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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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Text Santa raises its highest total ever with £5,503,065

19 December 2014 4:50 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV's Text Santa managed to raise its highest total ever at £5,503,065 on Friday night (December 19).

The show - which featured George Clooney starring in Downton Abbey, an I'm a Celebrity choir that saw McBusted take on some jungle tasks, plus Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness in a rap battle - has now raised over £20.5 million in four years.

Viewers also saw Phillip Schofield climb the highest point in Europe - London's Shard, a special version of The Cube starring Dixon, McGuinness and Keith Lemon, plus Paul O'Grady making an appearance as an unlikely Santa in Birds of a Feather.

Meanwhile, the Coronation Street cast were joined by Mel B, Warwick Davis and Jonathan Ross to see Mary's dreams come true.

Music came from Olly Murs who performed 'History', X Factor winner Ben Haenow singing 'Something I Need' for the first time since he won the show and McBusted closing the »

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George Clooney Takes Over Downton Abbey in Hilarious 9-Minute Video

19 December 2014 4:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He's already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl - in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway. Clooney assumed his long-awaited and temporary role in the British aristocracy in a special 9-minute episode of the show for the TV fundraiser Text Santa. In the hilarious tongue-in-cheek video above, Lord Grantham - with the help of Ab Fab's Patsy Stone! - sees what life would be like at the Abbey if he were replaced by a certain George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood - otherwise known as Lord Hollywood. And we'll just say Downton has been turned upside down by Clooney's charms. »

- Philip Boucher

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Downton Abbey: Watch Clooney, Lumley, Piven guest star for Text Santa

19 December 2014 2:52 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Downton Abbey played host to a trio of stars tonight (December 19) as Jeremy Piven, Joanna Lumley and George Clooney took part in a special Text Santa skit.

Shown as part of the charity drive's annual ITV broadcast, the one-off sketch poked fun at events in the main show and added a Christmas Carol twist.

After Lord Grantham receives a telegraph informing him he has squandered the family's fortune, he curses the fact he was ever born.

He then decides to "take the car for a spin" and plans to never return.

However, an angel (Lumley) stops him in his tracks and takes him on a journey to show what life at the manor would have actually been like had he never existed.

Piven reprised his role as Mr Selfridge in one magical premonition, with his department store underwear causing a stair upstairs as a game of strip-poker takes place among Downton's downstairs staff. »

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden Is Pregnant!

19 December 2014 1:10 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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Giveaway – Win The Guest on DVD

19 December 2014 11:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The director and writer of You’re Next team up once more for one of the coolest and most acclaimed films of 2014. Boasting an awesomely badass standout performance from Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, The Guest is one of the most talked about movies of the year and perfectly balances explosive action, wit and genius script writing.

Make sure you invite The Guest into your home this Christmas on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Available to own from 29th December from Icon Film Distribution.

Adam Wingard directs this Us thriller in which an ex-soldier causes mayhem within a family. David (Dan Stevens) knocks at the door of the Peterson family and informs mother Laura (Sheila Kelley) that he was a close friend of Caleb (Chris Harding), the son she lost in combat. Welcomed into the family home, David is initially granted a hostile reception by Caleb’s brother and sister, »

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Brad Pitt Reportedly Gets Dismissed From Jury Duty by Being Brad Pitt

19 December 2014 7:55 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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George Clooney Seduces Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey (Video)

19 December 2014 7:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Can a girl get a better Christmas present than a kiss from George Clooney? And not just any kiss. If you happen to be the Countess of Grantham, you get to enjoy a Clooney smooch the full length of your left arm from wrist to shoulder. The romantic moment is featured in the latest sneak peek of the Hollywood star's cameo - he was previously seen taking a selfie on set - in a charity Downton Abbey sketch, which airs Friday on British television. The clip shows Clooney passionately kissing Elizabeth McGovern's arm in front of a valet, while »

- Philip Boucher

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Christmas Day's best TV

19 December 2014 7:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Nick Frost guest stars as the Doctor is back to save Christmas, Downton Abbey host a somewhat subdued festive affair and Miranda Hart is caught up between two proposals. Plus: Michael McIntyre’s getting very Christmassy, Jonas Armstrong is all at sea in The Whale and a high-flying tribute to Michael Jackson from Cirque Du Soleil

Henry VIII created the royal gardens by removing commoners from central London and turning it into a private park. If Alan Titchmarsh recognises any parallels with modern London, he’s not saying. This rummage around in Her Majesty’s foliage isn’t that sort of show. The Queen’s garden is huge enough to be host to everything from deer to football pitches and Titchmarsh explores it with the deference of a true courtier. Ten minutes earlier it’s Her Maj’s annual message to her subjects, also shown on BBC1 and Sky1. Phil Harrison

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- Guardian Staff

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Downton Abbey: See George Clooney charm Maggie Smith in new picture

19 December 2014 5:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Downton Abbey has unveiled a new preview of George Clooney in tonight's (December 19) Text Santa special.

The actor will appear alongside Joanna Lumley and Jeremy Piven in a special comedy sketch for the ITV telethon.

Clooney's much discussed meeting with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess is previewed in a new picture from the sketch, while a new clip shows the actor wooing Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern).

Speaking about his cameo, actress Laura Carmichael said that the Dowager Countess "ends up on the floor" when Clooney offers her a kiss.

Meanwhile, Clooney joined the cast of the period drama for one amazing selfie during his time on set.

Downton Abbey will return to ITV with a two-hour special on Christmas Day. »

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Mr Selfridge is off the rails in first-look series 3 trailer

19 December 2014 5:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has debuted a first-look trailer for the new series of Mr Selfridge.

The period drama, starring Jeremy Piven as real-life entrepreneur Harry Selfridge, will return to screens next month.

The new promo - which features the track 'Worthy' by Jacob Banks - provides a glimpse at what to expect from the upcoming third series.

Picking up in 1919, Piven's Selfridge is seen mourning the loss of his wife Rose and distracted from running his grand department store.

Kara and Hannah Tointon will join Mr Selfridge for its new run, with the two sisters playing Harry's daughters Rosalie and Violette, while Zoe Wanamaker has been cast as Russian princess Marie de Bolotoff.

Series creator Andrew Davies previously revealed to Digital Spy that he plans for Mr Selfridge to end after four series.

"It was always conceived of as four series - that is, if people liked it enough," he explained earlier this year. »

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Christmas TV: five key moments

19 December 2014 4:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From the first Queen’s speech to Morecambe and Wise to Downton Abbey, TV has long been central to the festive season. Joe Moran chooses significant highlights from over the past decades

On Christmas night, 1937, the BBC television studios at Alexandra Palace on London’s Northern Heights were shrouded in freezing smog. When the Music Hall Cavalcade finished at 10pm, viewers were so concerned for the performers that they rang up the studios to offer them lifts home. That Christmas, a year after television broadcasts had begun, showed that the few thousand people with TV sets were forging an intimate relationship with the new medium. Hundreds of them sent cards to the studios or phoned to wish the artistes a happy Christmas. The idea of a special festive schedule was taking shape, with an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, a Christmas cabaret and Television’s First Grand Christmas Pantomime: Dick Whittington and His Cat. »

- Joe Moran

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Text Santa, Gogglebox

19 December 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Text Santa: 8pm, ITV

The festive fundraising extravaganza returns, as Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, and Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon are joined by a host of famous faces to raise money for six deserving causes.

Highlights include George Clooney making a surprise visit to Downton Abbey, and Ant and Dec hosting a Yule Tucker Trial for an unsuspecting celebrity.

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

The second season of the comic book drama continues. The team discovers the ancient city before Hydra, but revealing its secrets may require one of Coulson's agents to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Elsewhere, May and Skye race to save Raina before Whitehall can take her.

Gogglebox: Channel 4, 9pm

The fourth series of the BAFTA award winning observational documentary comes to an end this week, as all your Gogglebox favourites review TV's latest offerings.

The families, couples and friends »

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George Clooney unites Downton Abbey cast for amazing selfie

19 December 2014 2:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

George Clooney joined the cast of Downton Abbey for one amazing selfie on the set of the Text Santa special.

The Hollywood actor will make a cameo appearance in the charity sketch, which airs tonight (December 19) on the ITV telethon.

He is joined by cast members Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Rob James-Collier, Kevin Doyle, Lily James, Phyllis Logan and Allen Leech on the picture.

Speaking about Clooney's appearance, Carmichael said: "It's amazing and we didn't even know if it would actually happen until he turned up! We were filming away and then heard, 'He's here, he's here, he's arrived'.

"But he was wonderful and so brilliant and I'm very excited for everyone to see it."

Joanna Lumley and Mr Selfridge actor Jeremy Piven will also make special guest appearances in the sketch, which sees the Crawley family hit by a financial crisis.

Downton Abbey will return to ITV »

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Popsugar Shout Out: Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday With Some '90s Nostalgia

18 December 2014 11:55 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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See George Clooney’s Selfie on the Set of Downton Abbey

18 December 2014 5:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is anyone immune to the charms of George Clooney? Clearly, the famously frosty occupants of Downton aren't - even the stiff upper lips of butler Carson and housekeeper Mrs. Hughes have been turned into glowing smiles by the Oscar-winner's presence. The selfie was taken during the filming of Clooney's appearance in a special charity sketch of Downton Abbey. The hit period drama airs on British TV on Friday at 4 p.m. Et. Photos: George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin's Whirlwind Wedding Weekend A new teaser clip is also going to be released in the lead-up to the annual Text Santa fundraiser, »

- Philip Boucher

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Check Out George Clooney and the Cast of Downton Abbey's Amazing Selfie!

18 December 2014 4:01 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Lights, camera, selfie! George Clooney's appearance on Downton Abbey wouldn't be complete without photographic proof that the newlywed fit right with the cast of the period drama, right? The 53-year-old is shown posing alongside the main characters of the mega-successful miniseries and seems to have no problem being the center (well, slightly to the right, but you get the idea) of attention. And while Clooney's debut at Highclere Castle isn't exactly for the main show, it is for the network's Text Santa Christmas Charity, which is an annual fundraiser benefiting six U.K. charities. According to recent report, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville was »

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‘Night At The Museum 3′ Review: Pete Hammond On The Lively ‘Tomb’

18 December 2014 3:12 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The third Night At The Museum installment hits theaters this weekend with one of Robin Williams‘ last performances, plus amusing turns by several series regulars, as I say in my video review above. The cast is led by Ben Stiller as the nightwatchman dealing with lively exhibits at the museum, played by Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley with a terrific performance by Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens as a gung-ho knight.

Veteran comedy helmer Shawn Levy directed from a script written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, from a story by the pair and Mark Friedman. Producers are Levy and Chris Columbus. Fox is handling distribution.

Are you going to see the film? Watch my review and let us know.

 

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- Pete Hammond

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Martha Stewart, ‘Mrs. Patmore’ and Team Create “Gingerbread Abbey” Plus Recipe Video

18 December 2014 2:23 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Food spotlight: In anticipation of the return of “Downton Abbey” to Masterpiece on PBS beginning January 4, 2015, Martha Stewart and her team have created a “Gingerbread Abbey”—a stunning likeness of the Grantham family home made entirely of gingerbread.This year, the PBS network asked her to take on a significant gingerbread construction that you might recognize: a version of the grand home of the Grantham family from the Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.”  Gingerbread Abbey is stunning. It’s a sizable construction — 48 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 28 inches high. But believe it or not, Martha says this isn’t […] »

- April Neale

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical announces premiere

18 December 2014 11:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical has been officially announced.

The Really Useful Group is working with Warner Music Group on the production, which will have its world premiere on Broadway in November 2015.

Previews will begin on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6

As well as featuring songs from Richard Linklater's 2003 film, there will be new music written by Lloyd Webber with lyricist Glenn Slater, and there will be a book produced by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.

The show will be directed by Laurence Connor, who is currently working on Broadway's Les Miserables.

Lloyd Webber said: "School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids. Tim Rice and my first performed piece, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was written for a school. Ever since then, I and my Art Foundation have been actively »

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