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

Is 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!

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.


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

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

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 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’

ITV settle deal with Daybreak duo Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley

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.”

Sir Jimmy Savile buried with cigar and tracksuit

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

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?

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