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All Star Family Fortunes edges Have I Got News For You in head-to-head

28 December 2012 6:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

All Star Family Fortunes came out on top in a festive ratings battle against Have I Got News For You last night (Thursday, December 27). The Vernon Kay-hosted celebrity gameshow's annual Christmas special attracted 5.11m (21.6%) to ITV1 between 7.30pm and 8.30pm and 156,000 on +1, lower than last year's numbers. Meanwhile, a compilation edition of the veteran BBC One satire show's latest series picked up 4.71m (20.7%) in the unusually early slot of 7.30pm-8pm. At the same time, Dad's Army managed 2.14m (9.4%) and was BBC Two's highest-rated broadcast of the night, showing that the classic sitcom remains a top draw for the channel. Between 9pm and 10.30pm, BBC One's two-part spy thriller Restless opened with a strong 5.62m (24.2%), (more) »

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Haven't we had enough of murder on the telly? | Charlie Brooker

3 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Homegrown serial killers. Bleak foreign detective thrillers. You can't go three weekends without another two-part exploration of the crushing banality of evil

Last week, ITV's Fred West reconstruction Appropriate Adult swept the board at the Baftas, which was nice, although in a shocking oversight, not one of the actors thanked the Wests themselves during their acceptance speeches. I mean, come on guys: if it wasn't for their pioneering character development, you wouldn't be there. Dominic West (no relation) even expressed a wish that hopefully the film – which was very sensitive and restrained, without a single musical number – might somehow lead to a reduction in the number of real-life Fred Wests out there in the future. Hear, hear. Don't know about you, but until I saw Appropriate Adult, I was ambivalent about murder. Now I realise it is wrong. When will the authorities see the light and do something to stop it? »

- Charlie Brooker

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