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Friends star Maggie Wheeler: 'I wish Janice and Joey had hooked up'

16 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

Friends star Maggie Wheeler has admitted that she is disappointed that Janice never hooked up with Joey (Matt LeBlanc).

During the course of the show, Janice famously had an on-off relationship with Chandler (Matthew Perry) - but also briefly dated Ross (David Schwimmer).

However, Wheeler told Digital Spy that she was hoping for Janice to end up in bed with Joey as well.

"Yes [I'm upset]!" she said. "Absolutely. When Matt LeBlanc had his show Joey, I strongly suggested to the producers that they should bring me on. I think it was her last stone unturned."

Asked what the couple would be like, she replied: "Janice and Joey? Great for her - hell for him!"

Elsewhere, Wheeler admitted that the moment when the audience discovers that Janice has slept with Ross was her favourite surprise entrance.

"The audience had no idea - absolutely no idea - that I was coming," she said. »

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James Jordan in talks for his own reality show with wife Ola

16 September 2014 9:06 AM, PDT

Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan has claimed that he's in talks with Channel 5 and Endemol for his own fly-on-the-wall reality series.

Jordan, who was widely considered by viewers to be the 'villain' in the recent series of Celebrity Big Brother, said that the broadcaster wants to collaborate with him and his wife Ola.

The pro dancer told the Daily Star that the channel wants to work with him again and that he likes the idea of doing a series in the style of Katie Price and Peter Andre's old ITV2 shows.

"Like them, we aren't afraid to let people know who we are. I've always been Marmite but I'm not boring. We are funny," he said.

Jordan took part in Celebrity Big Brother this summer after being axed from the Strictly pro lineup.

He has been involved in a war of words with the BBC dance show ever since, »

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Friends Week: Maggie Wheeler on being Janice

16 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Digital Spy presents Friends Week - seven days of special features celebrating 20 years of the Us sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon.

Ten years since the end of Friends, one voice still sticks in our head - oh my gaaaaaawd. Yep, Janice might not have been one of the Big Six, but she had a huge impact on the show (and on us). We caught up with the woman behind the voice - Maggie Wheeler - to reminisce about Janice, bemoan the fact that Janice and Joey never got together, find out where Janice is now and much more...

What is your favourite Janice episode?

"I have a couple of different favourite moments. First of all, I love the Valentine's episode - I love the moment where she gets so mad at Chandler in the restaurant and she says, 'You could use these in your little puppet theatre of cruelty'. »

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6 mind-blowing Game of Thrones fan theories

16 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT

For Game of Thrones fans, autumn is a terrible time of year.

A new season of episodes are still a long way off, and the only way we can keep ourselves amused in the meantime is watching re-runs or by following Maisie Williams on social media and pretending that Arya Stark really did go to Glastonbury this year.

Who should win Game of Thrones? The cast deliver their verdict.

So what better way to keep ourselves occupied than snooping around for some of the most mind-blowing and bonkers fan theories that the internet has to offer?

Don't keep reading if you're worried about Spoilers, but if you're intrigued about what the show's most hardcore fans think is really going on in the battle for the Iron Throne, we've got six of the most discussed conspiracies below.

George Rr Martin has confessed that some fans have guessed the books' ending correctly, »

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Derek to return for one more special, Ricky Gervais confirms

16 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT

Derek will return for one more special, Ricky Gervais has announced.

The comic actor had previously said that he was considering either a special or a third series, but has now confirmed his plans in a blog post.

Giving fans an update for his David Brent documentary Life on the Road, Gervais said he is currently working on the Derek special.

"I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of two series and a special," he wrote.

Gervais has previously produced two series and a special for both The Office and Extras.

In Derek, Gervais writes, directs and plays the title role in the series, which also stars Kerry Godliman and David Earl.

The comedian will next be seen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb from December 19, while he recently signed up to play »

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Ofcom rejects London Live's local content proposals

16 September 2014 7:04 AM, PDT

London Live's request to alter the timing of local TV output has been denied by Ofcom.

The channel, which launched in March, recently applied to reduce its local content commitments during peak times.

After a public consultation period, Ofcom has rejected the application, arguing that the proposals would "substantially alter" its character.

"Ofcom decided that London Live's application to change its programming would have substantially altered the character of the channel – making it much less local," said an Ofcom spokesperson, following on from a report issued today (September 16).

"The requested changes to the licence were not approved, as they didn't meet three of the four statutory criteria needed for Ofcom to give its consent."

London Live COO Tim Kirkman said that he was disappointed by the decision.

"I am disappointed by this outcome as I believe the changes would have allowed us to produce an even better product for Londoners, »

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Jon Richardson engaged to fellow comedian Lucy Beaumont

16 September 2014 6:44 AM, PDT

Jon Richardson has announced his engagement to fellow comedian Lucy Beaumont.

The 8 Out of 10 Cats star proposed after filming Channel 4's Jon Richardson Grows Up, revealing news of the engagement at the end of last night's episode (September 15).

Speaking on the show about their relationship, Richardson said: "It's odd when we met. You obviously get that instant spark of romance and all that, but then also, with me and Lucy, we were very comfortable together very early."

He continued to say: "I am very lucky. If I'd have read that I met someone and - within a couple of dates - we were going out, and then we went on holiday together, and then she moved in a few months later, I would have scoffed at it."

"Fundamentally I've come back feeling that me and Lucy will probably get married, which - in terms of the view I've held all my life, »

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The X Factor: The 5 best original songs from the show

16 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

After Overload's plucky performance of their happy-go-lucky 'No, No, No' on Sunday's X Factor, we got all nostalgic. We started thinking about all the times an artist has taken the viewer a little bit by surprise and treated us to their own work; shown us little sparks of original songwriting talent in the creative vacuum that can be The X Factor.

Digital Spy looks back at the best five original tracks from over the years, celebrating the acts that had the conviction to eschew the safe, insipid versions of 'One', 'Feeling Good', 'Fast Car' et al and performed original songs on TV's most intimidating, unforgiving talent show.

5. Overload - 'No, No, No'

We've had a few original songs already this year, like party girl Ten Senah's fiery '15 Minutes', but Overload have been an early series highlight, and so 'No, No, No' is straight in at number five. »

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She's 68, he's 36: Age Gap Love returns, and we recap the first episode

16 September 2014 5:21 AM, PDT

Age Gap Love returned to Channel 5 last night (Monday, September 15), introducing a singleton looking for a young whippersnapper, and three couples from the UK and across the pond for our judging viewing pleasure...

Chris and Norma

First up were the seemingly happy and loved-up twosome 36-year-old Chris and his 68-year-old wife Norma, who was so heavily made-up she looked like she'd just been shot in the face with Homer Simpson's make-up gun. But despite all this, Chris somehow managed to look older.

The pair's love story began at a Butlins when Chris was just 18 and Norma 50. Although their relationship was frowned upon by friends and family, the couple married three years later - to "Titanic on the way up and Martine McCutcheon's 'Perfect Moment' on the way down" - and recently renewed their vows after almost two decades together.

We then followed Chris on his quest to become a successful music producer, »

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Cilla: Watch preview of episode 2 of the Sheridan Smith drama

16 September 2014 4:27 AM, PDT

ITV's Cilla launched with huge ratings and critical acclaim last night (September 15), and a first-look preview for the next episode has now been released by the broadcaster.

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

Cilla begins with 6.1 million on ITV

Sheridan Smith stars as Cilla Black in the biopic, which charts the Liverpudlian's rise to fame as a popstar in the swinging '60s.

Episode two will follow Cilla as she rediscovers her confidence, and delves into her relationship with Brian Epstein (Ed Stoppard).

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

Cilla continues on Monday, September 22 at 9pm on ITV.

Watch our interview with Sheridan Smith about playing Cilla below: »

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

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

The Leftovers: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

HBO's provocative look at human loss and grief finally hits our shores tonight, and it's worth the wait. The world of The Leftovers is still coming to terms with the unexplained disappearance of 2% of the global population, and places focus on the residents of a small town in Massachusetts - each affected differently by the disaster.

In this first episode, a memorial service for the lost brings all the simmering tension to the boil. Justin Theroux (above) and Liv Tyler star.

Mount Pleasant: Sky Living, 9pm

The fourth series of the thoroughly British suburban dramedy kicks off tonight. Greg (Adrian Bower) is released from prison after being wrongly implicated in drug dealing, while Lisa (Sally Lindsay) and Dan (Daniel Ryan) struggle to prepare for the birth of their baby after their estranged son Robbie (Daniel Ings) makes a surprising return.

Later Live... with Jools Holland: BBC Two, »

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

16 September 2014 3:50 AM, PDT

Watch Digital Spy's interview with Sheridan Smith about Cilla

ITV's Cilla Black biopic, which starred Sheridan Smith in the title role, launched with bumper ratings last night. Cilla attracted the channel's biggest drama audience launch since a little old show called Broadchurch and it has also won rave reviews.

Smith has been singled out in particular for her incredible performance as the Liverpudlian popstar in the swinging '60s and the only criticism that some viewers seemed to have was that she was too good a singer when she performed as Cilla. High praise indeed. Here is a roundup of the critics and Twitter verdicts:

The Critics:

The Telegraph

"Smith sang her heart out, catching perfectly the bluesy belter within the girl next door, but rather than rushing her to fame, the action unfolded slowly enough to show her falling at the first hurdle as she became crippled with nerves singing for Brian Epstein. »

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Cilla begins with 6.1 million on ITV, E4's Glue attracts 482,000

16 September 2014 2:46 AM, PDT

ITV's Cilla Black biopic topped Monday's (September 15) ratings upon its launch, overnight data reveals.

Sheridan Smith's Cilla attracted an average audience of 6.11 million viewers (27.2%) at 9pm, with an added 558,000 (3.7%) on +1. Earlier, The Undriveables was seen by 2.74m (12.7%) at 8pm (122k/0.5% on +1).

E4's new series Glue launched with 482k (3.2%) at 10pm (133k/1.7%). Earlier, The 100 continued with 681k (3.0%) at 9pm (145k/1.0%).

On BBC One, the Scotland's Decision special interested 2.08m (9.4%) at 8.30pm, while New Tricks dipped further to 4.22m (18.8%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge quizzed 2.55m (11.8%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 1.90m (8.6%) at 8.30pm. Traders: Millions by the Minute gathered 814k (3.6%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food appealed to 1.12m (5.2%) at 8pm (172k/0.8%), while Gadget Man intrigued 1.10m (5.0%) at 8.30pm (135k/0.6%).

Britain's Benefit Tenants interested 1.16m (5.2%) at 9pm (264k/1.7%), followed by Jon Richardson Grows Up with 734k (4.8%) at 10pm (142k/1.8%).

Channel 5's Ultimate Police »

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Doctor Who: See new pictures from Keeley Hawes episode 'Time Heist'

16 September 2014 1:32 AM, PDT

New images for Doctor Who's next episode 'Time Heist' have appeared online.

The episode sees the arrival of Keeley Hawes's Ms Delphox on the BBC sci-fi drama.

Pippa Bennett-Warner also stars as Saibra, alongside Broadchurch actor Jonathan Bailey in the role of Psi.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) come face to face with a creature known as The Teller this week, who is able to detect guilt.

The pair are confronted by Ms Delphox and The Teller in their attempt to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.

Doctor Who continues next Saturday (September 20) on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the Us. Watch our review of 'Listen' below: »

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Friends Week: James Michael Tyler on being Gunther

16 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT

Digital Spy presents Friends Week - seven days of special features celebrating 20 years of the Us sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon.

We're celebrating the anniversary of Friends all week, and outside of the Big Six, one of the show's most prolific characters has to be Gunther. The barista with hair "brighter than the sun", as Rachel put it, won a place in our hearts with his awkward shuffles and unrequited love for Miss Green.

We got the man behind the hair - James Michael Tyler - on the phone for a natter about what it was actually like being in Friends, a shock coffee-related revelation, his best Gunther moments and where he thinks the Central Perk icon is now...

It's 20 years since Friends started and ten since it ended, but do you still get people yelling 'Gunther' at you?

"I live in the area where the Hollywood sign is. »

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Downton Abbey stars on Carson, Mrs Hughes romance: 'It's always lurking'

16 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT

Downton Abbey stars Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan have warned fans not to expect a blossoming romance at the beginning of the fifth series.

The ITV drama's Christmas special saw Carson (Carter) and Mrs Hughes (Logan) enjoying a paddle in the sea together while holding hands, showing the first signs of romance between the pair after four series of near-misses.

When asked if viewers could expect more romantic scenes, Carter told Digital Spy and others: "[Writer] Julian Fellowes is a big tease.

"You're all hoping that having a paddle together is going to lead to more things. It proceeds at a stately pace, we can say no more. It doesn't gallop ahead, but it's always lurking in the background."

Speaking about what he'd like to see more of in the next series, Carter said: "I'd like to see more of the day-to-day life. What do they do with a day off? »

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Gino D'Acampo joins Celebrity Juice, Holly Willoughby on maternity leave

15 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT

Gino D'Acampo is joining Celebrity Juice as a team captain, taking Holly Willoughby's place while she is on maternity leave.

Willoughby, who is expecting her third child, filmed the first show of the new series last week and celebrity chef D'Acampo will take her place from this week.

D'Acampo will compete against rival team captain Fearne Cotton, joined by a different panel of celebrities every week. D'Acampo will lead his team in a series of chaotic challenges, all in a bid to prove who knows the most about the week's celebrity news.

Keith Lemon, who hosts the panel show, said: "Looking forward to having me old pal from Sheffield cover for Holly whilst she's sprouting.

"I don't know how he's going to keep up that fake Italian accent for a whole series but it's going to be 'fantastico' as Gino says, or when he's out of character, 'reet good'! »

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Glue: Who killed Cal? 9 burning questions

15 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

E4's thrilling new murder mystery drama Glue debuted tonight, blending Skins-style teen hedonism with a Broadchurch-esque murder mystery.

It was all sex, drugs and pregnant cows in episode one. Oh, and 14-year-old Caleb Bray was found dead. Murdered. Killed, probably by someone he knew, drowned in mud. Pretty dark stuff.

So who killed Cal? We haven't got a Scooby right now, but we definitely have some questions. 9 big fat ones in fact.

1. What is the significance of the pendant?

We saw Cal wearing it in the grain silo, but it's now in the possession of James. What is its significance? And how did it get into the hands of James?

Did he strangle him with it and steal it? Did he take it from Cal's dead body? Or was it something more innocent?

2. The couple having sex in the van. Who were they?

The pair who witnessed James running »

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Made in Chelsea: New York - Who's been a bad bloke? 22 best bits

15 September 2014 11:19 AM, PDT

We can't believe it's already over! We still have Stars and Stripes bunting in our living room and pretzels in the oven, but the Made in Chelsea trip to New York is now at an end (and no, we're not happy about it). Luckily, it went out in style with a shock hook-up, more Stevie romance drama (who would have guessed?) and plenty of other bits too. Read on for our 22 best bits...

1. The moment when... Lucy took a huge dog for a walk (or rather, he took her for a walk).

Why does Lucy have a dog? We don't know. All we know is that it's strong and it's called Meatloaf. Meatloaf. We want to gobble him up.

2. The moment when... Sam tucked into a giant ice cream sundae.

Eight scoops. Cheesecake underneath. Sauces. The sundae of kings! Sam tucked in ("I really wouldn't do that mate," Louise warned »

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See more stars whipping up support for Children in Need's baking drive

15 September 2014 9:43 AM, PDT

Kimberley Walsh and Kara Tointon are a few of the latest stars to whip up support for the Children in Need baking drive.

Celebrities including Sir Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton recently revealed that they will be taking part in a celebrity baking contest with the BBC to raise money for the UK charity for children and young people.

Each of the aforementioned will back one of the country's best-loved cakes, and ask the public to get behind their team by holding a bake sale with their chosen cake.

Girls Aloud star Walsh, TV and stage actress Tointon, Denise Van Outen and presenter Laura Whitmore have since joined forces to urge the nation to get baking and hold a bake sale to raise funds for the 2014 appeal.

Current West End star Van Outen said: "There really is nothing better than a slice of cake, so come on Britain, »

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