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Corporation's concert coverage attracts nearly 15 million viewers, making it the most-watched show of the year so far
The BBC may have faced a broadside of criticism for its Thames pageant coverage, but still ruled the waves ratings-wise over the Queen's diamond jubilee bank holiday. Monday's Diamond Jubilee Concert averaged nearly 15 million viewers – the biggest TV audience of the year so far.
BBC1's ratings highlights over the bank holiday included average audiences of 14.7 million viewers for Monday night's Diamond Jubilee Concert and 10.3 million for the much-maligned Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant on Sunday afternoon.
On Tuesday, The Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession averaged 6.2 million viewers and 41.9% audience share on BBC1 between 1.30pm and 3.45pm.
Monday's concert was the most-watched TV show of the year so far in terms of overnight ratings. ITV1's Britain's Got Talent final in May averaged 11.88 million and a 48.4% audience share on overnight viewing.
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- Jason Deans
Great British Menu
The current series of this cooking challenge has an Olympic theme, but if you don't grasp that immediately, there are enough references to "Olympian cooking", "gold medal food" and so on to leave you in no doubt. Interestingly, there's a new tactical, sudden-death element to the final week: not all the chefs will be cooking all of their dishes. If the judges didn't like the dish before, and the cook hasn't sufficiently tweaked it, they won't be getting a second chance to cook it. Airs throughout the week. John Robinson
As with anything described as "the brainchild of Gary Barlow", this big gig could go either way. If you can gather four generations of slightly tipsy family round the box, there's plenty to »
- John Robinson, Hannah Verdier, Clare Considine, Phelim O'Neill, Ali Catterall, David Stubbs
Whether you want an escape from union flag bunting or wall to wall royals, we have the perfect TV guide for this diamond jubilee holiday weekend
The diamond jubilee is going to be everywhere this weekend – the shops will be covered in Union Jacks, there'll easily be enough bunting to garrotte the entire population twice, and television will be rammed with it. However, it won't be entirely impossible to avoid. So allow me to present two bank holiday TV guides, one for royalists and one for republicans...
Royalists will have slim pickings. Pretty much the only piece of serious diamond jubilee coverage comes in the form of How To Paint A Queen: A Culture Show Special (BBC2, 8:20pm). It isn't about Queen Elizabeth exclusively – technically it's more about Britain's relationship with women and power – but fret not. Your time will come.
Republicans however, can go crazy. The Cube »
- Stuart Heritage
Gary Barlow has revealed that he thought music was lost to him – not from when Take That imploded and he endured a wayward solo career, but much, much earlier – when he started singing along to his own tunes, and then started making money.
"I used to rush home from school, play piano for an hour... and when I started to sing, I lost it, the musician in me."
Well, whatever got lost during the rollercoaster life of pop group stardom, a wayward solo career and the return of good fortune and popularity with his band and on TV, has been returned to him, ten-fold.
As well as organising the Golden Jubilee Concert, he has been responsible for creating the official song – Sing – which meant creating a tune alongside Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and then finding the 210 artists behind the voices and instruments for it from all over the Commonwealth.
- Caroline Frost
Kylie Minogue and Stevie Wonder are the latest acts to be confirmed for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert. The pair will perform on the stage - to be set up around The Queen Victoria memorial in front of Buckingham Palace - on June 4. Speaking about performing at the event, Minogue said: "I'm honoured to be invited to perform at The Diamond Jubilee Concert. "To share the stage in front of Buckingham Palace with music legends including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones and Elton John in celebrating The Queen's Diamond (more) »
- By Lewis Corner
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