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Justin Lee Collins found guilty of harassing former partner

Justin Lee Collins found guilty of harassing former partner
Comedian is sentenced to 140 hours of community service after Anna Larke claims he was emotionally abusive and violent

The television presenter and comedian Justin Lee Collins has been found guilty of harassing his former partner, Anna Larke, by a jury at St Albans crown court.

Collins, who made a name for himself as a host on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project, was ordered to do 140 hours community service. He showed no emotion as the majority verdict was returned.

Larke, a public relations worker, claimed during the trial that Collins subjected her to emotional abuse and violence.

She alleged Collins, 38, compelled her to write down in a Pukka pad all her previous sexual encounters in graphic detail.

Larke, also 38, said Collins forced her to quit social networking websites, sleep facing him and throw away DVDs because they featured actors she found attractive.

She alleged Collins physically attacked her while
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Justin Lee Collins tells court: 'I've never hit anyone in my life'

Comedian and presenter is accused of slapping and harassing his ex-girlfriend during a nine-month relationship

Comedian and television presenter Justin Lee Collins, on trial for domestic and emotional abuse, has told a court that he has never hit anyone in his life.

The 38-year-old is accused of slapping and harassing his ex-girlfriend, Anna Larke, during their nine-month relationship.

Transcripts of police interviews Collins gave after his arrest were read to the jury at St Albans crown court. In them he told officers that Larke, a recovering alcoholic, was possessive and believed he was going to go off with other women.

Larke has claimed Collins attacked her in their Miami hotel room in March 2011.

In court, Collins said he had only ever slapped Larke to calm her down when she was self-harming, which he claimed she did, once gouging her wrists and threatening to commit suicide.

He said that "she had
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Justin Lee Collins to stand trial over girlfriend harassment charge

Justin Lee Collins to stand trial over girlfriend harassment charge
Justin Lee Collins is to go on trial accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend, it has been confirmed. The Friday Night Project presenter and comedian pleaded not guilty to the charge at St Albans Crown Court, meaning he will now face trial on September 24. Collins is accused of causing former girlfriend Anna Larke a "fear of violence" between January 11 and August 1 last year. The 37-year-old was arrested (more)
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Kanye West is ever so sweet, says Alan Carr

Kanye West is ever so sweet, says Alan Carr
Alan Carr has described Kanye West as "ever so sweet". The Chatty Man host recalled being forced to turn down the rapper's generous invitation to a concert in Norway during his time on The Friday Night Project. "Kayne came on the Friday Night Project and was ever so sweet," he told The Sun's Buzz magazine. "He invited me and Justin Lee Collins to go on his jet to see him perform in Oslo. But I was doing a charity night... I was very tempted to throw a (more)
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Is it good news that there's so many topical comedy shows?

Russell Howard's Good News and Frank Skinner's Opinionated are the latest in a slew of programmes offering a satirical take on current events. Are you still laughing?

In retrospect, perhaps this wasn't the ideal week for Russell Howard's Good News to return. Writing topical comedy is hard. Writing upbeat topical comedy is harder. Writing upbeat topical comedy during the least amusing week in recent memory is just plain stupid. Between the stories of bombings and war and death and financial cuts and impending nuclear catastrophe, Russell Howard should probably consider Thursday's episode a success by managing to go the distance without curling into a ball and weeping into his clenched fists.

But he's not alone. Right now you can barely move for televised topical comedy shows. As well as Good News, a new series of Frank Skinner's Opinionated starts tonight, competing with Channel 4's 10 O'Clock Live and Stand Up
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Can TV stars be reborn after losing a hit show?

Turning Japanese is another low in Justin Lee Collins's career – but which stars have turned their careers round by finding a new vehicle?

For most presenters it would represent a depressing sack-your-agent career nadir. But not for Justin Lee Collins. Instead the first instalment of Channel 5's Turning Japanese travelogue – which included cringe-making moments involving cross-dressing, implied paedophilia and a plastic vagina – really didn't seem that bad. Since signing his golden handcuffs deal with Channel 5 in 2009, Collins has been responsible for such a torrent of unmitigated dreck that this actually stood out as some of the best work he's produced in years.

It's a stark warning of what can happen when a presenter loses a well-loved vehicle. As co-host of the The Friday Night Project, Justin Lee Collins had it all – solid ratings, a procession of willing celebrity guests, a successful professional partnership with Alan Carr and constant opportunities
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Lee Collins 'would work with Carr again'

Lee Collins 'would work with Carr again'
Justin Lee Collins has revealed that he would like to work with Alan Carr again. The pair previously hosted The Friday Night Project and The Sunday Night Project together but have since focused on their individual careers. Speaking to Digital Spy, however, Collins revealed that he would happily team up with Carr in the future. "I'm asked [about that] all the time but it never bothers me, because he's one of my great friends and I love him dearly," he said. "We've not worked together now for two years so I think it's time to get back (more)
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Collins: 'Forsyth was horrible to me'

Justin Lee Collins has said that Bruce Forsyth was "horrible" to work with on Strictly Come Dancing. The comic and TV presenter, who hosted spinoff show Strictly Come Dancing On Three during the first series, said that Forsyth's "tone and demeanor" were not pleasant when he interviewed him. The Friday Night Project star told Love It magazine: "He's horrible! I had to interview Bruce three times. He was not pleasant and I didn't like his tone or demeanour. "I was terrified before our first live interview, then during it, he told me my questions were ridiculous. The awkwardness continued and I was thinking, 'Oh man, why are you being like this'. My mum used to tell me the more unpleasant a person is to you, the more you should kill them with kindness, so I kept being nicer and nicer to him. (more)
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Jlc: 'Pamela Anderson was pain in ass'

Justin Lee Collins has claimed that Pamela Anderson was a "pain the ass" to work with on The Friday Night Project. Collins said that the Baywatch actress did not warrant her large fee and revealed that she refused to believe he was not in a relationship with co-presenter Alan Carr. "Pamela Anderson was a pain in ass on the Friday Night Project," he told Love It magazine. "She was paid £80,000 to appear - she wasn't (more)
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'Elf' brings in 6m to Channel 4

Christmas comedy movie Elf was a huge success for Channel 4 last night, drawing more than 6 million viewers at its peak. The film, which stars Will Ferrell and James Caan, averaged 5.26m (22%) for the channel between 6.15pm and 8pm. A further 510k (2.2%) watched on timeshift service Channel 4+1. At 8pm, a repeat of Peter Kay's Britain's Got The Pop Factor and Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice drew 2.71m (10.1%) over two hours. On its first broadcast in October, the reality show spoof had pulled in over 6 million. At 10pm a new series of The Sunday Night Project, guest hosted by Tom Jones, opened with 1.6m (8.1%). Overall (more)
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Justin Lee Collins shrugs off cheat reports

Justin Lee Collins has insisted that his marriage is not in trouble, despite reports that he became intimate with another woman on a pub barge. The Sunday Night Project host was seen exchanging kisses with and fondling a local radio worker in full view of other drinkers. However, while Collins admitted that his behaviour was "inappropriate", he denied that his (more)
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Alan Carr 'lands C4 chatshow deal'

Alan Carr has landed a £3 million chatshow deal with Channel 4, according to a report today. The comedian has been tipped to be a hit with viewers following his success on The Sunday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins. Carr will face competition from the BBC's established chatshow host Jonathan Ross, as well as Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, who is launching his own programme (more)
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Alan Carr 'lands C4 chat show deal'

Alan Carr has landed a £3 million chat show deal with Channel 4, according to a report today. The comedian has been tipped to be a hit with viewers following his success on The Sunday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins. Carr will face competition from the BBC's established chat show host Jonathan Ross, as well as Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, who is launching his own programme (more)
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In full: Bafta Television Awards 2008 winners

Here is the full list of winners at this year's Bafta Television Awards, held tonight at the London Palladium:

Actor

Andrew Garfield - Boy A - Winner!

Tom Hardy - Stuart: A Life Backwards

Matthew Macfadyen - Secret Life

Anthony Sher - Primo

Actress

Eileen Atkins - Cranford - Winner!

Judi Dench - Cranford

Gina McKee - The Street

Kierston Wareing - It’s A Free World

Entertainment Performance

Simon Amstell - Never Mind The Buzzc***s

Alan Carr & Justin Lee Collins - The Friday Night Project

Stephen Fry - Qi

Harry Hill - Harry Hill’s TV Burp - Winner!

Comedy Performance

Peter Capaldi - The Thick of It

James Corden - Gavin and Stacey - Winner!

Stephen Merchant - Extras Christmas . . .
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'Cranford' leads BAFTA's TV nominations

LONDON -- The BBC1 costume drama Cranford led the way with four mentions Tuesday morning as nominations were announced for the April 20 British Academy Television Awards.

Cranford, the ensemble costume drama about life in a rural English village, earned best actress nominations for Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins as well as noms for best drama serial and the Sky+ special award, which is voted on by the public. Other Sky+award nominees are comedy Gavin and Stacey, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent.

Channel 4 is the most-nominated network with 23 mentions, BBC1 was second with 20 noms, ITV had 12, BBC2 earned 11 and the Five channel had one. Among the digital nets, arts channel BBC4 earned five noms, youth channel BBC3 took two and Channel 4 and E4 each received one.

Four first-time nominees make up the best actor category including stage and screen star Anthony Sher, who was recognized for Primo, the stage biopic of Hollocaust survivor and writer Primo Levi. Also nominated are Andrew Garfield for Boy A, Tom Hardy for Stuart: A Life Backwards and Matthew Macfadyen for Secret Life.

In the actress category, Dench and Atkins will vie alongside newcomer Kierston Wareing for Channel 4's It's a Free World and Gina McKee for her role in BBC1 drama The Street.

On the entertainment side, ITV1 hit Britain's Got Talent goes head to head with BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, which has received its 3rd nomination, as well as comedian Harry Hill for Harry Hill's TV Burp and Stephen Fry in celebrity panel show "QI."

Burp's Hill also was named in the performance category alongside first-time nominees Simon Amstell for Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins for The Friday Night Project and four-time performance nominee Stephen Fry for "QI."

In the international category, Family Guy takes on My Name is Earl, Californication and Heroes.

Stephen Merchant and David Mitchell receive individual acclaim this year in the comedy performance category for Extras Christmas Special and Peep Show respectively.

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