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Gladiators: ranking the events of the original series

Jenny Morrill Alex Carter May 23, 2017

Which original Gladiators event was better - Hang Tough or Powerball? We had the debate so you don't have to...

Like many people, we enjoy watching people beating the crap out of each other and then doing grapevines while wearing a bra. Because of this, Gladiators is the only exercise-themed show we ever watch.

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We spend our weekends watching Gladiators reruns while saying things like “I could do that, it's just running up an escalator,” while secretly being depressed because we know we're lying to ourselves. Sometimes, as a treat, we'll call Jet/Hunter names while eating several wagon wheels.

There's been an ongoing debate in our house over which are the best Gladiators events. Some we can agree are rubbish, and when these events are
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Nicolas Cage's Generation Game: how to reboot game shows

Jenny Morrill Jun 12, 2017

Jenny has a few tips for successfully rebooting some classic gameshows...

Game shows are one of the few formats that can withstand being rebooted. Some people might even argue that game show reboots are becoming necessary, given the calibre of new ideas being farted out onto the screen. For every Pointless, there's Dale's All Star Celebrity Family Kerplunk On Fire (actually I'd watch that).

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There are certain shows that could make up a stellar, unbeatable game show line-up, and they should all be brought back immediately. Some brave souls have tried to bring some of these shows back, with varying degrees of success. In some cases perhaps the execution needed a bit of tweaking, but the decision to reboot was the right one.

When a
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The Enfield Haunting spooks over 750k on Sky Living

The Enfield Haunting opened to over 750,000 viewers on Sky Living on Sunday night, overnight data suggests.

Timothy Spall's supernatural thriller was the second most-watched broadcast on the multichannels with 752k (3.4%) at 9pm.

ITV's new Women's Institute drama Home Fires rallied 4.82m (21.8%) at 9pm (519k/3.1% on +1), while Sheridan Smith's The C-Word on BBC One was seen by 3.79m (17.4%) at 8.30pm.

Earlier on in the evening, Celebrity Squares and Sunday Night at the Palladium entertained 1.77m (9.3%) and 4.0m (18.9%) respectively (45k/0.2% and 228k/1.0%).

As usual, Countryfile topped the night's ratings with 5.42m (30.8%), while Antiques Roadshow collected 5.22m (26.1%).

On Channel 4, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown returned with 1.09m (5.0%) at 9pm (320k/2.0%), and Henning Wehn's An Immigrant's Guide to Britain pulled in 780k (4.3%) from 10pm (214k/1.9%).

Channel 5 aired Legally Blonde to 813k (4.1%) at 7.10pm (133k/0.6%) and Resident Evil: Afterlife to 801k (4.1%) at 9pm (108k/0.8%).

BBC Two's Snooker World Championship coverage pocketed 1.95m (9.5%).

Elsewhere,
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Watch Jessica Hynes reveal surprising teenage crush

While many of today's teenagers lust over the likes of One Direction and Justin Bieber, Jessica Hynes had a much more surprising teenage crush.

In an appearance on ITV's Celebrity Squares, the comedienne and actress revealed that she once had a childhood crush on Vic Reeves.

Celebrity Squares is back: Warwick Davis's 9 things to know

Sunday's (April 26) edition of Celebrity Squares features Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Jessica Hynes, Carl Fogarty, Chris Ramsey, Rachel Yankey, Marek Larwood and Sherrie Hewson.

Warwick Davis hosts the brand new series of Celebrity Squares, and is joined by comedians Tim Vine and Joe Wilkinson.

Davis follows in the footsteps of the late Bob Monkhouse to front the celebrity game of noughts and crosses.

Celebrity Squares airs on Sunday at 7.15pm on ITV.
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Stars In Their Eyes returns with Harry Hill: Can it work?

One of my happiest memories of TV as a child was the Stars In Their Eyes grand final night. The Matthew Kelly years of the show may look rather quaint in an era of spinning chairs, dancing celebrities and X Factor shoutiness, but it was actually ahead of its time as an entertainment format.

From turning Reg the butcher and Barbara from accounts into stars for five minutes, to public phone votes for the winner, it was in many ways a proto-Pop Idol and X Factor.

The key difference between Stars In Their Eyes and what followed was the complete absence of cynicism or profiteering. It probably helped Basil from Basingstoke raise a few more quid with his George Formby covers act, but there was never any pretense that the show would be life-changing.

Like most Saturday night shows in the pre-Popstars/Simon Cowell/Big Brother era, the heart
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Celebrity Squares renewed for second series, Warwick Davis returning

Celebrity Squares has been recommissioned for a second series.

The ITV entertainment show will return for eight 45-minute episodes, following the first series of six episodes that aired earlier this year, reports Broadcast.

Warwick Davis will also be returning to the show as host, and will be joined by a selection of guest celebrities each week.

Guests in the first series included Tim Vine, James Corden and Dame Edna Everage.

Celebrity Squares was first broadcast in 1975 and was hosted by Bob Monkhouse, who returned for a second run between 1993 and 1996.

ITV took the decision to revamp the show in 2013. Watch a clip from the first series below:
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National Television Awards 2015 voting opens: The full longlist

The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.

The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.

Full list of 2015 nominations:

Chat Show Host

Adam Hills

Alan Carr

Graham Norton

Jonathan Ross

Michael McIntyre

Paul O'Grady

Piers Morgan

Sarah Millican

Comedy

Benidorm

Big School

Birds of a Feather

Blandings

Boomers

Citizen Khan

Derek

Mrs Brown's Boys

Not Going Out

Outnumbered

The Big Bang Theory

The Wrong Mans

W1A

Daytime

Animal Saints and Sinners

Antiques Road Trip

Bargain Hunt

BBC Breakfast

Coach Trip

Escape to the Country

Father Brown

Fifteen to One

Flog It!
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Celebrity Squares has had a facelift, but do its star names deserve better?

The gameshow, which ran in the 1970s and 1990s, has been brought back by ITV with Warwick Davis hosting. But how will its creaky noughts-and-crosses format fare in the modern age?

A common social embarrassment in California, its reported, is meeting a former friend after a long gap and failing to recognise them because theyve had so much cosmetic surgery. Such confusion is unlikely to happen when bumping into a revived and enhanced TV show from back in the day such as Celebrity Squares (Wednesday, 8pm), returning to ITV after two decades because, like most lifted old formats, it really hasnt had very much work done. However, the risk of a terribly embarrassing encounter still remains, not because our old acquaintance doesnt look like it used to, but because it does.

Younger viewers have the possibility of meeting the series for the first time, unaware that it was adapted from
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Celebrity Squares is back: Warwick Davis's 9 things to know

Celebrity Squares is one of those classic game shows - so we were very excited to hear it was coming back with Warwick Davis as the host! The show starts tonight (September 10), but we couldn't wait that long, so we snuck into the studios in London for a little look at the (very fancy) set. While we were down there, we grabbed Warwick in between filming two episodes and he told us what we need to know about the return of Celebrity Squares...

1. It's not just as simple as noughts and crosses.

"It's quite an exciting and fun game with the blocking... It does get quite intense. There's a lot of money to play for, mystery squares with prizes in. Our final game involves listing things associated with something that celebrity is associated with, so we just had a round with Lucy Pargeter, and the contestant had to name contestants
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Warwick Davis will put his own stamp on ITV's Celebrity Squares

Warwick Davis has spoken of his delight at hosting ITV's revival of classic gameshow Celebrity Squares.

The Harry Potter actor, who follows in the footsteps of the late Bob Monkhouse, fronts the celebrity game of noughts and crosses, which kicks off on Wednesday, September 10.

"I grew up watching Celebrity Squares," Davis told The Mirror. "I was delighted and flattered that ITV would have the conviction to ask me to host this iconic show. I think I'm probably the first little person to present a mainstream quiz show, which is nice. I want to put my own stamp on it. I'm slightly cheeky and enjoy improvising banter with the celebrities and contestants."

Ahead of his presenting debut, the 44-year-old confessed that his new role made "learning a script for a big Hollywood film seem easy".

He explained: "The gameplay can be complicated and I can't afford to make any mistakes when
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ITV confirms Stars in their Eyes revival with Harry Hill

ITV has officially announced that Stars in their Eyes will return.

Harry Hill will host a rebooted version of the musical talent show, which originally ran from 1990 to 2006.

Members of the public will be transformed into popstars by top makeup and wardrobe artists, before impersonating them in a brand new arena.

Hill said: "Without a doubt, appearing on Stars in their Eyes as Morrissey all those years ago (although beaten, unfairly in my view, by Kirsty Young's Peggy Lee) was one of the highlights of my light entertainment career.

"So imagine the smile bought to my lips when I was asked by ITV at a secret breakfast meeting in a top London hotel to take the reigns of this Rolls-Royce of pop-impression talent shows and walk in the footsteps of showbiz giants Crowther, Kelly and Deeley! And on ITV too!

"Dust off the wigs and sequins - I'm coming home!
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ITV's Gladiators: where are they now?

Have you ever wondered what Jet, Wolf, and the rest of ITV's Gladiators did after the show finished? Wonder no more...

ITV’s Gladiators - the show that for eight years made children everywhere become interested in sports, eating well and keeping fit... for about five minutes on a Saturday night, then we all went back to our natural state of sitting on the settee eating sugar straight from the packet.

What was it that inspired this minor surge of enthusiasm for being buff? That would be the gladiators themselves. Every week, twelve superhuman powerhouses - six men and six women - would intimidate, bully, and otherwise humiliate whichever puny contestants stepped up to try their luck, beating or hindering them in a series of physical skill games. This took place before the big finale – where the contenders would race each other up a downwards escalator, while the gladiators were
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Stars in Their Eyes to return to ITV with Harry Hill as host?

Stars in Their Eyes is in line to return to ITV.

The revived show will be produced by current rights-holders Endemol, with Harry Hill in line to host, according to Forbes.

Originally launched in July 1990 with Leslie Crowther as presenter, Stars in Their Eyes was a regular Saturday night primetime fixture until late 2006. A number of celebrity editions of the show - featuring contestants impersonating famous singers - were also produced by Granada Television.

Matthew Kelly and Cat Deeley were also regular hosts of Stars in Their Eyes, which won four NTAs and regularly attracted audiences of millions for its live grand finals.

An ITV spokesperson confirmed that they were continuing to talk to Hill about future projects, adding: "We love working with him, but there are no confirmed programmes commissioned at this stage."

ITV has recently revived a number of its best-known primetime light entertainment formats including Celebrity Squares,
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Warwick Davis confirmed to host new series of Celebrity Squares

Warwick Davis has confirmed that he will host a new series of Celebrity Squares on ITV.

The actor's screen and stage credits include Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Monty Python musical Spamalot, but the project will be the 44-year-old's first presenting role.

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Davis took to Twitter to officially announce the news earlier today (April 11).

Celebrity Squares was first broadcast in 1975 and ran for four years with the late Bob Monkhouse as host.

Monkhouse also returned for the show's second run between 1993 and 1996.

The decision to revive Celebrity Squares follows the success of various other rebooted classic shows, including Surprise Surprise, Catchphrase and Through the Keyhole.

Watch an opening from the original Celebrity Squares below:
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Life's Too Short's Warwick Davis to host new series of Celebrity Squares

Gameshow previously presented by Bob Monkhouse to return to TV screens with actor whose credits include Return of the Jedi

Life's Too Short star Warwick Davis is set to host a new series of the gameshow Celebrity Squares.

Davis originally fronted a pilot episode in November. The show will follow the format of contestants trying to complete rows on a giant board of famous faces by deciding whether they agree or disagree with the answers the celebrities have given to general knowledge questions.

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Warwick Davis to host Celebrity Squares

Warwick Davis has been lined up to host 'Celebrity Squares'. The dwarf actor will mark his first presenting role in a reboot of the classic game show - which has spent more than 15 years off-air - despite having no previous experience of presenting. Warwick is thought to have beaten off competition from the likes of well-known hosts Christine Bleakley and Chris Moyles to the role, which was previously held by the late Bob Monkhouse. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Warwick is obviously a leftfield choice as he's not a tried and tested TV host. But he is an extremely
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Warwick Davis to present revamped 'Celebrity Squares' on ITV?

Warwick Davis has reportedly signed up to host a new edition of Celebrity Squares.

The Life's Too Short actor is said to have agreed a deal to host a revamped version of the classic game show on ITV, according to The Sun.

If he were to join the project, it will be Davis's first ever presenting role, and will see the return of the series after over 15 years.

Celebrity Squares is based on the American comedy game show Hollywood Squares, and originally ran from 1975 to 1979 with Bob Monkhouse as host.

Monkhouse returned to front a new series from 1993 to 1996.

The game features nine celebrities sitting in boxes around a giant board, and is based around the game of noughts and crosses.

A pilot will reportedly be recorded later this month, with a full series arriving on ITV next year if it proves successful.

ITV has recently brought back revamped versions
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Six to watch: Gameshow hosts

With a revival of Blockbusters launching soon, we tot up the scores for some of television's most-loved gameshow hosts

The ever-affable broadcaster Simon Mayo is to turn gameshow host for a new series of the cult quiz show Blockbusters. Launched in 1983, the show ran for 11 years before eventually disappearing from the schedules. The revival comes just a short while after its much-loved host, Bob Holness, died aged 83.

Holness was as much a part of Blockbusters as the hexagonal gameboard, Gold Runs and end-of-series hand jives: Mayo will have big shoes to fill when the new series lands on Challenge TV this spring. But which other hosts have enlivened television's many gameshows? . Step up to the oche, come on down and say what you see, as we run down six of the best. Your thoughts on who else should join them welcome, as ever

Bob HolnessBlockbusters

Holness was beloved by
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Ray Alan obituary

Popular television ventriloquist paired with the aristocratic puppet Lord Charles

Popular television ventriloquist paired with the aristocratic puppet Lord Charles

In his heyday, Ray Alan, who has died aged 79, was described by some as the world's greatest ventriloquist, and his dummy was the boozy Lord Charles. The hoity-toity aristocrat with his put-down catchphrases, such as "Blurry fool!" and "You silly arse!", proved to be a long-lived inspiration at a time when so many other ventriloquists and their dummies were going out of business.

Lord Charles enabled the British and American publics to enjoy on television a send-up of the British aristocracy. The fact that his lordship's speech was drunken and slurred enabled the ventriloquist to speak with a minimum of mouth movement, even when under the scrutiny of television cameras. For those less ingenious than Alan, the fact that they were "throwing" their own voices into a dummy was all too visible.
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TV Host Bennett Dies

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Popular British comedian and TV game show host Lennie Bennett has died, at the age of 70.

The star - real name Mike Berry - suffered a fall at his house in Blackpool, England and died at a nearby hospital on Wednesday night.

Bennett first found fame in the 1970s as a star of hit U.K. TV comedy show the Lennie and Jerry Show, alongside Jerry Stevens.

He achieved further success in the 1980s as the host of top-rated quiz shows Punchlines, Celebrity Squares and Lucky Ladders.

No further details were available as WENN went to press.

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