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Text Santa was seen by an average audience of 4.2 million (21.9%) on Friday (December 19) evening.
Citizen Khan was seen by an average audience of 2.92 million (14.2%), an evening high of 3.83 million (17.7%) tuned in to watch Have I Got News for You at 9pm, while 3 million watched Not Going Out at 9pm.
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Fred McNamara on why we should (and shouldn’t) be worried about Thunderbirds Are Go!…
There’s a certain website that’s got a countdown timer on it. As of this piece being written, there are 2 days, 5 hours, and 4 minutes left before whatever blasts off actually blasts off, and Lord knows what time we’ll be on once this piece is published. It’s called thunderbirds.com, and you can view it here. It’s the latest piece of viral marketing for the half-cgi/half-model remake of Thunderbirds entitled Thunderbirds Are Go!.
Whatever the website reveals, those behind the website, and the show’s production, appear to have the spirit of the series down to the last letter. That feeling of excitement when something extraordinary is about to happen is a common feeling for those who watch the original 1960’s Supermarionation extravaganza.
So should we be worried that such a »
- Gary Collinson
Steph & Dom Meet Nigel Farage was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on a quiet Monday evening, overnight data reveals.
The Gogglebox stars' dinner with the Ukip leader intrigued 1.92m (10.9%) at 10pm on Channel 4, with an added 144,000 (1.5%) on +1.
Earlier, Dogs: Their Secret Lives appealed to 1.11m (4.8%) at 8pm (131k/0.6% on +1), followed by Skint with 1.58m (7.5%) at 9pm (228k/1.5%).
The low-rated evening saw BBC One's The One Show topping the night outside soaps with 4.30m (21.2%) at 7pm, followed by a Fake Britain repeat with 3.37m (15.9%) at 7.30pm. Panorama interested 2.43m (10.5%) at 8.30pm, while Wild Weather brought in 2.76m (13.0%) at 9pm.
On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.81m (12.3%) at 8pm, followed by Only Connect with 2.33m (10.1%) at 8.30pm. Canterbury Cathedral was seen by 1.45m (6.8%) at 9pm, while Never Mind the Buzzcocks amused 897k (5.0%) at 10pm.
ITV's Bette Midler: One Night Only entertained 2.77m (13.1%) at 9pm (148k/0.9%).
On Channel 5, the latest »
A Night in with Olly Murs was seen by 3.06 million (14.2%) at 9pm on ITV.
Ahead of this weekend's X Factor final, Murs performed some of his best known hits and was joined by a number of celebrity guests. A further 177k (1.1%) tuned in on ITV+1.
Earlier on in the evening, The Martin Lewis Money Show was seen by 2.72 million (12.8%) at 8pm.
Cassetteboy are back. The masters of the YouTube cut-up have exclusively revealed on Digital Spy the long-awaited sequel to their genius 'Cassetteboy vs The Bloody Apprentice' video.
But what's the real story behind these strange men with cassettes on their heads? One half of the secretive duo - we'll call him Mike, because that's his name - spoke to us about their origins, the future for their online parody videos (watch their excellent David Cameron conference rap here) and a potential Cassetteboy TV series.
How did Cassetteboy begin?
"It started out a very long time ago. We used to make compilation cassette tapes for our friends. In between the music, we would put little snippets of speech off the radio. Often it would be Chris Morris's On The Hour spoof news show or little bits off the telly. Gradually those tapes got more and more complicated and the music got edged out. »
The Beeb launches its very own Brits tonight, live from Earl’s Court – with Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay and Calvin Harris among those taking the stage. We’re following proceedings right here …
True, tonight was no reflection of what “we” have been listening to this year - no St Vincent, no Fka twigs, no Aphex Twin, Caribou, Beck, Run the Jewels or La Roux - and certainly it was miles from the billowy R&B and “sad rap” that have been on constant rotation in my house - but maybe the lesson from tonight is, it’s almost better to keep the two things separate.
Why would you even want to see Aphex or twigs chumming up with Evans or Cotton?
There are a few commenters below suggesting that what tonight lacked were memorable rock’n’roll moments, but you can’t manufacture those, and besides, »
- Paul Lester
So you can imagine the shock and horror of The One Show staff when Cleese let a profanity fly during a live broadcast on Tuesday (December 9).
Cleese could not resist using the phrase "little bastard" during a One Show game while discussing a troubled student from his teaching years.
After being admonished for his profanity, he joked: "Can I say, 'little illegitimate chap'?"
The naughty language gaffe was a change for Cleese, following a recent Ofcom investigation into a lack of swearing in the televised broadcast of Monty Python's final show. »
It sounded so surreal, we had to double-check it wasn't April Fools' Day when we first heard the news. A BBC theme park is in the early stages of development, and could arrive as early as 2020.
You could be riding the Only Fools and Horses wurlitzer or bashing against Nick Hewer and Karren Brady on The Apprentice dodgems in only 6 years' time. It may sound ridiculous, but the success of the Harry Potter Studio Tour suggests that cashing on huge entertainment franchises isn't actually a bad idea and might even work.
Here are our 9 best suggestions for possible rides. Any profits resulting from their success can be sent in an envelope to Digital Spy Towers.
1. The Top Gear Escape From Argentina Thrill Ride
A ride as fast as a lap with The Stig as you're taken on a whirlwind tour of a mocked-up Argentina, before an international incident means you have to escape. »
Just when it thought it had dealt with one storm over colourful language on-air, the BBC is dragged effing and blinding into another one.
The corporation cleared Strictly judge Len Goodman last week, according to reports, after he appeared to swear under his breath during a spirited critique of a performance by Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff.
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Featuring a double elimination, the show peaked with 7.7 million (33.3%) at 9.30pm on ITV.
The Martin Lewis Money Show also secured strong ratings for ITV, with 3.23 million (15.4%) tuning in at 8pm.
The decade that gave us staples of our current schedules – the Two Ronnies, Dad’s Army, Morecambe & Wise – is also responsible for the television we’ll never be able to watch again
Although archive sites and rerun channels have made TV a less disposable medium than it was, most shows are never seen again. Which makes it even more remarkable that material from four decades ago can be seen this weekend, not on niche repeat networks, but in mainstream peak time.
The Two Ronnies Sketchbook (Friday, BBC1) is strictly only a decade old, but these retrospectives feature Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett looking back at their work from the 70s and 80s, which means that work already repeated many times is now being entrusted with the big-audience early evening slot between The One Show and EastEnders.
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- Mark Lawson
Earlier on in the evening, the return of The Martin Lewis Money Show was seen by 3.34 million (15.5%) at 8pm on ITV.
Ratings decreased to 2.48 million (11.6%) for Citizen Khan at 8.30pm, before picking back up for Have I Got News for You, which was seen by 4.02 million (17.2%) at 9pm. Not Going Out entertained 2.85 million (12.6%) immediately after.
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Despite a drop in viewers compared with Thursday's show, I'm a Celeb attracted a healthy 34.5% audience share. A further 424k (2.6%) watched on ITV+1, while 745k (5.4%) watched ITV2's 10pm spinoff show.
Elsewhere on ITV, Secrets from the Sky was seen by an average audience of 2.65 million (12.4%) at 8pm.
The evening continued with 2.78 million (12.7%) for Citizen Khan at 8.30pm; an evening high of 3.77 million (16.1%) for Have I Got News for You at 9pm; and 3.14 million (13.7%) for Not Going Out at 9.30pm.
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Jason Manford has said that he finds it baffling how offended people can get by jokes online and on TV, arguing that the best way to deal with people who decide to get offended is "ignore them".
The comedian also spoke about how he "massively" prefers the freedom of performing stand-up shows, compared to the restrictions he had during his time as a BBC presenter on The One Show.
Jason Manford fans spam Amazon reviews with 'poo my pants' gag
On the subject of people complaining about jokes, Manford told Digital Spy: "As a comic, I'm not near the edge, I'm happy in the middle. So it doesn't really concern me.
"But it is interesting online, what happens. You do a gag on there and people can get ridiculously offended by it. They've decided to get offended by it. You've just got to let those people be those people. Ignore them. »
The BBC has announced details of its inaugural Music Awards event.
BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 will team up for a simultaneous live broadcast of the ceremony, celebrating the best in popular music over the past 12 months.
Along with live performances and surprise collaborations, the night will also review and celebrate the past 12 months in music.
Three awards will be presented during the night as well, with British Artist and International Artist of the Year to be decided by a BBC Music panel and leading music journalists. The Song of the Year prize will be voted for by members of the public. »
Children in Need peaked with 9.81 million viewers on BBC One last night (November 14).
The annual fundraiser attracted an average audience of 8.29 million (35.9%) from 7.30pm until 10pm.
Average viewing figures dropped to 4.21 million (21.8%) when it switched to BBC Two for 45-minutes at 10pm, while the final few hours were seen by 2.76 million (34.6%).
Over on ITV, Secrets from the Sky was seen by 2.36 million (10.4%) at 8pm, while drama series Lewis reeled in 3.51 million (15.1%) at 9pm.
BBC Two's evening kicked off with 860k (4.1%) for The Home That Two Built at 7pm, followed by 1.27 million (5.5%) for Mastermind, 930k (3.9%) for Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes and 1.10 million (4.7%) for The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate.
Matt Baker has been eating lots of cake while doing the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge. The 36-year-old television presenter has been travelling around the UK on a rickshaw to raise money for the telethon, and admits that he's had lots of support from the public who have been making him scoff their baked goods. He exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''People are piling out the door with jelly babies and trays of cakes - we're meant to be athletes - maybe some fruit next time?!'' Despite consuming lots of treats, 'The One Show' host admitted that he has secretly loved the amount »
It only took ten minutes for staff to feel ''depressed'' when Adrian Chiles joined 'Daybreak'. An ITV executive has described the 47-year-old television presenter - who was forced to leave 'Daybreak' in 2011 after only 13 months due to poor viewing figures - as too ''grumpy'' to present early morning TV. The unnamed ITV executive said: ''There was so much excitement because they had been so successful 'The One Show'. But it took about 10 minutes on day one for optimism to give way to depression. ''Despite the critics he appeared to dig deep and gave his all to make it a success. »
Marvel's Agents of Shield enjoyed a ratings boost on Friday (November 7), as 1 million (4.6%) tuned in to watch the third episode.
The latest episode improved on last week's viewing figures of 840k, playing to a peak audience of 1.14 million from 8pm.
Elsewhere, The Passing Bells kicked off BBC One's evening with 2.89 million (15.2%), followed by 2.71 million (13.5%) for The One Show at 7.30pm. The second episode of Citizen Khan was seen by 3.05 million (14%) at 8.30pm.
Lewis was ITV's most popular show outside of soaps, »
The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge embarked on its epic journey from Salford to Walford to raise money for BBC's Children in Need today (November 7).
Celebrity guests are set to support Team Rickshaw during its 450-mile-long route, as the challenge returns for its fourth consecutive year.
Presenter Matt Baker will act as a mentor by cycling alongside the five young people powering the rickshaw, who have been supported by projects funded by the charity.
In addition to pedalling, the young riders will give a speech to an audience about their motivations for the challenge and their own personal journeys.
The riders - aged between 16 and 20 - will be giving their motivational talks at events including the Barclays Atp World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena, the BBC Good Food Show, and Derby County's home ground Pride Park.
Alex Jones will be covering the challenge - which has raised over £5 million »
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