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Doctor Who complete reviews: Revelation Of The Daleks

23 February 2011 11:06 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

In 1985, things were not looking so good for Doctor Who. The show was to be put on ice for 18 months in the wake of controversial storylines and supposedly poor viewing figures – all tosh of course, especially when you think that the programme was still pulling viewing figures of about seven million – a perfectly respectable number.

So The Doctor doesn't get to take Peri to Blackpool – well, on screen, at least. And unlike previous years, there were no more customary Who repeats in the summer to mollify the fans. 18 months, as I've said, isn't such a long time by today's standards, but back in 1985, you can understand why fans were weeping into their scarves. The crisis was so bad that the infamously bad 'Doctor In Distress' record was hastily assembled. The so-called supergroup of Who Cares actually comprised Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Nicholas Courtney and Anthony Ainley, along with Faith Brown, »

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Piers Morgan and Downton Abbey lead a British TV assault on America

8 January 2011 4:03 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Piers Morgan takes over leading talkshow as a host of dramas including Shameless and Skins are remade for American audiences

Piers Morgan was not in a shy mood. He rarely is. But as the former tabloid editor promoted his new CNN talkshow at a press event in Los Angeles last week, he had extra reason to celebrate.

Morgan announced his first guest interview – and it was a big one. Oprah Winfrey, the doyenne of American television, had already sat down for two hours with him. Suddenly the idea of Morgan – still a little-known foreigner to most Americans – stepping into Larry King's shoes did not seem so shocking.

"I defy any of you to watch my first show and not enjoy it," he told the assembled pack at the Television Critics Association event. "I think it was a great interview and I think it will absolutely encapsulate what I'm trying to do. »

- Paul Harris

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