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Home Entertainment: ‘Baywatch’ review

For anyone in their early 30s, you probably spent many a Saturday evening watching Stars in Their Eyes and Gladiators. Fun, entertaining shows for all the family. However, if you were even earlier to the punch, you’d also have enjoyed one of the most ridiculous yet rewarding shows of its (or any) time. From the opening bars of the power ballad theme tune, to slow motion running of red swimsuited women, Baywatch just took all the glamour and sex appeal of the sunny beach, and threw in nonsense plots regarding crimes, danger, and probably cyber attacks (I don’t know I stopped watching long before its 2001 cancellation). Now, since it’s been 16 years – and Hollywood loves a brand name – let’s bring it back with tongue firmly in cheek.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it centres around a bunch of lifeguards who constantly overstep their bounds and get caught up in exciting shenanigans.
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Alien: Covenant - big spoilery questions answered

Ryan Lambie May 17, 2017

So Alien: Covenant. What was that all about then? Spoiler alert, as we delve into some of its lingering questions...

Nb: This article contains copious Prometheus and Alien: Covenant spoilers.

If you've seen Alien: Covenant, then you'll know by now that it's a very different beast from its predecessor, Prometheus. Where the last Alien prequel was as stately as an ocean-going liner, Covenant moves about like an out-of-control racing car. Once all the atmosphere-building's out of the way and the latest ship full of explorers lands on the ironically-named planet, Paradise, things go wrong with breathtaking speed.

In essence, it's the story of humans - led by the resourceful Daniels (Katherine Waterstone) - versus the crazed synthetic scientist David (Michael Fassbender, with his accents) and an army of ghoulish monsters. There's copious blood, teeth and ooze, and more than a few lingering questions to address.

So with one final warning for spoilers,
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Harry Hill is back! And he's showing aliens how funny humans can be

For his new quiz, Hill is creating a showreel to convince aliens that humankind is too hilarious to be destroyed – and he’s finally at his daft genius best again

Ahead of the launch of Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, there seemed a risk that Harry Hill’s TV Burp – his multi Bafta-winning exercise in comic but lethal television criticism – might come to be seen as the only treatment that perfectly fitted the demented comic genius of the former NHS doctor who has taken shirt neck-sizes into previously uncharted territory.

Since Hill ended TV Burp, there has been a movie, a children’s show (Shark Infested Custard), a musical about Simon Cowell (I Can’t Sing!), comedy albums, books, and a stint as presenter of Stars in Their Eyes. In each of these projects, it remained intermittently clear that a strange genius was at work, but none of them
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12 (sort of) memorable soap star singles

Jenny Morrill Sep 6, 2016

Den Of Geek raises a glass to some lesser-known soap star pop singles, from Coronation Street to Neighbours and more...

“Do you remember the guy who played that guy in that thing? His song was good wasn't it?”

The above is an example of a conversation regularly heard in our house. The only variants are that sometimes it was 'that girl from that thing', and a lot of the time the song was far from good.

Well sod it – I think we as a nation need to have more discussions about Craig McLachlan and Stefan Dennis. It's the only way our society will grow. So here are 12 songs from Soapland that weren't done by Kylie, Jason, or Kylie and Jason.

1. Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) – Bulldog Nation

Here we see Coronation Street's finest and supermarket manager extraordinaire with an indie effort from 2000. Did You Know - Kennedy
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Vinyl episode 8 review: E.A.B.

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The closer Vinyl sticks to the music, the better everything works...

This review contains spoilers.

1.8 E.A.B.

In January 1977, around three or so years after the events of Vinyl’s first season, punk fanzine Sideburns carried a simple drawing of the finger placings for three guitar chords. Its text ran as follows: "here’s a chord. Here’s another one. Here’s a third. Now go and form a band". The cartoon became legendary (and frequently attributed to the better known Sniffin’ Glue fanzine) largely because it seemed to encapsulate the punk ethic. The conventional narrative is that the simple, direct ‘anti-musicianship’ was a necessary response to the bloated virtuosity of mainstream performers. Punk, so the theory goes, was a corrective moment that stripped music right back to basics. Three chords, E, A, B.

Lester Grimes’ patient tutorial for the Nasty Bitz (who are still not
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Nick Samwell-Smith to Quit as Chief of Endemol Shine-Owned Initial

Nick Samwell-Smith to Quit as Chief of Endemol Shine-Owned Initial
London — Nick Samwell-Smith, managing director of Endemol Shine-owned production company Initial, has decided to leave the company and will depart in May.

Samwell-Smith, who joined Initial in 1997, became the company’s creative director in 2006 before being promoted to managing director in 2013.

He will be succeeded in the role by creative director Mirella Breda, who joined Initial in early 2014 following a succession of senior roles in broadcasting and production at the BBC, ITV and Rdf, among other places.

Additionally, Sandra Smith, Initial’s head of production since 2011, is promoted to a newly created role as director of production.

Samwell-Smith’s early work at Initial included producer roles on “Fame Academy” and “Big Brother,” co-creating and exec producing “The Match” for Sky, as well as launching and producing “Soccer Aid” for ITV. His credits include many high-profile entertainment shows including “Total Wipeout,” “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” “Dating in the Dark,” “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” and,
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10 Worst Sports Jerseys Of All Time

Matthew Ashton/Empics Sport

Jerseys, uniforms, strips, kits. They’re called different things in different places, but they serve the same purpose across all sports. They create an identity and for some sports teams, help them become a recognisable brand worldwide. There is not a country on Earth which isn’t home to at least one Manchester United shirt, surely!?

When done right they can become iconic. Think of Real Madrid’s all white home kit, New York Yankee’s pinstripes, Green Bay Packers’ green and yellow or Chicago Bulls red and black and you immediately remember some of the greatest sports jerseys of all time. It’s quite easy to make a great jersey, bold colours and simple designs tend to be loved by sports fans, meaning that in theory it would be hard to get them so wrong.

Like many theories however, in practice the reality is much farther from the truth.
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Former ABC, ITV, Sky Executive Duncan Gray Sets Up Twenty Six 03

British TV producer Duncan Gray, who has held senior creative executive roles at U.S. network ABC, British broadcaster ITV and U.K. pay TV operator Sky, and served as an exec producer on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” has launched production company Twenty Six 03. The company will focus on producing primetime entertainment programs for the global market.

Gray said: “We’re on the verge of announcing a big and exciting commission, and as a 100% independent company, we can concentrate on high-quality programming without any of the margin and distribution issues that get in the way of creativity in some bigger content businesses.”

Gray’s past roles include controller of entertainment at Granada, developing and launching ITV’s flagship entertainment series including “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” which is now being produced in the U.S. as “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” on NBC.

In the U.S.
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The rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw: The new X Factor judge's meteoric career so far

Just a few years ago, many people wouldn't have known who Nick Grimshaw was. That all changed in July 2012 when he was announced as Chris Moyles's successor on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Grimshaw's meteoric rise continues, as he was confirmed earlier this week as a new judge on arguably TV's biggest show, The X Factor.

But who exactly is the floppy-haired fellow, and how did he become such an omnipresent household name? Below we chart the rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw.

1984: It's Grim - up north

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw is born at St Mary's Hospital in Moss Side, Manchester on August 14, 1984. His two older siblings are brother Adam and sister Jane.

Of his dad he says, "He was always on my case. But my dad's from no money, no dad, the worst vibe. Though I don't really know what he did for a
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The rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw: The new X Factor judge's meteoric career so far

Just a few years ago, many people wouldn't have known who Nick Grimshaw was. That all changed in July 2012 when he was announced as Chris Moyles's successor on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Grimshaw's meteoric rise continues, as he was confirmed earlier this week as a new judge on arguably TV's biggest show, The X Factor.

But who exactly is the floppy-haired fellow, and how did he become such an omnipresent household name? Below we chart the rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw.

1984: It's Grim - up north

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw is born at St Mary's Hospital in Moss Side, Manchester on August 14, 1984. His two older siblings are brother Adam and sister Jane.

Of his dad he says, "He was always on my case. But my dad's from no money, no dad, the worst vibe. Though I don't really know what he did for a
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Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes: Has it been axed by ITV?

Harry Hill's revamp of Stars in Their Eyes has reportedly been dropped by ITV after one series.

The show relaunched in January after being off air for nine years but struggled in the ratings and received some poor reviews from critics - although some praised its tongue-in-cheek style.

The Sun has now claimed that the show will not be returning for a second series.

The report claims that while ITV executives were happy with the show, the low ratings and struggle to capture viewers mean that it will not be getting any more episodes.

However, Hill is expected to maintain a relationship with ITV, with the report claiming that he recently filmed a pilot called Harry Hill's Tea Time.

The show - apparently described as "TV Burp meets cookery" - would see Hill preparing a three-course meal with a celebrity guest.

Digital Spy has reached out to ITV
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The Voice UK appeals to more than 8.7 million on BBC One

The Voice UK blind auditions continued with more than 8.7 million last night (February 14), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One singing competition appealed to 8.76m (41.3%) from 7.15pm.

It was followed by The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List and Casualty, which managed 4.94m (24.3%) and 4.87m (24.7%) respectively.

BBC Two's How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson began with 882k (4.1%) from 7.35pm.

A Dad's Army repeat took 1.61m (7.9%), before Simon Rattle: The Making of a Maestro drew 761k (3.8%).

On ITV, Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes concluded its run with 2.12m (10.9%) from 6.30pm. Planet's Got Talent averaged 1.66m (8%), with Take Me Out attracting 3.03m (14.4%).

The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.18m (11.1%) from 9.20pm.

On Channel 4, The World's Weirdest Weather was watched by 1.17m (5.5%) in the 8pm hour, before an airing of The Bourne Legacy garnered 1.53m (8.9%).

The latest episode of Channel 5's CSI was caught by 932k (4.6%).

The
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Voice UK, CSI, Spiral

Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes: ITV, 6.30pm

ITVs love-it-or-hate-it revamp of the Saturday night staple concludes with tonight's "not live" final.

Harry Hill will provide the one-liners while impersonators of Lady Gaga, John Legend, Christina Aguilera and more take to the mic to be crowned victor.

The Voice UK: BBC One, 7.15pm

Ricky Wilson, will.i.am, Tom Jones and Fifty Shades premiere dodger Rita Ora are back in the red chairs for more blind auditions.

A spoken word poet and a brother of a well-known actress are among the hopefuls aiming to secure a place on one of the teams.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Channel 5, 9pm

Another week, another murder mystery for the CSI team, but this one is even more strange than usual.

Investigating the death of a teacher who was set on fire, the team discover he was selling steroids to pupils
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Broadchurch fails to halt ITV's record January ratings slump

Broadcaster’s flagship channel slides to a share of just 14.4% after a string of Saturday night flops and factual failures including The Wonder of Britian

It was the most anticipated drama return of the year, but Broadchurch could not stop ITV slumping to its worst January ratings on record.

The main ITV channel had just a 14.4% share of the audience across the whole of the month, hit by a string of prime-time weekend flops including Get Your Act Together, Planet’s Got Talent and Harry Hill’s reboot of Stars in Their Eyes.

Related: Broadchurch courts disaster, say lawyers | Media Monkey

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The Voice UK rises to 8.7 million viewers on BBC One

The Voice UK rose to 8.7 million viewers last night (February 7), according to overnight figures.

BBC One's singing competition averaged a series high of 8.72m (40.3%) from 7.15pm.

The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List followed with 5.25m (25.3%), before Casualty managed 4.95m (24.9%).

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat appealed to 1.74m (8.4%) from 8.35pm. Qi Xl continued with 1.26m (6.1%).

On ITV, Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes and Planet's Got Talent were watched by 2.35m (11.8%) and 1.97m (9.1%) respectively.

The latest Take Me Out entertained 3.05m (14.4%) from 8.05pm, with The Jonathan Ross Show appealing to 2.24m (11.5%) afterwards.

Channel 4's The World's Weirdest Weather was seen by 857k (4%) in the 8pm hour, before an airing of American Pie: Reunion garnered 974k (5.3%).

On Channel 5, a new instalment of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation interested 823k (5.2%) from 10.15pm.

ITV3's Foyles War topped the multichannels during primetime, with 940k (4.5%) tuning in from 8pm.
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The Voice UK rises to 8.5 million viewers on BBC One

The Voice UK rose to a series high last night (January 31), attracting nearly 8.5 million viewers on BBC One, according to overnight data.

The singing competition averaged 8.49m (39.4%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List managed 4.77m (22.3%).

Afterwards, the latest instalment of Casualty drew 4.73m (22.3%).

On BBC Two, a repeat of Dad's Army garnered 1.92m (9.1%) from 8.30pm. It was followed by The Secret World of Lewis Carroll, which appealed to 1.21m (5.6%).

Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes continued with 1.86m (9.2%) on ITV.

7.30pm's Planet's Got Talent was watched by 1.62m (7.6%), before Take Me Out and The Jonathan Ross Show drew 2.8m (13%) and 2.1m (10.1%) respectively.

On Channel 4, The World's Weirdest Weather managed 1.06m (4.9%) in the 8pm hour. An airing of Ted then entertained 1.8m (9.2%).

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother averaged 1.89m (8.7%) from 9pm.

On the multichannels, ITV3's Foyle's War topped primetime with 985k (4.6%) from 8pm.
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The Voice UK continues with 8.1 million viewers on BBC One

The Voice UK attracted more than 8 million viewers last night (January 24), according to overnight figures.

BBC One's singing competition drew an audience of 8.08m (38.4%) from 7pm.

The National Lottery: Win Your Wist List then took 4.9m (23.6%), before Casualty earned 4.99m (23.5%) from 9.15pm.

BBC Two's The Culture Show managed 935k (4.4%) in the 9pm hour.

On ITV, Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes continued with 2.04m (9.8%) from 7pm. Afterwards, Take Me Out and The Jonathan Ross Show averaged 3.01m (14.2%) and 2.09m (10%) respectively.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 aired Holocaust documentary Night Will Fall to 1.49m (7.1%).

On Channel 5, the latest instalment of Celebrity Big Brother secured 1.88m (8.9%) from 9.15pm.

Elsewhere, ITV3's Foyle's War topped the multichannels, drawing 911k (4.3%) from 8pm.
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Get Your Act Together vs Stars in Their Eyes: Which is better?

There's clearly something in the water at ITV.

The past couple of weekends have seen the launch of two brand new programmes on the channel - circus skill, er, thing Get Your Act Together and an almost unrecognisable revamp of Stars in Their Eyes.

To put it very politely, neither have been received favourably by the public.

Get Your Act Together, presented by Stephen Mulhern, largely featured ex-Dancing on Ice contestants performing sub-par talents, while Stars in Their Eyes presenter Harry Hill has been criticised for ruining the original programme and tainting our '90s nostalgia by throwing baked goods around and doing silly skits.

So, to paraphrase Harry himself: Get Your Act Together vs Stars in Their Eyes - which is better?

There's only one way to find out! Vote in our poll below:
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The Voice UK rises to 8.4 million viewers on BBC One

The Voice UK rose to nearly 8.5 million viewers on BBC One last night (January 17), according to overnight figures.

The singing competition attracted 8.46m (38.5%) from 7pm, an increase of more than 400k compared to last week's series premiere.

The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List followed with 4.92m (23%), before Casualty was watched by 5.04m (23.6%).

BBC Two's snooker coverage of The Masters averaged 1.31m (6%) across the night.

On ITV, Harry Hill's Stars in Their Eyes and Take Me Out entertained 2.28m (10.5%) and 3.07m (14.1%) respectively. A screening of Bridget Jones's Diary drew 1.3m (6.9%) from 9.20pm afterwards.

Channel 4 aired Ray Winstone movie The Sweeney from 9pm, averaging 1.52m (7.8%).

On Channel 5, a CSI repeat appealed to 569k (2.6%) from 8pm, before the latest Celebrity Big Brother instalment earned 2.24m (10.3%).

The multichannels were topped by ITV3's Midsomer Murders, which garnered 1.24m (5.7%) from 8pm.
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Get Your Act Together Stephen Mulhern: 'One star just lost his nerve'

We might not have Dancing on Ice anymore, but ITV's hoping to keep us entertained during the winter months with a brand new show! Get Your Act Together sees a whole host of celebrities teaming up with famous variety acts to learn their skills - and then trying to perform them to a live studio audience (who decide whether or not they get through).

The whole extravaganza is being hosted by Stephen Mulhern, so we got him on the phone to chat about acts that struggled, why he's always worried about shows going out, and how the studio audience surprised him...

"If you like Britain's Got Talent then you'll love Get Your Act Together. It's a combination of two things – the basic idea is that it's a speciality act from around the world who will then teach a celebrity what they do. Obviously the pressure is on the celebrity learning it,
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