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Ruth Jones, Penelope Keith, Angela Lansbury among 2014 New Year Honours

30 December 2013 2:45 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Penelope Keith and Angela Lansbury are among the stars in the Queen's New Year Honours List for 2014.

Pete Tong, Karren Brady and Ruth Jones are also named on the annual list.

For the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917, women outnumber men in the overall list.

Keith - perhaps best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Good Life and To the Manor Born - is named a dame. She said: "You know I sort of feel elated, exhausted and thrilled. It's the big one. I had already got an OBE and then a Cbe, so I don't know what is better than the icing on the cake, but this is."

British-born Murder, She Wrote star Lansbury is also named a dame for her successful acting career, charitable work and philanthropy.

Apprentice star Karren Brady, the vice-chair of West Ham Football Club, gets »

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Strictly Come Dancing quarter-final peaks at 11.3 million on BBC One

8 December 2013 3:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing hit a peak audience of 11.3 million last night (December 7) during the quarter-finals of the BBC One dancing competition.

An average audience of 10.3m (44.7%) tuned in at 7.10pm to see the remaining six couples take to the dancefloor in a bid to win a place in the semi-final.

Over on ITV, The X Factor was up 640,000 from last week, with 8.29m (35.5%) watching Luke Friend, Sam Bailey, Rough Copy and Nicholas McDonald sing in the semi-final at 8.15pm.

Back to BBC One, Atlantis pulled in 4.07m (17.5%) at 8.15pm as the drama moves closer to the end of its first series, while Casualty attracted 3.37m (14.7%) at 9pm.

A quiet Saturday night on BBC Two saw the semi-final of the UK Snooker Championship bring in 890k (3.8%) at 7pm, followed by a repeat of Never Mind The Buzzcocks with panellists including Rita Ora and Labrinth, which attracted 520k (2.3%) at 9.30pm.

Back on ITV, »

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'Strictly Come Dancing' continues ratings success for BBC One

1 December 2013 6:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing continued to pull in viewers for BBC One last night (November 30), topping the ratings once again, overnight data reveals.

The dancing competition dipped slightly from last week, but still attracted 10.2 million and an audience share of 42.9% when it aired at 7pm.

Over on ITV, The X Factor saw an increase from last week, bringing in 7.65m (32.2%), with a further 240,000 watching the singing show on +1.

Back on BBC One, Atlantis continued with 4.09m (17.4%) at 8.15pm, while long-running drama Casualty brought in 3.58m (15.3%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Dad's Army pulled in 1.38m (5.62%) for the channel at 8pm. Earlier at 7pm former Rugby Union star Jonathan Davies's documentary Trimsaran Boy attracted 850k (3.64%).

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! topped ITV's primetime ratings with 7.77m (36.72%) at 9.45pm, while 2.6m (19.87%) watched The Jonathan Ross Show at 10.50pm, with guests including Joanna Lumley and Chris Tarrant.

Over on Channel 4, »

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'Strictly Come Dancing' ratings hit series high with 11.7m peak

24 November 2013 3:46 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing ratings hit a series high last night (November 23) with a peak audience of 11.7 million.

The BBC One dancing competition attracted an average of 10.6m viewers and a 43.7% audience share when it aired on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Over on ITV, The X Factor has less success with 7.3m (27.21%) at 8pm, dropping 860,000 viewers since last week's show. A further 357k (1.47%) watched the singing show on +1.

Back on BBC One, the channel's successful night continued at 7.50pm, with 10.2m (37.4%) tuning in to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special 'The Day of The Doctor'. Long-running medical drama Casualty brought in 4.16m (16.7%) at 9pm.

Over on BBC Two, Dad's Army attracted 1.43m (5.25%) at 8pm, while Horizon special 'Comet of the Century' brought in 1.45m (5.96%) at 9.15pm.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! pulled in good ratings for ITV with 8.7m (36.81%) tuning in at 9.30pm and an added 496k (3%) watching »

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'Foyle's War' to return for new series on ITV in 2015

20 November 2013 3:32 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Foyle's War is to return to ITV in 2015.

The period detective drama starring Michael Kitchen will shoot three new two-hour episodes between January and April 2014.

Inspired by real events in the early Cold War, the new series will see Foyle (Kitchen) immersed in the dangerous world of espionage in his role as a Senior Intelligence Officer for MI5.

Honeysuckle Weeks will reprise her role of Foyle's trusted ally Samantha Stewart, while thriller writer Anthony Horowitz will again script the new episodes.

The new Foyle's War will explore the power of American and German industrialists and a major blight of post war Britain - the Black Market.

"We are delighted to see the return of Foyle's War to ITV," said ITV's Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson.

"Anthony Horowitz has written three outstanding episodes and the audience are in for a real treat. This series also gives us the chance to »

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'Strictly Come Dancing' extends ratings lead over 'X Factor'

20 October 2013 3:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing continued to win the ratings war with The X Factor last night (October 19).

The dance competition brought 9.69m to BBC One from 6.30pm - an audience share of 43.9% - although it was down 130k from last week, overnight data reveals.

The X Factor, meanwhile, trailed by over two million viewers, with 7.57 million (32.9%) tuning in from 8pm - down nearly 300k on last week - and a further 345k (1.7%) catching it on ITV +1.

Back on BBC One, Atlantis remained stable with 4.70m (20.3%) at 8.20pm. At 9.15pm, Casualty pulled in an audience of 4m (17.9%), while Match of the Day had 3.85m (26.3%) at 10.25pm.

BBC Two's Sir David Frost tribute That Was the Life That Was brought in 1.17m (5.1%) at 8.20pm. It was followed by a repeat of Frost on Satire, which had 973k (4.5%), while 2008 film Frost/Nixon appealed to 316k (3.4%) from 11pm.

On ITV, The Chase: Celebrity Special attracted »

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'Strictly' beats 'X Factor' by 2 million on Saturday

13 October 2013 3:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing topped the ratings with 9.82m (43.1%) on BBC One yesterday (October 12), overnight data reveals.

The show, which aired at 6.30pm, was up 570k on last week's episode. It peaked at 10.79m at 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, ITV rival The X Factor picked up 7.82m (33.3%) at 8pm, down 360k from last week. It peaked with 8.63m at 8.45pm, while a further 282k (1.4%) caught the programme on +1.

Back on BBC One, Atlantis took 4.66m (19.9%) at 8.30pm, down 400k on last week. Casualty was watched by 3.97m (17.6%) at 9.30pm, while The Rolling Stones Return to Hyde Park: Sweet Summer Sunday attracted 1.62m (12%) an hour later.

On BBC Two, Count Arthur Strong interested 330k (1.5%) at 7pm and Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar was seen by 650k (2.7%) at 7.30pm.

Dad's Army took 1.5m (6.4%) at 8.30pm and The 70s appealed to 1.38m (6%) at 9pm, while The Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Television Programme had 1.07m (5.6%) at 10pm. »

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Thunderbirds are Go! blends old and new for return of classic series

30 September 2013 4:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

ITV's new series brings in Rosamund Pike as voice of Lady Penelope, with David Graham returning as chauffeur Parker

Rosamund Pike will provide the voice of Lady Penelope in the new ITV version of Thunderbirds in a cast that also includes Fonejacker's Kayvan Novak.

However, some things remain the same: David Graham, who provided the distinctive nasal tones of Lady Penelope's chauffeur, Parker, in the original 1960s children's series, is to reprise the role.

Pike, the actor best known for her role as a double agent opposite Pierce Brosnan in James Bond film Die Another Die, said she was "very excited to bring Lady Penelope's wry wit and taste for adventure to a new generation".

The new series, which will be called Thunderbirds are Go!, also sees the return of Graham as the voice of Parker. Graham voiced Parker, along with three other puppet characters, in the original series »

- John Plunkett

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National Television Awards 2014 voting opens: The full longlist

17 September 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The National Television Awards 2014 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (September 17) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2014 awards take place at London's O2 on January 22.

Full list of 2014 nominations:

Drama

Broadchurch

Call The Midwife

Casualty

Dci Banks

Death In Paradise

Doc Martin

Doctor Who

Downton Abbey

Endeavour

Foyle's War

Holby City

Homeland

Jonathan Creek

Last Tango in Halifax

Law & Order: UK

Lewis

Love and Marriage

Luther

Midsomer Murders

Mr Selfridge

New Tricks

Poirot

Revolution

Ripper Street

Scott & Bailey

Shetland

Silent Witness

The Fall

The Paradise

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

The Syndicate

The Village

The White Queen

Under The Dome

Vera

What Remains

TV Detective

Olivia Colman - Broadchurch

David Tennant - Broadchurch

Stephen Tompkinson - Dci Banks

Shaun Evans - Endeavour

Michael Kitchen - Foyle's War

Alan Davies - Jonathan Creek »

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The Weekend Playlist: Foyle's Cold War, A Second Look at Orphan Black

13 September 2013 5:51 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

One war makes way for another as the incredibly durable Foyle's War, in its seventh Masterpiece Mystery! season on PBS, transitions from post-World War II intrigues to the ethically murky spy games of a burgeoning Cold War. "I haven't got the requisite capacity for deceit," grumbles former police Dcs Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, radiating crisp intelligence and decency), who once again is denied his dreams of retirement when MI5 spooks reel him in, fresh off the boat from America.

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- Matt Roush

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'X Factor' series 10 launches with 8.78m viewers on ITV

1 September 2013 3:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor's tenth series kicked off with 8.78m viewers (40%) from 8pm on ITV, overnight data suggests.

The first auditions show, which saw the return of Sharon Osbourne to the judging panel, peaked with 9.08m at 9pm. A further 423k (2.1%) caught the programme on +1.

The average figure of 8.78m is up 680k on the ninth series launch show but down 2.5m from 2011.

Prior to The X Factor, dance competition Stepping Out debuted with 3.54m (20.9%) at 6.30pm (117k/0.6%)

Through the Keyhole took 5.14m (26.2m) at 9.30pm (240k/1.6%) and movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall was watched by 640k (6.5%) from 10.45pm.

On BBC One, That Puppet Game Show fell 890k from last week to 1.01m (8.4%) at the earlier time of 5.15pm. I Love My Country appealed to 2.62m (15%) at 7pm.

The National Lottery: Break the Safe scored 2.88m (13.8%) at 7.45pm, while Casualty was watched by 3.80m (17%) at 8.45pm and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow pulled in 2.31m (11.7%) at 9.30pm. »

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'That Puppet Game Show' attracts 2m for second episode

18 August 2013 5:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

That Puppet Game Show continued with 2.03m viewers (11.5%) on Saturday (August 17), overnight data suggests.

The BBC One show, which aired from 6.45pm, was down 340,000 from last week's debut.

Meanwhile, I Love My Country took 2.77m (15.6%) at 7.15pm, up 140k on last Saturday's instalment.

The National Lottery: Break the Safe scored 3.97m (20.2%) at 8pm, while Casualty was watched by 4.51m (21.7%) at 8.45pm and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow pulled in 3.21m (16.5%) at 9.45pm. Match of the Day rounded out primetime with 3.84m (29.1%) at 10.30pm.

ITV showed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to 4.04m (20.6%) at 7pm (650k/3.3% on +1). The latest episode of The Americans was seen by 920k (5%) at 9.50pm (110k/0.8%).

On BBC Two, Proms Extra 2013 aired from 7pm, with 700k (3.8%) tuning in. Dad's Army had 1.19m (6.2%) at 7.45pm and Thatcher interested 820k (4.1%) at 8.15pm.

The final instalment of drama Top of the Lake rallied to 1.19m viewers (5.9%) from 9.15pm, »

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Acorn TV Increases Programming And Exclusives For Its “Best British TV” Streaming Service

15 August 2013 1:48 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Foyle's War: one of the most highly acclaimed British TV shows of all time.

Silver Spring, MD; August 15, 2013 – Rlj Entertainment’s (Nasdaq: Rlje) Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of British TV in North America, announces more exclusive U.S. premieres as well as tripling its available content. Available at www.Acorn.TV and via its popular Roku app, Acorn TV brings many of the best British mysteries, comedies, and dramas, as well as select Australian, U.S. and Canadian series, to the increasing number of consumers who prefer to stream content. Previously, Acorn TV streamed a full season of 18 rotating series; moving forward, Acorn TV will add at least six new and classic series each month, as well as offering a catalog of 65 series for catch-up viewing and discovery of new series, with no set end dates. Acorn TV also continues to offer a free 30-day trial. »

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'That Puppet Game Show' attracts 2.4m on BBC One

11 August 2013 3:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

That Puppet Game Show debuted with 2.37m viewers on Saturday (August 10), overnight data suggests.

BBC One's latest Saturday night entertainment offering attracted 15.3% of the available audience from 6.45pm.

It was followed by I Love My Country, which continued with 2.77m (16.2%), down 190k on last week's opener.

The National Lottery: Break the Safe scored 3.86m (21.1%) at 8.15pm, while Casualty was watched by 4.32m (22.8%) at 9.15pm and Mrs Brown's Boys pulled in 4.09m (23.6%) at 10pm.

Meanwhile, ITV showed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to 4.21m (23.8%) at 7pm. The latest episode of The Americans was seen by 860k (5%) at 9.50pm.

On BBC Two, Proms Extra 2013 aired from 7pm, with 570k (3.6%) tuning in. Dad's Army had 1.08m (6.3%) at 7.45pm and David Starkey's Music and Monarchy continued with 770k (4.3%) at 8.15pm.

The fifth instalment of drama Top of the Lake attracted 880k viewers (4.6%) from 9.15pm, after which Qi: Xl had 700k (4.4%) at 10.15pm. »

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'I Love My Country' debuts with 2.96m on BBC One

4 August 2013 5:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I Love My Country debuted with 2.96m viewers on Saturday (August 3), overnight data suggests.

BBC One's new patriotic celebrity quiz show attracted 17.1% of the available audience from 7.30pm.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade earlier grabbed 3.12m (22.4%) from 5.15pm. The National Lottery: Break the Safe scored 4.42m (23.5%) at 8.15pm, while Casualty was watched by 4.41m (22.6%) at 9.15pm and Mrs Brown's Boys pulled in 4.16m (23.6%) at 10pm.

Meanwhile, Your Face Sounds Familiar finished with 3.70m (21.5%) on ITV at 7.30pm, its highest ratings since its debut in June. All Star Family Fortunes earned 3.29m (17%) at 8.45pm and the latest episode of The Americans was seen by 950k (5.4%) an hour later.

Back on BBC Two, Dad's Army aired from 7pm, with 650k (4.2%) tuning in. Proms Extra 2013 had 550k (3.3%) at 7.30pm and David Starkey's Music and Monarchy took 740k (4.1%) at 8.15pm.

The fourth instalment of drama Top of the Lake attracted 890k viewers (4.6%) from 9.15pm, »

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Olivia Colman's Channel 4 drama 'Run' debuts with 1.3m

16 July 2013 2:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Olivia Colman's new Channel 4 drama Run debuted to relatively low ratings on Monday, overnight data reveals.

The first in a four-part series was seen by 1.34 million (7.5%) at 10pm, with a further 121,000 (1.2%) tuning in on +1. Earlier, Undercover Boss interested 1.56m (7.5%) at 9pm (213k/1.2% on +1).

On BBC One, Gregg Wallace's Eat Well for Less cooked up 3.94m (21.5%) at 7pm. Fake Britain was seen by 2.63m (12.5%) at 8.30pm.

Documentary Broken By Battle brought in 1.64m (8.0%) at 9pm, while My £9.50 Holiday gathered 2.65m (18.0%) at 10.45pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge returned to 1.95m (9.8%) at 8pm. Count Arthur Strong's second episode lost over 100k viewers to 802k (3.8%) at 8.30pm. Rick Stein's India was seen by 1.76m (8.5%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Long Lost Family was the most-watched show outside of soaps with 5.42m (25.3%) at 9pm (262k/1.3%). The Dales appealed to 2.95m (14.8%) at 8pm (137k/0.7%).

Channel 5's Gadget Show interested 654k (3.2%) at 8pm, while »

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Rewind TV: Hannibal; The Apprentice; Life of Crime; Murder on the Home Front; Great Artists in Their Own Words – review

11 May 2013 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sky's Hannibal might have been more interesting with a bit more psychology and a bit less blood and guts

Hannibal (Sky Living)

The Apprentice (BBC1) | iPlayer

Life of Crime (ITV1) | ITVplayer

Murder on the Home Front (ITV1) | ITVplayer

Great Artists In Their Own Words (BBC4) | iPlayer

There are two ways of looking at the kind of psychologically rich and physiologically brutal fiction written by Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs. The first is that it's a sort of cultural safety valve, a secure and harmless realm in which to explore the dark thoughts that haunt our nightmares. The second is that it's gruesome porn for sickos.

The more sophisticated understanding is obviously the former, but there's some queasy part of me that can't quite shake off the suspicion that the latter contains a kernel of truth. Given the popularity and critical acclaim these books have enjoyed, I »

- Andrew Anthony

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Vicky McClure, Dermot O'Leary, Lara Pulver and Jon Snow: Bafta TV awards 2013

4 May 2013 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Four big stars of the small screen reveal their television secrets

Vicky McClure: the scene stealer

Vicky McClure would like to confirm that she is the journalist in ITV's Broadchurch. "Six weeks into the show people started tweeting: 'Oh, it's you!'" she laughs. "It didn't click because for the first time on TV, I've had long hair." It was her idea to put extensions in: "Not because I'm vain, I just wanted to separate myself from the previous characters I've played."

When you consider it was hard-bitten Lol in This is England (a role which required her to shave her hair) that first put McClure on the map, you understand. Then there's the bob-haired DC Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, which returns this autumn. First, though, McClure is trying her hand at comedy in the film Svengali, opposite Martin Freeman. "It's all improvised," she says, "which is fine, »

- Megan Conner

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Gary Carr moves into Downton Abbey

30 April 2013 10:05 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Carr joins other new cast additions including Tom Cullen, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter. The upcoming season will also bring in names like Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson, joining the highly-beloved series regulars of Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter. Carr's other credits include Silent Witness, Frankenstein's Wedding...Live in Leeds, Foyle's War and Law & Order: UK. Downton Abbey is produced by is a Carnival, a division of NBC Universal, as well as Masterpiece. »

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ITV announces new director of drama as Steve November

23 April 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has reportedly announced Steve November as their new director of drama.

November will replace Laura Mackie, who currently holds the position, at the end of June. Mackie had announced her intention to step down earlier in the year.

Previously head of continuing drama - a position which he had held since 2008 - November has overseen programmes including Law & Order: UK, Dci Banks, Whitechapel and Foyle's War.

The Stage quotes November as saying that he is excited about working with the industry's "incredibly strong production community".

"Steve will be a brilliant director of drama," added ITV director of television Peter Fincham. "He has a fantastic eye for a storyline, and a keen awareness of what makes ITV drama audiences tick."

November started at ITV 13 years ago as a story editor on Emmerdale, and has been executive producer on the soap since 2009.

Meanwhile, Mackie and controller of drama commissioning Sally Haynes »

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