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Sean Hughes blasts BBC's all-male panel show ban

4 April 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Comedian Sean Hughes thinks that the BBC's ban on all-male panel shows is ''disgraceful''. Hughes - who spent ten series as a team captain on BBC Two music quiz show 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' - is shocked by Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen's recent ban on all-male panels on its comedy shows, insisting it is disrespectful to women. Sean exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''It's inverted sexism in itself. They could have had a quiet word with producers and said, 'Try to get some more women on.' But making a grand statement like that was disrespectful to women.'' Hughes thinks Cohen's ruling »

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Kym Marsh splits from boyfriend

2 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Comedian Sean Hughes thinks that the BBC's ban on all-male panel shows is ''disgraceful''. Hughes - who spent ten series as a team captain on BBC Two music quiz show 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' - is shocked by Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen's recent ban on all-male panels on its comedy shows, insisting it is disrespectful to women. Sean exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''It's inverted sexism in itself. They could have had a quiet word with producers and said, 'Try to get some more women on.' But making a grand statement like that was disrespectful to women.'' Hughes thinks Cohen's ruling »

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Do Miranda's knowing nods to camera burst the live audience's bubble?

21 March 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Miranda Hart uses some of her conspiratorial TV sitcom moves in her arena show, but the best comics can make big venues seem intimate without resorting to screen tricks

Miranda Hart likes throwing looks to the camera, right? She says she nicked the tic, frequently deployed on her sitcom, from Eric Morecambe. And where did Eric Morecambe get it? Well, it's a theatre technique – a subversive breach of the fourth wall, a conspiratorial appeal to the crowd. It identifies the performer with his or her audience, rather than with everyone else onstage.

So what's going on when Miranda performs at the O2 – and everywhere else on her current tour of enormo-domes – and throws those moués not at the audience, but at a camera hovering in the wings? Yes, I know why she's doing it; 90% of us in the arena are watching her image on the gigantic screen upstage rather than Miranda herself, »

- Brian Logan

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Ricky Wilson to have own quiz show?

17 March 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ricky Wilson is in talks to land his own quiz show. The 'Voice' UK coach has impressed Wall To Wall producers so much that they're keen for him to host his own programme on BBC, which will be similar to the game show 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Producers are developing ideas to match his personality -- irreverent and credible.'' Meanwhile, Ricky's co-star Will.i.am is also exploring other TV ventures as he will feature in a one-off 60-minute film with Joanna Lumley, which will air later this month. The documentary, which is entitled 'Joanna Lumley Meets Will.i.am', will »

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Juliette Lewis: 'I faced my fears'

15 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

At 18, Juliette Lewis was a Hollywood star. But fame brought drug addiction and panic attacks. As she returns to the big screen, she talks revolt, rehab and rock'n'roll with Ryan Gilbey

Juliette Lewis has been drug-free for – how long is it now? Give her a minute. She's working it out. "I was 22. I'm 40 now. So that's …" And yet one of the pleasures of being in her company is that she acts like someone trying to conceal a certain chemical wooziness. She totters and wobbles when she crosses the room like a human Slinky, in her low-cut cream top and black leather smudge of a skirt. Her speech patterns have the same jerkiness: when she declares that she has finished doing TV appearances for the day and so can now "be as idiosyncratic as I want", she pronounces that adjective gingerly, with the trepidation of someone walking a tightrope in heels. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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