Peter Egan said: “Don’t be fooled, fur is far from humane. Trapped in tiny cages, the animals endure a terrible life, and death. Please, never support this cruel industry. Join Adi and make a difference.”
Sara Pascoe said: “With so many alternatives to fur available, no animal need suffer. Using the real thing is cruel and unnecessary. Please join me and Adi in supporting the designers whose fabrics, but not principles, are fake.”
Since the launch of Adi’s shocking films ‘A Lifetime’ about the brutal short lives of two foxes, brothers Borys and Eryk, and ‘Never Humane’ exposing inhumane killing on a Polish fur farm,
Prime time has lacked a vibrant music show since the demise of Top of the Pops. Can Sounds Like Friday Night fill that void? It’s probably unfair to compare it to Totp – the format is different, the charts feel less central now and no show can really hope to take the pop-cultural temperature with comparable precision. Instead, Greg James and Dotty are joined by Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth and Jessie Ware for context-free light entertainment. Phil Harrison
I have a child who has expressed an interest in becoming a bus driver. I’m not going to encourage it. Not because I have anything against driving buses as a profession (though I’m not crazy about his chosen route, the 226 between Golders Green and Ealing Broadway – would one that passes through central London not be more glamorous, as well as being more double-decker?) No, my problem with it is that by the time he reaches bus-driving age, it probably won’t be a profession any more. He’s only three you see. It’s an issue that arises in Horizon: Dawn of the Driverless Car (BBC2) – the impact autonomous vehicles are going to have on employment. The future may be safer, and greener, but there will also be fewer jobs.
In a new series billed as “madcap”, Harry Hill watches over two teams who have to prove how funny humans are. Yes, really. Kelvin Fletcher, Sara Pascoe, Patrick Robinson and Josh Widdicombe must choose clips to go into a capsule that can be unleashed in the event of an alien invasion. By Hill’s own admission it is “an idea that’s thinner than Kim Kardashian’s nightie”, but he holds things together with aplomb. Hannah Verdier
As series 4 of Taskmaster arrives on Dave, we salute one of the most enjoyable shows on TV...
In a media environment where every outlet is battling for attention more intensely than ever before, TV channel Dave has carved out quite a handy niche for itself. Many years since its erstwhile days as UKTVG2 - the ghettoised cousin of dusty sitcom purveyors UK Gold - a prominent Freeview Epg position and a remarkably successful rebranding has allowed the channel to build its own fanbase and identity. It’s now “the home of witty banter”, its schedule jam-packed with panel shows, satirical comedy, and male-skewing reality.
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In recent years, the heightened awareness
Spoiler alert: this blog contains spoilers about season four and previous seasons of Orange is the New Black
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Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: October 1, 2010 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: David Cross, Sharon Horgan, Blake Harrison, Will Arnett, Spike Jonze, Amber Tamblyn, Russ Tamblyn, Steve Davis, Colin Salmon, Jon Hamm, Sara Pascoe, and Jack McBrayer.
TV show description:
This farcical black comedy follows perpetual loser Todd Margaret (David Cross). He lies quicker than he tells the truth.
It opens with Todd on trial in UK for a laundry list of despicable crimes. The first two seasons then tell the story of the choices that landed him in such dire straits.Read More…
Returning as narrator is Jimmy Carr. Per TV Wise, Ccuk has quite the list of performers lined up for season two, including: Emma Bunton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Colman, Michelle Keegan, Hugh Dennis, Phil Jupitus, Tom Rosenthal, Vicky Pattison, Josie Long, Joe Lycett, Mathew Baynton, Nick Helm, Sara Pascoe, Jessica Knappett and Nish Kumar Read More…
Ninety-nine dates, 450,000 tickets sold, 14 nights at the 10,000-capacity Sse Hydro in Glasgow: Kevin Bridges is, by any measure, a big deal. He’s also, on form, one of the sharpest, least complacent acts in arena comedy, and this autumn sees the culmination of his biggest tour yet.
In the last Sunday Night at the Palladium of the series, Jack Whitehall presents as a whole host of talented stars take to the stage.
There's music from Leona Lewis, Jess Glynne and Simply Red as well as comedy from Sara Pascoe and Britain's Got Talents' Jack Carroll.
Julie Walters in Conversation with Richard E Grant: BBC Four, 8pm
Award-winning actress Julie Walters talks about her successful career, from her movie debut in Educating Rita to more recent works.
Presented by Richard E Grant, this is the first in a series of BBC Four shows celebrating leading figures in the British film industry.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: BBC One, 9pm
Tonight's episode sees tensions between the pair when Strange becomes obsessed with the Raven King's magic and Norrell doesn't approve.
Strange tries to cure mad King George III, but soon realises that
The BBC Two topical series will come back for six weeks in June and July for its 14th series, before returning again in September and October.
Dara O'Briain will serve once again as host, along with regular panellists Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons.
Other comics that are set to appear include Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Zoe Lyons, Katherine Ryan, Josh Widdicombe, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, James Acaster, Matt Forde and Ellie Taylor.
Topics will include the election aftermath, the royal baby, American presidential candidates and a summer of sport.
Mock the Week first debuted on BBC Two on June 5, 2005. Other regular panellists over the years have included Frankie Boyle, Rory Bremner, Russell Howard and Chris Addison.
Fellow BBC Two comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks was recently axed after 18 years.
There was doom and gloom among comedy lovers when it was announced that BBC3 would in future be online only. But on the basis of Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy, that no longer looks quite such a grisly fate. Boyle is seemingly too hot for the telly to handle these days, and has been ghettoised – first with his Referendum Autopsy last autumn, now with this review of the general election – to iPlayer purgatory. Or should that be paradise? Election Autopsy is a good show, in ways that might have been harder to achieve had Boyle not been cyber-sidelined.
By that, I mean that Boyle, a comedian, is actually – whisper it – expressing a political preference on a BBC comedy show. And he’s not doing so under his breath: the whole
Martin Shaw returns as Alan Hunter's inspector in a new four-part series - the show's seventh.
In 'Gently with the Women', our man, Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) and Coles (Lisa McGrillis) investigate the rape of a prostitute, a case that stirs up animosity from their colleagues.
Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC One, 9.30pm
Car Share is Peter Kay's first sitcom for over 10 years and is co-written with his series co-star Sian Gibson.
The show - about two colleagues who take part in a company car-share scheme - launched on iPlayer ahead of its broadcast premiere and has already won over many with its good-natured humour.
Inside No. 9: BBC Two, 10pm
Series two of this weird and wonderful anthology series from the brilliant minds of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton draws to a close tonight.
In 'Séance Time', Tina -
The 35-year-old will perform new material while also answering questions from Twitter with the help of two hand-picked comedians every week.
"It's me and a bunch of brilliant stand-ups from the circuit telling jokes in a tiny club," the comedian said frankly.
"They're people on the circuit who I think are great. John Robins, Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar."
When asked whether TV adds some pressure to his performance, he added: "I guess so 'cos you go through the myriad of what you can and can't say but to be honest, once you get going it's just a laugh, isn't it?"
Howard - who got into comedy at the age of 15 after watching VHS tapes of Lee Evans - also revealed that his greatest comedy TV show is Gavin & Stacey.
"The writing is so deft,
Host Jimmy Carr will be back on the show alongside team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson and Countdown stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.
Once again, Dent will be joined in Dictionary Corner by a host of celebrities including Johnny Vegas, Joe Lycett and Nina Conti. And then there's Joey Essex - who won't be in Dictionary Corner this time, but will be helping out Riley with the letters and numbers. So that's going to go well.
The former Towie star previously appeared on the show in September, when he vowed that he could handle the Countdown clock because he's "a good counter" and strangely got confused about whether or not he was on Countdown.
Meanwhile, Lee Mack, Kathy Burke, Rhod Gilbert, Sara Pascoe and Kevin Bridges are among
Russell Howard's Stand Up Central will feature 10 episodes and will launch on the channel in April.
The show will be written and presented by the comedian and filmed in front of a live audience, with each episode featuring performances from Howard and two stand-up guests.
Stand Up Central will also take questions from viewers on social media as well as interacting with members of the audience.
Comedians taking part include Rob Delaney, Doc Brown, Roisin Conaty and Katherine Ryan.
Carl Donnelly, Nick Helm, Alex Horne, Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe and Joe Wilkinson will also appear.
Howard said: "I'm really looking forward to hosting the show. We've got loads of great new comics on and... it's also quite close to my house."
Russell Howard's Stand Up Central will premiere on Wednesday, April 29 at 9pm.
Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr and Jack Dee are among the comedians who will appear at the charity event, which returns to London's O2 arena for a sixth year on Friday, May 15.
Aisling Bea, Jason Byrne, Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre have also been confirmed for this year's show.
Paul Chowdhry, Rich Hall, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Sean Lock , Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and Warwick Davis complete the first line-up announcement, with more acts to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The Comedy Gala will be recorded and aired as a two-hour special on Channel 4 later this year. This year's show is dedicated to the event's founder, talent agent Addison Cresswell, who passed away in December 2013.
The annual event is held to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for the service, has announced 16 new titles for 2015, including nine original comedy shorts to coincide with Valentine's Day.
The Funny Valentine series will see Bailey and other comedians create a short film offering their unique take on Valentine's Day. Matt Berry, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Limmy, Nick Helm, Modern Toss, Russ Abbott and Katy Wix will also feature.
Meanwhile, Tinie Tempah will offer an insight into Alexander McQueen's forthcoming V&A exhibition, Savage Beauty, in Private View.
Abbey Clancy will return to front iPlayer's coverage of London Fashion Week later this year, which is being produced in collaboration with the British Fashion Council.
Speaking about the commissions, Jaye said: "BBC iPlayer presents a huge creative opportunity to push the boundaries of storytelling and engage audiences in new ways.
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