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Clarkson, Hammond and May crash about in Burma. It's puerile, it's silly and it's undeniably funny
Y ou've got to feel for poor Burma, Myanmar, whatever you want to call it. After getting on for half a century of oppressive military rule they limp painfully towards some kind of democracy, if not an especially liberal one. And then suddenly – just what they need – they get invaded by Jeremy bloody Clarkson and his Top Gear (BBC2, Sunday) chums.
For Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, it's basically still 1943 and the Burma Campaign; they're retaking the country for the British. Well, they're driving around it in lorries, being loud and annoying. Then they're going to cross the border into Thailand – sorry, Siam – to the river Kwai, which they will build a bridge across, of course. Dudes, relax, it's all right, the second world war is over. (They're like those Japanese commandos still fighting in the jungle, »
- Sam Wollaston
The BBC has released images from the first episode of The Michael McIntyre Chat Show.
The trio were confirmed to feature on the debut episode last month, with Allen discussing her recent return to the music industry, as well as chatting about her new single 'Air Balloon' and album Sheezus.
Upon landing the six-part series earlier this year, McIntyre said: "From my very first conversation I remember thinking, 'This should be televised!'
"Well, now the British Broadcasting Corporation has made my dream a reality.
"I am overwhelmingly excited about meeting and having fun with my favourite celebrated people »
Dancing on Ice: ITV, 7pm
After nine series, Dancing on Ice draws to a close tonight and the top all-star is crowned.
Call the Midwife: BBC One, 8pm
In the final episode of series three, Lady Browne's health continues to grow worse, and as things looks bleak Chummy is forced to put aside their bitter argument last week and help nurse her mother.
Young Jenny also meets a new gentleman who catches her eye, while Doc Turner and Shelagh receive a letter from the adoption agency.
Hitting our screens a little late, this Top Gear special finally begins tonight. »
The couple drove up the red carpet in the classic blue car before greeting fans and posing for photographers at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Model and charity campaigner Parsekian dazzled in a sheer black floor-length dress while Breaking Bad's Paul looked dapper in a three piece suit.
Need for Speed, based on EA's popular racing video game series, sees mechanic Tobey (Paul) in a cross-country race against time, seeking revenge on a rival (Dominic Cooper) who framed him for manslaughter.
Co-stars at the screening included Cooper, Keaton and British actress Poots, looking ethereal in a Grecian-style pale blue Nina Ricci gown. »
It’s rare when two of the best shows on TV combine, but that’s exactly what happened recently as Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul went on Top Gear to chat with Jeremy Clarkson. In the shows’ “star in a reasonably priced car” segment, Paul was grilled about Breaking Bad, his new Need for Speed movie and then [&hellip
It's the longest-running feud in showbiz that is set to last even longer than a Tesla without a recharge. Yep, it's Jeremy Clarkson and Piers Morgan, with the Top Gear presenter using his BBC2 show to give the (soon to be former) CNN talkshow host both barrels. Introducing the Stig on Sunday night's show, the Daily Star reports, Clarkson told viewers: "Some say that his hair is the same shape as a hat, and that if he worked for CNN he wouldn't get such pitifully low ratings that his show got cancelled." Then, to Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul: "We know Us networks, they're brutal. One minute you've got a chatshow …" All this after Clarkson took aim at Morgan with his Sunday Times column, dubbing him a "friendless, broken shell". Now Morgan has got a bit more time on his hands, perhaps he can bury the hatchet with Clarkson »
Aaron Paul is more than just breaking bad, he’s breaking speeding records. Paul, starring in car-themed flick Need for Speed hitting theaters March 14, went across the pond as a guest on BBC’s Top Gear on Sunday where he couldn’t contain his excitement after learning he beat the celebrity record for fastest time around the Top Gear track in the ”Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” segment.
Paul earned a 1:44.7, beating the previous winning time of 1:45.1 held by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.
Check out the Top Gear segment below to see Paul’s impressive driving skills and, »
- Stephanie Robbins
News Louisa Mellor 3 Mar 2014 - 16:01
Here's a wee bit of Breaking Bad-related fun. Viewers of Top Gear, the BBC's motoring magazine show, will have seen Aaron Paul appear in Sunday's Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment. The premise, for anyone unfamiliar, involves a celebrity trying to best their fellow stars in a modest vehicle on a racing circuit mixed in with a bit of Jeremy Clarkson-led chat. Previous entrants this series (using a Vauxhall Astra, fact fans) have included the geek delights of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ron Howard, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Jackman and Charles Dance. Not bad company for Paul, we're sure you'll agree.
The driving bit kicks off at around the six minute mark. We won't ruin his result for those of you who haven't seen it, »
Yeah, bitch! It was a performance that would have made Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman proud. Aaron Paul took on the Top Gear Reasonably Priced Car challenge and stormed it, topping the celebrity leaderboard.
He modestly claimed at the start of the lap that he simply didn't want to finish bottom of the leaderboard, but it was clear he was taking the task seriously as he quietly uttered the word "bitch" to himself as he took a corner.
The Vauxhall Astra Top Gear Leaderboard:
1:44.7 - Aaron Paul
1:45.1 - Brian Johnson
1:45.6 - Jimmy Carr
1:46.1 - Hugh Jackman
1:46.7 - David Haye
1:46.8 - Warwick Davis
1:47.8 - Benedict Cumberbatch
1:48.5 - Rachel Riley
1:48.8 - Charles Dance
1:48.9 - Joss Stone
Call the Midwife easily won the Sunday ratings once again last night, according to overnight data.
BBC One's recently-renewed drama climbed to 8.95 million (32.9%) at 8pm. The Musketeers continued by dipping 100,000 to 4.40m (18.9%) at 9pm.
Earlier, Blandings attracted 3.75m (17.2%) at 6.30pm, followed by Countryfile with 6.76m (28.7%) at 7pm.
ITV's Dancing on Ice semi-final dropped around 400k to 5.02m (24.2%) at 6.15pm (245k/1.0% on +1). The results show brought in 4.23m (17.5%) at 8.30pm (254k/1.1%).
Mr Selfridge climbed from last week to 4.50m (18.1%) at 9pm (259k/1.6%), while All-Star Family Fortunes entertained 4.36m (16.9%) at 7.45pm (163k/0.6%).
Channel 4's Fish Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interested 788k (3.3%) at 7pm (141k/0.5%). Time Team appealed to 952k (3.5%) at 8pm (185k/0.8%), while Angelina Jolie film Salt thrilled 1.18m (6.0%) at 9pm (229k/1.9%).
On Channel 5, Bruce Willis »
Tonight's episode will see Richard Hammond visit Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit to drive a hybrid hypercar, capable of astonishing speed. Jeremy Clarkson and James May join forces to promote safer cycling and present their efforts to a panel of experts. Meanwhile, Jeremy compares the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf Gti to BMW's critically-acclaimed M135i. Also tonight, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul attempts driving the Reasonably Priced Car in a bid to achieve the fastest lap time.
The Musketeers, BBC One, 9pm
When armed men abduct a young woman's baby, Aramis and d'Artagnan must find out why anybody would go to such great lengths to kidnap the boy. Elsewhere, the king's royal hunting party is disrupted by the sudden appearance of his banished mother, who is seeking royal protection from an unknown assassin.
Tonight's episode is the last in »
"When we look stupid or when we think we are flogging a dead horse [we'll stop], but that hasn't happened this series," the executive producer argued. "It's better than the last series, which was a bit ropey.
"There's clearly an appetite, it's still there. So, we'll start talking [about future series] soon."
The latest series of Top Gear opened with 5.34m viewers earlier this month, with the most recent episode pulling in 5.55m on Sunday, February 23.
Wilman previously stated that the motoring show provides viewers with "the path to 9-year-old escapism".
Top Gear tech highlights: McLaren P1 and more
Watch a clip from the new series of Top Gear below: »
BBC America has given the green light to the new vehicle transformation series “Mud, Sweat and Gears,” hosted by UK car journos Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith. The hour-long spot will be produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC America and BBC Worldwide’s new Brit channel.
In each of the eight unscripted episodes, daredevils Ford and Smith both captain a team of two fellow car enthusiasts and are given 24 hours to mutate, supersize or reconstruct ordinary vehicles to compete in stunt challenges.
The series was ordered by BBC America’s general manager Perry Simon and Tracy Forsyth, BBC Worldwide’s VP of commissioning, original content. Nathaniel Grouille serves as exec producer and showrunner alongside co-exec producer Trice Barto.
- Andrea Seikaly
BBC America has given the green light to vehicle transformation series Mud, Sweat & Gears. The eight-episode series, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC America and BBC Worldwide’s new Brit channel, will be hosted by Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith — two UK car journalists. Each week, the pair will work as rival captains for two teams of car enthusiasts. They will have 24 hours to reconstruct ordinary vehicles and complete competitive stunt challenges. Perry Simon, General Manager of BBC America, called it a perfect fit for the network’s Top Gear driven Monday lineup. Top Gear, in its 21st season, is on target for its highest rated season yet in the U.S. Production begins shooting next month in California. Mud, Sweat & Gears also will launch across the BBC’s international channels and is the first original commission to be announced for BBC Brit – the new male-skewing factual entertainment »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
News that NBC's favourite killer Hannibal is to have his own scent opens up a world of possibilities for branded fragrances. We imagine what else might be in the pipeline
With Mother's Day looming on the horizon, you might already be wondering what gift could best express your love for the woman who brought you into the world. Worry no more. Gaumont International Television, NBC Universal and brand-marketing firm Evolution have announced plans to create a perfume based on the hit NBC show Hannibal. After all, nothing says "thanks for raising me" like a tiny bottle of offal-stinking water with a picture of a serial killer on the front, does it?
Admittedly, if you wanted to overlook the whole murderer thing, this decision does almost make a fraction of sense. After all, Hannibal is an impossibly beautiful show. It's gorgeous to look at. It's an aesthete's programme, and this sensibility »
- Stuart Heritage
We told you last month about John Simm (the sometimes-bleached-blond Master in the rebooted Doctor Who) in BBC America‘s upcoming original series Intruders, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan of The X-Files. Now comes word that Mira Sorvino and sci-fi familiar face James Frain (most recently of Grimm and Sleepy Hollow) will be joining him, as filming begins on this body-snatcher-type series:
New York – February 24, 2014 – Production is underway in Vancouver British Columbia for BBC America’s new original series Intruders, starring celebrated British actor John Simm and Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino. The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), the series is »
- Erin Willard
Top Gear host takes to Twitter to comment about Us network pulling plug, tweeting that 'something wonderful has happened'
Given his longstanding feud with Piers Morgan, it's no surprise that Jeremy Clarkson has something to say about the former Mirror editor's show being axed by CNN. However, the Top Gear host's first tweet on Monday morning was unusually restrained: "I'm feeling strangely contented this morning. I wonder if something wonderful has happened somewhere." It didn't take him long to get into full flow, though – an hour later he tweeted: "I understand that Nigerian TV is looking for a new chat show host. Anyone got any suggestions?" This was quickly followed by "Hmm. Morgan has told us for years that his ratings are sky high. So obv he wasn't sacked for that reason. Why else could it be, I wonder?" No doubt due to the time difference in Los Angeles, Morgan »
Call the Midwife continued its dominance of Sunday nights on BBC One, according to overnight data.
The period drama claimed back around 400,000 viewers from last week to 8.80 million (31.8%) at 8pm. Earlier, Countryfile attracted 7.19m (29.8%) at 7pm, while The Musketeers continued with 4.52m (19.4%) at 9pm.
ITV's Dancing on Ice rose by 700k from last week to 5.41m (23.8%) at 6.15pm (202k/0.8% on +1), while the results show brought in 4.49m (15.9%) at 8.30pm (260k/1.1%).
All-Star Family Fortunes entertained 4.47m (16.9%) at 7.45pm (185k/0.7%), while Mr Selfridge dipped to 4.42m (17.8%) at 9pm (288k/1.7%).
Channel 5's broadcast of sci-fi thriller Daybreakers was seen by 473k (2.3%) at 9pm (101k/0.7%).
On ITV2, The Only Way Is Essex returned for a »
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned to ITV to 6.05 million viewers last night (February 22), according to overnight data.
25.9% of the audience share tuned in to the first instalment of the entertainment show's 11th series when it aired at 7pm.
In the same timeslot on BBC One, The Voice UK continued to top Saturday night ratings, with 7.25m (31.2%) watching as Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson completed their teams in the final round of blind auditions.
On BBC Two, 1.51m watched the highlights of Sochi 2014's penultimate day on Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7.10pm.
Top Gear followed at 8pm with 1.15m (5.15%), while The Culture Show pulled in 1.01m (4.85%) at 9pm.
Back on ITV, Take Me Out's current series came to an end with 3.67m (17.44%) hoping »
Tonight's episode sees Jeremy Clarkson head to Italy to get behind the wheel of an exclusive hand-crafted sports car, Richard Hammond tests out a six-wheel drive on Abu Dhabi's sand dunes, and James May defies his status as Captain Slow on the test track.
It's also Jack Whitehall's turn to set a lap time in the Reasonably Priced Car, and with the comedian admitting on his Twitter page earlier this week that he can't actually drive, expect some hilarious mishaps on his part.
Mr Selfridge: ITV, 9pm
It's all kicking off in tonight's episode of the period drama. With German goods being taken of the store's shelves, Harry organises a patriotic concert to raise money for British troops, with Lady Mae calling in an old friend to headline the event.
However, following Mr Selfridge's offer to help the government, he is »
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