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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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Who should be a permanent host of Have I Got News For You? - open thread

9 July 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

You'll probably only notice when looking up the show on iPlayer, but Have I Got News For You has just completed its 47th series. Forty. Seventh.

18 of those have been without Angus Deayton in the host's chair. After "becoming the story" it was felt that he couldn't continue, but can the revolving position continue spinning forever?

There have been 93 guest presenters and counting, but the news that Rhod Gilbert has taken the central role on Never Mind The Buzzcocks could spur Hat Trick to follow suit for the quintessential panel show.

Alexander Armstrong would be an obvious choice, having played guest presenter 24 times, but we're quite partial to Martin Clunes, who has been a safe pair of hands on his eight outings.

Who do you think would be an ideal permanent host of Have I Got News For You and why?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. »

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Rhod Gilbert becomes permanent Never Mind the Buzzcocks host

9 July 2014 4:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rhod Gilbert has been named as the new permanent host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

His appointment ends the reign of guest hosts on the show, which began when Simon Amstell left the series in 2009.

Gilbert, a comedian and music fan, will join returning team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus for the show's 28th series later this year.

"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," Gilbert joked. "It has all happened so fast.

"Never Mind the Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens. It's an institution, in a good way. It's a great honour to be asked to take the reins full time and to hang out with Noel and Phill, and I'm equally excited and nervous about »

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Nick Knowles on... Strictly, Diy Sos and his love for Bradley Walsh

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

Nick Knowles is definitely a fixture of the television schedules, and he's back for more with another series of his Saturday night show Break The Safe - which returns tomorrow. To mark its launch, we got on the phone with Nick for a natter about the many things he's got going on - from the future of Diy Sos to whether he really was approached about Strictly...

"I think people overlook the Saturday night stuff on BBC One because it's wrapped around the lottery. But you can tell a good show from a bad show, because a bad one will get about 2m, and a good one will do several million more than that. We know lots of people watched Break The Safe last time and enjoyed it, so I'm very pleased to get a second go at it. I think sometimes also people think these things are made up »

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Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

4 June 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex's series looking back at the film careers of actors who've played the Doctor finishes with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi...

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Read the previous part in this series: the film careers of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, here.

By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.

Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »

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The Office, Top Gear and more: BBC Two's Greatest Ever Shows

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

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark today - Sunday, April 20.

Picking out the greatest shows from five decades of broadcasting seems like a near-impossible task, but never say that Digital Spy is easily cowed. These are - in our humble opinion - the channel's finest ever offerings.

BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back

The rules are as follows: shows like Red Dwarf that originated on BBC Two are eligible, but shows better associated with another channel are not - say Top of the Pops, which aired on BBC One for the majority of its run but shifted to the sister channel for its final episodes.

Oh, and we're talking only original commissions - so no Us imports either. But even that barely narrows it down, so if you think there are any glaring omissions, »

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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, »

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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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