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BBC Music Awards attract 3.9m on Thursday, Question Time gets 3.4m

12 December 2014 4:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The inaugural BBC Music Awards topped the ratings outside soaps on Thursday (December 11), overnight data reveals.

The awards ceremony brought in an average 3.94 million viewers (18.3%) at 8pm. In comparison, this year's Brit Awards attracted an overnight rating of 4.20m (18.4%) in February.

Later, Russell Brand and Nigel Farage's appearance on a heated edition of Question Time intrigued 3.40m (29.2%) at 10.35pm, up by over a million viewers from last week.

On BBC Two, MasterChef: The Professionals continued with 2.38m (11.1%) at 8pm, followed by the latest episode of The Fall with 2.08m (9.7%) at 9pm and Russell Howard's Good News with 1.17m (6.7%) at 10pm.

ITV's For the Love of Dogs appealed to 3.57m (16.4%) at 8.30pm (152,000/0.7% on +1). The second part of The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries was seen by 2.88m (14.1%) at 9pm (229k/1.6%).

On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces brought in 1.33m (6.2%) at 8pm (204k/0.9%), followed by 24 Hours in A&E with 1.76m (8.2%) at »

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BBC Three will continue to produce new drama online, says Danny Cohen

10 December 2014 4:09 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Three will continue to produce new drama if it shifts online in autumn 2015.

Danny Cohen - BBC Director of Television - today (December 10) unveiled details of the corporation's proposal to transform the channel into a digital service, which has been presented to the BBC Trust for approval.

"We're still going to make drama for BBC Three," he said. "We've been able to afford on the BBC Three budget roughly one drama a year - whether it's Being Human, In The Flesh and so on.

"[They were] both BAFTA winners [and] we want to keep winning BAFTAs for drama on BBC Three. We've got one [drama] that we're planning that will be part of the launch year of the BBC Three digital service if we get the approval."

Though BBC Three will produce less long-form content if the proposal is approved, Cohen explained that "features and formats" programming will bear the brunt of the cuts. »

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I'm a Celebrity stays top on Thursday with 7.4 million

5 December 2014 6:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! stayed top of the ratings on Thursday, overnight data reveals.

The ITV series climbed slightly from Wednesday night to an average 7.48 million viewers (32.6%) at 8.30pm (351,000/2.0% on +1). ITV2's spinoff show brought in 710k (4.6%) at 10pm.

On BBC One, Watchdog interested 3.42m (15.4%) at 8pm, followed by Crimewatch with 2.61m (11.5%) at 9pm. Question Time intrigued 2.32m (22.2%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Snooker UK Championship coverage scored 1.08m (5.6%) at 7pm, while MasterChef: The Professionals appealed to 2.39m (10.8%) at 8pm. The latest episode of The Fall thrilled 2.10m (9.2%) at 9pm, followed by Russell Howard's Good News with 1.12m (6.5%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces fascinated 1.18m (5.3%) at 8pm (154k/0.7%), followed by 24 Hours in A&E with 1.27m (5.6%) at 9pm (325k/2.1%) and Babylon with 411k (2.7%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Railway: The First Great Western gathered 664k (3.0%) at 8pm, while Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty attracted 514k (2.3%) at 9pm »

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I'm a Celebrity back up to 8.1 million on Thursday

28 November 2014 3:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! climbed back up to over 8 million viewers on Wednesday, overnight data reveals.

The ITV show rose to an average 8.14m (34.6%) at 9pm, with an added 572,000 (3.6%) on +1. ITV2's spinoff show entertained 780k (4.9%) at 10pm.

On BBC One, Watchdog appealed to 3.52m (15.7%) at 8pm, followed by Life Story with 2.78m (11.8%) at 9pm. Question Time gathered 2.50m (22.1%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Strictly: It Takes Two attracted 1.78m (9.4%) at 6.30pm, while MasterChef: The Professionals brought in 2.75m (12.3%) at 8pm. The latest episode of The Fall was seen by 2.01m (8.6%) at 9pm, while Russell Howard's Good News amused 1.29m (7.2%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces intrigued 1.35m (6.0%) at 8pm (197k/0.8% on +1), while 24 Hours in A&E fascinated 1.21m (5.1%) at 9pm. Babylon continued with 419k (2.7%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Underground Britain was seen by 652k (2.9%) at 8pm, followed by Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty with 694k (3.0%) at »

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I'm a Celebrity climbs back to 8.4m on Thursday

21 November 2014 3:01 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! bounced back in the ratings on Thursday, overnight data reveals.

The ITV show gained back around 400,000 viewers from Wednesday's episode, topping the night with an average of 8.38 million (35.6%) at 9pm (437k/2.8% on +1). ITV2's spin-off show entertained 873k (5.5%) at 10pm.

Earlier, Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs appealed to 4.52m (20.5%) at 8.30pm (99k/0.4%).

On BBC One, Watchdog intrigued 3.45m (16.0%) at 8pm, followed by Life Story with 2.89m (12.3%) at 9pm. Question Time brought in 2.76m (24.7%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's MasterChef: The Professionals gathered 2.64m (12.3%) at 8pm, while The Fall continued with 2.16m (9.2%) at 9pm. Russell Howard's Good News amused 1.10m (6.2%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces fascinated 1.49m (6.9%) at 8pm (147k/0.6%), followed by 24 Hours in A&E with 1.29m (5.5%) at 9pm (467k/2.9%). Babylon dipped to 340k (2.2%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Underground Britain was seen by 626k (2.9%) at 8pm, while »

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The Fall returns with over 2.4 million on BBC Two

14 November 2014 3:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Fall returned to BBC Two with just under 2.5 million viewers on Thursday, overnight data reveals.

The Gillian Anderson drama brought in 2.48m (11.8%) at 9pm, which is down by over 1m viewers from last year's opener and finale - which both attracted around 3.5m in the spring.

Earlier, It Takes Two entertained 1.88m (10.0%) at 6.30pm, followed by The Great Interior Design Challenge with 1.62m (8.1%) at 7pm and MasterChef: The Professionals with 2.68m (12.1%) at 8pm. Russell Howard's Good News amused 870k (5.1%) at 10pm.

On BBC One, Watchdog appealed to 3.77m (17.0%) at 8pm, while David Attenborough's Life Story amazed 3.16m (15.0%) at 9pm. Question Time brought in 2.26m (20.7%) at 10.35pm.

ITV's For the Love of Dogs topped the night outside soaps again with 4.04m (18.0%) at 8.30pm (128,000/0.6% on +1), followed by the Neil Diamond special with 2.83m (13.8%) at 9pm (247k/1.7%).

On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces attracted 1.33m (6.0%) at 8pm (214k/1.0%), while 24 Hours in A »

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Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs tops Thursday with 4.4m

31 October 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs topped Thursday evening's (October 30) ratings outside soaps, overnight data reveals.

The ITV show appealed to 4.46 million (20.9%) viewers at 8.30pm with an added 164,000 (0.8%) on +1. The Great Fire continued with 2.43m (11.6%) at 9pm (169k/1.1% on +1).

On BBC One, Watchdog brought in 3.31m (15.9%) at 8pm, followed by David Attenborough's Life Story with 3.94m (18.9%) at 9pm. Question Time intrigued 2.30m (21.4%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Autumnwatch interested 1.74m (8.3%) at 8pm, while Peaky Blinders was seen by 1.44m (6.9%) at 9pm. Russell Howard's Good News attracted 1.11m (6.6%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Amazing Spaces fascinated 1.38m (6.6%) at 8pm (257k/1.2%), while 24 Hours in A&E returned with 2.07m (9.9%) at 9pm (374k/2.4%).

Channel 5's Underground Britain was seen by 1.03m (4.9%) at 8pm, followed by Sham Wedding Crashers with 857k (4.1%) at 9pm (111k/0.7%).

On BBC Three, Zane Lowe's re-scored Drive entertained 391k (3.0%) at 10pm.

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Big Bang Theory, Peaky Blinders

23 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Big Bang Theory: E4, 8.30pm

The hit comedy series based around a group of geeky physicists and their clueless misadventures returns for its eighth season.

In the first episode Amy and Leonard find themselves in Arizona after Sheldon's chaotic cross-country train journey, while Penny interviews for a position at Bernadette's company.

Peaky Blinders: E4, 8.30pm

Series two in this drama on the Birmingham-based gang, the Peaky Blinders, has focused on their ambitious growth led by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

As Tommy finds out about the mission Major Campbell (Sam Neill) wants him to undertake, Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) attempts a takeover of London's Eden Club.

Russell Howard's Good News: BBC Two, 10pm

For its ninth series, Russell Howard's comedic take on the week's news moves channels from BBC Three.

This week sees Howard once again tackle the big stories from this week with his usual satirical methods. »

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Family Guy to move to BBC Two following BBC Three closure?

4 September 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Family Guy could be set for a move to BBC Two.

The animated sitcom will have to find a new home at the corporation when BBC Three is closed as a broadcast television channel in autumn 2015.

20th Century Fox has reportedly refused to allow the show to be included on BBC iPlayer, due to concerns over piracy.

Family Guy - which features the voices of Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis and Seth Green - regularly hits 500,000 viewers on BBC Three.

According to Broadcast, BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw thinks the sitcom will help BBC Two appeal to a younger audience.

Last month, it was confirmed that Jack Whitehall's BBC Three comedy Backchat will air its new series on BBC Two, as will Russell Howard's Good News.

Watch a classic Family Guy clip below: »

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#SaveInTheFlesh - Will BBC Three's BAFTA-winning series rise again?

2 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Fervent fans of BBC Three's In The Flesh were left on tenterhooks for eight weeks between the first run reaching its tragic climax and the announcement on May 22, 2013 that this unique, fascinating series would return to our screens.

But that hiatus feels like a mere blip compared to the agonising three-month wait we've been made to endure since June 8, 2014 - waiting on news of a potential third series.

For the uninitiated, In The Flesh is the story of Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and the residents of fictional rural community Roarton. In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, Kieren and his fellow undead - labelled 'Partially Deceased Syndrome' sufferers - are reintegrated into 'polite' society, with Roarton soon becoming a hotbed of simmering tensions, prejudice and even bloodshed.

Winner of the 2014 BAFTA TV Craft Award for best Writing in Drama, series creator Dominic Mitchell uses the paranormal, those well-worn trappings of the zombie genre, »

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Russell Howard signs Comedy Central deal for two new shows

12 June 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Howard has signed a new deal with Comedy Central.

The comic will present two new shows on the channel as part of the contract, including a stand-up special and an adventure comedy.

Meanwhile, Comedy Central has acquired all eight series of Russell Howard's Good News, as well as the upcoming ninth and 10th runs.

Jill Offman, MD Comedy Central UK & Svp Comedy Vimn, said: "Ever since I saw Russell Howard's live stand up show five years ago, it has been my dream to get him on Comedy Central. The whole team loves his work and he has massive appeal with our audience.

"To be able to broadcast his work across several genres: an exclusive stand-up series from here in Camden, comedy travelogues, his popular stand-up and the library for Russell Howard's Good News is great news for us and our viewers, plus it further demonstrates our commitment to UK content. »

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Russell Howard's Good News moves to BBC Two

9 June 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Howard's Good News is to switch channels from BBC Three to BBC Two.

The weekly comedy show has been promoted after successful ratings on BBC Three since it launched in 2009.

The show features Russell Howard discussing the week's news using stand-up, sketches and special guest appearances.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two, said: "It is brilliant news that the wonderfully funny Russell Howard is coming to BBC Two and I very much look forward to welcoming his lively take on modern life to the channel."

Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, said: "Five years ago, BBC Three spotted Russell's great talent, commissioned this brilliantly funny show, nurtured and cherished it and is now passing it on to BBC Two as a fully fledged hit."

Howard added: "I'm really looking forward to the new series on BBC Two. I can't wait to get started."

The show's ninth series will launch »

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17 reasons we should save BBC Three from the axe

5 March 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Even the biggest fans of BBC Three would have to admit that it's made some total duds. However, the portrayal of BBC Three as the home for trash teen TV isn't fair.

Yes, it's dared to try new things and occasionally made some blunders, but there's much more to the channel than Snog, Marry, Avoid and docs about teens shagging on holiday.

Following reports that BBC Three is going to be the big casualty of fresh budget cuts at the corporation, celebs and stars have already started campaigning on Twitter to ensure the future of the channel.

If you think it's just celebrities trying to save their jobs, why not check out our list of BBC Three's greatest achievements? It might just get you using the #saveBBCThree hashtag.

1. Russell Howard's Good News

Voted BBC Three's best ever show by Digital Spy readers in 2013. The popular stand-up comic is one of »

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