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Bring back Popworld: the music show fans loved and celebrities feared

Fifteen years after it first aired, we take a nostalgic look at the show that questioned the very nature of pop-culture stardom – and then threw cheese at it

Stop the clock: it’s here. The 15th anniversary of the start of T4’s Popworld is upon us. The big One-Five. And with this seismic decade-and-a-half anniversary looming, what better time to look back on history’s greatest music TV show? Arguably on the 20th anniversary, but media as we know it will cease to exist in 2019, so let’s get this done now.

Perhaps Popworld should have been a generic pop show, and given its insipid theme tune, nondescript branding and half-hearted set, perhaps it was meant to be. But each Sunday, Popworld’s hosts Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver seemed to draw up a list of the questions every other show would ask its guests, then throw that list out of the window.
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Tfi Friday's best performances: Manics, Garbage, Page and Plant and more

Teatime thrash metal, Shaun Ryder’s potty-mouthed Sex Pistols cover, Reef’s ridicule and Slipknot’s debut UK TV appearance – ahead of its return for a one-off special, here’s a selection of the show’s greatest musical moments

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Tfi Friday, returning tonight for a one-off nostalgia special, was hands down the 90s’ best music show. Jools Holland was too worthy, Top of the Pops too cheesy, CD:uk too teeny-bop, but on Tfi live music, with a real, pogoing audience, provided the beating heart of Chris Evans’ perfect pre/post-pub telly. The show spanned a vintage era for rock and indie (even if it was a little too focused on white, male artists) and crested the wave of Britpop, attracting all the major names (Pulp, Blur, Suede) as well as a smattering of elder statesmen (Bowie,
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Motorboating, paintballing, more: Ant & Dec celebrate 25 years

Congratulations to Ant & Dec, who celebrate 25 years in showbusiness together this year.

The dynamic (and diminutive) duo first hit our small screens in Byker Grove and have gone on to become a fixture of prime-time telly viewing with Bgt and their Saturday Night Takeaway.

We celebrate Ant & Dec's career successes - from paintballing to motorboating - below:

1. He can't see man!

"He can't see man!!" Dec points out the obvious as Ant lies blinded by paint after an illegal paintballing contest on Byker Grove.

2. Not stable...

Dec makes an earnest-looking stable boy in his sadly uncredited appearance in an adaptation of Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path in '94.

3. Ant & Dec knighted

Ant & Dec dressed as knights at Knebworth House. Just because.

4. Let's Get Ready...

It's the Geordie answer to the Blues Brothers (sort of), as the duo perform as Pj & Duncan at the Royal Albert Hall back in 1996.

5. Trio of TV fun

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Ant & Dec sign new three-year exclusive deal with ITV

Ant & Dec have signed a new three-year exclusive deal with ITV, which will see the pair through to December 2016.

The duo will continue to host I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent, the last of which was recently confirmed for three more series.

Ant & Dec said: "We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with ITV for a further three years.

"After 15 years at the network we are still excited about continuing to make great shows for a great channel."

ITV director of television Peter Fincham said: "Ant & Dec are consummate entertainers, their talent is such that they make it look effortless, and their ability to connect with our audience is unrivalled.

"Our creative relationship with them is a strong one, and I'm delighted we are extending it."

ITV's director of comedy and entertainment Elaine Bedell added: "We love working with Ant
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Peter Andre wants kids TV presenter role

Peter Andre wants to be a children's TV presenter. The 'Mysterious Girl' hitmaker - who has son Junior, seven, and daughter Princess, five, with ex-wife Katie Price - thinks it is ''sad'' that the major TV networks have axed their live weekend kids' programmes and would love to front one of his own. He said: ''Holly Willoughby has said it's sad that there are no live Saturday morning TV shows for children now, and I totally agree. Remember 'Live & Kicking' and 'CD:uk'? They were brilliant, and I loved performing on them back in the day. ''Funnily enough, just recently I said to
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Ant & Dec: 10 classic clips from the Kings of Saturday Night TV - watch

Ant & Dec, the current Kings of Saturday Night TV, return for a 10th series of Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend. The Geordie duo have come a long way from Byker Grove and Pj and Duncan.

To celebrate the return of Takeaway to Saturday nights, we've looked back at their careers and pulled out 10 classic clips from the Ant & Dec TV archives:

Byker Grove: "He can't see, can he? He can't see, man!"

Where it all began. The Geordie duo were united on this classic Cbbc drama in 1990 and never looked back. Not only did they form an inseparable friendship on the show, it also educated a generation of kids in basic safety procedures for paintballing. Never take your goggles off!

The Pj and Duncan years: 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble'

After departing Byker Grove, the pair had hoped they'd land a spinoff series for their characters Pj and Duncan,
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'Big Reunion' bands talk thongs, Fiestas, voodoo dolls - video

ITV2's Big Reunion series features 5ive, 911, Liberty X, B*Witched, The Honeyz and Atomic Kitten reuniting for a musical extravaganza. The series will feature behind-the-scenes interviews as the ex-popstars attempt to heal old wounds and deal with their demons.

Watch our interview with the Big Reunion bands:

Digital Spy caught up with the boy and girl bands from the '90s and early '00s in the studio earlier this month and found out what the hell the former Top of the Pops and CD:uk regulars have been up to for the last decade.

One double-denim clad girl had a failed cookie company, Sean from 5ive appears to have developed an unusual personal language ("Hulla-hulla-bulla"), while 911 are comparing the reality show to therapy after their messy break-up in the '90s.

Watch our video to discover who got sent a voodoo doll, find out who was lucky enough to
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Ant and Dec extend 'golden handcuffs' deal with ITV

Two-year will see popular duo present new series of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and Britain's Got Talent

ITV star presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have signed another exclusive two-year "golden handcuffs" deal with the broadcaster.

The contract will see the popular duo present new series of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and Britain's Got Talent, plus the return of Saturday Night Takeaway for a tenth series.

However, ITV confirmed that Push the Button, made by the pair's independent production company Gallowgate, will not be returning.

When they signed their last deal with ITV in 2009, Ant and Dec admitted they took a pay cut, citing the tough economic climate for ITV and saying: "When times were good, we made more money. When times are bad, we make less."

They reportedly earned about £5m a year each last time and it is understood that
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Lawrence of Belgravia: Britain's great lost pop star

It's easy to view the new film Lawrence of Belgravia as a depressing film about a delusional musician – but better to think of it as an excuse to celebrate Lawrence himself

In 1986, Lawrence, the mononamed frontman of Felt, recruited a new bass player. Phil King (later of Lush) was chosen not merely for his musicianship or his ability to fit in with the enigmatic indie band, but for his hair, seemingly always a deciding factor when Lawrence hired or fired musicians: an early drummer had been booted out because his was too curly, a previous bassist had got the gig because his was "lovely and thick". There was excitement around Felt at the time. Everyone seemed to think their forthcoming album, Forever Breathes the Lonely Word, was magnificent. There was talk of an NME cover. The West Midlands meeting between King and Lawrence, however, somehow didn't suggest a gleaming future.
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Cheryl Cole: Lost in translation?

<div class="track"><img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" /></div><p class="standfirst">Her glamour, style and empathy make her a perfect fit for Us television – until, perhaps, she opens her mouth</p><p>From her bouncy, shining mane to the over-sincere pep talks she doles out to her "girls", Cheryl Cole seems a perfect fit for Us television. She has glamour, style and empathy – all the qualities an American audience can understand.</p><p>Until, perhaps, she opens her mouth. Cheryl's Geordie accent may be <sup></sup>celebrated (in a way) in the UK – this Christmas brings the book Woath It? Coase Ah Am, Pet by Twitter's @CherylKerl – but there are worries that some of the X Factor judge's pearls of wisdom might get slightly lost in translation in America. Imagine missing out on such gems as "That is the performance of the week for me", "You made that song your own" or "I <em>loved</em> it". Saturday night television would be ruined. The Us has never coped well with northern English accents.
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Jedward to host new 'Sm:tv', 'CD:uk'?

Jedward to host new 'Sm:tv', 'CD:uk'?
John & Edward are reportedly in talks to host Sm:tv and CD:uk. According to the News of the World, ITV executives are hoping to revive the Saturday morning shows with the X Factor twins acting as presenters. The programmes originally ran from 1998 to 2006 and raised the profile of hosts Cat Deeley and Ant and Dec. "CD:uk was a winning format," a source said. "It was taken around (more)
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Jedward to present Saturday morning kids TV show?

X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes are reportedly being considered by ITV for a new Saturday morning kids TV show.

The channel want to bring back Sm:tv and sister music show CD:uk, which have in the past been fronted by such stars as Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley and are said to be deciding between Peter Crouch’s fiancée Abbey Clancy and Jedward for the presenting role.

A source told The News Of The World: “CD:uk was a winning format. It was taken around the world and bosses at ITV always intended to bring it back.

“It’s taken a bit longer than expected but the ball is really rolling now. There’s plenty of buzz about it coming back.”

Other people being considered are Britain’s Got More Talent presenter Stephen Mulhern and Big Brother’s little Brother presenter George Lamb.

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Peter Andre extends This Morning with Klass

'This Morning' is to be broadcast seven days a week. The popular mid-week daytime show is set to be trialled in two new weekend slots over the coming weeks, with bosses reportedly keen to sign up Peter Andre and Myleene Klass - who previously fronted Saturday morning music show 'CD:uk' for the channel - as guest hosts for the new programmes. Current presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will stay as week day hosts. The hour-long Saturday show will reportedly feature showbiz interviews, cookery slots and current affairs discussions, while the Sunday edition will be more ''laid back'', featuring longer chats with celebrities and ..
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Ten Things You Never Knew About Cat Deeley

Ten Things You Never Knew About Cat Deeley
It feels like a long time ago that Cat Deeley was lighting up our TV screens with her cheeky smile and stunning figure. The former CD:uk host used to never be off UK screens (Fame Academy, Stars In Their Eyes), but after landing the job of presenting Us reality series So You Think You Can Dance, she has become less of a regular fixture. Now the dance show is coming to the UK - with Deeley as part of the package - we thought it was time to reacquaint ourselves with the Brummie TV star. Keep reading for ten fast facts about Miss Deeley. 1. Catherine Elizabeth 'Cat' Deeley was born on October 23, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. 2. Cat is one of the sharpest TV presenters you'll see on the box. She attended Sutton Coldfield Grammar School and Bishop Vesey's Grammar School Sixth Form, landing herself nine A-grade GCSEs and four A levels.
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Ant & Dec sign new two-year ITV deal

Ant and Dec have signed a new exclusive two-year deal with ITV, which will last until December 2011. The Saturday Night Takeaway hosts joined the broadcaster in 1998, when they helmed Saturday morning shows Sm:tv Live and CD:uk. They have also presented reality series Pop Idol, Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity.... "Ant and Dec are without question two of the UK's most talented television stars who have helped make ITV the home of entertainment They have a unique appeal and a very special quality which means that they are loved by young and old alike," said ITV director of television Peter Fincham. "After more than a decade on ITV, I'm delighted that they will continue to exclusively work with us on our hit shows and in developing new programmes (more)
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DirecTV to air original programming

DirecTV to air original programming
DirecTV will begin airing its first original series next year, available exclusively to its 15 million subscribers, the company announced Tuesday. The satellite giant has greenlighted CD USA, an adapation of a British format that showcases live performances weekly from chart-topping artists, as well as music news and interview segments. The series will be produced by Blaze Television, which produces the original format, CD UK.

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