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Keith Lemon: Beavers, Celebrity Juice and how Hugh Jackman inspired him

Keith Lemon is a very busy man at the moment - but somehow he still managed to find the time to write not one, but two books! Not only has he released his childhood memoir Little Keith Lemon, but he's also penned a safe-for-little-ones kids' book, The Beaver and the Elephant. To celebrate, we caught up with Keith ("I look worse than Kelly Brook in the morning," he complained) to chat about his books (and how Hugh Jackman inspired them), his new sketch show, why he regrets choosing a beaver for his book, Celebrity Juice and much, much, much more...

1. Keith on... why he wanted to write a childhood memoir

"Well, it's a prequel to the last book I did called Being Keith which is more about the TV years. This one's more about growing up in Leeds rather than telly gossip, whereas the last one was telly gossip. This
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Keith Lemon wants X Factor's Simon Cowell for Through the Keyhole

Keith Lemon has admitted that he would like Simon Cowell's house to feature on Through the Keyhole.

The second series kicks off tonight (August 30) with panel guests including Alan Carr, Ruth Langsford and Jonathan Ross.

"I'm blowing my own trumpet, but I think this series is better than the last," Lemon told Press Association. "We went to Los Angeles to do a few houses – they were really Hollywood-style houses."

However, Lemon said that there is still one person whose home he wants to visit on the show. "Simon Cowell's would be amazing. We come on straight after The X Factor, so it would be great to do an X Factor Through The Keyhole special."

Meanwhile, the Celebrity Juice star revealed that his revamped version had received the seal of approval by previous host Loyd Grossman, who had attended a studio recording.

"I said a few choice words in
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Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon: Black toilet paper and breakages

It's not just The X Factor that's back tonight - if you stick around afterwards, you'll get to watch Keith Lemon snooping his way through a bunch of celebrities' houses in a brand new series of Through The Keyhole. We caught up with Keith recently to find out what we can expect - and it involves black toilet paper, angry celebrities and much, much more...

Keith reckons the second series is better than the first.

"I think this series is better than last series because I was just finding my feet in the first one, and this one I know where they are, they're on the end of my legs. But it's quite loosey goosey, this one. I said, get rid of the autocue because I feel like I'm not doing anything if I'm just reading. So we got rid of the autocue and it has more of a Celebrity Juice flavour to it,
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Broadchurch leads Rts Programme Awards nominations

Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker hailed for ITV crime drama, while Channel 4 receives more nods than any other broadcaster

ITV's murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.

With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4's My Mad Fat Teenage Diary in her first major TV role.

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial,
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Broadchurch leads Royal Television Society Awards nominations

ITV thriller Broadchurch leads the nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

The ceremony, hosted by Tim Vine, will be held on March 18 at Grosvenor House and honours excellence across all genres of television programming.

Broadchurch is up for four awards including Drama Serial, while Chris Chinball - who penned the murder mystery series - is nominated for Drama Writer.

The show's stars Olivia Coleman and Jodie Whittaker have both been recognised in the Female Actor category, alongside My Mad Fat Diary actress Sharon Rooney.

BBC dramas Top of the Lake and In the Flesh will go up against Broadchurch for Drama Serial, while My Mad Fat Diary, Peaky Blinders and Utopia have received nods for Drama Series.

HBO's Game of Thrones has been nominated in the International category, alongside Storyville - Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and Channel 4's The Returned.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is up for Entertainment,
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'I'm a Celebrity': Annabel Giles and Vincent Simone to enter the jungle

Annabel Giles and Vincent Simone have joined I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

The pair are set to enter the jungle tomorrow (November 22), little after the two camps Croc Creek and Snake Rock merged.

Giles, a former model who has previously appeared on Through The Keyhole, Shooting Stars and Have I Got News For You, admitted that she has a phobia of camping but said she wants to show "posh people" in a better light.

"It's a chance to have some me time," the 54-year-old revealed. "It is a weird way to have 'me' time but actually, I do think it will be better than going to a health spa as I couldn't bear lounging around in towelling dressing gowns. This will be exciting for me.

"I would like to dispel the rumours that all posh people are like David Cameron and George Osborne. Hopefully I can restore a bit of popularity.
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TV highlights 16/09/2013

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James Martin's Food Map Of Britain | The Fried Chicken Shop | Doc Martin | Celebrity Super Spa | Fazer's Urban Takeover | The Crime Thriller Club | David Frost – Hello, Good Evening & Farewell

James Martin's Food Map Of Britain

6.30pm, BBC2

Erroneously supposing that what's been missing from cookery shows is a light aircraft, chef and pilot James Martin flies to different regions in Britain to show us how "this land has influenced our larders". He begins this weeknight series in the south-east, amid the boats-on-the-beach charm of Hastings, where freshly caught Dover sole is on the menu. Martin then heads to Kent, where he prepares a cherry trifle. "With trifle," the gruff Martin rather incongruously intones, "more is more." Jonathan Wright

The Fried Chicken Shop

9pm, Channel 4

Following the Cutting Edge documentary that aired earlier in the year, this three-part fly-on-the-wall series catches up with the staff and customers of Rooster Spot in south London.
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X Factor gets ratings boost from return of Sharon Osbourne

Simon Cowell talent show averaged 9.2 million viewers, 500,000 up on its audience for last year's opening show

The return of Sharon Osbourne helped the new series of The X Factor to more than 9 million viewers, up on last year's launch but still a long way off its 2010 heyday.

The Simon Cowell talent show averaged 9.2 million viewers, a 41.9% share, between 8pm and 9.20pm on Saturday, 500,000 up on its audience of 8.7 million (42.4%) for last year's opening show.

But Saturday's return was still the second-lowest series opener in the last seven years, peaking three years ago with 11.1 million.

ITV is hoping the show, now into its 10th series – and third without Cowell as a full-time judge – will be given a second wind with the return of former judge Osbourne, alongside Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

The X Factor was followed by ITV's revival of Through The Keyhole, with Keith Lemon replacing the
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R.I.P. Sir David Frost

It is with great sadness that Thn must report the passing of one of the true greats of British television broadcasting. Sir David Frost, journalist, presenter, comedy writer and hard-hitting interviewer, passed away aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship on Saturday evening at the age of 74. Sir David was due to give a speech aboard the vessel that evening, but it is reported that died shortly before of a heart attack, which was confirmed by his family early yesterday.

Sir David found international stardom in the 1970s when he was conducted a series of interviews with disgraced former U.S. president Richard Nixon. The story of bringing those interviews to TV screens around the world were made into a play and subsequent movie, directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan in 2006. Michael Sheen played Sir David in the film, and the both appeared together on the red carpet
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Through the Keyhole: TV review

Without David Frost and Loyd Grossman, Through the Keyhole is all about the banter – and Keith Lemon

Iremember Through The Keyhole. I remember it as a gentle show. I remember Loyd Grossman pottering around Patrick Moore's cluttered cottage, crammed with telescopes and xylophones, asking the same question he asked every week: "Who would live in a house like this?" As if it could have been one of Britain's many famous astronomer-xylophonists. I remember Grossman's ridiculous nasal voice, every vowel long enough for the viewer to nip out and pop the kettle on and still be back in time for the end of the word.

And Frost! I remember David Frost, in his suit and glasses. I remember him as a dignified figure, a respectable grey silhouette, conducting the studio section as if it were his sworn and solemn duty, nudging the panel towards declarative sentences for the audience to encourage with applause.
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Sir David Frost: multiple talents earned a place in TV history

Pioneering entrepreneur and interviewer, most famous for drawing a confession from disgraced Us president Richard Nixon

Such was the longevity and breadth of Sir David Frost's career in television that arguably any one of a good half-dozen of his achievements would have been sufficient to secure his place in broadcasting history.

Over more than 50 years, from a post-Cambridge traineeship with the Associated-Rediffusion ITV franchise to a role with al-Jazeera, Frost was the interviewer of eight UK prime ministers and seven Us presidents, a pioneer of TV satire and comedy, the tormentor-confessor of Richard Nixon, a TV entrepreneur and early innovator of self-production, a master of the chatshow sofa and a long-running gameshow host.

Frost's first brush with showbusiness came as secretary of the Cambridge Footlights revue, where contemporaries remember the cast's bemusement when on tour to see posters declaring David Frost presents The Footlights.

After his traineeship with Rediffusion,
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R.I.P. David Frost

Sir David Frost, the veteran broadcaster and writer, has died of a suspected heart attack while traveling aboard the Queen Elizabeth where he was delivering a speech on Saturday night, according to the BBC. He was 74. Frost’s long career spanned journalism, heavy-hitting TV interviews, game show hosting and comedy writing. He notably conducted a series of televised sit-downs with former president Richard Nixon in 1977. They were the basis of a 2006 play by Peter Morgan, which was then adapted as Ron Howard’s 2008 film, Frost/Nixon. Michael Sheen played Frost and the film was nominated for five Oscars. In the early 1960s, Frost hosted the satirical program That Was The Week That Was on the BBC and also featured on an American version for NBC from 1964-1965. In 1968, he helped launch London Weekend Television, which is now part of ITV. His other on-air TV credits included The Frost Report, The David Frost Show,
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Whatever you do, don't peer Through The Keyhole

Keith Lemon's new take on the classic formula is the worst kind of garish, self-congratulatory Saturday night TV guff

If you've just spent an hour and 20 minutes watching emphatic, begging teens punching their own self-worth to the ground for a panel of millionaires on all-new The X Factor (Saturday, 8pm, ITV), it would be easy to stay in your seat and let Through The Keyhole with Keith Lemon (same channel, straight afterwards) seep into your lounge. But as the hours and minutes go by like scenery barely noticed through a train window, please bear in mind that Through The Keyhole with Keith Lemon lasts for almost an hour. Before you decide to hate-watch it for the Twitter lolz, consider: you might die on Sunday and, in those final seconds before it all goes dark, it's his face you'll see, deliberately mispronouncing words and trying to make everything sound like bumming.
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Russell Kane's favourite TV: Breaking Bad, The Apprentice, Through The Keyhole

The stand-up comedian and tyro novelist on his telly-watching habits

Unmissable show?

I am a nutty fan of The Apprentice. It's got everything. If you're in take-your-brain-out-and-watch-tv mode, it's got that. If you want to analyse fluctuations in the human spirit, or want to analyse people's business ideas, it's got that as well. Or you can just point and laugh.

Box set?

Breaking Bad. I've just watched all of it. I finished that and felt like a woman who had given their baby up for adoption. I've done Game Of Thrones and Spartacus. First seasons of both: amazing. But then they disappear up their own worlds. The first season of Game Of Thrones is really clever, the characters are paramount. But by season three, it's just four teenagers sat around in Dungeons And Dragons capes.

Bring back …

Through The Keyhole. I heard rumours that it's coming back. I'd love to host it,
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12 great movie journalists

Odd List Mark Williams Jan 2, 2013

From superheroes in disguise to vain news anchors, Mark celebrates 12 particularly fine movie journalists...

With the news that Clark Kent has quit his job at the Daily Planet because of its preference for soft entertainment stories, the world of fictional journalism was rocked to its foundations. After all, he's been there since the Superman comics began in the 1940s, despite the lack of career progress. But, it seems the Man of Steel's civilian day-job has lost its appeal, and now he's going into business on his own.

Journalism is a topic that raises its head in films regularly across the genres, and it has provided some fine, and not so fine, examples of the hardy reporter, always on the lookout for the next scoop. Oftentimes, there is the route of the truth or the route of the fast buck, with the majority of those
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Vernon Kay dismisses 'Through The Keyhole' host claims

Vernon Kay has dismissed reports that he is being lined up to host a revamped version of Through The Keyhole alongside Paul O'Grady. The panel show, formerly hosted by Sir David Frost, is to return after FremantleMedia - the company behind ITV's The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent - secured the rights, The Mirror claims. Chatshow host O'Grady was reportedly favourite to take over Frost's studio role, while Kay was being lined up to provide clues from the celebrities' homes. Lloyd Grossman famously held the position until 2003, while Catherine Gee and Lisa Snowdon were among those who took on the duties until the programme was axed in 2008. "Vernon and Paul are the top choices to reinvigorate the show," a source (more)
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Vernon Kay to host Through The Keyhole

Vernon Kay has signed up to host a new version of 'Through The Keyhole'. The 'All-Star Family Fortunes' presenter is set to team up with chat show host Paul O' Grady for the series, in which he will take on the role made famous by Loyd Grossman and snoop around celebrities' homes for clues. A source said: "Vernon and Paul are the top choices to reinvigorate the show. The whole programme had become stuffy and looked and felt dated. This time there will be a lavish studio, amazing celeb houses and a real sense of fun." The much-loved show has also
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'Give Us A Clue' for panel show marathon

'Give Us A Clue' for panel show marathon
Lionel Blair and Una Stubbs will reunite in a special edition of Give Us A Clue, as part of David Walliams's 24 Hour Panel People. As part of Comic Relief, Walliams will perform in a panel show marathon, which will see a host of classic programmes resurrected and reinvigorated alongside current favourites. Blair and Stubbs will be joined by Walliams and Christopher Biggins for their segment of the event. Other highlights will see David Frost and Lloyd Grossman return to Through The Keyhole, Nick Hancock hosting sports quiz They Think It's All Over, and Clive Anderson, Tony Slattery (more)
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Channel Four's Famous and Fearless was utterly pointless | Martin Kelner

Channel 4 produced an empty vessel, around which Chris Evans and Clare Balding made an awful lot of noise

Some of you may remember the TV show Through The Keyhole, which died a slow lingering death on daytime television, having run out of genuine stars' homes for the panels to identify. In those sad fin de siècle days I suspect the panellists used to get a little help in guessing exactly which second-division footballer or minor soap actor's house was under discussion, but sometimes, for the sake of authenticity, host David Frost would let them exhaust all their guesses and announce in a very Frostian manner: "You'll kick yourself when you find out who it is." This was Frostie's shorthand for: "I have absolutely no idea who this person is, and why they were booked."

Well, you will kick yourself when you find out who was on Famous and Fearless,
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DS Icon: Gloria Hunniford

Originally a popular singer in Northern Ireland, Gloria Hunniford made her broadcasting breakthrough in the 1970s with A Taste Of Hunni on radio and Good Evening Ulster on the TV. Her big break came in 1981 when she filled in for Jimmy Young on Radio 2 in 1981. Hunniford went on to become the first woman to have her own daily show on the station. Gloria's TV work has included stints on shows such as Wogan, Songs Of Praise, Aspel & Company and Through The Keyhole. The much-loved (more)
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