11 items from 2012
I'm obsessed with The X Factor. When it's on it becomes part of my social life, sadly. It's my popcorn TV, like having a bath I just relax. I also find it very sociable; it's great to sit and watch with your mates. Who am I backing? I'm Team Ella all the way. I love The Hour, the quality period stuff which I think that Britain does better than anywhere else in the world. Look at how successful Downton Abbey has been worldwide. Classy, well-written, well-performed.
The West Wing, which I missed when it was on and am now working my way through. Old ones like Roseanne, the original American comedies. Roseanne was wicked.
Bring back ...
Dungeons And Dragons. Apparently the script for the last episode, where »
- Gwilym Mumford
The comedian and writer on his viewing habits, from Community to The Peter Serafinowicz Show
I really like Community. I like the way they're allowed to have a week when they go crazy and use stop-frame animation or a different pastiche. There's an episode with a fake clip show. I was annoyed, because when I wrote Time Gentlemen Please with Al Murray I had the same idea – those clip show episodes are so annoying – and I thought that would be awesome, but Community have beaten us to that. I've just been watching Parks And Recreation, the second series. The first isn't that good, but it's picking up.
Still on the DVR?
I'll go and have a look! I've got the whole of Seinfeld on DVD and I keep on watching the first four series and then stopping. Six Feet Under – I got through a few seasons of that »
- Gwilym Mumford
The Me And Mrs Jones actor on her viewing habits, from Breaking Bad to Peanuts
Breaking Bad. To go from cosy, cord-wearing science teacher to psychopath in a series – I just cannot get over that. It's so outrageous and so brilliant, and so believable. I've been watching Accused, the Jimmy McGovern series. I loved Sean Bean [playing a transvestite]. Such brilliant casting. I thought it was his best performance ever. And the fact that he didn't remotely look like a woman at all! Friday Night Dinner is my favourite comedy show of the moment. The dad is absolutely hilarious. His shirt off, and "feeling a bit hot".
I've started watching Wallander, the Swedish version. I thought the Swedish Gérard Depardieu, the big one [Rolf Lassgård], was terrifying. So dangerous and unpredictable in a great way. I feel in slightly safer hands with the smaller of the two Wallanders [Krister Henriksson].
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- Gwilym Mumford
There isn't one! When you're a stand-up comic and you're out gigging a lot, it's very rare to catch anything. The only thing that any of us watch is BBC News 24.
I went through The Killing in the shortest time needed to watch it without being a recluse. I've just done Louis Ck's series Louie. It's a wonderfully pure piece of comedy writing with so many great moments. I was really late coming to Seinfeld. I didn't watch it at all during the 90s and it's only recently that I've obsessively watched every single one and convinced myself that I'm part of their gang of friends. I've watched a few episodes of Wallander, but I get distracted by the fact that Kenneth Branagh hasn't got any lips. »
- Gwilym Mumford
As Big Brother returns to screen, from gaffer-taped recliners to iron thrones we discover how television's hot seats stack up against each other
Not so many years ago, millions of us would spend summer enthralled by ordinary folk who squabbled, sunbathed and got drunk on cheap cider. That was when Big Brother was in its prime. But the reality merry-go-round, which returns for its umpteenth series on Channel 5 tonight, has long since lost its lustre. These days, Big Brother feels like little more than a televised yawn; an annual opportunity to poke Z-list wannabes and watch them dance for our amusement.
Down the years Big Brother furnished us with its fair share of faintly familiar faces including Brian Dowling, Nasty Nick and er, Bubble. But perhaps the most iconic image of the series is the Diary Room chair, one of the most famous pieces of furniture – in its many incarnations »
- Daniel Bettridge
Nine years ago, Archie Bland was scorned by Anne Robinson for his "silly name, being at Cambridge University and my parents' big house". Now 28, and the Independent's Saturday editor, Bland triumphs after the Queen of Mean chose her nine favourite contestants for a Weakest Link special on Saturday. Independent staff reckon they are on a winning streak – the paper's travel correspondent, Simon Calder, won Celebrity Mastermind last year.
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London, Feb 10: Comedian Tim Vine's gag - ''Conjunctivitis.com - that's a site for sore eyes'- has won him this year's funniest joke award at the Loaded Laftas, which was held in London.
Jon Richardson, best known for his appearances on '8 Out of 10 Cats', was named funniest man, the BBC reported.
- Meeta Kabra
The evictions of Natalie Cassidy and Kirk Norcross on Celebrity Big Brother pulled in 2.5m for Channel 5 - 300k more than last week, when Natasha Giggs got the boot. The show's second instalment grabbed 1.7m (12.6%), and sandwiched between them was Celebrity Wedding Planner on 976k (5.1%). Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side aired to 882k (9.1%) at 11.30pm. On BBC One, Room 101 took 3.72m (15.5%) and Hustle thrilled 4.61m (18.9%), while on BBC Two Mastermind nabbed 2.14m (9.2%) from 8pm. On Hannibal's Trial intrigued 1.08m (4.5%) and Sicily Unpacked averaged 1.2m (4.9%) in the 9pm slot. Safari Vet School (more) »
- By Liam O'Brien
Richard Hopkins, best known as the producer of Strictly Come Dancing, has died at the age of 47. The TV executive, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away on Saturday and is survived by his wife Katy and his three daughters, reports BBC News. After successfully pitching and developing Strictly, Hopkins sold the format to the Us and acted as executive producer of Dancing with the Stars for its first season. His other credits include Big Brother, The Big Breakfast, Fame Academy and Mastermind. Hopkins also produced Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show, which launched the careers of Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen. BBC entertainment commissioning controller Mark Linsey hailed Hopkins as "one of (more) »
- By Paul Millar
BBC One's Public Enemies began its run with 4.09m (15.6%) from 9pm last night, according to overnight data. Starring Anna Friel and Daniel Mays, the first instalment aired on Wednesday after it was replaced in the channel's Tuesday night lineup. Meanwhile, Celebrity Mastermind quizzed 5.1m (21.8%) from 7pm and Fake Britain was caught by 5.02m (21.6%) from 7.30pm. Countryfile attracted 4.14m (16.7%) in the 8pm hour, with a midweek Match of the Day scoring 2.89m (22.5%) late from 10.45pm. ITV1's programming was dominated by an airing of the movie Mamma Mia! from 8pm, which entertained 4.62m (18.2%) and a further 357k (1.6%) on +1. Harry Hill's TV Burp preceded it with 4.43m (18.9%). BBC Two's lineup consisted of Hairy Bikers' Best of British (2m/8.6%), Nature's Weirdest Events (3.02m/12.2%), (more) »
- By Ben Lee
ITV1's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? celebrity New Year's special entertained 3.47m (13.5%) last night, according to overnight data. The Chris Tarrant-hosted quiz show also attracted an additional 180k (0.7%) on +1. River Monsters preceded it with 2.86m (11.4%) from 7.30pm (+1: 124k/0.5%), while The Biggest Loser ended up with 2.8m (11.2%) from 9pm (+1: 165k/0.9%). The 9pm timeslot saw a late change on BBC One, as a Panorama instalment on Stephen Lawrence replaced Anna Friel's Public Enemies. Panorama was watched by 2.62m (10.5%). Elsewhere on the channel, Celebrity Mastermind quizzed 5.23m (22%) from 7pm, Holby City treated 5.44m (21.2%) from 8pm and Lee Mack Going Out Live had 2.02m (15.3%). Hairy Bikers' Best of British began BBC Two's night with 2.04m (8.4%). Nature's (more) »
- By Ben Lee
11 items from 2012
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