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The Jump: 'most dangerous show on TV' escapes Ofcom censure

Seven celebrities were injured in ski contest but code does not require broadcasters to ensure welfare of adults

Channel 4’s winter sports reality show The Jump has escaped censure from the broadcasting regulator despite a string of complaints about serious injuries suffered by stars including Olympians Beth Tweddle and Rebecca Adlington, and Holby City actor Tina Hobley.

Ofcom has been assessing 17 complaints by viewers about the level of danger to which contestants are subjected, after seven of an initial lineup of 12 celebrities were forced to pull out through injury.

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How to save The Jump's stars from further physical disfigurement

The reality TV show is too dangerous, way too dangerous. Let them throw snowballs at each other instead – or down some Berocca and do wee calligraphy

Quick, think of a TV show more dangerous than The Jump. You can’t, can you? That’s because there isn’t one. Those wildlife shows, where grown men charge poisonous snakes then swing them around willy-nilly in front of the camera? Not as dangerous as The Jump. Those survival shows, where Bear Grylls runs off into the wilderness and eats rancid meat for a fortnight? Not as dangerous as The Jump. You’ve Been Framed, which at this stage is just a non-stop compilation of people getting booted in the nads by a goat? Still not as dangerous as The Jump.

The Jump is out there alone. It’s a meat-grinder now. It’s only two episodes old, but Rebecca Adlington has already dislocated her shoulder.
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Tom Parker to replace Tina Hobley in The Jump

Tom Parker will replace Tina Hobley in 'The Jump' after she dislocated her elbow and fractured her arm in training. The former Wanted singer, who has been on standby for the past three weeks, has been pulled in to take the 'Holby City' star's place in the competition after she was forced to withdraw following a nasty accident on the slopes in Austria, it has been confirmed by Channel 4. But Tom has also been in the wars as he ripped the ligaments in his wrist last week when he took a tumble while he was practicing as a reserve on
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Danniella Westbrook leaves CBB house to get new teeth fitted

Tom Parker will replace Tina Hobley in 'The Jump' after she dislocated her elbow and fractured her arm in training. The former Wanted singer, who has been on standby for the past three weeks, has been pulled in to take the 'Holby City' star's place in the competition after she was forced to withdraw following a nasty accident on the slopes in Austria, it has been confirmed by Channel 4. But Tom has also been in the wars as he ripped the ligaments in his wrist last week when he took a tumble while he was practicing as a reserve on
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Barbara Windsor leads star-studded wellness campaign

Barbara Windsor has joined forces with a number of stars to support the Stay Well This Winter campaign. The 'EastEnders' actress and famous faces including Joey Essex, Arlene Phillips, Alan Davies, Ainsley Harriott, Sunetra Sarker and Tina Hobley have pledged their support to the joint initiative from Public Health England and NHS England to keep the nation well over the winter months. Explaining why she got involved, Barbara, 78, said: ''It's the simplest things that we sometimes forget, and when remembered, they can make all the difference! The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a great way of reminding people
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Christopher Biggins, Jls Jb, Jodie Kidd in Celebrity MasterChef lineup

Christopher Biggins, Jls singer Jb, model Jodie Kidd and former soap star Todd Carty are among the celebrities taking part in Celebrity MasterChef this year.

Made In Chelsea's Millie Macintosh, actress Leslie Ash and former Coronation Street star Ken Morley have also signed up to be judged by hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

The full list of 20 celebs also includes: Tina Hobley, Alex Ferns, Amanda Burton, Sophie Thompson, Emma Barton, Kiki Dee, Jason Connery, Alison Hammond, Tania Bryer, Russell Grant, Charley Boorman, Wayne Sleep and Susannah Constantine.

Six weeks of shows will see the celebrities whittled down through a series of challenges, which will include cooking for past MasterChef champions, the first ever Relay Invention Test, facing the dreaded restaurant critics and feeding the "Italian cooking-mafia" - Antonio Carluccio, Aldo Zilli, Theo Randall and Giorgio Locatelli.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of previous champions Ade Edmondson,
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Catherine Tate's Nan returns as 'Holby City's worst ever patient - video

Catherine Tate's Nan Taylor has returned as Holby City's worst ever patient in a Children in Need sketch.

The actress is seen being rushed to the fictional hospital with her grandson Jamie, played by Gavin & Stacey's Matthew Horne. Watch below:

Nan continues to act the difficult patient and causes havoc, as part of the BBC's annual charity fundraiser.

Holby City regulars Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) and Chantelle Lane (Lauren Drummond) look after Nan, but she is left unimpressed with Chantelle's service.

The soap's Elliot Hope (Paul Bradley) and Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) also feature in the sketch.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video - press play below to watch Amie Parker-Williams reveal gossip on Jai's secret being exposed in Emmerdale, Kat and Alfie edging closer to a reunion in EastEnders, and bullying stories on the way in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
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'Holby City', Catherine Tate sketch for Children in Need - preview

A preview clip of a special Holby City sketch for Children in Need 2013 has been released.

Catherine Tate reprises her role as foul-mouthed Joannie 'Nan' Taylor, who visits Holby as a difficult patient and cause havoc.

The preview shows regulars Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) and Chantelle Lane (Lauren Drummond) looking after Nan, but she is left unimpressed with Chantelle's service.

Holby regulars Elliot Hope (Paul Bradley) and Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) also feature in the sketch.

Nan's Holby visit will air as part of the Children in Need 2013 appeal show, which broadcasts tonight (November 15) from 7.30pm on BBC One.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video - press play below to watch Amie Parker-Williams reveal gossip on Jai's secret being exposed in Emmerdale, Kat and Alfie edging closer to a reunion in EastEnders, and bullying stories on the way in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.
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'Holby City', Catherine Tate sketch filmed for Children in Need

Catherine Tate has filmed a special Holby City comedy sketch for Children in Need 2013.

The actress has reprised her role as foul-mouthed Joannie 'Nan' Taylor, who will visit Holby as the patient from hell and cause havoc.

Holby City regulars Tina Hobley (Chrissie Williams), Paul Bradley (Elliot Hope), Hugh Quarshie (Ric Griffin) and Lauren Drummond (Chantelle Lane) all feature in the sketch.

Mathew Horne also appears as Nan's grandson Jamie.

Speaking of the sketch, Tate commented: "Thanks to everyone at Holby, I'm happy to be involved with Children in Need this year and wish you all the best for the night."

Tina Hobley added: "Over the years Holby City has faced flooding, riots and hostage situations - but nothing quite prepared us for the arrival of Nan."

Tate played the role of Nan on her self-titled BBC sketch show between 2004 and 2007. The character has also featured in various skits and one-off specials.
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Catherine Tate's Nan meets Holby City

Catherine Tate's Nan character will return to TV screens for a Children in Need special this month. The 45-year-old comedienne is to take her elderly alter-ego, Joannie 'Nan' Taylor - made famous on 'The Catherine Tate Show' - to the set of 'Holby City' for a one-off sketch that will see her wreak havoc in the show's hospital with her obscenities and crude remarks. Nan will also be joined by her innocent grandson Jamie - who is played by 'Gavin and Stacy' star Matthew Horne - as she causes chaos for nurse Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) and surgeon Ric Griffin
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'Holby City's Tina Hobley wants to play prostitute in 'Downton Abbey'

Holby City star Tina Hobley has revealed that she would like a role in Downton Abbey.

The actress explained that she is hoping to land some "gritty" roles after playing Chrissie Williams for over a decade.

She told The Telegraph that she would like to play a killer in Broadchurch or "a lady of the night" in Downton Abbey.

"I want to get as far away from Chrissie as I can," she said. "So I am looking for gritty dramas."

Hobley added that she has turned down a couple of dramas for fear of being typecast.

"They were too similar to what I have been doing. I am not going to take something just because it's a job. I am going to wait for the right thing."

It was announced in June that Tina Hobley would be bowing out of Holby City, after 12 years in the role.

Producer Oliver Kent
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Tina Hobley glad Holby City character has open exit

Tina Hobley is glad her 'Holby City' character Chrissie Williams isn't being killed off. The 41-year-old actress was devastated when she found out her alter-ego was being diagnosed with cancer as part of her exit story, but she breathed a sigh of relief when show bosses agreed to leave it open for her to return at a later date. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: ''I know that everyone loves a death in these shows, so when I found out Chrissie would be diagnosed with cancer I did fear the worst. ''The writers have made it very positive and left it
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Jessie J wants to perform on The Voice

Tina Hobley is glad her 'Holby City' character Chrissie Williams isn't being killed off. The 41-year-old actress was devastated when she found out her alter-ego was being diagnosed with cancer as part of her exit story, but she breathed a sigh of relief when show bosses agreed to leave it open for her to return at a later date. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: ''I know that everyone loves a death in these shows, so when I found out Chrissie would be diagnosed with cancer I did fear the worst. ''The writers have made it very positive and left it
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Tina Hobley can't comprehend Hollywood obsession

Tina Hobley can't understand why British actors are so eager to break Hollywood. The 41-year-old actress - who plays nurse Chrissie Williams in medical drama 'Holby City' - finds it bizarre that UK stars are so quick to jet off to the Us as soon as their career takes off because she believes there are so many ''great things'' to conquer here first. She said: ''We've got great things here [in the UK], I don't know why everyone wants to go and break Hollywood.'' Tina - who announced earlier this month that she is leaving 'Holby City' - was devastated when her
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'Holby' star Tina Hobley pitching for 'Broadchurch', 'The Fall' roles

Holby City star Tina Hobley has told Digital Spy that she is campaigning for roles in Broadchurch and The Fall following her exit from the medical drama.

The actress revealed that she quit her role as Chrissie Williams for the chance to be part of "wonderful" projects such as the popular crime dramas, and revealed that she is meeting with the director of Broadchurch soon.

Speaking to DS, she explained: "I've had the most incredible 12 years [on Holby] and I've reached a point in my life and career when I just really want to get out there and have a look at other projects.

"I was driving my family crazy sitting at home [when] Broadchurch was on or The Fall was on, and I'm looking at this wonderful stuff going, 'I want to try something new'.

"I'm talking to one of the directors of Broadchurch [next week] actually. It's amazing when a show really kicks
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'Holby City's Tina Hobley opens up about catching Mrsa

'Holby City's Tina Hobley opens up about catching Mrsa
Holby City actress Tina Hobley has spoken out about contracting Mrsa during a visit to hospital. The actress, who plays Chrissie Williams on the BBC One serial drama, caught the bacterial infection in 2005 when she was receiving treatment for a broken arm. Hobley told The Sun: "Contracting Mrsa seven years ago was really awful. I have a nasty scar from it and it was just terrible. "It's awful to think the whole thing could have been prevented if I had spoken up a bit and said, 'Please put (more)
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'Holby City' role for Fagin actor Ron Moody

'Holby City' role for Fagin actor Ron Moody
Holby City fans will see veteran actor Ron Moody make an appearance on the show next month, Digital Spy can reveal. The 88-year-old, best known for playing Fagin in Lionel Bart's stage and film musical Oliver!, recently took on the guest part of Vincent Mancini for an upcoming episode of the BBC medical drama. Billed as a "stern old boy with a wicked sense of humour", Vincent is a war veteran who pays a visit to the hospital as he is suffering from a venous leg ulcer above his ankle. When Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) (more)
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'Holby City's Tina Hobley: 'I want to try something different'

'Holby City's Tina Hobley: 'I want to try something different'
Tina Hobley has revealed that she doesn't expect to appear in Holby City for another decade, after hitting the ten-year milestone in June. The actress joined the medical drama series in 2001 as nurse Chrissie Williams, and has now explained that she may try "something different" soon. "The time has gone so quickly," she told the Daily Express. "But I don't know if I could carry on for another ten years. I might go off and do something completely different next summer for the BBC." On the type of show she'd like to star in next, she said: "I'd like to take off my nurse's uniform for a couple of months. Everyone (more)
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Celebrating the Opening of Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink in London Pictures

Tina Hobley attends Tiffany & Co. presents the Winter Party celebrating the Opening of Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink in London. Photo copyright Landmark / PR Photos. Tina Hobley attends Tiffany & Co. presents the Winter Party celebrating the Opening of Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink in London. Photo copyright Landmark / PR Photos. Kelly Hoppen attends Tiffany & Co. presents the Winter Party celebrating the Opening of Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink in London. Photo copyright Landmark / PR Photos. Clara Paget attends Tiffany & Co. presents the Winter Party celebrating the Opening of Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink in London. Photo copyright Landmark / PR Photos. Olivia Inge attends Tiffany & Co. presents the
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'Holby City' Tina Hobley: 'Chrissie can't marry Dan'

'Holby City' Tina Hobley: 'Chrissie can't marry Dan'
Holby City star Tina Hobley has revealed that her character Chrissie Williams will struggle to come to terms with Dan Hamilton's sexuality. In the last episode, registrar Greg Douglas saw Dan kiss his former partner Stephen Hopewell and will subsequently threaten to tell Chrissie. Hobley teased that her character may be unable to marry Dan after he admits his true feelings to her. "[Greg] blackmails Dan and says, 'If you don't tell Chrissie then I will'," Hobley told The Mirror. "Dan has a chat with Chrissie and says, 'Let's go into our marriage with no secrets', and he tells her. She tries to get her (more)
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