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Chris Evans denies plans to replace Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear host

7 September 2014 3:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has denied reports that he will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the host of Top Gear.

The Sunday Mirror claims that the BBC Radio 2 DJ has been lined up to front Top Gear, following allegations of Clarkson using racist language on the motoring show.

However, Evans refuted the reports this morning (September 7) on Twitter, writing: "Hilarious story in today's paper re me replacing Clarkson on Top Gear.

"100% not true. 100% never going to happen. 100% time for a fry-up."

Hilarious story in today's paper re me replacing Clarkson on Top Gear. 100% not true. 100% never going to happen. 100% time for a fry up.

Chris Evans (@achrisevans) September 7, 2014

Evans previously hinted that Tfi Friday could be returning after Channel 4 asked the presenter to do a 20th anniversary special as well as a new series next year.

Comedian Frankie Boyle recently called for Clarkson to be sacked, branding him a "cultural tumour". »

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5 reasons we really need Chris Evans to bring back Tfi Friday

28 August 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

You couldn't get much more '90s than Tfi Friday. Even if you watched an episode of Friends while wearing a fisherman's hat with Shed Seven playing 'Chasing Rainbows' at the same time in your living room, it still wouldn't be as '90s as Chris Evans stood at a bar, shouting "Wiiiiiilll" in between bursts of 'The Riverboat Song'.

So when Chris Evans revealed over the Bank Holiday that Channel 4 had approached him to revive the show to mark its 20th anniversary next year (it isn't actually 20 until 2016, but let's not quibble over small details), there were understandably a few groans from people who thought the rowdy entertainment show should be left in the decade of Cool Britannia, Hooch and Kula Shaker.

But we disagree, for the five following reasons:

1. Tfi was live. Tfi was unpredictable.

Well, it was normally live. It was until Shaun Ryder »

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Tfi Friday's 10 best bits, from Shaun Ryder swearing to anarchic Spice Girls

27 August 2014 6:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Chris Evans confirms his interest in reviving the hit 90s variety show, we look at its most memorable moments. Wiiiiilll!

With the 90s revival in full swing, its no surprise that Channel 4 is considering bringing back Tfi Friday, one of its rowdiest ever chatshows, for an anniversary special.

Known as the programme that kicked the door open to the weekend, Chris Evans relentlessly inventive variety show was steeped in a loud and proud mod-ish lad culture, from its fake pub setting to the Ocean Colour Scene theme music, right through to its heckling crowd. Before the show become naff and Partridge-esque, Tfi Friday tapped into the Britpop zeitgeist. Evans called it the embodiment of 20th-century pop culture, which was pushing it a bit, but he was on to something. Here are some of its most unforgettable moments.

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- Priya Elan

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Chris Evans asked to revive 1990s TV hit Tfi Friday by Channel 4

26 August 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC Radio 2 presenter says he'd be 'bang up' for a 20th anniversary special

Chris Evans has revealed TV bosses asked him to bring back his hit show Tfi Friday for a 20th anniversary special, but wanted him to do it a year early.

Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, Evans, who fronted five series of the Channel 4 show between 1996 and 2000, said: "Channel 4 have asked us to do a Tfi Friday 20th anniversary show and/or run next year. I was completely bang up for it until I did the maths last week and had to phone them and say it's only 19 years next year, it's actually 20 years the year after. I think they still want to go for it and just hope no one notices."

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- Press Association

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Emmy awards, VMAs and the return of Tfi Friday plus the rest of today's breaking pop culture news

26 August 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Oompah, oompah, stick it up your jumper its the Guide Daily!

Music, film and TV gossip, updated throughout the day as if it were somehow important

Today: pointless statuettes, cosmic rock and the worlds second-most famous Chris Evans

Be a part of it all by tweeting @guideguardian or commenting below

4.50pm BST

If youre in Manchester, go and see Japanese psych sensei Acid Mothers Temple at the Ruby Lounge.

4.13pm BST

Thanks to Numbers affiliate Sophie and the mysterious PC Music clan, overbearingly cute K- and J-pop-influenced dance music is having a bit of an internet-hipster moment. Now Sophie and PC Music boss Ag Cook have pooled their resources for Hey Qt, an infuriatingly catchy number that comes across like Daphne & Celeste in the happy hardcore tent. Massive earworm!

3.34pm BST

Over at Wired theyve been having fun with emojis, creating emoji-bios for some of our favourite TV and movie characters. »

- Sam Richards

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Chris Evans is 'bang up' for Tfi Friday return on Channel 4

25 August 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Chris Evans has revealed that Tfi Friday could return to Channel 4.

Speaking to Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, the presenter said that the channel asked him to do a 20th anniversary special as well as a new series next year.

Evans said that he's "bang up for it", despite further research revealing that the show would only be entering its 19th year.

He suggested that team is keen to carry on and celebrate the 20th anniversary in the hope that nobody will notice.

Tfi Friday aired on Channel 4 from 1996 to 2000. Evans presented the first five series of show, but was replaced by a selection of guest hosts for the final sixth season.

Regular features on the show included 'Freak or Unique', 'Ugly Blokes', 'It's Your Letters' and 'Fat lookalikes'.

Watch a clip from Tfi Friday below: »

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Ollie Locke: 'My time with Made in Chelsea is over'

17 March 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Fresh from his recent stint in Celebrity Big Brother, Ollie Locke returns to our screens in his latest series The Fox Problem this week.

The YouTube entertainment show stars Locke, Georgia La, Gemma Cairney and Georgie Okell, and streams every other Tuesday in front of a live audience.

Ahead of the latest episode on Tuesday (March 18), Digital Spy had a quick Q&A with the former Made in Chelsea star about the ongoing series and his other projects.

Hi Ollie! How excited are you to be a fully-fledged member of the Fox Problem team?

"I've been there since the first series and they are the best Tuesday evenings I've ever had! Hilarious."

The show manages to secure some pretty impressive guests each episode, are there any stars you would love to invite on the show?

"Our guests are incredible. I would love to see Joanna Lumley on the show, she is my secret crush. »

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Annie Mac's favourite TV

27 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Radio 1 DJ and presenter on her televisual bangers and clangers

Unmissable show?

I'm a documentary freak. I love documentaries and also, weirdly, anything involving prisons. That Trevor McDonald series on prisons, we were obsessed with. Anything by Louis Theroux is a must-watch, and any of the music documentaries on BBC4. And One Born Every Minute. It's the most beautifully mundane thing in the world – midwives chatting about where they're going on holiday – and the next minute, you know, procreation has happened and babies have come into the world. That juxtaposition of the mundane and the profound – I'm a sucker for that.

Earliest TV memory?

There's a show on Irish TV called The Late Late Show, which is like the national chat show, and was hosted by this guy called Gay Byrne for years. Every year, two or three weeks before Christmas they'd have a whole show dedicated to toys. »

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The Saint, The Champions: What was the secret of '60s cult TV?

21 January 2014 6:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The sad passing of actress Alexandra Bastedo earlier this month saw many recalling and celebrating her work on '60s spy-fi series The Champions - just one entry in the canon of cult programme makers Itc Entertainment.

Though it also branched out into film production - with the likes of 1976's The Eagle Has Landed and 1982's The Dark Crystal - Itc was best known throughout the 1960s and '70s for its raft of cult TV programming, with shows like The Champions making an indelible screen icon of Bastedo and others like her.

These shows are now world-renowned - The Saint, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds - but the team behind them still go sadly unsung.

This week, the Week in Geek is looking to redress the balance with a fond tribute to Itc Entertainment - one of the UK's very best, most influential production teams.

Sherlock: The Problem of the Vanishing Detective

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