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Walliams & Friend review – ooh matron, it's Sheridan Smith's turn

9 December 2016 10:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With a skit called Carry On Up the Sexual Harassment Tribunal, this was a very, very silly sketch show. But the weirder things got, the funnier it all was

With Alan Carr’s Happy Hour acting as a less obnoxious version of Tfi Friday over on Channel 4, there’s a retro feeling to Friday night television, and David Walliams’ primetime sketch show Walliams & Friend (BBC1) is chipping in with 70s-style ribaldry. In place of Matt Lucas, the comedy partner with whom Walliams became a household name and catchphrase merchant in Little Britain, is a rotation of guests who each take on an episode’s worth of co-starring. After Jack Whitehall and Harry Enfield, it’s Sheridan Smith’s turn, and there’s a Variety performance showmanship to her that complements Walliams’ “ooh matron” leanings nicely.

Related: Why is almost nobody making TV sketch comedy any more?

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- Rebecca Nicholson

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Chris Evans' Top Gear 'is bigger global hit than Jeremy Clarkson version'

12 July 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC’s commercial arm says revamped show sold to more countries than before, despite being a ratings flop in the UK

Chris EvansTop Gear may have been a ratings flop in the UK, but abroad it is proving to be a bigger hit than Jeremy Clarkson’s version of the show.

Top Gear is considered to be the BBC’s biggest global brand with sales of the TV show, DVDs, books, live shows and other merchandise thought to be worth more than £50m a year.

Related: Chris Evans' hits and misses: from Tfi Friday to Top Gear

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- Mark Sweney

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Top Gear: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc launch new series – as it happened

29 May 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s back! But did the new team outdo Jeremy Clarkson and the gang? We watched it and found out

New Top Gear review: new faces, but there’s something familiar …

9.03pm BST

The film has ended, and now the programme is about to end. That wasn’t very good, was it? Still, thanks for reading along. Will there be a Top Gear liveblog this time next week? God no. God No. Bye.

Related: New Top Gear review: new faces, but there's something familiar …

9.01pm BST

Is this running long? Do I have to punch myself in the face now? I’d better do it hard, because I’d give anything to be unconscious right about now.

8.59pm BST

This whole show feels like someone used the internet to translate Top Gear from English to Swahili and then back into English again. The intention is right but the execution is buggered beyond all belief. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Top Gear's big studio audience told to forget how show used to look

20 May 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC tweaks format to create livelier feel with larger audience and Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc competing for best jokes

Top Gear has been revved up under new presenter Chris Evans with the first episode featuring a bigger studio audience who were told to forget about the previous look of the show, but reminded about the catering incident that led to the departure of host Jeremy Clarkson.

The first episode, due to be broadcast next Sunday, was filmed on Thursday and the format has been tweaked by the producers to give it a livelier feel with a hint of the atmosphere of Evans’ Channel 4 show Tfi Friday, while Evans and co-star Matt LeBlanc compete to tell the best jokes.

Related: Chris Evans says Top Gear bullying claims are ridiculous

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- Mark Sweney

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

9 May 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, »

- Gary Collinson

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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

30 March 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones, »

- Gary Collinson

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2016 BAFTA TV Awards nominations announced

30 March 2016 12:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Wolf Hall leads the nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards after dominating the Craft Awards nominations which were announced yesterday. Also in the top best drama series category are Humans, The Last Panthers, and No Offence.

In the best actor category, Luther’s Idris Elba will face off against Wolf Hall‘s Mark Rylance, alongside Ben Whishaw for London Spy and Stephen Graham for This Is England ’90.

In the actress category, Claire Foy is nominated for her work in Wolf Hall, alongside  Sheridan Smith (The C-Word), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Ruth Madeley (Don’t Take My Baby).

The awards will be dished out on the 8th May at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Here are the main nominations in full.

Drama Series

Humans Production Team – Kudos Film and Television/Channel 4

The Last Panthers Jack Thorne, Johan Renck, Peter Carlton, Caroline BenjoHaut et Court TV and »

- Paul Heath

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Chris Evans told off by BBC bosses for plugging Tfi Friday on Radio 2

7 March 2016 3:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter – who has also been criticised for excessively promoting Top Gear in his show – was warned under the rules for promoting commercial products

Chris Evans makes no shortage of references to Top Gear on his Radio 2 breakfast show, but the BBC has ruled the presenter was wrong to use the airwaves to promote another of his TV shows, Channel 4’s Tfi Friday.

Evans made a string of references to Tfi Friday on his Radio 2 show before its return for a new 10-part run last year following the success of an anniversary special.

Related: BBC says claims Top Gear's Chris Evans has been unprofessional are 'rubbish'

Related: Top Gear returns Chris Evans to his mid-90s glory days

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- John Plunkett

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