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Mrs Brown's Boys leads Christmas Day ratings with over 7 million

26 December 2014 2:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mrs Brown's Boys was the most watched television programme on Christmas Day, according to overnight data.

The first of two festive specials was watched by an average of 7.61m, giving the Brendan O'Carroll sitcom a 32.2% share of the audience from 10pm to 10.30pm.

It's the second year running that Mrs Brown's Boys has topped Christmas Day, although numbers were less than last year's 9.4m, representing an overall decline for all channels.

Elsewhere on BBC One, 6.98m (35.1%) saw Louis Smith win Strictly Come Dancing Christmas at 5pm. Call the Midwife attracted 6.83m (27.9%) at 7.45pm, while Doctor Who's 'Last Christmas' achieved 6.34m (27.5%) and Miranda's penultimate episode was watched by 6.67m (27.6%).

Downton Abbey's two-hour episode was ITV's biggest programme of the day outside of soaps. 5.51m (23.1%) watched from 9pm as the Crawley family celebrated Christmas, with an extra 319.9k tuning in on +1 (1.7%).

Earlier in the evening, Paul O'Grady »

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'Allo 'Allo, Are You Being Served creator Jeremy Lloyd dies, aged 84

23 December 2014 7:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd has died, aged 84.

The co-creator of BBC sitcoms 'Allo 'Allo! and Are You Being Served? passed away today (December 23) in hospital, having fallen ill with pneumonia.

In Memoriam: Paying tribute to the stars we lost in 2014

Confirming the news, his agent Alexandra Cann said: "Jeremy was a great wit and always a mass of original ideas. He had a wonderfully original mind and will be greatly missed."

Lloyd was born in 1930 in Danbury, Essex, and was briefly married to Joanna Lumley in 1970. He was married twice more, most recently to Elizabeth Moberly this year.

He formed a partnership with late Dad's Army writer David Croft on 'Allo 'Allo!, Are You Being Served? and the latter's spinoff series Grace & Favour.

He also appeared as an actor in movies including Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help!, as well as TV series The Avengers. »

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Strictly Come Dancing final peaks with 11.4 million viewers

21 December 2014 6:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The final of Strictly Come Dancing peaked with more than 11.4 million viewers last night (Saturday, December 20), according to overnight figures.

BBC One's dancing competition managed 11.43m (48.2%) at 7.30pm.

The first part of the final averaged 10.65m (46.4%) from 6.30pm, while the results show - which saw Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev lift the glitterball trophy - was watched by 10.21m (42.8%) from 8.50pm.

In between, the latest episode of Atlantis drew 4.74m (21.6%).

On BBC Two, a repeat of Dad's Army entertained 2.53m (11.5%) from 7.55pm. It was followed by Christmas University Challenge and Qi Xl, which garnered 1.79m (7.8%) and 1.07m (4.5%) respectively.

ITV aired Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from 7pm, which attracted 2.91m (12.6%) and an additional 348k (1.6%) on +1. The Jonathan Ross Show followed with 2.24m (13%).

Channel 4's Rewind the Christmas Hits appealed to 1.21m (5.3%) from 8pm, before Four Christmases was seen by 835k (4.2%).

Channel 5 showed Albert Finney's Scrooge, which managed 725k (3.2%) from 7.55pm. »

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X Factor scores 8.1 million viewers for first night of grand finale

14 December 2014 5:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor drew more than 8 million viewers for the first night of this year's finale, according to overnight figures.

ITV's singing competition achieved 8.14m (35.8%) from 8.30pm last night (December 13), with an additional 248k (1.3%) tuning in on +1.

The Chase entertained 3.74m (15.9%) earlier in the evening (+1: 291k/1.2%), with The Jonathan Ross Show airing to 2.77m (18.5%) from 10.35pm.

BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing continued to dominate Saturdays, attracting 9.78m (42.4%) for its latest show from 6.50pm.

The latest Atlantis episode appealed to 3.57m (15.2%) afterwards. Casualty treated 3.44m (14.9%) from 9.10pm.

On BBC Two, Flog It! earned 854k (3.7%), Perry and Croft: Made in Britain was watched by 944k (4%) and a Dad's Army repeat garnered 2.07m (8.8%), before Qi Xl was seen by 1.06m (4.6%) from 9pm.

Channel 4 aired Meryl Streep film Hope Springs, which averaged 950k (4.4%) from 9pm.

Channel 5's My Crazy Christmas Obsession and TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks managed 503k (2.1%) and 685k (3.8%) respectively. »

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Dad's Army remake to reach cinemas in February 2016

9 December 2014 9:39 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The upcoming Dad's Army remake has been handed an official release date.

Universal Pictures has announced that the wartime comedy will reach UK cinemas on February 5, 2016.

Based on the classic British sitcom of the same name, it was shot on location in Yorkshire over the past seven weeks, concluding on December 3.

Directed by Oliver Parker, the film stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Wilson, Catherine Zeta Jones as Rose, Tom Courtenay as Jones and Michael Gambon as Godfrey.

The cast is completed by Blake Harrison as Pike, Danny Mays as Walker and Bill Paterson as Fraser. It will also star Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie among others.

Dad's Army - created by Jimmy Perry and the late David Croft - originally aired on BBC One between 1968 and 1977. »

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Strictly Come Dancing peaks with 10.27 million on Saturday night

30 November 2014 7:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing was Saturday's (November 30) highest-rated show, peaking with an audience of 10.27 million (45.2%).

Featuring dances from around the world, this week's show was seen by an average audience of 9.63 million (42.4%) from 7pm on BBC One.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! was ITV's highest-rated show, entertaining 7.85 million (38.5%) from 9.45pm.

It was preceded by The X Factor, which drew an average audience of 7.55 million (33.1%). A further 133k watched on ITV+1, while 167k (0.8%) tuned into ITV2's The Xtra Factor.

ITV's evening began with 3.4 million (15.4%) for The Chase: Celebrity Special at 7pm and ended with 2.55 million (20%) for The Jonathan Ross Show at 10.50pm.

Back on BBC One, Atlantis was seen by 3.76 million (16.7%) at 8.15pm, followed by 3.92 million (17.4%) for Casualty.

BBC One's evening ended with 2.99 million (19.5%) for Match of the Day, which featured highlights from Hull vs Manchester United and Qpr vs Leicester.

A Dad's Army repeat was once »

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Dad's Army: Pike actor Ian Lavender 'shocked' by Blake Harrison's scarf

28 November 2014 6:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dad's Army actor Ian Lavender has criticised the costuming of the forthcoming big-screen reboot of the classic sitcom.

Lavender, who played Private Pike on the show, has taken issue with the scarf worn by his counterpart Blake Harrison in the film version.

Lavender spotted the difference between the scarf he wore and the scarf now worn by Harrison while shooting a cameo on set.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Lavender said: "It looked like a banana split to me. I'm colour blind so I'm not sure what colours it was, but there was definitely a yellow in there.

"It certainly wasn't an Aston Villa scarf. I was deeply shocked."

He added: "I'm not sure why they changed it. I'm told it was already committed to film by the time I got there so there wasn't a lot I could do about it."

Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the cast of the forthcoming film. »

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Dad's Army: Pike actor Ian Lavender 'shocked' by Blake Harrison's scarf

28 November 2014 6:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dad's Army actor Ian Lavender has criticised the costuming of the forthcoming big-screen reboot of the classic sitcom.

Lavender, who played Private Pike on the show, has taken issue with the scarf worn by his counterpart Blake Harrison in the film version.

Lavender spotted the difference between the scarf he wore and the scarf now worn by Harrison while shooting a cameo on set.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Lavender said: "It looked like a banana split to me. I'm colour blind so I'm not sure what colours it was, but there was definitely a yellow in there.

"It certainly wasn't an Aston Villa scarf. I was deeply shocked."

He added: "I'm not sure why they changed it. I'm told it was already committed to film by the time I got there so there wasn't a lot I could do about it."

Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the cast of the forthcoming film. »

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Strictly Come Dancing continues with 9.2 million viewers on BBC One

23 November 2014 6:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing continued with nearly 9.2 million viewers last night (November 23), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dancing competition came top on primetime after appealing to 9.17m (38.9%) from 7pm.

Atlantis followed with 3.62m (15.8%) from 8.15pm, before Casualty recorded similar numbers (3.62m/15.9%).

On ITV, The X Factor's Elton John vs Whitney Houston Week drew 7.51m (32.4%) from 8pm, with an additional 227k (1%) tuning in on +1.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! was watched by 7.76m (37.3%) from 9.40pm (+1: 315k/2.2%). The Chase attracted 3.11m (13.4%) earlier in the evening.

On BBC Two, Flog It! Trade Secrets averaged 899k (3.9%) from 7.30pm. Perry and Croft: Made in Britain and Dad's Army followed with 1.08m (4.5%) and 1.67m (7.3%) respectively, before Qi Xl had 1.05m (4.6%) viewers.

Channel 4's Walking Through History managed 942k (4%) in the 8pm hour. It Was Alright in the 1970s averaged 1.53m (6.8%) from 9pm.

Channel 5 aired movies Christmas Wishes (530k/2.3%) and »

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Mark Gatiss on Dad's Army movie: "I was genuinely sceptical"

19 November 2014 3:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mark Gatiss has revealed that he was "sceptical" about the upcoming Dad's Army movie remake.

The Sherlock co-creator and actor will star as Captain Mainwaring's colonel-in-chief in the new version, Radio Times reports.

He promised fans of the original that the remake is "charming" and stays faithful to the classic BBC sitcom.

"I was genuinely sceptical - as I think many people will be - but the script really loves the original," he said.

"It's charming and quite moving at times. People love the original and want to honour it but it has to be its own thing as well. So far I'm having a great time."

Toby Jones is starring as Captain Mainwaring, with Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) directing.

Bill Nighy will play Wilson, with Catherine Zeta-Jones as journalist Rose, Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison as Pike, Sir Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Daniel Mays as Walker, Sir Tom Courtenay »

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Strictly Come Dancing rises to 10.3 million viewers for Blackpool Week

16 November 2014 4:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing rose to a series high last night (November 15), drawing more than 10 million viewers.

The Blackpool special averaged 10.28m (44.6%) on BBC One from 7pm, according to overnight figures.

Afterwards, a new series of Atlantis premiered to 4.2m (18.4%) before Casualty treated 4.14m (19%).

ITV's The X Factor was watched by 7.5m (32.6%) from 8.15pm, with a further 291k (1.5%) tuning in an hour later on timeshift.

The Chase earned 3.36m from 7.15pm, while The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.97m (16.9%) from 9.55pm.

On BBC Two, Flog It! Trade Secrets and Perry and Croft: Made in Britain averaged 443k (1.9%) and 566k (2.3%) respectively.

A repeat of Dad's Army was enjoyed by 1.63m (7.1%) from 8.30pm, before Qi Xl had 910k (4%) viewers.

Channel 4's Walking Through History attracted 757k (3.2%) in the 8pm hour. It Was Alright in the 1970s followed with 1.32m (5.9%).

On Channel 5, The Battle of Britain interested 659k (2.9%).

The multichannels saw ITV2's The Xtra Factor »

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Doctor Who finale 'Death in Heaven' watched by 5.4 million on BBC One

9 November 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Doctor Who ended its eighth series with more than 5.4 million viewers last night (November 8), according to overnight figures.

'Death in Heaven' - which saw the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) once again facing off against The Master (Michelle Gomez) - appealed to 5.45m (23.3%) from 8pm on BBC One.

Strictly Come Dancing attracted 9.37m (42.8%) from 6.30pm, recording the strongest numbers of the night.

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2014 was watched by 5.01m (23.8%) from 9.10pm.

On ITV, The X Factor rose slightly to 7.72m (33.2%) from 8pm, with an additional 277k (1.3%) on +1.

The Chase preceded the singing competition with 3.04m (13.6%), with 245k (1.1%) on timeshift. The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.43m (12.1%) from 9.45pm.

A repeat of Dad's Army entertained 1.23m (5.4%) on BBC Two. The Culture Show received 810k (3.5%) in the 8pm hour before coverage of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying - in which Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton »

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Strictly Come Dancing beats The X Factor with 9.8 million on BBC One

2 November 2014 4:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing topped primetime television last night (November 1), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dancing competition earned 9.79m (44.1%) from 6.30pm, beating ITV's The X Factor, which had 7.22m (31.7%) from 8pm (+1: 218k/1.1%).

After Strictly, 5.27m tuned in for Doctor Who for the unveiling of Missy's true identity. Casualty treated 4.21m (18.5%) from 9pm.

On BBC Two, Restoring England's Heritage managed 648k (3%) from 7pm.

A repeat of Dad's Army was watched by 1.46m (6.2%) from 8.30pm, with Frankenstein and the Vampyre - A Dark and Stormy Night taking 652k (2.9%) afterwards.

ITV's The Chase continued with 3.33m (15.2%) in the 7pm hour (+1: 219k/0.9%), and The Jonathan Ross Show was seen by 2.27m (14.1%) from 10.15pm.

On Channel 4, Walking Through History attracted 906k (3.8%) from 8pm. It was followed by Bruce Willis film Red, which aired to 1.31m (6.5%).

Channel 5 showed repeats of The Missing Evidence (395k/1.8%), World War II in Colour (414k/1.8%) and Gotham (200k/0.9%).

On the multichannels, »

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17 X Factor theme weeks that could help save the show

31 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

No.1's Week. Movie Week. '80s Week. Zzzzz.

Is it any wonder that X Factor ratings are tumbling when the show's theme weeks continue to be so predictable? Someone is singing 'Listen' from Dreamgirls you say? Gosh, we've never heard that before.

In the spirit of goodwill, we've got some suggestions that might spice things up and get some songs on a Saturday night that we haven't heard murdered 256 times before.

1. Sing Your Name Week

Inspired by the brilliantly named Ben Haenow, who could perform Crowded House's 'Don't Dream It's Over' ("Hey Now! Hey Now!"), everyone has to sing a song connected to their name.

Fleur East can tackle anything by East 17, Stereo Kicks can tackle a Stereophonics vs Rizzle Kicks mash-up, Lola Saunders can tackle the Kinks classic, Jack Walton could attempt 'Hit The Road Jack' and Only The Young could murder 'We Are Young'.

2. Simon Cowell »

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Sam Clafin & Lily James Enjoy Their Finest Hour And A Half

27 October 2014 1:45 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following The Riot Club, Sam Clafin is set to re-team with director Lone Scherfig next year for Their Finest Hour And A Half. Lily James will also star in the adaptation of Lissa Evans' novel.The book, set during World War II, tells the comical story of a disparate group of people brought together in Norfolk to make a British propaganda film. A forgotten actor from the silent movie age, an advertising copywriter from the Ministry of Information, a Madame Tussauds' costumier and a caterer-turned-military advisor are all pitched in to craft the unlikely narrative of two women in a rowing boat who head off on a rescue mission to Dunkirk. They initially dislike each other, of course, but rally round in the cause of wartime morale.All the pleasing hallmarks of an Ealing comedy there (plus something of the vibe of Dad's Army), but Their Finest Hour And A Half »

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First look at Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Dad's Army movie

26 October 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first images from the upcoming Dad's Army movie have been revealed.

Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones lead the cast in the big-screen reboot of the classic sitcom.

The film will see Nighy play Wilson and Zeta-Jones take on the role of glamorous journalist Rose.

Toby Jones is starring as Captain Mainwaring, with Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) directing.

Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison will play Pike, with Sir Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Daniel Mays as Walker, Sir Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones and Bill Paterson as Fraser.

Dad's Army - created by Jimmy Perry and the late David Croft - originally aired on BBC One between 1968 and 1977.

Shooting on the movie version - which counts Perry among its executive producers - begins this month on location in Yorkshire.

A film version was first announced in 2012. It will arrive in cinemas in 2015.

Watch a classic clip from the original Dad's Army »

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First look at Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Dad's Army movie

26 October 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first images from the upcoming Dad's Army movie have been revealed.

Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones lead the cast in the big-screen reboot of the classic sitcom.

The film will see Nighy play Wilson and Zeta-Jones take on the role of glamorous journalist Rose.

Toby Jones is starring as Captain Mainwaring, with Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) directing.

Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison will play Pike, with Sir Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Daniel Mays as Walker, Sir Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones and Bill Paterson as Fraser.

Dad's Army - created by Jimmy Perry and the late David Croft - originally aired on BBC One between 1968 and 1977.

Shooting on the movie version - which counts Perry among its executive producers - begins this month on location in Yorkshire.

A film version was first announced in 2012. It will arrive in cinemas in 2015.

Watch a classic clip from the original Dad's Army »

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Strictly Come Dancing triumphs over The X Factor with 9.5m on BBC One

26 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing topped Saturday primetime television last night (October 25), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dancing competition averaged 9.52m (42.9%) from 6.30pm, enjoying a peak of 10.38m (45.9%) at 7.45pm.

ITV's The X Factor managed 7.22m (31.6%) from 8pm, with a further 281k (1.4%) on +1. Movies Week had a peak of 7.79m (33%) at 8.15pm.

Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night' was watched by 5.03m (21.6%) on BBC One. It was followed by Casualty, which continued with 4.02m (18.1%).

BBC Two's Restoring England's Heritage had 806k (3.7%) from 7pm, with a Dad's Army repeat and Qi Xl earning 1.68m (7.2%) and 1.13m (5%) respectively.

ITV's The Chase took 3.07m (13.9%) in the 7pm hour, and The Jonathan Ross Show drew 2.53m (14.9%) from 10.10pm.

On Channel 4, Walking Through History was seen by 891k (3.8%) in the 8pm hour. An airing of the Reese Witherspoon movie This Means War attracted 846k (4.2%) afterwards.

Channel 5's live boxing between »

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First Look At Dad's Army Remake

24 October 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though the announcement was only made earlier this month, the dedicated troops of Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard have assembled in costume for a first-look Dad's Army picture duo faster than you can say “fall in!” Oliver Parker is directing the remake of the classic Jimmy Perry/David Croft sitcom, which features a wide array of big British talent including Toby Jones (as Captain George Mainwaring), Bill Nighy (as Sergeant Arthur Wilson), Michael Gambon (as Private Godfrey), Tom Courtenay (as Corporal Jones), Bill Paterson (as Private Frazer), Daniel Mays, (as Private Walker) and Blake Harrison (as Private Pike). The cast also includes the likes of Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman and Mark Gatiss.With shooting underway in Yorkshire, the film will see the Home Guard welcoming journalist Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones) arriving to write about the area at the same time that MI5 brings word that there’s a spy on the loose. »

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Strictly Come Dancing peaks with 10 million to beat The X Factor

19 October 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing secured another ratings victory over The X Factor last night (October 18).

According to overnight figures, Strictly played to an average audience of 9.16 million (43.3%) on BBC One from 6.30pm, up from last week's average of 8.65 million (39.2%).

It peaked with 10.1 million viewers (45.6%) at 7.45pm, making it the highest-rated show of the series so far.

BBC One's evening continued with 4.6 million (20.1%) for Doctor Who at 8.25pm, 3.78 million (17.3%) for Casualty at 9.10pm and 3.51 million (25.8%) for Match of the Day at 10.30pm.

Over on ITV, The X Factor averaged 7.38 million (33.2%) from 8pm, peaking with 8.07 million around the 9pm mark.

A further 321k (1.7%) watched The X Factor on ITV+1, while 290k (1.8%) tuned in to The Xtra Factor on ITV2 at 10.20pm.

ITV's The Chase was earlier enjoyed by 3.08 million (14.7%) from 7pm.

Finally, X Factor judges Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini joined Steve Carell and David Attenborough on the returning Jonathan Ross Show, »

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