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Steph & Dom's Nigel Farage special attracts 1.9m on Monday

16 December 2014 3:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Steph & Dom Meet Nigel Farage was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on a quiet Monday evening, overnight data reveals.

The Gogglebox stars' dinner with the Ukip leader intrigued 1.92m (10.9%) at 10pm on Channel 4, with an added 144,000 (1.5%) on +1.

Earlier, Dogs: Their Secret Lives appealed to 1.11m (4.8%) at 8pm (131k/0.6% on +1), followed by Skint with 1.58m (7.5%) at 9pm (228k/1.5%).

The low-rated evening saw BBC One's The One Show topping the night outside soaps with 4.30m (21.2%) at 7pm, followed by a Fake Britain repeat with 3.37m (15.9%) at 7.30pm. Panorama interested 2.43m (10.5%) at 8.30pm, while Wild Weather brought in 2.76m (13.0%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.81m (12.3%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.33m (10.1%) at 8.30pm. Canterbury Cathedral was seen by 1.45m (6.8%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 897k (5.0%) at 10pm.

ITV's Bette Midler: One Night Only entertained 2.77m (13.1%) at 9pm (148k/0.9%).

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Royal Variety Performance attracts 6.5m, down from 2013

9 December 2014 3:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The 2014 Royal Variety Performance topped the ratings outside soaps on Monday, overnight data reveals.

However, the Michael McIntyre-hosted event was down by almost a million from last year, attracting an average 6.52 million (28.7%) at 7.30pm on ITV (348,000/1.8% on +1). It was also down by nearly 2m from 2012's performance.

On BBC One, Panorama intrigued 2.92m (12.5%) at 8.30pm, followed by Richard Hammond's Wild Weather with 2.48m (10.7%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Strictly: It Takes Two entertained 2.30m (11.6%) at 6.30pm, while the Fa Cup Draw scored 2.59m (12.5%) at 7pm. University Challenge quizzed 2.57m (10.5%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.01m (8.6%) at 8.30pm.

Posh People continued with 1.25m (5.4%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 892k (5.0%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie Oliver's Cracking Christmas appealed to 1.37m (5.7%) at 8pm (298k/1.3%), followed by Skint with 1.10m (4.8%) at 9pm (267k/1.7%).

Channel 5's latest episode of Gotham thrilled 920k (4.0%) at 9pm (131k »

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BBC One Christmas Day schedule announced

2 December 2014 9:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's Christmas Day schedule has been announced.

Shrek spin-off film Puss in Boots will begin proceedings at 3.10pm, with Michael McIntyre's Very Christmassy Christmas Show concluding the lineup from 10.40pm.

Christmas Day on @BBCOne - Be with the ones you love. pic.twitter.com/T2aOZpozYr

BBC One (@BBCOne) December 2, 2014

Channel 5 unveils festive schedule including Sing-Along Christmas Day

Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC

The schedule is as follows: Puss in Boots (3.10pm), Strictly Come Dancing (5pm), Doctor Who (6.15pm), Miranda (7.15pm), Call the Midwife (7.50pm), EastEnders (9pm), Mrs Brown's Boys (10.05pm) and Michael McIntyre's Very Christmassy Christmas Show (10.40pm).

BBC One celebrates classic Christmas television in its current festive trailer.

Last week, the BBC announced some of the highlights from its film and television lineups for the Christmas period.

Special editions of Would I Lie to You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks »

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I'm a Celebrity tops Monday ratings with 8.4m viewers

2 December 2014 3:16 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! topped the ratings on Monday (December 1), according to overnight figures.

The jungle series was about level with last Monday's show with an average of 8.37 million (35.3%) at 8.30pm (372k/2% on +1), as Jimmy Bullard became the first celebrity to be voted out of camp.

Earlier, Countrywise appealed to 2.95m (12.9%) at 8pm, while ITV2's I'm a Celebrity... Now! brought in 889.8k (5.7%) at 10pm (60.8k/0.7%).

BBC One's Miranda repeat averaged 3.09m (12.9%) at 8.30pm, while Wild Weather with Richard Hammond brought in 2.85m (12%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Strictly: It Takes Two attracted 1.92m (9.9%) at 6.30pm. University Challenge appealed to 2.69m (11.7%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.06m (8.6%) at 8.30pm.

Posh People: Inside Tatler continued with 1.27m (5.4%) at 9pm, before Never Mind the Buzzcocks brought in 930k (5.3%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, the results of the Turner Prize intrigued 480k (2.3%) at 7.30pm »

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BBC One celebrates classic Christmas TV moments in new trailer

29 November 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One celebrates classic Christmas television in a new festive trailer.

The video, entitled 'Be With The Ones You Love', takes viewers through a selection of memorable screen moments from over the years.

Starting with a series of BBC One Christmas idents, clips are then shown from programmes including Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders and The Two Ronnies.

Snippets of Call The Midwife, Doctor Who, Miranda and The Vicar of Dibley also appear.

Earlier this week, BBC announced its Christmas film and television line-ups.

Special editions of Would I Lie To You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks have been confirmed, while Avengers Assemble leads the movie listings. »

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Rik Mayall tribute, McIntyre Xmas show join BBC's Christmas line-up

25 November 2014 4:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Television has unveiled new details of its line-up for 2014.

The late Rik Mayall will be remembered in tribute Lord of Misrule, narrated by Simon Callow and featuring contributions from Michael Palin, Simon Pegg and more.

Michael McIntyre will host his Very Christmassy Christmas Show, while John Bishop's Christmas Show will also return for another year.

Festive editions of popular quiz shows Would I Lie To You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Qi, Mock The Week, Pointless Celebrities and Celebrity Mastermind have also been confirmed.

In addition to joining Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond for a two-part Top Gear special, James May will also host a new episode of Toy Stories and Gareth Malone is back with The Choir: New Military Wives.

Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC

Danny Cohen, Director of Television, said: "This year's Christmas line-up on BBC Television is one of our best ever. »

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I'm a Celebrity tops Monday ratings with 8.4m viewers

25 November 2014 3:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! easily came out on top on Monday, overnight data reveals.

The ITV show dropped over 800,000 viewers from last Monday's show and around 500,000 from Sunday to an average 8.46 million (35.0%) at 9pm (575k/3.6% on +1).

Earlier, Countrywise brought in 3.11m (13.2%) at 8pm, while ITV2's I'm a Celebrity... Now! entertained 776k (4.9%) at 10pm (150k/1.8%).

On BBC One, Fake Britain interested 3.87m (17.7%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama brought in 2.15m (9.1%) at 8.30pm. A New Tricks repeat was seen by 2.49m (10.3%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Strictly: It Takes Two attracted 2.14m (10.8%) at 6.30pm. University Challenge quizzed 2.69m (11.4%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.28m (9.6%) at 8.30pm. Posh People launched with 1.49m (6.1%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 876k (4.9%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Dispatches intrigued 811k (3.5%) at 8pm, followed by How to Sell Your Home with 933k (3.9%) at 8.30pm. New series Skint gathered »

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Gotham drops 400k for second episode on Channel 5

21 October 2014 2:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gotham stayed above 1 million viewers for its second episode on Channel 5, overnight data reveals.

The comic book drama dropped just under 400,000 from last week's launch to 1.35m (5.9%) at 9pm (125k/0.8 on +1).

Earlier, Police Interceptors brought in 737k (3.2%) at 8pm, while Under the Dome continued with 627k (4.0%).

BBC One's Inside Out was seen by 3.50m (16.1%) at 7.30pm, followed by Panorama with 2.10m (9.1%) at 8.30pm.

The New Tricks finale was the most-watched show of the night outside soaps, bringing in 4.47m (19.5%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.70m (11.7%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.10m (9.1%) at 8.30pm.

The Kitchen's latest episode brought in 880k (3.8%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 949k (5.4%) at 10pm.

ITV's Grantchester continued with 4.09m (17.8%) at 9pm (404k/2.6%). Earlier, The Undriveables gathered 2.57m (11.2%) at 8pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food interested 1.12m (4.9%) at 8pm (141k/0.6%), followed by Sarah Beeny's How »

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Gotham debuts with 1.7m, Made in Chelsea returns with 549k

14 October 2014 2:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gotham debuted with big ratings for Channel 5 on Monday, overnight data reveals.

The Batman origin series launched with 1.73 million (7.8%) on average at 9pm, with an added 317,000 (2.1%) tuning in on +1.

Earlier, Police Interceptors brought in 761k (3.4%) at 8pm, while Under the Dome continued with 771k (5.0%) at 10pm.

On E4, Made in Chelsea returned for its eighth regular series with 549k (2.5%) at 9pm (190k/1.2% on +1), on par with its last episode. Glue intrigued 277k (1.8%) at 10pm (120k/1.5%).

BBC One's New Tricks topped the ratings overall with 4.73m (21.4%) at 9pm. The Farage Factor appealed to 2.71m (12.1%) at 8.30pm, and 10 Years of The Apprentice gathered 1.82m (17.1%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 3.01m (13.3%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.09m (9.3%) at 8.30pm. The Kitchen continued with 889k (4.0%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks entertained 896k (5.1%) at 10pm.

On ITV, Grantchester continued with 4.15m (18.8%) at 9pm (427k/2.8%), while The Undriveables »

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Joaquin's mutton chops and Belle & Sebastian return plus today's pop culture news

30 September 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Welcome to Guide Daily, keeping tabs on todays pop cultural tremors live til five!

Coming up: Inherent Vice, Belle & Sebastian, Noomi Rapace, Mastodons twerk frenzy and, um, Robbie & Avicii

Join the fun by commenting below or tweeting @guideguardian

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If youre in Manchester, go and see Sbtrkt at Albert Hall.

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about the TV shows that refuse to die. But we neglected to mention the positively jurassic Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which began its 28th series last night (it debuted way back in 1996, when jokes about rockers getting blowjobs from groupies were apparently still funny). After years of guest presenters, the programme has finally settled on a permanent host. And surprise surprise, its another waspish, middle-aged white bloke.

To be fair, the bespoke opening sequence about Rhod Gilberts first day on the job was mildly amusing.

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Earlier today, we »

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ITV's Cilla concludes with over 6 million on Monday

30 September 2014 2:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cilla climbed back in the ratings for its final episode on Monday, overnight data reveals.

The ITV biopic rose to 6.03 million (26.1%) on average at 9pm, with an added 372,000 (2.4%) watching on +1. Earlier, The Undriveables was seen by 2.60m (11.6%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Inside Out appealed to 3.52m (16.9%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama brought in 2.33m (10.3%) at 8.30pm. New Tricks continued with 4.60m (19.9%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge quizzed 2.83m (12.6%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.03m (9.0%) at 8.30pm. Horizon fascinated 1.48m (6.4%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks returned with new host Rhod Gilbert with 1.11m (6.4%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie's Comfort Food attracted 1.17m (5.2%) at 8pm (183k/0.8% on +1). Gadget Man intrigued 1.04m (4.6%) at 8.30pm.

New series 24 Hours in Police Custody gathered 1.62m (7.4%) at 9pm (349k/2.5%), followed by Jon Richardson Grows Up with 532k (4.4%) at 10.30pm.

Channel 5's Ultimate Police Interceptors was seen by 747k (3.3%) at 8pm. »

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Never Mind the Buzzcocks talks Mick Jagger... and it gets dirty

29 September 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Talk turns to touring with Mick Jagger in this Never Mind the Buzzcocks clip, and in true Buzzcocks style things get dirty, quickly.

As The 1975's Matt Healy is questioned about his time supporting The Rolling Stones, prepare for bad impressions, inappropriateness and lots of laughter.

The clip ends with team captain Noel Fielding exclaiming to Rhod Gilbert that "this is the rudest show I've ever been on", while guest Professor Green quips: "Well his name is Rhod."

Series 28 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns with Gilbert as the new permanent host.

This ends the tradition of having guest hosts on the show, which began when Simon Amstell left the series in 2009.

In the series 28 opener, Gilbert, Fielding and Phill Jupitus are joined by guests Healy, Green, comedian Roisin Conaty and Gabby Logan.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns tonight (September 29) at 10pm on BBC Two. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Cilla, 24 Hours in Police Custody

29 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Cilla: ITV, 9pm

The mini-series based on the life of Cilla Black concludes in this episode.

Following the success of her second number one record, Cilla (Sheridan Smith) starts to shed her cheeky girl-next-door image. Both her relationships with manager Brian and boyfriend Bobby (Aneurin Barnard) are on the rocks as a result, but something even bigger threatens to ruin the newfound success of our rising star.

24 Hours in Police Custody: Channel 4, 9pm

A new observational documentary series from the company that brought you 24 Hours in A&E begins tonight.

Viewers are led into the working lives of Bedfordshire Police around the clock, from the centre of investigations and interrogations to Luton prison. This episode follows the story of a man arrested on the suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks: BBC Two, 10pm

In the new series of this comedy pop quiz show, Welsh »

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Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Rhod Gilbert on becoming the new host

29 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It feels like we've had guest hosts on Never Mind the Buzzcocks forever, but that's about to change. Yup, we have a new - permanent - host, and it's none other than comedian Rhod Gilbert. Since that's a pretty big thing to take on, we called up Rhod - while he was dealing with an unruly dog on a Welsh mountain (good preparation, in other words) - to find out how he'll cope with difficult guests, what'll be different and why the first single he ever bought is not a good sign of how credible he is...

Hi Rhod. Are you going to be more of a Lamarr or more of an Amstell?

"I don't think I'm either to be honest with you. You can go round in circles analysing these things to death. Both of those guys hosted a lot of shows, they left their mark on it indelibly. »

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TV highlights 29/09/2014

28 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Premier League Football: Stoke City v Newcastle United | Horizon: Is Your Brain Male Or Female? | Cilla | 24 Hours In Police Custody | Too Tough To Teach? | Never Mind The Buzzcocks | Glue | Dapper Laughs On The Pull

Two late goals from Papiss Cissé in Newcastles 2-2 draw with Hull may have saved Alan Pardews hide for the time being but with the side still winless this season calls for the Newcastle managers sacking are unlikely to subside any time soon. Stoke, meanwhile, are having a curious season: theyre playing a more expansive brand of football than in previous years, and managed a victory at Manchester City, but have otherwise failed to win a game. Gwilym Mumford

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- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Hannah J Davies and Mark Jones

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Watch 'Rhod's Perfect Day' on Never Mind the Buzzcocks

26 September 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two has released a cheeky teaser ahead of the return of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

The new series of the irreverent music quiz begins next week, with Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert taking the helm.

The tongue-in-cheek clip, set to air ahead of the show's titles, sees Gilbert having an idyllic start to the day and features everything from group dance numbers to Disney-esque cartoon birds.

Team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus return for the upcoming episodes, and will be joined by celebrity guests Matty Healy and Roisin Conaty (Team Noel) as well as Professor Green and Gabby Logan (Team Phil).

Never Mind the Buzzcocks will air on Monday, September 29 at 10pm on BBC2. »

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Bill Bailey to present Name That Tune

17 July 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Bill Bailey is to present resurrected game show 'Name That Tune'. The 50-year-old comedian has already filmed a pilot of the iconic show and bosses at ITV hope that will be enough to secure a full series, The Sun newspaper reports. The comedian-and-actor has starred in a number of popular game shows throughout his career, including 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News for You' and 'Q.I.'. 'Name That Tune' first appeared on screens between 1976 to 1988. The programme was briefly resurrected in 1997 by Channel 5 - when it was presented by Jools Holland - but only lasted a year. The decision »

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Bill Bailey to host ITV's Name That Tune reboot

17 July 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Bill Bailey has signed up to host ITV's reboot of Name That Tune.

The comedian filmed a pilot of the gameshow in London yesterday, Chortle reports.

Bailey, who plays the piano and the guitar, previously appeared as a team captain on musical panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Reports that ITV was working on a revamped version of the classic quiz show emerged last month.

Name That Tune originally aired in the UK in 1956, before being revived for 12 years in 1976 and then returning for two series on Channel 5 in 1997.

ITV has recently given new life to a number of classic quiz shows, such as Catchphrase and Through The Keyhole, while its new Warwick Davis-fronted version of Celebrity Squares will premiere next month. »

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Pop Idol: Zoe Birkett, Rik Waller - where are they now?

16 July 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We're not going to lie - when we found out that Zoe Birkett was entering the Big Brother house earlier this week, the Digital Spy office got very excited indeed. What a blast from the past - and how much the "little podgy kid from Pop Idol with the dreadlocks" (her words, not ours) has grown up in the last 13 years. But it got us thinking - what happened to the other contestants? We put on our deerstalker, pulled out our magnifying glass and started digging...

Series One

Korben

Korben, whose real name is Chris Niblett, now seems to be going by the hybrid Korben Niblett. He previously worked at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, but according to his LinkedIn page (oh yes), earlier this year he launched his own company, Evolve Beauty. Not so much of the singing anymore, then...

Rik Waller

Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now! »

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Rhod Gilbert is new Never Mind The Buzzcocks host

9 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Rhod Gilbert has been confirmed as the new host of 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'. The 45-year-old comedian - who has presented the humorous music quiz show in the past - will become the programme's new front man for its next series as he joins regulars Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus on the panel. He joked: ''After my first 'Buzzcocks' in 2009, I was told I was in with a shout to take over as regular host, and now, just five years later, I got the call. It has all happened so fast. '''Never Mind The Buzzcocks' is one of those rare shows that »

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