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Doctor Who: geeky spots in The Husbands Of River Song

24 December 2015 12:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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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, »

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Stephen Fry on his cocaine habit: 'I used to call it, rather creepily, pudding'

4 November 2015 4:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

The British comedian Stephen Fry is in Australia and before his standup tour sat down for a fireside chat with Lateline journalist Tony Jones on Wednesday.

Related: Fry’s English Delight review: plenty to shout about

Related: Stephen Fry: low tales of the high life - books podcast

Related: Stephen Fry on Qi: his most interesting moments

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Alan Davies: 'ITV and the BBC would be too terrified to make As Yet Untitled'

3 November 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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, »

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UK TV ratings: Gogglebox tops Friday night with 3.5 million for Channel 4

31 October 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Tfi Friday was seen by 1.26 million (6.5%) at 8pm, while Alan Carr Chatty Man followed with 1 million (7%) at 10pm.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.19 million (17.3%), followed by Citizen Khan with 3.33m (17.5%) at 8.30pm.

David Tennant's Have I got News for you was seen by 3.62m (17.8%), The Kennedys brought in 1.81m (9.3%) at 9.30pm and The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 3.25m (27.3%).

Over on BBC Two, the gymnastics took centre stage, with 1.65m (8.7%) tuning in at 7pm, followed by The Great Continental with 1.63m (8.2%) at 9pm and Qi with 1.42m (8.9%) at 10pm.

Over on ITV, Rugby World Cup fever was in full swing, as 2.08m (10.8%) tuned in »

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Jimmy Carr would take Top Gear job in a heartbeat: 'Call me straight away'

30 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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! »

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UK TV ratings: Strictly Come Dancing thrashes The X Factor by 3 million on Saturday night

25 October 2015 3:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing decimated The X Factor by nearly 3 million viewers in the rivals' first proper Saturday clash of the year, according to overnight figures.

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%).

Elsewhere on BBC One, Doctor Who's 'The Woman Who Lived' averaged 4.39 million (20.2%) and Casualty treated 3.95 million (18.7%).

ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show appealed to 2.33 million (15.1%) from 10.25pm, while on ITV2, The Xtra Factor drew an audience of 360k (2.4%).

On BBC Two, Qi Xl managed 1.13 million (5.3%), and Channel 4's It Was Alright In interested 930k (4.4%). »

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UK TV ratings: Strictly Come Dancing nears 10 million, Doctor Who hits series high

18 October 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

Doctor Who followed with its own series high, as 'The Girl Who Died' with Maisie Williams averaged 4.63 million (22.2%) from 8.20pm.

Casualty treated 4.61 million (23.1%), and The National Lottery Live was watched by 4.09 million (23.1%).

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.62 million (7.8%) and Qi Xl earned 885k (4.3%).

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. »

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Stephen Fry on Qi: his most interesting moments

14 October 2015 8:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

King of factoids Stephen Fry is stepping down from the helm of Qi, the BBC2 comedy panel show, after 13 years. Here are some of the best moments from his 180 episodes.

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Sandi Toksvig will bring 'naughty sense of humour' to Qi, says show's creator

14 October 2015 5:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Panel game’s producer reveals that Stephen Fry only took over as its presenter when his original choice, Michael Palin, turned it down

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.

Related: Stephen Fry to step down as presenter of BBC's Qi

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Stephen Fry is retiring from Qi

14 October 2015 4:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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After more than 180 episodes as the host, Stephen Fry has decided to retire from Qi after the upcoming ‘M’ series…

Sad news, this. The mighty Mr Stephen Fry has decided to retire from his position as host of Qi, the fact-driven-and-utterly-hilarious BBC panel show that he’s hosted for over 180 episodes.

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. »

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Stephen Fry to step down as presenter of BBC's Qi

14 October 2015 3:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter to leave BBC2 show after 13 years and is replaced by Sandi Toksvig – the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show

Stephen Fry is to step down as presenter of BBC2’s long-running Qi and will be replaced by former News Quiz host, Sandi Toksvig.

Toksvig will become the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show on British TV.

Related: Sandi Toksvig will bring 'naughty sense of humour' to Qi, says show's creator

Related: Sandi Toksvig: BBC denied me host role because I'm a woman

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Stephen Fry has quit as the host of Qi - and will be replaced by Sandi Toksvig

14 October 2015 3:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Stephen Fry has decided to step down as the host of Qi.

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."

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BBC America Honors 'The Rocky Horror Show's' 40th Anniversary with Stephen Fry-Starring Special

6 October 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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...

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BBC America Honors 'The Rocky Horror Show's' 40th Anniversary with Stephen Fry-Starring Special

6 October 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

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In praise of UK TV quiz shows

13 July 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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, »

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Mad Max: Fury Road – VFX, before and after

30 May 2015 11:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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.

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Professor Brian Cox to host new BBC Two panel show Six Degrees

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Professor Brian Cox has signed up to host a new BBC Two panel show.

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. »

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Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson suspension causes chaos at Dave

11 March 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Looks like the recent Jeremy Clarkson news has stressed out the staff at Dave…

Clarkson's been suspended and future Top Gear episodes have been pulled by the BBC - for a channel whose output is dominated by old repeats of the show, that's not good news.

Top Gear halted indefinitely.

Meanwhile, in the Dave office... pic.twitter.com/HVgT8hqJnb

— Dave (@Join_Dave) March 11, 2015

Jeremy Clarkson: A list of people offended by the Top Gear star

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.

Clarkson's Top Gear co-presenter James May spoke about the "fracas", saying: "I think he's been involved in a dust-up, and I don't think it's that serious. »

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive continues with improved ratings on ITV

28 February 2015 5:16 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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%).

The One Show was once again the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps, attracting an average audience of 4.01 million (20.8%) from 7pm on BBC One.

It outperformed the likes of A Question of Sport with 3.2 million (15.5%), Room 101 with 3.13 million (14.5%) and The Musketeers with 2.84 million (13.2%).

BBC One's evening ended with 3.72 million (28.3%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm. This week's guests included David Beckham, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman.

Over on BBC Two, Wanted in Paradise kicked things off with 970k (4.9%) at 7pm, followed by 2.02 million »

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive opens to 2.91 million on ITV

21 February 2015 4:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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.

BBC One's evening continued with 3.37 million (16.4%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm, while The Musketeers played to 3.02 million (14%).

Featuring guests such as Sean Penn, the evening ended with 2.94 million (22.7%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm.

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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