marple (Marple)

Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Inspector Morse (Morse)

Di Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)

Di Frost (A Touch of Frost)

Sam Tyler & Gene Hunt (Life on Mars)

Hercule Poirot (Poirot)

Dci Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)

Detective Columbo (Columbo)

Britain's Favourite »

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BBC Three unveils new In the Flesh trailer series 2 - watch

17 April 2014 9:55 AM, PDT

BBC Three has unveiled a new trailer promoting the second series of In the Flesh.

It was announced last year that a second run of the zombie drama had been commissioned, with it due to air in the first week of May.

The trailer shows Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) struggling to pick a side, with the voiceover at the end of the trailer adding: "Choosing a side will tear him apart."

Dominic Mitchell's zombie saga will pick up nine months after the devastating events of the first series, with Pds sufferer Kieren desperate to escape his hometown of Roarton.

The new series will comprise six parts, with the show's creator Mitchell hinting that it will expand on the mythology introduced in the first series.

"With the first series, we had three hours, so it was good to be self-contained," the writer explained. "I wanted to explore the mythology more »

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Steve Jones, Lisa Snowdon host new Waitrose TV show

17 April 2014 8:20 AM, PDT

Steve Jones and Lisa Snowdon will be the hosts of Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Channel 4's new flagship Saturday morning TV show.

A lifestyle and cookery programme, the series has been given 12 episodes and will launch on April 26 at 9am.

Guests confirmed to take part include top chefs Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Jnr, John Torode and Angela Harnett.

Each week the chefs will cook up dishes using Waitrose's seasonal ingredients, and Jones and Snowdon will chat with celebrity guests.

Waitrose will promote the show via in-store promotions and their own publications.

Nick Bullen from producers Spun Gold said: "We're excited to embark on this new project with Waitrose, extending our relationship with the brand to produce their first ever television programme.

"We have been working with Waitrose for some time and, together with Channel 4, we have created a show which takes the Waitrose brand into a whole new arena. »

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Derek series 2: Watch new clip from Ricky Gervais comedy

17 April 2014 7:44 AM, PDT

Digital Spy has an exclusive clip from Derek series two.

In the second run's opening scene, Derek (Ricky Gervais) encounters his nemesis - a giant spider - and calls on his pal Dougie (Karl Pilkington) for help.

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Kerry Godliman and David Earl also reprise their roles in the new series, which follows 2012's pilot and a six-part run in 2013.

Derek was recommissioned by Channel 4 back in March last year, with Channel 4's Head of Comedy Phil Clarke calling the show "brave, funny and touching".

"Derek is probably my favourite thing of everything I've done, so I can't wait to start thinking up some new adventures for the gang," Gervais added.

The second series of Derek begins April 23 on Channel 4, and will be available to Us residents via Netflix from May 30. »

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Babylon begins shooting six-part series for Channel 4

17 April 2014 7:21 AM, PDT

Shooting has begun on a six-part series of Babylon for Channel 4 in and around London.

The pilot for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's show aired in February, and the series will return this autumn.

Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Adam Deacon, Jill Halfpenny, Jonny Sweet and Nicola Walker return as staff in a modern metropolitan police force, having to deal with both criminals and the press.

Jon S Baird (Filth) directs the first three episodes of the series and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother the Devil) heads episodes 4-6.

Jon Brown (Misfits, Fresh Meat) will co-write two episodes of the show. Each episode is 60 minutes long.

Babylon is created and exec produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things), Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and produced by Jones and Derrin Schlesinger (This Is England '86, Four Lions, Southcliffe).

Boyle directed the pilot episode of the show. »

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