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18 items from 2014


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, »

- louisamellor

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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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Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander on Rev - the sitcom that has them rolling in the pews

14 March 2014 11:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With none of the otherworldly airs or whisky-soaked vices of stereotyped TV priests, this thoughtful comedy shows the day-to-day reality of a religious calling: 'It's f***ing hard!'

"It was important to us that the priest is not represented as a complete idiot in the show," says Tom Hollander. He's sitting in the over-salubriously wallpapered surroundings of a Soho private members club alongside co-star and on-screen wife Olivia Colman. But they're here to talk about Rev, the thoughtful, slightly careworn sitcom that's returning for a welcome third series. "In previous incarnations," he continues, "whether it was Derek Nimmo or Rowan Atkinson or Father Ted, the priest or vicar is a bit of a twat. Adam Smallbone is the hero, with a very small 'h', of Rev. It's the people around him who are the oddballs."

The Reverend Adam Smallbone is fundamentally decent, but with none of the otherworldly airs of the stereotyped cleric. »

- David Stubbs

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Saturday Night Takeaway catches up but The Voice still tops ratings

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

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway pulled in its highest ratings of the current series so far last night (March 8), according to overnight data.

The third episode of the current 11th series attracted 6.65 million viewers and 28.89% of the audience share when it aired at 7pm on ITV. It gained an additional 356k (1.56%) on +1.

The long-running entertainment show was just 50,000 viewers behind the reigning ratings champion The Voice UK, which once again topped Saturday night's live viewing figures.

The BBC One show pulled in 6.7m (29.3%) as contestants faced off for the second bout of battle rounds at 7pm.

Casualty followed at 9.20pm with 5.03m (24%), while 3.49m (25.9%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army entertained 1.38m (6.01%) at 8.15pm, followed by The Perfect Morecambe & Wise with 1.42m (6.26%) at 8.45pm. War drama 37 Days concluded with 1.27m (6.06%) at 9.15pm.

Back to ITV, Phillip Schofield's The Cube »

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The Voice UK pulls in 6.95 million for Battle Rounds

2 March 2014 3:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK continued to top Saturday ratings last night (March 1), as 6.95 million tuned in to the first instalment of Battle Rounds at 7pm.

According to overnight data, 30.4% of the audience share watched the remaining contestants go head-to-head as the coaches were joined by guest mentors Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Dante Santiago, Leah McFall and Jake Shears.

In the same timeslot on ITV, 6.4m (27.79%) tuned in to watch the latest episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. This week's episode saw the duo go undercover to prank Gordon Ramsay. A further 456,000 (2.01%) watched an hour later on ITV+1.

Back on BBC One, medical drama Casualty entertained 5.15m (25.15%) at 9.20pm, while 4.14m (29.43%) watched the football highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30pm.

BBC Two's biggest ratings of the evening came from classic sitcom Dad's Army, which attracted 1.95m (6.89%) at 7.15pm.

New series The Perfect Morcambe & Wise launched with 1.33m (5.72%) at 7.45pm, »

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BBC2 gets boost from Winter Olympics but faces testing times ahead

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel turns 50 in April and is set to lose its controller Janice Hadlow, as well as its biggest hit The Great British Bake Off

Basking in the reflected success of Team Gb at the Winter Olympics, BBC2 is on a roll. Home to the BBC's coverage of the Sochi Games, Great Britain's medal haul helped double the channel's all-day share of the audience, eclipsing its far bigger commercial rival, ITV, for two weekends running.

But when the Games end, the questions will begin for BBC2, which was in effect cut in half last year after almost its entire original daytime output was axed to save money, and will lose its controller, Janice Hadlow, next month when she leaves after more than five years in charge.

The channel, which will mark its 50th anniversary on 20 April, has been rejuvenated by Hadlow with a winning mix of drama (Line of Duty, »

- John Plunkett

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Dear Scotland: here are 76 things we'd like to apologise for, love England

20 February 2014 3:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hadrian's wall, Culloden, the poll tax, Jacob Rees-Mogg: yes, England has inflicted an awful lot of angst and pain on Scotland down the centuries – but, look, we still don't want you to leave

1 Sorry for calling every last one of you "Jock". We now know it's offensive, especially if you're a woman.

2 So sorry for the years of heartless Conservative governments that you never voted for that ripped the heart out of the Scottish mining, steel and shipbuilding industries, butchered public services and imposed an unwonted, dismal neo-liberal ethos on a land to which such a callous political and economic philosophy was inimical.

3 And for making you guinea pigs for Margaret Thatcher's disastrous poll tax, inflicting it on you a year before England and Wales, and then – somehow! – forgetting to backdate the rebate for the tax when it was abolished in the early 90s.

4 Sorry for the 1746 Dress Act that banned tartan, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Dear Scotland: here are 76 things we'd like to apologise for, love England

20 February 2014 3:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hadrian's wall, Culloden, the poll tax, Jacob Rees-Mogg: yes, England has inflicted an awful lot of angst and pain on Scotland down the centuries – but, look, we still don't want you to leave

1 Sorry for calling every last one of you "Jock". We now know it's offensive, especially if you're a woman.

2 So sorry for the years of heartless Conservative governments that you never voted for that ripped the heart out of the Scottish mining, steel and shipbuilding industries, butchered public services and imposed an unwonted, dismal neo-liberal ethos on a land to which such a callous political and economic philosophy was inimical.

3 And for making you guinea pigs for Margaret Thatcher's disastrous poll tax, inflicting it on you a year before England and Wales, and then – somehow! – forgetting to backdate the rebate for the tax when it was abolished in the early 90s.

4 Sorry for the 1746 Dress Act that banned tartan, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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The Voice UK continues ratings success for BBC One with 8.44 million

9 February 2014 3:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK has topped Saturday night ratings once again, pulling in 8.44 million viewers during last night's (February 8) instalment, according to overnight data.

The BBC One singing show attracted 36.5% of the audience share when its fifth episode of the series aired at 7.10pm.

In the same timeslot on ITV, Tom Daley's Splash! continued with 2.61m (11.87%), as Richard Whitehead and Towie's Dan Osborne made it through to next week's live final.

Back on BBC One, National Lottery: Who Dares Wins drew an audience of 5.38m (24.5%) at 8.35pm, while the latest episode of Casualty was watched by 5.31m (25.5%) at 9.25pm.

Over on BBC Two, 2.76m (12%) caught the channel's coverage of Sochi 2014 with Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7pm.

Torvill & Dean: The Perfect Day attracted 2.13m (9.38%) at 8pm, with Dad's Army pulling in 1.73m (7.91%) at 9pm.

Back on ITV, Paddy McGuinness's dating show Take Me Out entertained 3.24m (14.9%) at 8.40pm, »

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1m cross BBC4's The Bridge | TV ratings - 1 February

3 February 2014 3:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Two-episode finale of Scandinavian crime drama attracts bigger audience than Channel 4's Us import Hostages

Just over 1 million viewers watched the first half of The Bridge double bill finale on BBC4 on Saturday, eclipsing Channel 4's Us drama, Hostages.

The Bridge came to the end of its second series with 1.1 million viewers, a 5.1% share, between 9pm and 10pm, with another 984,000 - another 5.1% share - between 10pm and 11pm.

The penultimate episode was up on the 1.05 million viewers who saw the return of the drama, starring Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia, to BBC4 on 4 January.

BBC4's Nordic drama also beat the fourth episode of Channel 4's Us import Hostages, watched by 700,000 viewers (2.8%), also between 9pm and 10pm.

The series – "Darkness, misery, evil – we do them best," said Bodnia in a Guardian interview at the weekend – is one of BBC4's most popular, eclipsing Borgen and at least »

- John Plunkett

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The Voice UK remains strong for BBC One with 8.5 million viewers

2 February 2014 4:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK has continued to deliver high Saturday night ratings, going over eight million during last night's (February 1) instalment, according to overnight data.

The singing competition gave BBC One an average of 8.50 million viewers during its 7.15pm - 8.30pm slot, taking 36.6% of the audience share.

Over on ITV, Tom Daley's Splash! continued with a slight increase in viewers from last week at 6.45pm, with 3.62m (16%) tuning in to see Perri Kiely and Keith Duffy make it through to the final of the diving competition.

Back to BBC One, National Lottery: Who Dares Wins entertained 5.89m (26.6%) at 8.30pm, while the latest episode of medical drama Casualty had 5.20m (24.1%) gripped at 9.20pm.

BBC Two's biggest primetime ratings came from Dad's Army at 8pm, with 1.94m (8.2%) tuning in to the wartime sitcom. 2010 comedy film Made in Dagenham brought in 1.22m (5.9%) at 9.15pm.

ITV's Take Me Out attracted 3.28m (14.6%) at 8.15pm, »

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The Voice UK continues to top Saturday night ratings for BBC One

26 January 2014 5:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK continued its ratings success for BBC One last night (January 25), once again topping Saturday's primetime ratings during its 7pm slot.

According to overnight data, an average audience of 7.89 million (35.2%) tuned in to watch this weekend's show, which saw performances from Adele's cousin Georgia, and Vicky Jones - the sister of McFly's Danny Jones.

Over on ITV, Tom Daley's Splash! attracted 3.54m (16.25) at 6.45pm, as Richard Whitehead and Austin Healey made it through to the semi-finals of the diving competition.

Back on BBC One, 5.03m (23.6%) played along with National Lottery: Who Dares Wins at 8.15pm, while 4.65m (21.6%) tuned in to watch Casualty at 9.10pm.

A repeat of the first ever episode of Mrs Brown's Boys amused 4.72m (23.5%) at 10pm.

BBC Two's biggest primetime ratings came from an episode of Dad's Army, which pulled in 2.02m (9.19%) at 8pm. Morecambe & Wise in Pieces: At Home entertained 1.79m (8.34%) at 8.30pm, »

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Ids beware … the perils of using TV shows as a political weapon

24 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Iain Duncan Smith and his team may think invoking Channel 4's Benefits Street makes them seem connected to the electorate but there is danger in hooking up a campaign to a TV show

Aides to Iain Duncan Smith, the secretary of state for work and pensions, glossed his welfare policies as being "a crusade to rescue Benefits Street Britain". This reference to the most-talked-about TV show of the moment will immediately have been understood by MPs, voters and newspapers on the Tory right as a pledge to take on Britons who – like some of the residents of Birmingham's James Turner Street on Channel 4's Benefits Street (Mondays, 9pm) – derive their entire income from state handouts.

Ids's spinners are continuing an increasingly popular political tactic in both the Us and UK of using telly references to connect with the electorate. Before Benefits Street, the most likely reference point was Downton Abbey. »

- Mark Lawson

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Vic and Bob's House of Fools interview: 'I did lose my testicles'

14 January 2014 3:53 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

They conquered panel shows with Shooting Stars and now they're hoping to have the same success with their very first sitcom.

Vic and Bob's House of Fools is an early contender for the silliest show of 2014, but it could well also be one of the funniest.

Digital Spy caught up with the comedy legends to try to make some sense of their surreal series.

Have you ever actually lived together?

Bob: "I'd be too messy for Jim. I s**t in cups. And I wee in cans. I drink a can and then I have a wee into the can. It's exactly the same amount of liquid when you wee it back into the can. It's beautiful."

Vic: "Does it have the same amount of froth?"

Bob: "No, it's more watery."

Vic: "What do you do with it then?"

Bob: "I just feel a bit sad when I see it the next morning. »

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North Korea: will Kim Jong-un say 'eh-oh' to BBC shows? | Media Monkey

13 January 2014 3:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Foreign Office backs move to export programmes such as Teletubbies, Mr Bean or EastEnders 'over the hills and far away'

Us basketball star Dennis Rodman has been criticised for his visits to North Korea. But it appears that the next high-profile visitors to the authoritarian state might be sanctioned by the UK government, with the Teletubbies in the front line. The Sunday Times reported that the UK is hoping to soften North Korea's hardline stance by offering TV shows to the the state-run television channel. A source at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told the paper that BBC Worldwide was in talks on a deal:."I have always believed that what brought down the Berlin Wall was not highbrow diplomacy but Dallas and Dynasty. Programmes sent to North Korea would have to be something that isn't offensive, like Mr Bean, EastEnders, Miss Marple or Poirot. You couldn't send Dad's Army as it is about war. »

- Monkey

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