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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. »
Benidorm was Friday's (February 13) highest-rated show outside of soaps.
The ITV comedy show was seen by an average audience of 4.37 million (20.8%) at 9pm.
Elsewhere, ITV secured average ratings of 3.32 million (15.4%) for Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant at 8pm.
Over on BBC Two, Antiques Road Trip was seen by an audience of 1.45 million (7.3%) at 7pm, followed by 2.07 million (9.6%) for Mastermind at 8pm and 1.51 million (7%) for Food and Drink at 8.30pm.
Italy Unpacked averaged 1.62 million (7.7%) at 9pm, while Qi ended the evening with 1.21 million (6.6%).
On Channel 4, Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast entertained 1.23 million (5.7%) at 8pm, »
The Voice UK rose to 8.7 million viewers last night (February 7), according to overnight figures.
BBC One's singing competition averaged a series high of 8.72m (40.3%) from 7.15pm.
The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List followed with 5.25m (25.3%), before Casualty managed 4.95m (24.9%).
On Channel 5, a new instalment of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation interested 823k (5.2%) from 10.15pm.
ITV3's Foyles War topped the multichannels during primetime, with 940k (4.5%) tuning in from 8pm. »
The series, which airs on BBC2 in Blighty, features celebrity guests answering quirky questions and scoring bonus points if the answers are “quite interesting.” “Q1″ will bow with three back-to-back episodes running in 40-minute timeslots.
Fry will also be seen on BBC America in his 10th outing as host of the Feb. 8 BAFTA Film Awards.
- Cynthia Littleton
Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.
Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.
Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Jess needs extra time. She is facing »
- Press Releases
Celebrity Big Brother was seen by an average audience of 2.16 million (9.4%) at 9pm on Friday (January 9) evening.
The Channel 5 reality show peaked with 2.25 million (9.8%) at 9.45pm. Celebrity Big Brother: Nomination Face-Off followed with 1.78 million (8.8%) at 10pm, while Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side dropped to 838k (5.7%) at 10.30pm.
Earlier in the evening, Channel 5's Race to the Pole was seen by 317k (1.5%), while Ice Road Truckers played to 791k (3.4%).
ITV's 9pm showing of Benidorm was once again the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps with 4.44 million (19.3%) viewers. It was preceded by The Martin Lewis Money Show with 2.88 million (12.7%) at 8pm.
The Musketeers would go on to entertain 3.64 million (15.8%) at 9pm, while The Graham Norton Show wrapped things up with 3.51 million (25.4%) at 10.35pm. »
11 items from 2015
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