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Chris Evans gives up Tfi Friday role to focus on Top Gear

27 December 2015 3:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4 source says presenter will not be involved in future series as he focuses on replacing Jeremy Clarkson at BBC

Chris Evans is to bow out from future series of Tfi Friday, the Channel 4 entertainment show, to focus on replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the host of BBC’s Top Gear.

He returned in the autumn to front 10 episodes of the show he first hosted from 1996 to 2000, bringing in high-profile guests including U2, Justin Bieber and Quentin Tarantino, but a source for the show confirmed there were “no plans for Tfi to come back”.

Related: What we can learn about Chris Evans's Top Gear from watching the Tfi Friday revival

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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 20 - 1

17 December 2015 3:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It's the final entry in Wesley's top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list, numbers 20 to 1. Merry Christmas to all!

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, entries 60 - 41 here, and entries 40 - 21 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old »

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'Things will go wrong': behind the scenes of Tfi Friday

4 December 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It still flies by the seat of its pants but has Tfi lost its edge? No says Chris Evans in his running lycra

Stepping into the Tfi Friday bar, just as the show’s theme tune blasts out over the Pa, is a surreal experience. There’s Chris Evans. There’s Danny Baker. There’s Will “Wiiiiillll” MacDonald. Yes, it’s a slightly different layout, and everyone looks older but it is Tfi Friday, there’s no doubt about it. And in 2015, that’s quite a bizarre concept.

The original series caught the tail-end of Britpop’s pomp and posturing between 1996 and 2000, condensing all the cocksure Loaded laddishness of those years into one hour of (sometimes controversial) TV. Its most famous moments – Shaun Ryder effing and jeffing, Geri and Kylie snogging, guests entering to the struttable tune of The Riverboat Song – are seared onto the collective consciousness of anyone who »

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Chris Evans blasts Simon Cowell

9 November 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Evans has blasted Simon Cowell as ''weird and nervous''. The 'Top Gear' presenter took to Twitter to praise his friend Nick Grimshaw on 'The X Factor' but slammed his co-star Simon. Chris wrote: ''Haven't seen X factor forever. Have to say, after a brief glimpse, Grimmy looks like the new man in the know and Simon looks weird & nervous (sic).'' Chris was reported to be upset with Simon for poaching Nick for 'X Factor' when he wanted him to host some episodes of the relaunched 'Tfi Friday'. Nick previously said: ''He just mentioned it to me and asked me if »

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John Lewis Christmas' tearjerker Xmas advert

6 November 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Evans has blasted Simon Cowell as ''weird and nervous''. The 'Top Gear' presenter took to Twitter to praise his friend Nick Grimshaw on 'The X Factor' but slammed his co-star Simon. Chris wrote: ''Haven't seen X factor forever. Have to say, after a brief glimpse, Grimmy looks like the new man in the know and Simon looks weird & nervous (sic).'' Chris was reported to be upset with Simon for poaching Nick for 'X Factor' when he wanted him to host some episodes of the relaunched 'Tfi Friday'. Nick previously said: ''He just mentioned it to me and asked me if »

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UK TV ratings: Gogglebox tops Friday night with 3.5 million for Channel 4

31 October 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4's Gogglebox was once again Friday evening's (October 30) biggest TV attraction outside soaps.

The TV show about watching TV shows was seen by an average audience of 3.49 million (17.6%) at 9pm. A further 484.8k (3.4%) watched on +1.

Tfi Friday was seen by 1.26 million (6.5%) at 8pm, while Alan Carr Chatty Man followed with 1 million (7%) at 10pm.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.19 million (17.3%), followed by Citizen Khan with 3.33m (17.5%) at 8.30pm.

David Tennant's Have I got News for you was seen by 3.62m (17.8%), The Kennedys brought in 1.81m (9.3%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.25m (27.3%).

Over on BBC Two, the gymnastics took centre stage, with 1.65m (8.7%) tuning in at 7pm, followed by The Great Continental with 1.63m (8.2%) at 9pm and Qi with 1.42m (8.9%) at 10pm.

Over on ITV, Rugby World Cup fever was in full swing, as 2.08m (10.8%) tuned in »

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Friday’s best TV: Night of the Living Carrot; Citizen Khan; Girl in a Band and The Blacklist

29 October 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Can Chris Evans tone down the laddishness on Tfi Friday? Will Papaji succeed in his bid to become town crier in Citizen Khan? And what’s it like being a woman in the male-dominated world of rock music? Plus a spooky tale of zombie veg and the day’s best sport

Spooky short from DreamWorks about the most dangerous vegetable of them all coming to life at Halloween. B.O.B (Seth Rogan) is faced with a dilemma when a mutant alien pumpkin explodes in a carrot patch. As zombie carrots attack, he must eat them all to save humanity. Can he overcome his natural aversion to the cackling orange veg and save the night? There are burps, there are gags and there’s a warning to any child thinking of skipping the veg this Halloween. Great. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Mark Gibbings-Jones, David Stubbs, John Robinson and Ali Catterall

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UK TV ratings: Gogglebox tops a quiet Friday with 3.5 million for Channel 4

24 October 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4's Gogglebox was Friday evening's (October 23) biggest TV attraction outside soaps.

The TV show about watching TV shows was seen by an average audience of 3.5 million (17.3%) at 9pm. A further 412k (2.6%) watched on +1.

Tfi Friday was seen by 1.48m (7.3%) at 8pm, while Alan Carr's Chatty Man followed with 1.21m (7.8%).

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.73 million (20.3%), followed by A Question of Sport with 2.7m (13.9%) at 8pm, and Still Open All Hours with 2.16m (10.5%) at 8.30pm.

Have I got News For You was seen by 3.99m (19.1%) at 9pm, The Kennedys attracted 1.85m (9.4%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.3m (25.3%).

On BBC Two, The Great British Bake Off: Masterclass played to 1.45 million (7.7%) at 7pm, Mastermind was seen by 2.07m (10.3%) at 8pm and Gardener's World by 2.27m (11%) at 8.30pm.

Great Continental entertained 1.82m (9%) at 9pm, followed by 1.34 million (7.9%) for Qi. »

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From Darkness, Unforgotten and Tfi Friday: TV review – video

20 October 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Telly addict Andrew Collins returns with a review of the last fortnight’s TV. He assesses the new idents on Channel 4; the return of Jeremy Clarkson to the BBC on Have I Got News For You; the return of Chris Evans to Channel 4 with on Tfi Friday; three brand new cop shows – the Scandi-influenced From Darkness, the brilliant whodunit Unforgotten, and the perilously high concept River, with an actual Scandinavian in it; another return, this time for the zombie hunters of The Walking Dead, and an excellent BBC4 three-parter on indie, Music For Misfits

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- Andrew Collins and Mona Mahmood

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Launch of Chris Evans' Tfi Friday series helps Gogglebox to record ratings

19 October 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Return of 90s hit attracts 2.1 million to Channel 4, helping lift reality show to its biggest ever audience of 4.1 million

Chris Evans returned to Channel 4 for the first of a new series of Tfi Friday with more than 2 million viewers, helping Gogglebox to its biggest ever overnight audience of more than 4 million.

Tfi Friday began a new 10-part run with 2.1 million viewers, a 9.3% share of the audience from 8pm on Friday.

Related: Chris Evans rocks up late to Radio 2 – thanks to a parents' evening

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- John Plunkett

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UK TV Ratings: Tfi Friday return peaks with 2.15 million on Channel 4

17 October 2015 6:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The return of Tfi Friday was seen by an average audience of 1.89 million (9.3%) last night (October 16) on Channel 4.

Featuring guests such as U2 and Steve Coogan, the Chris Evans-hosted show peaked with 2.15 million (10.4%), while a further 219k (1.1%) watched on Channel 4+1.

It was followed by Gogglebox at 9pm, which was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps with 3.65 million (18.3%). Alan Carr: Chatty Man rounded things off with 1.19 million (8.1%).

Over on BBC One, The One Show attracted 3.33 million (18.4%) at 7pm, followed by A Question of Sport with 2.79 million (14.2%) and 2.21 million (10.7%) for Still Open all Hours at 8.30pm.

Have I Got News For You was seen by 3.85 million (18.9%) at 9pm, while The Kennedys dropped to 1.64 million (8.4%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show played to 3.04 million (25.3%).

The Great British Bake Off: Masterclass kicked things off with 1.82 million (9.6%) on BBC Two at 7pm, followed by 2.28 million (11.3%) for Mastermind and 2.31 million (11.2%) for Gardener's World. »

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Tfi Friday is back: Here's what Twitter thought as Chris Evans, Take That and U2 got ready for the weekend

16 October 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tfi Friday was back on screens tonight (October 16), and Chris Evans went big by enlisting the likes of U2, Take That and Steve Coogan to get viewers in the mood for the weekend.

Naturally, Twitter was buzzing at the madcap show, and many felt nostalgic as the programme returned for its first full series in 15 years.

Digital Spy rounds up the best reactions below:

Anyone else watching #TFIFriday and feeling oddly like the last 20 years of life were a superweird dream and you're going to uni soon.

Matt Collins (@charitychap) October 16, 2015

Howard... Just casually sitting there in a yellow one piece "covered in lube" #TFIFriday pic.twitter.com/jWhBAePuG0

— Auntie Bex ✨ (@Bexxy1976) October 16, 2015

@HowardDonald @GaryBarlow @OfficialMarkO cannot stop watching this #TFIFriday #TakeThat pic.twitter.com/dSyXX5cYmU

— Ams (@Amar_sian) October 16, 2015

A yellow @HowardDonald : and suddenly your day turns positive!

#TFIFriday @takethat pic.twitter.com/Ni9h68EXBE

— Linda »

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Chris Evans has picked his Top Gear co-presenters and filming starts on Wednesday

15 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has apparently picked his Top Gear presenting team.

The new main host of the show let slip the decision had been made when taking a call during Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning (October 15).

A listener asked why Evans hadn't replied to his application tape and the Tfi Friday host quipped: "It's not rocket science is it my friend. Obviously it wasn't good enough!

"But we did look at every single one of them and we called back a few people and we invited those people down to the Top Gear track at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

"We gave them full on proper scripted multi-camera auditions and there will be announcements pending."

He added of the new co-presenters' previous experience: "Some people may have done a bit of telly, but they are from these auditions.

"It's on the telly in May but we start filming next Wednesday."

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Chris Evans rocks up late to Radio 2 – thanks to a parents' evening

14 October 2015 1:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tfi Friday and Top Gear host labelled a ‘numpty to the max’ by Vanessa Feltz as he blames lateness not on hard living, but school commitments

Chris Evans was late for his Radio 2 breakfast show on Wednesday two days before the return of Tfi Friday on Channel 4.

But the Radio 2 DJ, who turned up 30 minutes late, had a more prosaic excuse than his hard-living 1990s heyday when he presented the Radio 1 breakfast show – he had a parents’ evening to attend the previous night.

Related: Top Gear: 'We are going to do things differently,' says Chris Evans

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U2 and Take That will kick off Tfi Friday with Chris Evans this week

12 October 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

If you were expecting some classic 1990s indie bands to launch Tfi Friday this week, you're going to be disappointed.

That being said, U2 and Take That - two bands who were around in the decade that Chris Evans's show is synonymous with - will perform on its full series premiere on Friday (October 16).

U2 made various appearances on the cult show in the past, and will play two songs during the live broadcast.

Evans said: "It wouldn't be the first episode of Tfi without one of the biggest bands in the world, if not the biggest.

"We're over the moon that we've got U2 on the show. They're coming in specially, flying straight from a show in Antwerp and straight back to Cologne, making the time just for us, and we certainly plan to make the most of it.‎"

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Stellan Skarsgård: 'I did BBC One's River because I was jealous of actresses'

11 October 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Many would argue that men still land the plum leading roles in film and television, but Stellan Skarsgård has revealed that he took on his latest role because he was envious of female co-stars.

Skarsgård told press including Digital Spy that the lead in BBC One's new drama River allows him to do what actresses do - expose their emotions on screen.

"Male roles are always about hiding emotions - it's always what's going on underneath," he said. "While women in their roles always get the opportunity to show everything.

"I've worked with Lars von Trier on many films, and there's always a female character that's like an open wound - everything just pours out of this person. For the first time I saw a male role that had that opportunity."

River stars Skarsgård as John River, a police detective haunted by 'manifests' of the dead. The award-winning actor »

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10 TV shows you must watch this week: The Apprentice, The Walking Dead and Tfi Friday return

11 October 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The next seven days are just bursting with quality television, with almost too many of our telly favourites making a triumphant return.

The Apprentice, The Walking Dead, Tfi Friday and The Returned are all back - and that's just the start. Make sure to tune in, or set your DVR, for this little lot.

1. The Apprentice - Wednesday / Thursday, 9pm on BBC One

Lord Sugar's search for his next business partner... begins. A new roster of budding entrepreneurs are looking to impress Shugs, Karren Brady and - replacing Nick Hewer - the formidable Claude Littner. And as ever, there's some prize berks among them.

One candidate even compares himself - without a hint of irony - to Martin Luther King Jr. We predict his dream of business success might not come true.

2. The Walking Dead - Monday, 9pm on Fox UK

One of Us TV's best drama series, and certainly one of its goriest, »

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Top Gear will return with Chris Evans in May 2016 - with 16 episodes planned

6 October 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Top Gear will return to BBC Two in May 2016.

Chris Evans has signed a three-year contract to host two series of the revamped motoring show, each consisting of eight episodes.

Speaking to Pa, Evans hinted that the new-look Top Gear could be radically different from the old version, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The three-presenter format could be ditched, because, as Evans has put it: "If there's three of you and you go and make a film together, suddenly you're doing what they did. Why would you do that? They were brilliant at it, [but] I'm not going to do that.

"They're the Three Stooges, they are the Bee Gees, they are that and I'm not, I'm me. I'm a solo artist at the moment, I'm on my own, so do I form a band or not?"

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Jenson Button rules out Top Gear role after renewing Formula One contract

1 October 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Zoe Ball, Dermot O’Leary, Guy Martin and Philip Glenister tipped to be in the running after racing driver signs fresh deal with McLaren Honda

Jenson Button has ruled himself out of being a presenter on Top Gear after renewing his contract with McLaren Honda for the 2016 Formula One season.

The Somerset-born racer, 35, had been tipped to co-present the new-look BBC motoring show alongside Chris Evans, who is replacing Jeremy Clarkson as lead presenter.

Related: Chris Evans: Top Gear means I am not allowed to do any more Tfi Friday

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Chris Evans 'not allowed' to do more Tfi Friday

29 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Evans has confirmed the new series of 'Tfi Friday' will be his last. The BBC Radio 2 DJ brought the hit show back to life for a one off special earlier this year and is currently working on a full series but has admitted it will be his last because of his commitment to 'Top Gear'. He said: ''This is the long goodbye, I am not allowed to do any more 'Tfi Friday.'' Chris was announced as the new host of 'Top Gear' after presenter Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer earlier this year and he's already counting down the »

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