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Spoilers! It's our viewing notes and geeky spots for the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Husbands Of River Song....
It’s Christmas Day and that can only mean one thing - the Doctor Who return of Professor River Song, and the Den of Geek return of the geeky spots. So join us, won’t you, for a festive walk through the callbacks, allusions and generally interesting similarities featured in The Husbands Of River Song. If you spot anything we’ve missed out - we’ve been on the Christmas sherry since 9 o’clock this morning - let us know in the comments!
The References of River Song
As you might expect from the convoluted story of the Doctor and River Song, this episode contains a lot of references to their previous adventures together. Before reading this article, it might be useful to read our article on River Song’s timeline, »
In an interview with Australian TV journalist Tony Jones, Fry shared his thoughts on 17 years of celibacy and why he used to ‘self-medicate’ with drugs and alcohol
Related: Fry’s English Delight review: plenty to shout about
Related: Stephen Fry: low tales of the high life - books podcast
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- Monica Tan
Alan Davies has suggested that his Dave show As Yet Untitled would never be made by the BBC and ITV - who would be too "terrified" to commission it.
The show sees a group of comedians sitting around and chatting about various tales, but the only preparation involved is that the guests bring a story with them.
"It's a dream job for me - I don't have to do any preparation," Davies joked. "I have the same approach I have for Qi - the less I do, the better it is!"
But he went on to say: "You would never get this to fly on the BBC or ITV. They would just be terrified: 'What are you going to say?' 'Don't know.'"
And Davies suggested that there are still some nerves about the show, explaining: "There's a surprising amount of talk about how many stories they should bring, »
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.
Over on ITV, Rugby World Cup fever was in full swing, as 2.08m (10.8%) tuned in »
You may remember that Jimmy Carr was once crowned champion in Top Gear's 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' despite being described as "the worst driver we've ever had" and "the luckiest man alive" by The Stig.
Ok, he may have later spun off and recorded one of the slowest times upon his return, but he's still a Top Gear favourite and he's told Digital Spy that he would love the chance to host the new BBC version fronted by Chris Evans.
"If it comes up, yeah, call me!" he told us. "Call me straight away. I would do that in a heartbeat. I think it's maybe the best job in television."
Speaking about Jeremy Clarkson's controversial exit and his new lucrative deal with Amazon alongside James May and Richard Hammond, Jimmy said: "Jeremy's a good friend of mine. Obviously they've had a difficult year, but it couldn't have turned out any better! »
UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
The BBC One dancing show enjoyed an average of 9.32 million (42.5%) from 6.35pm. By contrast, ITV's X Factor dropped to 6.35 million (29.6%) from 8pm, with a further 325k (1.7%) catching the action on +1.
At 8pm, when the two programmes overlapped, Strictly had 10.1 million (42.1%) compared to X Factor's 5.58 million (23.3%).
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
Strictly Come Dancing enjoyed a new series high last night (October 17) as it neared 10 million viewers, according to overnight data.
The BBC One dancing competition rose to 9.66 million (45.7%) from 6.30pm, with a peak of 10.6 million (47.2%) at 8pm.
Casualty treated 4.61 million (23.1%), and The National Lottery Live was watched by 4.09 million (23.1%).
ITV's coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and France averaged 4.01 million (19.6%) from 7.30pm, before the new series of The Jonathan Ross Show debuted with 1.71 million (12%).
Over on Channel 4, supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures appealed to 618k (2.9%) from 6.45pm, and It Was Alright In drew 856k (4.3%).
Channel 5's Now That's Funny! amused 741k (3.5%) in the 7pm hour. »
Following the news that Fry is stepping down as host of the BBC2 panel show we delve into the archive to find his best bits, from the intelligent to the stupid
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- Aisha Gani
Stephen Fry was supposed to be a team captain on BBC2 panel game Qi when it started in 2003, but reluctantly took over as its presenter when the producer’s original choice, Michael Palin, turned it down.
Taking over on a “temporary basis” and “just for the pilot”, Fry is still in the presenter’s chair 13 series and 180 episodes later. He will step down after the next series, beginning this week, and be succeeded by Sandi Toksvig.
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- John Plunkett
He’ll stick around for the upcoming series, all about the letter ‘M’, but after that he’ll depart the programme for pastures new. The show will carry on without him.
“For thirteen years I had one of the best jobs on television,” said Stephen Fry in a statement. “Behind the camera squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, programme makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier.”
“In front of the camera generations of lively minds and above all of course the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies. »
Presenter to leave BBC2 show after 13 years and is replaced by Sandi Toksvig – the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show
Toksvig will become the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show on British TV.
Related: Sandi Toksvig: BBC denied me host role because I'm a woman
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- John Plunkett
The comedian and author - who has hosted 180 episodes of the show - is leaving the programme after the upcoming 'M' series and will be replaced by Sandi Toksvig.
"For 13 years I had one of the best jobs on television," Fry said. "Behind the camera squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, programme makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier.
"In front of the camera generations of lively minds and above all of course the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies. After passing the alphabetical halfway mark I thought it time to move on, but I will never cease to be grateful to John Lloyd for devising Qi and for everyone else for making it such fun."
Fry only ever stepped in to host the pilot as a »
BBC America has just announced that in celebration of the cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show," their viewers will be able to watch a rare midnight premiere of an on-stage rendition, starring Stephen Fry and Anthony Stewart Head among others. Read More: HBO to Celebrate 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' 40th Anniversary with Midnight Screening Original show creator Richard O'Brien will accompany Fry as "Narrator" on October 18 from the Playhouse Theater in London. But fans not in the UK will be able to watch the one-of-a-kind stage performance by tuning into BBC America at midnight. The special will also encore on October 31 to conclude a full day of "Doctor Who"-lloween. "The Rocky Horror Show" also will feature guest narrators including Fry ("Wilde," "Blackadder," "Qi"), Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Adrian Edmondson ("The Young Ones"), Emma Bunton (The...
- Elle Leonsis
BBC America has just announced that in celebration of the cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show," their viewers will be able to watch a rare midnight premiere of an on-stage rendition, starring Stephen Fry and Anthony Stewart Head among others. Read More: HBO to Celebrate 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' 40th Anniversary with Midnight Screening Original show creator Richard O'Brien will accompany Fry as "Narrator" on October 18 from the Playhouse Theater in London. But fans not in the UK will be able to watch the one-of-a-kind stage performance by tuning into BBC America at midnight. The special will also encore on October 31 to conclude a full day of "Doctor Who"-lloween. "The Rocky Horror Show" also will feature guest narrators including Fry ("Wilde," "Blackadder," "Qi"), Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Adrian Edmondson ("The Young Ones"), Emma Bunton (The »
- Elle Leonsis
As Only Connect and University Challenge return to the BBC for new series, we salute the geek comforts of UK TV quiz shows…
Never mind A.E. Housman’s maxim that “all human knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use”, no knowledge is really precious until it serves the slightest use watching a TV quiz. If you’ve ever moaned about not needing your schoolboy geometry in the real world, you’ve clearly never experienced the joy of shouting “Cartesian Plane” at BBC Two on a Monday night.
Quiz shows are a TV comfort blanket for trivia nerds. That instant sliding-into-a-warm-bath relaxation other people experience when they hear the first bars of a beloved soap theme is what the opening ‘dum’ of the University Challenge music does to us. You’re home now, says that music. Wherever you are, whatever’s going on in your life, »
I’m probably one of the few who didn’t enjoy Mad Max: Fury Road as much as the majority of people out there, but I do have to applaud its groundbreaking style and sensory overload in terms of high-octane action and special effects. The film is one of those that contain limited CGI, and when effects are used, you kind of don’t notice they have been.
A series of images have just popped up online that show the before and after shots from some of the key scenes in writer/ director George Miller’s movie, and they’re really interesting to look at.
These are posted in no-chronological order, but in each set, the first is the ‘before,’ and the second the ‘after’ VFX, final shot as we see it in the movie. Quite interesting. Mad Max: Fury Road is now playing.
- Paul Heath
The popular scientist will present a new series called Six Degrees, which tests the theory of six degrees of separation.
BBC Two announced today that Cox will challenge a team of scientists and celebrities to work out how seemingly random things are connected, with BBC Two suggesting that this could be "from Babbage to Buzzfeed, Lovelace to Linux".
The broadcaster added: "The panel show will rejoice in the often serendipitous connections that have led us through the digital revolution."
Cox has previously been a panellist on panel shows Qi and Would I Lie to You? but this will be the first one that he has hosted.
It is not yet clear when Six Degrees will air on BBC Two. »
Looks like the recent Jeremy Clarkson news has stressed out the staff at Dave…
Top Gear halted indefinitely.
Meanwhile, in the Dave office... pic.twitter.com/HVgT8hqJnb
— Dave (@Join_Dave) March 11, 2015
Chin up guys, there's always Qi and Would I Lie to You?.
The BBC announced yesterday (March 10) that Clarkson had been suspended "following a fracas with a BBC producer".
The three remaining episodes of the current series of Top Gear will reportedly be delayed as a result.
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive's Friday evening (February 27) viewing figures were up on last week's launch numbers.
The second episode in the celebrity survival show was seen by an average audience of 3.03 million (14.1%), which was slightly up on last week's average of 2.91 million (13.6%).
Earlier on in the evening, ITV's Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant was seen by an average audience of 2.83 million (12.9%).
Over on BBC Two, Wanted in Paradise kicked things off with 970k (4.9%) at 7pm, followed by 2.02 million »
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive opened to 2.91 million (13.6%) viewers last night (February 20).
The reality show, which sees eight celebrities attempt to survive in the rainforests of Costa Rica, peaked with 2.98 million from 9pm on ITV.
Earlier on in the evening, Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant was seen by an average audience of 2.6 million (11.2%).
The One Show was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting 3.83 million (20.1%) at 7pm.
Over on BBC Two, Antiques Road Trip kicked things off with 1.52 million (7.7%) at 7pm, followed by 1.93 million (8.3%) for Mastermind and 1.48 million (6.4%) for Food and Drink.
Italy Unpacked continued with 1.28 million (5.9%), while Qi rounded things off with 1.18 million (6.7%).
Gogglebox continued to score high ratings for Channel 4. »
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