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The week in TV: Wolf Hall, The Eichmann Show, Cucumber, Catastrophe

13 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mark Rylance stole the show in the BBC’s take on Hilary Mantel’s Tudor blockbusters, the Eichmann trial was vividly retold and Channel 4 provided us with glorious gay drama and a high-class romcom

Wolf Hall (BBC2) | iPlayer

The Eichmann Show (BBC2) | iPlayer

Cucumber (C4) | 4oD

Catastrophe (C4) | 4oD

What to say about Wolf Hall? Alex Jones, on The One Show, had a go. She interviewed the terrifically bright actor Claire Foy, who plays the snaky Ms Boleyn, and opened with the question: “It’s very hotly anticipated. Why do you think that is?”

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- Euan Ferguson

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Celebrity Big Brother Live Eviction watched by 2.2 million

24 January 2015 4:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 2.29 million (9.6%) on Channel 5 yesterday evening (January 23).

Down by more than 600k on last Friday's live show, the latest episode was seen by a further 348k (2.0%) on Channel 5+1.

An average audience of 995k (6.3%) watched Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side from 10-11.30pm.

Channel 5 also secured 336k (1.6%) for Race to the Pole at 7pm, followed by 879k (3.9%) for Ice Road Truckers at 8pm.

With an average audience of 5.82 million (25.3%), BBC One's live coverage of the Fa Cup fourth-round match between Cambridge and Manchester United was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps.

It was preceded by The One Show, which entertained 4.5 million (22.2%) at 7pm.

With guests including Gary Lineker, Jessica Chastain and McBusted, The Graham Norton Show rounded the evening off with 3.42 million (24.8%) at 10.35pm.

Over on ITV, Benidorm entertained 4.03 million (16.9%) at 9pm, while The Martin Lewis »

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Celebrity Big Brother: Shock Arrival watched by nearly 3 million people

17 January 2015 6:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother: Shock Arrival was watched by nearly 3 million people on Friday (January 16) evening.

Last night's live episode, which saw Chloe Goodman leave the house and Katie Price enter, was viewed by an average audience of 2.9 million (13.2%) from 9pm on Channel 5.

An average of 1.3 million (8.9%) tuned in to Celebrity Big Brother's: Bit on the Side at 10.30pm, followed by 776k (9.5%) for 45 minutes of live CBB footage at 11.30pm.

Channel 5 also secured 304k (1.5%) for Race to the Pole at 7pm, followed by 788k (3.5%) for Ice Road Truckers at 8pm.

With an average audience of 4.47 million (22.3%), BBC One's The One Show was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps. It was followed by 3.79 million (17.4%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

BBC One's evening continued with 3.69 million for Room 101 and 3.39 million for The Musketeers at 9pm. The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.6 million (25.5%) at 10.35pm. »

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Warwick Davis shares Star Wars: The Force Awakens selfies

15 January 2015 12:51 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warwick Davis was very keen to get a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, and while appearing on The One Show on BBC One, the Return of the Jedi star has shared a couple of selfies with two familiar Star Wars characters on the set at Pinewood Studios.

As things are being kept top secret we can assume that Davis was given permission to show these two photos which hardly give away any details about the film. We already knew that Chewbacca was making a return but the selfie with what is clearly Darth Vader is interesting. There have been rumours that Vader would appear in the film but it is more likely that the costume was available on set for being so iconic. Or maybe Davis has just spoiled the return of the Dark Lord of the Sith….

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- Thomas Roach

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Mel & Sue review: A nostalgic trip back to '90s telly

12 January 2015 9:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

To call Mel & Sue a "brand new chat show" is a cheeky move from ITV.

It might be new in name, but that's just about it. We've seen the presenters, format and even guests in the new show, which aired for the first time today (January 12), all here before.

In the late '90s, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fronted Light Lunch on Channel 4. It featured cooking, celebrity guests (including Jennifer Saunders), questions from the studio audience and haphazard presenting.

Mel & Sue wasn't a million miles away. It was all about cooking, celebrity guests (including Jennifer Saunders), questions from the studio audience and haphazard presenting.

Commissioned on the back of their reinvigorated success from The Great British Bake Off, the fact they were revisiting old ground was something that wasn't lost on the pair.

As they discussed Celebrity Big Brother in their introduction, they quipped the Channel 5 show was »

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Celebrity Big Brother watched by 2.16 million on Channel 5

10 January 2015 5:39 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Celebrity Big Brother was seen by an average audience of 2.16 million (9.4%) at 9pm on Friday (January 9) evening.

The Channel 5 reality show peaked with 2.25 million (9.8%) at 9.45pm. Celebrity Big Brother: Nomination Face-Off followed with 1.78 million (8.8%) at 10pm, while Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side dropped to 838k (5.7%) at 10.30pm.

Earlier in the evening, Channel 5's Race to the Pole was seen by 317k (1.5%), while Ice Road Truckers played to 791k (3.4%).

ITV's 9pm showing of Benidorm was once again the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps with 4.44 million (19.3%) viewers. It was preceded by The Martin Lewis Money Show with 2.88 million (12.7%) at 8pm.

The One Show kicked things off on BBC One with 4.09 million (19.7%) viewers at 7pm, followed by 3.59 million (16.4%) for A Question of Sport and 3.38 million (14.5%) for Room 101 at 8.30pm.

The Musketeers would go on to entertain 3.64 million (15.8%) at 9pm, while The Graham Norton Show wrapped things up with 3.51 million (25.4%) at 10.35pm. »

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Rita Ora's cleavage on The One Show sparks over 400 complaints

7 January 2015 3:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Rita Ora's cleavage has sparked over 400 complaints after her appearance on The One Show.

The singer appeared on the BBC One evening show with her fellow Voice UK coaches, dressed in a plunging white suit.

The outfit received a mixed reaction from viewers, with some people complaining that the suit was inappropriate for family tea-time viewing.

The BBC has confirmed that 424 people have complained about Ora's fashion choice, and the broadcaster said they "appreciate that tastes vary".

"The One Show allows guests to choose their own attire and pop stars often opt for something glamorous or striking," said the corporation in a statement.

"We didn't feel that Rita's outfit would be outside of most viewers' expectations of that of a major pop star, but we appreciate that tastes vary."

Rita Ora will appear on The Voice UK alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson on Saturday, »

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