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UK TV readies Robin Williams films

12 August 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK broadcasters have begun changing their schedules to celebrate the work of Robin Williams, the Us actor and comedian who has died at the age of 63.

Sky’s director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy said he and colleagues had spent the morning discussing the Good Will Hunting star after news broke of his death broke on Monday night.

Sky 1 will air Jumanji at 8pm this evening, while Awakenings will be scheduled at 10pm. This will replace episodes of Modern Family, a repeat of An Idiot Abroad and an episode of Glee.

Sky Movies will also line up other Williams films, including Dead Poets Society, Hook and Mrs Doubtfire as well as features in which the comedian had supporting roles such as Night At The Museum and The Butler.

Murphy hinted that there may be further coverage. “We have all been talking about #RobinWilliams today at work. Total genius. Looking to see what else we can get on »

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Jonathan Ross leads Robin Williams tributes on Good Morning Britain

12 August 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Ross was among the stars to pay tribute to Robin Williams on Good Morning Britain.

Ross described Williams as a warm-hearted man both on and off screen.

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"There was something about his warmth on screen and the way he played those characters that made you feel like you knew him and indeed I can say having met him many, many times, that warmth was off screen as well," Ross said.

"He was incredibly generous with his time, incredibly warm-hearted, just a lovely man to be around so it's an enormous loss not just on screen but on the planet.

"When we were talking off screen, I did get the feeling at that time that there were highs and lows in his life very much so. It's a »

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After Manimal, which other 1983 TV shows should Will Ferrell reboot?

29 July 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and comedian is planning to reprise the ultimate naff 80s action-adventure as a comedy. But there are plenty of others he could have gone for

Master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man Manimal has been a symbol of TV naffness for so long that Will Ferrell producing a big-screen reboot feels almost pre-ordained. Repositioning it as a comedy is a smart way of leveraging the shows mushrooming online reputation try to keep a straight face while watching the original credits but whats really impressive is the fact that Ferrell has tracked down a TV show from 1983 that hasnt already been rehashed. The A-Team, Fraggle Rock, Bananaman, Inspector Gadget, LeVar Burtons Reading Rainbow and Bob Holnesss Blockbusters all debuted that year, and all have either been remade or are being prepped for some sort of comeback. ITV even rebooted Good Morning Britain, for all the good it did. »

- Graeme Virtue

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Dolly Parton is writing a movie about her life: Who should play her?

6 June 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dolly Parton revealed in an interview on Good Morning Britain today (June 6) that she is writing a movie about her life.

"I've lived a long time, I've done a lot of stuff - I think there's enough to make a movie and a stage play!" said the iconic country music star.

Although it's early days, we're already pretty pumped for Dolly Parton: The Movie. Dolly in 3D, on IMAX and available on Blu-ray - it's what we've always wanted.

But the big question, of course, is who could possibly step into Dolly's high heels? She might be able to play an older version of herself, but who could possibly take on a young Dolly and pull it off?

A quick survey of the Digital Spy office threw up the suggestions "Christina Hendricks", "Jessica Chastain", "Jennifer Lawrence" and, most worryingly of all, "Jessica Simpson".

The best suggestion - in »

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Dolly Parton: 'I'll sing in high heels at Glastonbury - mud or no mud'

6 June 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dolly Parton has claimed that the famous Glastonbury mud doesn't scare her, ahead of her debut performance at the iconic British festival this summer.

The country singer will make her Glastonbury debut in the 'golden oldie' slot on the Sunday afternoon, performing on the Pyramid Stage.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain about her preparations for the weekend, she laughed: "I grew up in a mud hole! I grew up on a farm, [there was] worse stuff than mud that we had to walk around in the barnyard - so we're used to all that!"

"I won't be in the mud, will I? I'll probably wear my galoshes up to the stage… but I'm going to sing in my high heels - mud or no mud!"

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Alongside her current live show, »

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Good Morning Britain one month on: Is the breakfast show doomed?

29 May 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Judging a breakfast show on its ratings alone is always dangerous.

Watching breakfast TV is a habit and it has to fit into our busy morning schedules, so a slight change to the format can mean that our 10-minute breakfast break with our corn flakes and the telly suddenly coincides with the weather and we'll probably switch channels or even switch off altogether.

Viewers look for familiarity, comfort and something easily digestible in the mornings. BBC Breakfast has nailed all three of these traits over the last five years and for that reason, ITV has been floundering to match them in the early morning ratings war.

GMTV had grown tired and grey, and Daybreak was an ugly explosion of colour and dreadful decisions. The channel's latest attempt to wrestle back viewers, Good Morning Britain, opened with lukewarm reviews one month ago and the ratings have been dropping ever since.

But are the problems terminal? »

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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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BAFTA TV Awards 2014: Who's going to triumph? - live blog

18 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Okay, so we might not be wearing our gladrags and we might not be sipping champagne, but who says a onesie and a takeaway can't be glamorous?

It's BAFTA night, and while we're not at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with all the best and brightest from the last year of television, at least we can join the party from our sofas. Yep, we'll be blogging along with the awards - which start at 8pm on BBC One - so grab your slippers and a cuppa and join in by tweeting @digitalspy and leaving your comments below...

And as a reminder, the awards actually start in "real life" at 7pm - but we'll be doggedly going along with the television broadcast and pretending we're not an hour behind everyone else, so there's no fear of spoilers. If you want things as they happen, we'll be updating our winners' list here. »

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Good Morning Britain review: Steady start for ITV's Us-style breakfast TV

28 April 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Well, it's definitely better than Daybreak.

It might not be the highest praise ever heaped on a breakfast TV show, but ITV's big cheeses will probably be breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon that they haven't found themselves another laughable turkey.

Good Morning Britain: Reactions and reviews round-up

Good Morning Britain launch: As it happens - Live Blog

Despite numerous revamps and hosts, Daybreak was doomed from its opening show, which failed to match the hype and was an uncomfortable hybrid of its predecessor GMTV, ITV's fierce rival BBC Breakfast and most oddly of all, The One Show.

Good Morning Britain's launch has, deliberately, been much more low key. The tabloids have been fed some quotes from Susanna Reid and her poaching from the BBC gave the Daily Mail plenty more reasons to ogle at her "pins", but the show hasn't suffered from the same pre-debut hullabaloo »

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Good Morning Britain: Reactions and reviews round-up

28 April 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV launched its latest attempt in the breakfast TV war earlier today (April 28), with Good Morning Britain landing on our screens.

Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins co-hosted the brand new format, following Daybreak's end on Friday. But how well did they fare?

Most of the early reviews appear to be largely positive, with most people commenting on its similarity with Us morning show Good Morning America. Digital Spy has compiled a round-up of reviews and reactions from around the web below:

Critic Reviews

Alex Fletcher - Digital Spy

"The new 'serious news' format for Good Morning Britain feels like it's having to battle with ITV's natural lean towards fluff. The presentation of 'One Direction talking loves and relationships' as breaking news undermines a lot of the hard work they're putting in elsewhere. Do ITV really believe we can't absorb some serious news in the morning »

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ITV's Good Morning Britain launches: the Twitter reaction

28 April 2014 3:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How viewers from Kay Burley to Keith Lemon reacted to the all-new breakfast show and Susanna Reid's desk-based role

Fresh start or pointless revamp? Twitter users were divided in their opinions on ITV's new breakfast show on Monday morning.

Holly Willoughby, presenter of ITV's Suprise Surprise, got in quickly:

Good Morning Britain is looking rather lovely... Good morning y'all! Xxx #goodmorningbritain

Breakfast TV has come a long way since I covered the launch of GMTV on Jan 1 1993. Impressive first half hour for @Gmb

Good Morning Britain: 30 mins of slick, fast paced news. Then Andi Peters, market traders and cash prizes. ITV just can't help themselves

Just watching Good Morning Britain ... there's so much going on I need a little lie down.

@KayBurley I've just counted and I think you're the only TV presenter in Britain not co-hosting it

@MichaelPDeacon I did it 30 years ago... »

- Dugald Baird

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Kay Burley is not a fan of ITV's Good Morning Britain: 'I need a lie down'

28 April 2014 1:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Kay Burley was not afraid to give her opinion of ITV's brand new morning show today (April 28).

The Sky News broadcaster was one of Good Morning Britain's first viewers today, after it launched as Daybreak's replacement. However, Burley may not be tuning in again.

Just watching Good Morning Britain ... there's so much going on I need a little lie down.

Kay Burley (@KayBurley) April 28, 2014

After commenting on the ITV show's busy format, Burley then replied to a tweet about the use of four co-hosts rather than Daybreak's standard two.

@MichaelPDeacon I did it 30 years ago...

Kay Burley (@KayBurley) April 28, 2014

Good Morning Britain launch as it happens: Live Blog

Burley then proceeded to retweeted several users' comments about the show, both negative and positive.

The journalist currently appears on Sky News, while she was a co-host of its Sunrise morning show from 1993-1995 and 1998-2001.

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Good Morning Britain launch as it happens: Live Blog

27 April 2014 9:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Goodbye Daybreak. Good morning, erm, Good Morning Britain.

ITV's latest attempt to revive their breakfast schedules and make a dent in the ratings of their fierce rivals at BBC Breakfast comes in the shape of four familiar faces from morning television.

Sky's Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins, former GMTV host and all round good egg Ben Shephard and the star attraction, who ITV no doubt hope is the jewel in their crown, Susanna Reid.

Poached from the BBC and fresh from a successful run on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV are hoping she's the perfect mix of sharp journalism and warm presenting. Just don't say the words Christine or Bleakley.

Will Good Morning Britain be ITV breakfast's biggest hit since Roland Rat? Or have we got another Daybreak disaster on our hands?

From 6am on Monday (April 28) morning we'll be live-blogging the launch and trying to avoid dropping ketchup from our bacon sandwich on our keyboard. »

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Daybreak ends: ITV's morning show waves goodbye

25 April 2014 7:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV's morning show Daybreak aired its final edition this morning (April 25).

Aled Jones co-hosted the final instalment with Kate Garraway, ahead of the launch of Good Morning Britain on Monday.

Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard also joined the presenters to show viewers the set of his upcoming show.

"Good luck to Ben and the whole team actually," said Jones. "I'll be watching definitely."

Jones will begin hosting his new ITV morning show Weekend tomorrow at 8.30am. It will also air on Sundays at the same time.

Garraway added: "We don't have to miss you at all, do we? We don't have to get lovey dovey or anything."

The pair then embraced for a hug, before saying goodbye to the show for good.

Daybreak launched back in 2010, with hosts Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles. However, due to disappointing ratings, it was revamped in 2012 with new hosts Lorraine Kelly and Jones. »

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Good Morning Britain: Five ways ITV's new breakfast show can avoid a Daybreak-style death

22 April 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV may have poached Susanna Reid from the BBC to host its new breakfast show starting on Monday, but we've seen this tactic fail before

Ever since ITV lost its nerve and refreshed GMTV in 2009, it's been restlessly spinning through endless variations on the breakfast theme. When the final incarnation of GMTV with Emma Crosby didn't work, we got Purple Daybreak with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. When this pairing turned out to be the most miserable on morning telly, we got Yellow Daybreak with Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones. Now, as of Monday, the keys have been handed to Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard. But can Good Morning Britain beat the odds and succeed? Here are five pieces of my ever-fruitful advice, producers, if you're listening:

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- Stuart Heritage

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Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard in first Good Morning Britain photos

22 April 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard have appeared in the first promo shots for Good Morning Britain.

Former BBC Breakfast co-host Reid has made the leap to ITV for its upcoming morning show, which will replace Daybreak from Monday, April 28.

Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher will also present the show, from 6am to 8.30am each weekday.

It will be broadcast live from London Television Centre on London's Southbank.

Reid has told The Mirror that she will not find her new job as scary as taking part in Strictly Come Dancing last year.

"When you have done Strictly Come Dancing live on a Saturday night in front of millions, never can I be that nervous again," she said.

She added: "I have had a fabulous two decades at the BBC but ITV offered me a fantastic opportunity. It's not often in your career you get the opportunity to build something new that »

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David Frost: that was the wake that was

13 March 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Host of stars and 2,000 wellwishers pay respects at memorial for Stakhanovite broadcaster, who died last August

Sir David Frost pulled off his last big showbusiness coup on Thursday, albeit posthumously, when a memorial plaque to the broadcaster's 50-year career in television was unveiled in the floor of Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Prince of Wales and 2,000 other members of the Frostie fan club.

Not bad for a Methodist minister's son from Kent who never slept a night away from home or touched alcohol until he went to Cambridge. As Greg Dyke, Frost's old boss at both TV-am and the BBC, observed in his address from the pulpit, he made up for it afterwards. "White wine is a non-alcoholic drink," was a Frost saying.

Frost's career always had an improbable aspect to it, no more so than on Thursday when the dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, led a »

- Michael White

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Stars turn out to honour Sir David Frost

13 March 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Memorial service at Westminster Abbey attended by more than 2,000 people including Prince Charles and Sir Michael Parkinson

The Prince of Wales was among more than 2,000 people paying tribute to late broadcaster Sir David Frost at a service in Westminster Abbey.

They were joined by famous faces from the worlds of politics and showbusiness including Sir Michael Parkinson, Lord Owen and Joanna Lumley.

Other royal guests invited to the memorial service included the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice.

Charles was joined by Frost's widow, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, to lay flowers on a memorial stone dedicated to the broadcaster who died last August aged 74.

Among the great and the good who spoke to honour him were BBC director-general Tony Hall and Parkinson, who delivered readings.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, said Frost was "amongst our greatest communicators".

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Susanna Reid opens up about Dominic Cotton split: 'We're still talking'

12 March 2014 4:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid has opened up about her split from Dominic Cotton.

The BBC Breakfast presenter confirmed last month that she and the father to her three children had ended their long relationship.

Speaking at the Tric Awards yesterday (March 11), Reid told the audience upon receiving her Newsreader of the Year prize: "It's been a challenging couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone that voted.

"Obviously you know that things have been changing in my life but this is all down to one team, the team at BBC Breakfast, who have been utterly brilliant."

Meanwhile, Reid told The Mirror that she is still on good terms with her former partner.

She said: "I'm still talking to Dom. He is one of my best friends in the world. It has been tough but we are sorting it out. He is a great dad to the kids."

Susanna Reid recently signed up to »

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BBC's Susanna Reid switches to new ITV breakfast show

3 March 2014 4:24 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter to join Sky's Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher on Good Morning Britain as Daybreak is axed

Susanna Reid will front new ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain after the broadcaster confirmed on Monday it was dumping ill-fated Daybreak after less than four years on air.

ITV has turned to Reid, who presents rival morning show Breakfast on BBC1, to present the new show alongside Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher.

Hawkins has been hired from Sky News, where she fronts the Sunrise breakfast programme alongside Eamonn Holmes. Shephard is a presenter on ITV and Sky Sports and will be a familiar face to ITV breakfast viewers as a former presenter of GMTV.

The fourth face of the new show, Sean Fletcher, is a previous news and sport presenter across the BBC, including Breakfast, and is currently on Sky Sports.

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- John Plunkett

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