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The World Cup quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica was seen by an average of 7.70 million (42.8%) viewers on BBC One last night (July 5).
The game peaked with 9.18 million viewers as the Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties.
ITV's World Cup match between Argentina and Belgium entertained an average of 4.42 million (33.1%) at 5pm. Argentina progressed to the semi-finals with a 1-0 victory.
Today at Wimbledon was BBC Two's highest-rated show of the evening, picking up 1.10 million viewers at 8.15pm.
BBC One's coverage of the World Cup game between Belgium and USA peaked at more than 8.4 million last night (July 1), according to overnight figures.
The round of 16 match had 8.42m (39%) towards the end of the first half after 9.30pm.
The game, which Belgium won 2-1 after extra time despite Tim Howard's record-breaking goalkeeping performance, averaged 7.13m (39.7%) across the entire programme.
BBC Two's Wimbledon coverage, which began at 11.30am, enjoyed an average audience of 1.28m (12.3%), peaking at around 7pm with 3.15m (17%) during the climax of the match between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios.
Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter followed the tennis with 1.26m (5.9%).
On ITV, Love Your Garden took 2.32m (12.9%) and You've Been Framed! had 1.31m (6.8%). An episode of Benidorm from 9pm drew 1.41m (6.6%).
Channel 4 aired Location, Location, Location (1.09m/5.8%) and The Auction House (1.44m/6.8%).
Big Brother continued with 1.01m (5.5%) on Channel 5, with Bit on the Side earning 495k (4.5%) afterwards. »
The latest episode of Big Brother attracted an audience of more than 1 million last night (June 30), according to overnight figures.
The Channel 5 reality show was watched by 1.04m (5.3%) from 10pm, with 500k (4.4%) sticking around for Bit on the Side.
ITV's coverage of Germany vs Algeria averaged 6.37m (33.9%) from 8.30pm, peaking at 8.71m (45.5%) around 10.30pm as the match was nearing the end of normal time.
On BBC One, Mrs Brown's Boys took 3.22m (14.2%) from 9.30pm.
Coverage of Wimbledon on BBC Two averaged 1.85m (15.3%) between 11.30am and 9.30pm. Police Under Pressure followed with 760k (3.5%).
Meanwhile, Channel 4 aired Dispatches at 8pm (1.04m/4.9%), Jamie's Money-Saving Meals at 8.30pm (1.14m/5.2%) and The World's Best Diet at 9pm (1.63m/7.3%).
Channel 5's Angry Brits: Caught on Camera grabbed 1.08m (5%) from 8pm. Afterwards, Benefits Britain: Life on the Dole took 1.92m (8.4%).
Danny Cohen may be right that American box sets are no better than British ones. But the Nyt pays a lot more than the BBC
It's tempting to agree with Danny Cohen, BBC director of television. "A trope has developed, a cultural meme that asserts American drama is far superior to drama produced in the UK and at the BBC an argument driven by box-set consumers who have a louder voice in Britain's cultural dialogue than the average family who sit down at night in Britain's towns and villages "
Indeed. When I saw my average friendly visitors from America a few weeks ago, they were hugely impressed by Death in Paradise and Midsomer Murders. But maybe Danny, in man-of-the-people mode, would score more decisively on Twitter and elsewhere if he didn't think life began in Camden Town and often stretched as far as Dulwich Village. Trope Wanderers 2, Meme United 1.
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- Peter Preston
It is not the obvious base for the writer of a BBC drama accused of being far too violent. But then this small Oxfordshire village, with its church and tiny post office, well-kept gardens gently splashing blooms on the pavement, does have more than a hint of Midsomer Murders about it.
Not that there's much of that being watched in the redbrick house at the bottom of a lane where the village spills into countryside. Sally Wainwright doesn't understand its appeal. In fact, the writer of Happy Valley wonders whether there isn't too much crime drama on TV altogether. "So little of it I think is aimed at me, as a viewer. I think I write what I write because it's what I want to watch, »
- Vicky Frost
Midsomer Murders writer Anthony Horowitz says he had to include excessive killings to provide a cliffhanger on each commercial break. I can think of a few TV shows that would benefit from the same treatment
Anthony Horowitz, screenwriter and novelist, earlier this week claimed that ITV is ruining its dramas by cruelly "chopping them to death" with advert breaks, like some sort of broadcasting Jeffrey Dahmer. (If only ITV had Keith Lemon's severed head in its fridge.)
Horowitz, the creator of bafflingly popular bore-athon Foyle's War, also wrote the first 14 episodes of Midsomer Murders and complained about the rural police procedural's need for cliffhangers. "The stupid thing is that whenever there was an ad break, I would kill somebody," he told Hay Festival. "But there were so many breaks, it became a bit of a bloodbath." If it wasn't on a pesky commercial channel, the series would presumably have been »
- Michael Hogan
Friday's World Cup warm up game between England and Peru was the highest rated show outside of soaps.
The first of two international friendlies ahead of June's World Cup in Brazil was seen by an average audience of 6.32 million (30.3%). The match peaked with an audience of 7.9 million at 9.30pm.
ITV's evening ended with 1.08 million (13.8%) for the 10.45pm showing of Casino Royale.
Over on BBC One, the evening started with 3.17 million (18.4%) for The One Show, while Diy Sos: The Big Build attracted 3.79 million (17.9%) at 8pm.
The Great British Menu kicked off BBC Two's evening with a ratings high of 2.04 million (10.7%) at 7.30pm. »
The British public's top ten favourite TV detectives have been revealed.
Britain's Favourite Detectives - a celebration of the UK's greatest fictional crime solvers - will air on Saturday, April 19 on Channel 5.
Benedict Cumbarbatch's dashing Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's intellectual Hercule Poirot and Life on Mars double-act Sam Tyler (John Simm) and Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) are among the top 'tecs featured.
Digital Spy can reveal who has made the top ten - though you'll have to tune in at 9.25pm on Saturday to find out which order they come in, and which detective has claimed the top spot.
The top ten list is as follows...
Miss Marple (Marple)
Inspector Morse (Morse)
Di Alec Hardy (Broadchurch)
Di Frost (A Touch of Frost)
Dci Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)
Detective Columbo (Columbo)
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The Big Allotment Challenge began with over 2 million viewers on Tuesday, according to overnight ratings.
BBC Two's latest competition was seen by 2.5m (11.8%) at 8pm, down 200,000 from last week's The Great British Sewing Bee finale in the same slot.
The channel's Great British Menu cooked up 1.8m (9.1%) at 7.30pm, while new documentary series Watermen: A Dirty Business interested 2.2m (10.2%) at 9pm. Jools Holland's Later... Live returned with 805k (4.7%) at 10pm.
On BBC One, Shetland ended its current series with 4.1m (19.3%) at 9pm. Have I Got a Bit More News For You amused 2.1m (17.6%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 4, Embarrassing Bodies returned with 1.3m (6.1%) at 8pm (242k/1.1%). New Worlds climbed slightly to 488k (2.4%) at 9pm, while a Dogging Tales repeat intrigued 491k (3.6%) at 10pm (130k/1.8%).
Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbour »
Shetland remained on top in the Tuesday ratings outside of soaps, despite a drop from last week, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One drama dipped by around 300,000 viewers to 4.47 million (20.0%) at 9pm. Later, Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 interested 1.49m (13.7%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's Lambing Live continued with 2.28m (10.4%) at 8pm, followed by The Great British Sewing Bee, which fell almost 300k to 2.56m (11.5%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Kirstie's Best of Both Worlds brought in 1.36m (6.2%) at 8pm (148k/0.7%), followed by Food Price: The Shocking Truth with 1.47m (6.6%) at 9pm (132k/0.9%). Documentary The Missing interested 1.09m (7.1%) at 10pm (110k/1.4%).
Channel 5's Benidorm ER appealed to 814k (3.7%) at 8pm (122k/0.5%). The Mentalist thrilled 870k (3.9%) at 9pm (128k/0.8%), followed by Law & Order: Svu with 771k (4.8%) at 10pm (165k/2.0%).
On BBC Three, Hair's »
Line of Duty wasn't like other cop shows, so it deserved an ending that wasn't like other cop shows.
The criminals were not caught. Justice wasn't done. This was most definitely not Midsomer Murders.
Denton was sent down and it turns out her biggest mistake wasn't lamping her neighbour with a wine bottle, getting jiggy with Arnott or falling in love with dodgy Dryden. It was forming a motherly-like affection for Carly Kirke.
The ending might have been slightly less action packed than many had been expecting - there was no dramatic final showdown - and when a TV show doesn't end up catching the real bad guys, some viewers will always be disappointed.
However, overall Jed Mercurio must be highly praised for not bowing down to the temptation to neatly tie everything together. Dastardly Dot could have got his comeuppance, but instead lives to slime his way through another series. »
BBC says it had to choose between cutting BBC1's drama budget and keeping youth-oriented channel
The BBC insists the decision to axe a channel for the first time in nearly 80 years of television broadcasting came down to a difficult choice between continuing to fully fund BBC3, or cutting the money available for BBC1 dramas such as Sherlock and Doctor Who.
No channel divides opinion like BBC3. For every Little Britain and Gavin and Stacey there was a Hotter Than My Daughter and F*** Off, I'm a Hairy Woman. But like a certain brand of beer it reached parts of the audience that other BBC TV channels didn't reach, with shows such as Bad Education and Being Human attracting 29% of 16- to 34-year-olds on a weekly basis.
So the BBC was keen to emphasise that the decision was not an easy one. But nor is it likely to be the last such cut, »
- John Plunkett, Jason Deans
Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony | Crufts 2014 | Backyard Oil | Gardeners' World | Jonathan Creek | Gogglebox | Storyville: Muscle Shoals – The Greatest Recording Studio In The World | Nurse Jackie
Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
3.30pm, Channel 4
After covering the 2012 summer paralympics, Channel 4 has also bagged the winter version. Hopefully lacking the gaffes that saw #sochiproblems trending up a storm during the Winter Olympic opening festivities, it's the turn of Paralympians to don garish winterwear and wave at the audience as athletes from more than 40 countries assemble for the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron. The appropriately monikered Jon Snow presents. Mark Jones
7.30pm, Channel 4
Clare Balding helms extensive coverage of the annual, easily mocked dog show, which this year is about much more than simply watching pampered pooches trot around an area. Dog health and welfare reporters are on hand to file reports on responsible breeding and how to care for puppies, »
- Mark Jones, Sam Richards, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, Bim Adewunmi
Death in Paradise's third series ended with high ratings on Tuesday, according to overnight data.
The BBC One crime drama topped the ratings overall with 6.8 million (30.8%) at 9pm, up 300,000 from last week. Later, Traffic Cops was seen by 2.3m (22.1%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Permission Impossible brought in 1.29m (6.2%) at 7pm. The Great British Sewing Bee held steady with 2.5m (11.6%) at 8pm, followed by An Hour to Save Your Life with 2.08m (9.4%) at 9pm.
ITV's Midsomer Murders repeat gathered 2.41m (11.0%) at 8pm (242k/1.3% on +1).
On Channel 4, Kirstie's Best of Both Worlds appealed to 1.53m (7.1%) at 8pm (206k/0.9%), followed by The Taste with 766k (3.5%) at 9pm and Strippers with 832k (5.3%) at 10pm (178k/2.2%).
Channel 5's Benidorm ER was seen by 714k (3.3%) at 8pm, while The Mentalist excited 814k (3.7%) at 9pm (196k/1.2%).
On BBC Three, Hair continued with 785k (3.6%) at 9pm. Pramface amused 508k (2.9%) at 10pm.
Dave's Storage Hunters entertained 861k (3.9%) at 8.30pm. »
Doll & Em (Sky Living) | Sky Go
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The Pity of War (BBC2) | iPlayer
In an effort to boost its drama output and get the talent onside, Sky has produced more than its share of vanity projects in recent years. You know, the kind of half-hour whimsies that actors have always wanted to write or direct or appear in to show that they are serious artists but which, by any reasonable commissioning criteria, would be kicked unopened into the slush pile.
So it was with a certain trepidation born of toe-warped experience that I approached Doll & Em, a six-part comedy on Sky Living co-written by and co-starring the actors Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells and produced by Mortimer's husband, »
- Andrew Anthony
One of the most Our Kind of Shows-friendly networks, The CW, has done us a few more favors, bless ‘em. They’ve given us not only the dates for the season finales of all Our Kind of Shows that they broadcast – that’s Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Star-Crossed, and The 100 – but tacked on a new one as a bonus!
Well, it’s not a new series, but Labyrinth is a four-hour miniseries, and it stars so many familiar faces. The War Doctor! The Winter Soldier! Draco Malfoy! Defiance‘s Datak Tarr! Winter’s Tale‘s Beverly! More info about that below, along with the season finale dates and times. The SciFi Mafia Calendar (see the Calendar tab above) has also been updated.
- Erin Willard
Outnumbered bounced back in the ratings for BBC One on Wednesday evening, overnight data reveals.
The penultimate episode gained back almost 500,000 viewers from last week, rising to 4.33 million (18.4%) at 9pm, to come out on top overall outside of soaps.
BBC Two's Permission Impossible gathered 986k (4.8%) at 7pm, followed by Restaurant Man with 1.40m (6.5%) at 8pm. Line of Duty rose slightly to 2.23m (9.7%) at 9pm, and Inside No 9 brought in 872k (4.9%) at 10pm.
On ITV, a repeat of Midsomer Murders attracted 3.74m (16.8%) at 8pm (206k/1.1% on +1).
On Channel 5, Born To Kill? returned with 1.06m (5.0%) at 8pm (107k/0.5%), followed by NCIS with »
Set to play teacher Danny Pink, Anderson will have a recurring role in the upcoming eighth series of the show, which will also mark Peter Capaldi's debut as the new Doctor.
To celebrate Doctor Who's new arrival, we at Digital Spy thought that we would bring you all there is to know about the Whovian man of the moment.
Anderson played the copper from 2007 to 2009, and despite his relatively brief time on the soap his character managed to cause quite a stir with storylines including affairs with Donna Dingle, drink-driving and being charged and imprisoned for a murder that he did not commit.
During his time on Emmerdale farm, Anderson also made a handful of »
Death in Paradise remained top of Tuesday's (February 18) ratings for BBC One despite an 800,000 drop, overnight data reveals.
The crime drama attracted 6.42 million (25.9%) at 9pm while up against the football, down from last week's 7.2m. Later, Traffic Cops was seen by 2.51m (20.5%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, The Great British Sewing Bee returned for its second series with 3.08m (12.5%) at 8pm, which is up from last year's 2.5m launch.
Earlier, the Winter Olympics highlights scored 2.78m (12.4%) at 7pm, while documentary How China Fooled the World interested 1.77m (7.2%) at 9pm. House of Fools amused 758k (4.0%) at 10pm.
ITV's Champions League coverage of Manchester City's loss against Barcelona gathered 5.81m (23.7%) at 7.30pm.
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location intrigued 1.36m (5.5%) at 8pm (220k/0.9% on +1). The Taste appealed to 746k (3.0%) at 9pm, followed by documentary Sexting Teacher with 1.21m (7.1%) at 10pm (223k/2.3%).
Channel 5's Holiday Love Rats Exposed fascinated 1.36m (5.5%) at 9pm (122k »
My aunt, Margery Mason, who has died aged 100, was an actor, writer and theatre manager. She was a founder member of the Actors' Company and made appearances in diverse productions, from Midsomer Murders to a Harry Potter film.
Born and brought up in Hackney, east London, she came from a modest background, and after rudimentary education left school at 15. Her parents ran a semi-professional dramatic company, from which Margery's acting career developed. Initially she performed in their company at working men's clubs in the East End of London, starting as principal boy in pantos, then succeeding to adult parts, sometimes competing with her mother for the starring female roles. Her father ran an early cinema, the Hackney Bioscope, and subsequently established the Impartial Film Report, which distributed weekly film reviews to the then many independent cinemas. Margery attended film trade showings, wrote reviews and helped produce the Report.
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