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Don Leaver obituary

Television producer and director behind such popular dramas as Prime Suspect, A Touch of Frost, and, most notably, The Avengers

Don Leaver, who has died aged 86, was an award-winning television director and producer responsible for many hours of popular drama, notably as one of the key contributors to the success of the quirky adventure series The Avengers. He directed the first episode and stayed with the show as it transformed from a traditional thriller into an offbeat fantasy drama that sold worldwide and was a prime-time hit in the Us.

Having cut his teeth on the ABC crime drama Police Surgeon (1960), starring Ian Hendry, Leaver was a natural choice to migrate to its follow-up project, The Avengers, in which Hendry, now playing a different character, was joined by Patrick Macnee’s shady agent John Steed. Leaver and his equally inventive and dynamic colleague Peter Hammond directed the majority of episodes in that first year,
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical extends in London

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, London

Aldwych Theatre

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has had its London run extended, and will now play in the capital’s West End until 26 November 2016.

Over 350,000 new tickets have been released for the show, which will have new cast members join the production in November. Cassidy Janson will play the title role in the musical from 30th November, while Diane Keen will appear as Genie Klein, King’s mother. Alan Morrissey will continue as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin as well as Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil,
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UK TV Ratings: BBQ Champ serves up 2.29 million viewers on ITV

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

BBQ Champ served up 2.29 million viewers (12.8%) for ITV on Friday evening (July 31).

'Great British BBQ Rip Off' - here's what Twitter thought of BBQ Champ

Featuring Adam Richman, Mark Blatchford and Myleene Klass, the brand new cooking competition peaked with 2.51 million between 9-10pm.

Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was ITV's highest rated show outside of soaps, attracting 2.39 million (13.6%) at 8pm.

Both shows were outperformed by the returning Ripper Street on BBC One, which entertained 3.73 million (20.8%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening began with 2.32 million (13.6%) for Animal Super Parents at 7pm, and continued with 2.95 million (15.6%) for Would I Lie to You at 8.30pm.

The night ended with 1.97 million (16.8%) for Room 101 at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's evening was dominated by the rugby league match between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens, which was seen by 1.02 million (5.7%) from 7.30pm.

It
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Presto TV to commission local production

Subscription VoD service Presto TV will commission original Australian programming and source other content exclusively for the platform.

A joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media, Presto TV launched last Sunday. Subscribers pay a monthly fee of $9.99 for the TV stream, the same amount for Foxtel.s 10-months-old Presto Movies, and $14.99 for both.

Presto TV will commission original productions including drama, Seven Network director of programming Angus Ross tells If.. "We will make stuff for Presto TV," he said, without giving any specifics.

As for acquisitions, he flagged the streaming service would buy content such as .binge-worthy dramas. and more children.s programming.

Ross said, .My mantra for Seven.s primary channel is that I will buy something if I think it will rate. That.s the same in finding content we think will work for Presto TV..

Pre-launch, Presto TV announced it had bought non-exclusive rights to a
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London Calling: Branko Tomovic talks about 24: Live Another Day

Trevor Hogg chats with Branko Tomovic about hanging out with Jack Bauer on the streets of London, England…

“It’s definitely an exciting time for TV and even film stars, who only did exclusively movies before, are now on television as well,” notes Branko Tomovic (Remote Control). “It’s all about the material. Our cinemas seem to be occupied with comic book films, sequels and franchises; it’s almost impossible to see an interesting beautiful independent movie outside of film festivals. Those character driven films are so rare these days which is really a shame. TV nowadays offers great storytelling, the time to have a great character arc, and room for development.” Before being cast in a American television series starring Kiefer Sutherland (A Time to Kill), Tomovic had appeared in British TV programs A Touch of Frost (1992), Whitechapel (2009) and Blood Foreigners: The Untold Battle of Britain (2010). The trailers are
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Sherlock, Poirot: Who is the UK's favourite detective?

The British public's top ten favourite TV detectives have been revealed.

Britain's Favourite Detectives - a celebration of the UK's greatest fictional crime solvers - will air on Saturday, April 19 on Channel 5.

Benedict Cumbarbatch's dashing Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's intellectual Hercule Poirot and Life on Mars double-act Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) are among the top 'tecs featured.

Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 9.25pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which detective has claimed the top spot.

The top ten list is as follows...

Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)

Miss Marple (Marple)

Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Inspector Morse (Morse)

Di Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)

Di Frost (A Touch of Frost)

Sam Tyler & Gene Hunt (Life on Mars)

Hercule Poirot (Poirot)

Dci Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)

Detective Columbo (Columbo)

Britain's Favourite
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Have I Got News for You continues to top Friday night ratings

Have I Got News For You was once again Friday's (April 11) highest-rated show outside of soaps.

Hosted by Green Wing and Episodes actor Stephen Mangan, the comedy panel show was seen by an average of 4.71 million people (22.1%).

The One Show opened the evening with 3.26 million viewers (19%) at 7pm, and was followed by 2.85 million (15.1%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

Ratings jumped to 3.95m (17.6%) for the latest episode of Masterchef at 8.30pm, while Outnumbered attracted 3.05 million (14.7%) at 9.30pm.

BBC One capped off the evening with 2.80 million (21.4%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. Norton was joined by Spider-Man stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield, as well as musical guest Paolo Nutini.

Over on ITV, The Cube: Celebrity Special saw Joey Essex and Coronation Street's Kym Marsh attempt to win £250k for charity. The episode entertained 2.91 million (14.1%) at 9pm.

Elsewhere, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was seen by 2.61 million (12.6%) at 8pm.
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Downton Abbey helps increase ITV's audience share for first time since 1990

Broadchurch and I'm a Celebrity also contribute to main ITV channel's 16.2% share of all viewing in 2013

ITV's main network increased its audience share last year for the first time since 1990, on the back of successful shows including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

The channel had a 16.2% share of all viewing (including the ITV HD simulcast channel and ITV1+1 timeshift service) in 2013, compared with 15.7% the previous year.

The last time ITV's annual share of viewing grew, John Major was prime minister and the broadcaster dominated British television with shows such as London's Burning, Jeeves and Wooster and Minder, starring George Cole – and The Big Match was still must-see football viewing. At the time, there were still only four terrestrial channels and BSkyB's satellite service was in its infancy.

In 1990, ITV had a 44% audience share and Coronation Street was the most popular show on TV,
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BBC One leads Friday night primetime with 'Hignfy', 'Graham Norton'

BBC One maintained its Friday night ratings grip outside of soaps last night (November 1), with Have I Got News For You and The Graham Norton Show securing more than a fifth of the audience.

This week's instalment of topical panel show Have I Got News For You featured Kirsty Young as guest host, alongside panelists Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Max Keiser and Tony Law. The 9pm show brought in 4.49 million viewers, with an audience share of 20.6%.

Citizen Khan attracted 2.86m (13.9%) viewers at 9.30pm, but ultimately lost out to ITV 1's Piers Morgan's Life Stories. The Graham Norton Show returned BBC One to the top of the ratings pile with 3.59m viewers - a 26.4% share.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories with Riverdance star Michael Flatley attracted an audience of 3.82m (18%) on ITV 1. However, the channel's Friday night film, Closer, only pulled in 610,000 viewers (6.5%).

Channel 4's Friday night comedy lineup continued to
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David Jason on his best roles: Del Boy, Pop, Granville, Frost - video

Comedy legend David Jason returns to one of his key roles, Granville from Open All Hours, in a one-off special this Christmas.

Jason also of course played Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, Inspector Jack Frost in A Touch of Frost and many more.

Today he releases his long-awaited autobiography My Life, and in the video above teases some anecdotes about his most famous roles.

David Jason: My Life is on sale now.
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Viewer’s Guide – July 2013

In a manner similar to what happens with the television schedules, the streaming services suddenly go quiet in the summer. For true cinema fans this is pretty good news because the art house stuff comes along as well as some of the better catalogue titles that might have appeared elsewhere before.

It will probably be September before any subscription winning blockbusters are added again but the smart money is on one of the big ones adding The Avengers and (fingers crossed) the last season of Breaking Bad.

By the time you read this, the new Netflix exclusive series Orange is the New Black from the creator of Weeds, will be available on Netflix. Early word is that it’s actually the best Netflix exclusive title so far, which is good news after the horrendous Hemlock Grove. I will weigh in with an opinion next month.

Films

Holy Motors (2012)

Starring: Denis Lavant,
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Big Brother holds steady with 1.96m for second launch episode

The second launch episode of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies brought 1.96 million (9.8%) viewers to Channel 5 from 9pm on Friday (June 15), overnight data shows.

The show, which introduced housemates including socialite Gina Rio and mother-daughter duo Jackie and Charlie, held on to most of its viewers from Thursday's launch episode (1.99m/9.3%). A further 158k (1%) caught the programme on Channel 5+1.

Over on BBC One, Miranda earned 3.27m (15.6%) at 9pm and Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.65m (17.7%) half an hour later.

Earlier, Would I Lie To You grabbed 2.55m (11.7%) at 8.30pm, while The Graham Norton Show was watched by 3.5m (25.4%) at 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, Antiques Road Trip interested 1.12m (6%) from 6.45pm and The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England continued with 1.38m (6.6%) at 9pm.

Ben Fogle's Harbour Lives brought 3.49m (17.1%) to ITV at 8pm and David Lynch's 2006 movie Inland Empire attracted 160k (2.2%) from 10.45pm.

Meanwhile, Channel 4's The Million
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'Inspector Morse', 'Cold Feet', more ITV drama series for Clubcard TV

Classic ITV drama series are to be made available online via Clubcard TV.

Clubcard TV is a free ad-supported movie and TV service launched by Tesco in March 2013.

Cracker, A Touch of Frost, Above Suspicion, Inspector Morse, Lewis, Miss Marple and Prime Suspect will all be available to watch on the new ad-supported service.

Selected episodes of Cold Feet, The Darling Buds of May and a number of cooking shows including Hell's Kitchen USA will also be accessible.

"It's great news for fans of quality drama that some of ITV's best loved shows are coming to Clubcard TV," said Scott Deutrom, MD of Clubcard TV.

"This is a significant new deal for us as many of the shows added will appeal to our heartland audience."

Clubcard TV is available to all Tesco clubcard holders and has deals with producers including Aardman, Endemol and Warner Bros.
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Paul Shane obituary

Sitcom star whose tragi-comic character Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi! was his great triumph

In one episode of the 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, the tragi-comic holiday camp crooner and funnyman Ted Bovis dreams up a sure-fire money-making scheme. His plan is to defray his alimony expenses by charging campers entry to a secret night-time screening of a blue movie so hot that the police want to confiscate it.

Bovis was always concocting scams – dodgy bingo, rigged raffles, embezzling the campers' amenity fund. Paul Shane, who has died aged 72 after a short illness, played the character in 58 episodes, from 1980 to 1988, and was ideally cast as the portly, sad-eyed clown with the loud check suit, teddy-boy quiff and gruff voice.

If Les Dawson and Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons had been poured into the same body and given a hopeless job at a holiday camp in a coastal town they forgot to close down,
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'Hi-de-Hi!' star Su Pollard pays tribute to Paul Shane

Su Pollard has led the tributes to the late actor Paul Shane.

Shane died yesterday (May 16) at the age of 72, after a short illness.

Pollard starred opposite Shane in the sitcoms Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M'Lord?, for which they were both perhaps most well-known.

The pair remained close friends throughout Shane's life, and she visited him a few days before his passing.

"I just remember the great fun we had, always laughing, every single day," Pollard told BBC Breakfast.

"He would never be the one to push himself forward, but as soon as he was Ted Bovis [in Hi-de-Hi!], he came into his own. There was very definitely two sides to him, but [they were] equally lovely."

Ricky Gervais also paid tribute to Shane on Twitter, calling him an "old school Britcom hero".

Austin Powers star Mike Myers wrote: "Rip Paul Shane. Great British Comic, actor and talent. Rest in peace sir."

Paul Shane
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Hi-de-Hi! star Paul Shane dies, aged 72

Hi-de-Hi! star Paul Shane dies, aged 72
Actor gained fame for playing Ted Bovis in BBC sitcom

The Hi-de-Hi! actor Paul Shane died on Thursday at the age of 72 after a short illness, his agent has said.

The star of the 1980s BBC1 sitcom was surrounded by friends and family in a hospice in his home town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Linda Kremer, the actor's agent for 15 years, said: "Paul Shane was a consummate professional, a true gentleman, a good friend, and a joy to work with.

"He didn't suffer fools, always maintained his sense of humour, never stinted on the time he gave to his fans. He lightened my life and I'll miss him enormously."

Shane was a coalminer before starting out as a cabaret act touring working men's clubs in the 1960s.

As well starring in Hi-di-Hi! as holiday camp host Ted Bovis, he was among the cast of You Rang M'Lord and Oh, Dr Beeching!
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'Hi-de-Hi!' star Paul Shane dies, aged 72

Paul Shane has died at the age of 72.

The actor is best known for playing Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi!.

Shane passed away after a short illness today (May 16) in a Rotherham hospice surrounded by his family.

His agent Linda Kremer described Shane as "a consummate professional, a true gentleman, a good friend and a joy to work with over the past 15 years".

"He didn't suffer fools, always maintained his sense of humour, never stinted on the time he gave to his fans," she told ITV News. He lightened my life and I'll miss him enormously."

The actor, who was born George Frederick Speight in South Yorkshire, originally worked as a miner before retiring from the job aged 27 following an accident.

As well as his role in the popular BBC sitcom, Shane starred in Turtle's Progress, You Rang, M'Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!, and has also appeared in Emmerdale and A Touch of Frost.
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Looking back at Grange Hill

Feature Jason D'Allison 17 May 2013 - 07:08

Grange Hill. The only school kids ever seemed to be interested in. Us included…

At your school, did anyone die in the swimming pool? Did you have to contend with vicious bullies (and we’re talking about the teachers!)? Did everyone have London accents coarse enough to strip the paint off the classroom doors? Yes? Flippin’ ’eck, you must have gone to Grange Hill!

If you grew up in the 1980s but don’t have a fondness for Grange Hill, there’s probably only one explanation: you were banned from watching it. Yep, for those of us who could get away with it, this rites-of-passage drama series about the pupils of a north-London comprehensive was must-see television, but by parents and teachers it was generally despised. It all started in 1978, and continues to this day (just about), but its golden age was undoubtedly the 1980s.
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Game of Thrones fires up Sky Atlantic ratings | TV ratings - 1 April

Return of fantasy drama more than 700,000 viewers – more than second season, but fewer than show's UK debut

Game of Thrones returned for its third series on Sky Atlantic with more than 700,000 viewers on Monday night, up on its second series launch last year but not quite hitting the highs of its 2011 debut.

The big budget fantasy drama starring Charles Dance attracted 710,000 viewers between 9pm and 10.15pm.

Although its 2.7% share of the audience was small compared with most of the mainstream channels, it was a huge rating for Sky Atlantic – 1,700% up on its slot average over the past three months.

Last night's third series launch was up on the 522,000 viewers who watched the start of series two in April last year, but down on the 743,000 who saw the first series debut in April 2011.

It's complicated, but not as complicated as Game of Thrones

Jonathan Creek returned for the first time in three years with 7 million viewers,
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Not game for hours of Olympic TV coverage? Here's some alternatives

Big Brother, meerkats, movies – and plenty of crime drama repeats. We've got a marathon choice of alternative opening weekend viewing for you

It's hard to believe it's only been seven years since the UK won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Sometimes it feels like we've been talking about logos and medals and corporate sponsors for decades. The torch relay alone feels like it's been going on for eons, like a X Factor tension pause where Dermot O'Leary holds a burning stick for 70 days before finally announcing the winner in a festoon of bunting.

For many, two weeks of Olympic sport will be the TV highlight of 2012. (You can read our guide to negotiating BBC coverage here). But for every crowd of people glued to dressage and wrestling, there are a handful who couldn't give two hoots for Team Gb. And with you in mind, here's some alternative TV viewing for the opening weekend.
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