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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.

Related: Why is almost nobody making TV sketch comedy any more?

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Chris Evans' Top Gear 'is bigger global hit than Jeremy Clarkson version'

BBC’s commercial arm says revamped show sold to more countries than before, despite being a ratings flop in the UK

Chris EvansTop Gear may have been a ratings flop in the UK, but abroad it is proving to be a bigger hit than Jeremy Clarkson’s version of the show.

Top Gear is considered to be the BBC’s biggest global brand with sales of the TV show, DVDs, books, live shows and other merchandise thought to be worth more than £50m a year.

Related: Chris Evans' hits and misses: from Tfi Friday to Top Gear

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Top Gear: Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc launch new series – as it happened

It’s back! But did the new team outdo Jeremy Clarkson and the gang? We watched it and found out

New Top Gear review: new faces, but there’s something familiar …

9.03pm BST

The film has ended, and now the programme is about to end. That wasn’t very good, was it? Still, thanks for reading along. Will there be a Top Gear liveblog this time next week? God no. God No. Bye.

Related: New Top Gear review: new faces, but there's something familiar …

9.01pm BST

Is this running long? Do I have to punch myself in the face now? I’d better do it hard, because I’d give anything to be unconscious right about now.

8.59pm BST

This whole show feels like someone used the internet to translate Top Gear from English to Swahili and then back into English again. The intention is right but the execution is buggered beyond all belief.
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Top Gear's big studio audience told to forget how show used to look

BBC tweaks format to create livelier feel with larger audience and Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc competing for best jokes

Top Gear has been revved up under new presenter Chris Evans with the first episode featuring a bigger studio audience who were told to forget about the previous look of the show, but reminded about the catering incident that led to the departure of host Jeremy Clarkson.

The first episode, due to be broadcast next Sunday, was filmed on Thursday and the format has been tweaked by the producers to give it a livelier feel with a hint of the atmosphere of Evans’ Channel 4 show Tfi Friday, while Evans and co-star Matt LeBlanc compete to tell the best jokes.

Related: Chris Evans says Top Gear bullying claims are ridiculous

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez,
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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones,
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2016 BAFTA TV Awards nominations announced

Wolf Hall leads the nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards after dominating the Craft Awards nominations which were announced yesterday. Also in the top best drama series category are Humans, The Last Panthers, and No Offence.

In the best actor category, Luther’s Idris Elba will face off against Wolf Hall‘s Mark Rylance, alongside Ben Whishaw for London Spy and Stephen Graham for This Is England ’90.

In the actress category, Claire Foy is nominated for her work in Wolf Hall, alongside Sheridan Smith (The C-Word), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Ruth Madeley (Don’t Take My Baby).

The awards will be dished out on the 8th May at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Here are the main nominations in full.

Drama Series

Humans Production Team – Kudos Film and Television/Channel 4

The Last Panthers Jack Thorne, Johan Renck, Peter Carlton, Caroline BenjoHaut et Court TV and
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Chris Evans told off by BBC bosses for plugging Tfi Friday on Radio 2

Presenter – who has also been criticised for excessively promoting Top Gear in his show – was warned under the rules for promoting commercial products

Chris Evans makes no shortage of references to Top Gear on his Radio 2 breakfast show, but the BBC has ruled the presenter was wrong to use the airwaves to promote another of his TV shows, Channel 4’s Tfi Friday.

Evans made a string of references to Tfi Friday on his Radio 2 show before its return for a new 10-part run last year following the success of an anniversary special.

Related: BBC says claims Top Gear's Chris Evans has been unprofessional are 'rubbish'

Related: Top Gear returns Chris Evans to his mid-90s glory days

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Chris Evans gives up Tfi Friday role to focus on Top Gear

Channel 4 source says presenter will not be involved in future series as he focuses on replacing Jeremy Clarkson at BBC

Chris Evans is to bow out from future series of Tfi Friday, the Channel 4 entertainment show, to focus on replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the host of BBC’s Top Gear.

He returned in the autumn to front 10 episodes of the show he first hosted from 1996 to 2000, bringing in high-profile guests including U2, Justin Bieber and Quentin Tarantino, but a source for the show confirmed there were “no plans for Tfi to come back”.

Related: What we can learn about Chris Evans's Top Gear from watching the Tfi Friday revival

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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 20 - 1

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It's the final entry in Wesley's top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list, numbers 20 to 1. Merry Christmas to all!

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, entries 60 - 41 here, and entries 40 - 21 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old
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'Things will go wrong': behind the scenes of Tfi Friday

It still flies by the seat of its pants but has Tfi lost its edge? No says Chris Evans in his running lycra

Stepping into the Tfi Friday bar, just as the show’s theme tune blasts out over the Pa, is a surreal experience. There’s Chris Evans. There’s Danny Baker. There’s Will “Wiiiiillll” MacDonald. Yes, it’s a slightly different layout, and everyone looks older but it is Tfi Friday, there’s no doubt about it. And in 2015, that’s quite a bizarre concept.

The original series caught the tail-end of Britpop’s pomp and posturing between 1996 and 2000, condensing all the cocksure Loaded laddishness of those years into one hour of (sometimes controversial) TV. Its most famous moments – Shaun Ryder effing and jeffing, Geri and Kylie snogging, guests entering to the struttable tune of The Riverboat Song – are seared onto the collective consciousness of anyone who
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Chris Evans blasts Simon Cowell

Chris Evans has blasted Simon Cowell as ''weird and nervous''. The 'Top Gear' presenter took to Twitter to praise his friend Nick Grimshaw on 'The X Factor' but slammed his co-star Simon. Chris wrote: ''Haven't seen X factor forever. Have to say, after a brief glimpse, Grimmy looks like the new man in the know and Simon looks weird & nervous (sic).'' Chris was reported to be upset with Simon for poaching Nick for 'X Factor' when he wanted him to host some episodes of the relaunched 'Tfi Friday'. Nick previously said: ''He just mentioned it to me and asked me if
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John Lewis Christmas' tearjerker Xmas advert

Chris Evans has blasted Simon Cowell as ''weird and nervous''. The 'Top Gear' presenter took to Twitter to praise his friend Nick Grimshaw on 'The X Factor' but slammed his co-star Simon. Chris wrote: ''Haven't seen X factor forever. Have to say, after a brief glimpse, Grimmy looks like the new man in the know and Simon looks weird & nervous (sic).'' Chris was reported to be upset with Simon for poaching Nick for 'X Factor' when he wanted him to host some episodes of the relaunched 'Tfi Friday'. Nick previously said: ''He just mentioned it to me and asked me if
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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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Friday’s best TV: Night of the Living Carrot; Citizen Khan; Girl in a Band and The Blacklist

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Can Chris Evans tone down the laddishness on Tfi Friday? Will Papaji succeed in his bid to become town crier in Citizen Khan? And what’s it like being a woman in the male-dominated world of rock music? Plus a spooky tale of zombie veg and the day’s best sport

Spooky short from DreamWorks about the most dangerous vegetable of them all coming to life at Halloween. B.O.B (Seth Rogan) is faced with a dilemma when a mutant alien pumpkin explodes in a carrot patch. As zombie carrots attack, he must eat them all to save humanity. Can he overcome his natural aversion to the cackling orange veg and save the night? There are burps, there are gags and there’s a warning to any child thinking of skipping the veg this Halloween. Great. Hannah Verdier

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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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From Darkness, Unforgotten and Tfi Friday: TV review – video

Telly addict Andrew Collins returns with a review of the last fortnight’s TV. He assesses the new idents on Channel 4; the return of Jeremy Clarkson to the BBC on Have I Got News For You; the return of Chris Evans to Channel 4 with on Tfi Friday; three brand new cop shows – the Scandi-influenced From Darkness, the brilliant whodunit Unforgotten, and the perilously high concept River, with an actual Scandinavian in it; another return, this time for the zombie hunters of The Walking Dead, and an excellent BBC4 three-parter on indie, Music For Misfits

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Launch of Chris Evans' Tfi Friday series helps Gogglebox to record ratings

Return of 90s hit attracts 2.1 million to Channel 4, helping lift reality show to its biggest ever audience of 4.1 million

Chris Evans returned to Channel 4 for the first of a new series of Tfi Friday with more than 2 million viewers, helping Gogglebox to its biggest ever overnight audience of more than 4 million.

Tfi Friday began a new 10-part run with 2.1 million viewers, a 9.3% share of the audience from 8pm on Friday.

Related: Chris Evans rocks up late to Radio 2 – thanks to a parents' evening

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UK TV Ratings: Tfi Friday return peaks with 2.15 million on Channel 4

The return of Tfi Friday was seen by an average audience of 1.89 million (9.3%) last night (October 16) on Channel 4.

Featuring guests such as U2 and Steve Coogan, the Chris Evans-hosted show peaked with 2.15 million (10.4%), while a further 219k (1.1%) watched on Channel 4+1.

It was followed by Gogglebox at 9pm, which was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps with 3.65 million (18.3%). Alan Carr: Chatty Man rounded things off with 1.19 million (8.1%).

Over on BBC One, The One Show attracted 3.33 million (18.4%) at 7pm, followed by A Question of Sport with 2.79 million (14.2%) and 2.21 million (10.7%) for Still Open all Hours at 8.30pm.

Have I Got News For You was seen by 3.85 million (18.9%) at 9pm, while The Kennedys dropped to 1.64 million (8.4%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show played to 3.04 million (25.3%).

The Great British Bake Off: Masterclass kicked things off with 1.82 million (9.6%) on BBC Two at 7pm, followed by 2.28 million (11.3%) for Mastermind and 2.31 million (11.2%) for Gardener's World.
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Tfi Friday is back: Here's what Twitter thought as Chris Evans, Take That and U2 got ready for the weekend

Tfi Friday was back on screens tonight (October 16), and Chris Evans went big by enlisting the likes of U2, Take That and Steve Coogan to get viewers in the mood for the weekend.

Naturally, Twitter was buzzing at the madcap show, and many felt nostalgic as the programme returned for its first full series in 15 years.

Digital Spy rounds up the best reactions below:

Anyone else watching #TFIFriday and feeling oddly like the last 20 years of life were a superweird dream and you're going to uni soon.

Matt Collins (@charitychap) October 16, 2015

Howard... Just casually sitting there in a yellow one piece "covered in lube" #TFIFriday pic.twitter.com/jWhBAePuG0

— Auntie Bex ✨ (@Bexxy1976) October 16, 2015

@HowardDonald @GaryBarlow @OfficialMarkO cannot stop watching this #TFIFriday #TakeThat pic.twitter.com/dSyXX5cYmU

— Ams (@Amar_sian) October 16, 2015

A yellow @HowardDonald : and suddenly your day turns positive!

#TFIFriday @takethat pic.twitter.com/Ni9h68EXBE

— Linda
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