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UK TV ratings: The Class of 92 score over 3 million viewers on BBC One

30 October 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Class of 92's new BBC One TV series Out of Their League attracted over 3 million viewers on Thursday night.

Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and their fellow teammates' running of Salford Fc was seen by an average overnight audience of 3.09 million (15.4%) viewers at 9pm. Earlier, Watchdog brought in 3.99m (19.9%) at 7.30pm.

ITV's For the Love of Dogs with Paul O'Grady was the most-watched show of the night outside soaps with 4.03m (18.5%) at 8.30pm (195,000/1.0%), followed by the latest Unforgiven with 3.56m (17.8%) at 9pm (182k/1.2%).

On BBC Two, The Last Kingdom continued with 1.54m (7.7%) at 9pm, while Russell Howard's Good News tickled 832k (5.0%) at 10pm.

Channel 4's Amazing Spaces intrigued 1.19m (5.6%) at 8pm (322k/1.6%), followed by new series Kitchen Impossible with 1.13m (5.6%) at 9pm (184k/1.2%) and First Dates with 1.26m (8.7%) at 10pm (133k/1.7%).

On Channel 5, Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railways interested 1.27m (6.4%) at 9pm. »

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UK TV ratings: The Big Bang Theory wedding attracts huge numbers for E4

23 October 2015 2:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Big Bang Theory's big wedding episode brought in over a million viewers on E4 on Thursday night.

The Us comedy's season nine premiere was easily the most-watched multichannel show, attracting an average overnight audience of 1.52m (6.9%) at 8.30pm (391,000/1.9% on +1). Drifters followed with 432k (2.1%) at 9pm (103k/0.6%).

On BBC One, Watchdog appealed to 3.55m (16.7%) at 8pm, followed by Frances de la Tour's Who Do You Think You Are? with 3.20m (15.8%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's new epic series The Last Kingdom thrilled 2.02m (10.0%) at 9pm, while Russell Howard's Good News returned with 1.07m (6.6%) at 10pm.

On ITV, Unforgiven topped the night overall outside soaps with 3.78m (18.6%) at 9pm (210k/1.5%).

Channel 4's Amazing Spaces interested 1.34m (6.3%) at 8pm (209k/1.0%), followed by documentary My Son the Jihadi with 1.27m (6.2%) at 9pm (164k/1.1%) and First Dates with 1.13m (7.9%) at 10pm (167k »

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Russell Howard has no plans to bring Good News to America: 'John Oliver has that sown up'

22 October 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

As Russell Howard's Good News enters its 10th series, could he be tempted to break the Us?

The British comic has already appeared on Stateside TV when starring on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, while he recently completed a successful tour across the Atlantic.

Russell told Digital Spy that while he would "never say never" to the idea, he thinks there already too many great stars doing brilliant work over there, including his friend and fellow Brit John Oliver.

"They've got that sown up," he said. "I'm good mates with John Oliver, and I think those guys [including Stephen Colbert] are very good at that kind of thing.

"I just don't see where we would fit. They already have their versions of it."

The comedian also spoke to us about his upcoming one-off BBC movie A Gert Lush Christmas, in which he stars alongside his sister Kerry Howard for the first time. »

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Russell Howard's American fans get very excited to see him: "Oh my god, it's the British guy with the weird eyes!"

22 October 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Russell Howard has spoken of his surprise of seeing how passionate and geeky his American fans are.

The British comic's BBC series Good News has proved popular around the world thanks to its YouTube presence, while he recently completed a successful Us tour which peaked with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Russell told Digital Spy: "I did a tour of America in the summer, and I was amazed by it, as they knew specific clips. I was in Washington in a tiny room with 400 people. And people were going 'tell us about the meerkat lady', which was from, like, series three [of Good News]. They were really brilliantly nerdy and committed.

"They're just so happy! That's the oddest thing. You do gigs there and they cheer and whoop. After a while, you just miss British cynicism. In the UK, they go 'go on then, make me laugh, dickhead!'. »

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BBC Three controller on In The Flesh axe: 'I want the freshest ideas'

20 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanaugh has addressed the decision not to order a third series of In The Flesh.

In an official release addressing the future of the channel, Kavanaugh stated that he is looking for "the latest and freshest ideas" in television drama.

"The show has been amazing for BBC Three, just like Being Human and The Fades before that," he said of the BAFTA-winning supernatural series.

"But with a falling income and increased costs, BBC Three can only make one drama a year and I want the latest and freshest ideas, ideas that will break new talent on and off-screen. This is part of what BBC Three does and should do.

"I'm sure those guys will do amazing things, just like James Corden and Ruth Jones and Matt Lucas and David Walliams did before them. We will have some exciting news on a new BBC Three drama very soon. »

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BBC Three to be subject of £100m bid to save channel from online move

20 January 2015 1:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Three is to be the subject of a new £100m bid, according to a report.

Two Avalon and Hat Trick production executives will pledge the money in an effort to save the channel from its move online in the autumn.

The Guardian reports that Jon Thoday of Avalon (producers of Russell Howard's Good News) and Jimmy Mulville of Hat Trick (producers of Have I Got News for You) are set to table the bid.

Should the proposal be accepted, it would be the first ever case of a licensed BBC public service moving into the private sector.

The move could see an extra £15m invested in programme making.

Current BBC Three plans will see it closed as a broadcast channel and moved exclusively online.

The BBC has claimed that the corporation would save over £50m with the move - £30m of which will be invested into BBC One drama. »

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