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Travelers: why you should watch Netflix's new time travel show

Mark Oakley Jan 18, 2017

Canadian sci-fi series Travelers presents a genuinely fresh and fascinating vision of time travel, and boasts a strong cast...

Warning: contains some episode one plot details.

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Television’s love affair with time travel goes back a long way. Naturally, Doctor Who was one of the early proponents of the genre and since then there have been many successful (and many less so) series bringing time travel to the small screen. Quantum Leap mixed science with humour, drama and humanity, Continuum brought some genuinely intelligent ideas and Legends Of Tomorrow has thrown a whole lot of heroes into a mainstream tale of time travel and derring-do.

Over the past twelve months, time travel has been something of a go-to for TV schedules with Timeless, Frequency and mini-series 11.22.63 all coming up with something fresh to say. One show that seems
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“I Think Filmmaking Can Also Be as Simple as Being a Good Person to Those Around You”: Paola Mottura on Film Markets and Support Programs

In 1996, Chris Kraus traveled to Germany to attend the Berlin Film Festival. Even though the Berlinale rejected her experimental film, she was invited to screen it at the European Film Market, the business epicenter of the festival. “A profitable trade show in which product deemed unsuitable for the Festival is bought and sold,” is how Kraus later described the Efm in her 2000 book, Aliens & Anorexia. Arriving in Berlin with neither pre-arranged business meetings, networking contacts, nor party invites, the Efm was “like Room 101 in Orwell’s 1984, a cavalcade of horrors where you confront your deepest fears,” […]
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Nick Samwell-Smith to Quit as Chief of Endemol Shine-Owned Initial

Nick Samwell-Smith to Quit as Chief of Endemol Shine-Owned Initial
London — Nick Samwell-Smith, managing director of Endemol Shine-owned production company Initial, has decided to leave the company and will depart in May.

Samwell-Smith, who joined Initial in 1997, became the company’s creative director in 2006 before being promoted to managing director in 2013.

He will be succeeded in the role by creative director Mirella Breda, who joined Initial in early 2014 following a succession of senior roles in broadcasting and production at the BBC, ITV and Rdf, among other places.

Additionally, Sandra Smith, Initial’s head of production since 2011, is promoted to a newly created role as director of production.

Samwell-Smith’s early work at Initial included producer roles on “Fame Academy” and “Big Brother,” co-creating and exec producing “The Match” for Sky, as well as launching and producing “Soccer Aid” for ITV. His credits include many high-profile entertainment shows including “Total Wipeout,” “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” “Dating in the Dark,” “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” and,
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Room 101 – review: isn’t it time for Room 102?

David Tennant feigns sushi outrage and Trevor McDonald has a problem with queueing . I know how the BBC could liven up Room 101

It would be churlish to complain about the new series of Room 101 (BBC1). Fortunately, churlish is my middle name. If TV commissioning editors had any sense, and they don’t, they would commission Room 102, a meta-tv series in which every celebrity who’s ever been on Would I Lie to You, Mock the Week, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Masterchef and Room 101 would have to plead for their lives before an audience of licence-fee payers.

Room 102 would essentially be a mincer in a shed to which losers would be transported on a conveyer belt, like in that episode of the Simpsons where Ralph Wiggum watches cows “graduate” from Bovine University to become hamburgers. Would you pay to see Frank Skinner, Trevor McDonald, Davids Tennant and/or Mitchell
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Competition: Win horror doc ‘The Nightmare’ on DVD

Welcome to the most terrifying place on Earth… A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ through the eyes of eight very different people. These people (and a shockingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds, helpless, totally unable to move but aware of their surroundings while being subject to frequently disturbing sights and sounds.

A strange element to these visions is that despite the fact that they know nothing of one another, (and had never heard of sleep paralysis before it happened to them), many see similar ghostly ‘shadow men.’ This is one of many reasons many people insist this is more than just a sleep disorder.

The Nightmare digs deep into not only the particulars of these eight people’s uncanny experiences (through elaborate, sometimes surreal dramatisations), but it also explores their search to understand what they’ve gone through
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David Tennant, Katie Price and Claudia Winkleman announced for Room 101

David Tennant, Katie Price and Claudia Winkleman will be among the celebrity guests for the upcoming series of Room 101.

Hosted by Frank Skinner, the show will be back for an eight-part series to air in early 2016 on BBC One.

The chat show sees three celebrities banish their top pet peeve, annoyance or worst nightmare to the depths of Room 101 forever.

Sir Trevor McDonald, Noel Fielding, Heston Blumenthal, Russell Howard, Aisling Bea, Adil Ray, Greg James and Ian Wright will also be paying a visit to the studio.

Other guests include Meera Syal, John Humphrys, Russell Kane, John Torode, Katherine Parkinson, Greg Davies, James Acaster, Kirsty Wark, Shaun Ryder, Sam Simmons, Bridget Christie, Robert Peston and Joanna Scanlan.

"It's great to be back as the gatekeeper of Room 101 with another bunch of brilliant celebrity complainers," said Skinner. "They are the whinge beneath my wings."

Skinner recently announced a new weekly talk show,
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UK TV ratings: Doc Martin leaps up to 6.1m to top Monday night

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Martin Clunes continued to be the king of Monday nights by topping the ratings outside soaps with Doc Martin.

The ITV drama was seen by an average overnight audience of 6.12 million (28.7%) at 9pm (268,000/1.9% on +1), rising by around 300,000 from last week. Earlier, Britain As Seen On ITV brought in 2.49m (31.2%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Room 101 amused 2.20m (9.9%) at 8.30pm, followed by All Change at Longleat with 2.65m (12.4%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge puzzled 2.67m (12.2%) at 8pm, while Only Connect quizzed 2.05m (9.2%) at 8.30pm. Countdown to Life educated 1.14m (5.3%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Jamie's Super Food appealed to 1.24m (5.7%) at 8pm (174k/0.8%), followed by Food Unwrapped with 1.66m (7.4%) at 8.30pm (120k/0.6%). The Catch caught 878k (4.1%) at 9pm (142k/1.0%), and Sex Diaries: Webcam Couples titillated 840k (6.0%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Police Interceptors thrilled 864k (3.9%) at 8pm, followed by the
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Spa Awards finalists announced

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Downriver, Holding The Man, The Infinite Man, Kill Me Three Times and Maya The Bee Movie will compete for best feature film at the 15th Screen Producers Australia Awards.

In contention for the TV drama series prize are The Code, Glitch, Love Child series 2 and the third seasons of Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries and Wentworth.

To be presented on November 19, the awards recognise excellence in 11 film, television and interactive categories including the inaugural short film production award.

The nominees for feature documentary production are Between A Frock And A Hard Place, The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob, Sam Klemke.s Time Machine, That Sugar Film and Women He.s Undressed.

In the running for best telemovie or miniseries are Catching Milat, Deadline Gallipoli, Devil.s Playground, House of Hancock and The Secret River.

The contenders for best TV comedy are 8Mmm Aboriginal Radio, series 2 of Danger 5, Maximum Choppage,
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UK TV ratings: Celebrity Big Brother is back up to 1.4 million on Bank Holiday Monday

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Celebrity Big Brother bounced back in the ratings on Bank Holiday Monday as tempers began to rise yet again.

Channel 5's explosive reality show was up from Sunday's episode by around 400,000 viewers, climbing to an average overnight audience of 1.43 million (6.9%) at 9pm (155k/1.0% on +1).

Earlier, Beware: The Cops Are Watching attracted 793k (3.5%) at 8pm, while a Botched Up Bodies boobs special fascinated 641k (4.1%) at 10pm.

On BBC One, coverage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015 brought in 4.52m (23.1%) at 6.30pm. Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave entertained 3.10m (14.5%) at 7.30pm, Room 101 amused 2.27m (9.8%) at 8.30pm, and Lenny Henry biographical drama Danny and the Human Zoo interested 3.41m (17.4%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Great British Menu appealed to 1.62m (7.6%) at 7.30pm, followed by University Challenge with 2.62m (11.6%) at 8pm. Only Connect quizzed 2.20m (9.6%) at 8.30pm, and An Evening with Harry and Paul tickled 1.64m (7.9%) at 9pm.
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Very British Problems: How one man's hilarious Twitter feed became a star-studded TV show

Very British Problems, the 1 million follower-plus @soverybritish Twitter feed turned best-selling book of Britons' daily woes, hits our small screens tonight (August 13).

Starring Jonathan Ross, James Corden and a variety of famous funny Brits moaning creatively in a Grumpy Old Men stylee, the Channel 4 series looks to bottle the retweet phenomenon for a non-social audience.

I meet its London-based creator Rob Temple to find out how that's going to work and, to be honest, exactly how it all got this far. Over a beer, not an under-heated cup of tea ("I don't even like tea," laughs Temple), I ask how the idea started. "Well, it started it in 2012, cause you told me to."

Now, this is sort of true. Full disclosure: I used to work with Rob. And I did implore him to start a Twitter feed, as despite having never seen it himself, his dry, pithy humour was clearly a good fit.
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UK TV Ratings: Ripper Street watched by 3.38 million on BBC One

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Ripper Street secures a ratings victory for the second successive week on BBC One.

The Victorian crime thriller was seen by an average audience of 3.38 million (18.3%) from 9pm.

BBC One's evening began with 2.29 million (13.5%) for Animal Super Parents at 7pm, and continued with 2.8 million (14.3%) for Would I Lie to You at 8.30pm.

The night ended with 2.06 million (17.2%) for Room 101 at 10.45pm.

Over on ITV, BBQ Champ continued with slightly lower figures of 1.76 million (9.5%).

Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was ITV's highest rated show outside of soaps, attracting 2.27 million (12.4%) at 8pm.

Back on the Beeb, The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure was seen by 760k (4.6%) at 7pm on BBC Two, while Great British Menu entertained 1.2 million (6.8%).

Mastermind returned with 1.7 million (9.3%) at 8pm, followed by Gardeners' World with 1.91 million (9.8%) and The Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice with
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UK TV Ratings: BBQ Champ serves up 2.29 million viewers on ITV

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

BBQ Champ served up 2.29 million viewers (12.8%) for ITV on Friday evening (July 31).

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Featuring Adam Richman, Mark Blatchford and Myleene Klass, the brand new cooking competition peaked with 2.51 million between 9-10pm.

Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was ITV's highest rated show outside of soaps, attracting 2.39 million (13.6%) at 8pm.

Both shows were outperformed by the returning Ripper Street on BBC One, which entertained 3.73 million (20.8%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening began with 2.32 million (13.6%) for Animal Super Parents at 7pm, and continued with 2.95 million (15.6%) for Would I Lie to You at 8.30pm.

The night ended with 1.97 million (16.8%) for Room 101 at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's evening was dominated by the rugby league match between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens, which was seen by 1.02 million (5.7%) from 7.30pm.

It
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Celebrity Masterchef final peaks with 6.14 million viewers on BBC One

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

The Celebrity MasterChef final was Friday's (July 24) highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 5.16 million (24.5%) from 8.30pm.

The final episode of the cooking competition peaked with 6.14 million viewers (29.2%), as John Torode and Gregg Wallace announced a winner.

BBC One's evening began with 2.79 million (14.5%) for Animal Super Parents at 7pm, and ended with 2.09 million (17%) for Room 101 at 10.45pm.

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.58 million (12.9%), while Doc Martin drew an average audience of 1.9 million (9.1%).

Rhs Flower Show Tatton Park kicked things off with 1.14 million (6.1%) for BBC Two at 7pm, followed by 1.68 million (8.4%) for Gardeners' World at 7.30pm.

Live Athletics: Anniversary Games continued with 2.56 million from 8pm (12.3%) as stars including Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill raced at the Olympic Stadium in east London, while The Perfect Morecambe & Wise followed with 1.03 million (6.1%) at 10pm.
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UK TV ratings: Celebrity MasterChef heats up with 4.06 million viewers

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Celebrity Masterchef is really starting to heat up, as the latest episode peaked with 4.63 million (25.2%) viewers on BBC One.

As we close in on the final, the cooking competition drew an average audience of 4.06 million (21.8%) between 8.30pm and 10pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.86 million (17.2%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.37 million (13.3%) for A Question of Sport.

Room 101 - Extra Storage drew 2.16 million (17.4%) at 10.35pm, followed by 1.11 million (17.5%) for Pretty Woman at 11.15pm.

One channel over, the First Night of the Proms played to 800k (4.3%) at 8pm, while The Perfect Morecambe & Wise followed with 640k (3.9%) immediately after.

With 2.53 million viewers (14.2%), Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps at 8pm, followed by 2.17 million (11.8%) for Doc Martin at 9pm.

Over on Channel 4, Location, Location, Location was seen by 970k (5.2%) at 8pm,
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UK TV ratings: Big Brother: Timebomb eviction twist peaks with 1.36 million

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Big Brother: Timebomb's latest eviction and shock twist peaked with 1.36 million (7.4%) viewers at 10pm on Friday (May 29) evening.

An average audience of 1.04 million (5.1%) watched the show in its entirety, while a further 128k (1%) watched on Channel 5+1.

Big Brother's Bit on the Side was seen by 795k (6%) at 10.30pm, followed by 465k (5.4%) for live footage from the house.

Unsurprisingly, the fifth and last Britain's Got Talent semi-final was the highest-rated show of the evening, entertaining 8.02 million viewers (39.2%) from 7.30pm.

An average audience of 6.78 million (32.1%) watched the Britain's Got Talent results show at 9.30pm.

Elsewhere, BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.30 million (19.5%) for The One Show at 7pm, Room 101 was seen by 1.93 million (9.6%) at 8pm, followed by 1.72 million (8.2%) for The Vicar of Dibley at 8.30pm.

Have I Got News for You continued with 3.58 million (16.4%) viewers at 8.30pm, while Mrs. Brown's Boys
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The Musketeers bows out to 2.78 million on BBC One

The Musketeers closed to nearly 3 million viewers on BBC One.

The final episode in the second season attracted an average audience of 2.78 million (12.7%) from 9pm.

It was preceded by Masterchef, which was one of BBC One's highest-rated shows of the evening with 4.47 million (20.5%) viewers.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 4.59 million (26.6%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.84 million (20.5%) for Room 101 at 7.30pm.

The evening ended with 1.52 million (13.7%) for a repeat of New Tricks at 10.35pm.

ITV scored its own ratings victory on Friday evening, as an average of 5.21 million viewers tuned in to watch the Euro 2016 qualifier between England and Lithuania.

Over on BBC Two, an improved audience of 1.05 million (5.9%) watched Britain's Got the Builders In at 7pm, followed by 1.99 million (9.1%) for An Island Parish.

Gardeners' World secured an evening high of 2.34 million (10.7%) for the channel at 8.30pm, while Mastermind was seen by 2.04 million (9.3%) immediately after.
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Gogglebox audience rises to 3.39m, Bear Grylls audience up to 3.08m

Gogglebox's audience rose to 3.39m (16%) on Friday night (March 6), according to overnight ratings figures.

The Channel 4 show's ratings were up slightly on last week's audience of 3.28m. A further 479k tuned in on +1.

Earlier in the evening, the channel's coverage of Crufts was seen by 1.32m (6.3%), while First Dates returned at 10pm to 1.51m (9.4%).

BBC One's primetime schedule opened with The One Show at 7pm - the highest-rated primetime programme outside of soaps - airing to 3.81m (20.6%). 3.02m (15.2%) tuned in for Inside Out at 7.30pm.

Later in the evening, Room 101 aired to 2.54m (11.6%) at 8.30pm, while 3.03m (14.3%) were entertained by the latest instalment of The Musketeers at 9pm.

This week's episode of The Graham Norton Show, featuring Jennifer Saunders, David Walliams, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Jack Dee and Johnny Vegas, aired to 3.34m (25.4%).

Over on ITV, Bear Grylls' celebrity endurance show Mission Survive was up slightly on last week with 3.08m (14.5%) at 9pm,
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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive continues with improved ratings on ITV

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive's Friday evening (February 27) viewing figures were up on last week's launch numbers.

The second episode in the celebrity survival show was seen by an average audience of 3.03 million (14.1%), which was slightly up on last week's average of 2.91 million (13.6%).

Earlier on in the evening, ITV's Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant was seen by an average audience of 2.83 million (12.9%).

The One Show was once again the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 4.01 million (20.8%) from 7pm on BBC One.

It outperformed the likes of A Question of Sport with 3.2 million (15.5%), Room 101 with 3.13 million (14.5%) and The Musketeers with 2.84 million (13.2%).

BBC One's evening ended with 3.72 million (28.3%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. This week's guests included David Beckham, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman.

Over on BBC Two, Wanted in Paradise kicked things off with 970k (4.9%) at 7pm, followed by 2.02 million
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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off tops ratings with 7m for BBC One

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off topped the ratings on Wednesday (February 18), according to overnight figures.

The second episode of the charity series attracted 7.02m (29.8%) at 8.30pm, while Room 101 followed with 4.22m (19.3%) at 9.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, Antiques Road Trip continued with 1.40m (6.8%) at 7pm, before Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom interested 2.38m (10.1%) at 8pm.

The latest episode of Wolf Hall dipped to 2.46m (10.8%) at 9pm.

ITV's Midsomer Murders intrigued 3.66m (15.8%) at 8pm (373k/1.9% on +1).

On Channel 4, The Restoration Man appealed to 990k (4.2%) at 8pm (144k/0.6%), while 24 Hours in A&E brought in 1.73m (7.6%) at 9pm (260k/1.7%). Junk Food Kids: Who's to Blame? captivated 1.33m (8.6%) at 10pm (198k/2.4%).

GPs: Behind Closed Doors averaged 890k (3.8%) for Channel 5 at 8pm (93k/0.4%), before World's Biggest Hips attracted 1.05m at 9pm (60k/0.4%), and Erin Brockovich entertained 388k at 10pm (25k/0.5%).
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Benidorm tops Friday's ratings with 4.37 million

Benidorm was Friday's (February 13) highest-rated show outside of soaps.

The ITV comedy show was seen by an average audience of 4.37 million (20.8%) at 9pm.

Elsewhere, ITV secured average ratings of 3.32 million (15.4%) for Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant at 8pm.

The One Show kicked off BBC One's evening with 3.9 million (20.2%) at 7pm. It was followed by 3.01 million (14.7%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm and 3.47 million (16.2%) for Room 101 at 8.30pm.

BBC One's evening continued with 2.92 million (13.9%) for The Musketeers at 9pm and ended with 3.42 million (25.6%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm.

Over on BBC Two, Antiques Road Trip was seen by an audience of 1.45 million (7.3%) at 7pm, followed by 2.07 million (9.6%) for Mastermind at 8pm and 1.51 million (7%) for Food and Drink at 8.30pm.

Italy Unpacked averaged 1.62 million (7.7%) at 9pm, while Qi ended the evening with 1.21 million (6.6%).

On Channel 4, Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast entertained 1.23 million (5.7%) at 8pm,
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