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Chris Tarrant was rushed to hospital last night (01.02.14) after collapsing at an airport in London. The 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' host was on his way to collect his bags at Heathrow Airport after catching a flight from Bangkok, Thailand, when he collapsed and was taken to London's Charing Cross Hospital. A source revealed: ''Chris apparently was feeling quite ill on the plane but was well enough to walk to baggage claim. But he then suddenly collapsed and looked in a bad way. ''Paramedics were quickly on the scene and were desperately treating him.'' The 67-year-old broadcaster had been travelling in »
Death in Paradise jumped to a new peak this series on Tuesday, according to overnight data.
The BBC One crime drama attracted 7.19 million viewers (31.3%) at 9pm, climbing by over 500,000 from last week. Later, A Question of Sport quizzed 2.38m (18.1%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's Winter Olympics coverage was seen by 2.75m (12.4%) at 7pm, followed by Children's Emergency Rescue with 1.83m (8.2%) at 8pm, Inside the Animal Mind with 1.37m (5.9%) at 9pm, and House of Fools with 677k (3.6%) at 10pm.
On ITV, Chris Tarrant's final look back at Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? brought in 2.21m (9.8%) at 8pm (121k/0.5% on +1). River Monsters gathered 2.45m (11.0%) at 7.30pm (163k/0.7%), while Births, Deaths & Marriages interested 2.15m (9.3%) at 9pm (137k/0.8%).
Channel 4's Location, Location, Location appealed to 2.11m (9.4%) at 8pm (166k/0.7%). The Taste continued with 834k (3.6%) at 9pm, while Secrets of the Pickpockets was seen by 840k (5.0%) at 10pm.
On Channel 5, Gibraltar: Britain »
Wta Tennis: Qatar Ladies Open | Children's Emergency Rescue | Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Chris's Final Answer | Death In Paradise | Inside The Animal Mind | Troy | Sexy Beasts | Parks And Recreation
Wta Tennis: Qatar Ladies Open
12.15pm, BT Sport 2
Live day two coverage from the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. Last month's Australian Open threw up some shock results in the women's draw, with world no 1 Serena Williams and no 2 Victoria Azarenka crashing out before the semi-finals. Both will want to improve on their disappointing Melbourne performances, though they should expect stiff resistance from the victor there, Li Na, and potentially the woman she beat in the final, Dominika Cibulkova. Gwilym Mumford
Children's Emergency Rescue
Third instalment of this fine series directing deserved attention towards the work of Yorkshire's paediatric transport unit, known to thousands of grateful parents as Embrace. They're the people who take desperately ill children to specialist care, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller, Luke Holland, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Hannah J Davies, Mark Jones
One of the chief pleasures of the Göteborg International Film Festival, aside from the charming Swedishness of it all (particularly fond of the helper whose novel take on the “switch off your f*cking phone” message was to implore us not to forget to turn our phones “back on, the second you leave”), is the quality time we get to spend with our interview subjects. One of or most enjoyable meetings this time out was with screenwriter Steven Knight, whose fascinating sophomore directorial outing “Locke,” (our review from Venice is here) played the festival. Here are the fruits of our wide-ranging conversation with the “Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Peaky Blinders” writer (who also—random trivia—devised and originally pitched “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”), including his thoughts on writing for TV vs. film, his crowded upcoming slate and lots about “Locke” ...so we should probably give a little background. »
- Jessica Kiang
BBC One's crime drama dipped by 300,000 viewers to 6.57 million (27.5%) at 9pm to come out on top outside of soaps.
On BBC Two, Children's Emergency Rescue interested 1.68m (7.5%) at 8pm, followed by Inside the Animal Mind with 1.25m (5.2%) at 9pm. Vic and Bob's House of Fools amused 815k (4.4%) at 10pm.
On Channel 4, The Jump dropped a further 200k to 1.84m (8.3%) at 8pm (278k/1.2%). The Taste was down over 100k to 732k (3.1%) at 9pm (207k/1.3%).
Channel 5's Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun intrigued 996k (4.5%) at 8pm. The penultimate Celebrity Big Brother entertained 2.52m (10.5%) at 9pm (298k/1.8%). Botched Up Bodies fascinated 958k (5.7%) at 10pm.
On Sky1, Ross Kemp »
An all-star lineup has been revealed for the last ever episodes of ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
Russell Kane, Frank Skinner and Alexandra Burke are among the famous faces to take to the hotseat in tomorrow's (January 28) celebrity special, while Chris Hoy, James Nesbitt and Rachel Riley will join host Chris Tarrant for the last ever episode on February 4.
Kane is set to team up with Gloria Hunniford in the penultimate show, in a bid to win the jackpot for their chosen charities.
The comedian said: "The prospect of looking like a total idiot was very real. Thankfully, I do that for a living, so the nerves, though still awful, were manageable."
The fashion designer, who is playing for MacMillan Cancer Support, »
Alexandra Burke, Frank Skinner and Sir Chris Hoy are among the stars appearing on the final episodes of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' The long-running ITV game show will come to an end after 15 years next month with two celebrity specials featuring the trio, plus comedian Russell Kane, Rachel Riley, James Nesbitt and more. Former 'X Factor' champion Alexandra will appear on the penultimate episode tomorrow night (28.01.14), teaming up with 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' contestant David Emanuel. The episode will also see Russell team with Gloria Hunniford, and comedian Frank Skinner teaming with Adrian Chiles. Sir »
“American Idol,” welcome to the next phase of your ratings life – the one in which you are no longer a red-hot phenomenon.
“Survivor” survived it, going from national magazine covers to ambling along as another mere mortal among TV shows. Now the trick will be for Fox and the media to accept the singing stalwart’s new status – and likely temper expectations accordingly.
Headlines didn’t exactly accentuate the positive regarding “Idol’s” return – including coverage in Variety charting “American Idol’s” 22% decline in key demographics versus its premiere last season. Then again, it’s always interesting to see the mighty brought down a peg or two, and after getting sand kicked in their faces, other networks can’t help but derive a measure of satisfaction from its comeuppance.
Notably, the numbers dropped on Thursday night, despite the other majors having largely gotten out of its way, including a “Big Bang Theory” rerun. »
- Brian Lowry
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