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Britain's Got Talent: David Walliams dresses as a dog for agility course

9 April 2015 5:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Who would win in a battle of agility between David Walliams and a Belgian Shepherd?

Well, Walliams decided to find out by going up against the dog on the Britain's Got More Talent stage.

The comedian will face competition from different dogs as the series goes on, taking on various challenges.

He got into the spirit of the occasion by donning his own dog costume, but it wasn't enough to help him beat Jibe.

It took Walliams 46 seconds to complete the course, while Jibe got round in just 10 seconds.

Walliams recently suggested that entertainment value is more important than talent when it comes to sifting through acts on the ITV series.

Meanwhile, Cowell claimed that Walliams's ego is "out of control" after his Best TV Judge win at the 2015 National Television Awards.

Britain's Got More Talent returns to ITV2 on Saturday (April 11) at 9.20pm.

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Bgt's David Walliams: 'Entertainment value more important than talent'

8 April 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Britain's Got Talent's David Walliams has claimed that entertainment value is more important than talent.

The comedian said that eccentric acts are still his "absolute favourite" and are the reason he continues to do the show.

He said: "We had a brilliant guy who came on and played tunes on a comb, he blew into this comb.

"It was absolutely excruciating to listen to him murdering all these famous songs, but also it was incredibly entertaining.

"I think that's what is interesting, sometimes people are not necessarily that talented but they can still be hugely entertaining. Ultimately, entertainment value is what we are really looking for. I think sometimes people get confused.

"If someone comes on and they sing a song, but there's nothing original about them or the way they do it, then they have some talent but they have left everyone cold. But this guy, blowing into a comb, »

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Simon Cowell on David Walliams: 'His ego is out of control'

8 April 2015 5:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Simon Cowell has claimed that David Walliams is "out of control".

The Britain's Got Talent boss said his fellow judge's ego is "getting bigger", especially after he was named Best TV Judge at January's National Television Awards.

On whether he considered changing the judging line-up this year, Cowell said: "No, I think - and I hate to admit it - this panel is about as good as we've done on any show.

"I like being on the show but more importantly the other three really like being on the show. They genuinely want to find someone talented, particularly the girls.

"We get on really well. David can be a pain - I feel a little bit like Frankenstein and the monster. His ego is getting bigger and he's literally out of control."

Cowell also claimed that he has "higher standards" than the other judges, and criticised "terrible" dog acts who »

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Open thread: Who should replace Dermot O'Leary as X Factor host?

27 March 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

So Dermot O'Leary is leaving The X Factor after eight years fronting the ITV singing competition.

In a statement, the host thanked Simon Cowell and the show's family - but talk has inevitably already turned to who will fill Dermot's dancing shoes.

Who do you think should present The X Factor now? Should it jump into the safe pair of hands that is Ant & Dec who already front sister show Britain's Got Talent? Or is Olly Murs the way forward as an ex-contestant who knows the process inside-out and has experience on The Xtra Factor?

Digital Spy rounds up some of the possibilities:

Ant & Dec

Fresh off the back of a fourteenth Best Presenter win in a row at the National Television Awards, Ant & Dec are widely seen as the safest pair of hands to present primetime telly on a Saturday night. Experience on Pop Idol is in their favour too, »

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Doctor Who: 60 things we learned from The Writer's Tale

26 March 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To end a week celebrating New Who's 10th birthday, here's a bumper list of Doctor Who titbits from Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale...

We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.

In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »

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Olly Murs gets pranked in Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway clip

14 February 2015 2:50 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Olly Murs gets an unexpected gunging in a preview clip of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

In a preview trailer for the upcoming 12th series, the former X Factor star is shown being locked into a tanning booth before being covered in yellow gunk.

Also shown preparing for embarrassment is Richard Madeley, who agrees to do everything Ant & Dec tell him to do while meeting unsuspecting members of the public.

Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV on Saturday, February 21 at 7pm for the first live show of the series.

The upcoming shows will feature undercover missions from the double act, as well 'I'm a Celebrity…Get Out of Me Ear' and other new segments.

Ant & Dec were awarded the Best Entertainment Presenter prize at the National Television Awards earlier this month, for the 14th year running. »

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Doctor Who and Eastenders: a history of soap and space

12 February 2015 8:42 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From the Queen Vic to the Tardis. As Eastenders prepares to mark its 30th anniversary, we look back at its encounters with Doctor Who...

Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.

And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.

Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.

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Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway gets return date

11 February 2015 9:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has received a return date.

The show's 12th series will begin on February 21, ITV has confirmed.

A new Saturday Night Takeaway trailer was recently revealed, showing the presenting duo as superheroes battling 'The Winter Blues'.

The new series promises to feature undercover missions from the pair, as well as more 'I'm a Celebrity…Get Out of Me Ear' and other new segments.

Since the end of the last series, Ant & Dec have taken the show on an extensive nationwide tour, with special guest appearances from Blue, Joey Essex and Peter Andre.

They were recently awarded the Best Entertainment Presenter prize at the National Television Awards for the 14th year running earlier this month.

Watch the pair discuss wanting to present the Brits again below: »

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Ant & Dec are superheroes in new Saturday Night Takeaway trailer

29 January 2015 9:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ant & Dec have transformed into superheroes for their new Saturday Night Takeaway trailer.

The Geordie duo are seen dressed up as superheroes scaling ITV's headquarters as they battle 'The Winter Blues'.

The new series promises to feature undercover missions from the pair, as well as more 'I'm a Celebrity…Get Out of Me Ear' and other new segments.

Since the end of the last series, Ant & Dec have taken the show on an extensive nationwide tour, with special guest appearances from Blue, Joey Essex and Peter Andre.

Meanwhile, the pair were awarded the Best Entertainment Presenter prize at the National Television Awards for the 14th year running earlier this month.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will return to screens for its twelfth series next month.

Watch the pair discuss wanting to present the Brits again below: »

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David Tennant To Battle ‘Jessica Jones’

29 January 2015 1:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

His latest show Gracepoint just got the heave-ho, but former Doctor Who David Tennant is joining the Marvel stable with a role as villain Kilgrave in the A.K.A Jessica Jones TV series. He’s the second Tardis traveller to go dark for the comic titan, following Karen Gillan in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Kilgrave is described as a mysterious figure from Jones’ past as a costumed crimefighter. She turned her back on the superhero life to become a private detective but echoes of her spandex-clad days seem destined to follow her around. Krysten Ritter is playing the lead, supported by Mike Colter as Luke Cage.

With a Special Recognition prize bestowed at last week’s National Television Awards and a rumoured part in NBC’s Hannibal, not to mention his continuing success in Gracepoint‘s British counterpart Broadchurch, it looks like Tennant is going from strength to strength »

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Alan Carr: 'Getting drunk on Chatty Man easier than doing research'

23 January 2015 6:32 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alan Carr has insisted that he does serve his guests real alcohol on Chatty Man - because it saves him "doing research".

"They just open up - you get more out of them [when they've been drinking]," Carr told Digital Spy at the National Television Awards.

The comedian was named best Chat Show Host at the NTAs, beating Michael McIntyre, Graham Norton, Paul O'Grady and Jonathan Ross.

The victory was decided by viewers, though Carr insisted that he had not campaigned for votes online.

"I didn't wanna hammer it on Twitter and tell everyone [to vote] - because there's nothing worse, is there?" he said. "If people vote for you, they vote for you, which is always sweet."

Carr had previously apologised for his NTAs acceptance speech, branding it "f**king s**t".

Sheridan Smith: 'I was gutted to miss NTAs win'

This Morning hosts: 'You never know what to expect on the show' »

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This Morning hosts: 'You never know what to expect on the show'

23 January 2015 5:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Watch Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford reflect on a year of surreal This Morning moments with Digital Spy.

The hosts were speaking to DS at the National Television Awards, where This Morning was named best Daytime show.

Hours after the show featured vagina facials, we asked Eamonn and Ruth to look back on their memories of the past year - from Hilary Clinton to big bottoms.

"You just don't know who or what you're going to see or who you're going to meet," Holmes said of This Morning's wide-ranging content.

The show beat BBC One's Pointless and fellow ITV series The Chase and The Jeremy Kyle Show to emerge victorious on Wednesday night.

Great British Bake Off not competing with similar formats, says Mary Berry

Keith Lemon: The Sequel? "It's written and ready to film," says star »

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Great British Bake Off not competing with similar formats, says Mary Berry

23 January 2015 3:49 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mary Berry has insisted that The Great British Bake Off is "not competing" with shows that have mimicked its format.

Berry told Digital Spy at the National Television Awards that she has watched and enjoyed BBC Two's The Big Allotment Challenge - hosted by Fern Britton.

"We're all not competing - we're just encouraging people to watch television and learn something," she said.

The Great British Bake Off won the award for Skills Challenge Show at the NTAs, beating Come Dine with Me, MasterChef and The Apprentice.

Berry and Paul Hollywood will return to host The Great Comic Relief Bake Off on BBC One, which will air across four weeks in February.

The pair have promised "real A-listers" as part of their celebrity line-ups, with Hollywood saying: "It's unbelievable - I was really shocked at the people walking in."

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Keith Lemon: The Sequel? "It's written and ready to film," says star

23 January 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Keith Lemon has revealed that a sequel to Keith Lemon: The Film has been written.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the National Television Awards, Lemon explained that the movie was planned for 2015, but was later put on hold for scheduling reasons.

"It's written and ready to film when we have time," he said.

Watch our video interview for more from Keith, including his favourite ever guest on Celebrity Juice and who he has a man crush on.

Celebrity Juice was named best Multichannel series at Wednesday night's (January 21) NTAs, beating Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Geordie Shore.

20 things we saw at The National Television Awards' 20th ceremony

National Television Awards 2015 attracts 6.3m, up from last year »

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Ant & Dec on hosting Brits: 'We didn't enjoy it the first time'

22 January 2015 8:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ant & Dec have suggested they were not ready to host the Brit Awards back in 2001.

Speaking to Digital Spy at last night's (January 21) National Television Awards, Ant claimed that the pair - who will return to hosting duties this year - took on the gig "too soon".

"When we hosted it 13 / 14 years ago, it was probably a bit too soon for us, I think," said Ant. "So we're going to come back now with a few years of live TV experience under our belts and really enjoy it."

National Television Awards 2015 winners in full - I'm a Celebrity, more

Speaking earlier in the NTAs press room, Dec added: "We're very excited about hosting it. We did it in 2001, but we don't really remember doing it - we were so nervous and a bit scared.

"We didn't have a very nice time. So when we got asked to do it again, »

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Alan Carr backing Michelle Visage to win Celebrity Big Brother

22 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Alan Carr is backing Michelle Visage to win 'Celebrity Big Brother'. The 38-year-old chat show host has revealed he is rooting for the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' judge to win the Channel 5 show as he believes she's being her true self in the house. Speaking at the National Television Awards at The O2 in London last night (21.01.15), he said: ''CBB is addictive! I have just been on holiday to Costa Rica, I came back and just stayed in watching it eight hours back to back. ''We went out for dinner with Michelle Visage and she is so lovely. What you see in »

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Watch The Keith Lemon Sketch Show spoof Kim Kardashian in new clip

22 January 2015 7:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV2 has released a clip from The Keith Lemon Sketch Show.

The series sees the Celebrity Juice presenter spoofing celebrities including the Kardashians, One Direction and Holly Willoughby.

The sketch previewed shows the Kardashians portrayed as an Irish traveller family who sell clothes and wheel trims at the side of the road.

Meanwhile, actors including Paddy McGuinness, John Thomson and Emily Atack will guest star in the new programme.

The first episode will air at 10pm on Thursday, February 5.

After meeting Kris Jenner at the National Television Awards last night, Lemon commented that the Kardashian matriarch had "lovely breasts". »

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20 things we saw at The National Television Awards' 20th ceremony

22 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Kris Jenner not knowing which way is up, Dermot O'Leary propped on Amanda Holden's knee and the entirety of Danny Dyer's speech - there were definitely a lot of funny and bizarre moments during last night's National Television Awards.

And Digital Spy had front row (well, near enough) seats to both the ceremony and afterparty - so here's 20 things that you wouldn't have seen on TV last night.

National Television Awards 2015 as it happened: Live blog

NTAs 2015: Best reactions to 'Georgie Shore', David Tennant and more

1. We were seated in the first row, outside of the red-carpeted pen that was holding all the celebs at the front. Sat next to us were some of the Geordie (or should that be Georgie, Kris Jenner?) Shore lads and lasses that didn't quite make the cut into being classed as proper celebrities. Marnie Simpson, along with newbies Chloe November and Nathan Henry, »

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National Television Awards 2015 attracts 6.3m, up from last year

22 January 2015 2:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The 2015 National Television Awards achieved its best ratings in four years, overnight data reveals.

The Dermot O'Leary-hosted event attracted an average audience of 6.30 million (28.1%) from 7.30pm (318,000/1.5% on +1).

This is up by around 400k viewers from last year, and is its best score since 2011's 6.5m viewership.

On BBC One, Pets - Wild at Heart gathered 3.49m (15.7%) at 8pm, followed by Crimewatch with 2.42m (10.2%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's Winterwatch appealed to 2.09m (9.4%) at 8pm, while new comedy Up the Women was seen by 1.22m (6.8%) at 10pm.

New Damian Lewis drama Wolf Hall was BBC Two's biggest drama launch since 2005, bringing in 3.89m (16.5%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, Restoration Man interested 1.36m (6.1%) at 8pm (198k/0.8%), while 24 Hours in A&E brought in 1.34m (5.6%) at 9pm (370k/0.8%). Bodyshockers fascinated 1.12m (6.9%) at 10pm (156k/2.2%).

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother continued with 1.82m (7.6%) at 9pm (467k/2.8%), followed by Suspects with 511k (3.1%) at »

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Ant & Dec: 'We didn't wait around to use golden buzzer on Bgt this year'

21 January 2015 7:13 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ant & Dec have decided to get in early with their golden buzzer on Britain's Got Talent this year.

The pair pressed the buzzer earlier this week, on the first day of live auditions for the show in Edinburgh.

"The talent's good, the talent's really good, and we've pushed our golden buzzer already," Ant explained to reporters including Digital Spy backstage at the National Television Awards.

"We got in there early - a really good act, actually. I think it's fabulous."

Dec added: "Last year we waited until the last session of the last day to push our golden buzzer. We weren't getting caught out with that again!

"We pushed it on the first session of the first day. They're a great act. But a really good level in Edinburgh. [It's] Manchester next, so we're very excited."

Dec also has high hopes for 2015's search, saying: "It's good to have a really steady judging panel as well. »

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