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Top Gear's executive producer quits after 5 months

23 December 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Top Gear's executive producer has quit the show. The BBC motoring programme has been dealt another blow after Lisa Clark announced she was leaving just five months after she was brought in by new presenter Chris Evans. She said in a statement: ''After an extremely busy five months I am moving on from 'Top Gear' to new projects which I will be announcing in the new year. I'd like to wish production all the very best with the show.'' Lisa, who previously worked alongside Chris as a producer on 'The Big Breakfast', was hired in the summer as a replacement for Andy »

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BBC's Top Gear relaunch struck a blow as executive producer departs

22 December 2015 4:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lisa Clark, who was personally brought in by Chris Evans, departs after less than five months with the show’s relaunch looming in May

Chris Evans’s Top Gear has been struck a blow with the departure of executive producer Lisa Clark less than five months after being brought in to lead the relaunch of the hit BBC motoring show.

Evans personally brought in Clark, who worked with him as a producer on The Big Breakfast, to help reinvent Top Gear following the departure of co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Related: Jeremy Clarkson and BBC sued for racial discrimination by Top Gear producer

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- Mark Sweney

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Gaby Roslin and Matt Barbet will host Channel 5's The Saturday Show

14 October 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 5 is launching a new Saturday morning show to rival the likes of BBC One's Saturday Kitchen Live.

Matt Barbet and Gaby Roslin will present the two-hour live show every Saturday from 9.30am to 11.30am.

It will include panel discussions with celebrity guests, as well as news round-ups and a weekly recap.

Roslin said: "It's going to be fun and Matt is a really nice guy. He's really very engaging and he has got a lovely twinkle in his eye and a lovely sense of humour."

Barbet added: "I remember watching Gaby doing The Big Breakfast, which was a huge show. She has got tonnes of experience and there is an awful lot she can teach me.

"I'm looking forward to sitting alongside her and hopefully making her laugh and enjoying what we're talking about but also learning a thing or two."

Roslin's recent TV experience includes guest-hosting Lorraine, »

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Paul O’Grady: ‘I’ve lost just about everybody I know’

13 October 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV host has had a rotten year, with friends such as Cilla Black and Jackie Collins ‘going down like ninepins’. He talks about swapping Soho nightclubs for making jam – and why Jeremy Corbyn, at least, gives him hope

Paul O’Grady has just released Open the Cage, Murphy. It is his fourth autobiography, but it barely takes him up to 1997, so it is safe to assume there are a few more volumes in him yet. “It’s worse than Harry Potter,” he admits. He says he was only going to do one book, but by the time he had checked the word count on the first, he had only got to Paul at 17. He just really likes detail. And what detail it is: the 60-year-old presenter of a teatime chatshow and a weekly programme about rescue dogs has some wild stories to tell. The clubs. The pubs. The night »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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Sacha Baron Cohen Sets Up Production Company Spelthorne Community Television

7 October 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Sacha Baron Cohen and Andrew Newman, the former chief executive of Objective Productions, have set up U.K.-based production company Spelthorne Community Television, in which Channel 4 has taken a minority stake.

Spelthorne Community Television, which is named after the district from which Baron Cohen’s character Ali G came from, will specialize in creating scripted TV comedy and comedy entertainment content with a “strong focus on innovation and new ideas.” Through this company the duo will support new and emerging comedy writers and performers with “bold ambition.”

Baron Cohen’s relationship with Newman and Channel 4 reaches back to the 1990s. Baron Cohen made his debut in 1998 on Channel 4’s “The 11 O’clock Show,” where he worked with Newman, who was the show’s producer. Baron Cohen’s TV series “Da Ali G Show” also aired on Channel 4. It won two BAFTA TV awards and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Chris Evans denies reports that Zoe Ball has had a Top Gear screen test

14 September 2015 1:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has denied reports that Zoe Ball has screen tested for the new series of Top Gear.

The Sunday Mirror claimed that the Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenter impressed producers during a try-out opposite the new host, and was now seen as a frontrunner for the job.

However, Evans wrote on Twitter: "Hilariously inaccurate story in 2days paper. Re my good friend Zoe Ball excelling in Top Gear screen test. She hasn't even been for one."

Ball and Evans have known each other for a long time, having both separately appeared on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast and with Ball acting as Evans's relief presenter on his Radio 2 breakfast show.

Evans initially said that he would "definitely 100%" have a female co-host, after it was announced that he would take over the show following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

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Former ABC, ITV, Sky Executive Duncan Gray Sets Up Twenty Six 03

19 August 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

British TV producer Duncan Gray, who has held senior creative executive roles at U.S. network ABC, British broadcaster ITV and U.K. pay TV operator Sky, and served as an exec producer on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” has launched production company Twenty Six 03. The company will focus on producing primetime entertainment programs for the global market.

Gray said: “We’re on the verge of announcing a big and exciting commission, and as a 100% independent company, we can concentrate on high-quality programming without any of the margin and distribution issues that get in the way of creativity in some bigger content businesses.”

Gray’s past roles include controller of entertainment at Granada, developing and launching ITV’s flagship entertainment series including “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” which is now being produced in the U.S. as “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” on NBC.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Listen to Ricky Wilson's new theme tune for Zig & Zag

16 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

With The Voice not returning to screens until January, Ricky Wilson has put his free time to good use by recording the Zig & Zag theme tune.

Ricky teamed up with his Kaiser Chiefs bandmate Simon Rix to record the song for the puppet duo's upcoming Cbbc return.

Written by original creators Ciarán Morrison and Mick O'Hara - who also voice the titular characters - the new Zig & Zag show will follow the pair as they wreak havoc in the suburbs after crash landing on Earth.

Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson is also involved in the series, which will run for 26 episodes next spring.

Zig and Zag have been around for absolutely ages, having made their debut on Irish TV way back in 1987.

UK viewers will remember them from The Big Breakfast back in the 90s, and more recently on Big Brother's Little Brother in 2010.

They had number one singles in Ireland, »

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‘Top Gear’ Gets New Exec Producer; Discovery Expands In Turkey: Global Briefs

30 July 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Just as the former Top Gear team heads over to Amazon Prime, the BBC show has plugged in a new executive producer. Lisa Clark will step in for Andy Wilman who left the motoring series after Jeremy Clarkson was exited and who is joining Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for their new program at Amazon. Chris Evans has strapped into the Top Gear driver's seat for the BBC and will reunite there with Clark, with whom he previously worked at The Big Breakfast and Don't Fo… »

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‘Top Gear’ Gets New Exec Producer; Discovery Expands In Turkey: Global Briefs

30 July 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Just as the former Top Gear team heads over to Amazon Prime, the BBC show has plugged in a new executive producer. Lisa Clark will step in for Andy Wilman who left the motoring series after Jeremy Clarkson was exited and who is joining Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for their new program at Amazon. Chris Evans has strapped into the Top Gear driver's seat for the BBC and will reunite there with Clark, with whom he previously worked at The Big Breakfast and Don't Fo… »

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Top Gear's Chris Evans signs up former Big Breakfast producer

30 July 2015 1:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lisa Clark announced as BBC show’s executive producer, as speculation continues that Jenson Button may join as co-host

Chris Evans has signed up an old friend to help him rebrand Top Gear – the producer who worked with him on The Big Breakfast.

Lisa Clark, whose CV includes Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, is the show’s new executive producer.

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- Press Association

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12 forgotten hosts of the biggest TV shows from Brian Dunkleman to Daisy Donovan

12 May 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

American Idol was announced to be coming to an end after 15 seasons yesterday (May 12), but did you know that Ryan Seacrest used to have a co-host?

Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.

"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:

I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled

— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015

To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.

1. Brian Dunkleman (American Idol)

The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which »

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Zig & Zag to make Cbbc return in new animated series

14 April 2015 7:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Zig & Zag are making a comeback.

The alien puppet duo - who once appeared on The Big Breakfast - will star in their own animated series in spring 2016.

According to Broadcast, Cbbc and Irish broadcaster RTÉ have commissioned 26 11-minute episodes of what they are calling a "bright, vivid and funky" sitcom.

Written by creators Ciarán Morrison and Mick O'Hara, Zig & Zag will follow the pair's life in the suburbs after a crash landing on earth.

Morrison and O'Hara will also voice the characters, with former Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson also part of the voice cast.

Zig & Zag made their TV debut on RTÉ's The Den back in 1987, before arriving in the UK on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast five years later.

Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have provided funding for the project. »

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11 killer facts from the stars of BBC Three's Killer Magic

24 March 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

If, like us, you like a bit of magic on television, you're in luck - BBC Three is about to bring a brand new magic show your way! Killer Magic, which begins tonight, sees five very different magicians - Dee Christopher, Chris Cox, Ben Hart, Damien O'Brien and Jasz Vegas - try to come up with the best trick on a theme.

They all mark each other, though, and the loser faces a very dangerous, seriously scary 'killer trick' at the end of it all... you know, the kind that's ended magicians' careers or even left them slightly dead. Oh dear. To find out more, we caught up with the fivesome - read on for 11 killer things they told us...

1. They don't actually spend all their time showing each other tricks.

"I imagine it's like plumbers getting together and being like, 'How do you plumb a U-bend? I've got this variation. »

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Gaby Roslin to guest present ITV's Lorraine

12 February 2015 6:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gaby Roslin will guest present Lorraine next week.

The 50-year-old will fill in for Lorraine Kelly from Monday, February 16 to Friday, February 20.

The presenter is taking the week off to spend time with her family over the school holidays.

She said: "Lorraine is without doubt the kindest, sweetest woman on telly with a wicked sense of humour. They are very tough shoes to fill and I'm hugely touched that she's asked me to look after her show whilst she's away. I can't wait."

Roslin previously hosted The Big Breakfast with Chris Evans, and has also worked on the BBC's Top Dog and Food Inspectors. She currently hosts her own show on BBC London Radio.

Guests on Lorraine next week include Ashley Roberts, Sam Bailey, Claire Sweeney, Nadia Sawalha, John Whaite and Dean Edwards.

Last year, Kelly celebrated her 30th year in breakfast television with a special edition of her long-running show. »

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