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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive continues with improved ratings on ITV

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive's Friday evening (February 27) viewing figures were up on last week's launch numbers.

The second episode in the celebrity survival show was seen by an average audience of 3.03 million (14.1%), which was slightly up on last week's average of 2.91 million (13.6%).

Earlier on in the evening, ITV's Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant was seen by an average audience of 2.83 million (12.9%).

The One Show was once again the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 4.01 million (20.8%) from 7pm on BBC One.

It outperformed the likes of A Question of Sport with 3.2 million (15.5%), Room 101 with 3.13 million (14.5%) and The Musketeers with 2.84 million (13.2%).

BBC One's evening ended with 3.72 million (28.3%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. This week's guests included David Beckham, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman.

Over on BBC Two, Wanted in Paradise kicked things off with 970k (4.9%) at 7pm, followed by 2.02 million »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Voice UK, Ant & Dec

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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: ITV, 7pm

More antics from the cheeky Geordie duo, who are back for the second instalment in this series of their hit variety show.

There's all the usual fun, games, celeb guests and musical performances, plus Richard Madeley teams up with the boys for their latest prank.

The Voice UK: BBC One, 7.15pm

No more button-thwacking, no more spinny chairs - it's time for the Battle Rounds!

Love 'em or loathe 'em, the Battles always provide scenes to remember - but who will survive into the Live Shows?

CSI: Channel 5, 9pm

Saturdays aren't a big night for drama, but Channel 5 continues to serve up all-new episodes of ever-popular Us import CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Tonight's outing 'The Twin Paradox' guest stars Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar as twins - one of whom (or both of which) may be a killer.

The Jonathan Ross Show: ITV, »

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The Voice: Ricky Wilson on cliché bingo, not being a superstar and more

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The Voice UK battles start tonight, so we thought it might be a pretty good idea to have a chat with a certain Mr Ricky Wilson in preparation. We've already brought you his thoughts on all of the acts in his team, but what else did the Kaiser Chiefs frontman have to say?

Read on to find out what Ricky had to say about not being a superstar, playing cliché bingo, feeling guilty about poaching acts who were going to choose another coach, using his charm and much, much more...

1. Ricky didn't pay any attention to whether the other coaches were turning this year.

"This year, it was nothing to do with what anyone else was doing, which it might have been about last year a little bit more. This year, I thought, 'You know what, I'm going to trust myself to know if I like something or not'. I »

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Towie Ep3 preview: Lydia argues with Vas, Arg makes his anticipated return

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Lydia Bright seems to be falling out with half of Essex as she clashes with Vas J Morgan over his comments about her behaviour back in Tenerife in a preview from Sunday night's Towie (March 1).

Lydia argued with Danielle Armstrong during Wednesday's episode, and after an ugly confrontation with Vas, she's letting her emotions get the better of her again when she comes face to face with on/off boyfriend James Argent.

Yes, Arg is back! But Lydia doesn't look too happy about it...

Chloe Sims confides in Danielle about the state of her current relationship with brother Charlie, and things soon become awkward when Vas and Lauren Pope turn up. Danielle hospitably invites them to stay but Chloe's quick to reveal why she thinks Lauren has a problem with her.

First elocution lessons, now badminton - Danielle and boyfriend James Lock try their hand at the traditional British sport. »

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Sir Ian McKellen stars in new Cbbc short directed by children

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Sir Ian McKellen stars in a new short film written and shot by groups of children.

The Twist has been produced as part of the Cbbc show Cinemaniacs, a filmmaking programme for youngsters.

The actor plays the grandfather of Lucy. He tells her he plans to leave on an adventure to the Amazon before their house gets raided by a team of mini-operatives demanding to know where a Usb stick is.

McKellen smuggles it to his granddaughter before being taken away, and she then delivers it to another group of youngsters who say she has helped save millions of people by doing so.

The pair then reunite as McKellen escapes from his captors.

A new clip was released earlier this month of McKellen as a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in new film Mr Holmes. »

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Arsher Ali: I auditioned to play Moriarty on Sherlock

27 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST

Arsher Ali has revealed that he auditioned to play Moriarty on Sherlock.

The actor - who appears in ITV's new drama Arthur & George - told Digital Spy and other press that he got the audition "spectacularly wrong".

"I went up for Moriarty and just got it spectacularly wrong," he said. "I got a callback and I was thinking, 'This is great. It's great that they're thinking Moriarty could be like me - amazing'.

"But I just completely wasn't expecting or didn't cotton on to what Andrew [Scott] eventually did. He's fantastic in it, but that's not how I saw it at all - so I missed that boat."

Ali plays George Edalji in Arthur & George - a real-life figure who was falsely accused of committing a violent crime and found an unexpected champion in Arthur Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes).

The role of good-natured Edalji particularly appealed to him after playing unscrupulous »

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Neighbours 30th anniversary: Special broadcasts planned on Channel 5

27 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST

Channel 5 has revealed plans to celebrate Neighbours' 30th anniversary with a special companion show and repeats of two classic episodes.

Neighbours reaches its milestone on March 18 with a number of big storylines planned to mark the occasion, including the returns of 12 past characters.

As well as the celebrations in the main show, Channel 5 will be airing a one-off special titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which will celebrate the soap's ongoing success and take a look back at some of the most colourful cast members.

Hosted by current Ramsay Street regulars Stefan Dennis and Tim Phillipps (Paul and Daniel Robinson), the programme will bring together a number of the most popular faces past and present - including Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop), Ryan Moloney (Toadie Rebecchi), Mark Little (Joe Mangel), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland) and Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay).

Channel 5 will also be airing the first »

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Former Top Gear presenter Beki Adam to stand as MP

27 February 2015 7:57 AM, PST

Former Top Gear presenter Beki Adam is to stand as an MP at the next election.

Adam is to challenge the Conservatives' Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames as an independent parliamentary candidate, The Argus reports.

The 48-year-old appeared on Top Gear between 1988 and 1990.

In an eventful career, Adam went from presenting the show to leading a drug legalisation protest by selling cannabis cakes from a Brighton coffee shop in 1992, to becoming a Buddhist monk in the late '90s.

She will also compete with Labour candidate Greg Mountain, Ukip's Tony Brothers, Green Miranda Diboll and Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper for the seat.

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson recently criticised a Liverpool newspaper after it published an article condemning him for comments he made about the city.

Watch a clip of Beki Adam presenting Top Gear below: »

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Bring the action! Rita Ora lip-syncs 'Scream & Shout' with Dodge T Dog

27 February 2015 7:26 AM, PST

Well, this is definitely a collaboration we weren't expecting in 2015.

Rita Ora and Cbbc puppet Dodge T Dog have come together to lip-sync 'Scream & Shout'.

After losing out to The Voice UK host Emma Willis in the marshmallow challenge, Ora's forfeit was to take on the will.i.am and Britney Spears hit.

The pair 'brought the action' to their performance, which included energetic moves and even some chest bumping.

"I'm sorry to say this, but I have lost the marshmallow challenge to Emma, and for that I'm going to scream and shout and let it all out," the singer said.

Meanwhile, Ora left little to the imagination with her choice of dress for a post-Oscars party on Sunday (February 22). »

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Clunes on Men Behaving Badly reunion: 'Post-Yewtree, it's unsavoury'

27 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Martin Clunes has played down the possibility of another Men Behaving Badly reunion.

The actor told Digital Spy and other press that any new series would be "unsavoury" now that he and co-star Neil Morrissey are older.

"Men in their '50s being like that... post-Yewtree, it's a little bit unsavoury, isn't it?" he asked.

Despite his reservations, Clunes said it was "really great" to reunite with Morrissey for a Men Behaving Badly sketch to support Channel 4's Stand Up to Cancer.

"It was really funny sitting on a sofa with a can of Stella next to Neil… it was like no time had passed at all," he said.

Morrissey had previously voiced his desire to bring back the sitcom, but suggested that "pinning Martin down" to shoot new episodes was the main obstacle.

"He's found a new answer to that question!" quipped Clunes. "What's [really] stopping us is Neil Morrissey's schedule! »

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Moone Boy series 3: Watch Sky1's imaginary friend prank get real

27 February 2015 6:53 AM, PST

How freaked out would you be if someone's invisible, imaginary friend turned out to be real? Very, we'd say.

Members of the public were tricked into thinking just that in a prank to promote the forthcoming third series of Sky1's Moone Boy.

Moone Boy sees Chris O'Dowd play the imaginary friend of 12-year-old boy Martin Moone (David Rawle).

The third series of the show starts on Monday, March 2 at 9pm on Sky1.

O'Dowd and wife Dawn O'Porter welcomed their first child earlier this year.

Watch a trailer for Moone Boy series three below: »

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Former Gogglebox star Alex Michael auctions date for charity

27 February 2015 5:26 AM, PST

A former Gogglebox star is auctioning off a date with her for charity.

Alex Michael, who appeared on the first four series of the Channel 4 show, is offering a night out with her in Brighton for Raleigh International.

The 24-year-old's family left the show after it emerged that her dad Andrew Michael was standing for Ukip and his political ambitions were deemed a conflict.

Since leaving the show, Alex has worked closely with the charity, raising money by running the Brighton Half Marathon, hosting poker nights and running bake sales.

Speaking to The Argus about her decision to auction off a date, she said: "I started thinking, 'What could I do that no-one else could do?'

"I think it is going to be really good fun. I'm really looking forward to it."

Alex is also planning to travel to India to complete a project with the charity later in the year, »

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Jack Whitehall confirms Bad Education movie set in Cornwall

27 February 2015 4:58 AM, PST

Jack Whitehall has officially announced a Bad Education movie.

A big-screen version of the popular BBC Three comedy was previously reported to be in the works last month, and lead star and writer Whitehall has now confirmed the plans on Twitter.

Very excited to announce that we are making a Bad Education Movie. @Alfie_Wickers and the gang are hitting Cornwall! pic.twitter.com/SvGplGW7v7

Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) February 27, 2015

Bad Education became BBC Three's highest-rated comedy debut when it launched back in 2012.

Is it thought that Entertainment Film Distributors and production company Tiger Aspect Pictures are hoping to follow in the footsteps of other British shows' success on the big screen, such as The Inbetweeners.

Last year, Whitehall pitched Bad Education with the Us television networks, but the project didn't get picked up to series.

Bad Education ran for three series from 2012 to 2014. It also starred Mathew Horne, Sarah Solemani and Michelle Gomez. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Musketeers, 12 Monkeys

27 February 2015 4:00 AM, PST

The Musketeers: BBC One, 9pm

It's an odd fit for Friday nights, but The Musketeers continues to provide rousing adventure fare every single week.

Tonight, the king's cousin Princess Louise (Perdita Wicks) is targeted for assassination - but is there more to this particular crisis than meets the eye?

12 Monkeys: Syfy UK, 9pm

Syfy's TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam's cult sci-fi movie comes to the UK.

Nikita's Aaron Stanford takes on the Bruce Willis role of a time traveller from a dystopian, plague-ravaged future who arrives in the present day.

The Last Leg: Channel 4, 10pm

It's the last in the current series for Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker's irreverent review series.

Joined by comedian Sarah Millican, the trio are looking to offer their own unique insight into some of the most difficult and delicate issues in modern Britain.

The Graham Norton Show: BBC One, »

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Watch Richard Madeley in Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway prank

27 February 2015 3:56 AM, PST

Those pesky tricksters Ant & Dec have been at it again.

This time, Richard Madeley teamed up with the duo for a new Saturday Night Takeaway prank.

The presenter was at the mercy of the pair, repeating every word they said to him through an earpiece for the latest 'I'm A Celebrity…Get Out Of Me Ear!' skit.

A series of photographers, who thought they were shooting for a new calendar, were the unsuspecting audience.

The presenter appeared to be baffled by the concept of the internet, before performing new song 'Clothes You're In' on his piano.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway airs on Saturday (February 28) at 7pm on ITV.

Ant & Dec presented the Brit Awards this week for the first time in 14 years. »

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Martin Clunes keen on Arthur & George sequels: "It'd be fun to revisit"

27 February 2015 3:49 AM, PST

Martin Clunes has revealed that he is keen to reprise the role of Arthur Conan Doyle after ITV's Arthur & George.

Clunes stars as the Sherlock Holmes creator in the three-part drama, based on the true story of Doyle fighting to free an innocent man charged with a violent crime.

"I think it'd be fun to revisit, but who knows?" the actor told Digital Spy and other press. "It's great for television to have returning dramas, we all know that.

"There are other cases that he did look into - when Agatha Christie went missing, he was called in to find her... so there you go!"

Clunes insisted that any possible continuation is "up to ITV", adding: "We would like to - it depends how it performs."

The star also revealed that he "was never a Sherlock Holmes nut", despite being related to actor Jeremy Brett - who played the famous »

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Tfi: Friday anniversary special to air in June, Chris Evans reveals

27 February 2015 3:28 AM, PST

Tfi: Friday will return for a special episode to mark its 20th anniversary later this year, Chris Evans has suggested.

The Channel 4 show will be back for a live 90-minute special on June 12 - at least, that's what Evans hinted at on his Radio 2 breakfast show this week.

"If it were to come back live on C4 on June 12 at 9pm, 90 minutes up from an hour," he teased. "If that were to happen, for example."

Evans has previously revealed that he's interested in reviving the format, telling Zoe Ball last summer that he's "bang up for it'.

However, he pointed out that the 20th anniversary does not actually fall this year, joking that he wanted to do it anyway in the hope that no-one would notice.

Tfi: Friday originally aired on Fridays at 6pm from 1996 to 2000 on Channel 4, although Evans left after five series when he discovered that the »

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BBC iPlayer enjoyed its best month on record in January

27 February 2015 3:02 AM, PST

BBC iPlayer experienced its best month on record in January 2015.

The on-demand service received 343 million requests last month, with TV content seeing record viewership at 264 million.

Mobile and tablet requests accounted for 48% of that figure in January, breaking another record for the platform thanks to a surge in TV and radio customers.

Christmas and New Year specials of EastEnders, Top Gear and Miranda attracted around 2 million customers per episode, while The Voice UK, Silent Witness, Wolf Hall and The Dumping Ground were also popular.

Radio 1's Fearne Cotton Show was the most popular radio show in January, followed closely by the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

Football coverage, The Now Show, The Unbelievable Truth, and new Radio 4 series War and Peace also fared well. »

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Death in Paradise leads Thursday with 6.5m, Cucumber rises to 570,000

27 February 2015 2:51 AM, PST

Death in Paradise continued to perform strongly in the ratings, according to overnight figures for Thursday (February 26).

The BBC One drama was the night's most watched programme with 6.52m (30.1%) at 9pm. Earlier, Diy Sos: The Big Build attracted 4.28m (20.1%) at 8pm.

Question Time was watched by 2.68m (27.3%) at 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, Wanted in Paradise interested 1.04m (5.0%) at 7pm, before The Great British Sewing Bee entertained 2.72m (12.8%), and Reinventing the Royals averaged 1.80m (8.3%) at 9pm. Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe brought in 1.04m (6.2%) at 10pm.

ITV's coverage of Everton's UEFA Europa League tie was watched by 1.82m (8.6%) between 7.45pm and 10.15pm.

Channel 4's Location, Location, Location continued with 1.18m (5.6%) at 8pm (268k/1.2% on +1), while Cucumber rose to 570,000 (2.6%) for its sixth episode at 9pm (109k/0.8%).

Channel 5's Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole attracted 758k (3.6%) at 8pm (105k/0.5%) and Britain's Biggest Primary School was watched by 756k (3.5%) at 9pm (64k/0.4%). The »

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Intruders axed: No second season for John Simm's BBC America series

27 February 2015 1:15 AM, PST

Intruders has been cancelled by the BBC.

Showrunner Glen Morgan confirmed that the John Simm series "will live only in eight episodes" after failing to impress the broadcaster with its performance.

The BBC America and BBC Two co-production stars Simm as Whelan, who has escaped a dark, violent past for a quiet life in the Pacific Northwest.

Morgan tweeted: "Well, Reverti, this life is over. Intruders will live only in 8 episodes. We can't thank those that supported us enough..."

Meanwhile, author Michael Marshall Smith - who wrote the book the series was adapted from - praised Morgan and his team for the 'brilliant' job they did on the series.

He wrote: "It was never a given there would be more - though we did discuss ideas for future arcs - and for a variety of reasons the first season had to out-perform the norm in order to continue. Unfortunately it did not. »

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