19 items from 2015
Here’s some exciting news. Channel 4 has picked up new sci-fi comedy, The Cloud, from Father Ted and The It Crowd creator Graham Linehan and Adam Buxton of Adam Buxton's Bug and The Adam And Joe Show. Mr Buxton is also much praised, in this writer’s household at least, for engineering this chuckle-inducing moment in Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
"We have commissioned the series but we have no word yet on casting, though we can assure you that it will still be set in space," an informative Channel 4 source told the Radio Times.
We’ve also learned that “The Cloud follows the fairly hapless crew of Cloud Station 13, a data hub floating in space, set up to protect »
Catch Tenth Doctor, David Tennant hosting Have I Got News For You? tonight! We’re not really used to seeing him presenting, but in the past, he’s done stints on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Red Nose Day, so it’s not completely unprecedented. The satirical show will, as always, feature Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, the former of whom is...
- Philip Bates
Autumn may have hit us with its reliable double-header of persistent drizzle and pitch-black commutes, but its better-looking sibling, Autumn TV, has our backs, insisting we hole in our warm sofa sanctuaries for fear of missing any brilliant telly.
Digital Spy has whittled down the next seven days' broadcasting mother lode to a must-watch list of 10, including the much-anticipated return of The Big Bang Theory, Sky1's Never Mind the Buzzcocks wannabe and the opulently decorated tears of Judges' Houses on The X Factor.
1. The Big Bang Theory - Thursday, 8.30pm on E4
The biggest TV show in the world right now returns for its ninth series, after its greatest cliffhanger yet saw Amy dump Sheldon who intended to propose. 'Bazingas' might be in short supply.
With Penny and Leonard also eloping for a Las Vegas wedding, the geeky chums are in for an uncharacteristically dramatic season opener. Sheldon might »
Sky 1 has revealed the final lineup for its new music panel show Bring the Noise.
In a TV world post-Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Bring the Noise will see rounds of music trivia, music video spoofs and performance battles.
Fans in the studio will also get to take part in some games, and there will be a live house band.
Dommett said: "I am unbelievably thrilled about the prospect of being a regular comedian on Sky 1's Bring the Noise. I'm sure Nicole Scherzinger is equally as excited at sitting next to me, »
Never Mind the Buzzcocks may be gone from TV screens, but Sky1 is planning a spiritual successor to the defunct music panel show.
Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs and The Voice fame is your host of Bring the Noise, which promises to blend music trivia questions with set pieces, parodies, mash-ups and a final round performance battle.
"Nicole, Tinie and Katherine are all completely brilliant and ridiculous in equal measure," said Wilson, who previously hosted Buzzcocks in 2006.
"I'm no stranger to music-based TV shows with a competitive element, but this is taking music TV to another level," he continued, encouraging viewers to "swing by the off licence, phone for a takeaway, and settle in".
Former X Factor judge Scherzinger added that she's looking forward to "letting loose, sharing some »
Bill Bailey has had a soft spot in geek hearts since time immemorial (aka the 1990s), with roles in Spaced, Black Books and Doctor Who complimenting his uncountable appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and other assorted panel shows. Of course, the man can put on a hell of a show by himself, as well.
Now, Bill Bailey has signed up for the role of Baloo in Audible’s new audio production of The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. We met up with Bill Bailey at Audible’s recording studios to discuss The Jungle Book, the chances of him cameo-ing in Star Trek Beyond, and a whole lot more besides…
So, what made you want to get involved with The Jungle Book?
Well! Well, »
Cilla Black was a hugely popular entertainer for over five decades, presenting some of the biggest variety shows and teaming up with the biggest stars.
As the country says goodbye to 'Our Cilla' today (August 20) at her funeral in Liverpool, we've chosen a bunch of hilarious and moving moments from her successful career.
Blind Date was known for its wacky contestants looking for love, and you can't get much wackier than Geoff Carter. Despite wearing a ludicrous shellsuit and carrying a Sooty puppet, he managed to win a date to the Seychelles. Suffice to say, they didn't get married.
2. Owning an undercover journalist on Blind Date
Cilla had her major comeback with Blind Date, a show which had so many memorable moments. One of the most controversial was when Cilla publicly outed a Cosmopolitan journalist who posed as a contestant, »
James Corden has become a chat show king in the Us - but anyone in the UK who watches his latest skit might experience a little déjà vu.
Sure, it was redressed as a 'Know Your Co-Star' quiz with guest Kevin Bacon, but there was no mistaking this for anything but a redressed Identity Parade.
Both involve the player being shown a vintage clip of a former star - then attempting to pick them out of a line-up.
Corden even hands out nicknames to the men stood in the line-up, mimicking the style of the Buzzcocks round - an example of which we present below:
Corden's got previous with Never Mind the Buzzcocks too - having hosted the show in 2009 and served as a team captain »
Dickson has been the distinctive voice of the show since it first started in 2004.
The X Factor 2015: Everything we know so far including the judges, auditions and rumours
"After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose," Dickson confirmed on Twitter.
Dickson began his career at the BBC and was the corporation's youngest ever TV news presenter at the age of 17.
Though David Dimbleby has presided over Question Time since the time of John Major, the injection of new blood to the panel gave the programme a fresh feel. The comedy show, by contrast, was business as usual
Having so far run for 35 years and 10 years respectively, the BBC’s Thursday night double-bill of topical panel shows – Question Time (BBC1, 10.35pm) and Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) – are both veterans by televisual standards. Mock-nervously aware of this fact, Dara Ó Briain started last night’s opening episode of the latest series of Mock the Week with an in-the-news quip about BBC2 having just axed Never Mind the Buzzcocks, so you never knew which long-running joke show might be next.
From last night’s evidence, the two schedule perennials are taking very different approaches to the challenge of remaining fresh. Although the miraculously consistent David Dimbleby is at the start of his »
- Mark Lawson
Last week BBC2 announced that the anarchic music panel show is to be dropped after almost 20 years. Are they right?
While it has provided moments of comic delight over the years, not to mention a reliable place to get my regular Phill Jupitus fix (I love him), I won’t be sad to see it go. The schedules aren’t exactly short of comedy panel shows at the moment and money saved by putting this one down could be well used trying something new. A sketch show, for instance. Where the hell did all the sketch shows go? Buzzcocks was born into a world where pop music was easily accessible on television and the guests were all familiar faces, no matter which era of pop they sprung from. Now it is an odd combination of fortysomething men and tiny hipster YouTube children I have never heard of. Dipping ratings and »
- Julia Raeside and Amy Dawson
Mock the Week will celebrate its 10th birthday when it returns next month.
The BBC Two topical series will come back for six weeks in June and July for its 14th series, before returning again in September and October.
Other comics that are set to appear include Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Zoe Lyons, Katherine Ryan, Josh Widdicombe, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, James Acaster, Matt Forde and Ellie Taylor.
Topics will include the election aftermath, the royal baby, American presidential candidates and a summer of sport.
'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' has been cancelled. The pop music panel quiz - most recently hosted by comedian Rhod Gilbert - will not be returning after almost 20 years on air, after BBC channel controller Kim Shillinglaw and BBC entertainment controller Mark Linsey decided to axe it. A BBC spokeswoman confirmed the news, saying: ''After 28 series we've decided not to bring 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future. We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel »
Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled after 28 series, with the BBC confirming the much-loved show will not be returning.
The ingenious - and often hilarious - pop music panel quiz arrived on screens way back in 1996, and ran for over 260 episodes.
But it was when he began to read extracts from Preston's then-wife Chantelle Houghton's biography - with the line "The photoshoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket" - that he stormed off the show in disgust. »
The BBC has pulled the plug on Never Mind the Buzzcocks after 20 years and 28 series of the music panel show.
The show, which has been presented by Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and, in its latest incarnation Rhod Gilbert, has featured team captains including Phill Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding.
Related: Never Mind the Buzzcocks: top five moments
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- John Plunkett
Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "After 28 series we've decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.
The pop music panel quiz first aired in November 1996, and has run for over 260 episodes over 28 series.
The show returned to having guest hosts for series 23 to 27 and Rhod Gilbert took the role »
Dec is faced with a more difficult task when he's asked to find Blazin' Squad's Mc Freak, who is today better known by his real name Oli Georgiou. Can you pick out the real Mc Freak?
Meanwhile, Mulhern »
Corden’s Us TV debut is a success, but the mutual back-slappery of such chatshows is almost unwatchable – all the more so when the hosts are comedians
Did you ever watch Simon Amstell on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, or Popworld, and think he was being unnecessarily cruel? Probably. Britney Spears cut short an interview in tears; where-are-they-now mainstay Preston flounced out when Amstell mocked his wife Chantelle Houghton. Noel Fielding told the press Amstell “ruined” Buzzcocks by being too abusive.
Related: James Corden's Late, Late Show debut: witty, inspired and horrendously charming
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- Brian Logan
Death in Paradise easily won the Thursday ratings outside soaps, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama attracted an average 6.72 million viewers (29.4%) at 9pm, down around 200,000 from last week's return.
Earlier, Watchdog appealed to 3.85m (17.0%) at 8pm, while Question Time was seen by 2.99m (25.5%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Masters Snooker coverage scored 1.02m (4.8%) at 7pm, followed by Nature's Weirdest Events with 1.67m (7.4%) at 8pm. Super Rich & Us interested 1.61m (7.1%) at 9pm, while the finale of Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 909k (5.1%) at 10pm.
ITV's Kyle Files attracted 2.45m (11.2%) at 7.30pm (104k/0.5% on +1). Birds of a Feather tickled 4.22m (18.2%) at 8.30pm (142k/0.6%) and Bring Back Borstal was seen by 1.76m (7.7%) at 9pm (155k/1.0%).
Channel 5's Benefits fascinated 1.16m (5.2%) at 8pm (217k/0.9%), followed by Celebrity Big Brother »
19 items from 2015
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