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No more reject soap stars snapping their ankles and elbows on the ice. No more Pip Schofield shouting about "The Dangers Of The Ice". No more Z-listers in unforgiving pink Lycra. Dancing on Ice has announced that it is bowing out in 2014 with a ninth and final series.
Torvill and Dean's ice dancing format has never been the most glamorous of reality shows. It's never pulled in the biggest names (Tamara Beckwith, Elen Rivas, Bobby Davro) and it's always been in the shadow of its slicker, more stylish cousin over on BBC One, Strictly.
However, across its eight years the show has created many memorable TV moments and even if some of them are for the totally wrong reasons, Digital Spy is raising a toast to the series today by remembering them.
Jennifer Ellison gets sliced! We've got a bleeder!
Dancing on Ice has had many nasty injuries down the years - broken bones, »
Quality checks to force broadcasters to improve service used by 7.6m – and avoid gaffes such as 'moment's violence'
Ofcom is to crack down on the often poor standard of subtitling of TV programmes, which have led to gaffes such as asking for "a moment's violence" during the Queen Mother's funeral, by introducing a six-monthly quality check that will name and shame broadcasters into improving their services.
Viewers are able to switch on a subtitles option for most TV programmes across 70 channels, with about 7.6 million UK adults saying they have used this service. Of these about 1.4 million people have hearing impairments and rely on the service.
Ofcom said on Friday that it continues to receive numerous complaints that there are problems with the speed, synchronisation, accuracy and presentation of live TV subtitling, as it put proposals out to consultation aimed at getting broadcasters to raise their game.
The broadcasting regulator offered »
- Mark Sweney
Richard Klein, the controller who brought The Killing and Borgen to British TV, has departed the BBC for ITV.
Klein has been at BBC Four since 2008 and despite financial restrictions, which meant totally dropping original drama, he has actually doubled the channel's audience share during his stint in charge.
"I am most excited to have this opportunity to commission and make entertaining, popular programmes for the ITV audience. The ambition is to make programmes that people watch and talk about in equal measure, and that's a challenge I relish," said Klein.
ITV director of TV Peter Fincham commented: "Richard has been a highly successful controller of BBC Four and I know he's looking forward to a return to mainstream television and the challenge of making high quality programmes for broad audiences. »
Rupert Everett accidentally swore on live television earlier today (May 1).
The British actor was appearing as a guest on ITV's Loose Women this afternoon, when he said "f**k" during a discussion.
Everett was discussing an incident in the 1980s when he was convinced he had contracted HIV while shooting a TV series.
He said: "For the first few years of HIV, you couldn't test for it. When my whole career started I thought I was on a death sentence.
"I remember once I was doing this miniseries called Princess Daisy. You can see it in the film, I was bitten by a mosquito."
He added: "I looked at the mosquito bite and thought, 'F**k, this is it!'"
Everett instantly realised what he had said, adding: "Sorry everyone!"
Host Carol Vorderman apologised to viewers, saying: "We do apologise for some naughty language."
Tom Hanks apologised for swearing in »
Carol Vorderman returned to 'Loose Women' today (24.04.13) after breaking her nose last month. The 52-year-old presenter - who fell down a flight of stairs while wearing killer heels and smacked into a wall - returned with a healed snout and was presented with a pair of sensible flat shoes by fellow daytime talk show panellists Linda Robson, Janet Street-Porter and Jane McDonald to welcome her back. Speaking to Carol on the ITV programme, Jane said: ''We're thrilled to bits that you're back and we've just all clubbed together and bought you a little pressie just to say, 'Welcome back Carol »
London, Apr 22(Ani): Television personality Carol Vorderman has revealed that a BBC chief told her that she couldn't be a TV star because her boobs weren't big enough.
The 52-year-old presenter was remarked upon by the unnamed boss at a meeting, when she had applied for television roles in the Eighties, the Sun reported.
'The Loose Women' host claimed that the man had been drinking at the time, while sitting in his chair with his feet on the desk and said, "Nah, love, your tits aren't big enough."
Vorderman added that she doesn't hold resentments as life and times have moved on but said that was the time we lived. »
- Meeta Kabra
ITV has allegedly lifted a ban that meant the BBC's The Voice could not be promoted on any of its shows.
The channel - whose own talent series Britain's Got Talent overlaps with the singing contest - reportedly eased rules so that stars of the BBC programme can now appear on ITV.
According to The Mirror, the change of heart was prompted by Saturday night's viewing figures which saw Britain's Got Talent triumph with 13 million viewers to The Voice's 7.7m, meaning they no longer see the rival show as a threat.
An ITV source said: "We don't fear them anymore. Bgt is the number one show on Saturday nights and that is the way we think it will stay.
"If The Voice judges want to come onto ITV they are welcome, we are confident we have won the war this time."
Stars of the BBC One show were forced »
The 85-year-old presenter admitted that he has struggled to cope with the demands of the BBC One show as he's grown older.
"We've got a meeting [about the show] tomorrow," he said during an appearance on Loose Women. "There could be some other little ways of doing it, because it is hard.
"I'm not getting any younger. This always comes up because of my age."
A BBC source previously told the Daily Mail: "Our hope is he will want to continue with Strictly. We love him and want him to keep doing it, although we understand he has to make a decision he is comfortable with."
Forsyth also said that he »
Scottish TV star Andrea McLean, who appears on what seems to be the British version of The View (a show called Loose Women), was conned into starring in a Brit gangster flick called A Landscape of Lies. Four men and a woman behind the bizarre plot started out by convincing McLean and others that they were making a movie. The group told people that Hollywood stars like Jeremy Irons were attached to the million-dollar project, but their investment turned out to be a way to snag money in a tax-rebate scam to the tune of almost one million dollars. The film phonies even went so far as to create fake scripts, documents and a website. "This gritty British drama is a complex exploration of lives that will draw you into their seedy world of power, lies and betrayal. The dark...
- Alison Nastasi
Carol Vorderman has cancelled her TV appearances after breaking her nose. The 'Loose Women' presenter was rushed to hospital last week after falling down a flight of stairs and landing face-first into a wall, and the 52-year-old TV star has been forced to take time off the ITV daytime show as a result. The accident occurred in central London last Thursday (21.03.13) when Carol - who was wearing four-inch heels - left a meeting in central London and had her hands in her pockets as she walked down the steps, resulting in multiple facial injuries including a broken nose. She told The Daily »
The mum-of-three, who is expecting her fourth child this year, rubbished the scandalous slurs, saying that the vile lie makes her so angry, the Sun reported.
The panicky producers of Loaded TVs 'Loose Women' tried to scramble the sound in a bid to prevent the claims being broadcasted.
They also quickly removed any evidence of the conversation last month from their website, but a clip was leaked on to an online forum. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
Pointless is a rare thing indeed – a bookish, leisurely game show where nobody involved is a shrieking idiot (the celebrity offshoot excepted). Long may it continue
Pointless is a daytime game show, which means its contemporaries are Loose Women and Dickinson's Real Deal and the weird Channel 4 cookery show that's basically the world's most irksome Sainsbury's commercial. And yet it somehow seems wrong to lump Pointless in with that lot. It's become so much more than that.
This might say more about the meandering gaggle of slackers and no-hopers I follow more than anything else but, like clockwork every weekday afternoon, my Twitter timeline will briefly glow with people congratulating themselves on their ability to beat the Pointless contestants. This sort of thing just doesn't happen with other daytime game shows. People don't publicly play along with the Countdown conundrum, or attempt to outfox the woman from The Chase, »
- Stuart Heritage
Gulati started her new job as a regular on the ITV daytime show earlier this month.
The soap star was carried on to the set yesterday by a topless fireman, a reference to her Coronation Street character Sunita Alahan's recent storyline involving a blaze in the Rovers Return.
Speaking to Digital Spy at last night's (March 19) Royal Television Society Awards, Gulati said that she could "definitely" hold her own against the strong personalities on Loose Women and teased that she would have plenty of saucy tales to keep up with her co-stars.
"I'm an old girl, I've got lots of stories," she said.
LeAnn Rimes' was caught by photographers in a roadside motel in California cheating with Brandi Glanville's husband and was exposed on the cover of Us Weekly as a love cheat. However - the country singer has a positive from the experience, she says that her affair inspired her music. The 30-year-old singer met current husband Eddie Cibrian in 2009 while filming TV movie 'Northern Lights' together and subsequently left their partners and filed for divorce and LeAnn says writing her latest album has been a ''cathartic process''. She told ITV's 'Loose Women': ''We were both married to other people and we went through the whole affair and thank God it turned out, it came out in my music and I really didn't set out to do that. It was very cathartic. ''Life happens and it was amazing, even though it was crappy at times, »
Los Angeles, March 16: Singer Leann Rimes says that her love affairs have inspired her music immensely.
"We were both married to other people and we went through the whole affair and thank god it turned out, it came out in my music and I really didn't set out to do that. It was very cathartic," Rimes told ITV's "Loose Women".
"Life happens and it was amazing, even though it was crappy at times, but it gave me a lot to write. »
- Smith Cox
LeAnn Rimes' affair inspired her music. The 30-year-old singer met current husband Eddie Cibrian in 2009 while filming TV movie 'Northern Lights' together and subsequently left their partners and filed for divorce and LeAnn says writing her latest album has been a 'cathartic process'. She told ITV's 'Loose Women': 'We were both married to other people and we went through the whole affair and thank God it turned out, it came out in my music and I really didn't set out to do that. It was very cathartic. 'Life happens and it was amazing, even though it was crappy at times, but it gave me a lot to write about and I took my time. 'I wrote nine of the »
London — The clue was in the title.
In some ways "A Landscape of Lies" was a typical indie film, with a tiny budget, a B-list cast and an award from an American film festival.
What made it special is that it was created solely to cover up a huge tax fraud.
Five people in Britain face jail sentences after being convicted this week of attempting to bilk the government of 2.8 million pounds ($4.2 million) in a moviemaking scam reminiscent of Academy Award-winning hit "Argo" – without the heroic hostage rescue.
Prosecutors and tax authorities say the fraudsters claimed to be producing a made-in-Britain movie with unnamed A-list actors and a 19 million-pound budget supplied by a Jordanian firm.
In fact, officials say, the project was a sham, set up to claim almost 1.5 million pounds in goods and services tax for work that had not been done, as well as 1.3 million pounds under a »
Britain's Duchess of Cornwall is a 'Loose Women' fan. Camilla - who is married to Prince Charles - regularly sits down to watch the ITV daytime talk show when she's not on official royal duties, according to her son Tom Parker Bowles. The food expert appeared on the programme yesterday, and when quizzed about his mother's favourite TV shows, he said: 'I'll be honest, I am not sucking up but she does watch 'Loose Women'. 'She's very busy but when she's not abroad or working or doing all the things she does, she watches 'Loose Women' on the telly.' The duchess has previously admitted to her love of Danish murder mystery drama, 'The Killing', and requested a visit to »
In an amazing twist, a movie that began life as a plan to defraud the public purse turned out to be a prize-winner
It could be a great movie-making satire, along the lines of Argo, or Mel Brooks' The Producers. The pitch: a team of amateur crooks concoct a bogus movie to squeeze millions in tax relief from the government. They claim it cost £20m to make; they get around £3m back. Sorted. Until the taxman asks to see the film. So the crooks hastily dupe some C-list actors into cobbling together a cheap gangster flick. The twist? Said flick turns out to be pretty good. It even wins an award.
You'd pay to see that wouldn't you? Especially if it was "based on actual events" – which this is. Last month, a gang led by actor/producer Aoife Madden became the first people convicted of defrauding the British Film Commission's tax-relief scheme. »
- Steve Rose
Shobna Gulati made her debut on 'Loose Women' today (13.03.13). The 46-year-old actress joined in topical chats alongside Janet Street-Porter, Andrea McLean and Sherrie Hewson today as one of the show's new panellists following her departure from 'Coronation Street' - in which she played Sunita Alahan for 12 years. Shobna started the programme by reflecting on her alter-ego's relationship with on/off husband Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin), joking the pair are actually married in real life after their on-screen ceremony. She said: ''I've been married once unbelievably. We had our divorce, but [Dev] keeps asking me [to marry him again] see - that's the »
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