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Armchair Detectives: brilliant new daytime TV murder mystery

Craig Lines Dec 6, 2017

BBC One's play-along murder mystery show Armchair Detectives is brilliant fun. Here's why crime TV and puzzle fans should tune in...

There’s been a murder…

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Well, actually, there’ve been several. One every weekday, to be precise. All occurring at approximately 2:15pm in the Scottish coastal town of Mortcliff. But, as fans of BBC1’s new mystery show Armchair Detectives will tell you, “no one gets away with murder in Mortcliff!”

Partially this is down to the town’s police force and its crack team of investigating officers; Di Knight (Stephen Billington), DC Slater (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva) and Soco Simmons (Sarah Baxendale). However, watching them from comfy armchairs in the BBC studio each day are trios of plucky amateur sleuths who pit
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Daniel Radcliffe interview: Swiss Army Man, quiz shows

Wil Jones Sep 28, 2016

Daniel Radcliffe chats to us about his quiz show addiction, Imperium, Swiss Army Man, and fake erections...

Pretty much every young actor in Hollywood must be pretty jealous of Daniel Radcliffe’s position. It’s been five years since he finished up being a boy wizard, and he’s now deep into the next stage of his career. Coming off one of the biggest franchises of all time, he’s basically been able to cherry pick whatever strange and interesting roles he wants. His latest two movies show the breadth of projects he’s taking on. Last week saw him go undercover as an FBI agent infiltrating Neo-Nazis in Imperium, and this week the notorious 'Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse' movie Swiss Army Man finally makes its way to UK cinemas, following acclaim at film festivals around the world.

The first feature from music video directing duo The Daniels,
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Pointless: how are the 100 people polled & other questions

Louisa Mellor Aug 10, 2016

How do they choose the 100 people polled on Pointless? What counts as a Mastermind specialist subject? 7 geeky game show questions…

It’s all very well for game shows to sit there and ask all the questions. How would they feel if we turned the tables and started to interrogate them? Then the quizzing shoe would be on the other foot.

(Potential ITV pitch “The Quizzing Shoe”: two teams of professional cobblers answer trivia questions on the history of footwear for a chance to win their choice of shoe worn by a member of the opposing team. Suggested hosts: Imelda Marcos, P.C. Boot from The Shoe People, Elizabeth Shue.)

Here are our best attempts at answering seven questions we’ve long wondered about some of the UK’s finest game and quiz shows…

1. How do they choose the 100 people polled on Pointless?

If a lady with
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Only Connect: the uneasy appeal of Britain's hardest quiz show

What connects socially awkward contestants, impossibly difficult questions and growing popularity? Last night’s grand final was a great example of what makes Victoria Coren Mitchell’s show work

There is a breed of quiz show that enjoys reminding you of your own gasping stupidity. Shows such as Eggheads and The Chase, which literally employ people to intimidate their audiences into believing that they’re sloping-foreheaded subhumans who lack the basic intellect to put a peg in a cup.

And yet, despite this, Only Connect stands alone. It is, without question, Britain’s hardest quiz show. It doesn’t exist to point out how stupid you are; it already knows that. No, if you’re a viewer of average intelligence, Only Connect is determined to utterly alienate you.

Related: Quiz show Only Connect reaches its fiendish conclusion in BBC2 final

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Quiz show Only Connect reaches its fiendish conclusion in BBC2 final

String Section beat the Wayfarers by 15 points to 12 after both teams tackle questions on portmanteau words, a Madonna hit and noble gases

All you need for the grand final of cult quiz show Only Connect is an in-depth knowledge of the noble gases, all the lyrics to the Madonna hit Vogue and, of course, an intimate knowledge of oceans that no longer exist.

In the series final of the BBC2 show presented by the Guardian and Observer columnist, Victoria Coren Mitchell, on Monday night, the String Section overtook their rivals the Wayfarers in the very last round to win the coveted title.

Related: Only Connect: If you think answering the questions is hard, try setting them

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Nigella Lawson's BBC return draws 2.3m viewers – but baffles Only Connect fans

Victoria Coren Mitchell’s quizshow loses more than a quarter of its audience as it is brought forward in the schedule to make way for cookery show

Nigella Lawson’s return to the BBC drew more than 2 million viewers on Monday, but quizshow Only Connect lost more than a quarter of its audience after being bumped from its slot.

BBC2’s Simply Nigella, Lawson’s first BBC outing since her home life was aired in the courts, attracted 2.3 million viewers and a 10.6% share between 8.30pm and 9pm.

Puzzle Fans! Have the clocks gone back again? If you can work out what time Only Connect is on tonight, that's half the battle.

Next week, I'm told, Only Connect moves to 7.30pm. Then at Christmas it moves back to 8.30. As if the show weren't baffling enough already.

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In praise of UK TV quiz shows

As Only Connect and University Challenge return to the BBC for new series, we salute the geek comforts of UK TV quiz shows…

Never mind A.E. Housman’s maxim that “all human knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use”, no knowledge is really precious until it serves the slightest use watching a TV quiz. If you’ve ever moaned about not needing your schoolboy geometry in the real world, you’ve clearly never experienced the joy of shouting “Cartesian Plane” at BBC Two on a Monday night.

Quiz shows are a TV comfort blanket for trivia nerds. That instant sliding-into-a-warm-bath relaxation other people experience when they hear the first bars of a beloved soap theme is what the opening ‘dum’ of the University Challenge music does to us. You’re home now, says that music. Wherever you are, whatever’s going on in your life,
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Shield, Hignfy, The Blacklist

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

The team is rocked by a revelation, forcing them to decide what to do with one of their own.

Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Mack (Henry Simmons) reveal their true allegiances to Hunter (Nick Blood), while Ward (Brett Dalton) and Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) embark on a mission of their own.

Have I Got News for You: BBC One, 9pm

Only Connect's Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts this week's instalment of the topical quiz show.

Team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are joined by panellists John Prescott and Alun Cochrane to make light of this week's headlines in the run up to the general election.

How to Make a Number 1 Record: BBC Four, 9pm

Janice Long narrates a look into what it is that makes a record strike gold.

The likes of Joe McElderry, Carol Decker and Noddy Holder reveal tidbits -
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Can't Touch This: Will BBC One's new Saturday night gameshow be a hit?

BBC One's brand new Saturday night gameshow Can't Touch This is among a raft of new entertainment programmes which have been ordered by the broadcaster.

The ten-part series - which will be filmed in Belfast - has a simple enough premise: if you touch a prize, you win it. However, nothing is that easy and contestants will have to negotiate a huge assault course while battling it out to touch the prizes.

BBC One has also ordered a new series called Five Star Family Reunion, in which long lost families have to work together to be reunited in a five star location.

Elsewhere, Shane Richie's quiz show Win Your Wish List will return for eight more episodes in 2016, while Nick Knowles's programme Who Dares Wins has won an eight-episode order - including a Eurovision special. Dale Winton's In It to Win It will also be back for eight more episodes.
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How to win quizzes from pub contests to Mastermind

The question editor on TVs Only Connect offers his tips plus writer and comedian Charlie Higson tells us why hes a quiz fan

How to crack cryptic crosswordsSome very tough puzzlesRachel Riley on embracing numbers

This article is a preview from the September issue of the Guardians monthly activities magazine, Do Something, free with the Saturday paper tomorrow

All the world likes to quiz, but Britain does it differently. It is the only place where quizzes, attempted purely for pride, are given prime-time viewing slots. People sign up for Mastermind, University Challenge, Only Connect and their like for the intellectual challenge, rather than the hope of a large cash prize.

If you want to win a quiz, one of the best things you could do to prepare is to read the newspaper. Every day. A good quizmaster will use the media as a benchmark for what contestants are likely to
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea

Only Connect: BBC Four, 8.30pm

Victoria Coren Mitchell returns to host the ninth series of the fiendishly difficult puzzle game, which sees teams attempt to make connections between seemingly random clues. If you fancy working out what connects "has been dumped", "visits sex worker", "witnessed miracles" and "American lavatory", then this is the show for you.

Undeniable: ITV, 9pm

In last week's episode, Jane claimed to recognise her mother's killer thirty years after the crime. The accused is a respected doctor with an alibi and admired reputation, and while there were inaccuracies in both witness statements, Dr Rawlins' DNA sample seemed to rule him out beyond any doubt.

In the second and final episode, Jane sets out to prove his guilt at all costs, and becomes increasingly isolated and extreme, which causes the police to intervene.

Game of Thrones: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

King Joffrey prepares for his wedding
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Victoria Coren's 'Only Connect' moves to BBC Two

Only Connect is to move from BBC Four to BBC Two, it has been announced.

Victoria Coren's popular quiz show is currently in its seventh series, and is regularly one of the most-watched shows on the multichannels.

The show features teams attempting to find connections between seemingly unrelated clues. It launched in September 2008, and has also spawned 14 celebrity specials.

An eighth series will air on BBC Four in spring 2014, before its ninth series launches on BBC Two.

BBC Two and Four controller Janice Hadlow said: "BBC Four has a proud tradition of growing successful shows and I'm delighted Only Connect is making the move to BBC Two where I hope it will connect with an even broader audience."

Victoria Coren said: "I and the rest of the Only Connect team are hugely excited about our Icarus-like flight towards the sun of mainstream broadcasting. If our wings start melting, I'll just flap harder.
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Davina McCall's 'Long Lost Family' returns with over 5.2m on ITV

Long Lost Family returned for a new series to top Monday night's ratings on ITV, according to overnight figures.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell's third run was seen by 5.25 million viewers (23.5%) at 9pm, with a further 328,000 (1.9%) tuning in on +1. Earlier, The Dales attracted 3.13m (14.3%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, The One Show entertained 3.97m (20.9%) at 7pm, while Panorama interested 2.16m (9.3%). A repeat of New Tricks brought in 3.09m (13.8%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Airport Live was seen by 2.59m (11.4%) at 8pm. Rick Stein's series India secured 2.33m (10.4%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Food Unwrapped cooked up 1.32m (5.7%) at 8.30pm, followed by documentary Scientologists At War with 1.33m (5.9%) at 9pm (259k/1.5% on +1).

Daisy Donovan's new series The Greatest Shows on Earth was watched by 720k (4.3%) at 10pm (105k/1.3%).

Channel 5's The Gadget Show amazed 552k (2.4%), while documentary series Extraordinary People returned with 989k (4.4%) at 9pm.

Big Brother gained 200k
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Gillian Anderson's 'The Fall' ends with 3.6 million viewers on BBC Two

The Fall topped Monday evening's ratings outside of soaps for BBC Two, according to overnight data.

Gillian Anderson's crime drama came to an end by gaining 350,000 viewers from last week to 3.59 million viewers (15.9%) at 9pm.

Earlier, Springwatch continued with 2.51m (11.3%) at 8pm, while What a Load of Buzzcocks brought in 981k (5.3%) at 10pm.

On BBC One, Panorama was seen by 2.11m (9.1%) at 8.30pm, followed by the second D-Day: The Last Heroes with 2.64m (11.6%) at 9pm. Helicopter Rescue secured 2.14m (17.6%) at 10.45pm.

ITV's The Dales with Adrian Edmondson attracted 3.13m (14.6%) at 8pm. Sir Ian McKellen's final episode of Vicious climbed to 2.77m (12.2%) at 9pm (106k/0.6% on +1), while The Job Lot ended with 1.91m (8.4%) at 9.30pm.

On Channel 4, new drama Dates brought in 1.54m (8.3%) at 9pm, with a further 204k (2.0%) on +1. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings entertained 2.79m (12.3%) at 8pm (325k/1.9%).

Channel 5's The Gadget Show rose from last week's opener to 791k (3.5%) at 8pm.
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'Britain's Got Talent' first live semi-final climbs to 9.9m on ITV

Britain's Got Talent's first live semi-final of the series enjoyed a climb in the ratings on Bank Holiday Monday, overnight data reveals.

Ant & Dec welcomed 9.89 million viewers (41.5%) on average from 7.30pm on ITV, with a further 454,000 tuning in on +1. The results show dipped to 7.92m (31.4%) at 9.30pm (475k/3.1% on +1).

Music documentary The Story of Now entertained 2.01m (11.2%) at 10pm.

On BBC One, Antiques Roadshow was seen by 3.48m (15.0%) at 7.30pm, followed by a repeat of Miranda with 2.54m (10.2%) at 8.30pm. Clare Balding's The Queen: Passion for Horses attracted 3.50m (13.6%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Springwatch grabbed 2.33m (9.5%) at 8pm. Gillian Anderson drama The Fall lost around 500k viewers from last week to 2.87m (11.2%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, World's Weirdest Weather brought in 1.06m (4.3%) at 8pm (208k/0.8%), while Skint dropped over a million viewers to 1.48m (5.8%) at 9pm (555k/3.2%).

Channel 5's cricket coverage scored 664k (3.1%) at 7pm, and Scariest
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Gillian Anderson's 'The Fall' opens to 3.5m viewers on BBC Two

The Fall opened to decent viewing figures for BBC Two on Monday evening, overnight data reveals.

Gillian Anderson's new crime drama launched with 3.53 million viewers (15.4%) at 9pm, beaten only by soaps and news programming. Earlier, Auction Hero opened to 1.50m (6.6%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Rip Off Britain was seen by 3.39m (16.2%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama's unemployment special attracted 1.83m (7.8%) at 8.30pm. The Prisoners ended with 2.74m (11.9%) at 9pm.

Adrian Edmondson's The Dales launched with a decent 3.19m (14.2%) at 8pm, with a further 132,000 (0.6%) on +1.

Sir Ian McKellen comedy Vicious dropped nearly another million viewers for its third episode, grabbing 2.66m (11.5%) at 9pm (241k/1.3% on +1). The Job Lot fell to 2.17m (9.5%) at 9.30pm (190k/1.3%).

On Channel 4, new series Skint launched with 2.50m (10.9%) at 9pm (637k/3.9% on +1). Earlier, Superscrimpers was seen by 1.05m (4.5) at 8.30pm. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares grabbed 1.02m (6.3%) at 10pm.

On Channel 5, Ben Fogle's New Lives
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Ian McKellen sitcom 'Vicious' opens to 5.5m viewers on ITV

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi's new ITV sitcom Vicious performed well on ITV on Monday night, overnight data has revealed.

The premiere episode opened to 5.53 million viewers (23.0%) at 9pm, while a further 344,000 (1.8%) tuned in on +1. These were the highest figures of the night overall outside of soaps.

Russell Tovey and Sarah Hadland's new comedy The Job Lot followed with a decent 4.49m (19.0%) at 9.30pm (248k/1.7 on +1).

Earlier, James Nesbitt's Ireland attracted 2.94m (12.5%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Bang Goes The Theory was seen by 2.81m (13.6%) at 7.30pm. Panorama brought in 2.17m (9.2%) at 8.30pm, while this month's Crimewatch acquired 3.41m (14.3%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's evening coverage of the World Snooker Championship continued with 1.17m (5.9%) at 7pm.

The University Challenge final quizzed 2.81m (12.1%) at 8pm, followed by Victoria Coren's Only Connect gameshow with 1.90m (8.0%) at 8.30pm. Dave Allen documentary God's Own Comedian was seen by 2.73m (11.%) at 9pm.
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University Challenge: Meet the 'Alex Ferguson' behind Manchester's success

With three wins, a second place and four semi-finals since 2006, TV success has become a recruiting tool for the university

When Manchester University's team appear on BBC2 on Monday night in the semi-finals of University Challenge, they will have a lot to live up to. If they win and then lift the trophy the following week, Manchester will have won four of the tournaments in the past eight years.

Since 2005, Manchester University have won three times (2006, 2009 and 2012), come second once (2007) and reached the semis three times (2005, 2008, 2010).

As Manchester United kick off at the same time at Old Trafford against Aston Villa, needing a win to take the Premier League yet again, this other venerable institution can claim to be the Man Utd of University Challenge.

They even have an equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson, albeit one who isn't known for throwing the teacups around. The secret of Manchester's winning streak
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BBC Four's 'Only Connect' rockets to new all-time high of 1.1m

BBC Four's 'Only Connect' rockets to new all-time high of 1.1m
Popular BBC Four quiz show Only Connect scored a new all-time high last night, according to early viewing figures. The Monday night cult hit pulled in 1.13m (4.2%) for its latest edition, rising over 300,000 on last week's numbers and setting the audience record a week after host Victoria Coren's wedding to David Mitchell. Only Connect replaced Doc Martin as the multichannel leader, as another repeat of the comedy drama logged 789k (3.2%). Behind Doc Martin in third place, ITV2's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now - which has lost steam in the last week - drew 730k (4.4%) at 10pm (+1: 133k). Meanwhile, ITV1's main showing of I'm a Celeb grabbed an impressive 9.02m (36.7%) for a 90-minute edition, starting (more)
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Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC could axe Top of the Pops repeats

BBC4 controller Richard Klein says he has not decided whether to continue airing re-runs of chart show

The BBC may axe its re-runs of classic editions of Top of the Pops on BBC4 as a result of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Vintage shows from the 1970s featuring the disgraced presenter have already been pulled from the schedule, and last week BBC4 shelved an episode presented by Dave Lee Travis after the DJ's arrest.

The BBC is currently airing editions of the chart show from 1977, but BBC4 controller Richard Klein said he had not decided whether to continue into 1978.

"It is complex and it is difficult to judge," Klein told a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch on Wednesday.

"These are judgments we are making on a case-by-case basis. It requires us to be cautious and careful without overreacting, to take into account public sensibilities and legalities, and hopefully we are going to get it right.
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