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Here is what BAFTA host Graham Norton thinks about the year in TV

4 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's only the BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday, so what better way to prepare than by looking over the year in television? And who better to do that with than with BAFTA host Graham Norton himself?

"By the time you get to the Oscars, there's been so many award shows you know what's winning," Graham said. "In this, it really is up for grabs. You really don't know until the night and then it becomes obvious – the minute something wins you go, 'Well, of course that won, of course it did'. But until then, you don't know."

But who does he think will be picking up some of those lovely little trophies? Which show does he think should have been nominated? And is he a fan of Mrs Brown's Boys? Read on for all that and more...

"I would say that Leading Actor is a very hard category. Benedict Cumberbatch has been up before, »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Tatau, Poldark, Vera

26 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Vera: ITV, 8pm

In the series finale, Vera (Brenda Blethyn) works to uncover the suspected murder of dock worker Owen Thorne, who plunges from the roof of a multi-storey car park while picking up his daughter from her school prom.

The mystery only delves further as disputes with family and colleagues are uncovered in the midst of Owen's death.

Poldark: BBC One, 9pm

The last episode of the series starring Aidan Turner and Jack Farthing sees Ross (Turner) reluctantly fold his failing company as his competition is too great.

George, his competitor, celebrates by rewarding himself with a new ship - but Ross's revenge comes in the form of George's boat being wrecked, and concurrently ransacked by the townspeople.

Hunters of the South Seas: BBC Two, 9pm

Writer and explorer Will Millard travels to Lamalera, an Indonesian village, notorious in the Coral Triangle for their centuries of survival »

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Brenda Blethyn craves ‘sexy siren’ role in Game of Thrones

5 April 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor, 69, is superfan of the fantasy fiction series and would like a part in it

Game Of Thrones superfan Brenda Blethyn would like to play a “sexy siren” in the hit show.

Blethyn, 69, who stars in Vera, told the Sunday People: “I love Game Of Thrones. I can’t believe series five is about to start. I even wrote a letter to them; I said I wanted to play a sexy siren!”

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Michael McIntyre, Vera, Poldark

5 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael McIntyre's Easter Night at the Coliseum: BBC One, 8pm

Comedian Michael McIntyre hosts a variety performance from the Coliseum Theatre in London. Expect music, comedy and a few speciality acts in between, as well as a few jokes from the leading man himself.

Vera: ITV, 8pm

Brenda Blethyn returns as Vera in the fifth series opener of ITV's crime drama. In tonight's episode, the detective investigates a fire that has devastated a holiday park and the park owners' relatives are the chief suspects.

Poldark: BBC One, 9pm

The BBC period drama about a soldier who returns to England to find his life upended after fighting in the American Revolution continues.

In tonight's episode, a doctor arrives to investigate lung disease, Ross attempts an alliance with fellow mine-owners to build their own smelting company and Verity is reconciled with Captain Blamey.

Indian Summers: Channel 4, 9pm

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ITV Commissions Season Four of Jeremy Piven Starrer ‘Mr Selfridge’

13 March 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned season four of period drama “Mr Selfridge,” starring “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven. The third season has its U.S. premiere on March 29 on PBS’ “Masterpiece.”

In season four, Piven will reprise his role as the colorful but troubled Harry Selfridge, and Katherine Kelly, from U.K. soap “Coronation Street,” is set to return as the socialite Lady Mae Loxley. The series will also feature a major new character played by “Line of Duty’s” Sacha Dhawan and two new guest roles for newcomers Lottie Tolhurst and Mimi Ndiweni.

Series regulars Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Amy Beth Hayes, Trystan Gravelle, Sacha Parkinson and Samuel West return.

The drama is inspired by the turbulent life of charismatic American retail entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge. This fourth season, which comprises 10 episodes, focuses on his dramatic fall as he loses hold of the empire and »

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9 actors who have left Downton Abbey for better... or worse

5 March 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

For many actors, Downton Abbey was their first big break in television.

But not everyone can be a Lord Grantham or a Carson. For many - whether they chose to leave or were written out - their fortunes changed after exiting the ITV drama.

So after the news that Dan Stevens has joined Beauty and the Beast, Digital Spy looks at the careers (so far!) of 9 actors who have bowed out of Highclere Castle...

1. Ed Speleers

After starring in series three, four and five of Downton, Ed Speleers left Jimmy Kent behind for another role in a big budget British TV drama.

We most recently saw him in the part of Edward Seymour in Wolf Hall, and he will also star in upcoming films Remainder and Howl. Most prominently, he's been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

2. Amy Nuttall »

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Digital Spy's rising stars for 2015: Joe Cole, Karla Crome and more

9 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?

Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.

1. Billy Howle

After graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, Billy Howle quickly landed television work in Channel 4's New Worlds and on ITV's Vera.

But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.

Next up for the talented Howle is a plum role in BBC One's adaptation of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, which is due to be broadcast later in 2015.

2. Hannah Britland

A graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hannah Britland launched her television acting career with early roles in Misfits and Skins. »

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