4 items from 2009
The BBC delivered nine of the top 10 shows in the Christmas Day ratings, after a mixed batch of festive fare saw millions fewer tune in to watch festive specials such as Doctor Who, featuring the first half of David Tennant's last outing as the 10th Time Lord, and Strictly Come Dancing.
The 10.9 million viewers who watched EastEnders on BBC1 proved to be the largest audience of the day, with a 45.9% viewer share. However, that was significantly less than the 14.3 million who watched the top-rated Wallace & Gromit adventure last year.
Doctor Who – featuring a cast including John Simm and Catherine Tate – was the third most popular show, with an audience of 10 million. Again, this was down on the 11.7 million who watched the show last year, and the 12.2 million who watched 2007's Christmas special, featuring Kylie Minogue »
- Mark Sweney
Good news, Anglophiles. BBC America has picked up the third season of my favorite British comedy Gavin & Stacey. The season is already airing across the pond and is now slated to run in the Us in the second quarter of 2010. As an early present, we get to see the Christmas Special on Dec. 24. Here’s a teaser of season three’s first episode, as Gavin starts a new job in Wales and has a slag-off conversation with Smithy. Also in this series, we get to meet Nessa and Smithy’s baby and see Uncle Bryn start a singalong in church. »
- Wendy Mitchell
British comedy actor Mathew Horne has been taken to hospital in London after collapsing onstage during a West End play.
The 30 year-old fainted during a Thursday matinee performance of Entertaining Mr Sloane, and remained motionless for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.
According to British newspaper The Sun, Horne's co-star, Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton apologised to the audience while Horne was being treated, and revealed she too felt unwell.
An audience member tells the publication, "When he fainted there was a long pause and everyone thought it was part of the play, but then we realised something was wrong and it was awful. We were all shocked."
Horne, famous for his role in U.K. TV comedy Gavin & Stacey, was replaced by an understudy for Thursday night's performance.
No further information was available as WENN went to press. »
There are a few things that you want to do in life," says James Corden. "Work with Mathew Horne, kiss Harry Potter, and make films about lesbian vampires." His work with Horne is well documented in the critically-acclaimed Gavin & Stacey, and his encounter with Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on stage at last year's Whatsonstage Theatre Awards is all over the web. Rt has travelled to 3 Mills Studio in the east end of London to watch him, and Horne, get to grips with that third ambition. On a soundstage at the back of the lot we're in an overgrown »
4 items from 2009
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