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Remembering Popworld: Miquita Oliver looks back at the classic TV show

17 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

"Occasionally, when I've had too much wine and I'm with Simon, I'll say, 'Let's look at Popworld'."

There are two types of pop music show. Ones that came before Popworld, and ones that came after Popworld.

Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver's early '00s pop chat and magazine show made it worth getting up in the morning for millions of teenagers and university students between 2001 and 2006 (let's ignore the Alex Zane years).

Previously, popstars had been used to inane phone-ins and cheery hysteria on Saturday morning kids TV. Simon and Miquita went for a different tact - taking the piss.

We caught up with Miquita to look back at the show's glory years.

How many times a week do you get people asking about Popworld?

Weekly? I'd probably say 60 times a day. But I love it, I'm fine with it. It's one of the best things I've ever done. »

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BBC3 TV closure completely wrong, says June Sarpong

29 October 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former T4 presenter, recently hired by BBC2s Newsnight, says making channel online-only is a lost opportunity for new talent

Former T4 presenter June Sarpong has said the BBCs decision to close the BBC3 TV channel is completely wrong and played into the hands of the corporations critics.

Sarpong, recently hired by BBC2s Newsnight as a contributor, said the decision to slash the channels budget and make it online-only was a lost opportunity for new and emerging talent.

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Dermot O'Leary reveals his woman troubles

10 October 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Dermot O'Leary didn't have many girlfriends growing up. 'The X Factor' host says that rather than spending his teenage years trying to charm girls, he was more interested in watching football and ''having fun''. Dermot, 41, told The Sun newspaper: ''Mates of mine who had girlfriends when I was growing up always seemed to be going to their parents or grandparents for dinner. ''That sort of thing terrified me.'' The presenter, who first rose to prominence on Channel 4 show T4, admits the lack of attention he received from girls in his younger days has impacted his emotional wellbeing. He explained: ''I didn't grow up »

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Dermot O'Leary: 'Going on the dole was degrading and embarrassing'

9 October 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dermot O'Leary has said that signing on to the dole left him feeling embarrassed.

In his new autobiography Dermot O'Leary: The Soundtrack To My Life, the presenter recalled how his TV career got off to a slow start in the late '90s, as he struggled to find work.

"I was by now broke and whilst I've never shied away from hard graft, I was forced to go on the dole for a few weeks as I looked for relevant work," O'Leary reveals in the book.

"For me it was the most degrading, embarrassing, introspective, self-doubting time of my life. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but for the impact it had on me, I wouldn't change a minute of it."

He added: "I told no-one about it. It was the shame I felt going to sign on every two weeks and the look of resignation on the faces around me. »

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Box office preview: 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge,' 'Planes' sequels to threaten 'Apes'

17 July 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Last weekend may have signaled a new Dawn for the Planet of the Apes franchise, as its latest film exceeded studio and analyst expectations with a $72.6 million debut. But Caesar and the gang face some formidable cross-genre competition this weekend, when Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy, and Planes: Fire & Rescue all hit theaters in wide release. With a steep drop-off expected for Apes and a lack of decent horror, family, and raunchy comedy fare on the market, all are tracking pretty similarly, making this summer weekend a rare box office wild card.

Here’s how things might play out:

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Box office report: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' destroys competition with $100 million

29 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Optimus Prime is back in full force.

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction (A- Cinema Score) earned an estimated $100 million across the weekend, making it the top debut of the year. It’s also a career high for star Mark Wahlberg, who leads a new cast in telling the story of what happened five years after Chicago was nearly destroyed in the last film.

Paramount’s $200 million film may not have charmed the critics, but audiences didn’t seem to take that, or the daunting run time, into account this weekend. Moviegoers were predominately male, accounting for 64 percent of audiences. »

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June Sarpong joins BBC Two's Newsnight: "We've all got to grow up"

21 May 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

June Sarpong is joining BBC Two's flagship Newsnight programme.

The former T4 presenter will not be replacing Jeremy Paxman, but will appear in various special features.

She told the Daily Telegraph: "I'm going to be doing some stuff for Newsnight. I'm not replacing Jeremy Paxman before the rumours start. I'm doing specials for them."

The 36-year-old has moved back to the UK for the new role, after relocating to the Us. She explained: "I got back to London six weeks ago.

"I've gone from Sunday morning television to Newsnight, but you know we've all got to grow up. It's all highbrow now."

Last month, Paxman confirmed that he will leave the current affairs show in June, after taking the decision last summer to move on from the programme. »

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Andi Peters on Noel Edmonds's BBC buying plan: 'What a ludicrous thing'

26 March 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Andi Peters has laughed off Noel Edmonds's recent claims that he would like to buy the BBC.

Edmonds recently suggested that he has assembled a consortium of financial backers who are interested in taking over the corporation, though he was later heavily questioned by Jeremy Paxman in a strange encounter on Newsnight and Radio 1 DJ Greg James branded the possibility "ludicrous".

What would Noel Edmonds's BBC look like?

Peters has now also treated the plans with derision, telling Digital Spy: "He wants to buy the BBC? Oh, hilarious. That's hilarious. Well, do you know what, if he does, I'd like to make sure he brings back Noel's House Party, one of my favourite shows."

Peters - who was speaking to DS about his new ITV game show Ejector Seat - added: "You can't buy the BBC! What a ludicrous thing. You can't buy the BBC.

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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