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Reboot, revive, repeat: has retromania really taken over TV?

Modern culture has long been accused of failing to move on from the past – and new versions of The Generation Game and The Price is Right would suggest that TV is no different. But in fact the opposite is true

The current, much-discussed spate of reboots has convinced many that British TV is eating itself, feasting on the goose of its golden age. The Generation Game was brought back, albeit to decidedly mixed reviews, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins taking up the Bruce Forsyth role. There is talk also of a new series of The Price Is Right, starring Alan Carr, following a Christmas pilot. There’s a similar concern across the pond as well, with recent revivals of Roseanne and Will & Grace, as well as impending resuscitations of Magnum Pi, Murphy Brown and Cagney & Lacey. It’s the typical Big TV narrative: reaching back to the tried, the familiar,
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Get your hands off my double entendres! Is the smutty pun now under attack?

It is Britain’s favourite type of humour, the go-to gag for everyone from Carry On stars to Bake Off hosts. But are fnarr fnarr jokes just another example of male sexual entitlement?

If you want a double entendre, I’ll give you one. They pop up all over the place: on risque chat shows hosted by Graham Norton and Alan Carr, on the Radio 1 mainstay Innuendo Bingo and on Mrs Brown’s Boys, the hit BBC sitcom saturated in smut that attracts seven million viewers.

You can’t watch an episode of The Great British Bake Off without having soggy bottoms, moist ladyfingers and manhandled dough balls shoved down your throat. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins may have gone, taking with them such exclamations as “Time to reveal your cracks!”, but Noel Fielding has cheerfully filled their hole. “If there’s an opportunity for exposed bottoms, we should embrace it,
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Demi Lovato and Kehlani's Steamy Onstage Kiss Has People Thinking They Are More Than Friends

Sorry not sorry but Demi Lovato is totally here for a girl-on-girl kiss. The 25-year-old belted out her track "Lonely" while she rolled around on a bed in the middle of the stage during the final Us performance of the "Tell Me You Love Me" tour. And if the shirtless dancers around her didn't get fans riled up, a sexy smooch from her opening act, Kehlani, sure did. Kehlani snuck onto the bed behind Demi, put her hands on her shoulders and swopped around to plant a kiss on the former Disney Channel star's lips. The flirtatious behavior between the two girls didn't stop there, either. Demi gently pushed Kehlani onto her back before straddling her to finish out the song — the crowd went absolutely bonkers. A post shared by Sarah ツ (@demilovatopicz2.0) on Apr 2, 2018 at 8:09pm Pdt Following the performance, Demi posted several photos from her sultry romp
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Adele Officiates Alan Carr's Wedding in Her Backyard

Adele Officiates Alan Carr's Wedding in Her Backyard
Alan Carr never thought he'd find someone like Adele to officiate his wedding. And yet, that's exactly what happened earlier this year. Speaking on the BBC's The One Show Monday, Carr opened up about marrying Paul Drayton, saying, "We've known her for ages and when we told her we were getting married, she said, 'Can I please plan the whole day for you?'" Adele got ordained just to officiate his wedding, the Chatty Man host revealed to Rylan-Clark Neal and Emma Willis on ITV's This Morning Tuesday. Calling Adele the "kindest and nicest" person, Carr said she planned every detail, even hosting their ceremony in her backyard in L.A. The British singer also performed a...
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Fawlty Towers among subjects banned by Mastermind as questions run out

Father Ted and Roald Dahl also no longer allowed as specialist subjects on BBC Two quiz show

Contestants on the BBC quiz show Mastermind will no longer be allowed to pick Fawlty Towers, Blackadder or Roald Dahl as their specialist subjects as the producers have run out of questions.

Mark Helsby, Mastermind’s producer, has revealed that some subjects are so popular that they have been “exhausted” for new questions. Father Ted and the Chronicles of Narnia have also been removed.

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The Price Is Right review – Alan Carr reboots everyone’s favourite guessing game

Bringing back this gameshow may be lazy, but the fantastically entertaining presenter makes it work. Plus: French legal drama Spiral returns for a gory sixth series

Appropriately, for hard times, there is a growing tendency for old light-entertainment series to be recycled into new, with not much effort required for the transformation. Take a concept that did well enough in its heyday to invoke a VHS fuzz of nostalgia, give it a nod to the contemporary with a mildly ironic host and, as with a low-rent movie franchise with extra cardboard, glitter and camp, the theory is that you will be rewarded with an instant audience. From Catchphrase to The Crystal Maze, early-evening television now looks much as it did in the 90s. If Gladiators isn’t kicking Ninja Warrior UK off its big boulders by the end of 2018, I’ll eat my pugil stick.

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Demi Lovato Doesn't Want to Clarify Her Sexuality, and We Should Be Ok With That

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Demi Lovato Doesn't Want to Clarify Her Sexuality, and We Should Be Ok With That
Demi Lovato's sexuality has been under scrutiny for years now. Much of the speculation dates back to that steamy "Cool For the Summer" release, which set music charts ablaze in the hottest months of 2015. Certain lyrics - allusions to her being "curious," and "tasting the cherry," and being taken "down into paradise" - had many wondering if she was singing about sexual experiences with women rather than men. Demi was understandably coy in a September 2015 interview with Alan Carr. "I'm not confirming and I'm definitely not denying," she replied when Alan asked about the lesbian insinuations of the song. "All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don't think there's anything wrong with experimentation at all." RelatedDemi Lovato's New Album Name and Release Date Have Us on the Edge of Our Seats A year later, Demi Lovato was expressly asked about her sexuality again, this time in an issue of People.
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Would I Lie to You? – how a big bunch of fibbers became a TV institution

As it turns 10, the BBC show is now as satisfying and reliable as Friday night fish and chips. From David Mitchell and Lee Mack’s comic chemistry to Bob Mortimer’s genius, here’s why it should keep us in hysterics for decades more

It is surely a truth universally acknowledged that there are too many panel shows. It was already obvious a decade ago the world didn’t really need any more of them. So the arrival of Would I Lie to You? in June 2007 didn’t exactly feel like an auspicious TV moment. But every now and then, a show’s format and personnel dovetail precisely to create television that simply works and keeps on working. Would I Lie to You? is now a perfectly pitched, tonally surefooted BBC institution; as satisfyingly predictable and reliable as fish and chips on a Friday evening.

Like most TV institutions, it
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Walliams & Friend review – ooh matron, it's Sheridan Smith's turn

With a skit called Carry On Up the Sexual Harassment Tribunal, this was a very, very silly sketch show. But the weirder things got, the funnier it all was

With Alan Carr’s Happy Hour acting as a less obnoxious version of Tfi Friday over on Channel 4, there’s a retro feeling to Friday night television, and David Walliams’ primetime sketch show Walliams & Friend (BBC1) is chipping in with 70s-style ribaldry. In place of Matt Lucas, the comedy partner with whom Walliams became a household name and catchphrase merchant in Little Britain, is a rotation of guests who each take on an episode’s worth of co-starring. After Jack Whitehall and Harry Enfield, it’s Sheridan Smith’s turn, and there’s a Variety performance showmanship to her that complements Walliams’ “ooh matron” leanings nicely.

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Friday’s best TV: Walliams & Friend; Alan Carr’s Happy Hour

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Comedians David Walliams and Alan Carr kick off new shows, with predictably idiosyncratic twists

The title and the setting of this new show – which will be filmed at a social club – suggests an evening of slightly tipsy and possibly gently anarchic chatshow fun. Sadly, it has already been confirmed that drunken highjinks will not be on the agenda, but even so Carr is a reliably slick operator and this variety format could prove a good fit for his talents. Expect celebrity guests, standup comedy and live music with your hyperactive, mildly saucy ringmaster. Phil Harrison

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Ariana Grande Reveals How She Almost Died

Ariana Grande Reveals How She Almost Died
Ariana Grande could have literally died...and we're not using that in the exaggerated #literallydead type of way. The 22-year-old joined Alan Carr on Chatty Man and explained how she was almost crushed by a moving stage during a concert in February 2015. "Opening night of my Honeymoon tour I almost died," Grande said. "For real, I'm not exaggerating. I usually exaggerate, but I'm not." She continued, "You know how they have those toaster things where people come up from the stage and you pop up? Something happened with mine and I was singing the beginning of 'Love Me Harder' and I was going up on the thing, and long story short, the thing I was standing on had this...
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Prince Harry Is Not Afraid to Get Down on the Dance Floor: Alan Carr Recalls Hilarious Club Run-In

Prince Harry Is Not Afraid to Get Down on the Dance Floor: Alan Carr Recalls Hilarious Club Run-In
He's adorable, he's funny, he's attractive, he's a royal and he can dance? How the hell is Prince Harry still single?! Yes, as if we didn't already love him enough, we found out the red-headed royal isn't afraid of getting down on the dance floor when necessary. In fact, Alan Carr revealed he's quite good at doing so, too! Chatting with ITV's Lorraine Kelly, the funny guy recalled a time when he ran into Prince Harry at a club and had an absolute blast. "I met him once at a nightclub," the Chatty Man host explained. "He said, 'Where's your glasses!' Like that, and I was like, 'Woo!'" Carr continued, raising his hands in the air,...
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What It's Like to Go 'Rolling Around on the Floor' with Prince Harry at a Club (It Happened to British Host Alan Carr!)

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What It's Like to Go 'Rolling Around on the Floor' with Prince Harry at a Club (It Happened to British Host Alan Carr!)
What's it like to hit the dance floor with Prince Harry? British talk show host (and, apparently, the world's luckiest clubgoer) Alan Carr revealed that he did just that when he met the 31-year-old royal during a night on the town. "I met him once at a nightclub," Carr, who hosts the U.K. show Chatty Man, said on Lorraine Thursday morning. "He said [in an exaggerated posh voice], 'Where's your glasses!' Like that, and I was like woo! "We started dancing together," Carr continued, raising his hands to the air. "And I got carried away and I pulled his tie and we were on the floor rolling.
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Kevin Costner to star in space drama

Ant and Dec have been nominated for the the Entertainment Performance prize at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards for the 15th time. The comedic duo are set to battle against Adam Hills from 'The Last Leg' and 'A League of Their Own' panellist Jack Whitehall for the accolade 'Chatty Man' host Alan Carr took home last year at the Rts Awards this month, which honours actors, presenters, writers, programmes and the production teams. Channel 4's 'This Is England '90' has two nominations, including one in the Drama Serial category. But the show will face stiff competition from the likes of
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Will The Spice Girls To Reunite For Their 20th Anniversary?

With their 20th anniversary of being one of the most successful pop groups ever coming up next year, the Spice Girls are hinting of a reunion to celebrate the anniversary. Spice Girls To Reunite Talking on Alan Carr’s New Year’s Spectacular, singer Mel B, known as Scary Spice, was asked about the anniversary and if […]

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Win Alan Carr’s ‘Yap, Yap, Yap! Live’ on Blu-ray™

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To mark the release of Yap, Yap, Yap! Live on 16th November, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray™. The original Tooth Fairy, Spexy Beast and Chatty Man himself performed at a staggering 170 sold-out theatre shows throughout 2015, and has firmly established himself as the people’s comedian. This is Alan Carr

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UK TV ratings: Gogglebox tops Friday night with 3.5 million for Channel 4

Channel 4's Gogglebox was once again Friday evening's (October 30) biggest TV attraction outside soaps.

The TV show about watching TV shows was seen by an average audience of 3.49 million (17.6%) at 9pm. A further 484.8k (3.4%) watched on +1.

Tfi Friday was seen by 1.26 million (6.5%) at 8pm, while Alan Carr Chatty Man followed with 1 million (7%) at 10pm.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.19 million (17.3%), followed by Citizen Khan with 3.33m (17.5%) at 8.30pm.

David Tennant's Have I got News for you was seen by 3.62m (17.8%), The Kennedys brought in 1.81m (9.3%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.25m (27.3%).

Over on BBC Two, the gymnastics took centre stage, with 1.65m (8.7%) tuning in at 7pm, followed by The Great Continental with 1.63m (8.2%) at 9pm and Qi with 1.42m (8.9%) at 10pm.

Over on ITV, Rugby World Cup fever was in full swing, as 2.08m (10.8%) tuned in
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Nick Grimshaw doesn't pay attention to what the papers say: 'You have to get on with your life'

Nick Grimshaw says he ignores any stick he gets and doesn't let it bother him.

The X Factor judge told Alan Carr on Chatty Man, airing tonight (October 30), that it's not healthy to worry so much about what everyone thinks.

"It's a constant turnover in the papers, isn't it?" he said. "You could get stressed about it, and I was telling Mason [Noise] that as well, as he has been getting some stick. So I said you can't really live or die by it because it's not real.

"You can't really worry about that because you just kind of have to get on with your life. I think the minute you start thinking someone hates you, or Twitter said that, then you will be a weirdo and you will never leave your house. You will be crazy so you just have to ignore it.

"Everyone gets shit. My dad hates with a passion The Rolling Stones.
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X Factor's Nick Grimshaw reveals Seann and Mason have become best friends

Nick Grimshaw has revealed an unlikely close friendship among his X Factor Boys.

The judge told Alan Carr on Chatty Man, which airs tonight (October 30), that Mason Noise and Seann Miley Moore have been getting along famously and enjoying each other's company.

"Where do we start with Seann?" he said. "He keeps a pearl necklace [in his handbag] because he says every man should have one. That is what he said.

"Mason gave him one. Mason is very sweet, and they have a very lovely relationship. I love that Seann and Mason are best friends, because you wouldn't put them two together, would you?

"He's a proper lad, and Seann is Seann, and Mason helps him down the stairs and carries his bag. It is the funniest friendship in town."

Grimmy also defended Mason once again, praising his talent and pointing out that he has apologised for his previous behaviour, when he had
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UK TV ratings: Gogglebox tops a quiet Friday with 3.5 million for Channel 4

Channel 4's Gogglebox was Friday evening's (October 23) biggest TV attraction outside soaps.

The TV show about watching TV shows was seen by an average audience of 3.5 million (17.3%) at 9pm. A further 412k (2.6%) watched on +1.

Tfi Friday was seen by 1.48m (7.3%) at 8pm, while Alan Carr's Chatty Man followed with 1.21m (7.8%).

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.73 million (20.3%), followed by A Question of Sport with 2.7m (13.9%) at 8pm, and Still Open All Hours with 2.16m (10.5%) at 8.30pm.

Have I got News For You was seen by 3.99m (19.1%) at 9pm, The Kennedys attracted 1.85m (9.4%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.3m (25.3%).

On BBC Two, The Great British Bake Off: Masterclass played to 1.45 million (7.7%) at 7pm, Mastermind was seen by 2.07m (10.3%) at 8pm and Gardener's World by 2.27m (11%) at 8.30pm.

Great Continental entertained 1.82m (9%) at 9pm, followed by 1.34 million (7.9%) for Qi.
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