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The most popular casino games shown in movies

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

When films include a casino scene or are based around casinos they always make them look so fantastic, casinos generally look great as they are buildings designed to make people feel excited and entertained however in the movies this is exaggerated even more and so they look even better. There are so many great scenes that includes casino games as well where a lot of character development happens as well as the game.

After seeing the casinos and games in the films, many people want to play the different games but do not know what the rules are or if they will even enjoy the game. Sites like www.jackpotcity.co.uk/mobile-casino/iphone-casino offer a great variety of games. It makes the perfect starting point for a beginner before moving to an actual casino.

Blackjack is one of the most famous casino games that is played all around the world, and it was shown in one of the most famous casino scenes ever. The Rain Man is a film that has an incredibly famous blackjack seen whether to characters start to bond over the fact that one of them can count cards and win ridiculous amounts of money at a blackjack table. Blackjack itself is very simple, you draw two cards and then draw more cards until you either get 21 or go bust. If you stop drawing cards before you get 21 then you have to still beat the dealer’s cards as this is the only way to win money.

Roulette is also another famous game that has been shown in many movies including Ocean’s Eleven, this film makes casinos look fantastic and the games that they play as well. Roulette is a simple game where you bet on which number you think the ball will stop on. As well as this you can bet on other factors such as if the number will be odd or even.

Get points on your Tesco Clubcard – watch ClubcardTV for free (with personalised adverts)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

tesco clubcard tvIs this the future of TV? Tesco has announced a deal with BBC Worldwide which will enable its Clubcard customers to watch programmes such as Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Goodness Gracious Me and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression for free.

The agreement, which also includes shows featuring star chefs Antonio Carluccio, Ken Hom and Gary Rhodes, will see hours of BBC Worldwide content made available to its 16 million Clubcard members via the ad supported service. As well as comedies and cookery shows the service will also features dramas such as Carrie’s War and Blackpool and children’s classics Stig of the Dump and The Secret Garden.

Clubcard TV has been developed by the team behind the Tesco movie and TV service blinkbox and, rather cleverly, is supported by targeted advertising based on users’ shopping habits. Wow – that’s clever, if a little sinister.

Says Scott Deutrom, MD Clubcard TV, said: “With this deal we’re adding a raft of new TV titles to our expanding catalogue, providing access to even more great digital entertainment in a way that’s easy and accessible for customers.”

Lisa Rousseau, Head of UK, Ireland and Pan European Television Sales, BBC Worldwide, said: “We’re thrilled to have concluded such an extensive deal with Clubcard TV which will offer their customers a rich range of fantastic British content.”

Tesco is the first retailer in the UK to reward its customers with their own online movie and TV service. Content spanning comedy, drama, kids TV, romance, thrillers and documentaries is on offer with no charges, contracts or subscriptions.

End of the world as we know it. But I’ll just sit and watch Corrie!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

It seems frankly amazing to me, but according to research carried out by digital TV solution YouView over 1 in 10 of us would spend our last half an hour on planet Earth watching Coronation Street.

Apparently, should the world end tomorrow – as predicted by the Mayan Calendar – 11 per cent of us would rather spend our final moments on the sofa watching Corrie than doing something, let’s say, more physical with a loved one/passing stranger.

Other shows that we would choose to watch in the final moments include Dr Who (9%), Downton Abbey (9%), Homeland (8%) and Eastenders (7%).

Surprisingly very few would turn to their TV for some light-relief during their last hours on Earth, with no comedy programmes featuring in the top five at all.

Classic comedy Dad’s Army was the first to make an appearance in joint sixth place alongside Gavin and Stacey, with one in 20 (5%) of the 2,000 respondents surveyed looking for laughs in their last hours.

It may come as little shock to some that reality shows The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea failed to make it into the top ten at all, although together they were still the preferred pick for 3% of the nation.


For more information visit: http://www.youview.com

Will and Kate beat Jonny’s drop goal to win TV’s most uplifting moment

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Will and Kate’s balcony kiss from the 2011 Royal Wedding has topped a poll of the most uplifting British TV moments from the last ten years.

In research released today to celebrate ten years of Freeview, the landmark moment topped the poll, narrowly ahead of Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup winning drop-goal in 2003.

Other notable moments in the Top 20 list included Susan Boyle’s first appearance in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 (7th), Tim and Dawn’s “kiss” in the final episode of the office in 2003 (9th), and Freddie Flintoff’s moment of true sportsmanship, when he consoled Brett Lee at the end of the Edgbaston test match during the epic Ashes series of 2005 (10th).

Britain’s Got Talent, which is currently doing battle in the ratings with The Voice, received a boost as it was voted the UK’s favourite TV programme of the last ten years ahead of Doctor Who, while – strangely – Emmerdale topped the list of soaps, finishing ahead of Coronation Street and EastEnders.

The research also gauged peoples’ views of British television; a fifth of Brits believe that British TV has never been better.  And nearly four out of ten of those over the age of 45 believe that British TV is currently the best in the world (39%), compared to a third of adults overall.

Despite technical innovation in TV over the last ten years, the pull of the major TV event still appeals to viewers. Nearly three out of ten people like to watch programmes live, at the time of broadcast.

The research coincides with the launch of  Freeview’s new online game show, The Generosity Game, featuring Jon Culshaw. Viewers can play the game at www.freeview.co.uk.

OnePoll conducted the research in April 2012, polling 2,000 adults across the UK.

Top 20 Uplifting TV Moments:

1.       Royal Wedding: Will and Kate’s balcony kiss (2011)

2.       Rugby World Cup:  Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop-goal (2003)

3.       Only Fools and Horses: Delboy and Rodney bring an illegal immigrant home (2002)

4.       I’m a Celebrity: Jordan and Pete get together (2004)

5.       EastEnders:  Alfie comes back for Kat (2005)

6.       Champions League Final: Liverpool’s comeback (2005)

7.       Britain’s Got Talent: Susan Boyle’s audition (2009)

8.       Planet Earth: Emperor Penguins end of winter scene (2006)

9.       The Office: Tim and Dawn’s kiss in the final episode(2003)

10.   The Ashes:  Freddie Flintoff consoles Brett Lee (2005)

11.   Doctor Who: Rose defeats the daleks (2005)

12.   Vicar of Dibley:  Puddle scene (2006)

13.   Gavin and Stacey: Smithy crashes Nessa’s wedding (2010)

14.   Sport Relief: David Walliams swims the River Thames (2012)

15.   Top Gear: James and Richard convert a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle (2007)

16.   Olympics: Kelly Holmes wins gold in the 800m (2008)

17.   The Apprentice: Good guy Tom wins after being in the losing team (2011)

18.   Downton Abbey: When Lady Mary and Matthew get together (2011)

19.   Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton winning the World Championship (2008)

20.   Comic Relief:  Robert Webb on Let’s Dance (2009)

RIP Davy Jones. Star of Coronation Street (and the Monkees) dies, aged 66

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Most people knew Davy Jones as the ‘Daydream Believer’-singing member of the 60′s pop act The Monkees, but the star who passed away yesterday aged 66 began his career with a small part in Coronation Street.

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Jones was born in Manchester and played Ena Sharples grandson Colin Lomax for a short period.

After a stint training as a jockey in Newmarket, he landed his big acting break thanks to his boyish features and diminutive stature, playing the Artful Dodger in the West End stage musical Oliver!

He went on to land a Tony nomination when he transferred to Broadway in New York with the production.

Davy Jones hit the big time when, in America with the cast of the musical Oliver!,  Jones and the rest of the cast were guests on The Ed Sullivan Show when The Beatles made their first appearance at the height of Beatlemania.

His feted performance upped his profile and led to a US management deal resulting in TV roles and a short-lived solo music career.

The contract also helped to fast-track him through the auditions for The Monkees, as TV executives put together the group in 1966 partly as a response to the popularity of the Fab Four’s movie A Hard Day’s Night.

He died yesterday in a hospital in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack.

You can see his life in pictures below.

RIP Davy Jones

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CNN puts London in Norwich. But how many of us could place Washington DC on a US map?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Of course it’s inexcusable for a major news network like CNN to put London in Norwich and put Cornwall on a map as if it’s a city rather than a county – see map on the right.

They used this graphic to illustrate a feature on phone hacking and I’m sure the graphics department have – quite rightly – got a real roasting as a result.

But it did get me thinking. How many of us could put Washington DC on a map of the US correctly? I could get the right sort of area – but would probably place it several hundred miles to the north (like they have put London in Norwich).

Does this map really show that all Americans are stupid and have no understanding of UK, or world, geography? No, probably not, but it is worrying nevertheless. And it isn’t the first time it’s happened.

During the football World Cup an American network managed to put South Africa in the wrong continent! In fact someone in the graphics department of Chicago-based WGN TV seemed to confuse South America and South Africa completely so the country in the southerly part of Africa became the whole of the continent located just underneath the United States!

Now that really is stupid.

South Africa? South America? Easily confused!

 

Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan win at NTAs

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were both big winners at the National Television Awards last night (25.01.12).

The pair took home the prizes for Male Drama Performance and Female Drama Performance for their roles as the Doctor and Amy Pond in the BBC One sci-fi series.

Matt beat Shameless star David Threlfall, John Barrowman – who was nominated for his performance in Doctor Who spin-off ‘Torchwood’ – and Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes to the honour and paid tribute to everyone who works on the programme as he collected his statuette.

He said: “Thank you very much. What a massive honour. I’d like to thank everyone in Cardiff who make the show … Most of all I want to thank everyone who watched, who voted and who makes the show what it is.”

Karen was equally thrilled with her win at the ceremony – which was held at London’s The 02 arena – and was quick to pay tribute to her co-stars and showrunner Steven Moffat as she shared her success with them.

She said: “Oh my good God! Thank you so much. This means so much to me. I’d like to thank my co-stars Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill for making ‘Doctor Who’ so fun. I’d like to thank Steven Moffat for his writing and generally being ‘The Moff’. And my mum and dad.”

Other winners at the NTAs – which are voted for by the public – included Ant and Dec, who received the Entertainment Presenter accolade, beating host Dermot O’Leary in the process, David Walliams, who was presented with the Landmark Award for his gruelling Sports Relief charity swim, and ‘Downton Abbey which scooped the Drama gong.

Ant and Dec opened the ceremony by performing Nat King Cole’s ‘Let There Be Love’ with Sir Bruce Forsyth.

‘Coronation Street’ beat rivals ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Emmerdale’ to win the highly coveted Serial Drama gong.

Afterwards, the ITV1 soap’s producer Phil Collinson praised departing cast member Katherine Kelly – who hadn’t been on hand to collect her Serial Drama Performance prize earlier in the evening – insisting the accolade was a testament to her work as Becky McDonald.

Phil told TV Scoop: “It’s amazing to get an award. I feel so proud for all the cast who have worked so hard in Manchester. It’s a great way to start the next 50 years of the show. It’s the best leaving present Katherine could have asked for and this award and the ratings we’ve got are a real testament to her performance.”

National TV Awards 2012

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Karen Gillan with the award for Best Drama Performance during the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2, Greenwich, London

National Television Awards 2012 – full list of winners:

Entertainment Programme – ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’

Drama Performance (Female) – Karen Gillan, ‘Doctor Who’

Comedy Panel Show – ‘Celebrity Juice’

Newcomer – Jacqueline Jossa, ‘EastEnders’

Landmark Award – David Walliams

Talk Show – ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’

Drama Performance (Male) – Matt Smith, ‘Doctor Who’

Entertainment Presenter – Ant & Dec

Serial Drama Performance – Katherine Kelly, ‘Coronation Street’

Reality Programme – ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’

Outstanding Contribution – Gary Barlow

Factual Programme – ‘This Morning’

Drama – ‘Downton Abbey’

Talent Show – ‘The X Factor’

Situation Comedy- ‘Outnumbered’

Special Recognition – Jonathan Ross

Serial Drama – ‘Coronation Street’

Jimmy Savile’s amazing £5m charity donation

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Sir Jimmy Savile left £5 million to charity when he died. The Jim’ll Fix It host – who passed away in October aged 84 after battling pneumonia – raised £45 million throughout his life for good causes and it has now been revealed he left behind charity accounts amounting to more than £5 million.

A Charity Commission report said the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust contained £3.6 million and the Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust had £1.6 million at the time of his death.

A Stoke Mandeville spokesman said: “Sir Jimmy was tireless in his attempts to fundraise.”

Jimmy also acquired a personal fortune of £2.5 million and owned properties in Leeds, Scarborough, London, Dorset and Scotland.

The executors of his will are currently organising his assets and it is believed that many of his possessions will be auctioned off for charity.

Last month, Jimmy’s funeral brought the city of Leeds to a standstill.

The legendary TV host’s golden coffin was taken on a 20-minute farewell tour of the city, as police closed surrounding roads to cope with the thousands of fans who turned out to pay their respects to the star.

Some 600 mourners packed into the city’s St. Anne’s Cathedral, while 2,000 fans – including some dressed up in wigs to replicate Jimmy’s trademark blond locks – watched the proceedings on large screens outside.

ITV settle deal with Daybreak duo Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley

Friday, November 25th, 2011

ITV are close to settling a deal with axed Daybreak duo Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles.

After the pair were sensationally cut from the struggling flagship breakfast show last week, they have been involved in “heated discussions” with network bosses who warned they could be chopped from the channel altogether.

While Christine and Adrian – who were sacked just one year into their three-year £2 million apiece deal – were originally demanding a full payout, channel chiefs claimed if a compromise was not reached the Irish beauty would be axed from her new ‘Dancing On Ice’ presenting gig and Adrian would lose his Champions League football slot.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “There have been some heated behind-the-scenes discussions. If their agent thought he could hold the channel to ransom then he’s found that ITV actually holds the trump card. It has been quite fraught.”

However, with Christine set to co-present the launch of ITV’s new charity initiative ‘Text Santa’ alongside Phillip Schofield and Adrian continuing to front talk series ‘That Sunday Night Show’, channel bosses maintain the duo are still “key members of the ITV family”.

A spokesperson said: “Adrian and Christine are key members of the ITV family going forward. And we have an important, long-term relationship with them which we are expanding.”

Adrian has already voiced his discontent with how the broadcaster handled their firing, admitting he and Christine haven’t been allowed to leave ‘Daybreak’ in the new year with their “dignity intact” as possible.

He explained: “I’m angry, upset and acutely embarrassed. Myself and Christine were told we would be going in the New Year but we were assured we could go with our dignity intact.

“That’s obviously not happened. We were enjoying the show and we thought things were going well. We didn’t want to go.

“It was a bolt out of the blue and has come as a big blow to our careers that we’ve been dumped at this time. Dark forces have leaked it for their own ends and I am mightily unhappy about it.”

Funeral of Sir Jimmy Savile brings Leeds to standstill

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Sir Jimmy Savile’s funeral brought the city of Leeds to a standstill yesterday (09.11.11).

The Jim’ll Fix It presenter’s golden coffin was taken on a 20-minute farewell tour of the city, as police closed surrounding roads to cope with the thousands of fans who turned out to pay their respects to the star, who died last month after battling pneumonia.

Some 600 mourners packed into the city’s St. Anne’s Cathedral, while 2,000 fans – including some dressed up in wigs to replicate Jimmy’s trademark blond locks – watched the proceedings on large screens outside.

Bee Gees pop veterans Barry and Robin Gibb sent flowers and a card reading: “To our friend and supporter Jimmy Savile. Thank you for all you have done for the Bee Gees.”

Former Radio One DJ Andy Pebbles said: “He was the master of his craft. We shall never see his like again.”

Rt. Rev Monsignor Kieran Heskin, who concelebrated the funeral mass, said God would “fix it that Jimmy would be given the ultimate reward, a place in Heaven”.

Jimmy is to be buried in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, today (10.11.11) and his close friend Howard Silverman has revealed his headstone will read, “It was good while it lasted.”

Sir Jimmy Savile buried with cigar and tracksuit

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Sir Jimmy Savile is to be buried with one of his iconic cigars. The TV presenter and charity campaigner – who died on Saturday (29.10.11) aged 84 after suffering from pneumonia – will be buried with a number of his trademark items, including his most-treasured tracksuit and chunky jewellery, in accordance with his dying wishes.

Theatre producer David King – a close friend of Jimmy – told the Daily Star newspaper: “Jimmy was such an optimistic man and didn’t like to talk about death.  “But what he did say was that at his funeral he wanted to be dressed in his best tracksuit, which was blue.

“He also wanted all his usual garb buried with him, his sunglasses, big chunky jewellery and of course a fat cigar.”

David, 55, was upset to hear how his friend of 35 years had died alone at his flat in Leeds, and even though he knew he was “on the way out,” he didn’t want to take up bed space in hospital.

Jimmy – who would have been 85 yesterday (31.10.11) – had held a variety of jobs including working as a miner, a wrestler and a nightclub owner, as well as claiming to have invented modern DJing and raising over £40 million for charity.

He was also a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles.

Paying tribute to the star, radio presenter Paul Burnett told how Jimmy would often work as a porter in the Stoke Mandeville hospital, which he raised so much money for. She said: “He didn’t have a family as such and so when he took on a charity, that became his family.

“He did a lot of work as a porter in the hospital that he collected money for. He would go there at night and work as a porter and I think he loved the people that he worked with, it wasn’t just for the publicity, but he knew the charities were doing well out of it as well.”

Jimmy will be buried in his home city of Leeds.

Wild reality TV fun this October as Meerkats 3D premieres on Sky 3D

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


You’d be excused for thinking meerkats are cute little creatures who sell insurance, but did you know that these funny, affectionate and cuddly creatures also have slightly more wicked side?

The nation has fallen in love with ‘the little earthmen’ who live in the Kalahari Desert, so when TVScoop was invited to an early screening of the small furballs’ next TV adventure we didn’t hesitate to accept.

Together with National Geographic Channel, Sky 3D are bringing you Meerkats 3D this October.

Meerkats 3D follows the journey of Clinky and her family of meerkats as they cope with the twists and turns of life in the stunning yet hostile Kalahari Desert. See the highs and lows of being a meerkat matriarch: the daily dilemmas, tackling the tough and dangerous terrain as well as trying to keep little teenage meerkat daughters out of trouble – and away from rival gang’s admirers!

Expect drama, sadness and a lot of giggles as Clinky, Miss Bean, Harry and the rest of the clan watch over the new pups as they tackle their first scorpion, avoid deadly cobra attacks and take their first trip out with the group, trying to keep up – their lives depending on it.

The hour-long docu soap is produced by Oxford Scientific Films – the team behind popular Meerkat Manor – and immerses the audience in the complex social lives of meerkats over several different seasons.

Caroline Hawkins, the film’s producer, said the team were keen to bring meerkats to 3D as the “format makes the film more natural and dramatic” and “brings the viewer into the meerkat world as closely as possible”.

Before the screening at London Zoo, we quickly caught up with Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tim Clutton-Brock, who has spent over 18 years studying the fascinating animals and who assisted the film team before they went on location. Prof. Clutton-Brock told stories of how the ten inch desert creatures can be quite vicious when needs be – killing or banishing their own to protect the future success of their clan – and why meerkats make a very poor pets because of their social nature. “They become quite vicious when taken away from their pack” and are quite “brutal and not just cuddly” said Prof Clutton-Brock, who generally avoids being called Meerkat King despite his vast knowledge of these small animals.

Meerkats 3D will be shown on the Sky 3D channel on Sunday 16th October at 8pm.

If you don’t own a 3D TV the 2D version of Meerkats can be seen on the same day and time on Nat Geo Wild (Sky channel 528).

Rule Britannia: Who will triumph in Chopped UK Special?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
We’d love to have seen a Brits versus Yanks cooking competition, fish and chips vs. supersized McD style, but guess we have to settle for the next best thing: A British invasion of the Food Network show ‘Chopped’.

Four English chefs will step up to the plate in a cooking competition that is all about skill, speed and ingenuity to compete before a panel of expert judges. The up-and-coming chefs will take everyday items and turn them into an extraordinary three-course meal. Sound a little bit like Masterchef? Yes we thought so too at first. However these aspiring culinary artists only have seconds to plan and 30 minutes to cook their courses with the mystery ingredients given to them just moments before the clocks start ticking. Talk about putting them under pressure! 

Hosted by Ted Allen, of Queer Eye fame, Chopped UK will see Jun Tanaka, Andy Bates, Lotte Duncan and Tristan Welch battle it out. Who will make the cut?

Airs Monday 5 September 2011 at 9pm on Food Network UK

BINTM: Meet the girls

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The twelve thirteen girls that are heading into Elle’s model house for this year’s Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model have been selected.

Without further ado here are the hopeful models, one of which will be crowned winner of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model 2011. We can’t wait for the make-over episode!!

Amy

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Age: 22
Hometown: Norwich
Occupation: Fashion Sales Consultant at Whistles
Favourite Model: Kate Moss
Favourite Designer: Jil Sander, Burberry
Fact: Her hobbies range from knitting and baking ‘crazy’ cakes, to surfing and kick-boxing.

Stephen Fry talks about his bipolar disorder

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Stephen Fry spoke of his mental illness during a Sky Arts programme

Stephen Fry told audiences he “may well” kill himself during Sky Arts programme, In Confidence.

The QI presenter has always been open about his on-going battle with bipolar disorder, and believes people don’t realise how serious the disease is, even if someone suffers from a milder form of it.

He said: “It’s a morbid condition and any doctor will tell you it is one of the most serious morbid conditions that is present in Britain.

“The fact that I am lucky enough not to have it so seriously doesn’t mean that I won’t one day kill myself, I may well.”

The 53-year-old actor believes he can use his fame to help others who suffer from the condition and wishes more celebrities would do the same, such as journalist Janet Street Porter.

He explained: “One thing that fame gives you that’s good, is that you are essentially immune from stigma.

“Stupid people like Janet Street-Porter – who is a friend of mine, but she can be stupid about these things, or at least deliberately provocative – say, ‘Oh, why do celebrities bang on about it?’ Well, there’s a good reason. There are millions out there whose lives are utterly blighted.”

EastEnders’ Natalie Cassidy subjected to ‘months of abuse’

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Natalie Cassidy

The former EastEnders’ actress – whose former fiance Adam Cottrell yesterday (31.05.11) admitted to attacking Natalie in their Hertfordshire home – has reportedly been subjected to months of abuse at the hands of the 31-year-old transport manager.

Her dad Charles Cassidy told The Sun newspaper: “It’s been going on for months now, bubbling up. No one wants to see their daughter get into that sort of situation.” However, Natalie’s dad explained his main concern is the estranged couple’s eight-month-old daughter Eliza Beatrice.

“I’m not angry, I’m just worried for my granddaughter. She’s the most lovely baby, really happy.”

Appearing East Hertfordshire Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Adam pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting the 28-year-old actress. Elaine McMillan, prosecuting, said: “The defendant lost his temper and he assaulted her by smearing her with mascara and striking her with a slipper on the upper leg.”

Adam also admitted to causing £350 worth of damage to the couple’s home in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

TV Review and gallery: Britain’s Got Talent first semi final

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

It was a night of pyrotechnics and performances, as well as egos as the first semi final of Britain’s Got Talent took place last night.
Amanda, Michael and David were joined by king Simon Cowell who walked on to Superman music to cast his beady eye on the first contestants.
Although he liked fire entertainment group Girls Roc, the public didn’t agree and the girls were sent home, not before securing a place to perform at Simon’s birthday and without a few bitter words of “the girls never do well.”

If anyone should have been bitter however it should have been Joe, who cycled his way into the top three, only to lose a place in the final to pianist Paul after the four judges took the vore to deadlock – a first in BGT apparently.

Joining him in the final was the 12-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike who received rave reviews from the judges for his performance of Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ on the ITV1 show.

Others booted off the show was Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator Stuart Arnold and grandaughter and grandad singing duo Ted and Grace, frankly we don’t think Grace will be going round to see her grandad for tea anymore after she failed to use him to get her fame. In fact her plan may have backfired completely with all the judges saying they’d like to see more of the 93 year old, rather than what we think was a bad Gwen Stefani wannabe.

Meanwhile, hosts Ant and Dec took the opportunity to poke fun at Simon, who reportedly axed Cheryl Cole from the US version of ‘The X Factor’ because of her strong Geordie accent.

They joked: “Before we start Simon, can you understand our accents OK?”

The red-faced TV boss brushed off the comment, saying: “Why, has something happened? Sorry I’ve been away.”

Just another BGT night.

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Coronation Street spoiler! Ken Barlow left for dead after attack

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow is to be left for dead after being viciously attacked by his own grandson.

The trusting former teacher – played by Bill Roache – will be devastated to discover James, the long-lost grandson on which he doted, has forged his signature and taken out a huge loan against his home.

Discovering he could lose the house that has been his since the 70s if he fails to keep up the extortionate repayments put upon him thanks to James’ midemeanour, Ken rages: “How could you do it?

“You come into my house as a guest, as my grandson, as my own flesh and blood – and then set about robbing my family of everything we’ve ever worked for. You’re nothing but a cheap conman, a two-bit crook!”

A furious James replies: “I’d rather be a crook than a doddering old hypocrite like you.”

However, when Ken attempts to call the police to tell them James, who moved in with the Barlows while he worked for a nearby homeless charity, has attempted to rob him he delivers a brutal blow to his grandfather and knocks him to the floor.

In a moment of panic James – played by Bill’s real-life son James – flees the house, leaving devastated Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) to discover her beloved husband fighting for his life.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: “It’ll be weird for James watching himself punching his dad, but they’re gripping scenes.”

Dot Cotton’s long-lost sister set to join ‘EastEnders’

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Veteran actress June Brown who plays EastEnders' Dot Branning

Dot Cotton’s long-lost sister is set to join ‘EastEnders’.

The gravel-voiced pensioner’s sibling, Rose, will appear for the first time in the BBC One soap’s 26-year history this summer when Dot tracks her down in a bid to end a long-standing feud.

A source close to the soap explained: “Dot and Rose have been estranged most of their lives since Rose did the unforgivable – had an affair with Dot’s first husband, Charlie.

“Dot’s decision to forgive comes about after a bout of hypochondria.”

Rose will be played by Polly Perkins, 67, and her character will very much be the opposite of her dowdy, pessimistic sister, portrayed by 84-year-old June Brown.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Rose is fun, flighty and not one to grow old gracefully. She couldn’t be more different to Dot and she certainly isn’t pleased to see her after all these years.”

This week saw Dot bid a tearful goodbye to husband Jim, as she admitted defeat in caring for him following his stroke and sent him to live in a nursing home.

June has warned her character will feel lost without her husband and faces hard times ahead, saying: “I think she’ll be very lonely and feel she doesn’t have much purpose in life. It was really important to tell this story because there are so many people in a similar situation to Dot.

“It was moving to act out, too – not just because of Dot and Jim’s relationship, but because I’m really good friends with John Bardon in real life.”

Kimberley Walsh backs Gary Barlow for X Factor

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Kimberley Walsh thinks Gary Barlow will make a “fantastic” ‘X Factor’ judge.

The Girls Aloud singer – who is rumoured to be co-presenting spin-off show ‘The Xtra Factor’ alongside Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson – believes employing the Take That star is a “smart move” on series boss Simon Cowell’s part.

She explained: “There aren’t many people who could replace Simon on ‘The X Factor’ but Gary Barlow can. He’s got his own record label, is an amazing songwriter and a fantastic singer so he’s got every base covered.

“It was a smart move on Simon’s part.”

Kimberley has also leant her backing to Kelly Rowland – who is believed to be taking up one of the female judging panel spots – saying it would be “great” to throw an American star into the mix.

Speaking in her OK! magazine column, she added: “I heard a rumour that Kelly Rowland would make the fourth judge. It’d be great to throw an American into the mix and she’s fabulous.

“The new line-up will be so exciting although I can’t believe Louis Walsh is still hanging on in there!”