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Simon Cowell's first appearance on television

8 December 2009 12:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Friendly, funny, modest – that can't be Simon Cowell, can it? We revisit the first TV appearances of some well-known faces

It's 1990; the Berlin Wall has fallen, Mandela is free and Thatcher is hanging by a thread. The people of Britain ought by rights to be out in the streets, singing, hugging strangers and putting flowers in each other's hair. Instead they are sat at home watching Sale of the Century, a gameshow offering inspiring prizes of useless, fell-off-the-back-of-a-truck tat at a reduced, cutting-me-own-throat price. The population are huddled round their televisions watching this glorified market stall of a programme, and little do they know they are about to witness the most significant and auspicious event that entire century could hope to offer. They are about to see Simon Cowell's first television appearance.

Now that his quest to ascend to television godhood is near completion, it is hard to conceive »

- Tom Meltzer

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Jlc to dominate Five's Xmas schedule

26 November 2009 5:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Justin Lee Collins's new show will be the focus of Five's Christmas schedule, the channel announced today. Collins, whose previous television credits include ITV2's The Justin Collins Show and Channel 4's The Sunday Night Project, was recently unveiled as the new face of Five. Heads Or Tails, his first gameshow for the channel, will be screened across 11 consecutive nights in December with contestants competing to win £1 million on the toss of a coin. A celebrity (more) »

- By Dan French

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British Comedy Awards: The Nominations

17 November 2009 4:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy presents the full list of nominees for the 20th British Comedy Awards, which will be broadcast on Saturday, December 12 on ITV1 and ITV2. Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Harry Hill - Harry Hill's TV Burp

Michael McIntyre - Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

The Sunday Night Project

Harry Hill's TV Burp Best Television Comedy Actor

Rob Brydon - Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special

Simon Bird - The Inbetweeners

Robert Webb - Peep Show Best Television Comedy Actress

Ruth Jones - Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special

Claire Skinner - Outnumbered: Series 2

Katherine Parkinson - The It Crowd Best New British Television Comedy

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Ladies Of Letters

Psychoville Best (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Jlc: 'I'll retire in a few years'

29 October 2009 6:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Justin Lee Collins has revealed that he plans to quit the TV industry at an early age. The TV host, who is best known for fronting Channel 4's The Sunday Night Project, hinted that his new two-year deal with Five could be his last. Speaking to the Daily Record, the 35-year-old explained: "I am not so in love with this job that I just want to carry on doing it forever. The money is nice and I enjoy what I do. But family is more important - and so too is my health. "I suffer from psoriasis, a skin condition, and that gets better (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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Collins unveiled as new face of Five

27 August 2009 2:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Justin Lee Collins has signed a two-year deal to front a series of shows on Five, it has been announced. Collins, whose recent television credits include Channel 4's The Sunday Night Project and ITV2's The Justin Lee Collins Show, will launch the broadcaster's autumn season with a new primetime gameshow called Heads Or Tails. He is also expected to front a raft of new entertainment and factual shows over the coming months. "Justin is undoubtedly a unique TV phenomenon who is equally at home in a big studio, out on location or being around the public or celebrities," said (more) »

- By Dan French

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'X Factor', Harry Hill pick up Baftas

26 April 2009 3:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The X Factor has been named Best Entertainment Programme at this year's Bafta Television Awards. Simon Cowell's reality TV contest beat competition from The Sunday Night Project, Qi and last year's winner, Harry Hill's TV Burp, to take the title. Stephen Dillane was named Best Actor for his part in The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, while Poppy Shakespeare's Anna Maxwell Martin took Best Actress ahead of EastEnders star June Brown. Harry Hill retained his title as Best Entertainment Performer, seeing off Jonathan (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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