Archive for the ‘C4 Television’ Category

Pregnant Winkleman panicked by penguin

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Claudia Winkleman: panicked by penguin

Claudia Winkleman was chased by a penguin on the set of her new TV show. The pregnant TV host was shooting her new programme ‘King Of’ and arranged to have the aquatic bird come in the studio as she discussed with guests what was the King Of Jobs, which included a bird carer at a zoo.

However, the penguin decided to waddle into the studio audience and set off after Claudia, which resulted in filming being delayed.

A Channel 4 source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The penguin held up filming for ages. It was funny at first when it waddled on to the stage but then it started going into the audience and chasing Claudia around the studio.

“She is almost ready to give birth so she was scared to run too much but she didn’t want to step on the bird either. It was chaos for a while but everyone in the audience thought it was hilarious.”

Claudia – who is expecting her third child this summer – added: “I can’t believe how much we overran but it was partly the bird’s fault. I didn’t know what to do for a while. It was madness.”

King Of starts this Friday (17.06.11) on Channel 4 at 9.30pm.

Channel 4 Comedy Gala Review, Shit lookalikes: Rob Brydon v Anton Du Beke

Monday, June 13th, 2011


Shit Lookalikes: Rob Brydon and Anton Du Beke. Or is it the other way round?

Thoroughly enjoyed Channel 4’s Comedy Gala on Friday night – with the exception of Michael McIntyre who I normally enjoy, but found incredibly smug with his routine about how famous he is since judging Britain’s Got Talent.

As well as the some of the UK’s best comedians (Lee Evans was the highlight – much less slapstick, and far more cutting than I remember him, but also really rate Jack Whitehall) some of the adverts and messages of support for the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity event were brilliant.

Loved Jimmy and Alan Carr appearing in various adverts between the stand up routines especially Alan Carr in his budgie smugglers in the Foster’s Advert and Jimmy popping up as a sinister looking monkey in a Costa Coffee advert. Certainly made the adverts much more enjoyable and less predictable than usual.

There was also a great sketch featuring an AA man who was getting confused between Rob Brydon and Anton Du Beke. Must admit I hadn’t really thought about how similar they looked until I saw them both together in the sketch. Not such a shit look alike after all then?

Channel 4 has recomissioned ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Channel 4 has recomissioned ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’.

The station were thrilled with the response to the first series of the programme – which averaged 9.1 million viewers over five episodes – and Firecracker Films executives have already begun meeting members of travelling communities ahead of filming the six-episode series, which will air early in 2012.

Jes Wilkins, the show’s executive producer, said: “We are excited about the creative challenge of how to follow up such a successful series.

“We are extremely grateful to all the gypsies and travellers who have opened up their lives to us over the last two years and we look forward to cultivating more relationships going forward.”

The new series will explore similar rituals to the first – including lavish weddings and confirmation ceremonies – while also exploring life on the road, health, family, prejudice, cultural differences and relationships in different travelling communities, as well as work and finance issues.

Tina Flintoff, Channel 4 factual entertainment commissioning editor said:”‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ was a phenomenon.

“It would have been very easy for us to just commission more of the same but we wanted to enhance the series by adding more journalism and offering an even deeper insight into the gypsy and traveller way of life without losing what makes the show accessible – the weddings, christenings and spectacular celebrations.”

As well as introducing new families, the second series will also feature popular stars of the first series, including some of the brides, Irish traveller Paddy Doherty and dressmaker Thelma Madine.

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding dressmaker bags own series

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ star Thelma Madine is to launch her own reality TV series.

In the new ‘Apprentice’-style show, Thelma will teach 15 traveller girls how to create the outlandish dresses featured in the Channel 4 documentary last year, with the eventual winner bagging a permanent job in her Liverpool boutique, Nico.

Thelma told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “We will have a little factory and I will train the girls up. Gypsy girls don’t normally have jobs but with me they have a chance to see how their dresses were made.”

However, if ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ star Sam Norton’s wedding attire is any indication of what’s to be expected in the new series, the dressmaking newbies will have their work cut out.

The 17-year-old’s wedding dress weighed in at a colossal 196lbs, and was fitted with fairy lights and robotic butterflies.

Under order of Thelma, the bride’s “something new” turned out to be a fire extinguisher – just in case Sam’s over-the-top dress exploded.

Thelma said at the time: “I am still worried about the fire issue so we’ve decided we will take a little fire extinguisher with us just in case. All that combustion, it could just go up in flames.”

Channel 4 are planning a ‘Big Fat Gypsy’ Christmas special

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Channel 4 are planning a ‘Big Fat Gypsy’ Christmas special.

The show – which follows the lives of the travelling community – was a huge hit when it was aired earlier this year and now bosses want a festive version, which focuses on how gypsies prepare for Christmas.

Newlyweds Sam Norton and Patrick Sky Lee – whose extravagant wedding was shown in the series – are sure the show will be ratings winner because there’s so much that goes on in the run-up to Yuletide, including the husbands having to splash out on eye-catching dresses for their wives to wear on December 25.

Sam told the Daily Star newspaper: “It’s brilliant. The women all get specially-made dress for the day and that’s on top of all their other gifts.”

As well as the splashing out on extravagant dresses for their other halves, the men are allowed to let their hair down on Christmas Eve, leaving the women at home.

However, Patrick admitted: “Last year I got into trouble for coming home a bit worse for wear.”

Hollyoaks bosses would love Cheryl Cole cameo

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Cheryl Cole: A deadringer for Hollyoaks glamour girl Mitzeee Minniver

Hollyoaks bosses would love Cheryl Cole to appear in a cameo in the Channel 4 soap. Producers are hoping the Promise This singer – who bears an uncanny likeness to Hollyoaks glamour girl Mitzeee Minniver (Rachel Shenton) – will pop into the fictional village for a coffee with her doppelganger.

Gareth Phillips, producer of the soap, explained: “There are a few celebs we’d love to have on the show! If Cheryl Cole is available, she’d be good! We’ve done an episode where Mitzeee dressed up as Cheryl, so I hope she watched that one! “Cheryl is always welcome to pop up to the ‘Oaks for a coffee.”

However, if The X Factor judge can’t find time in her schedule to guest star in Hollyoaks, Gareth admitted he is keen for the hilarious Keith Lemon to make a cameo appearance with mischievous minx Cindy Longford (Stephanie Waring). He told Inside Soap magazine: “Can you imagine him having a pamper day in the spa with Cindy?”

Katie: My Beautiful Friends, Channel 4, Mondays 9pm

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

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We all have those Fugly days. Our hair won’t sit right, our make up looks dull and those trousers feel tight. However, it’s the bold and brave people in Channel 4’s new documentary Katie: My Beautiful Friends that make us really sit up and think about what we’ve got. If you’re not familiar with Katie Piper, and you should be if you watch TV, she’s the brave former model who survived an acid attack instigated by an ex-boyfriend. Although she lost her face, she’s built a future inspiring others and learning to live with her scars.

The four part series comes off the back of her charity, which was created as a support network for people coming to terms with disfigurement and to raise money for the kind of groundbreaking post-operative treatment she received in France. It follows her as she puts together the launch and recruits similarly disfigured ambassadors for the cause.

The first programme looks at the trials and tribulations of 22-year-old Chantelle who since birth has suffered from a disorder of the veins and arteries which has given her a furiously red, bulbous nose, a lifetime of being bullied and has now developed into a life-threatening condition.

On the other side of the spectrum is ballet student Adele who was born “normal” but five years suffered an epileptic fit in the shower, knocking the tap as she fell. She was, as a result, left with burns across nearly half her upper body. Because of the “perfection” demanded from the ballet industry the now 19 year old decided that it was better just to end her career.

However, what makes this series stand out is also the fact that we focus on other issues and problems suffered by Katie. Yesterday, not only did she have to learn about the PR machine when she wondered how to bag herself free champers, but – on a more serious note – had her resilience tested when she took a call from her lawyer informing her that the man who organised the attack on her was beginning his third appeal.

But picking herself up and continuing is Katie’s moto. She took a few moments to regroup and then set to work again. Next time we have one of our Fugly days we’ll remember all the brave and inspirational people Katie has already highlighted and of those in the future.

Watch the first episode here on C4 on demand and tune into the next episodes every Monday at 9pm on C4

Glee returns and becomes more thrilling

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Gleeks rejoiced as the second series hit E4 last night.

The thing with Glee is that you either love it or you hate it. I’m with loving it, although my alpha male other half is the latter, which seems to form the demographic for the musical tv series.

Yesterday was once again a dose of all round and happy fun, and unlike many shows, which tend to take a nose dive after the first series, this one bought all the fun, and of course new character Shannon Beiste, the unfortunate new football coach. And it looks as though the series is set to get better.

According to reports the Glee gang will be recreating one of the greatest music videos of all time. They are paying tribute to Michael Jackson for their upcoming Super Bowl Sunday show next month.

Decked out as zombies, the cast got into thrilling characters filming their version of the famous video on a giant football field in Los Angeles. Swaying to the sounds of a marching band, the boys and girls replicated the moves made famous in the 1980’s film clip.

The show will follow the 45th annual Super Bowl game on February 6 this year, and will also feature Katie Couric who will guest-star as herself, and Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Largebaps become ‘graspable’ on Countdown conundrum anagram

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Countdown Conundrum's largebaps

Once in a while Countdown gets interesting and schoolboys up and down the land (and let’s face it grown ups too) start sniggering. Rather than a random series of letters that probably spell a nine letter Polish surname (but nothing decipherable in English greater than four letters) the Countdown conundrum throws up a rude word.

Recently, it was ‘shitfaced’ which was deemed to rude to broadcast. But apparently ‘Largebaps’ which went out yesterday during the Countdown Conundrum was OK. Who decides on this sort of thing?

Anyway, what’s amazing is that a contestant was composed enough to rearrange the letters into the word ‘graspable’ which, I suppose, is fitting for largebaps. Meanwhile Jeff Stelling got a fit of the giggles. I have to say if that was me I would have just pissed myself laughing. Or is that just me?

Via, Via @theOliJones

New series: The Event, will it fill the gap after Lost?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

After a wave of good homegrown thriller series (Whitechapel, Thorne: Sleepyhead, Sherlock), there’s a new US series in town: The Event.

Judging by the first episode, which airs on Channel 4 this Friday, The Event is very much trying to fill the gap after series like Lost, Heroes and Flash Forward. Whilst there is no black smoke or polar bear (not that we know of at least), there is a plane involved…

The U.S. thriller follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer), unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

His choices affects the lives of strangers, including the U.S. President, but it soon becomes apparent that ‘their futures are set on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of humankind’.

Do you know what The Event is? I can’t wait to find out!

Airs on Channel 4, Friday 22nd October 2010, 9pm.

How Twitter and chat are saving live TV. And it is more than Ask The Chancellors

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Chancellors-debate-001.jpgFor years now the accepted wisdom from broadcasters has been that live TV is becoming less and less important as viewers timeshift everything on devices like the Sky + box to watch later at their own convenience (and obviously skip all those ads). However over the last year or so a new trend has been developing which just might save live TV, and it is all down to Twitter and our innate need to share.

Last night’s Ask The Chancellors debate on Channel Four was a hugely compelling viewing experience with the three parties’ financial gurus talking tough on the economy, taxes and debt restructuring. Yet if you recorded it and watched the programme hours later you missed out on half of the reason why it was so exciting. For during the hour it was broadcast Twitter was ablaze with tweets about how the individuals were faring, what they were wearing, how they answered the questions and what the experts (and opinion polls) were saying. The debate was so popular on Twitter that the hash tag askthechancellors started trending much to the bemusement of the micro blogging tool’s hardcore US following.

And the Chancellors debate is just the beginning. The leader debates are sure to be a really exciting brawl on Twitter as die hard hacks champion their men in a bid to influence floating voters.

It isn’t just politics that is central to the new TV/Twitter alliance – there’s sport too. Wednesday sees perhaps the most eagerly awaited football match of 2010 as Arsenal take on Barcelona in the Champions League quarter final. Once again this is likely to be fascinating on Twitter with many neutrals offering really intelligent and objective insights on the game. TechDigest‘s sister website TV Scoop is also teaming up with football site to host a live chat around the game using some very innovative new software from Telegent Systems. There are prizes for the best commenters. The new Telegent service will also enable users to take part in quizzes and polls and even integrate their Facebook page with the TV service via Facebook Connect.

The key question is whether systems like Twitter and Telegent, along with experiments from UK broadcasters including the BBC, start impacting on mainstream TV programming? Live events like X Factor are one thing, however if people start tweeting through Coronation Street, Eastenders or Casualty it could signal a real shift away from recorded TV back to live viewing. And what about all those US imports too? There’s very real evidence that users are tweeting through programmes like Mad Men and Glee.

Ultimately I guess viewers won’t be tweeting or chatting using their laptops. Instead their TVs will have a built in chat stream so they can keep an eye on comments while watching the programmes. And it could be more than text chat too. If you want to see the reaction of you friends to a game then you’ll soon be able to communicate with them via Skype video calls on your set. Some TV makers, like Samsung, have even started offering apps for their TV sets and there are many people working on a killer integration of chat, video and live TV.

So it looks like live TV could well become a key trend for 2010. Advertisers must be rubbing their hands with delight. No more ad skipping and a whole new way to connect with audiences.

By Ashley Norris

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+1 Too many? My beef with those ‘plus one’ channels

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

friends.jpgI love being able to catch up on TV shows an hour later after they’ve aired. If I’ve got in later than planned and don’t want to miss the start of a show then it’s brilliant. But really, do we need so many +1 channels? Especially when some of them seem to show repeats throughout the evening? It’s getting a little bit over the top now. What’s next? Channel -1?


Is Hollyoaks too promiscuous?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

hollyoakskissing.jpgI love Hollyoaks. It’s my after work guilty pleasure. But I’ve noticed recently just how many of its storylines revolve around sex. Now, I’m no prude, but come on! Everyone it that village is at it. Is Hollyoaks taking the casual sex story too far?


TV Review: One Tree Hill, E4, Sunday 8 February, 7pm

Monday, February 9th, 2009

preview0f90d2913c3a5c634f87569ec719dffe9a63888c.jpgWorking from home has its benefits. One of them being getting to watch trashy American dramas throughout the day. E4 is laden with awful teen soaps that after you’ve watched one episode, you’re sucked right in and lunch revolves around watching Gilmore Girls. Sad, I know. But when the new series of One Tree Hill started last night, I couldn’t help but watch it. Too tempting. Even if it was much worse than I’d have hoped.


Who are the real stars of ER?

Friday, January 30th, 2009


ER has been nothing short of outstanding this season. They really are pulling out all of the stops to make it the best season ever. The main characters are fantastic, but over the last few episodes I’ve realised that the stars of the show are often the characters that you sometimes don’t even notice.

Related: So what is going on with ER and George Clooney?


TV Review: 90210, E4, Monday 26th January 9pm

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

previewbb702d22e4cf12ca7978a6a697956a4e7e418fa5.jpgAfter the E4 special last week, I really wasn’t looking forward to the start of 90210. It didn’t look… real. And the two hour (two!) episode didn’t disappoint. Instead, it devastated and depressed and almost sent me to sleep. There’s two hours of my life I won’t get back. If you didn’t watch and you’re wondering what you missed, I wouldn’t worry too much.


Set The Video: ER, Channel 4, Thursday 15 January, More 4, 9pm

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

er.jpg Wow, ER really know how to turn on the high drama when they need to, don’t they? It’s the final series and they kick off by killing Pratt, probably the most loved character in the show. Now I’ve finally stopped crying (seriously, dramatic death and funeral in one episode, is that fair?) I’m glued to the rest of the series.

So, this isn’t really a “Set The Video” post. It’s more a “Cancel Your Plans Whatever They Are” post.


TV Review: Derren Brown: Mind Reader, Evening of Wonders, Channel 4, Tuesday 13 January, 10pm

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


I had a couple of reasons for watching Derren Brown last night. My friend Rob was on the show and I wanted to see what silly things he’d get up to. I’m also looking to find reasons why Derren Brown is not a wizard. He’s so unbelievably spooky and the “how does he do it?” drama of his shows never fails to entertain. Find out what he got my friend to do and what the rest of the show was like after the jump.

Related: TV Review – Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes | TV Review – Derren Brown: Trick or Treat


TV Scoop poll: Do we want to see Sir Cliff on Big Brother?

Monday, October 6th, 2008

cliff.jpgCliff for Big Brother? Oh, who knows. I mean, honestly. Presumably he doesn’t need the money, but then again neither does Whitney Houston, and she’s been tipped too. The rumours have begun and it would be remiss of us not to report them, however improbable. (Fans may be interested to know that Summer Holiday was partly filmed in Elstree, where the Big Brother house is, so it’d be very much a homecoming for him) …Would you like to see Cliff taking his Summer (January) Holiday on the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother?


Lembit Opik won’t be on Celebrity Big Brother

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

lembit.jpgDespite reports here, and here that the Lib Dem MP has signed up for next year’s BB, the latest is, I’m afraid, a denial.

I’m quite disappointed about this news, it’d have been good to see how he held up. Surely he didn’t have much to lose – his dignity disappeared some time ago. He should take a leaf out of Michael Barrymore and Les Dennis’s book and give us, the potentially voting public, something entertaining to watch. To learn to love. Because, for all his tabloid ubiquity, former “Mr Cheeky” Lembit remains a bit of a spud-faced mystery.