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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 | Comicmix.com | 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 »

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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 »

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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."

Davies also »

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