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In his review of this week’s TV, telly addict Andrew Collins pays tribute to the final episode of Lewis on ITV after 10 years on the Oxford beat and the final series of Peep Show on C4; asks whether Sky Atlantic’s international thriller The Last Panthers is actually a grubby version of Bond; wonders what’s going on in BBC’s London Spy; praises Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle on Amazon; is pleased to finally see series two of Rte’s Dublin gangster drama Love/Hate on Spike; and finds Zen in the end-credits disco on a 1980 Top Of The Pops
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- Andrew Collins
The rarely feted Radio 1 DJ took metal out of its ghetto and played it to the whole country, spawning furious, flourishing scenes in its wake
Those who are regular viewers of BBC4’s reruns of Top of the Pops might have cringed a little the other week. The show, from 16 October 1980, was presenting the first appearance by a group called Adam and the Ants, performing their single Dog Eat Dog. For a whole lot of people, this was their Bowie-does-Starman moment, in which someone not of this world descended and changed the way pop was perceived.
With the benefit of hindsight, however, the more startling performance came from the show’s host, Tommy Vance. This was a period in which special guests would pop up briefly to be interviewed, and that week Vance was joined by Suzi Quatro and Dollar. “I love you wearing that gear,” he tells the red-leather-clad Quatro (“Weird guy, »
- Michael Hann
Film-maker to revisit subject after 15 years to examine how the former Top of the Pops presenter was able to hide his crimes
The film-maker first visited the subject 15 years ago in one of his best-known documentaries, When Louis Met Jimmy. He has since said he felt a burden of responsibility for failing to unmask Savile as a child abuser.
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- Kevin Rawlinson
Louis Theroux is to make a new documentary about Jimmy Savile. The 45-year-old filmmaker is shooting a follow-up to his 2000 programme 'When Louis Met Jimmy', for which he spent a significant amount of time with the now late 'Top of the Pops' presenter and was given unprecedented access to his home life. Since Savile's passing at the age of 84 in 2011, hundreds of women have come forward to claim he sexually abused them when they were children, while other victims claim they were subjected to assaults as adults. Theroux will now seek to ''understand the truth'' about Savile by speaking to »
The BBC radio DJ was one of the presenters of the show from 2003 to 2006, and co-hosted the farewell episode broadcast in July 2006.
Top of the Pops: Why it should return to TV
"I don't think there's a space for Top of the Pops as such, but I do think that broadcasters need to embrace live music a bit better," Edith told Digital Spy.
"Whether that's looking at another type of show that is about a real mix of music - it's not about a specific genre of music.
"Top of the Pops? I don't think it should come back. I think it's very lazy to regenerate something.
"Surely we can be a bit more creative and come up with something new and give it the time and space to grow and build an audience?"
She added: "Sometimes I »
As we watch what may soon be the end of Motörhead, with a fine new album just out but iconic leader Lemmy's failing health forcing him from the stage on multiple nights, let's also look back at a milestone in the group's long career.
Bassist/singer Lemmy Kilmister started Motörhead in 1975 after getting kicked out of prog-rockers Hawkwind for being jailed on a drug charge in Canada during a tour. The band's early days were not marked by success. After being signed by United Artists, Motörhead's first shot at recording an album was rejected, and the label then blocked the group's attempted release of a single on Stiff. In '77 -- the lineup having completely turned over aside from its frontman -- they were ready to throw in the towel and even scheduled a farewell concert, but then Chiswick Records gave them money to record a single and »
The ever-popular Crystal Maze finished its live run some 20 years ago today and is set to make a comeback soon in the form of a "live immersive experience".
So while we're all getting out our multi-coloured tracksuits in preparation for the live event, which is still having its set built, we cast our minds back to just why the Channel 4 game show was so brilliant.
1. Richard O'Brien was the perfect host
Whoever thought of picking Rocky Horror writer Richard O'Brien as host of this quirky game show is a TV genius. When picturing The Crystal Maze, O'Brien is most likely the first image that comes to mind; topped up to the nines with leopardskin fur coats and leather boots.
Constantly making quips to camera at the contestants' expense, »
Digital Spy recommends the very best in television – these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from the debut of two hit Us shows to the return of Who Do You Think You Are?
Monday - The Last Man on Earth, Dave at 9pm
The UK premiere of the post-apocalyptic comedy starring Will Forte.
When most of humanity is wiped out by a deadly virus, Phil Miller searches across North America for other survivors. He eventually finds Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal) and realises that he's not as alone as he thought.
The crime drama set in 1960s California hits UK shores in a double-bill premiere.
When 16-year-old Emma Karn disappears from her Beverly Hills home, her mother calls in La homicide detective and old flame Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) to investigate. Sam is soon on the trail of elusive cult leader Charles Manson, »
The BBC has announced how it will pay tribute to the late Cilla Black.
The much loved entertainer - who passed away on Saturday (August 1) - kickstarted her TV career on the BBC back in 1968.
Cilla Black 1943-2015: Her life in pictures, from musical stardom to TV icon
He will share some of his personal memories of their friendship, while revisiting some of her biggest hits and favourite songs, between 6pm and 7pm.
Cilla Black 1943-2015: 12 of her best songs
The Chemical Brothers think current electronic dance music ''all sounds the same''. The 'Galvanize' hitmakers - made up of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons - have insisted they wouldn't ever play a DJ residency in Las Vegas - like DJs including Calvin Harris and Alesso - as it would be ''soul-destroying''. Tom, 44, said: ''If we really wanted to we probably still could but I think it would be soul-destroying. It's a mad old world, that world. I does feel alien.'' Ed, 45, added: ''We played in America recently and every record sounded like (Italian DJ/producer) Benny Benassi. I know that sounds like your dad wandering into 'Top of the Pops' and saying it all sounds the same, but it did all sound the same...The one-dimensional sound is quite effective but it doesn't seem to have that magical, transporting quality.'' The 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' producers »
Teatime thrash metal, Shaun Ryder’s potty-mouthed Sex Pistols cover, Reef’s ridicule and Slipknot’s debut UK TV appearance – ahead of its return for a one-off special, here’s a selection of the show’s greatest musical moments
Tfi Friday, returning tonight for a one-off nostalgia special, was hands down the 90s’ best music show. Jools Holland was too worthy, Top of the Pops too cheesy, CD:uk too teeny-bop, but on Tfi live music, with a real, pogoing audience, provided the beating heart of Chris Evans’ perfect pre/post-pub telly. The show spanned a vintage era for rock and indie (even if it was a little too focused on white, male artists) and crested the wave of Britpop, attracting all the major names (Pulp, Blur, Suede) as well as a smattering of elder statesmen (Bowie, »
- Marc Burrows
Return of Chris Evans’ brash and boastful TV hit must avoid the old lad-fest territory but if it comes back with its balls in a jar, is there any point?
They’re selling pre-faded Friends T-shirts in Primark. Proof, were it needed, of the Nineties nostalgia that makes the return of Tfi Friday, Chris Evans’s rambunctious light entertainment show, perfectly timed. Gateway to the weekend and window on politically incorrect celebrity behaviour, the show landed on Channel 4 in the middle of an entertainment desert and quickly established itself as the antidote to other moribund formats.
The first episode opened with Evans striding into a doctor’s office to identify the corpse of Top of the Pops, eyebrows waggling and self-satisfied grin plastered all over his face. Later in the same episode, two audience members debated whether or not Saturday teatime staple Noel’s House Party was past its sell-by date. »
- Julia Raeside
Remember the first ever Love Island with its seemingly clueless single celebrities constantly bickering on a tumultuous and stormy (literally and metaphorically) Fijian island?
Other memorable highlights included Abi Titmuss becoming more and more enraged as Fran Cosgrave repeatedly referred to her as Vanessa Feltz, swiftly followed by a tipsy and uncouth Rebecca Loos letting rip.
As the new non-celebrity series currently enjoys its ITV2 revival, we find out what the 12 star contestants have gone on to do since their 2005 stint below:
Love Island winner »
Tfi Friday is making a one-off return to Channel 4 next week, with Liam Gallagher and Blur joining Chris Evans for a live special. It’s a reminder of how exciting start-of-the-weekend telly used to be
It was the great pop philosopher R Kelly who once said: “It’s the freakin’ weekend, baby, I’m about to have me some fun.” But if you’re staying in on a Friday night, telly fun isn’t what it used to be. What was once the preserve of pre- and post-pub anarchy with shows such as Tfi Friday and The Word is now filled with the gentle ribbing of Graham Norton and Alan Carr, along with Big Brother if you want to go for a more naked-people-in-a-hot-tub option.
As Tfi Friday makes a return with a live special to celebrate its nearly-20th anniversary, it’s a reminder of how TV can »
- Hannah Verdier
‘No one is safe, there are identical fan colonies at whichever end of the ideological pole you find yourself: be it the in crowd or those who embrace their outsider status’
“I’d forced my family to go on holiday near Roger Taylor’s house in Cornwall,” explains Kate Mossman with a breezy nonchalance in When Pop Ruled My Life: The Fans’ Story (Friday, 9pm, BBC4). After seeing Queen on Top Of The Pops in 1991, Kate’s life became filled by the spoils of pop obsession: diaries flooded with prose; a life-size papier-mache Freddie Mercury mask the exact purpose of which still baffles her (and me); a lovingly Pritt-sticked collage that ate up an entire weekend in its making, etc.
In this documentary, we see how powerful the tide of furiously zealous pop neeks really is. We watch footage of young girls enraptured by some incomprehensible quality of Harry Styles (maybe, »
- Filipa Jodelka
Meghan Trainor cured herself of constant sickness by eating broccoli. The 21-year-old singer has revealed she repeatedly fell ill before she adopted the nutritious vegetable into her diet. She said: ''I used to get sick a lot. I wasn't eating the best and not sleeping - so I started eating chicken and broccoli to clear my lungs, and I don't get sick anymore.'' The 'Lips Are Movin' hitmaker added she needs all the energy she can get as her hectic schedule rarely allows her to take time off. She told Top of the Pops magazine: ''No one knows how hard we work. There's not a day off! I remember talking to Jessie J and she said she'd only had one day off in the last four months. I was like, 'What?' She was like, 'Yeah, but that's how we get to No. 1'.'' Meghan also admitted »
The 1980s are celebrated on “Top of the Pops: 1980 – Big Hits” on Britain’s Yesterday channel. You can watch this television special for free on FilmOn’s online stream. The special focuses on BBC’s popular music chart show as it documented the hottest tunes of the era of big hair, slathered makeup, and neon legging. Some of the acts featured in the special include Adam Ant, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Motorhead and more. “British pop and the BBC’s flagship chart show said goodbye to the 70s and trembled on the edge of a new era for the show, for British music and for British society. This meant a continuing love for [ Read More ]
Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.
"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:
I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled
— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015
To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.
The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which »
The corporation said this week that it has "no current plans" to revive Top of the Pops, although rumours on social media persist that a comeback of some sort is in the works.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the British Lgbt Awards tonight (April 24), Maynard offered his support for Top of the Pops returning to UK television.
"I think any more TVs I can get on the better," he joked at first.
The 'Can't Say No' singer then added more seriously: "I feel that Top of the Pops would be amazing. I grew up watching it, not religiously, but I watched it a lot when I was younger. »
Yes, it's just rumours, but the reports at the weekend that Top of the Pops might be making a comeback still got our hearts all a-flutter. It's something that we've been hoping might happen for years and it seems we're not the only ones - at the time of writing over 92% of you had voted in favour of its return in our poll.
But how could a 2015 version of Top of the Pops work? Should it actually come back? And are Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton the right hosts? Read on for what we make of the rumours and let us know what you make of it all below...
"A show that was fun, and incredibly entertaining, could work" - David Moynihan, editor
"Top of the Pops previously succeeded in a very different era to the one we live in now. There were only five TV channels (or four, depending »
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