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Still Open All Hours, Avengers lead BBC One to Boxing Day ratings win

9 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One came out on top in the Boxing Day ratings thanks to Still Open All Hours and Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

The first in a new series of the updated Sir David Jason sitcom attracted 5.69m viewers (26.7%) from 6.30pm, while the comic book movie pulled in 5.28m (24.3%) at 8.30pm.

David Walliams's The Boy in the Dress was seen by 4.80m (21.3%) at 7pm, before EastEnders topped the night overall with 7.41m (33.3%).

A packed Match of the Day rounded off the night with 3.24m (29.7%).

Birds of a Feather's return grabbed 3.95m (17.6%) for ITV at 9pm, before which Bradley Walsh's Christmas Cracker show entertained 2.77m (12.6%).

A festive offering of Keith Lemon's Through the Keyhole tickled 2.74m (12.6%) at 9.30pm.

On Channel 4, the midseason finale of Agents of Shield thrilled 580k (2.6%), an encore showing of Bear's Wild Weekend with Ben Stiller took 870k (4.0%), and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year »

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Why we all love a bit of Walford woe at Christmas | Homa Khaleeli

24 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

EastEnders’ festive misery is the perfect antidote to all that turkey and tinsel. Here are my top five Christmas special plots

For anyone looking for tidings of comfort and joy this week, turning on EastEnders makes as much sense as cornering an angry drunk at a Christmas party: they might not actually thump you, but their furious shouting is hardly festive.

On Albert Square the tears in the characters’ eyes shine brighter than tinsel, and anyone caught under the mistletoe is probably sleeping with their brother’s wife. Meanwhile, the Queen Vic has turned the old adage “misery loves company” into a recession-busting business model.

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Danny Dyer left feeling 'broken' by EastEnders schedule

20 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Danny Dyer has been left feeling ''broken'' because of his intense work schedule. The 37-year-old actor, who plays Mick Carter on BBC soap opera 'EastEnders', was unable to attend a screening of the much-anticipated Christmas special and show bosses have conceded that his gruelling schedule has taken its toll. Asked about Danny's absence from the screening, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: ''We've broken Danny Dyer. He's at home vomiting. He's done more episodes in a year than anyone's ever done.'' Danny's on-screen family will be the focus of attention this Christmas and according to Dominic, it was always the intention to build their »

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The odd places It’s A Wonderful Life has turned up

19 December 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…

Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.

Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Text Santa, Gogglebox

19 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Text Santa: 8pm, ITV

The festive fundraising extravaganza returns, as Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, and Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon are joined by a host of famous faces to raise money for six deserving causes.

Highlights include George Clooney making a surprise visit to Downton Abbey, and Ant and Dec hosting a Yule Tucker Trial for an unsuspecting celebrity.

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

The second season of the comic book drama continues. The team discovers the ancient city before Hydra, but revealing its secrets may require one of Coulson's agents to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Elsewhere, May and Skye race to save Raina before Whitehall can take her.

Gogglebox: Channel 4, 9pm

The fourth series of the BAFTA award winning observational documentary comes to an end this week, as all your Gogglebox favourites review TV's latest offerings.

The families, couples and friends »

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Danny Dyer on EastEnders part: "I'd like a long run"

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

Danny Dyer has reflected on his first year in EastEnders, admitting that he would "like a long run" in the British soap opera.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show about his part as the Queen Vic's landlord Mick Carter, he enthused: "It feels like I've been in it forever.

"It's been a nutty year and I'm loving it. It's hard work, but I love it."

Dyer also revealed his anxiety at initially accepting the role as he continued: "To be fair, it could have been a car crash for me, but it's worked out beautifully.

"I've been an actor for 25 years and never won anything, and now I've won two awards."

Dyer won the Best Actor award at both the Inside Soap Awards 2014 and the 2014 TV Choice Awards.

Speaking about Mick's current storyline, he added: "It's the Christmas from hell.

"It's all lovely, and then about nine o'clock it »

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Ukip candidate kicked off Gogglebox

18 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Danny Dyer has been left feeling ''broken'' because of his intense work schedule. The 37-year-old actor, who plays Mick Carter on BBC soap opera 'EastEnders', was unable to attend a screening of the much-anticipated Christmas special and show bosses have conceded that his gruelling schedule has taken its toll. Asked about Danny's absence from the screening, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: ''We've broken Danny Dyer. He's at home vomiting. He's done more episodes in a year than anyone's ever done.'' Danny's on-screen family will be the focus of attention this Christmas and according to Dominic, it was always the intention to build their »

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Ben Hardy thinks he know who killed Lucy Beale

17 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'EastEnders' actor Ben Hardy thinks he knows who killed Lucy Beale. The 23-year-old actor, who plays Peter Beale in the BBC One soap, has confessed he believes he's figured out who's responsible for the murder of his on-screen sister Lucy (Hetti Bywater) earlier this year. Speaking about how he thinks Peter and Lucy's father Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) killed her, he said: ''I know 100% certain that Ian is the murderer. [Executive producer] Dominic Treadwell-Collins has said that the killer won't necessarily be caught and go to jail. ''So we're all constantly talking about it at work and coming up with new theories. »

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Linda Carter to find out baby is her husband's

16 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Linda Carter is to discover she's pregnant with her husband's baby in 'EastEnders'. The Queen Vic landlady, played by actress Kellie Bright, was worried the baby did not belong to her husband Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) after she was raped by his nephew Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). However, in scenes set to air later this week, Kellie is seen beaming with joy as she holds Mick's hand during a sonogram, suggesting the baby is in fact her beloved husband's. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Linda has desperately wanted the baby to be Mick's and the look on her face says »

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Black Mirror interview: Charlie Brooker, Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall

15 December 2014 6:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We chatted to Charlie Brooker, Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall about tech dystopia Black Mirror’s terrific festive episode, White Christmas

This interview contains a spoiler for, er, The Snowman.

Airing tonight on Channel 4 is White Christmas, a feature-length episode of Black Mirror that weaves together three tech-paranoia tales set against the backdrop of the festive season. Writer Charlie Brooker likens the special to a selection box - a sound description if you can imagine Cadbury’s substituting Crunchies and Curly Wurlies for tragicomic ruminations on voyeurism, torture and ostracisation.

It’s a terrific ninety minutes; funny, acerbic and eventually horrifying. It feels exactly like watching a condensed series of Black Mirror in a single sitting, which should be both recommendation and warning to fans of the show. However disturbing a reflection of our world Brooker shows us though, in his own words, “There’s nothing in that that »

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Jake Wood loses Strictly Come Dancing bet

15 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jake Wood lost a £500 bet after being voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing' last night (14.12.14). The 42-year-old actor left the dance contest after landing himself in the bottom two alongside reality star Mark Wright and has been dealt two blows at once having also lost a bet to fellow 'EastEnders' star, Danny Dyer. He admitted: ''Me and Danny have a little bet going on so I owe him £500. ''But that is all I will say on that. If Danny fancies it I am sure they would have him on the show. I would like to see his rumba!'' Although his pockets might »

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Jake Wood and Janette Manrara eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing

14 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara have become the 11th couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing.

The EastEnders actor and his professional partner found themselves in the dance-off against reality star Mark Wright and his partner Karen Hauer, after the judges' scores were combined with viewer votes.

It was the first time that Wood and Manrara had been in the dance-off, while it was Wright and Hauer's third time in the bottom two.

Wood and Manrara reprised their cha-cha to Kc and the Sunshine Band's 'Boogie Shoes', while Wright and Hauer performed their rumba to Eva Cassidy's 'Fields of Gold'.

Craig Revel Horwood decided to save Wright and Hauer, but Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli opted to keep Wood and Manrara.

Head judge Len Goodman - left with the casting vote - sent Wood home, explaining: "This is very difficult. The cha-cha-cha had little cha-cha-cha content and the rumba had little rumba content, »

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Jake Wood leaves Strictly Come Dancing: Was it the right choice?

14 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jake Wood became the 11th celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing on tonight's show (December 14).

The EastEnders star found himself in the dance-off alongside Mark Wright and Karen Hauer, before the judges decided that it was time for Wood to say goodbye to the competition a week before the final. But was it the right choice?

The majority of Digital Spy readers disagreed with last week's decision to send home Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon.

Just 38.08% of voters thought that the judges were correct in sending home Lott, while 61.92% believed that she deserved to stay for another week.

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on Saturday, December 20 at 6.30pm and 8.50pm on BBC One. »

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Jessie Wallace: Kissing Shane Richie is like kissing my brother

12 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jessie Wallace says kissing Shane Richie in 'EastEnders' is like kissing her ''brother''. The 46-year-old actress and the 50-year-old actor have starred as Kat and Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap for nearly 12 years but Jessie has confessed she's grown so close to her on-screen husband in real life that she's started to cringe during their romantic scenes. Quizzed on whether they've ever considered getting together in real life, Shane said: ''Not in a million years!'' Jessie - who is engaged to musician Tim Arnold - added: ''Shane is probably my closest mate and when we do the kissing scenes I'm »

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Channel 4 orders pilot episode of sci-fi sitcom Space Ark

12 December 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 has commissioned a pilot for a new sci-fi sitcom.

Space Ark - written by Pete Versus Life duo George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore - follows 200 humans who have survived the destruction of earth.

The pilot will star Georgia King (The New Normal), Tom Stourton (Siblings), Justin Edwards (The Thick of It), Alex Beckett (Twenty Twelve), Ricky Grover (EastEnders) and Nico Tatarowicz (The Armstrong and Miller Show).

A synopsis for the pilot reads: "It's 6 months, 1 week, and 4 days since the earth was destroyed by an asteroid. 200 humans survive on board a huge 'Space Ark'. Their mission? To find a new planet where the human race can be re-established.

"The ship is populated by the finest minds the earth had to offer, plus an inept crew, an android-bear pilot and a member of the public who won his place by lottery.

"In the pilot episode the crew encounter a seemingly friendly alien race, »

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New Tricks: First look at Larry Lamb on the set of the BBC One drama

12 December 2014 6:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first pictures of Larry Lamb on the set of New Tricks have been unveiled.

The former EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey actor has now started filming for the BBC One drama, in which he will star as former copper Ted Case.

He will replace departing star Dennis Waterman - the show's only remaining original cast member - who will leave in the opening two-part story of the new series.

Lamb will make his first appearance in the second episode of the series, joining Tamzin Outhwaite, Denis Lawson and Nicholas Lyndhurst in the Ucos team.

On joining the series, Lamb said: "I'm thrilled to have been asked to join such a well-loved show.

"The writing and the cast are top notch, and I'm really looking forward to getting started."

The 12th series of New Tricks will air on BBC One in 2015. »

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Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Who is going in? 11 early rumours

11 December 2014 9:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Wondering what you're going to do when X Factor and Strictly end? Fear not friends, because yet another series of Celebrity Big Brother is just around the corner. It is expected to return on January 5 on Channel 5 and this year it will have a "twisted fairytale" theme.

Emma Willis and Rylan Clark will be back in January with another batch of famous (and not so famous) faces, willing to humiliate themselves for our amusement.

Here are 15 early rumours about potential housemates for the 2015 series.

1. Danniella Westbrook

The former EastEnders actress has had a terrible 2014 and she's recently been on This Morning talking about her financial plight, so it isn't a surprise to hear that she's a new hot favourite to be heading into the house. Producers will no doubt hope that she's prepared to spill the beans about her troubles with drug addictions.

2. Sammy Winward

She seems like a bit of a long shot, »

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Ten rides you would like to see at the BBC theme park

11 December 2014 2:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would you be brave enough to visit the Adam Curtis: Power of Nightmares ghost house? Or would you just want to ride Sherlock?

Sherlock World? BBC shows lined up for £2bn UK theme park

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has struck a deal to allow a range of its programmes and characters to be “brought to life” at a theme park to be built in north Kent.

The bathtub-down-a-hill ride will be a hoot for fans of Last of the Summer Wine.

Will the Top gear ride go past different nationalities, and see who can insult them "in the shortest possible time"?

I think the idea is that you wear a pair of 1970's flared jeans. a curly wig, and then get run out of town by various minority groups.

@mediaguardian The Adam Curtis Power of Nightmares Ghost House

@mediaguardian @Sherlockology a Tardis malfunction ride! (Similar »

- James Walsh and Guardian readers

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Sherlock-coaster, EastEnders World: 9 rides for a BBC theme park

10 December 2014 9:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It sounded so surreal, we had to double-check it wasn't April Fools' Day when we first heard the news. A BBC theme park is in the early stages of development, and could arrive as early as 2020.

You could be riding the Only Fools and Horses wurlitzer or bashing against Nick Hewer and Karren Brady on The Apprentice dodgems in only 6 years' time. It may sound ridiculous, but the success of the Harry Potter Studio Tour suggests that cashing on huge entertainment franchises isn't actually a bad idea and might even work.

Here are our 9 best suggestions for possible rides. Any profits resulting from their success can be sent in an envelope to Digital Spy Towers.

1. The Top Gear Escape From Argentina Thrill Ride

A ride as fast as a lap with The Stig as you're taken on a whirlwind tour of a mocked-up Argentina, before an international incident means you have to escape. »

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Craig Revel Horwood: The X Factor's 'had it's day'

10 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

BBC iPlayer is to launch new online series 'EastEnders: Back to Ours'. The on demand service has created a new online-only show which will see a number of popular castmates from the BBC One soap - including on-screen man and wife Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) and Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon) - relive some of their most iconic moments. Shane said of the upcoming project: ''What a wonderful time I had sitting on the sofa with Jessie watching 12 years of Kat and Alfie. We laughed, we cried and we giggled as we remembered the past 12 years.'' Diane Parish and Tameka Empson, who »

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