13 items from 2014
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
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.
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 »
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.
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. »
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
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
The Graham Norton Show was Friday's (February 14) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
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%).
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. »
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 »
The snobbish view that anything aimed at women is inferior and a 'guilty pleasure' should be challenged – ultimately ITVBe is all about profit
ITV reckons it knows what women want. The network has just announced that it's launching a new "female focused" channel, ITVBe, which will showcase some of the biggest jewels in ITV2s current schedule, including The Only Way Is Essex and the Real Housewives franchise. Crack open the pink wine! Let's spoil ourselves with a scrape of low-fat cheese spread on a dark rye cracker! At last, we won't have to touch the remote and risk smudging our newly polished nails when we're searching for shows to suit our needs.
Sarcasm aside, the initial reaction to ITVBe probably won't be a positive one. How dare patronising patriarchy pushers assume that our interests are limited to watching women in peplums fighting about their boyfriends, and wandering into wonky »
- Daisy Buchanan
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony | Rugby League: Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants | Game Of Pawns | An Island Parish | Peter Kay: Live & Back On Nights! | Arena: The Everly Brothers – Songs Of Innocence And Experience | Alan Davies: Après Ski
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
Live from Sochi, and the organisers will be hoping even more fervently than usual that all goes smoothly. The build-up to the 22nd Winter Olympics has been a PR disaster for Russia, focusing attention on one of the country's most volatile regions, and some of its less appealing quirks. (Germany's athletes, though they deny subversive intent, will parade before Vladimir Putin in rainbow-striped uniforms.) Followed at 9pm by A Perfect Day, recalling Torvill & Dean's triumph at Sarajevo in 1984. Andrew Mueller
Rugby League: Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants
7pm, Sky Sports 1
Super League is back with a bang (or should that be bash?) as defending champs and »
- Andrew Mueller, Lanre Bakare, David Stubbs, Jonathan Wright, Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi
In an unexpected yet arguably rather brilliant bit of casting, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star Stephen Fry (who is obviously already an extremely familiar face in the UK thanks to the likes of Qi and Kingdom) has signed up to play the British Prime Minister in 24: Live Another Day.
The event series is set to run for 12 episodes and picks up with Jack Bauer four years after the events of season eight. Deadline describes Fry’s part in the series as “a high-profile recurring role”, adding that the Pm he is playing will be named Trevor Davies and that the character is, “a strong and charismatic leader whose friendship with President Heller, and the Anglo-American alliance itself, come under tremendous pressure because of personal and political crises.”
- Josh Wilding
The Voice UK continued its ratings success for BBC One last night (January 25), once again topping Saturday's primetime ratings during its 7pm slot.
According to overnight data, an average audience of 7.89 million (35.2%) tuned in to watch this weekend's show, which saw performances from Adele's cousin Georgia, and Vicky Jones - the sister of McFly's Danny Jones.
A repeat of the first ever episode of Mrs Brown's Boys amused 4.72m (23.5%) at 10pm.
BBC Two's biggest primetime ratings came from an episode of Dad's Army, which pulled in 2.02m (9.19%) at 8pm. Morecambe & Wise in Pieces: At Home entertained 1.79m (8.34%) at 8.30pm, »
Silent Witness once again topped Friday night's primetime ratings, as the crime drama put BBC One ahead of its rivals.
With 5.2m (22.1%) tuning in at 9pm, the crime drama was the most popular show outside of the soaps, despite shedding 500k viewers from last week's figures.
BBC One remained on top throughout the evening, starting with The One Show drawing 4.27m (20.5%) at 7pm.
Room 101, featuring Labour peer Joan Bakewell, Pointless co-presenter Richard Osman and comedian Roisin Conaty, saw 3.41m (14.7%) tune in at 8.30pm, while The Graham Norton Show attracted 3.73m viewers at 10.45pm.
ITV held a steady audience share of around 12.6% for its primetime offerings. The Martin Lewis Money Show dropped more than 300k from last week, with 2.81m watching at 8pm (+1: 105k).
BBC Two's Mastermind boosted its audience to 2.21m (9.9%) at 8pm. An Island Parish, »
Silent Witness was last night's (January 17) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
The BBC One crime drama continues to dominate Friday night ratings, this week drawing an average of 5.73m (24.1%) viewers - an additional 230k on last week's figures.
Sitcom Miranda grew the channel's audience to 3.73m at 8.30pm. The Graham Norton Show, featuring Girls star Lena Dunham, actress Olivia Colman, Idris Elba and Keane, attracted 3.63m (25.3%) at 10.45pm.
The Martin Lewis Money Show provided ITV's best non-soap ratings at 8pm, with an audience of 3.05m (13.7%). An additional 154.4k tuned in on +1.
On BBC Two, Mastermind took a 9.3% audience share, with 2.08m tuning in. »
Birds of a Feather continued to top the Thursday ratings outside of soaps, overnight data reveals.
The ITV sitcom dropped over 700,000 viewers from last week's opener to 6.77 million (28.4%) at 8.30pm, with a further 133k (0.5%) watching on +1.
Benidorm also dipped by 700k from last week to 5.29m (21.3%) at 9pm (472k/2.7% on +1).
BBC Two's Great British Garden Revival attracted 1.60m (7.2%) at 7pm. Stargazing Live continued with 2.53m (10.7%) at 8pm, while Back To Earth brought in 1.73m (6.9%) at 9pm.
13 items from 2014
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