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The X Factor drew more than 8 million viewers for the first night of this year's finale, according to overnight figures.
ITV's singing competition achieved 8.14m (35.8%) from 8.30pm last night (December 13), with an additional 248k (1.3%) tuning in on +1.
The Chase entertained 3.74m (15.9%) earlier in the evening (+1: 291k/1.2%), with The Jonathan Ross Show airing to 2.77m (18.5%) from 10.35pm.
BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing continued to dominate Saturdays, attracting 9.78m (42.4%) for its latest show from 6.50pm.
The latest Atlantis episode appealed to 3.57m (15.2%) afterwards. Casualty treated 3.44m (14.9%) from 9.10pm.
Channel 5's My Crazy Christmas Obsession and TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks managed 503k (2.1%) and 685k (3.8%) respectively. »
We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…
We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.
Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...
The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.
When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day, »
Featuring a double elimination, the show peaked with 7.7 million (33.3%) at 9.30pm on ITV.
The Martin Lewis Money Show also secured strong ratings for ITV, with 3.23 million (15.4%) tuning in at 8pm.
The broadcaster and actor will play the secret service boss when the show makes its comeback next year for a new generation of young viewers. Alexander Armstrong is lined up to play the show’s title character, originally voiced by David Jason, will be reunited with his co-star on BBC1 quiz Pointless as Richard Osman has a guest role.
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- Press Association
Strictly Come Dancing was Saturday's (November 30) highest-rated show, peaking with an audience of 10.27 million (45.2%).
Featuring dances from around the world, this week's show was seen by an average audience of 9.63 million (42.4%) from 7pm on BBC One.
ITV's evening began with 3.4 million (15.4%) for The Chase: Celebrity Special at 7pm and ended with 2.55 million (20%) for The Jonathan Ross Show at 10.50pm.
Back on BBC One, Atlantis was seen by 3.76 million (16.7%) at 8.15pm, followed by 3.92 million (17.4%) for Casualty.
A Dad's Army repeat was once »
Channel 5 has unveiled details of its Christmas schedules.
Next month, Michael Bublé: Live from Radio City 2014 will see the 'Haven't Met You Yet' singer joined by Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande and The Muppets' Miss Piggy on-stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
New supernatural drama The Haunting of Radcliffe House, starring Olivia Williams and Matthew Modine, will also premiere in December. Set in the Yorkshire Moors, the ghost story is directed by Nick Willing (Alice, Neverland).
Elvis Night takes a look back at the king of rock n' roll. Fun in Acapulco, Elvis - The 1968 Comeback Special and »
BBC Television has unveiled new details of its line-up for 2014.
In addition to joining Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond for a two-part Top Gear special, James May will also host a new episode of Toy Stories and Gareth Malone is back with The Choir: New Military Wives.
Miranda, Mrs Brown's Boys: 14 Christmas TV highlights from the BBC
Danny Cohen, Director of Television, said: "This year's Christmas line-up on BBC Television is one of our best ever. »
Strictly Come Dancing continued with nearly 9.2 million viewers last night (November 23), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One dancing competition came top on primetime after appealing to 9.17m (38.9%) from 7pm.
Atlantis followed with 3.62m (15.8%) from 8.15pm, before Casualty recorded similar numbers (3.62m/15.9%).
On BBC Two, Flog It! Trade Secrets averaged 899k (3.9%) from 7.30pm. Perry and Croft: Made in Britain and Dad's Army followed with 1.08m (4.5%) and 1.67m (7.3%) respectively, before Qi Xl had 1.05m (4.6%) viewers.
Channel 4's Walking Through History managed 942k (4%) in the 8pm hour. It Was Alright in the 1970s averaged 1.53m (6.8%) from 9pm.
Channel 5 aired movies Christmas Wishes (530k/2.3%) and »
Strictly Come Dancing rose to a series high last night (November 15), drawing more than 10 million viewers.
The Blackpool special averaged 10.28m (44.6%) on BBC One from 7pm, according to overnight figures.
Afterwards, a new series of Atlantis premiered to 4.2m (18.4%) before Casualty treated 4.14m (19%).
ITV's The X Factor was watched by 7.5m (32.6%) from 8.15pm, with a further 291k (1.5%) tuning in an hour later on timeshift.
The Chase earned 3.36m from 7.15pm, while The Jonathan Ross Show managed 2.97m (16.9%) from 9.55pm.
Channel 4's Walking Through History attracted 757k (3.2%) in the 8pm hour. It Was Alright in the 1970s followed with 1.32m (5.9%).
On Channel 5, The Battle of Britain interested 659k (2.9%).
The multichannels saw ITV2's The Xtra Factor »
Frequently described as "Britain's nicest man", Michael Palin really has done it all. From playing a singing, cross-dressing lumberjack to travelling Around the World in 80 Days, the star has no plans to stop yet. He's even about to venture further than ever before, as he joins the Clangers' little moon planet as their new narrator.
Palin is a household name in the UK and around the world, thanks to his globetrotting adventures and most prominently his Monty Python fame. But here are some facts you may not know about the comedian...
1. Michael Edward Palin was born in Broomhill, Sheffield on May 5, 1943. He attended Birkdale Preparatory School and had his first acting - and possibly cross-dressing - experience at the age of 5 in a performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which he played Martha Cratchit... and fell off the stage.
Undeterred by this unfortunate turn of events and despite his extreme stage fright, »
The British Comedy Awards 2014 nominations have been revealed.
Berry himself has three nominations, including Best TV Comedy Actor and new category Best Internet Comedy Short.
Berry, Enfield and Whitehouse are up against The Wrong Mans' Mathew Baynton in the Best TV Comedy Actor category, while Alan Carr will need to defend his Best Comedy Entertainment Personality title from Graham Norton, Ant & Dec and Adam Hills.
This year's ceremony has introduced two new categories - Best Internet Comedy Short and Best Comedy Moment of 2014. Best Comedy Film and Best International Comedy Programme have also made a return to the line-up, »
Strictly Come Dancing topped Saturday primetime television last night (October 25), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One dancing competition averaged 9.52m (42.9%) from 6.30pm, enjoying a peak of 10.38m (45.9%) at 7.45pm.
ITV's The X Factor managed 7.22m (31.6%) from 8pm, with a further 281k (1.4%) on +1. Movies Week had a peak of 7.79m (33%) at 8.15pm.
ITV's The Chase took 3.07m (13.9%) in the 7pm hour, and The Jonathan Ross Show drew 2.53m (14.9%) from 10.10pm.
Channel 5's live boxing between »
There’s one of two things you can be almost guaranteed of when you see a story that takes place on a train – romance, or a murder.
Mummy On The Orient Express
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
As a farewell fling, The Doctor takes Clara on a trip aboard the Orient Express in space, exactingly copied from the original, except for the bit about being spaceworthy. It becomes quickly apparent that all is not well on the craft – a mysterious unseen beast is killing people exactly 66 seconds after the victim sees it – and no one else does. It turns out this particular journey is a massive two-fold trap – the ship is filled with scientists versed in areas of research that pertain to the beast, and are pressed into service to capture it, by any means necessary.
The Doctor quickly joins the press gang, understanding that the only way »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Qi is everything that’s good about television. Arriving on our screens at a point when panel shows were reaching their zenith, this BBC show slotted in nicely to the schedules and carved its own little niche. Going from strength to strength, giving birth to extended episodes (Qi Xl), books, DVDs, it’s left an entertained and generally more learned viewership (along with the acceptance that Stephen Fry is one of the greatest people alive.)
It is a show which has seemingly always been around, though with plans for a series for every letter of the alphabet, we’re now approaching the halfway point. Qi (standing for Quite Interesting and a deliberate reversal of Iq), has had a plethora of guest panellists. Host Stephen Fry and series regular player Alan Davies are regularly joined by all manner of interesting guests, but let’s let our minds wander and think »
- Simon Beckwith
Strictly Come Dancing was Saturday's most-watched show, peaking with more than 9 million viewers.
Strictly Come Dancing poll: Who is your dancefloor star from Movie Week?
X Factor week 1 poll: Who's your early favourite for glory?
Back on ITV, The Chase: Celebrity Special was seen by 2.82 million (14.1%) from 6.30pm, while 2.93 (17.5%) tuned in to watch Through the Keyhole at 10pm.
The X Factor topped Friday's ratings outside of soaps with an average audience of 6.01 million viewers (27.7%).
As the Judges make their final selections for the live shows, the latest episode peaked with 6.11 million (28.8%) from 9pm.
Earlier on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.47 million (11.9%) at 8pm.
The satirical panel show returns with comedian Jennifer Saunders taking the helm for the first show of a new series.
The X Factor: ITV, 9pm
The journey to the live shows rumbles on as the hopefuls travel to glamorous locations in Judges' Houses.
Judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh are joined by a host of superstars - and Sinitta - to help pick their final three acts for the live shows, with Dermot O'Leary of course on hand to offer comfort to those that fall at the final hurdle.
Stephen Fry wasted an ''enormous'' amount of time and money on cocaine. The 'Qi' host has opened up further about his struggle with drug addiction, depression and his bipolar disorder in latest autobiography 'More Fool Me', claiming he wasted far too much time and money on drugs in the past. In an extract from the book, printed in the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: ''I have been utterly candid about a period of my life in which I spent an enormous amount of time and money on cocaine powder. ''I know how stupid that is, but I know better people »
Actor Rob Brydon will be the host of the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards for the second year in a row, the organization announced Wednesday.
Brydon first hit the scene in 200o when he won British Comedy Awards for both “Marion and Geoff” and “Human Remains.” His credits have gone on to include “I’m Alan Partridge,” “Little Britain,” “Qi,” “Would I Lie to You?” and BAFTA-winning “Gavin and Stacey.”
“We are honored that Rob has agreed to return to host our Britannia Awards for the second year in a row” said BAFTA/La chairman Nigel Daly. “Rob brings a perfect balance of wit and sincerity to the evening and we know he will charm our audiences again this year, both in the ballroom and watching at home.”
“There is no doubt that Rob will add his wry brilliance to the evening and host a memorable Britannias,” added Bumble Ward and Deborah Kolar, »
- Shelli Weinstein
We Brits are known for our sense of class, or to be precise, upper class. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry embody this stereotype beautifully, whether it’s stealing the spotlight from Rowan Atkinson in the various Blackadders, playing to their perceived personas in Jeeves and Wooster, or indulging in the middle class alternative to Bottom with their sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
It’s been two years since it was reported that the duo would be getting back together for a one-off adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel The Canterville Ghost, but not a peep has been heard since then. But what I’m asking for here isn’t just a one off, I, and I’m sure many others included, wouldn’t mind something a bit more permanent.
Obviously, and sadly, the pair are in no position to warrant a substantial reunion. They’re both »
- Fred McNamara
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