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X Factor scores 8.1 million viewers for first night of grand finale

14 December 2014 5:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

On BBC Two, Flog It! earned 854k (3.7%), Perry and Croft: Made in Britain was watched by 944k (4%) and a Dad's Army repeat garnered 2.07m (8.8%), before Qi Xl was seen by 1.06m (4.6%) from 9pm.

Channel 4 aired Meryl Streep film Hope Springs, which averaged 950k (4.4%) from 9pm.

Channel 5's My Crazy Christmas Obsession and TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks managed 503k (2.1%) and 685k (3.8%) respectively. »

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The best Christmas 2014 TV and radio

11 December 2014 3:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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...

Drama Doctor Who: Last Christmas

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, »

- louisamellor

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I'm a Celebrity double elimination peaks with 7.7 million

6 December 2014 5:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was Friday's (December 5) highest-rated show with an average audience of 7.48 million (33.5%).

Featuring a double elimination, the show peaked with 7.7 million (33.3%) at 9.30pm on ITV.

An average audience of 326k (2%) watched on ITV+1, while I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! was seen by 656k (4.7%) on ITV2 at 10.30pm.

The Martin Lewis Money Show also secured strong ratings for ITV, with 3.23 million (15.4%) tuning in at 8pm.

Have I Got News For You was BBC One's highest-rated show of the evening, securing viewing figures of 4.02 million (17.2%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.77 million (20.2%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.27 million (16.5%) for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook.

Citizen Khan picked up 2.95 million (13.5%) at 8.30pm, while Not Going Out was seen by 2.89 million viewers (12.5%) at 9.30pm.

With guests such as Michael Keaton, Ian McKellen and Victoria Wood, The Graham Norton Show »

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Stephen Fry to star as Colonel K in Danger Mouse remake

30 November 2014 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Qi host will join Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon in much-loved cartoon’s comeback

Stephen Fry has been signed up for the return of much-loved cartoon character Danger Mouse – playing the voice of pompous veteran spy Colonel K.

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

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Strictly Come Dancing peaks with 10.27 million on Saturday night

30 November 2014 7:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! was ITV's highest-rated show, entertaining 7.85 million (38.5%) from 9.45pm.

It was preceded by The X Factor, which drew an average audience of 7.55 million (33.1%). A further 133k watched on ITV+1, while 167k (0.8%) tuned into ITV2's The Xtra Factor.

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.

BBC One's evening ended with 2.99 million (19.5%) for Match of the Day, which featured highlights from Hull vs Manchester United and Qpr vs Leicester.

A Dad's Army repeat was once »

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Michael Bublé, White Dee, Alan Davies lead Channel 5 Christmas 2014 lineup

26 November 2014 10:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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).

Also airing next month is White Dee: Behind the Headlines, a documentary that tells the tale of the Benefits Street and Celebrity Big Brother star.

The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies at Christmas sees the Qi comedian host a Christmas party and share stories of amazing dog rescues.

Elvis Night takes a look back at the king of rock n' roll. Fun in Acapulco, Elvis - The 1968 Comeback Special and »

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Rik Mayall tribute, McIntyre Xmas show join BBC's Christmas line-up

25 November 2014 4:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Television has unveiled new details of its line-up for 2014.

The late Rik Mayall will be remembered in tribute Lord of Misrule, narrated by Simon Callow and featuring contributions from Michael Palin, Simon Pegg and more.

Michael McIntyre will host his Very Christmassy Christmas Show, while John Bishop's Christmas Show will also return for another year.

Festive editions of popular quiz shows Would I Lie To You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Qi, Mock The Week, Pointless Celebrities and Celebrity Mastermind have also been confirmed.

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. »

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Strictly Come Dancing continues with 9.2 million viewers on BBC One

23 November 2014 6:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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 ITV, The X Factor's Elton John vs Whitney Houston Week drew 7.51m (32.4%) from 8pm, with an additional 227k (1%) tuning in on +1.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! was watched by 7.76m (37.3%) from 9.40pm (+1: 315k/2.2%). The Chase attracted 3.11m (13.4%) earlier in the evening.

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 »

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Strictly Come Dancing rises to 10.3 million viewers for Blackpool Week

16 November 2014 4:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

On BBC Two, Flog It! Trade Secrets and Perry and Croft: Made in Britain averaged 443k (1.9%) and 566k (2.3%) respectively.

A repeat of Dad's Army was enjoyed by 1.63m (7.1%) from 8.30pm, before Qi Xl had 910k (4%) viewers.

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 »

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10 Things About... Michael Palin

15 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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, »

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Toast of London, Harry and Paul lead British Comedy Awards nominations

10 November 2014 7:39 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The British Comedy Awards 2014 nominations have been revealed.

Matt Berry's Toast of London is up for six awards, while Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos has four nominations.

Berry himself has three nominations, including Best TV Comedy Actor and new category Best Internet Comedy Short.

The BBC's Would I Lie to You? receives four nominations, as team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack find themselves both up for Best Male TV Comic.

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, »

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Strictly Come Dancing triumphs over The X Factor with 9.5m on BBC One

26 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night' was watched by 5.03m (21.6%) on BBC One. It was followed by Casualty, which continued with 4.02m (18.1%).

BBC Two's Restoring England's Heritage had 806k (3.7%) from 7pm, with a Dad's Army repeat and Qi Xl earning 1.68m (7.2%) and 1.13m (5%) respectively.

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.

On Channel 4, Walking Through History was seen by 891k (3.8%) in the 8pm hour. An airing of the Reese Witherspoon movie This Means War attracted 846k (4.2%) afterwards.

Channel 5's live boxing between »

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New Who Review – “Mummy on the Orient Express”

13 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

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

By  Jamie Mathieson

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

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11 Qi Panelists We’d Love To See

12 October 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


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

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Strictly Come Dancing beats X Factor in Saturday ratings

12 October 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing was Saturday's most-watched show, peaking with more than 9 million viewers.

Strictly Come Dancing's Movie Week was viewed by an average audience of 8.65 million (39.2%) from 6.30pm, compared with 7.2 million (31.3%) for The X Factor from 7.30pm.

Strictly Come Dancing poll: Who is your dancefloor star from Movie Week?

The X Factor peaked with 8.03 million (34.7%) at 8.45pm, while Strictly Come Dancing peaked with 9.23 million (39.5%) an hour earlier.

BBC One also scored a ratings success with Doctor Who, which entertained an average audience of 5.08 million (22.1%) at 8.30pm.

Elsewhere on BBC One, Casualty played to 4.33 million (21.5%) at 9.35pm, while a repeat of Mrs Brown's Boys closed the night with 2.67 million (19.3%) at 10.45pm.

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.

Dad's Army was BBC Two »

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The X Factor tops Friday's ratings with more than 6 million

4 October 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked off the evening with 3.37 million (18.9%), while A Question of Sport followed with 2.95 million (15.2%).

Would I Lie to You was seen by 3.18 million (15.4%) at 8.30pm, Have I Got News for You played to an evening high of 4.27 million (19.4%) and Big School was watched by 2.37 million (11.1%).

With guests including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Luke Evans, The Graham Norton Show ended the evening with 3.06 million (23.4%) at 10.35pm.

Celebrity Antiques Roadshow began with 1.72 million (9.2%) at 7pm on BBC Two, Mastermind picked up increased viewers of 2.03 million (9.8%) and Lorraine Pascale: How to Be »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Have I Got News for You, Qi

3 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have I Got News for You: BBC One, 9pm

The satirical panel show returns with comedian Jennifer Saunders taking the helm for the first show of a new series.

Regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are joined by Armando Iannucci and Conservative politician Peter Bone MP.

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.

The Blacklist: Sky Living, 9pm

The conspiracy thriller returns for a second season as Red (James Spader) continues his battle with arch nemesis Berlin (Peter Stormare), however a new threat emerges. »

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Stephen Fry wasted time and money on drugs

22 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

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 »

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Rob Brydon Returning to Host BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards

20 August 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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5 Reasons Fry And Laurie Should Reunite

4 August 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


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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