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X Factor scores 8.1 million viewers for first night of grand finale

14 December 2014 5:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor drew more than 8 million viewers for the first night of this year's finale, according to overnight figures.

ITV's singing competition achieved 8.14m (35.8%) from 8.30pm last night (December 13), with an additional 248k (1.3%) tuning in on +1.

The Chase entertained 3.74m (15.9%) earlier in the evening (+1: 291k/1.2%), with The Jonathan Ross Show airing to 2.77m (18.5%) from 10.35pm.

BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing continued to dominate Saturdays, attracting 9.78m (42.4%) for its latest show from 6.50pm.

The latest Atlantis episode appealed to 3.57m (15.2%) afterwards. Casualty treated 3.44m (14.9%) from 9.10pm.

On BBC Two, Flog It! earned 854k (3.7%), Perry and Croft: Made in Britain was watched by 944k (4%) and a Dad's Army repeat garnered 2.07m (8.8%), before Qi Xl was seen by 1.06m (4.6%) from 9pm.

Channel 4 aired Meryl Streep film Hope Springs, which averaged 950k (4.4%) from 9pm.

Channel 5's My Crazy Christmas Obsession and TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks managed 503k (2.1%) and 685k (3.8%) respectively. »

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Tulisa says her leaked sex tape was the lowest point in her career

13 December 2014 4:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tulisa said that her leaked sex tape "destroyed her on a personal level".

In an interview with Jonathan Ross, the singer and former X Factor judge said that she struggled with all the attention as a public figure.

"That really destroyed me on a personal level, on a mental level and I think I struggled with being a public figure because I felt it was being in the industry and this lifestyle that had made me feel like this," she said.

"[I thought] 'If I wasn't famous the tape wouldn't be everywhere, I wouldn't be this way' and I got a little bit bitter a bit defensive and because I felt like everyone was judging me from it, I then had a chip on my shoulder."

Tulisa, who will fill on for Mel B on tonight's X Factor final, also spoke about her difficult year, following her arrest and subsequent trial.

She said: "Where I'm at now, »

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CW To Ring in 2015 with iHeartMusic Festival

10 December 2014 8:39 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

CW just released their last holiday schedule for the week starting with December 29th. This includes how they will ring in 2015 and it is with music, just no countdown by the looks of it. On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day alike, we can expect The 2014 iHEARTRADIO Music Festival split between the two. Rest of the week they will stick to their usual shows. Here is the official schedule.

Monday, December 29

The Originals

Red Door” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. Et) (TV-14, Lv) (HDTV)

The Vampire DiariesNina Dobrev Appears In Flashbacks As Tatia, The Original Doppelganger — In order to show Elijah (Daniel Gillies) that her plan is what’s best for him, Esther forces him to relive a time long ago when he loved a young woman named Tatia (guest star Nina Dobrev). With the help of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is determined to find Elijah, »

- Sarah Peel

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Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear Falklands scandal: 'Reaction was barbaric'

6 December 2014 6:30 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jeremy Clarkson has insisted that Top Gear did not intend to cause controversy with recent episodes shot in Argentina.

The BBC series drew allegations of attempting to mock the Falklands War while filming episodes in October, when a licence plate on one of their cars appeared to reference the conflict.

BBC will broadcast Top Gear Argentina episode, won't apologise

Clarkson opened up about the controversial Argentina episode during an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show.

"This was deemed by some people in Argentina to be offensive… We don't check registration numbers before setting off," Clarkson said.

"How do I know I haven't driven through Scotland with H746 Cdn referring to Culloden or France referring to Agincourt? I may well have done that in the past."

Ross challenged Clarkson by acknowledging that he first assumed that the use of licence plate number H982 Fkl was intended as a joke.

Clarkson replied: »

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Martin Freeman prefers full nudity over wearing a pouch

6 December 2014 8:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Martin Freeman has said that he prefers to be completely nude in sex scenes on screen.

He said that being naked while filming is easier than using a 'pouch' to cover up with.

In an interview with Jonathan Ross, he said: "It's not an easy thing to get naked in front of 80 people eating bagels or whatever. I've done a few naked things in my time and after a while I stopped using what they give you.

"They give you a discrete pouch, a sock sort of thing. It's like a medieval purse."

The Hobbit actor said that pouches tend to fall off after a few scenes, so he prefers to go with what God gave him.

"Because it's so humiliating. I think if the woman is not offended, I would rather just be naked," he added.

Freeman also joked about the relationship between Sherlock and his character of Dr. John Watson. »

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Sir Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon's death

6 December 2014 6:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Paul McCartney has said he is glad he and John Lennon were able to patch up their friendship before he died.

In an interview with Jonathan Ross, the former Beatle said their fallout was down to business.

He said: "There was a big business thing and everything got very sour and then that kind of just got boring and I would just ring John and eventually it just got friendly again… So now he had a baby and I was bringing up babies so we could talk about that.

"You could talk about normal stuff so it got very nice and I said, to this day, I'm so glad because it would have been the worst thing in the world to have this great relationship that then soured and he gets killed, so there was some solace in the fact that we got back together.

"We were good friends. »

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Almost Royal: Season Two for BBC America Comedy

4 December 2014 3:36 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

BBC America has announced that they've ordered season two of Almost Royal, their fish-out-of-water comedy series.

Here are the details:

BBC America Picks Up Second Season Of The Channel's First Original Comedy Series "Almost Royal"

New York - December 4, 2014 - BBC America has picked up a second season of its first original comedy series Almost Royal. The (8x30) second season is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) as executive producer and Séamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer.

In the first season of Almost Royal, Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), the 57th and 58th in line to the throne, travelled all over the United States - from Texas to Michigan and California to New York »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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iHeartRadio Jingle Ball & Mr. Magoo for CW’s Holiday

3 December 2014 7:54 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

CW has officially announced how they will be celebrating Christmas week, which starts December 22. The tee network will be airing the super, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball show on December 22. However, they will be also airing the Mr. Magoo’s Christmas and Merry Madagascar. This will be mixed in the regular scheduled series hat will mostly be reruns due to mid-season finales. Here is the official listing that they have released for that week.

Monday, December 22

90-minute Special

The iHEARTRADIO Jingle Ball 2014 — (8:00-9:30 p.m. Et) (Content Rating Tbd) (HDTV)

Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 And Many More In An All-star Holiday Concert Event — The star-studded concert from Madison Square Garden is hosted by Elvis Duran of Clear Channel’s Z100, New York’s Hit Music Station. Additional musical performers include Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J., Shawn Mendes, Charli Xcx, Rita Ora and Nick Jonas. »

- Sarah Peel

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Phillip Schofield on 24-hour live TV challenge: 'I'm worried I'll swear'

27 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Phillip Schofield has spoken about his forthcoming 24-hour challenge.

The presenter will attempt to break the British record for the longest live TV broadcast in December for ITV's Text Santa.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Schofield said: "It's a personal record for me… In the way we are doing it, it is unique. On Monday from 11 o'clock in the morning right the way through until Tuesday 11 o'clock in the morning, I will be live on TV with no hiding place… It's a full 24 hours on TV."

The This Morning presenter went on to say that he has already planned out how and when to take toilet breaks.

"Obviously you have to think when that is possible to do… [it takes] a minute and 40 [seconds to go to the toilet] - because I've timed it - I'm pretty quick so long as the loo is nearby."

He continued to say: "For 24 hours, there is no question that I am worried about swearing. »

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Katherine Jenkins on her private wedding: 'Thank God for George Clooney'

15 November 2014 6:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Katherine Jenkins is glad she got married on the same day as George Clooney.

The classical singer married American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas on September 27. She was granted special permission by the Queen to wed at Hampton Court Palace.

In an interview with Jonathan Ross, she said: "Thank God for George Clooney is all I can say. If I saw him I'd kiss him.

"I've always said that I wouldn't want to sell my wedding. We got an offer to do that but I just wanted to be a normal bride and groom, have the family and not be like a big showbiz thing.

"So when I saw that they were getting married on the same day it was like, 'brilliant, hopefully now we've got a chance to do this in a low-key way'."

She added: "With these magazine deals, and by the way there's nothing wrong with anybody else doing that, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Atlantis, The X Factor, Strictly

15 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing: BBC One, 7pm

It's Blackpool Week on Strictly, which means that this week's show comes live from the historic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

After being in the bottom two last week, can Caroline Flack redeem herself with her Jive to Elvis's 'Crocodile Rock'? The results show airs tomorrow at 7.15pm.

The X Factor: ITV, 8.15pm

This week's theme is Big Band Week for the remaining eight acts.

Getting into the swing of things, the artists will be performing old classics and modern pop songs with a jazz twist, accompanied by a live band. Tune in tomorrow at 8pm for the results show.

Atlantis: BBC One, 8.30pm

The fantasy-drama is back, returning for a second, much darker series than the first.

This opening episode, 'A New Dawn: Part One', is set a year after the events of the last series finale. Ariadne is on the throne and »

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Gordon Ramsay on swearing: 'I don't use bad language often'

14 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gordon Ramsay has claimed that he doesn't swear "often".

The television chef - who is famous for his use of bad language on shows like Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - said that he needs a "reason" to swear.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: "I like to think it's an industry language. I've worked with some great chefs and when I've made a mistake there's a naughty word that comes out. But do I want [my children] Matilda and Jack walking around swearing? Definitely not."

He admitted that he can't tell his kids off for swearing as they know all about his reputation.

"I don't have ground to stand on and more importantly they'd just say 'shut up dad, you knob'.

"They know it's not smart. Kids today get so much more distracted than we did. You don't need to listen to your parents using foul language, you »

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Lily Allen Opens Up About Stillborn Son: "It Was the Most Unfortunate Thing That Can Ever Happen"

8 November 2014 1:03 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

An emotional Lily Allen recalled one of her darkest days — when she gave birth to a stillborn, 6-month old son in 2010 — during a raw interview on The Jonathan Ross Show which airs on Saturday, Nov. 8. "I think it's difficult for anybody regardless of what world they live in…it was the most unfortunate thing that can ever happen to a person," the "Smile" singer, who also miscarried in 2008, recalled of losing her child. Allen, however, was able to lean on her husband Sam Cooper. [...] »

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Frank Skinner: "I was a reckless alcoholic"

6 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Frank Skinner has opened up about his past alcoholism.

The comedian discussed his 14-year struggle with drink on The Jonathan Ross Show.

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Speaking to Ross, Skinner said: "I was a drunkard."

When asked if he was an alcoholic, he replied: "It's a word I don't like but yes, I mean proper… I was quite a reckless alcoholic."

Skinner continued: "I lived a strange life, I remember [with] a friend of mine sleeping next to a railway line one night not by choice, we just couldn't walk any further… I slept on grass verges in Birmingham city centre and stuff like that."

Continuing to discuss his alcoholism, he said: "I used to drink sherry first thing in the morning.

"I used to have that on the bedside table so I'd wake up, »

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Strictly Come Dancing beats The X Factor with 9.8 million on BBC One

2 November 2014 4:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing topped primetime television last night (November 1), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dancing competition earned 9.79m (44.1%) from 6.30pm, beating ITV's The X Factor, which had 7.22m (31.7%) from 8pm (+1: 218k/1.1%).

After Strictly, 5.27m tuned in for Doctor Who for the unveiling of Missy's true identity. Casualty treated 4.21m (18.5%) from 9pm.

On BBC Two, Restoring England's Heritage managed 648k (3%) from 7pm.

A repeat of Dad's Army was watched by 1.46m (6.2%) from 8.30pm, with Frankenstein and the Vampyre - A Dark and Stormy Night taking 652k (2.9%) afterwards.

ITV's The Chase continued with 3.33m (15.2%) in the 7pm hour (+1: 219k/0.9%), and The Jonathan Ross Show was seen by 2.27m (14.1%) from 10.15pm.

On Channel 4, Walking Through History attracted 906k (3.8%) from 8pm. It was followed by Bruce Willis film Red, which aired to 1.31m (6.5%).

Channel 5 showed repeats of The Missing Evidence (395k/1.8%), World War II in Colour (414k/1.8%) and Gotham (200k/0.9%).

On the multichannels, »

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Strictly Come Dancing triumphs over The X Factor with 9.5m on BBC One

26 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing topped Saturday primetime television last night (October 25), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One dancing competition averaged 9.52m (42.9%) from 6.30pm, enjoying a peak of 10.38m (45.9%) at 7.45pm.

ITV's The X Factor managed 7.22m (31.6%) from 8pm, with a further 281k (1.4%) on +1. Movies Week had a peak of 7.79m (33%) at 8.15pm.

Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night' was watched by 5.03m (21.6%) on BBC One. It was followed by Casualty, which continued with 4.02m (18.1%).

BBC Two's Restoring England's Heritage had 806k (3.7%) from 7pm, with a Dad's Army repeat and Qi Xl earning 1.68m (7.2%) and 1.13m (5%) respectively.

ITV's The Chase took 3.07m (13.9%) in the 7pm hour, and The Jonathan Ross Show drew 2.53m (14.9%) from 10.10pm.

On Channel 4, Walking Through History was seen by 891k (3.8%) in the 8pm hour. An airing of the Reese Witherspoon movie This Means War attracted 846k (4.2%) afterwards.

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Daniel Radcliffe wants to tour Harry Potter Studio: 'Disguises don't work'

24 October 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he has never been on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross, the actor, who played the title role in the Harry Potter films, said that he has never had the chance to visit the attraction.

"There's never been a good time for me to go back when it wouldn't cause some commotion or something," he said. "But hopefully I'll get to do a movie there and then just slip in.

"It's amazing how little disguises help and then how ridiculous you feel once you've been found in a disguise."

He also revealed that his proudest moment has nothing to do with his film roles, but is in fact being taught to dance.

"I was the blankest canvas my dance teacher had ever seen," he said. "He taught me to dance, I owe it all to him.

"I don't boast about stuff generally »

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Lindsay Lohan on solitary confinement: "I finally had silence in my life"

24 October 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lindsay Lohan has said that being in solitary confinement in prison was the first time she has had "silence" in her life.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, the actress said that she has only been able to find peace since leaving Los Angeles.

"I was in solitary confinement for 14 days," she told Ross. "[The prison officers] said it was for 'safety purposes'. I said, 'What am I going to do?'

"It was very scary, it was very jarring. The weirdest part for me was I finally had silence in my life. As terrified as I was and as scared as I was, I finally felt like I didn't have to answer to anyone and I didn't have to do anything for anyone. That was the weirdest part of it."

When Ross asked if it had ultimately been a beneficial experience, Lohan answered: "Two days would have been enough."

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Jonathan Ross signs new deal with ITV until end of 2015

20 October 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Ross has signed a new deal with ITV.

The chat show host's new contract will run until at least the end of 2015.

Ross will record two new series of The Jonathan Ross Show and a Christmas special next year as part of the deal.

He said: "I've been lucky enough to interview some of the biggest stars around on The Jonathan Ross Show and I'm delighted that I'll continue to do so for ITV until at least the end of 2015 with two series booked for the channel for next year.

"This Saturday I have Russell Brand, Lindsay Lohan, Daniel Radcliffe and Rio Ferdinand on the couch and there's plenty more to come."

ITV's Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell added: "Jonathan is the king of talk shows and a valued member of the ITV family. He continues to attract the biggest names in showbiz onto his sofa and »

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Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini would like to collaborate musically

18 October 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have talked about a possible musical collaboration.

In an interview to air on tonight's Jonathan Ross Show, the two judges said they would like to work with each other outside of The X Factor.

Mel B said: "We did speak about that [collaborating] the other day."

Cheryl added: "Watch this space!"

Cheryl also revealed that Mel B was her favourite Spice Girl, while Scary Spice spoke about her former bandmates: "I like all of them," said Mel B. "They're all bitches, but I love them!"

The pair also teased a possible Spice Girls vs Girls Aloud-themed X Factor. Cheryl said: "We want to actually do a themed weekend [of live shows] where it's Girls Aloud versus Spice Girls, that would be fun, right!"

Mel B added: "I hope you're watching that Simon, make it happen!"

Finally, Mel B said that she would be interested in performing with the Spice Girls again. »

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