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Mrs Brown's Boys leads Christmas Day ratings with over 7 million

26 December 2014 2:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mrs Brown's Boys was the most watched television programme on Christmas Day, according to overnight data.

The first of two festive specials was watched by an average of 7.61m, giving the Brendan O'Carroll sitcom a 32.2% share of the audience from 10pm to 10.30pm.

It's the second year running that Mrs Brown's Boys has topped Christmas Day, although numbers were less than last year's 9.4m, representing an overall decline for all channels.

Elsewhere on BBC One, 6.98m (35.1%) saw Louis Smith win Strictly Come Dancing Christmas at 5pm. Call the Midwife attracted 6.83m (27.9%) at 7.45pm, while Doctor Who's 'Last Christmas' achieved 6.34m (27.5%) and Miranda's penultimate episode was watched by 6.67m (27.6%).

Downton Abbey's two-hour episode was ITV's biggest programme of the day outside of soaps. 5.51m (23.1%) watched from 9pm as the Crawley family celebrated Christmas, with an extra 319.9k tuning in on +1 (1.7%).

Earlier in the evening, Paul O'Grady »

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Phillip Schofield talks "tough" 24-hour broadcast

23 December 2014 6:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Phillip Schofield has spoken about his 24-hour broadcast for Text Santa.

The presenter revealed that he had a "secret wee" in 10 Downing Street during the marathon show.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Schofield said: "That was a tough one, and if anything was tough about that it had to be planning having a wee, and I drank so little that I was dehydrated with incredibly elevated blood pressure, and there was one stage where I thought - and I've never admitted this anywhere - but we interviewed the prime minister, and we interviewed the prime minister for the first ever live interview in the Cabinet Room of 10 Downing Street, and it's never been done live before, which is a big responsibility and was great for them to do.

"So as I came out, there are security moments... occasionally throughout the 24 hours, because of security you couldn't be on the telly, »

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Emma Willis: 'Rita Ora's doing a brilliant job as The Voice coach'

23 December 2014 6:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Emma Willis has spoken about the forthcoming season of The Voice UK.

Willis, who presents the BBC One show, said that Rita Ora is doing a "brilliant" job in her new role as coach.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Willis said: "Rita [Ora] is doing absolutely brilliantly - we've filmed everything up until the Knockouts, so I've seen her in full flow - and she's just, you can't imagine trying to replace Kylie, and being the person who sits in that chair after her, you would imagine has a very big job on their hands, and Rita's done it seamlessly, and really well.

"She said she was really nervous beforehand, but she just went in there, sat in the chair, and she was off and running."

Going on to speak about celebrity auditionees on the show, she said: "There are a couple of people that you will recognise, definitely »

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Text Santa peaks with 5.4 million viewers on ITV

20 December 2014 3:59 AM, PST | 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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Brendan O'Carroll: 'End Mrs Brown's Boys? You must be kidding!'

19 December 2014 6:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Brendan O'Carroll has denied reports that Mrs Brown's Boys won't return for any more full series.

BBC comedy controller Shane Allen was recently quoted as saying that it would be "hard to get another series" of the hit sitcom.

However, when asked on Alan Carr: Chatty Man if he was ending the show, O'Carroll said: "You must be kidding!

"My son Danny was doing a charity function, and one of the papers called him about the celebrities that were doing it, etc, and during it they said, 'So how's things going with Mrs Brown?' and he said, 'Oh we're finished with Mrs Brown'.

"So they ran with the story that Mrs Brown was over, but what he meant was we've just finished the Christmas specials - and it's 30 phone calls from different people, and it's the BBC s**tting themselves."

O'Carroll quipped: "So no, it's not [ending], I'm going to milk this dry. »

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Gemma Arterton: 'Beyoncé and Taylor Swift made feminism fashionable'

19 December 2014 5:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gemma Arterton has claimed that Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have made feminism fashionable.

The Made in Dagenham actress praised the impact social media has had on changing attitudes towards women's rights.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Arterton said: "Feminism is in fashion, as made by Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. Now that they're feminists, everyone else is."

She added: "I think social media has helped a lot. People like Caitlin Moran have changed everything, Lena Dunham - so there's loads of people who are being more outspoken and being listened to and having an influence. I think it's great."

Recalling how she spoke about equal pay for women in the Houses of Parliament recently, she said: "It was cold. It's huge - it's very cavernous, The Great Hall and everything - it's so old obviously, so it's all stone and wood.

"But no, it was great, I wish I could have explored a bit further, »

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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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Clare Balding reveals Angelina Jolie Paralympics Us broadcast support

12 December 2014 4:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Clare Balding has revealed that Angelina Jolie could be responsible for a change in how The Paralympics Games are covered in the Us.

Balding, who led coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for BBC and Channel 4, recently interviewed Jolie for her upcoming Christmas Day show on BBC Radio 2.

Speaking about the encounter on tonight's (December 12) episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man, the broadcaster explained how she had brought up the topic after concluding the interview.

"I was talking to her about the Olympics and the Paralympics, just dropped it in there as you do, and I said, 'We make a big deal of the Paralympics, we do it on Channel 4, and it's a really big deal, and it won a BAFTA, and we do hours and hours of live coverage', and I said, 'But in America, you just don't really do it. You just do highlights »

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X Factor semi-finalists talk judge friendships: 'Mel B isn't scary at all'

5 December 2014 5:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor semi-finalists have spoken about their experiences on the show.

Ben Haenow, Fleur East, Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt discussed their friendships with mentors Simon Cowell, Mel B and Cheryl on Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

Platt said that her friends are jealous of her friendship with Cheryl.

"Oh it's so great, it is great, and she really looks after me," the teenager explained. "She gets so into it - when I watch the performances back and she's dancing away.

"In the sing off - the one just gone - she's going over to Simon saying to Simon, 'Save Lauren, save Lauren', like she really does look after me."

Speaking about Cowell, Haenow said: "We see him all the time, go out clubbing with him."

East joked: "[We've been] texting him, raving it up, got baby Eric in the middle of the dance floor."

Enquiring about Cowell's house, Carr asked »

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Sir Bruce Forsyth: 'Hosting Strictly Come Dancing made me feel stale'

5 December 2014 4:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Bruce Forsyth has spoken about his time hosting Strictly Come Dancing, saying that it made him feel "stale" towards the end of his tenure.

The presenter stepped down as a regular co-host of Strictly earlier this year, after ten years of presenting the primetime BBC One show.

When asked on Alan Carr: Chatty Man if his return to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas Special was emotional, he said: "It is emotional, when you've been doing something like that for 10 years.

He added: "I was beginning to maybe feel a little bit stale, and I'm glad I stopped, because I've got this other show now [Bruce Forsyth's Hall of Fame], which I'm loving, so it's good to have a change."

Speaking about his former co-host Tess Daly, Forsyth said: "She is lovely, but of course she's taken over my spot in the show – all the talk about Claudia, Claudia taking my place – she wasn't. »

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Toast of London, Harry and Paul lead British Comedy Awards nominations

10 November 2014 7:39 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The British Comedy Awards 2014 nominations have been revealed.

Matt Berry's Toast of London is up for six awards, while Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos has four nominations.

Berry himself has three nominations, including Best TV Comedy Actor and new category Best Internet Comedy Short.

The BBC's Would I Lie to You? receives four nominations, as team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack find themselves both up for Best Male TV Comic.

Berry, Enfield and Whitehouse are up against The Wrong Mans' Mathew Baynton in the Best TV Comedy Actor category, while Alan Carr will need to defend his Best Comedy Entertainment Personality title from Graham Norton, Ant & Dec and Adam Hills.

This year's ceremony has introduced two new categories - Best Internet Comedy Short and Best Comedy Moment of 2014. Best Comedy Film and Best International Comedy Programme have also made a return to the line-up, »

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Sue Perkins on Great British Bake Off's 'Bingate': 'Iain went Tarantino'

7 November 2014 3:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sue Perkins has spoken about the 'Bingate' scandal from this year's Great British Bake Off.

The presenter revealed that contestant Iain Watters "went Tarantino" and "lit up the tent with expletives" after his Baked Alaska failed to set in the allotted time.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man about fellow hopeful Diana Beard, who was heavily criticised after she appeared to take Iain's dessert out of the freezer, Perkins said: "I think she didn't take it out for very long, and she never means to do wrong. It's an unfortunate manner she had, but she's a really good egg.

"I just saw it from where he took that weird kind of collar off the side - I don't know why cakes have collars but they do - takes it off and 'pfooooot'.

"Then he just went Tarantino, he really did - just lit up the tent with expletives and put »

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Mel B wants to mud wrestle Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

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

Mel B wants to mud wrestle with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. The former Spice Girls singer - who is married to film producer Stephen Belafonte - has confessed she would love to get down and dirty with her fellow 'X Factor' judge. Quizzed on an episode of 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man', which is to air tonight (07.11.14) on Channel 4, about the possibility of her mud wrestling Cheryl, Mel said: ''That's quite hot, I'd quite like to do that.'' Mel also admitted that she thinks Cheryl's new husband, French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, is a very lucky man and praised the brunette beauty's dance skills. She added: »

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Mel B: 'Cheryl isn't bitchy at all - if she was, I'd 'ave her'

7 November 2014 2:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mel B has spoken about her friendship with fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and their X Factor antics.

The singer also discussed how she experimented with her sexuality for a number of years.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, the singer said of Fernandez-Versini: "She is such a lovely girl, and man has she been through a lot, a lot - and it's all been on public display.

"She's just solid and true, and she's gorgeous, nice to talk to, she's not bitchy at all - trust me, if she was bitchy, she'd be on the floor. I'd 'ave her."

Carr added: "Later, we've got mud wrestling with Mel B and Cheryl!"

Mel added: "That'd be quite hot, I'd like to do that. No, but she's really become a good friend of mine, I value her opinion outside of work, and we text each other, it's nice."

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Naomi Campbell: 'Celebrity Gogglebox was the real me'

31 October 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Naomi Campbell has said that what we saw on Celebrity Gogglebox was the real her.

The model was invited to appear on the Stand Up to Cancer special edition of the show alongside Noel Gallagher and Kate Moss.

"It was so much fun," Campbell told Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

When Carr asked how it happened, she added: "I don't know. Kate called me and she said, 'Did you get the call?' I'm like, 'Yeah', she says, 'We're doing it! Noel's with us', we're like, 'That's it'.

"You know, we had a wonderful vacation together, we were so hyped since August about it, just to be, you know, just three of us chilling in the living room."

She continued: "I'll be honest, I don't get to sit always in a living room, I usually get to sit on planes, so I download everything and I watch it on the plane when I'm travelling. »

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Dermot O'Leary: 'Louis Walsh is the dirtiest X Factor judge'

31 October 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Dermot O'Leary has accused Louis Walsh of being the "dirtiest" X Factor judge.

The show host told Alan Carr: Chatty Man that Walsh has no qualms about stealing other judges' song choices or being ruthless with his own acts.

"The judges get on really well," said O'Leary of the 2014 panel of Walsh, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B.

"I honestly couldn't make the show without Louis... I'll be walking on stage and no-one will have said anything, and just at the last minute I know Louis is going to come out with something mental.

"I'll just be like, 'Thank you!' and immediately beat up on him. I don't know where I'd be without him, he's brilliant."

He continued: "He's also the dirtiest judge - he's the judge that nicks songs. Before you know it his act will have a song, and another judge will be going, 'Hang on, »

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Elijah Wood: 'Lord of the Rings fan asked for an autograph at a urinal'

31 October 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Elijah Wood has revealed the weirdest places he has been asked for an autograph.

The Hobbit actor said that one enthusiastic Lord of the Rings fan asked him for his signature whilst standing next to him at a urinal.

Speaking on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, he said: "The worst I think was in a urinal. I'm pretty certain I was standing at a urinal, and someone recognised me, standing next to me.

"You just don't do that. If you recognise someone at a urinal, you don't start to converse with them, it is the most inappropriate place. Wait until they've come out of the loo, perhaps."

Carr then asked: "Daniel Radcliffe says he always gets people thinking he's you. Do you get the same?"

Wood, who plays Frodo Baggins in the film series based on Jrr Tolkien's novels, replied: "I've gotten the same since the beginning of the Harry Potter films [...] but yeah, »

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Taylor Swift Said She'd Have a Meltdown If '1989' Leaked and It Did

25 October 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Taylor Swift's album leaked, but did she have a meltdown?

Taylor Swift said she'd have a meltdown if her new album, 1989, leaked and it did! Now what? 

1989 is supposed to be released on Monday, but fans got to take a listen a few days early when it leaked on Friday.

Early Friday, she chatted about the possibility of a leak or her album being pirated on British talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. She said, "I don't even want to think about it. I don't trust technology. I don't want to talk about leaks. It freaks me out. I will have a meltdown on the show."

News: Taylor Swift Explains Why She Needs Bodyguards

According to New York magazine, there is speculation that the leak may have stemmed from Target, because hackers got the 19 songs specially crafted for the Target edition. In spite of the songs being heard early, Swift is still »

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Marvel's Agents of Shield returns to 1.1 million on Channel 4

25 October 2014 3:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Marvel's Agents of Shield returned to more than 1 million viewers on Channel 4 last night (October 24).

The first episode of the second season was seen by an average audience of 1.1 million (5.2%) from 8pm. A further 174k (0.8%) tuned in on Channel 4+1.

It was followed by Gogglebox, which was seen by 2.95 million (13.8%) at 9pm, and Alan Carr: Chatty Man with 1.34 million (8.4%) at 10pm. Channel 4's evening ended with 560k (7.4%) for The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night at 10pm.

With an average audience of 4.33 million (19.9%) at 9pm, BBC One's Have I Got News for You was among the evening's most watched shows.

An hour-long episode of Lewis also proved popular, playing to an average audience of 4.31 million (20.1%) at 9pm on ITV.

Secrets from the Sky also proved popular for ITV, attracting 2.3 million viewers (11%) at 8pm.

BBC One's evening began with 3.77 million (20%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.88 million »

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Taylor Swift Said She Would Have A Meltdown If 1989 Leaked — Right Before Album Actually Leaked (Video)

24 October 2014 4:28 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

It seems one of Taylor Swift’s worst nightmares has come true. And it doesn't have anything to do with her fear of sea urchin or being framed for murder. As Gossip Cop reported earlier Friday, the singer's upcoming album 1989 seemed to have leaked online, days before its official release. Ironically, around the same time, Swift's pre-taped appearance on "Alan Carr: Chatty Man" aired in the UK, in which the superstar openly spoke about being terrified her album would be pirated. Watch the video here. »

- Shari Weiss

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