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Tumble watched by slightly increased audience of 3.31 million

24 August 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's Tumble was seen by an average audience of 3.31 million (21%) on Saturday evening (August 23).

The BBC gymnastics show narrowly improved on last week's average of 3.30 million, as Emma Samms became the second celebrity to exit the show.

As previously reported, the return of Doctor Who was the highest-rated show of the evening by some distance, entertaining 6.79 million (32.5%) at 7.50pm.

The feature-length episode, which marked the full debut of Peter Capaldi as the new Time Lord, peaked with an audience of 6.96 million at 8.45pm.

It was followed by 4.20 million (21.4%) for Casualty at 9.10pm, while Match of the Day rounded off the evening with 3.47 million (26.6%).

Tipping Point was seen by 3.12 million (15.6%) over on ITV, while All Star Family Fortunes played to 2.81 million (13.7%).

Celebrity Big Brother continued to do well for Channel 5, with 1.43 million tuning in to the latest episode.

Channel 5's evening began with 791k (4.4%) for The Abba Years at 7.10pm, »

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BBC One's Tumble increases audience for first elimination

17 August 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's Tumble grew on its debut audience last night (August 16), according to overnight figures.

The celebrity gymnastics show was watched by an average of 3.30m (20.2%) across its 90-minute time slot, a small increase on the 3.16m who watched the first episode.

The episode, which saw presenter Andrea McLean become the first celebrity eliminated, peaked with 4.13m (23.3%).

However, a Mrs Brown's Boys repeat won the day with its 4.80m (26.6%) average audience share. Sandwiched between the reality series and comedy, The National Lottery: Break the Safe secured an average audience of 3.44m (19.2%) between 8pm and 9pm.

Over on ITV, Ben Shephard-fronted gameshow Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, showing a week-on-week increase with 3.06m (17.3%) in its hour-long slot from 7.45pm. It was followed by All Star Family Fortunes which was enjoyed by 2.76m (14.4%). Earlier in the evening, You've Been Framed and Famous! attracted 2.32m (14.3%).

BBC Two's athletics coverage from »

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Ian Lavender: 'Dad's Army cost me a career in the movies'

6 August 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ian Lavender was 22 when he was cast as mummy's boy Private Pike in Dad's Army. It was a role that would come to haunt his career, stopping him from getting meatier parts. His one-man Edinburgh show explains all

The artist formerly known as Stupid Boy arrives for lunch in a convertible Mini, Suffolk's summer breeze wafting through his white hair and beard as he pulls up outside the pub. Ian Lavender, 68, is most famous for playing Frank Pike, the mollycoddled private in Dad's Army. This mummy's boy, along with a bunch of doddery gents, may have constituted Blighty's laughable last line of defence against Nazi invasion, but there is nothing wimpish about Lavender's handshake. You could even call it virile.

Virile but with a sense of mortality. "I know," Lavender says, as he flicks a wasp away from his half of cider, "that that car is the last knockings of a late midlife crisis. »

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Melvyn Bragg's Radical Lives review a Chaucerian delight

3 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The chronicle of radical priest John Ball and his battle to aid the working classes against the Church of England and the state brought viewers back to the 14th century

In a weekend where the TV schedules were still full of Commonwealth Games action and summer limbo repeats of You've Been Framed! and Dad's Army, the first of Melvyn Bragg's Radical Lives (BBC2) stood out. It was a refreshingly simple, Bragg-to-basics hour of television. Who needs elaborate CGI recreations or fancy graphics when you can film a nice field in England? Why bother hiring actors to bring everything to life when you can just point a camera at Bragg and let his enthusiasm carry us back to the 14th century? He was in his element, walking and talking around Essex, Kent and London to tell the story of John Ball, the subversive "hedge priest" whose radical interpretation of the »

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Brazil v Netherlands World Cup match peaks at 9 million on ITV

13 July 2014 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The World Cup game between Brazil and the Netherlands was caught by more than 9 million viewers on ITV yesterday (July 12), according to overnight figures.

The third place playoff - in which the Dutch convincingly beat the hosts 3-0 - averaged 7.3m (38.3%) from 8.30pm, but peaked towards the end of the match, as 9.09m (48.2%) tuned in at 10.30pm.

On BBC One, Casualty took 3.82m (19.2%) from 8.30pm. Later, an airing of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film was watched by 1.54m (9.5%).

BBC Two's Dad's Army had 1.43m (7.5%) viewers from 8.30pm before The Men Who Made Us Spend had 868k (4.2%).

On Channel 4, Grand Designs appealed to 810k (4.5%) from 8pm. Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, entertained 818k (4.2%) afterwards.

The latest Big Brother was seen by 872k (4.2%) on Channel 5 from 9pm.

Preceding it was MH370: The Flight That Vanished with 596k (3.3%). 10pm's The Trial of Gillian Taylforth »

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My favourite TV show: Dad's Army

13 May 2014 5:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dad's Army's ironising approach to national identity made me fall for Britain in a way that only Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony has done since

Dad's Army didn't play well with late 1960s' focus groups. When I interviewed the sitcom's co-creator Jimmy Perry a few years ago, he recalled: "One woman said: 'Haven't we had enough of this old wartime rubbish? And the bald-headed idiot [the great Arthur Lowe] doesn't know his lines!'"

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- Stuart Jeffries

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The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure; Dad's Army; Generation War TV review

11 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Comedy Vaults held a few gems and a lot of stuff that should stay locked away

There was once an ill-conceived chat show called Wrinklies about old people who had led interesting lives. Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum co-creator Jimmy Perry was to host it but, Perry told me once, he had a problem with his guests: "They kept dying before I got to them." The concept was, as Private Frazer would say, doomed.

Nowadays, what with CGI technology and the voguishness of zombie dramas, a chat show guest's death need not be an insuperable problem. Jonathan Ross could introduce a computer-generated Les Dawson to play bad piano. Graham Norton could probe a reanimated Groucho Marx about his new movie until the comedy genius really wished he wasn't undead. Don't give me that pious look you know you'd watch them.

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- Stuart Jeffries

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 draws 8.8m on BBC One

11 May 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Eurovision Song Contest was watched by nearly 9 million viewers on BBC One last night (May 10), according to overnight data.

An average of 8.79m (41.9%) - up from 2013's figure of 7.7m - saw Austria's Conchita Wurst beat the Netherlands' The Common Linnets to be crowned champion.

On ITV, Britain's Got Talent continued with 8.68m (41.1%) from 7pm, with an additional 710k (3.2%) on +1. Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2 managed 1.34m (6.1%) afterwards.

Meanwhile, ITV's Amazing Greys attracted 2.05m (9.3%) in the 8pm hour.

Over on BBC Two, Flog It! and Dad's Army managed 1.02m (4.8%) and 1.45m (6.7%) respectively.

They were followed by A Culture Show Special from 8.30pm (352k/1.6%) and Generation War: Our Mothers, Our Fathers at 9.30pm (810k/3.9%).

Channel 4 showed The Day the Earth Stood Still from 7.05pm (720k/3.3%) and Man on a Ledge from 9pm (1.31m/6.1%).

Meanwhile, Channel 5 aired The Battle of Britain, which averaged 847k (3.8%).

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Nighy, Jones Join "Dad's Army" Movie

29 April 2014 1:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones are set to lead the cast of a movie adaptation of the classic 1970s BBC sitcom "Dad's Army".

Set in a fictional south-coast English town in 1940, the original comedy ran for nine series and followed the farcical exploits of a Home Guard platoon, a group of local volunteers ruled ineligible for military service due to advanced age or extenuating circumstances.

This platoon would be on the front line in the event of an invasion across the English Channel, but the series mostly got mileage out of its cast of eccentric characters.

In the film version, Jones will play the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, Nighy is set as the dry Sergeant Wilson. "Johnny English Reborn" director Oliver Parker and scribe Hamish McColl will serve in the same capacities on this film, while Damian Jones ("The Iron Lady") will produce.

The original series placed fourth in »

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Dad's Army to be adapted into film which other sitcoms should be turned into films?

28 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With the news that Dad's Army is to be remade as a film starring Bill Nighy and Toby Jones, we take a look at which TV classics should get the big screen treatment

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

Much loved BBC sitcom Dad's Army is to be brought to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy starring as Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson. The film is to be directed by Oliver Parker, responsible for Johnny English Reborn and the St Trinians remake, and original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry is on board as a producer.

Reaction to the news has not been universally positive among Guardian readers:

Nighy and Jones are excellent performers, but no-one will better the chemistry between the original cast members of Dad's Army.

Why remake something which is already perfect? It's like rewriting Hamlet!

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

28 April 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Fondly remembered sitcom set during the second world war to feature Nighy and Jones in roles made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

A film adaptation of classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army is coming to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for lead roles, reports the Sunday Times.

Jones is due to take Arthur Lowe's role as the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, with Nighy as the dry and taciturn Sergeant Wilson. The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has overseen fare such as spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn and 2007's St Trinians remake. The script is by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

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- Ben Child

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones set to star in big-screen Dad's Army

28 April 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fondly remembered sitcom set during the second world war to feature Nighy and Jones in roles made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier

A film adaptation of classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army is coming to the big screen with Toby Jones and Bill Nighy set for lead roles, reports the Sunday Times.

Jones is due to take Arthur Lowe's role as the pompous and diminutive Captain Mainwaring, with Nighy as the dry and taciturn Sergeant Wilson. The film will be directed by Oliver Parker, who has overseen fare such as spy spoof sequel Johnny English Reborn and 2007's St Trinians remake. The script is by Hamish McColl, who wrote Johnny English Reborn and Mr Bean's Holiday.

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- Ben Child

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Dad's Army to be made into (another) movie

27 April 2014 10:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 28 Apr 2014 - 06:38

Bill Nighy and Toby Jones are being lined up for a new take on Dad's Army...

A new modern day take on Dad's Army is heading to cinemas, it's been revealed. The news broke over the weekend that Jimmy Perry, the creator of the show (along with the late David Croft), has agreed to the project, with the Telegraph reporting that it's "on the condition he doesn't have to do anything".

Toby Jones is being lined up to take on the role of Captain Mainwaring in the film, with Bill Nighy set to play Sergeant Wilson. The pair inherit roles originally played by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

Damian Jones is to produce the film, although we don't know yet who's writing and directing it. More as we hear it...

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Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson

27 April 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A new feature film for Dad's Army starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy has been announced.

Jones will play Captain George Mainwaring - a role which belonged to Arthur Lowe in the original BBC comedy - while Nighy will take on Sergeant Arthur Wilson, made famous by John Le Mesurier.

The film will be produced by original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry and BAFTA-winning Damian Jones, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Damian, who has worked on Adulthood and The Iron Lady, praised the "universal appeal" of the franchise.

The plot will remain faithful to the show, with Captain Mainwaring commanding a makeshift troop of soldiers and defending his hometown against the invading German army.

80 episodes of the comedy were aired between 1968 to 1977, while a feature film also launched in 1971.

Toby Jones has featured in the Hunger Games series as Claudius Templesmith, as well as ITV's Titanic miniseries and 2006 film Infamous.

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Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson

27 April 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new feature film for Dad's Army starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy has been announced.

Jones will play Captain George Mainwaring - a role which belonged to Arthur Lowe in the original BBC comedy - while Nighy will take on Sergeant Arthur Wilson, made famous by John Le Mesurier.

The film will be produced by original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry and BAFTA-winning Damian Jones, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Damian, who has worked on Adulthood and The Iron Lady, praised the "universal appeal" of the franchise.

The plot will remain faithful to the show, with Captain Mainwaring commanding a makeshift troop of soldiers and defending his hometown against the invading German army.

80 episodes of the comedy were aired between 1968 to 1977, while a feature film also launched in 1971.

Toby Jones has featured in the Hunger Games series as Claudius Templesmith, as well as ITV's Titanic miniseries and 2006 film Infamous.

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Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton & Tom Baker

8 April 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 9 Apr 2014 - 07:00

In the next part of his series, Alex talks us through the film careers of the second and fourth Doctors, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker...

Read Alex's retrospective on the film careers of William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, here.

Like their fellow Time Lord actors, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker also shared certain genres of film. Both appeared, before and after their time as the Doctor, in horror movies and both worked on Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.

Patrick George Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London on March 25th 1920. He made his film debut aged 28 in the 1948 B-Movie The Escape. Troughton's was a very minor role. Among the better known cast was William Hartnell, though even Hartnell's role was small and the two didn't share any scenes together. From the late Forties, Troughton found more success on the small screen, »

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The Voice UK final tops Saturday ratings for BBC One with 6.6 million

6 April 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK final topped Saturday night ratings with 6.6 million viewers last night (April 5), according to overnight data.

30.7% of the audience share tuned in from 7pm to see the four finalists battling it out for the show's prize of a recording contract, which was eventually won by will.i.am's protégé Jermain Jackman.

Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway also wrapped up its current series, pulling in 5.74m (26.7%) when it aired at 7pm. An additional 288k caught the episode on +1.

Back on BBC One, 4.93m (24%) watched Kian Egan perform on The National Lottery Live at 9.05pm, followed by long-running medical drama Casualty which pulled in 4.9m (24.6%).

BBC Two's Dad's Army entertained 1.67m (7.64%) at 7.30pm, while The Plantagenets informed 1.14m (5.25%) at 8pm. 1.96m (9.78%) caught up with the latest Formula 1 action at the Bahrain Grand Prix at 9pm.

Phillip Schofield's The Cube attracted 3.33m (15.8%) on ITV at 8.25pm, »

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The Voice in series low but edges Ant & Dec with 5.94m

30 March 2014 3:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK suffered a series low but still won the night ahead of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, according to overnight data.

The live semi-final, which saw the contestants perform with their coaches, averaged 5.94m (28.3%) from 7pm to 9.10pm on BBC One, dropping below 6m for the first time this series.

ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway edged The Voice head to head live in the 7pm hour but was second best overall, managing 5.84m (27.4%). An additional 347k tuned in on +1.

Afterwards on ITV, The Cube appealed to 3.65m (18.1%), while 9.25pm's Law & Order UK took 1.24m (7%).

The latest instalment of BBC One's Casualty drew 4.99m (27.4%) from 9.20pm.

On BBC Two, Dad's Army and The Perfect Morecambe and Wise attracted 1.76m (8.2%) and 1.39m (6.5%) respectively, before a repeat of The Plantagenets grabbed 1.02m (5.1%) from 8.30pm.

Channel 4's Hostages was watched by 483k (2.3%) from 8pm. It was followed by an airing »

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The Voice first live show tops Saturday ratings with 6.21m on BBC One

23 March 2014 4:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK topped the ratings for its first live show of the current series, according to overnight data.

An average of 6.21 million (27.6%) tuned in to the quarter-finals of the BBC One singing competition from 6.45pm.

After a short break for the National Lottery, the show returned to announce the results of the public vote at 8.50pm, with 5.89m (27.6%) watching as four contestants were eliminated.

Afterwards on BBC One, Casualty's latest episode brought in 5.61m (29%) at 9.25pm.

On BBC Two, Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story attracted 1.43m at 6.40pm, followed by an episode of the wartime sitcom at 7.30pm which entertained 1.75m (7.6%).

The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued with 1.39m (6.1%) at 8pm, while history documentary The Plantagenets interested 1.16m (5.48%) at 8.30pm.

Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway continued to impress with 6.17m (26.9%) tuning in at 7pm, as well as an added 316k (1.4%) an hour later on ITV+1.

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The Voice UK peaks at 7.7 million for first knockout round episode

16 March 2014 4:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK topped Saturday primetime ratings once again last night (March 15) with an average of 6.7 million viewers and 29.2% of the audience share from 7.25pm, according to overnight data.

The BBC One show's first episode of knockouts peaked at 7.7m, marking an average increase of 1m more viewers than last year's equivalent instalment.

The singing programme was followed by National Lottery: Who Dares Wins with 4.77m (23.5%) at 8.40pm, while 5.17m (27.6%) tuned in to the latest episode of medical drama Casualty at 9.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army attracted the channel's biggest ratings of the evening with 1.7m (7.25%) watching the wartime sitcom at 7.30pm.

The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued at 8pm with 1.41m (6.18%), while an episode of Qi quizzed 1.29m (6.74%) at 9.30pm.

ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway held steady in the ratings with 6.5m (28.68%) tuning in to see the Geordie duo prank Holly Willoughby on the set of Surprise Surprise from 7pm. »

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