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Life of Crime continued with 3.23m (15.3%) viewers at 9pm on Friday (May 17), overnight data shows.
On BBC Two, documentary Leopards: 21st Century Cats interested 1.37m (6.5%) at 9pm, prior to which Nature's Microwave and Gardeners' World grabbed 1.62m (7.8%) and 2.33m (10.5%) respectively.
Today, Ginger Baker is probably responsible for more curled toes and tightened sphincters than anyone else alive. His Q&A with Michael Hann at the Curzon Soho is a masterclass in awkwardness. Questions are shot down. Pauses are left hanging in the air. Baker haughtily surveys the scene like a bilious animatronic skeksis. By all accounts, it ranks as one of the most excruciating interviews in recent memory.
That said, there's plenty of competition. YouTube is stuffed with painful interviews featuring monosyllabic subjects, oblivious interviewees or – in some cases – both. Here are some of my favourites.
The One Show routinely wrongfoots its celebrity guests – that tends to happen when you insist on quizzing A-listers about financial »
- Stuart Heritage
The interview garnered so much negative attention that the 58-year-old was forced to issue an apology, explaining that he "had a little sinking spell" on air.
Recalling the experience, Jones told Metro that even though Willis had been a 'friendly and warm' guest, she was painfully aware at the time of how bad the interview was going.
"He was a lot friendlier and warmer than he came across," she claimed. "He had a very dry sense of humour, which just didn't translate, and he wasn't 100% sure about the film he was promoting.
"He really wanted to create a good impression. He kept asking, »
Jones said that she has seen examples of sexism during her career, adding that the majority of higher-level jobs are still dominated by men.
"I adore the people I work for but you do notice that at the higher levels they are all men," Jones told Metro.
"And when you're in a meeting, although I don't think it's on purpose, sometimes men only make eye contact with each other."
Commenting on her shelf life as a presenter, Jones added: "I think it's harder for women - I can't speak for other professions but in the media it's still tough."
From classic 'Karlisms' ("It's like a baby crying... What's it crying for? It's probably hungry. Well, I'm hungry and I'm not crying") to fantastic revelations about Karl's underwear donations to charity shops, we'll have some Pilkington wisdom from Monday to Friday at 3pm.
Watch today's classic Karl Pilkington clip:
The Ricky Gervais Show Season 3 and Season 1-3 Boxset are out on DVD now.
Review Paul Martinovic 2 May 2013 - 06:47
Pedro Almodovar’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show last week to promote I’m So Excited! caused a number of startled cineastes to spit out their popcorn/dummies in dismay, as if by agreeing to appear on a late-night show with one of our most prominent mainstream presenters were in itself an act tantamount to cultural treason. What’s next, Steve Reich on Steve Wright In The Afternoon? Cormac McCarthy on The One Show?
This kind of cinematic snobbery is to be expected, of course, but those who insist on applying it to Almodovar are missing the point somewhat – sure, he's a gifted, politically conscious film-maker, a keen stylist and absolutely worthy of the auteur label and all that it implies, but he »
The Ice Cream Girls continued with 3.9m viewers (17.7%) on Friday at 9pm, overnight data shows.
The second episode of the three-part series, based on the 2010 book by Dorothy Koomson, was down 950k on last week's opener.
On BBC One, the Masterchef semi-finals earned 4.82m (21.2%) at 8.30pm and Have I Got News for You had 4.77m (21.9%) an hour later.
Over on BBC Two, The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution interested 1.17m (5.3%) at 9pm. Gardener's World grabbed 1.96m (8.6%) half an hour earlier.
The Martin Lewis Money Show brought 3m (14.1%) to ITV at 8pm and movie 2 Fast 2 Furious attracted 700k (7.4%) from 10.45pm.
The One Show is to continue for three more years under a new BBC deal.
Plans are also under way for The One Show to relocate from its BBC Media Village home to Central London's New Broadcasting House.
> Bruce Willis apologises for "boring" One Show interview »
New ITV thriller The Ice Cream Girls debuted with 4.87m viewers (21.3%) on Friday at 9pm, overnight data shows.
The first episode of the three-part series, based on the 2010 book by Dorothy Koomson, featured Jodhi May and Lorraine Burroughs as former friends who are reunited 17 years after being accused of murdering their schoolteacher as teenagers.
On BBC Two, The Genius of Josiah Wedgwood was seen by 1.61m (7.1%) at 9pm. Gardener's World interested 2.40m (10.3%) half an hour earlier.
The Syndicate helped win the Tuesday ratings battle for BBC One, overnight data has revealed.
The penultimate episode of the drama climbed slightly from last week to 5.23 million viewers (22.5%) at 9pm.
On BBC Two, Hairy Bikers' Best of British attracted 1.61m (8.1%) at 7pm. The Great British Sewing Bee held steady with 2.52m (11.4%) at 8pm, while Keeping Britain Alive: NHS in a Day achieved 1.74m (7.5%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Bedtime Live was viewed by 500,000 (2.3%) at 8pm. Secrets of the Shoplifters opened to a decent 1.93m (8.3%) at 9pm, with a further 451k (2.7%) on Channel 4+1. Shameless grabbed 987k (5.8%) at 10pm.
Channel 5's Big »
Broadchurch climbed once again in the ratings on ITV last night (April 15), overnight data reveals.
The crime drama's penultimate episode thrilled 6.93 million viewers (27.7%) on ITV at 9pm, with 342,000 (1.9%) tuning in on ITV+1.
Earlier, James Nesbitt's Ireland educated 3.37m (14.4%) at 8pm on the channel.
On BBC One, The One Show brought in 4.01m (20.1%) at 7pm, followed by Bang Goes the Theory with 3.14m (14.3%) at 7.30pm.
New convict documentary series The Prisoners attracted 3.58m (14.3%) at 9pm.
On BBC Two, University Challenge quizzed 2.97m (12.6%) at 8pm, while Paul Hollywood's Bread achieved 2.03m (8.2%) at 8.30pm. Documentary Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History attracted 1.78m (7.1%) at 9pm.
On Channel 5, natural world series Nature Shock opened to 740k (3.1%) at 8pm, »
By relying on musky old documentaries, broadcasters seemed to miss a trick and audiences tuned out. Even Eastenders could have done a livelier job of covering Thatcher's death ...
When we look at Margaret Thatcher's life in years to come, it's likely that her greatest achievement will be the effortless way in which she made last night's television physically impossible to sit through. Not only was she the only story on the news – and the only story on The One Show, despite guest Joan Collins's heroic attempts to turn every conversation back to her forthcoming one-woman show – but her death also meant that hours and hours of scheduled TV were thrown to the wall in favour of the dusty old VHS obituary documentaries that the channels seemed to have thrown together a decade ago.
Not only was this approach abjectly boring – the overnights suggest that hardly anybody watched any »
- Stuart Heritage
Broadcaster plans to turn part of the site into a virtual attraction where visitors can see how their favourite shows are made
BBC Television Centre closed its doors on Sunday but the corporation has ambitious plans to return to it after redevelopment with a virtual attraction, allowing visitors to experience the creation of their favourite shows, including Top Gear, EastEnders and Radio 4's Today.
After a series of farewell events stretching out over several weeks, the last of more than 5,000 BBC staff left the Wood Lane site at the weekend, ending nearly 53 years of occupancy.
The move has been a decade in the planning, as part of a strategic rationalisation of the BBC's property portfolio, including the £1bn redevelopment of Broadcasting House in central London and the World Service leaving nearby Bush House.
By coincidence, the timing of the move allows the corporation to put some distance between TV Centre »
- John Plunkett, Tara Conlan
Frankie Boyle may make BBC comeback
Those who detest BBC1's raucous comedy Mrs Brown's Boys are going to be disappointed: Shane Allen, the new BBC controller of comedy commissioning, loves the show that has puzzled some critics but averaged nearly 10 million viewers for its latest series and won last year's Bafta award for best sitcom.
"Before Mrs Brown's Boys there was this self-appointed cabal saying what was cool and what was great," says Allen, in his first interview since moving to the BBC from Channel 4 (where "anything that got over a million was decent"). "It was a game-changer. I think sometimes people in TV land make TV for people in TV land, and Mrs Brown's Boys is a perfect example of how to serve an audience. »
- Ben Dowell
The final nominees for the first ever Social Television Awards have been unveiled.
The awards - hosted by monetised content delivery network Skatta - are due to take place at the home of BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London on March 27.
The ceremony will reward "exceptional creativity, vision" and innovative use of "the very latest inspirational technologies" in conjunction with advertising and video broadcasting.
Caroline Flack and will.i.am have been recognised for their social media activity in the 'Social TV Entertainer of The Year' category, and The Apprentice, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing will battle it out for the TV show award.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Branded Content Award
Live Streaming Award
Heat Mag (BAFTA and Nta Red »
Simon Cowell's Food Glorious Food continued to struggle in the ratings on Wednesday night, shedding even more viewers, overnight data has revealed.
The Carol Vorderman-hosted series slipped to 2.11 million (9.3%) at 8pm yesterday (March 13).
ITV's drama Lightfields also struggled with only 2.83m (12.5%) for the latest episode of the supernatural series.
BBC One's MasterChef pulled in a respectable 4.41m (19.5%) in its early slot of 8.30pm. The latest edition of The One Show attracted 3.96m (17.4%).
On BBC Two, two editions of Great British Menu cooked up 1.54m (6.7%) and 1.79m (7.8%) between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. At 9pm A Very British Wedding collected 1.11m (4.9%), while Qi tickled 1.06m (4.8%) at 9.30pm.
NCIS had an audience of 1.48m (6.5%) on Channel 5 at 9pm. Law and Order: »
MasterChef cooked up an audience of over 4 million on BBC One on Tuesday night (March 12), overnight data has revealed.
Earlier in the evening, The One Show collected a crowd of 5.2m (23.7%) at 7pm for BBC One.
On BBC Two, Alex Polizzi's The Fixer had 2.44m (10.3%) at 8pm, The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track had 2.04m (8.7%), while Sue Perkins's sitcom Heading Out continued to underwhelm with only 680,000 (3.74%).
ITV's Champions League coverage of Barcelona vs AC Milan pulled in 4.47m (18.9%) between 7.30pm and 10pm.
Channel 4's evening included Supersize v Superskinny at 8pm, which attracted 1.49m (6.3%), 16 Kids and Counting at 9pm, which had 1.80m (7.7%), and Shameless, which brought 0.99m (6.4%) at 10pm.
On Channel 5, Dallas continued to struggle with only 375K (4.35%) tuning in at 11pm. CSI attracted 1.68m (7.1%) at 9pm, while CSI: New York »
Miranda Hart will put together a new girl group as part of her Comic Relief Mad March fundraiser.
The actress's latest challenge will see her form a new band today (March 13), ahead of their first performance on The One Show tonight.
Mel C and Louie Spence will be on hand to judge auditionees with Hart, who will be one member of the group.
Hopefuls were asked to head over to the Uce Birmingham Conservatoire before 10am to audition in front of the judges
The first auditionee performs in front of @melaniecmusic and @louiespence Birmingham we need you!#mirandasmarch twitter.com/rednoseday/sta…
— Red Nose Day (@rednoseday) March 13, 2013
Once the group is finalised this morning, the newly-formed band will have a few hours to rehearse their live performance.
On Monday, Hart just missed out »
The Miranda actresses were taking part in the stunt for Comic Relief in Manchester as part of Hart's Mad March fundraiser.
Hart, having suffered an injury to her knee, refrained from performing moves that would be too strenuous. A key part of the routine involving the famous lift was performed by Hadland with Kovalev, while Hart looked on in mock horror.
On her performance, Hart said afterwards: "I am in a lot of pain but my oh my was it good fun - what a partner! Now I just need people to donate because we're doing this for a really »
While 'Daybreak' dismisses reports that its figures are plummeting, and presenter Lorraine Kelly admits "we're trying to turn it around", there's one breakfast TV sofa alumnus with cause to celebrate today - Mr Roland Rat, celebrating his 30th birthday!
Possibly one of the most confident personalities to emerge from beneath his registered abode of Kings Cross Railway Station, Roland Rat first wriggled onto the airwaves in 1983.
Is it time for the Ratmobile to turn around and deliver Roland back to the breakfast TV sofa?
With his bon mots, irrepressible bonhomie and ease with the A-listers, Mr Rat soon turned the ailing viewing figures of ITV's breakfast show from 100,000 to 1.8 million, and was seen as the "only rat to join the sinking ship" of TV-am.
With his pals Errol the Hamster, Kevin the Gerbil and ladyfriend Glenys the Guinea Pig, »
- The Huffington Post UK
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