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Alan Davies: 'ITV and the BBC would be too terrified to make As Yet Untitled'

Alan Davies has suggested that his Dave show As Yet Untitled would never be made by the BBC and ITV - who would be too "terrified" to commission it.

The show sees a group of comedians sitting around and chatting about various tales, but the only preparation involved is that the guests bring a story with them.

"It's a dream job for me - I don't have to do any preparation," Davies joked. "I have the same approach I have for Qi - the less I do, the better it is!"

But he went on to say: "You would never get this to fly on the BBC or ITV. They would just be terrified: 'What are you going to say?' 'Don't know.'"

And Davies suggested that there are still some nerves about the show, explaining: "There's a surprising amount of talk about how many stories they should bring,
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Man Up: here to end Britain's masculinity crisis

Not manly enough to succeed in today's cut throat world? Olivia Lee is here to 'help'

Believe it or not, there are still some men who give matte-look hair wax, sidling over to girls with a raised eyebrow, and owning their own home a swerve. You know, losers. Each week in Man Up (Wednesday, 10pm, Fox) Olivia Lee hopes to explore the nuances of masculinity in the accelerated pace of a shifting culture by nagging one of these chumps. And then giving them a makeover.

Over the course of this series, themes of unemployment, poor grooming and sloth emerge, all of which are qualities found in our first loser, Kris. Christ in a dole queue, Kris: no job in this rotten workhouse of a fiscal climate? Man Up. Floundering to find meaning in a sick society built on vanity and greed? Man Up. Council did your haircut? You know what to do,
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Tim Vine, Soap Stars for 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' final

Tim Vine and The Soap Stars have made it through to the final of Let's Dance for Comic Relief.

The comedian won the public vote after impressing with his performance to Justin Timberlake's 'Rock Your Body'.

The Soap Stars - Natalie Cassidy, Ricky Groves, Claire Sweeney and Dean Gaffney - opened the show to 'You Can't Stop the Beat' from the musical Hairspray. They were put through to the final by judges Tameka Empson, Bradley Walsh and Mel Giedroyc.

Gaffney still managed to appear on the show despite being in a serious car crash on January 30.

Destiny's Dad - Hal Cruttenden, Shaun Keaveny and Mark Dolan - performed to Destiny's Child's 'Bootylicious' but didn't make it through to the final.

Olivia Lee also left the competition tonight following her dance to Lady GaGa's 'Bad Romance'.

Boxer Ricky Hatton danced to Robbie Williams's 'Let Me Entertain You'
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Fall TV First Impression: Does The Mindy Project Deliver the Fall's Best New Comedy?

Fall TV First Impression: Does The Mindy Project Deliver the Fall's Best New Comedy?
The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a Revolution-ary drama from J.J. Abrams, a fresh take on the Green Arrow and a new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions based on the not-for-review pilots. Next up on our list…

The Show | Fox’s The Mindy Project (Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c)

The Competition | NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC), The New Normal (new, NBC) and Emily Owens, M.D. (new, The CW)

Related | Read Our First Impressions of ABC’s Last Resort,
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'Opening Act': Pete Wentz and Olivia Lee give up-and-comers their big break and lots of cuddles

Viewers are used to the whole singing reality show rundown at this point: A bunch of people sing, some get sent home in tears and one competitor comes out victorious. But new series "Opening Act" is singing a different tune with a format in which the artists are all winners from the get-go and no one goes home defeated.

Producer Nigel Lythgoe and a posse of industry vets like Martina McBride, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, and Jason Derulo handpick unknown singers, songwriters and musicians from the internet to open for a major act like Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley and Gym Class Heroes. Comedian Olivia Lee plays host and fairy godmother of sorts to the unsuspecting performers, surprising them with the good news.

Wentz and Lee tell Zap2it just what it's like to give these up-and-comers their big break.

"It's authentic. What you see is real,
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E! 2012 Upfront Arrivals Pictures

We have added a new set of pictures from the event "E! 2012 Upfront Arrivals".Kelly Osbourne attending E! 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall in New York City.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com. Kim Kardashian attending E! 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall in New York City.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com. Ross Mathews attending E! 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall in New York City.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com. Coco, Ice-t attending E! 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall in New York City.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com. Chelsea Handler attending E! 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall in New York City.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PRPhotos.com. Nigel Lighgoe, Olivia Lee attending E! 2012 Upfront at Gotham Hall
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Olivia Lee looked 'disgusting' for Dirty Sexy Funny

Olivia Lee had to look "really, really disgusting" in the new series of 'Dirty Sexy Funny'. The actress plays an array of characters in the comedy sketch show and says she and producers wanted to push the boundaries in the latest run because they wanted viewers to still be entertained. Talking about the hidden camera stunt series, Olivia exclusively told Bang Showbiz: "We've got a load of new characters. We've got prosthetics now. We've been really experimental with the characters - we've got like an old woman and we've just taken it that step further and really tried to experiment with it.
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Tonight's TV highlights

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Fern | Chilean Miners: What Happened Next? | Neil Morrissey: Care Home Kid | Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee | Spartacus: Gods of the Arena | Bored to Death

Fern 5pm, Channel 4

Since Richard and Judy left for pastures new, and of less impressive viewing figures, Channel 4 has filled its teatime slot with cheap, cheerful and often great reality-ish shows such as Come Dine With Me and Coach Trip. Now they're going back to the live chat format, with Fern Britton making an overdue return to our screens as the Oprah-style host. Expect famous types, musical guests and a focus on real-life stories. Rebecca Nicholson

Chilean Miners: What Happened Next?

7pm, BBC2

The 33 men who spent some two months trapped underground in a mine shaft became a global media story. Then, when they reached the surface, they had to deal not only with the trauma of their experience, but the difficulties of their new-found fame.
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Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny

Courtesy of Universal Pictures, we have the British comedy series Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny.

Brought to you y the makers of The Catherine Tate Show, this is the naughtier little sister of hidden camera shows. Watch as unsuspecting members of the public unwittingly ecome Olivia’s tormented co-stars at themercy of her anarchic characters – and all for your viewing pleasure. Prepare to squirm, cringe and possibly cry as you watch Olivia Lee’s skill for on-the-spot comedy, naughty hi-jinks and downright filty behaviour.

Olivia Lee’s characters include Miss Single, Ms Technophobe, Lady Gatecrasher, The Door Bitch, Bad Date and Neurotic Flatmate.

The release is exclusive to Jb Hi-Fi.

To win, email encoregiveaways@gmail.com and tell us, have you ever been caught by a hidden camera?
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Sport Relief | Dispatches: Cameron Uncovered | A Band for Britain | Women | Watch this

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Sport Relief | Dispatches: Cameron Uncovered | A Band for Britain | Women

Sport Relief Does We Are the Champions

4.30pm, Cbbc

For the benefit of Sport Relief, this is a return to the 1980s series in which school teams – this time egged on by host Paddy McGuinness – compete in a mixture of races on land and water to see who can make Friday's final. Each team has a sporting celebrity coach, with Kelly Holmes, Amir Khan and Mark Foster among those passing on tips to youngsters, who will vie in such dignified pursuits as Barrowball, Disc-Go and Pairs of Pants, which involves the wearing of sand-filled tracksuit trousers.

Dispatches: Cameron Uncovered

8pm, Channel 4

At the time of writing, it seems likely that within the next few months, David Cameron will be asked by the Queen to form a new government. This Dispatches special, fronted by Andrew Rawnsley – whose recent book may be an election issue,
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Two docs added to Virgin 1's Rude Season

Virgin 1 has commissioned two new one-off documentaries for its "fun, cheeky" Rude Season. I Sleep With Strangers will look at the "growing phenomenon" of "people - particularly women - who seek out strangers just for sex". The hour-long programme will use case studies to "examine the motivations and psychology behind what makes these people crave these 'strange' experiences". In addition, comedienne Olivia Lee will present The British Suck In Bed, another hour-long documentary, on the "notion that our nation is a sexually repressed one". A survey will (more)
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