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Brian Pern A Life In Rock: The funniest show on TV right now

16 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

He's the man who "invented world music" and who created the first ever music video using Plasticine. Yes, we're talking about '70s rock legend Brian Pern - the frontman of Thotch.

Ok, Brian Pern might not be real, but Simon Day and Rhys Thomas's surreal music doc spoof is so on the money, it feels like Pern and Thotch are very much the bona fide article. Is the Day of the Triffids album not on iTunes yet?

With incredible guest appearances from the likes of Roger Moore, Martin Freeman and Kathy Burke, Brian Pern: A Life in Rock is the funniest TV show on right now.

We caught up with Day and Thomas to chat about its success.

First things first, I was a huge fan of your last comedy show Bellamy's People.

Simon Day: "Oh, don't get us started on that."

Honestly, I loved it. That didn't get a second series. »

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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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Watch The Rolling Stones at the BBC on BBC Four via FilmOn

26 November 2014 3:02 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Rolling Stones at the BBC” is now available for free viewing on FilmOn. The special celebrates the 50th anniversary of the group by taking a look at the group’s musical legacy. “The BBC celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones by delving into the vaults of archive material. From the early days of their career and some unforgettable performances on Top of the Pops, through to the late 60s and early 70s era of prolific song writing when the band were knocking out a classic album every other year and offering up such classics as ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘Gimme Shelter’. The late 70s brought a massively successful  [ Read More ]

The post Watch The Rolling Stones at the BBC on BBC Four via FilmOn appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Ed Sheeran and Take That for Top of the Pops Christmas specials

26 November 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ed Sheeran, Take That and Ella Henderson are amongst those due to perform on Top of the Pops Christmas specials.

Henderson, Sheeran, George Ezra and The Vamps will all perform on both Christmas Day and New Year's Eve shows.

The first show on December 25 will feature performances from Tom Odell, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne.

The Vamps, Mr Probz, Sigma, George Ezra, Gordon City feat Mnek, Rixton and Take That will also perform on the show, which will include the Christmas number one.

The Script, Labrinth, Professor Green with vocals from Tori Kelly, Charli Xcx and La Roux will then perform on the December 31 instalment.

Top of the Pops will air on Christmas Day at 2pm and on New Year's Eve.

Sheeran recently announced a second Wembley Stadium show on July 11, 2015.

Take That are going head to head with Band Aid 30 for number one, with 'Do They Know It's Christmas? »

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Ed Sheeran to perform on Top of the Pops

26 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ed Sheeran, Take That and Ella Henderson are to perform on the 'Top of the Pops' Christmas special. The trio of pop acts have been confirmed for the festive show and they will be joined by Labrinth, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, Sigma, Rixton, George Ezra, The Vamps, Mr Probz, Gorgon City and Tom Odell - who will perform his cover of The Beatles track 'Real Love', which featured in the John Lewis Yule Tide advert. The show - which will air at 2pm on BBC One on Christmas Day (25.12.14) - will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and the »

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John Altman releasing Christmas single

24 November 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ed Sheeran, Take That and Ella Henderson are to perform on the 'Top of the Pops' Christmas special. The trio of pop acts have been confirmed for the festive show and they will be joined by Labrinth, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, Sigma, Rixton, George Ezra, The Vamps, Mr Probz, Gorgon City and Tom Odell - who will perform his cover of The Beatles track 'Real Love', which featured in the John Lewis Yule Tide advert. The show - which will air at 2pm on BBC One on Christmas Day (25.12.14) - will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and the »

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Remembering Popworld: Miquita Oliver looks back at the classic TV show

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

"Occasionally, when I've had too much wine and I'm with Simon, I'll say, 'Let's look at Popworld'."

There are two types of pop music show. Ones that came before Popworld, and ones that came after Popworld.

Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver's early '00s pop chat and magazine show made it worth getting up in the morning for millions of teenagers and university students between 2001 and 2006 (let's ignore the Alex Zane years).

Previously, popstars had been used to inane phone-ins and cheery hysteria on Saturday morning kids TV. Simon and Miquita went for a different tact - taking the piss.

We caught up with Miquita to look back at the show's glory years.

How many times a week do you get people asking about Popworld?

Weekly? I'd probably say 60 times a day. But I love it, I'm fine with it. It's one of the best things I've ever done. »

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Later... with Jools Holland: Robert Plant, Counting Crows, tUnE-yArDs, Years & Years - liveblog

28 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Join us as we liveblog our way through the penultimate episode of the 45th series of Later... with Jools Holland

10.54pm GMT

The final show of the series is a retro-fest, with performances by Bryan Ferry, Paul Rodgers, and a cosy piano-side chat with Dave Gilmour. There will also be music from rising singer-songwriter Laura Doggett, Swedish newcomer Seinabo Sey, cult Americans the War On Drugs, and a chap who I saw live at Stamford Bridge on the weekend - not kicking a ball around, no, singing in a venue under the stadium: Afrobeats king Fuse Odg.

You cant argue with a lineup like that. Well, you can. But as I - and Mrs D - said, thats the whole point of Later...

10.47pm GMT

Good point, Mrs D, whoever you are - Later... is almost designed to generate a mixture of devotion and loathing because if you love Plant youre bound to hate Stormzy, »

- Paul Lester

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Alvin Stardust obituary

23 October 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Glam rock singer who found life beyond the 1970s as a television presenter and actor

It was in the era of 1970s glam rock that Alvin Stardust, who has died aged 72, became a household name. Thanks to a dramatic appearance on Top of the Pops in 1973, his debut single My Coo Ca Choo climbed to No 2 in the British charts and blossomed into an international hit. The follow-up, Jealous Mind, went to No 1. During the 80s, Stardusts allure proved durable enough to take him back into the Top 10 with Pretend (1981), I Feel Like Buddy Holly (1984) and I Wont Run Away (1984).

Yet before he adopted the chartbusting persona of Alvin Stardust, who resembled a glittery 70s version of the 50s rocker Gene Vincent, he had already had a trial run at pop stardom as Shane Fenton, lead singer with Shane Fenton and the Fentones. The group scored a handful of minor »

- Adam Sweeting

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What was on TV the day you were born? BBC Genome lets you find out ...

16 October 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Was it Top of the Pops or the Wombles? The BBCs Genome Project lets you search the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009. But all anyone wants to know about is the first night of their lives

BBC digitises Radio Times back issues

Visit BBC Genome and find out

If you have ever wondered what was on TV the day you were born, you can now easily find out. The BBC has launched a searchable online archive where you can browse the listings from every copy of the Radio Times ever published, going back to 1923.

The BBC Genome Project, which launched on Thursday, takes users to a full plain text TV listing for any given day in the space of just four clicks.

The most amazing thing about @BBCOne's programming on the day I was born was the 1115-1300 showing of Ceefex pages http://t.co/SO2ICrBfzW

Figure skating was on »

- Tom Meltzer

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BBC won't show Dave Lee Travis presenting editions of Top Of The Pops

8 October 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC says it will no longer show archive Top Of The Pops episodes featuring Dave Lee Travis.

Travis was last month given a three-month jail sentence suspended for two years, after being found guilty of indecent assault.

"The BBC will not show Top of the Pops repeats fronted by Dave Lee Travis," a BBC spokesperson told The Guardian. "We will consider any other archive appearances on a case-by-case basis."

Programmes that Travis hosted had already been pulled from the weekly BBC Four repeats of the show following his initial arrest in 2012.

The BBC recently apologised after an excerpt of Top of the Pops featuring Jimmy Savile was broadcast on TV.

The corporation carefully reviews programmes where the disgraced broadcaster featured ahead of transmission, and axes or edits any material which may cause offence or distress.

The attorney general's office has confirmed that it is considering whether to refer the »

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BBC apologises for Jimmy Savile Top of the Pops broadcast

22 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC has apologised after an excerpt of Top of the Pops featuring Jimmy Savile was broadcast on TV.

After the Savile sex abuse scandal came to light following the presenter's death, the BBC carefully reviews programmes where he featured ahead of broadcast and axes or edits those that may cause offence.

However, a broadcast of Top of the Pops 2 on September 13 at 11.15pm briefly showed Savile wagging a finger at an audience member. Seven viewers complained.

In a statement, the BBC said: "We have reviewed references to Jimmy Savile across archive footage, including a number which were brought to our attention.

"Where the material is likely to cause offence to his victims it is removed."

It continued: "Although all programmes are reviewed before broadcast, unfortunately this brief appearance was missed.

"It was removed from iPlayer as soon as we were made aware and replaced with a re-edited version. We apologise for any distress caused. »

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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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I Am Divine Review

16 July 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

 

The late larger-than-life, cross-dressing extraordinaire who ushered in the now-established world of theatrical drag (simultaneously bringing queer performance art to the mainstream) is given the documentary treatment in the warmly nostalgic and playful tribute, I Am Divine.

The alter-ego of shy suburban boy Harris Glenn Milstead, Divine was the muse of “Pope of Trash” filmmaker John Waters (the biggest contributor here, offering up some deliciously trashy anecdotes). Described by her best friend as a “cinematic terrorist”, the duo were childhood friends in 60′s Baltimore, and Divine’s trajectory, from early transgressive dog poop-eating infamy to full-blown stardom, is exhaustively covered by director Jeffrey Schwarz.

Fully ‘out’ before being gay was even recognised as an alternative lifestyle, Divine managed to tap into the uninhibited more accepting culture which emerged during the seventies, and her popularity surged as her NY stage performances gaining prominence around the time Studio 54 and the world of disco exploded. »

- Adam Lowes

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The People's Poet Is No More: Rik Mayall Dies At 56

9 June 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Rik Mayall, most famous for his portrayal of sniveling anarchist Rik in the early '80s BBC comedy series The Young Ones, has died at the startlingly young age of 56, according to Variety. Mayall made his bones as the co-creator and lead writer for the series, which was among the first to put angry, counterculture British youth on television on a weekly basis. Not only was the character he created anarchic, so was the comedy, crashing back and forth between a quartet of equally unseemly characters. The Young Ones also served as an anti-Top of the Pops stage for underground music to bubble through, notably hosting performances from bands like Motorhead, The Damned, Madness, and many more.While many people outside of England lost track of Mayall...

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Rooney, rapping and war reporting: Past lives of the Big Brother stars

6 June 2014 5:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first excitable batch of Big Brother contestants entered the famous Elstree compound last night (June 5), but are we right in thinking a few of their faces seem vaguely familiar?

Yes, yes we are! So we find out what salacious scandals or other reality TV shows a few of these fame-hungry housemates have been involved in before entering the house below:

Danielle McMahon

Strict Catholic and lingerie model contestant Danielle McMahon has appeared in the colourful pages of men's magazines such as Nuts (Rip) and FHM. She also dished the dirt on ex-bb contestant Dexter and his "designer penis" (no idea) to the Daily Star after they apparently dated for four months last year. Dexter appeared on Big Brother's Bit on the Side last night and denied that they had slept together.

McMahon has her own website with a portfolio of her modelling work and a blog (no-one's going to »

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Big Brother: Watch Pauline's music video with Kylie Minogue

5 June 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

When we found out that new Big Brother housemate Pauline had a previous life as a popstar, we couldn't resist digging up her music video with Kylie Minogue for 'Shocked'. And boy, are we glad we did.

We're not going to pretend that Pauline - sorry, Jazzi P - is a massive part of the promo. You have to sit through a lot of scantily clad Kylie before you get to her (that may or may not be a good thing, depending on your taste). But when Pauline pops up behind a massive keyhole, we basically cheered.

The whole thing is so gloriously '90s that we're basically digging out our Walkmans, getting our Smash Hits stash out of the attic and waving our glow sticks in the air. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a spectacular performance from Top of the Pops.

If you're wondering why poor old »

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Britain's Got Talent's Saturday semi-final takes 7.2m on ITV

1 June 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent convincingly topped Saturday primetime last night (May 31), despite the lowest semi-final ratings this series, according to overnight data.

The live show, which saw Jack Pack and Paddy & Nico secure places in the final, averaged 7.19m (38.1%) between 7pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

The results show grabbed 5.81m (28.2%) from 9.30pm, while in between, World Cup Epic Fails took 3.38m (17.4%).

The latest episode of BBC One's Casualty treated 4.27m (22%) from 8.40pm. It was followed by an airing of Mrs Brown's Boys, which entertained 3.13m (15.3%).

BBC Two's The Culture Show was watched by 548k (3%) in the 7pm hour, before a Fawlty Towers repeat managed 1.01m (5.1%).

Repeats of The Goodies (810k/4.2%), I Love 1973 (1.14m/5.7%) and Top of the Pops Christmas 1978 (1.37m/8.6%) followed.

On Channel 4, The Restoration Man and Grand Designs attracted 430k (2.3%) and 772k (4%) respectively in the 7pm and 8pm hours.

Channel 5's first season of Longmire concluded with 359k (1.8%) from 8.10pm. »

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Baftas 2014: the best television of the year as it happened

18 May 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadchurch was the big winner with three awards at UK TV's most glamorous event, and this is how Stuart Heritage saw the action unfold

10.03pm BST

Anyway, thats that for this evening. Were the winners worthy? Some of them. Do the Baftas change anything? Not really? How weird was it for me to not just look up who won an hour before any of this started? Extremely.

Still, thanks a lot for joining in. You really are the best. If youd like to follow me on Twitter, Im @StuHeritage, but youre not missing out on much if you dont. Thanks everyone.

10.02pm BST

Oh, wait, time for the awards that couldn't fit into the two-hour broadcast. Good news! The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs didn't win! I didn't need to think of a joke about it! Hooray!

10.00pm BST

Walters' speech is all about how someone in the press thought »

- Stuart Heritage

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BBC Trust Chair Chris Patten Resigns, Cites Health Reasons

6 May 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

  London --BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten is standing down with immediate effect on health grounds following major heart surgery. Vice chairman Diane Coyle will take over as acting chairman until a successor is appointed, the BBC Trust said May 6. Patten’s term as BBC Trust chairman was due to end in April 2015. A former MP, Patten took up the post in May 2011 and has steered the public broadcaster's governance through a slew of policy and era-defining moments for the broadcaster, most notably the fallout from the the former Top of the Pops host Jimmy Savile sex

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- Stuart Kemp

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