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Stephen Fry wasted time and money on drugs

13 hours ago | 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 »

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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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Celebrity Masterchef final peaks with 5.79 million viewers

19 July 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Celebrity Masterchef final was Friday's highest-rated primetime show outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 4.76 million (25.4%).

The final, which was contested by Sophie Thompson, Charley Boorman and Jodie Kidd, peaked with an audience of 5.79 million (29.8%) as the results were announced.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.75 million (17.1%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.91 million (16.8%) for The Village That's Falling into the Sea at 7.30pm.

Replacing The Graham Norton Show, New Tricks rounded off the evening with 1.9 million (16%) at 10.35pm.

After a mammoth session of golf on BBC Two, the channel drew 580k (3.2%) for live coverage of the First Night of the Proms at 8pm. An average audience of 830k (4.5%) stuck around to watch Qi immediately after.

The Cruise Ship was ITV's highest-rated show outside of soaps, pulling in 2.77 million (15.7%) at 8pm. Doc Martin was seen by 2.27 million (12.2%) an hour later at 9.

Over on Channel 4, »

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Long Lost Family return tops Monday ratings with 4.6m

15 July 2014 2:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Long Lost Family topped the ratings on Monday evening, according to overnight data.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell's ITV show was seen by 4.65 million (21.5%) at 9pm (292,000/1.8% on +1). Earlier, Countrywise gathered 2.84m (13.9%) at 8pm.

On BBC One, Panorama interested 2.13m (10.2%) at 8.30pm, followed by John Bishop's Australia with 3.22m (14.9%) at 9pm and Rio Ferdinand's Rio documentary with 1.40m (12.8%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Mary Berry Cooks appealed to 1.07m (5.6%) at 7.30pm, while University Challenge quizzed 2.42m (11.7%) at 8pm. Food and Drink gathered 1.41m (6.7%) at 8.30pm. This World attracted 1.34m (6.2%) at 9pm, and Qi amused 1.20m (6.6%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Food Unwrapped brought in 1.16m (5.5%) at 8.30pm, followed by new series Royal Marines Commando School with 2.10m (9.7%) at 9pm (313k/1.9%). Utopia returned with 493k (3.2%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Police Interceptors intrigued 991k (4.8%) at 8pm, followed by Benefits Britain with 1.33m (6.1%) at 9pm (229k/1.4%). The latest Big Brother eviction entertained 1.55m (9.3%) at 10pm, »

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The 100 achieves E4's biggest ever launch with 1.3 million

8 July 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The 100 scored E4's biggest ever programme launch on Monday, according to overnight figures.

The post-apocalyptic drama attracted an average audience of 1.39 million and a 6.5% audience share at 9pm, with an added 351,000 (2.1%) on +1. It also easily topped the multichannels for the day.

The 100: Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell talk Comic-Con and going dark

On BBC One, John Bishop's Australia topped the night overall outside soaps with its first episode, bringing in 4.24m (19.7%) at 9pm.

Earlier, How Safe is Your House appealed to 2.83m (14.3%) at 7.30pm, while Panorama intrigued 2.20m (10.4%) at 8.30pm. Documentary Guilty By Association was seen by 1.77m (15.7%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's University Challenge documentary educated 1.31m (6.6%) at 7.30pm, followed by The Rhs Hampton Court Palace Flower Show coverage with 1.66m (7.9%) at 8.30pm. Scotland: For Richer or Poorer interested 1.36m (6.3%) at 9pm, followed by a Qi repeat with 1.27m (6.9%) at 10pm.

ITV's Countryfile appealed to 2.83m (16.2%) at 8pm, »

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Netherlands vs Costa Rica World Cup match peaks with 9.18 million

6 July 2014 4:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The World Cup quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica was seen by an average of 7.70 million (42.8%) viewers on BBC One last night (July 5).

The game peaked with 9.18 million viewers as the Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.54 million (15.8%) for A Question of Sport at 7pm, while 2.55 million (14.9%) tuned in for The National Lottery: Break the Safe immediately after.

Over on ITV, Carol Vorderman's appearance on the returning Tipping Point: Lucky Stars reeled in 3.34 million (19.7%) at 7.30pm, while Midsomer Murders was seen by 1.86 million (9.6%) at 8.30pm.

ITV's World Cup match between Argentina and Belgium entertained an average of 4.42 million (33.1%) at 5pm. Argentina progressed to the semi-finals with a 1-0 victory.

Today at Wimbledon was BBC Two's highest-rated show of the evening, picking up 1.10 million viewers at 8.15pm.

Qi Xl followed with 790k (4%) immediately after, while evening movie Last Chance Harvey was »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea

16 June 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tigers About the House: BBC Two, 8pm

The first in a three-part documentary that follows zookeeper Giles Clark as he raises Sumatran tiger cubs for the first four months of their lives.

Tonights episode gives an insight into the care that goes into keeping this endangered species alive during their first few weeks.

Game of Thrones: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

In tonight's season finale, an arrival from north of the Wall shakes things up.

Meanwhile, Daenerys faces up to reality, and Bran learns more of what his future holds.

Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm

Series seven draws to a close tonight with Binky and Alex giving their relationship one last try, much to the displeasure of their friends.

Elsewhere, Louise snogs Fordy and Stephanie goes back to L.A, leaving Stevie heartbroken.

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled: Dave, 10pm

Qi panellist Alan Davies launches his new comedy chat show tonight, »

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TV on Tap: “Modern Family” Gets Chile Reception, “Orphan Black” Featured Tatiana Maslany’s Double and Misha Collins on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

16 June 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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In honor of last night Game of Thrones finale, TV Guide lists 16 important TV moments that happened on a toilet. (Spoiler warning, the reason why Game of Thrones is on the list is explained.)

There was a special guest star in this week’s Orphan Black. Midwife Alexis was played by Kathryn Alexandre, who also functions as Tatiana Maslany‘s double. Series co-creator John Fawcett talked with EW and said that wasn’t the first role they considered for Alexandre. “Back at the beginning of the Season 1 asked her to come in and read for Gracie and then we kind of realized that part was just a little too big to cast Kathryn because there was interaction between Gracie and Helena and that was just going to turn into a mess if we cast her. So we were looking for a smaller part that we could give her to get her on camera. »

- Lyle Masaki

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Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - What's the new Dave show all about?

16 June 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alan Davies has a new Dave show... but it doesn't have a title. As Yet Untitled - which begins tonight - sees the Qi star sitting down with a bunch of comedians for a bit of a natter - and the only 'format' is that they come up with a title for the episode at the end. Mainly, it's just funny, sometimes sad conversations with a bunch of interesting people... which seems novel. We caught up with Alan to find out more...

1. The guests are surrounded by audience members - but kind of forget about them.

"We're looking right at one another, so you just talk to each other really. You get the sense that the audience are very engaged with it - I think just the way it's set up, you don't get a very fidgety, restless sort of a crowd. We didn't know how it would go, but »

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Why isn't Qi shown in America? Alan Davies tells all

15 June 2014 3:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alan Davies has revealed the weird reason that Qi isn't shown in the States - it's the pictures.

The photographs behind the panellists are the main issue stopping the hit quiz from being broadcast across the pond.

Speaking about comments that Qi creator John Lloyd made - in which he admitted that he had wanted the series to be "world-changing" - Davies suggested that the programme will have "quite a strong legacy".

"As far as it being world-changing, it would help if they could show it in America," he continued. "But they're not allowed to show it in America because they can't get clearance on all the images that are used in the background.

"It's one of the most ridiculous things I've come across yet in my career. There's no way of coming to some agreement - image by image they have to clear it and pay someone."

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Alan Davies on BBC all-male panel ban: 'Why would you announce that?'

14 June 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alan Davies has hit out at the BBC's decision to announce the fact that the corporation had banned all-male talent shows.

The Qi star's new Dave show As Yet Untitled begins on Monday and will feature a woman in every episode.

"I think it's important," he said. "I feel like I've been asked it a lot in recent years. The idea that there aren't any funny women around is so outdated, if it wasn't ten years ago.

"When they're queueing up to come on here - we've had Katherine Ryan and Isy Suttie and we still havent had Sara Pascoe or Claudia O'Doherty. There's lines and lines and lines of people coming. So there will always be a woman here, maybe two, maybe three. That's the intention."

However, he criticised the BBC's move to make the all-male panel show ban public, suggesting that it puts unreasonable pressure on female guests. »

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Soccer Aid scores 3.9m on ITV, down on 2012 event

9 June 2014 2:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV's Soccer Aid coverage was down by around 400,000 viewers from 2012's event on Sunday, according to overnight data.

The four-hour charity match scored 3.9 million (19.7%) on average from 6pm. A further 138k (0.7%) tuned in on +1. It peaked at 6.0m (26.7%) at around 9.30pm (286k/1.9% on +1).

BBC One's F1 coverage attracted an average 4.6m (23.3%) at 6.30pm. Drama Quirke dipped to 3.2m (15.2%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Tropic of Cancer brought in 1.1m (5.4%) at 7pm, followed by I Bought a Rainforest with 1.2m (5.6%) at 8pm. Wildfires 2014 interested 1.3m (5.8%) at 9pm, while Qi Xl amused 1.4m (8.2%) at 10pm.

Channel 4's Born in the Wild appealed to 1.2m (5.3%) at 8pm (126k/0.6%), followed by the latest Fargo with 1.2m (5.2%) at 9pm (106k/0.7%).

On Channel 5, Dirty Dancing entertained 1.4m (6.7%) at 7pm (254k/1.1%). Big Brother continued with 1.3m (5.6%) at 9pm (202k/1.2%). »

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The Crimson Field gains back 700k for finale on BBC One

12 May 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Crimson Field bounced back in the ratings for its finale episode on Sunday, according to overnight data.

The BBC One drama gained around 700,000 viewers from last week, attracting 5.1 million (21.6%) at 9pm.

Earlier, Countryfile topped the night overall with 6.3m (30.8%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 5.1m (22.4%) at 8pm. Alan Hansen's final ever Match of the Day and the last of the season scored 2.9m (26.3%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, The Best of Top Gear entertained 1.2m (5.3%) at 8pm, while Hidden Treasure: The Comedy Vault amused 1.5m (6.2%) at 9pm. Qi Xl gathered 1.5m (9.1%) at 10pm.

ITV's Catchphrase puzzled 3.4m (17.8%) at 6.45pm (139k/0.6% on +1), followed by Off Their Rockers with 3.4m (16.3%) at 7.30pm (142k/0.6%). The latest Vera climbed by around 500k to 5.6m (24.1%) at 8pm (401k/2.0%).

On Channel 4, For the Love of Cars appealed to 1.1m (4.6%) at 8pm (320k/1.4%), followed by the latest Fargo with 1.3m (5.5%) at »

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TV highlights 21/03/2014

21 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Federation Of Black Cowboys | Tennis: Miami Open | Sport Relief | Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages | Marvel's Agents Of Shield | In Their Own Words: 20th Century Composers | A Very British Renaissance | Duck Quacks Don't Echo

Federation Of Black Cowboys

10.30am, PBS America

Did you know that "cowboys" was originally a derogatory term for black workers on cattle ranches until, for some reason, whites appropriated it for themselves? This moving documentary follows the progress of a posse of modern-day cowboys in New York. Versed in the arts of riding, lassoing and handling a whip, they want to reclaim their heritage and use it to uplift boys such as Mikey, once a wayward teen, who now proudly patrols his neighbourhood on horseback. David Stubbs

Tennis: Miami Open

3pm, Sky Sports 3, BT Sport 1

Continued coverage of the tournament formerly known as the Miami Masters from Crandon Park. In the men's tournament, Andy Murray will be defending his title, »

- David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Hannah J Davies, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford

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Jonathan Creek once again tops Friday night ratings

15 March 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Creek was Friday's (March 14) highest-rated TV show outside of soaps for the third week running.

Down slightly from last week's 5.57m rating, the third and final episode of the mystery series was seen by 5.41 million viewers (25.2%) at 9pm on BBC One.

BBC One started the evening with 3.91m (20.1%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.98m (14.4%) for The Question of Sport at 8.30pm.

Room 101 - with guests Sue Perkins and Bruno Tonioli - entertained 3.44m (15.3%) at 8.30pm, while New Tricks ended the evening with 1.85m viewers (15.2%) at 10.45pm.

Over on ITV, Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was the highest-rated show outside of soaps with 2.62m (11.9%) at 8pm. The fourth episode of Edge of Heaven suffered a slight dip in viewers, picking up 1.51m (6.8%) at 9pm.

Mastermind was once again BBC Two's highest-rated show of the evening, attracting 2.31m (10.5%) at 8pm. The evening continued with a strong »

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Jonathan Creek dips but remains Friday night leader with 5.57 million

8 March 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jonathan Creek's latest episode continued to attract high ratings for BBC One last night (March 7), coming in as the highest-rated TV show outside of soaps.

The second of three episodes in the series - starring Alan Davies and Sarah Alexander - brought in 5.57 million viewers (26.2%), slightly down on last week's 6.33 million return.

BBC One also entertained 2.04 million people at 10.45pm (20%) with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds's romantic comedy The Proposal.

Meanwhile, ITV's new documentary series Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages wowed 2.66 million viewers (12.6%) from 8pm, as first-year trainee Kelly dealt with the challenges of nursing. A further 118.6k (0.6%) tuned in an hour later on ITV+1.

The channel maintained much of the audience at 9pm, as 2.19 million (6.3%) stayed to watch Edge of Heaven. An extra 150.8k (0.9%) caught the episode an hour later, as Alfie and Michelle go their separate ways in an attempt to keep their kiss under wraps from Carly. »

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TV highlights 07/03/3014

6 March 2014 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony | Crufts 2014 | Backyard Oil | Gardeners' World | Jonathan Creek | Gogglebox | Storyville: Muscle Shoals – The Greatest Recording Studio In The World | Nurse Jackie

Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

3.30pm, Channel 4

After covering the 2012 summer paralympics, Channel 4 has also bagged the winter version. Hopefully lacking the gaffes that saw #sochiproblems trending up a storm during the Winter Olympic opening festivities, it's the turn of Paralympians to don garish winterwear and wave at the audience as athletes from more than 40 countries assemble for the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron. The appropriately monikered Jon Snow presents. Mark Jones

Crufts 2014

7.30pm, Channel 4

Clare Balding helms extensive coverage of the annual, easily mocked dog show, which this year is about much more than simply watching pampered pooches trot around an area. Dog health and welfare reporters are on hand to file reports on responsible breeding and how to care for puppies, »

- Mark Jones, Sam Richards, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies, Bim Adewunmi

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The Graham Norton Show tops Friday ratings with 4.38m

15 February 2014 4:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Graham Norton Show was Friday's (February 14) highest-rated show outside of soaps.

An average of 4.38 million (30.5%) watch Norton interview the likes of Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville at 10.35pm on BBC One.

BBC One also scored a ratings success with New Tricks at 9pm. Approximately 3.72m (17.1%) people watched a repeat of the first episode of series 8, while an episode of Room 101 at 8.30pm drew 3.57m (15.1%).

Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was ITV's biggest draw, pulling in 3.28m (14.1%) at 8pm. Piers Morgan's Life Stories with Ian Botham was seen by 2.89m (13.2%) an hour later at 9pm.

Over on BBC Two, an average of 2.2m viewers watched highlights of Lizzy Yarnold's gold medal Skeleton run during Winter Olympics: Today at the Games at 7.10pm.

A further 2.59 (11%) watched Mastermind at 8pm, with 1.98m (8.4%) sticking around for An Island Parish at 8.30pm and 1.3m (5.9%) watching Mock the Week at 9pm. »

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Alan Davies to host new chat show on Dave

13 February 2014 2:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alan Davies is to host a brand new comedy chat show on Dave.

The Qi star will lead the currently untitled project, which will see him talking about a variety of subjects at a round table with four other comics.

The series aims to recreate the relaxed atmosphere found backstage between comedians at stand-up gigs. It will be unscripted and unplanned, with Davies having just one fact about each guest.

Davies said: "I'm looking forward to sharing what makes comedians tick and bringing some of the banter from long car journeys, gigs or backstage in the dressing room to Dave's viewers."

Dave manager Steve North commented: "This is an exciting and audacious format that completely fits with Dave's promise to provide contemporary entertainment starring the finest comedy talent.

"The channel has just enjoyed its most successful 12 months to date, and I'm incredibly excited about the next 12 because we've got some »

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