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Penry-Jones thriller '39 Steps' pulls in 7.3m

29 December 2008 7:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A one-off spy thriller starring Rupert Penry-Jones was a ratings hit for BBC One last night (Sunday), early figures suggest. The 39 Steps, a new adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel, averaged 7.28m (27.4%) over 90 minutes from 8pm. It beat a new episode of The Royal on ITV1, which had just 4.25m (15.9%) in the 8pm hour. BBC Two's Top Gear Vietnam Special put in a strong 6.07m (22.7%) over the same period. ITV1's one-off ghost drama Affinity was a ratings disaster at 9pm. The two-hour piece, set in the 1870s and starring Zoe Tapper, could only muster 2.7m (12.1%). This contributed to ITV1's primetime share falling to a miserable 12.9%, down seven points on last week. A new series of Celebrity Mastermind launched to 5.54m (26.6%) on BBC One at 6.30pm, then Antiques Roadshow picked up 7.41m (32.3%) in the 7pm hour. (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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New 'Lark Rise' brings in 6.4m

24 December 2008 3:56 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A festive edition of costume drama Lark Rise To Candleford pulled in the day's best ratings on Sunday. The special episode, which precedes the launch of the second series in January, had 6.37m (25.3%) for BBC One between 7.45pm and 9pm. It beat ITV1's medical drama The Royal, which had 4.6m (18.2%) in the 8pm hour. A visit from Prince Charles to Antiques Roadshow was seen by 6.16m (26.6%) from 6.45pm, outrating ITV1's Alan Titchmarsh At Christmas, with 2.9m (12.8%) over an hour from 6.30pm. A You've Been Framed! Christmas Special pulled in 3.89m (16%) for ITV1 from 7.30pm. A Sunday night edition of Casualty delivered 6.08m (24.5%) to BBC One in the 9pm hour, outdoing the Robson Green drama Clash Of The Santas, which averaged 5.3m (23.7%) for ITV1 until 11pm. A screening of Roman Polanski's version of Oliver (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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£1 car boot vase sold for £32,000

18 December 2008 10:43 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A vase that was originally bought for £1 at a car boot sale has been sold for £32,000. The vase's owner had planned to throw the piece away but learned of its value after taking it to The Antiques Roadshow. She discovered that the vase was created by French designer Rene Lalique in 1929 and has a unique shape due to a hitch during the production process. "I've been waiting over 25 years for such a piece to come (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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'Wallander' launches to 6.2m

2 December 2008 3:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

New detective drama Wallander got off to an admirable start in the ratings on Sunday night, according to early figures. The three-part adaptation of Henning Mankell's books stars Kenneth Branagh as the titular Swedish detective. Episode one, guest starring Nicholas Hoult, drew an impressive 6.2m (24%) over 90 minutes from 9pm. On ITV1 at the same time, I'm A Celebrity logged 7.95m (30.7%), while on BBC Two, Louis Theroux's latest documentary Law and Disorder In Philadelphia put in a strong 3.17m (11.9%) for the 9pm hour. Earlier, Britannia High dropped to its lowest audience yet, registering just 2.01m (8.3%) for ITV1 in the 7pm hour. It was beaten by a repeat of travel documentary Long Way Down on BBC Two, with 2.34m (9.6%), and BBC One's Antiques Roadshow, with a colossal 8.72m (34.2%) from 7.15pm. ITV1 remained (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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'I'm A Celebrity' returns with 8.9m

17 November 2008 2:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off with a strong 8.89m (34.9%) for ITV1 last night (Sunday), early figures suggest. The first episode of the eighth series, which saw celebrities such as Esther Rantzen, George Takei and Martina Navratilova enter the jungle, comfortably dominated the ratings between 9pm and 10.30pm. The audience is on par with the 8.98m (37.6%) who tuned in for the premiere of last year's series on Monday, November 12, 2007. ITV2 spinoff show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now! also had a strong showing, with 976k (7.8%) in the hour after the ITV1 broadcast (+1: 43k, 0.7%). The top-rated programme of the day was BBC One's Antiques Roadshow. The episode, which featured a record-breaking, £1m haul, landed its best ever ratings of 10.05m (38.7%) between 7.15pm and 8.15pm. Cherie (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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'Britannia High' plummets to 2.5m

10 November 2008 7:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV1's Britannia High hemorrhaged 1.64m viewers in its third outing, according to early ratings data. The drama averaged 2.53m (10.4%) in the 7pm hour, significantly down on the 4.17m it achieved after Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 win last week and down even on its paltry 3.3m debut. The hour was dominated by BBC One's Antiques Roadshow, which averaged 8.6m (33.7%) and led in to the Strictly Come Dancing results show, which achieved 8.76m (30.2%) between 8.15pm and 9pm and peaked at 8.45pm with 9.29m (31.5%). BBC Two's Top Gear, which posted a respectable 6.86m (23.9%) between 8pm and 9pm, was significantly ahead of ITV1's Heartbeat, which had 5.3m (18.4%) over the same period. At 9pm, Stephen Fry in America put BBC One in the lead with 6.65m (25.8%) to the conclusion of Sharpe's Peril on ITV1, which mustered (more) »

- By James Welsh

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13.1m see Hamilton take F1 title

3 November 2008 8:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A peak audience of 13.05m (50.9%) saw Lewis Hamilton win the Formula 1 World Championship yesterday (Sunday), according to early figures. Overall, ITV1's coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix averaged a sizeable 8.75m (41.3%) between 4pm and 7pm. The race was the most-watched since ITV took over broadcasting of the sport in 1997. Britannia High benefited from the strong lead-in, rising almost 900,000 on last week's disappointing opener to average 4.17m (16.2%). Antiques Roadshow dominated the slot once again, however, drawing 8.89m (34.6%) to BBC One from 7.15pm. The Strictly Come Dancing results show, in which GMTV presenter Andrew Castle was voted off, followed with 8.5m (30.1%) until 9pm. ITV1's Heartbeat picked up 5.48m (19.7%) in the 8pm hour, then the much-anticipated return of Sean Bean in Sharpe's (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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'Britannia High' draws just 3.3m

27 October 2008 3:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV1's new drama Britannia High got off to a poor start in the ratings last night (Sunday), according to early figures. The High School Musical-style show, created by Arlene Phillips, mustered only 3.31m (14.5%) from 6.15pm, despite a high-profile marketing campaign. It was beaten in the slot by BBC One's Antiques Roadshow, which picked up a massive 8.77m (38.4%). BBC One kept the lead at 7.15pm with Strictly Come Dancing. The latest results show, in which swimmer Mark Foster was voted off, drew a mighty 9.69m (38.4%) until 8pm. ITV1's Heartbeat had 5.61m (22.1%). At 8pm, BBC One's new all-star Dickens adaptation Little Dorrit made an encouraging start with 6.32m (24.1%) for the hour. Stephen Fry In America followed with a respectable 5.09m (20.2%). On ITV1, the final episode of A Touch Of Frost brought (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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'Strictly' gathers ratings steam

20 October 2008 2:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Strictly Come Dancing notched up its second best audience this year last night (Sunday) as 9.03m (34.5%) tuned in to see actor Don Warrington eliminated from the competition. The figure is the highest for a results show this year and is up by almost 2 million viewers on last week. Shown over 50 minutes from 8.10pm, Strictly helped knock down ITV1's Heartbeat to 5.71m (22%) in the 8pm hour. At 9pm, ITV1 gained the lead with the second episode of A Touch Of Frost. 7.7m (33.6%) tuned in over two hours, up slightly on last week's 7.57m (32.8%). BBC One had a strong 5.57m (22.2%) for travel documentary Stephen Fry in America. Earlier, ITV1's one-off clip show Best Ever Worst Dance Moments, fronted by Justin Lee Collins, drew a decent 4.09m (17.9%) but was no match for BBC One's Antiques Roadshow, with 7.95m (34%) (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Peter Kay's 'Pop Factor' draws 6m

13 October 2008 2:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A one-off Peter Kay comedy was a huge ratings hit for Channel 4 last night (Sunday), according to early figures. Britain's Got The Pop Factor and Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice - a spoof of reality TV shows - entertained a huge 5.5m (20.3%) between 8pm and 9.15pm. A further 556,000 (2.5%) watched on Channel 4+1, taking the total audience well over the 6 million mark. The special helped Channel 4 achieve the rare feat of beating traditional winner ITV1 in the 8pm Sunday slot. Heartbeat was knocked down to 5.32m (19.5%) for the hour. BBC One had 6.86m (28.9%) for Antiques Roadshow between 7.15pm and 8.15pm, then the Strictly Come Dancing results show - in which ex-EastEnders star Jessie Wallace was given the boot - brought in 7.37m (26.6%) until 9pm. A new series of A Touch Of Frost helped (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Huge audience for 'Potter' on Sunday

6 October 2008 3:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The premiere of the fourth Harry Potter movie brought in a huge audience to ITV1 last night (Sunday). Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire averaged a massive 7.23m (28.5%) between 7.10pm and 10pm, keeping the channel ahead of BBC One for the most part of the evening. Prior to Potter, the reveal of The X Factor's final 12 contestants drew an average of 9.55m (42.7%) over an hour from 6.10pm. The programme was the most-watched show of the day by a comfortable margin and peaked with a colossal 11.43m (47.6%) in the final five minutes. BBC One's Big Cat Live began with a decent 4.2m (18.8%) opposite The X Factor at 6.10pm, then an hour later, Antiques Roadshow interested 7.12m (28.9%). The Strictly Come Dancing results show, in which TV chef Gary Rhodes was voted off, managed a strong 8.36m (31.5%) from 8.10pm with a peak of (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Zounds, Zem's Zotes! Review of Low Flying Aircraft

29 September 2008 7:58 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2002

Release date: Unknown

Director: Solveig Nordlund

Writer: J.G. Ballard (story) & Solveig Nordlund & Colin Tucker & Jeanne Waltz

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Review by: Dr. Nathan

Rating: 8 out of 10

Their eyes are black bundles of optic nerves set deep in dark sockets. They only see a kind of fluorescent green. They wander mostly at night. They’re called Zotes. And they just keep on being born. And killed.

Add in a real abandoned Portuguese beach resort as a set, feature highly stylized lighting, take your plot from one of J.G. Ballard’s more disturbing short stories, and you’ve taken a seat in front of Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude (2002), Swedish director Solveig Nordlund’s artfully rendered riff on J.G. Ballard’s infanticidal 1976 short story, Low-Flying Aircraft.

If you’ve already read Ballard’s story, all you need to know is Nordlund’s adaptation involves shifting the plot’s point of »

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Extra 'X Factor' tops Sunday ratings

29 September 2008 2:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A special Sunday edition of The X Factor topped the ratings last night, with 8.93m (38.1%) for ITV1 in the 7pm hour. On Saturday, Simon Cowell's pop competition was beaten in the ratings by Strictly Come Dancing, which notched up 8.59m (40.6%) against its rival's 8.18m (36%). Last night The X Factor was back ahead, however, as the ballroom-based reality show averaged 8.13m (31.6%) in the 8pm hour. Heartbeat put in an admirable performance at the same time, with 6.1m (23.7%). Up against The X Factor, BBC One's Antiques Roadshow managed 5.96m (25.4%). ITV1 regained the lead at 9pm with the final instalment of the Poirot story 'The Third Girl'. Starring Zoe Wanamaker and Jemima Rooper, the drama pulled in 5.07m (23.7%) over two hours. BBC One had 4.94m (20.3%) for the penultimate instalment of Tess (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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The Emmy Award Winner's List!

21 September 2008 8:42 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions Tom Purcell, Head Writer The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. Steve Bodow, Head Writer Late Night With Conan O'Brien • NBC • Conaco, Broadway Video, in association with Universal Media Studio Mike Sweeney, Head Writer Late Show With David Letterman • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc. Eric Stangel, Head Writer Justin Stangel, Head Writer Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video Seth Meyers, Head Writer Andrew Steele, Head Writer Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series Flight Of The Conchords • Yoko • HBO • Dakota Pictures and Comedy Arts in association with HBO Entertainment James Bobin, Written By Jemaine Clement, Written By Bret McKenzie, Written By The Office • Dinner Party • NBC • Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC, Universal Media Studios Lee Eisenberg, Written By Gene Stupnitsky, »

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'Tess' defeats new 'Poirot'

15 September 2008 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC's new adaptation of Tess Of The D'Urbervilles made a strong start in the ratings last night (Sunday). The new version of Thomas Hardy's novel, starring Gemma Arterton in the lead role, drew an impressive 5.66m (23.6%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour. It beat a new episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot on ITV1, which averaged 4.98m (23.5%) but ran over a longer period of two hours. BBC One was ahead earlier in primetime, too. At 7pm, a new episode of Antiques Roadshow interested 6.17m (29.1%), while on ITV1, new Sunday night variety show For One Night Only managed a respectable 3.56m (16.8%). At 8pm, Casualty triumphed over Heartbeat, with 5.44m (22.2%) versus the latter's 5.19m (21.2%). BBC Two managed 1.32m (7.6%) for a Dragons' Den repeat in the 6pm hour, then the audience grew to 2.37m (11.2%) for (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Kathy Griffin, Cynthia Nixon Win Creative Arts Emmys

13 September 2008 8:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kathy Griffin might need to consider adding another member to her staff just to carry around her Emmy awards. The comedian won her second Emmy on Saturday, picking up the trophy for best reality program for her Bravo hit My Life On the D-List. And, true to form, she delivered another memorable – and bleepable – acceptance speech. "Well, well, well! Here we go again, f-----ers," Griffin said, gamely accepting the award at the Creative Arts Emmys held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. "I'm not going to tell anyone to suck it," she said, referencing her speech from 2007 in which »

- Brian Orloff

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HBO's 'John Adams' tops Creative Emmys

12 September 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO’s "John Adams" solidified its position as an Emmy frontrunner, converting eight of its 23 nominations to lead the way at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The two most nominated series, AMC's critical darling "Mad Men" and NBC’s Emmy-winning "30 Rock" followed with four and three wins, respectively.

"John Adams’"s wins for casting, costumes, prosthetic makeup, visual effects, sound mixing, editing, cinematography and art direction gave HBO 16 overall nods to lead all networks, followed by ABC and PBS with nine apiece and CBS with eight.

There was a sense of deja vu at the ceremony held Saturday at the Emmys’ new home, the Nokia Theater.

For the second year in a row, Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," topped the outstanding reality series category.

And for a second consecutive year, an obscenity-laced song from a late-night show won the original music and lyrics category. Last year, »

- By Lesley Goldberg

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'Soccer Aid' nets 4.5 million

8 September 2008 4:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Coverage of celebrity football match Soccer Aid brought in 4.5 million viewers to ITV1 last night (Sunday). The event, in aid of children's charity Unicef, saw a team of English celebs face off against a 'Rest of the World' celebrity squad. Hosted by Ant & Dec, the programme averaged 4.44m (20.5%) between 6pm and 10pm. The figure is down on the first Soccer Aid, screened in May 2006, when 6.1m (31%) tuned in. For the last three months, ITV1 has averaged 4.85m in the 6pm to 10pm slot with its lineup of Sunday night dramas and soaps. BBC One took the lead through most of primetime, led by 6.13m (26%) for a new series of Antiques Roadshow in the 8pm hour. At 9pm, the channel aired a one-off special, Joanna Lumley: In The Land of the Northern Lights, following the veteran actress on a trip to the most northerly inhabited place on Earth. (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Reality Emmy nominees replay of last year

17 July 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

While the drama and comedy series categories enjoyed a renaissance this year, aside from honoring reality hosts for the first time, Emmy's major unscripted categories largely followed last year's script.

The competition series nominees are CBS' five-time winner "The Amazing Race," Fox's "American Idol," ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and Bravo's "Project Runway" and "Top Chef," all of which were in the category last year.

Jane Lipsitz, executive producer of "Chef" and "Runway," is back in a position of competing against herself. This time, there's the added twist that she's leaving "Runway" once the series shifts to Lifetime next year.

"We're just so thrilled about both 'Top Chef' and 'Runway,' particularly 'Top Chef' since last year was the first year it was nominated," she said. "It's particularly meaningful for 'Runway' because we're finishing up our last season so we're emotional about the show right now so getting nominated for it is important and special."

For the second consecutive year, CBS' "Survivor" is a notable absence from the competition series list. The snub is even more surprising this year as the veteran reality show's most recent cycle garnered strong critical praise.

"I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was a little disappointed that 'Survivor' wasn't nominated," said "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, who picked up a nomination in the host category. "We're coming off two of our very best seasons."

The nominees for outstanding nonfiction series also were familiar. Discovery Channel's "The Deadliest Catch," PBS' "American Masters," Biography Channel's "Biography" and Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" all received nominations again this year.

Showtime's "This American Life" was the only newcomer, filling a spot vacated by Discovery's one-shot miniseries "Planet Earth."

Outstanding reality program had a couple new faces, with A&E's "Intervention" and Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" landing in the category for the first time, joining returning nominees ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" and PBS' "Antiques Roadshow"

"Dirty Jobs" executive producer Craig Piligian said his expectations were so low, he didn't even know Emmy nominations were being announced Thursday.

"It's a good little show," Piligian said. "(Host) Mike Rowe works so hard for it, he gets hurt and bit and cut and we're pleased the academy has responded to it."

For the newly created category of reality host, Ryan Seacrest ("Idol"), Tom Bergeron ("Dancing"), Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal"), Heidi Klum ("Runway") and Probst ("Survivor") received nominations.

"I'm not about to try and shrug it off as no big deal," Probst said. "It kicks ass. There are a ton of really good hosts who weren't nominated, but I'm certainly delighted I was one of the ones selected."

Bergeron wasn't as pumped.

"Even if my name had not been among the five nominees, I'm just pleased the category exists," he said.

Still, Bergeron already has worked up a strategy to beat the competition: "I'm going to have dimples put in to compete with Probst, shaving my head to compete with Howie, waxing my legs to compete with Heidi and cutting 20 years off my resume to compete with Ryan."

Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report. »

- By James Hibberd

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