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First Day at Big School review – the not-so secret life of four-year-olds

A group of West Yorkshire children are starting school – and Beth’s gone silent, Yusuf’s full of beans and Layla’s brought her collection of plasters

We’ve got one beginning primary school today, so I’m watching First Day at Big School (Channel 5, Sunday) with a special interest. Different schools. Walton Primary Academy is in West Yorkshire; we’re in north-west London. But the basic ideas are the same – to introduce some kind of structure, develop routines, without too many tears, have a bit of fun, maybe even learn something, one day.

Beth’s mum is having separation issues; she’s going to find it hard without her little girl around the house. And Beth’s finding it hard, too, she’s lacking confidence and has forgotten how to speak. “She’s not talking,” Layla explains, helpfully.

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Joanne Lumley joins David Walliams' new BBC sketch show

Joanne Lumley is set to join the cast of David Walliams' new sketch show, which he is developing for the BBC.

The pilot for David Walliams and Friends is due to be filmed next Saturday, according to Radio Times.

Also appearing are Morgana Robinson from Vic and Bob's House of Fools and Mike Wozniak who played Greg Davies' neurotic friend Brian in Man Down.

Walliams has been working on the show with his Big School co-writers Steve and Andrew Dawson and Tim Inman.

There is no word yet on what sort of show he is developing and it is unclear if it will be in the same vein as Little Britain - the sketch show that made Walliams and Matt Lucas famous.

A pilot episode of David Walliams and Friends will be filmed at The London Studios next Saturday (September 19).

Production is also underway on a feature film of Absolutely Fabulous,
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David Walliams writing new sketch show

David Walliams is writing a new sketch show. The 43-year-old star has revealed he is penning a new series, ten years after the end of his hit show 'Little Britain' which he wrote and starred in with fellow comedian Matt Lucas. However, fans of David's sitcom 'Big School' will be left disappointed as the new project means he won't have time to write a third series with his co-creators Catherine Tate and Philip Glenister. He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''The BBC asked for a third series, but I asked to do a new sketch show instead, and they agreed.'' The BBC
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Outlander Casts Harry Potter Actress as Season 2's Mother Hildegarde

Outlander Casts Harry Potter Actress as Season 2's Mother Hildegarde
The latest addition to Outlander‘s Season 2 cast is a real giant in Hollywood. (Well, a half-giant.)

Frances de la Tour, known for her portrayal of towering Beauxbatons headmistress/half-giantess Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter films, will play Mother Hildegarde in upcoming episodes of the Starz series, the network announced Tuesday.

Frances De La Tour is intelligent and commanding, which is why she’ll make a great Mother Hildegarde! #Outlander pic.twitter.com/2J9ZPeHflw

Outlander (@Outlander_Starz) June 30, 2015

Video Emmy Screening Room: Outlander‘s Sam Heughan Has an Empty Pistol

Mother Hildegarde is the commanding Mother Superior of Paris’ L’Hopital des Anges.
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Daniel Rigby’s favourite TV

The Eric And Ernie and Big School star on his guilty love of 24 Hours In A&E and how a new series of Brass Eye would let him die a happy man

Game Of Thrones. I love fantasy stuff, and fantasy stuff with an occasional arse is even better! It’s not jumped the shark yet, but when you start off with dragons and stone men and stuff it’s quite hard to jump the shark anyway. I’m really loving it.

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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Shirley Bassey and Richard Ayoade confirmed for Graham Norton Show

Dame Shirley Bassey and Richard Ayoade have been confirmed as guests on The Graham Norton Show next month.

Bassey will promote her forthcoming album Hello Like Before - the star's first record in five years - on the Friday, November 7 instalment.

Elsewhere on the show, Ayoade will chat about his new book Ayoade on Ayoade, while Big School's David Walliams and Catherine Tate will also appear.

Finally, Annie Lennox will perform 'God Bless The Child' from her new album Nostalgia.

Bassey recently premiered an in-depth video exclusively on Digital Spy, featuring Paloma Faith and Stuart Barr discussing their work with the music icon on her upcoming album.

Watch a clip from last week's Graham Norton Show below:
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National Television Awards 2015 voting opens: The full longlist

The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.

The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.

Full list of 2015 nominations:

Chat Show Host

Adam Hills

Alan Carr

Graham Norton

Jonathan Ross

Michael McIntyre

Paul O'Grady

Piers Morgan

Sarah Millican

Comedy

Benidorm

Big School

Birds of a Feather

Blandings

Boomers

Citizen Khan

Derek

Mrs Brown's Boys

Not Going Out

Outnumbered

The Big Bang Theory

The Wrong Mans

W1A

Daytime

Animal Saints and Sinners

Antiques Road Trip

Bargain Hunt

BBC Breakfast

Coach Trip

Escape to the Country

Father Brown

Fifteen to One

Flog It!
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On my radar: Joanna Scanlans cultural highlights

The Thick of It and Getting On star reveals a love of Welsh art, stolen sculpture, rumbustious literary romps and alternative energy

Actor and TV writer Joanna Scanlan was brought up in Ruthin in north Wales. She studied history at Cambridge University, where she joined the Footlights comedy club. After university she lectured on drama for eight years before taking up a career in acting. In 2006 she took on the role of Terri Coverley in The Thick of It, and in 2009 she co-wrote and starred in Getting On. Her big-screen roles include Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Invisible Woman. Scanlan stars in the second series of David Walliamss Big School, released on DVD on 13 October.

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The X Factor tops Friday's ratings with more than 6 million

The X Factor topped Friday's ratings outside of soaps with an average audience of 6.01 million viewers (27.7%).

As the Judges make their final selections for the live shows, the latest episode peaked with 6.11 million (28.8%) from 9pm.

Earlier on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.47 million (11.9%) at 8pm.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked off the evening with 3.37 million (18.9%), while A Question of Sport followed with 2.95 million (15.2%).

Would I Lie to You was seen by 3.18 million (15.4%) at 8.30pm, Have I Got News for You played to an evening high of 4.27 million (19.4%) and Big School was watched by 2.37 million (11.1%).

With guests including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Luke Evans, The Graham Norton Show ended the evening with 3.06 million (23.4%) at 10.35pm.

Celebrity Antiques Roadshow began with 1.72 million (9.2%) at 7pm on BBC Two, Mastermind picked up increased viewers of 2.03 million (9.8%) and Lorraine Pascale: How to Be
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Celebrity Big Brother bows out with 2.1 million viewers

The final of Celebrity Big Brother 2014 was watched by 2.1m last night (September 12), as Gary Busey was crowned the winner.

Overnight data suggests that Channel 5 took an 11.4% average share of the audience from 9pm, with an additional 56.8k (0.4%) tuning in an hour later on +1.

Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side followed at 10.45pm, falling short of the million mark with 977.5k watching (9%) (+1: 70.2k, 1.2%).

Other than soaps, BBC One's Would I lie to You? was the most watched primetime show. Guest panellists Fiona Bruce, Micky Flanagan, Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman entertained 2.79m (13.6%) from 8.30pm - 9pm.

The latest episode of Boomers also performed well, with an average of 2.65m viewers at 9pm (13.2%), while the new series of Big School continued with 2.34m (12.1%) from 9.30pm.

Over on BBC Two, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice sweetened 2.50m (12.4%), as Jo Brand and fans looked back at European cake week.
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Celebrity Big Brother's double eviction peaks with 1.74 million

The latest Celebrity Big Brother live eviction peaked with 1.74 million viewers on Channel 5.

Friday's (September 5) double eviction entertained an average audience of 1.61 million (8.4%) from 9pm, as Kellie Maloney and Stephanie Pratt were the latest to leave the house.

In a change from the regularly scheduled programming, it was followed by 811k (5.9%) for an episode of The Joan Rivers Position and 519k (0.9%) for Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

The One Show kicked off the evening with 2.95 million (17.2%) at 7pm on BBC One. It was followed by 2.57 million (13.7%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm, and 2.62 million (13%) for Scrappers at 8.30pm.

BBC One's steady viewing figures continued with 2.86 million (14.1%) for Boomers at 9pm, followed by 2.64 million (13.2%) for Big School.

Outnumbered and Live at the Apollo ended the evening with respective viewing figures of 1.83 million (14.3%) and 1.22 million (12.3%).

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun entertained 2.62 million (13.4%) at 8pm,
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Fried, CBB: Live Eviction

Big School: BBC One, 9pm

The second series of David Walliams's surreal school sitcom continues tonight, with flame-haired French teacher Miss Postern sulking because no-one remembered it's her birthday. Meanwhile, the arrival of a handsome new geography teacher has Walliams's embattled Mr Church distressed - as he's potentially yet another rival for Miss Postern's affections.

A League of Their Own: series 8, 2 of 8 - Sky1, 9pm

England midfielder Andros Townsend, presenter Laura Whitmore and comedian Mickey Flanagan are the guests on James Corden's irreverent sports panel show tonight, and no-one is safe from the ludicrousness that ensues. This week the challenges include a netball match at Wembley's Sse Arena, a game of street soccer, and a back-to-school sports day between the reds and the blues.

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction - Channel 5, 9pm

It's time for the fourth Celebrity Big Brother eviction, but who will follow David McIntosh,
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TV highlights 05/09/2014

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A Season At The Juilliard School | Rugby Union: Northampton Saints v Gloucester | Ginos Italian Escape: A Taste Of The Sun | Boomers | Piers Morgans Life Stories: Alesha Dixon | Big School | Friday Night At The Proms: Late Night Live With Paloma Faith And Guy Barker | After Dark Season: Mighty Boosh/15 Storeys High

There is no other arts school in the world like the Juilliard School in New York in terms of its range and its philosophy, which takes in social and community involvement as well as artistic training. Its alumni include Pina Bausch, Kevin Spacey and Miles Davis though the social involvement bit seemingly didnt rub off on the latter. Its a select institution and in this series, which follows the progress of its students, we meet the latest intake, who will be put through their paces across a range of disciplines. David Stubbs

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Leslie's Celebrity Big Brother eviction watched by 1.81 million

Celebrity Big Brother's latest live eviction was seen by 1.81 million (9.2%) on Channel 5 last night (August 29).

A peak audience of 1.88 million tuned in to see Leslie Jordan become the second person in the series to be evicted from the house.

A further 856k (6.6%) stuck around to watch Big Brother's Bit On The Side at 10.30pm.

BBC One's Boomers was Friday's highest-rated show excluding soaps, attracting 3.01 million (14.4%) at 9pm.

It was sandwiched between 2.45 million (11.7%) for Scrappers at 8.30pm and 2.85 million (14.2%) for Big School at 9.30pm.

The One Show and A Question of Sport kicked things off with respective viewing figures of 3.33 million (18.8%) and 2.48 million (13.1%).

Over on ITV, Harbour Lives entertained 2.68 million (13.3%) at 8pm, while Doc Martin was seen by 2.5 million (12.2%) at 9pm.

Young Vets kicked things off for BBC Two with 1.12 million (6.1%) at 7pm. It was followed by 1.76 million (8.8%) for Mastermind and 1.55 million (7.4%) for Sweets Made Simple.

BBC Two's
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Big School, A League of Their Own

Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction: Channel 5, 9pm

It's time for the second Celebrity Big Brother eviction - tune in tonight to find out who will follow David McIntosh out of the famous house.

As ever, Emma Willis will be on hand to speak to the ousted celeb and how they got on with their fellow contestants.

A League of Their Own: Sky1, 9pm

Return of the BAFTA-winning sports-based comedy quiz - now in its eighth series - hosted by James Corden.

Comedian Kevin Bridges, footballer Frank Lampard and future Strictly star Judy Murray join Corden, team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff and regular panellist Jack Whitehall.

Big School: BBC One, 9.30pm

The classroom comedy written by and starring David Walliams is back for a second series, with the regular cast - which also includes Catherine Tate and Philip Glenister - joined by ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison.
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TV highlights 29/08/2014

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PGA Tour Golf: Deutsche Bank Championship | Marston's Brewery: One Ale of a Job! | Sweets Made Simple

8.30pm, BBC2 | Mickey Flanagan: Back in the Game | Blondie's New York and the Making of Parallel Lines | A League Of Their Own, 9pm, Sky1 | I Am Steve McQueen 9pm, Quest | Big School

Day one of the second FedEx Cup tournament of the year, at the Tpc Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. Rory McIlroy won this event in 2012 and was expected to retain his title in 2013 but was thwarted by Sweden's Henrik Stenson. However, McIlroy is riding high following his Us PGA win and will be looking to consolidate his position as world No 1. This event is managed by the Tiger Woods Foundation but the man himself, beset by back problems, won't dominate on the green. David Stubbs

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David Walliams confirms Big School series 2 premiere date

Big School will return to BBC One later this month.

David Walliams confirmed on Twitter that new episodes will begin airing on Friday, August 29 at 9.30pm.

Walliams co-created the comedy and stars as teacher Mr Church. Catherine Tate and Philip Glenister also feature in the cast.

The series debuted on BBC One in August 2013, and was renewed following the conclusion of its six-episode run.

Charlotte Moore - Controller of BBC One - announced the recommission in December, and predicted that the show could have a "long run", with more series in the planning stages.

Frances de la Tour and Daniel Rigby will reprise their roles from the first series.

Watch a deleted scene from the first series of Big School below:
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David Walliams wants X Factor role: I'd love to help Simon at Judges Houses

David Walliams has said that he would love to guest star at Judges' Houses on The X Factor.

The comedian said that he wants to team up with his Britain's Got Talent co-star Simon Cowell to find new singers.

"I really want to be Simon's helper at his Judges' Home in Barbados," he told The Sun.

"I told him I'd come out of his closet, but he said no."

Walliams also joked of his envy that Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are friends again.

"I won't be Simon's favourite girl any more," he said. "I will try to temper my jealousy when I watch the new series of X Factor and see Cheryl and Simon being so close."

He also spoke about Fernadez-Versini's recent wedding.

"Simon is terrible at keeping secrets. Cheryl was very wise not to tell him her big news," he said. "He'd have definitely blabbed it."

The Big School
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David Walliams: 'I want X Factor role'

David Walliams has said that he would love to guest star at Judges' Houses on The X Factor.

The comedian said that he wants to team up with his Britain's Got Talent co-star Simon Cowell to find new singers.

"I really want to be Simon's helper at his Judges' Home in Barbados," he told The Sun.

"I told him I'd come out of his closet but he said no."

Walliams also joked of his envy that Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are friends again.

"I won't be Simon's favourite girl any more," he said. "I will try to temper my jealousy when I watch the new series of X Factor and see Cheryl and Simon being so close."

He also spoke about Fernadez-Versini's recent wedding.

"Simon is terrible at keeping secrets. Cheryl was very wise not to tell him her big news," he said. "He'd have definitely blabbed it."

The Big School
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