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James Bond movie Skyfall tops Christmas Eve ratings with over 6 million

11 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Skyfall has led this year's Christmas Eve primetime ratings outside of soaps, according to overnight data.

ITV's terrestrial premiere of Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond was seen by 6.33m (28%) at 8pm.

Meanwhile, BBC One's most-viewed evening programme outside of soaps was Toy Story 3, airing to 4.73m (23.1%) from 6.30pm.

At 8.30pm, Harry Hill's Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm enchanted 3.6m (15.9%), with 3.2m (13.9%) watching the last episode in the current series of Not Going Out at 9.30pm.

A re-run of a classic Vicar of Dibley festive episode aired to 2.85m (13.9%) at 10pm, while a repeat of the Mrs Brown's Boys 2013 Christmas special 'Buckin' Mammy' was seen by 4.26m (26.4%) at 11pm.

Over on BBC Two, part two of The Choir: New Military Wives aired to 1.94m (8.5%) at 8.30pm, while Julie Walters: A Life on Screen was seen by 1.74m (7.7%) an hour later.

Earlier in the evening, »

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Movie review of 2014: Year in pictures - Oscars, Marvel, Batfleck, more

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It started in Wall Street and ended up in North Korea. 2014 was a year full of highs and lows in the world of cinema, with a diverse range of movies reeling in the punters, some striking visual moments that captured the present and teased the future, and several hugely saddening departures.

January

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street opens in cinemas, providing the soundtrack to 2014 with Matthew McConaughey's chest-beating humming. The black comedy became the director's highest grossing film, scooped five Oscar nominations and reminded everyone why driving under the influence is a very bad idea.

February

The world of entertainment was devastated by the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman at the age of 46. The acclaimed actor, who excelled in films like Boogie Nights, Capote, The Master and Magnolia, had been working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 at the time of his passing. »

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The Royle Family Christmas special attracts over 4 million

24 December 2014 3:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Royle Family was the most-watched peak time programme last night (December 23) outside of soaps, according to overnight data.

The Christmas special - which first aired in 2012 - entertained an average of 4.22m (19.2%) on BBC One from 9pm and peaked at 4.46m.

Earlier in the evening, 4.14m (20.2%) tuned into Celebrity Mastermind, while a repeat of Mrs Brown's Boys' 2012 Christmas episode was watched by 3.34m (22.1%).

On BBC Two, Masterchef: The Professionals tempted an average of 3.59m viewers from 8pm (16%), followed by 1.87m (8.5%) who stayed for The Wrong Mans.

Meanwhile, ITV showed the latest episode of Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears to 2.13m (10.4%) at 7.30pm (88.7k/0.4% on +1).

1.79m (7.8%) joined Christine Bleakley and Michael Scott for a look at Roman Britain from the Air at 8pm (128.5k/0.6%), which was followed by 1.90m (8.7%) who tuned into Lottery Stories: Be Careful What You Wish For at 9pm (202.7k/1.1%).

Over on Channel 4, festive favourite »

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Elf is the UK's biggest-selling Christmas DVD of 2014

23 December 2014 2:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Elf is the biggest-selling Christmas-themed DVD/Blu-ray of 2014.

The 2003 Will Ferrell comedy has shifted 141,000 copies over the past four weeks, according to The Official Charts Company.

Elf: Stop motion animation spinoff of Will Ferrell movie coming to ITV

Jim Carrey's The Grinch is the second highest-selling festive DVD/Blu-ray, with 95,000 copies purchased in four weeks.

The Big Bang Theory Christmas Episodes and Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Crackers are the highest-selling TV box sets.

Frozen has shifted 790,000 DVD/Blu-ray copies in the last four weeks, and more than over 3.8 million copies in total since release, but is not eligible for the festive chart as it is not deemed to have an "overt Christmassy theme".

More than 1.9 million Christmas videos have been sold in the past month in the UK.

The Official Christmas Video Chart Top 10 of 2014 is as follows:

1. Elf

2. The Grinch

3. Nativity

4. Nativity 2 - Danger in the »

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Game of Thrones, Doctor Who win in 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards

23 December 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Game of Thrones and Mrs Brown's Boys are among the TV winners in the 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards.

26,942 readers voted in the complete annual poll, with Sherlock and Doctor Who also being recognised by readers as the top scripted TV shows of the year.

Benedict Cumberbatch was voted Best Drama Actor for Sherlock ahead of Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi, while the latter's co-star Jenna Coleman topped the Best Drama Actress vote ahead of Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire.

Game of Thrones was named Best Drama, with Doctor Who finishing in second place.

The Big Bang Theory triumphed ahead of Mrs Brown's Boys in the Best Comedy category, while the BBC sitcom's star Brendan O'Carroll was voted Best Comedy Actor.

Finally, Ant & Dec were named Best TV Presenters, with The Great British Bake Off's Mel & Sue in second place.

The top five in each TV category were »

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Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: Best of the Rest

20 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year is always a hotly-contested list - with only 25 spots to allocate, many of our favourites miss out by a whisker.

Here's a smattering of series that almost made the final countdown - these are the best of the rest.

Additional material by Tom Eames

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 5-1

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 10-6

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 15-11

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16

Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21

The Fall

Though we'd never go so far as to say that familiarity breeds contempt when it comes to The Fall, it is true to say that the second series of Allan Cubitt's crime thriller lacked a little of the impact of the 2013 run. »

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New Years Day’s best TV

19 December 2014 6:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

An examination of natural flight by Attenborough in Conquest of the skies, Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench bring to life an adaptation of a Roald Dahl classic and Tottenham look to give Chelsea a run for their money at White Hart Lane. Plus: The penultimate episode of Wallander: Faceless Killers, a spate of burglaries in Mrs Brown's boys and a showing of the Clash performing on 1 January 1977

Spurs’ awful run at Stamford Bridge continued with a 3-0 drubbing there last month. In the return fixture their luck’s been no better, having failed to beat Chelsea at White Hart Lane in the past five attempts. Still, with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in good form, they’ll feel they have a fighting chance here. Before that, in-form Manchester United travel to Stoke City (12.30pm, Sky Sports 1), and Manchester City take on Sunderland (2.30pm, BT Sport 1). Gwilym Mumford

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- Guardian Staff

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Brendan O'Carroll: 'End Mrs Brown's Boys? You must be kidding!'

19 December 2014 6:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Brendan O'Carroll has denied reports that Mrs Brown's Boys won't return for any more full series.

BBC comedy controller Shane Allen was recently quoted as saying that it would be "hard to get another series" of the hit sitcom.

However, when asked on Alan Carr: Chatty Man if he was ending the show, O'Carroll said: "You must be kidding!

"My son Danny was doing a charity function, and one of the papers called him about the celebrities that were doing it, etc, and during it they said, 'So how's things going with Mrs Brown?' and he said, 'Oh we're finished with Mrs Brown'.

"So they ran with the story that Mrs Brown was over, but what he meant was we've just finished the Christmas specials - and it's 30 phone calls from different people, and it's the BBC s**tting themselves."

O'Carroll quipped: "So no, it's not [ending], I'm going to milk this dry. »

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See turkeys watching telly in Gobblebox clip

17 December 2014 12:43 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ever wondered what Gogglebox would be like if the cast were replaced by talking turkeys?

Well wonder no further. TalkTalk TV has put a festive twist on the Channel 4 show, replacing all the armchair pundits with poultry for new show Gobblebox.

Gogglebox gets turned into raunchy porn parody

The trailer sees the turkeys watch on in horror as Downton Abbey's Lord Grantham serves up Christmas dinner, and struggle to understand Mrs Brown's Boys.

Meanwhile, Steph and Dom's counterparts watch on with pride as the Queen delivers her Christmas Day speech.

Gobblebox will premiere on Thursday (December 18) at 1pm, taking a look at the best of Christmas telly.

Gogglebox special Steph & Dom Meet Nigel Farage was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on a quiet Monday evening (December 15), overnight data has revealed. »

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Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Miranda: Digital Spy's 12 TV picks of Christmas

13 December 2014 7:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's a helluva good year for Christmas telly.

With so much on the box, you might even struggle to find time for opening gifts or munching down a Turkey dinner.

So in the spirit of giving, Digital Spy presents a handy guide to the top TV shows this festive period - these are the 12 picks you absolutely can't miss.

1. Black Mirror: White Christmas

Tuesday, December 16 at 9pm on Channel 4

Get your Christmas off to a decidedly un-cheery start with the return of Charlie Brooker's brilliantly bleak Black Mirror. Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin star in three interlinked stories exploring the dark side of Yuletide.

2. The Wrong Mans

Monday, December 22 at 9pm on BBC Two

Sam and Phil are back in two hour-long specials, with the second airing same time, same channel on December 23. Hiding out in Texas, the bumbling pair quickly find themselves back in »

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Gavin & Stacey's Ruth Jones sitcom in the works at the BBC

11 December 2014 4:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ruth Jones is developing a new sitcom for BBC One, it has been revealed.

BBC comedy controller Shane Allen has confirmed that the Gavin & Stacey co-creator and star will front a new show, that may form part of a second season of Comedy Playhouse projects in 2015.

He added that Jones's company Tidy Productions may choose to produce a non-transmission pilot episode.

"Ruth is fantastic and we'd love to do something with her," he told Broadcast. "We were talking studio shows and she would be absolutely perfect for that."

Meanwhile, Allen has ordered six episodes of The Kennedys, a sitcom written by Celebrity MasterChef winner Emma Kennedy. The show will be based on her family life.

iPlayer will also stream a second series of comedy shorts, following this year's sketches from the likes of Frankie Boyle and Micky Flanagan. They will be released around Valentine's Day.

On BBC Two, Morgana Robinson »

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The best Christmas 2014 TV and radio

11 December 2014 3:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…

We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.

Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...

Drama Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.

When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day, »

- louisamellor

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Mrs Brown's Boys unlikely to return for full series

11 December 2014 3:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mrs Brown's Boys is unlikely to return for a full series, according to BBC comedy controller Shane Allen.

The popular comedy's future may be limited to Christmas specials, due to creator Brendan O'Carroll's busy schedule.

He told Broadcast that it would be "hard to get another series" of the BBC Productions sitcom.

Allen added that he is currently talking to O'Carroll about other projects, and that the comic "wants to stay on with the BBC".

Mrs Brown's Boys will return for two specials on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, while two more festive episodes will air next year.

The series transferred to the big screen this year in Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, topping the UK box office on its release. »

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Doctor Who and EastEnders feature in new BBC One Christmas trailer

8 December 2014 2:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has teased its Christmas schedule in a new trailer.

Doctor Who, EastEnders and Call the Midwife are featured in the 40-second promo.

Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman's Esio Trot, Mrs Brown's Boys and Still Open All Hours are also among the festive shows in the clip.

There is also footage from David Walliams's latest film The Boy in a Dress, Mapp and Lucia, Harry Hill's The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, Not Going Out, Miranda and Strictly Come Dancing.

Among the highlights include Clara (Jenna Coleman) giving the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) a kiss on the cheek and the Strictly judges in panto costumes.

The teaser follows the BBC's previous Christmas trailer, which also featured footage from other shows across its network. »

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Christmas Gift Guide: 41 Essential Presents For 2014

5 December 2014 5:36 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.

But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.

So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included… »

- Simon Gallagher

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Parliament discusses BBC Christmas TV repeats

4 December 2014 10:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Parliament has brought up the question of whether broadcasters are showing too many repeats on television at Christmas, and if the BBC is breaking its promise on public broadcasting by showing so many.

Figures published by The Mirror state that 63% of Christmas television on the four main terrestrial UK channels will consist of repeats - 729 out of 1,154 shows.

BBC One Christmas Day schedule announced

BBC One confirms Christmas Eve, Boxing Day TV listings

Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC

Alec Shelbrooke, Conservative MP for Elmet & Rothwell in West Yorkshire, said today (Thursday, December 4): "You may have noticed the reports this morning that this year the BBC at Christmas is showing more repeats than ever before.

"When I buy a DVD I don't expect to keep paying for it year on year. Could we please have a debate on the BBC getting back to its »

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BBC TV launches ‘hearty’ Christmas trailer

3 December 2014 3:42 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Programming includes last episode of Miranda and Citizen Khan, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Top Gear and Strictly festive specials

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. No, not the John Lewis ad, but the BBC’s annual Christmas TV trailer. So what’s under the televisual Christmas tree this year? Well it includes the last episode of Miranda and festive specials of Citizen Khan, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Top Gear, Still Open All Hours and Strictly Come Dancing. Introducing the lineup, Miranda Hart says: “Welcome to a hearty Christmas on the BBC”. Pun intended, Monkey assumes. For Doctor Who fans there is footage of Nick Frost as Father Christmas, telling the Doctor: “Before this Christmas Day is done, you will be glad of my help.” And the Doctor asks his assistant Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, if she believes in Father Christmas. “Right now, here, I think I do, »

- Monkey

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BBC One confirms Christmas Eve, Boxing Day TV listings

3 December 2014 11:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has announced its listings for the evenings of Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

The December 24 schedule kicks off with Pixar's Toy Story 3 at 6.25pm, and features children's book adaptation The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, starring Harry Hill later on.

The countdown to Christmas on @BBCOne. pic.twitter.com/vNbtfPePcD

BBC One (@BBCOne) December 3, 2014

Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC

The full evening listings for December 24 are as follows:

Toy Story 3 - 6.25pmEastEnders - 8pmThe Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm - 8.30pmNot Going Out - 9.30pmVicar of Dibley (repeat) - 10.15pmMrs Brown's Boys (repeat) - 10.55pm

Meanwhile, Boxing Day's lineup includes Marvel's Avengers Assemble and David Walliams adaptation The Boy in the Dress.

Enjoy Boxing Day on @BBCOne. pic.twitter.com/crzswCFiqF

BBC One (@BBCOne) December 3, 2014

The evening listings for December 26 are as follows:

Still Open All Hours - 6.25pmThe »

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I’m streaming of a Wi-Fi Christmas: why 2014 will be the year to go online for festive TV

3 December 2014 10:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Doctor Who Christmas special or the new Marco Polo series on Netflix? This year’s seasonal offerings on terrestrial telly are so uninspiring that the streaming sites win hands down

At last, this year’s festive TV highlights have been released, revealing such wild and renegade commissions as the annual Downton Abbey Christmas special, the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, the annual Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, the annual David Walliams story adaptation and the annual repeat of a Raymond Briggs animation on Channel 4. For a time of year that has become so reliably uninspired and homogenised, this year’s listings feel even more tepid than usual, relying on blockbuster staples and refusing to take a punt on anything particularly new. By far the most unique show of the period, a festive edition of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, starring Jon Hamm, is on 16 December, too early for round-the-telly viewing. »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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BBC One Christmas Day schedule announced

2 December 2014 9:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's Christmas Day schedule has been announced.

Shrek spin-off film Puss in Boots will begin proceedings at 3.10pm, with Michael McIntyre's Very Christmassy Christmas Show concluding the lineup from 10.40pm.

Christmas Day on @BBCOne - Be with the ones you love. pic.twitter.com/T2aOZpozYr

BBC One (@BBCOne) December 2, 2014

Channel 5 unveils festive schedule including Sing-Along Christmas Day

Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC

The schedule is as follows: Puss in Boots (3.10pm), Strictly Come Dancing (5pm), Doctor Who (6.15pm), Miranda (7.15pm), Call the Midwife (7.50pm), EastEnders (9pm), Mrs Brown's Boys (10.05pm) and Michael McIntyre's Very Christmassy Christmas Show (10.40pm).

BBC One celebrates classic Christmas television in its current festive trailer.

Last week, the BBC announced some of the highlights from its film and television lineups for the Christmas period.

Special editions of Would I Lie to You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks »

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