8 items from 2013
Cher walks into a London hotel room looking brilliantly Cher-like. She is wearing a leather jacket, tiny skirt, fishnets and big, buckled biker boots. She's got the blow-dried bouffant and pristine makeup of a pop star, but also the subtle swagger of a rock star – just witness the way she instantly dismisses the swarm of managers buzzing around her: "I hate talking with a thousand people around me."
Even more brilliant is how unintimidating Cher is. Up until a year ago that might have been a surprise, but when she joined Twitter in 2012, her public image was transformed. This, for instance, is her current Twitter biography:
Stand & B Counted or Sit & B Nothing. Don't Litter,Chew Gum, »
- Rebecca Nicholson
ITV has confirmed the departure of Daybreak's third boss in three years.
However, the show has continued to struggle in the ratings against rival BBC Breakfast.
Earlier this week, the programme was seen by only 700,000 viewers, less than a third of the BBC's audience. Newton will be replaced temporarily by Neil Thompson.
Newton said that he is "pleased to be leaving Daybreak having helped the programme turn a corner and having returned the breakfast format to its journalistic roots, with politics, exclusives and popular investigative content".
Last year, former Channel 5 news editor David Kermode left the editor position on the show, having taken over from Ian Rumsey in 2011.
Karl Newton departs ITV's breakfast show after less than a year, the third editor of the programme to go in three years
ITV's Daybreak has said farewell to its third editor in three years with the exit of Karl Newton after less than a year in the job. Newton oversaw a new look for the troubled breakfast programme with presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones, but it remains an uphill battle in the ratings against BBC1's Breakfast. One edition of Daybreak earlier this week had 700,000 viewers, less than a third of the 2.2 million who watched Breakfast. Newton, who will be replaced on an interim basis by Neil Thompson, said he had an "absolute ball" at ITV and was "pleased to be leaving Daybreak having helped the programme turn a corner and having returned the breakfast format to it's journalistic roots, with politics, exclusives and popular investigative content". It is »
The world has been turned topsy-turvy as breakfast telly's presenters become Labour and Tory big hitters
Saw off your shotguns, sharpen your axes, fire up your chainsaws. Our business is with zombie breakfast show GMTV, whose mindless lurch toward the heart of British public life continues unabated, despite it having been killed off three years ago.
Before we go any further, Lost in Showbiz would like to apologise for a premature obituary. When the axing of GMTV was announced in the dying days of Gordon Brown's administration, I made some point about its demise coming in concert with that of the New Labour government on which it had always been so cosily co-dependent. Mostly eschewing the more highbrow inquisitions to which former leaders had felt obliged to submit, serial guest Tony Blair had loved sofas so much that he even governed from one, with his Downing Street "den" being »
- Marina Hyde
The broadcaster is apparently prepared to pay almost £4 million to secure the former GMTV presenter - £2.4 million to buy him out of his three year Sunrise contract and £1.5 million for two years' salary.
The station's new director of daytime Helen Warner wants the popular presenter back on ITV in a bid to boost ratings, The Mirror reports.
Daybreak's New York correspondent Lucy Watson and Newshour host Ranvir Singh are said to be in the running to be his new co-host, but the 53-year-old wants wife Ruth Langsford on board. The pair already host This Morning on Fridays.
After ruling the ratings roost in 2012, the X Factor team and ITV will have been waiting nervously to find out who their competition is this year, but following the unveiling of the lineup on The One Show tonight, Simon Cowell and co will probably be sleeping a little bit more easily.
The biggest names on the lineup are probably Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden, BBC Breakfast's Susanna Reid, rugby play Ben Cohen and Wag Abbey Clancy. It's hardly a selection of names to get your pulse racing.
Of course Strictly lineups have never been exactly brimming with A-listers. From orange-faced antiques babbler David Dickinson and Celebrity Big Brother reject Claire Sweeney in series one to the likes of bland acting bore Colin Salmon »
The 2010 general election. A hung parliament. Political stalemate engulfs the country. Vibrant young politician Nick Clegg is visited by a vision of the Virgin Mary: "Nick," she says. "This is your time. You have the power to change things." Clegg is the story of one man's decision to grasp this power and make a right old pig's ear of it. Daniel Day-Lewis insists on remaining in character during production, asking both cast and crew to avoid eye-contact at all times, in case he sees it as invitation to wander over and make desperately awkward smalltalk.
Tagline He came. He saw. He did whatever Dave said.
James Dyson: Lust For Balls
Starring: Sly Stallone as James Dyson
The year is 2525. Cryogenically reanimated cyborg James Dyson, knowing that his power source is failing, »
- Stuart Heritage
It was exactly 30 years ago on 17 January that not a particularly expectant nation sat down to watch its first taste of breakfast television.
What it delivered, along with Frank Bough, Selina Scott, Debbie Rix and Nick Ross on a sofa, was Francis Wilson forecasting the weather, Diana Moran – the Lycra-clad "green goddess" – getting the nation fit over their cornflakes, and Russell Grant, in a brightly coloured jumper, doing the horoscopes.
Richard Ingrams, writing in the Spectator, was not impressed. "There is no earthly reason why anyone of any intelligence would want to watch it," he wrote.
"If you look back you think, no wonder people were taken »
- John Plunkett
8 items from 2013
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