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Hotel Gb: checking out Channel 4's reality show

The week-long reality show is a jumbled mess of ideas and personalities. Will anybody, apart from Mary Portas, emerge with their reputation intact?

It may only be early October, but it's probably safe to call Hotel Gb the weirdest television series of the year. While its competitors have been busy ploughing funds into scripted television – drama in the case of ITV and the BBC, comedy in the case of Sky – Channel 4 has decided that it badly needs to invest in the kind of celebrity reality show that people haven't really enjoyed watching for five years.

If you haven't seen the opening two episodes, then Hotel Gb is best described as The Hotel, but with celebrities. Or Big Brother, but about a hotel. Or The Apprentice, but with more Gok Wan. Or Carry On Camping, but with Kim Woodburn instead of Barbara Windsor. Or Hell's Kitchen, but with Paddy McGuinness instead of any discernible point.
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Rewind TV: True Love; Plan B, Leona and Labrinth: Project Hackney; The Strange Case of the Law – review

The Beeb's series of half-hour improvised dramas struggled to make a credible impact, while Plan B proved an exemplary mentor to troubled teenagers in east London

True Love (BBC1) | iPlayer

Plan B, Leona and Labyrinth: Project Hackney (BBC3) | iPlayer

The Strange Case of the Law (BBC4) | iPlayer

When Shakespeare said the course of true love never ran smooth, what he really meant was that his plays would be less interesting if it did. The lesson was at least half observed in True Love (a star-studded series of five short improvised dramas set in Margate), insofar as its dewy-eyed protagonists found themselves in difficult moral scrapes. Here was a married man compelled by an old flame to cheat on his wife; here a wife compelled by neglect to cheat on her husband; here a schoolteacher compelled by I don't know what to embark on a lesbian affair with one of her Gcse students.
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Chef Oliver Remembers Tragic Protege

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Chef Oliver Remembers Tragic Protege
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has paid tribute to a former protege who was found dead three months after going missing.

Kevin Boyle appeared on the star's 2002 U.K. TV show Jamie's Kitchen, which saw Oliver give 15 unemployed youngsters the chance to work at his Fifteen Restaurant in London.

Boyle disappeared in October and his body was discovered in land near his home in south London last week (ends22Jan12), and Oliver has now spoken of his heartbreak after hearing the terrible news.

In a statement, he says, "I'm deeply saddened by this tragic news. I am proud to have been able to call Kevin a friend for 10 years.

"He was also a constant supporter of Fifteen and all the apprentices and graduates who came after him through the course. I last saw him in September 2011 at the graduation ceremony for the ninth group of apprentices and he was on good form, which makes this news even harder to take. My thoughts are with his family at this incredibly difficult time."

A Scotland Yard spokesman adds, "The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage. A post mortem will be arranged in due course."

The success of The Choir's military wives suggests we're losing our taste for malice TV | Jonathan Freedland

No pantomime villain judges. And no losers. In the age of austerity we want shows that lift us up, not put us down

The battle for the Christmas number one spot is usually contrived nonsense, but this time it might just be saying something worth hearing. Following tradition, the bookmakers assumed the winner of this year's X Factor, Little Mix, would come out on top. But that hastily assembled quartet appears to have been overtaken by a girl group of a rather different kind: a choir of military wives, praying in song for the safety of their husbands serving in Afghanistan.

We've been told endlessly how shallow and materialistic, trivial and celebrity-obsessed, our society has become. It's another source of gloom, along with everything else life has thrown at us this year: earthquakes, war and scandal – all under a darkening sky of economic crisis. But this is the season when
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Jamie Oliver in a Food Fight with L.A. Schools

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Jamie Oliver in a Food Fight with L.A. Schools
var brightcovevideoid = '749541656001'; English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who relocated to Los Angeles with the hopes of bringing his Food Revolution into local schools, is getting a taste of rejection. "It's not going so well at the moment," Oliver, 35, tells People. "Currently, the L.A. School District won't let me near a single school, but we're going to try to get around that." Oliver says he's hoping parents will stand up for the cause - the same cause that won him an Emmy for the first season of ABC's Food Revolution, when he overhauled lunch menus in Huntington, W.
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Jamie Oliver "locked out" of La schools

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Jamie Oliver has claimed that his Food Revolution series has been banned from filming in Los Angeles schools. The one-time 'Naked Chef' told reporters at the opening of his new La cooking-based school Jamie's Kitchen that the city's school district has prevented his efforts to improve the quality of food served to local children during their lunch periods. "I'm locked out," he said. "I need to get into the school system, and I can't." In a subsequent interview with TV Guide, Oliver insisted that the setback will not curb (more)
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Jamie Oliver to Los Angeles Schools: Let Me In!

Are Los Angeles schools ready for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? Production has just begun on the second season of his ABC series, but at the moment Oliver is not allowed inside a single one of the city's public schools.

"I'm locked out," Oliver told reporters Wednesday at the opening of his L.A.-based cooking school Jamie's Kitchen. "I need to get into the school system, and I can't."

L.A. Unified School District says no to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

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Movie date for Naked Chef's 'Kitchen'

Michael Kuhn's Qwerty Films has hired Kyle Long to turn the hit British TV series Jamie's Kitchen, starring celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, aka the Naked Chef, into a feature film. Aaron Ryder is producing. The series charted Oliver's efforts to train a group of underprivileged youngsters to staff the kitchen of his first restaurant, Fifteen. The film is not designed as a biopic, and it will shift the action from London to New York. Oliver's character is being rewritten as an American, who has yet to be cast.

Frow to head features at Channel Five

LONDON -- Ben Frow, head of features and factual entertainment at Channel 4, has left to become controller of features and entertainment at Channel Five, the companies said Wednesday. Frow, whose Channel 4 shows have included Jamie's Kitchen, How Clean Is Your House? and Nigella Bites, joins its commercial rival, which styles itself simply as Five, in the new year. He will be in charge of all entertainment programming on the channel including series and will develop new entertainment features. "I'm really proud of the contribution I've been able to make to the channel's success over the past five years," said Frow, who joined Channel 4 from the BBC in 1998. "I feel I'm now ready for a fresh challenge." "Ben's a highly individual commissioning editor who's left a distinctive mark on a fantastic array of programming," Channel 4 director of television Kevin Lygo said. "Other channels have clearly copied Channel 4's recent innovations in lifestyle and features programming in the hope of repeating its ratings successes, and much of the credit for that must go to Ben."

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