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BBC Television has unveiled new details of its line-up for 2014.
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. »
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%).
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 »
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%).
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.
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%).
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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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.
Earlier today, we »
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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.
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. »
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.
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.
In the new series of this comedy pop quiz show, Welsh »
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. »
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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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. »
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 »
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. »
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...
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...
Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now! »
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 »
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.
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. »
His appointment ends the reign of guest hosts on the show, which began when Simon Amstell left the series in 2009.
"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 »
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 »
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 »
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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