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Text Santa peaks with 5.4 million viewers on ITV

16 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Text Santa was seen by an average audience of 4.2 million (21.9%) on Friday (December 19) evening.

The ITV charity special, which saw George Clooney show up in Downton Abbey and Ant and Dec hold a festive Bushtucker Trial, peaked with 5.4 million viewers (25.1%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.71 million (19%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.57 million (17.9%) for A Question of Sport.

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.

With guests including Ben Stiller and Ricky Gervais, The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 2.67 million (19.1%).

The final Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two started BBC Two's evening off with 1.93 million (10.1%) at 6.30pm, followed by 1.44 million (7.2%) for Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas.

Elsewhere, Mary Berry's Absolute Christmas Favourites secured »

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Why We Should (And Shouldn’t) Be Worried About Thunderbirds Are Go!

16 December 2014 10:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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.

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- Gary Collinson

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Steph & Dom's Nigel Farage special attracts 1.9m on Monday

16 December 2014 3:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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%).

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A Night in with Olly Murs entertains 3 million on ITV

13 December 2014 5:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

BBC One's Have I Got News for You was Friday's (December 12) highest-rated show outside of soaps, drawing in an average audience of 4.33 million (20%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 4.23 million (22.2%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.37 million (16.8%) for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook.

Citizen Khan picked up 2.71 million (12.4%) at 8.30pm, while Not Going Out was seen by an increased audience of 3.53 million (16.5%) at 9.30pm.

With guests such as Jim Carrey and Jude Law, The Graham Norton Show ended the evening with 3.03 million (2.6%) at 10.35pm. »

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The story of Cassetteboy: The kings of the YouTube funny cut-up video

12 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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. »

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The BBC Music Awards – as it happened

11 December 2014 3:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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 …

10.20pm GMT

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?

10.14pm GMT

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

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John Cleese swears on The One Show: Watch the on-air gaffe

10 December 2014 12:37 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

John Cleese has to be considered a television veteran at this point, considering all of his years working on Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers.

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'?"

Watch the clip above to see Alex Jones and Matt Baker's embarrassed reactions.

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. »

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Sherlock-coaster, EastEnders World: 9 rides for a BBC theme park

10 December 2014 9:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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. »

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BBC blue after spate of on-air swearing

10 December 2014 1:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

John Cleese latest to turn air blue on The One Show after corporation sidesteps Len Goodman’s ‘did-he, didn’t he?’ muttering during Strictly

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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- Monkey

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I'm a Celebrity double elimination peaks with 7.7 million

6 December 2014 5:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was Friday's (December 5) highest-rated show with an average audience of 7.48 million (33.5%).

Featuring a double elimination, the show peaked with 7.7 million (33.3%) at 9.30pm on ITV.

An average audience of 326k (2%) watched on ITV+1, while I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! was seen by 656k (4.7%) on ITV2 at 10.30pm.

The Martin Lewis Money Show also secured strong ratings for ITV, with 3.23 million (15.4%) tuning in at 8pm.

Have I Got News For You was BBC One's highest-rated show of the evening, securing viewing figures of 4.02 million (17.2%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.77 million (20.2%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.27 million (16.5%) for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook.

Citizen Khan picked up 2.95 million (13.5%) at 8.30pm, while Not Going Out was seen by 2.89 million viewers (12.5%) at 9.30pm.

With guests such as Michael Keaton, Ian McKellen and Victoria Wood, The Graham Norton Show »

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Repeat offenders: the 1970s TV shows that refuse to die

4 December 2014 8:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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I'm a Celebrity watched by 7.74 million on Friday night

29 November 2014 5:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was Friday's highest-rated show, attracting an audience of 7.74 million (33.6%) at 9pm.

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.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.94 million (21.2%) at 7pm, followed by an impressive 3.37 million (16.9%) for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook at 7.30pm.

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.

With guests including Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville, BBC One ended the night with 3.69 million (26.3%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm.

The Home That Two Built was seen by 940k (4.9%) at 7pm on BBC Two, followed by 2 million (9.4%) for Mastermind.

Tigers About the House, Mock the Week »

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I'm a Celebrity drops to 7.73 million on Friday

22 November 2014 5:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was Friday's highest-rated show, entertaining an average audience of 7.73 million.

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.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 4.04 million (20.9%) at 7pm, followed by 3.74 million (18.2%) for Still Open All Hours at 7.30pm.

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.

With guests including Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench and Jennifer Aniston, BBC One ended the night with 3.31 million (24.1%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm.

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Jason Manford: People should be offended by the news, not Mock the Week

21 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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. »

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BBC Music Awards: Full details announced for inaugural event

18 November 2014 8:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Coldplay, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit and Paloma Faith will be among the artists to perform during the event on Thursday, December 11.

Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host the main event live from Earls Court on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 from 8pm to 10pm.

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. »

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Children in Need peaks with 9.81 million on BBC One

15 November 2014 9:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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%).

It was preceded by The One Show, which played to 5.32 million (28.4%) at 7pm on BBC One.

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.

Gogglebox was once again Channel 4's highest-rated show, playing to 2.36 million (10.1%) at 9pm. It was sandwiched between Marvel's Agents of Shield with 840k »

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Matt Baker scoffing cake on Rickshaw Challenge

14 November 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

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 »

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Adrian Chiles made Daybreak staff feel 'depressed'

10 November 2014 1:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

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. »

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Marvel's Agents of Shield watched by increased audience of 1 million

8 November 2014 6:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Gogglebox continued to do well for Channel 4, playing to 2.7 million (12.4%) at 9pm. It was followed by 1.49 million (9.1%) for Alan Carr: Chatty Man at 10pm.

Have I Got News For You was the highest-rated show of the evening, entertaining 4.42 million (20.1%) at 9pm on BBC One.

It was followed by 3.81 million (17.5%) for Not Going Out at 9.30pm, while The Graham Norton Show ended the evening with 3.5 million (26.8%) at 10.35pm.

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, »

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The One Show's Team Rickshaw begins epic challenge for Children in Need

7 November 2014 6:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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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