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Steven Moffat's Sherlock launched with a total of 7.5m (30.4%) viewers for the BBC last night, according to early overnight data. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, 'A Study In Pink' was seen by 7.05m (28.5%) on BBC One, while 479k (1.9%) watched in HD. Earlier on the channel, The Antiques Roadshow appealed to 4.82m (24.3%) [HD: 111k/0.6%], enough to outperform Alan Titchmarsh's All The Queen's Men, which managed 2.95m (14%). At 7.30pm, 4.77m (21.6%) [HD: 143k/0.7%] watched the final Last of the Summer Wine series opener. Meanwhile, at 8pm, the return of Countryfile interested 4.24m (16.2%) but was beaten by Heartbeat, which had 4.68m (17.9%) [HD: 168k/0.6%] for ITV1. Top Gear won the hour for BBC Two with 5.84m (22.3%), boosted by a special guest appearance from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. BBC HD attracted (more) »
- By Paul Millar
As awards season presses on, some of the smaller ceremonies are showing a predilection for edgy British comedy. Following Ricky Gervais' stint at the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards has announced that Eddie Izzard will be its master of ceremonies on March 5, according to The New York Times.
The 47-year-old Izzard — who has enjoyed international success since the mid-90s — is famous for his absurdist, interactive style of standup, which often sees him change his performances based on audience reactions. His commentary runs the gamut from Roman history to squirrels in makeup, from the Catholic church to vacuum noises, from the Heimlich maneuver to French instructional tapes. He even regularly works foreign languages into his English-speaking shows; he once recited a two-minute version of Speed in French.
Until recently, he performed in drag as a self-proclained "executive transvestite," but he has since transitioned into a more "traditional" appearance. »
- Rich Z Zwelling
2 items from 2010
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