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Eric Sykes has passed away: For anyone under 40, here’s who he was.

Eric Sykes, who has died age 89, was one of the most respected figures in radio, TV and film comedy. A writer, performer and director he worked with almost every significant comic in post-war Britain. He appeared with, wrote for or directed (among many other) Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and […]...More

Eric Sykes, who had died today (4/7/2012), collecting his CBE from the Queen in 2005

Comedian Eric Sykes RIP. 1923-2012

Eric Sykes died today aged 89 after a short illness, his manager Norma Farnes said. One of the most endearing and popular comic actors of his generation, Sykes was still appearing on the West End stage into his 80s, even though he became almost totally deaf and nearly blind. Sykes found fame in a series […]...More

Gary Lineker

Is Gary Lineker going to leave the BBC for a job with BT?

It’s being reported that long-time BBC football presenter an notorious crisp-flogger Gary Lineker is being courted by BT, who are looking for an anchor for their upcoming Premiership coverage. BT will be showing 38 premier league games next year and Lineker will be out of contract at the Beeb around the same time. He has […]...More

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Are ITV planning to drop the X Factor?

The Daily Star are today claiming that ITV may be looking to replace their Saturday night megahit the X Factor. The last series was deemed by many to have been a relative disappointment and, with Simon Cowell again missing from this year’s judging panel, it looks like there are plenty of people around ready to […]...More

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Alan Partridge returns to TV tonight: Here are some of his best bits

It’s been a few years (10 in fact) since Alan Partridge has been on our TV screens. In the meantime he’s toured the country as part of creator Steve Coogan’s live show and appeared in a series of internet only programmes. Now he returns to Sky Atlantic with a series of specials, starting tonight at […]...More

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Introducing Veep – Armando Iannucci’s new political comedy

After the BBC comedy The Thick Of It and it’s big screen spin off In The Loop took a satirical sledgehammer to UK politics, creator Armando Iannucci is looking to do the same in the US with new show Veep. Veep starts this Monday (25th) at 10 PM on Sky Atlantic and stars Seinfeld star […]...More

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X Factor 2012 judges confirmed – here’s the first official picture

The judging line up for the 9th series of the X Factor has been released. It will once again feature Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos but Kelly Rowland has been replaced by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Sherzinger has been quoted as saying: “I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family. […]...More

Comic Strip

The Comic Strip moves to UK Gold: Here are their 5 best episodes

Iconic comedy series The Comic Strip has moved home. The loose-weave collective of writers and performers will make a new film for UK Gold.to be shown in November. In the near 30 years since the Comic Strip made their first film, many of the stars, writers and directors have gone on to become household names, […]...More

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Jenny Eclair leaves Loose Women after failing to ‘integrate’

Comedian Jenny Eclair is leaving ITV’s Loose Women after reportedly failing to get on with her co-stars. It’s being reported by the Mirror that after a year with te sow she rarely spoke to Loose Women regulars like Carol McGiffin, Denise Welch and Andrea McLean when they were not on camera. Eclair said: I’ve had […]...More

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First view of the new Alan Partridge TV series

The first teaser clip of the new Sky Atlantic series featuring Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge has been released. After the hugely successful series of the Youtube only mini-shows Mid Morning Matters, Partridge is back in his first full TV outings for a decade. The one-hour special, Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My […]...More

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Euro 2012: ITV V BBC, who has the best pundits?

And so it begins again, the bi-annual face off between the UK’s main domestic channels to see who can capture the hearts of the nation’s footy lovers. Euro 2012 kicks off today with Poland V Greece on BBC1, then it’s Russia versus the Czechs on ITV, then it’s…..you get the idea, the behemoths of British […]...More

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Big Brother returns: Here’s our guide to the new housemates

As Big Brother returns for another run on Channel 5, many of you will be wondering ‘Is that thing still a thing?’ Well, apparently it is. For around the next 47½ months we can all ‘enjoy’ seeing a load of deluded halfwits lying on couches, lying on beds, lying in hot tubs or lying on […]...More

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The Jubilee: A look at some TV Queens

You may have noticed that there is a Jubilee going on. No? Well there is, and as both Emma Thompson (in Sky Arts’ Walking The Dogs) and Emelia Fox, Samantha Bond, Susan Jameson, Barbara Flynn and Diana Quick (in Channel 4’s The Queen) will all be playing her maj in coming weeks, we thought that […]...More

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The Apprentice: Does anyone still care?

Now in its eight series, has the UK version of The Apprentice become tired, predictable and boring? We say yes. There was a time when a night spent watching The Apprentice was assured to result in thrills, laughs and the opportunity to swear at and mercilessly mock some genuinely infuriating ‘business’ characters. Alan ‘Sur Alan/ […]...More

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Was William Shatner the best ever guest host of Have I Got News For You?

In the 10 years since Have I got News For you gave original host Angus Deayton the heave-ho they have had approximately 80 guest hosts. Some (like Bill Bailey, Sean Lock and Rob Brydon) have been predictably reliable, others (like Gordon Ramsay, Anne Widdecombe and Anne Robinson) have been predictably poor, while others have been […]...More

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Britain’s Got Talent 2012 Final: Pudsey voted top dog

Always thought something a little bit different was going to win BGT this year and am not at all surprised it was the dog. I think people are a bit bored of karaoke acts and genuinely want to see original and interesting talent. And while I would have loved the synchronised swimmers Aquabatique to have […]...More

Prince Charles

VIDEO: Prince Charles reads the Scottish weather forecast. Is actually quite funny, shocker

Imagine if the UK found itself in the midst of a republican revolution and, heaven forbid, the royal family have to find proper jobs. And while it might be fun to imagine what the likes of Princess Eugenie (a fashion designer?) and Prince Philip (a diplomat?) might have to do to earn a crust, we […]...More

Benedict Cumberbatch. Or should that be Bandersnatch Cummerbund!

Benedict Cumberbatch deliberately renamed Bandersnatch Cummberbund by Washington Post – goes viral on Twitter

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was at the centre of an unlikely internet storm after it appeared a newspaper had spelled his name drastically and comically wrong – as “Bandersnatch Cummerbund”. Commentators took to Twitter in their thousands to ridicule the Washington Post for the apparent error, debating whether it was down to a faulty spell che...More

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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 […]...More

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British Soap Awards 2012: Michelle Keegan and Brooke Vincent pictures

ALL IMAGES: PRESS ASSOCIATION The Corrie and Hollyoaks leading ladies stole the style show at this years British Soap Awards. Doing it for the cobbles were Michelle Keegan, who went for a stunning midnight blue long backless frock, while Brooke Vincent also followed the backless trend in a purple plunge neck number. Samia Smith kept […]...More