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woensdag 29 februari 2012

Geordie Shore: Episode FIVE

Geordie Shore: Episode FIVE

Tonight’s explosive episode of Geordie Shore opened with a guilty Vicky preparing to dump boyfriend Dan after cheating on him with Ricci in last week’s episode. However after Dan’s no-show, Vicky and Ricci decided upon a cosy night-in, despite the other housemates planning a massive night out on the ‘Toon.’

Meanwhile, worried that boyfriend Joel was ignoring her, Sophie issued him with an ultimatum: It’s over between them if he doesn’t pay her a visit at the Geordie Shore house. Not wanting to end things with Sophie, Joel did turn up later that night – semi naked and glowing a standard Geordie Shore deep shade of tangerine.

However, despite arriving to visit Sophie on a night out to celebrate with the gang, it was evident that she was not Joel’s priority as he flirted his way through an array of girls. Something, which did not go, unnoticed by the other Geordie Shore lads. After chatting to the other lads, Sophie soon realised the score and not wanting to have the “p155 taken out of her by a boy” made the sad decision to dump Joel. But have we seen the last of him?

The next day brought a better mood to the house with the arrival of Vicky’s birthday and her family even paid her a visit. Ricci naturally went all out to impress his new girl with gifts such as a massive teddy bear and a meal which made the whole house cringe. A no expense spared house party to celebrate was soon planned to lift the housemate’s spirits. However Vicky’s party mood was cut short by the arrival of birthday presents from her ex-boyfriend Dan.

Vicky soon gave into temptation and unwrapped an expensive pair of shoes with matching handbag, with the other girls (and Ricci) looking on with jealousy. Ricci was evidently fuming that Vicky opened the presents in the first place and this was the catalyst for a massive brawl that was to take place in the house only a few hours later…

With the party in full swing (and Charlotte pulling Ricci’s friend) Ricci downed the shots and was soon “Mortal”. With the other housemates unimpressed with his immature behaviour the whole night, a brawl soon broke out between Gaz and Ricci!! James and other crew soon broke the brawl up, but it left shockwaves running through the house…

What will happen next week? Will Gaz or Ricci get punished for their behaviour? How will Vicky react to Ricci’s behaviour in front of her friends?

'Glee' cast join all-time digital download top ten

'Glee' cast join all-time digital download top ten

The cast of Glee have become the eighth highest-selling digital artists of all time, it has been revealed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the popular Fox show has sold 32 million downloads from its 58-show run so far.

They join the ranks of best-selling artists such as Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna.

The cast, including Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley and Lea Michele, have also set records on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 193 charted songs - including Riley's tribute cover of Whitney Houston's rendition of 'I Will Always Love You'. The track sold over 45,000 downloads in the wake of the late singer's death.

Glee has earned three consecutive number one soundtracks, as well as selling 42 million songs and 12 million albums worldwide.

The series, which is currently on hiatus, recently celebrated its 300th musical performance with a mash-up of Adele's Grammy winning songs 'Rumour Has It' and 'Someone Like You'.

Glee will return with new episodes on April 10 on Fox in the US. The show resumes its third season in the UK on March 1 on Sky1.

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Potential Jurors Turn TV Critics

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Potential Jurors Turn TV Critics

ury selection continued Tuesday in actress Nicollette Sheridan's civil case against "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry and Touchstone Television Productions.

Sheridan filed her suit against ABC and Cherry last year, claiming that she was unfairly ousted from the series after complaining that Cherry had slapped her during a 2008 argument.

Tuesday's proceedings may not have resulted in a seated jury -- questioning of potential jurors will resume at 1:30 p.m. PT Wednesday -- but it did offer some very non-focus group insights into how ABC and TV in general are perceived.

While the majority of those questioned said they did not watch "Desperate Housewives," several said they watched ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS's "NCIS" and several expressed disdain for reality programming,

Sheridan's attorney Mark Baute told one potential juror, a truck driver, that he was "shocked" that he has never watched "Desperate Housewives."

"How much TV do you watch?" Baute asked.

"Tons," said the man. He said that he liked "Two and Half Men."

When Baute asked if it was before or after Charlie Sheen left, the man said he watched both, then offered a mini-review.

"It's just as stupid now as it was then," he said. "I don't watch for inspiration. I watch for entertainment."

Asked what he knew about Nicollette Sheridan, he replied that, "I know that she's blonde."

He was dismissed.

A retired psychiatric nurse declared her love of the news and sports on TV, but allowed that she did like "Dancing Under The Stars." She was dismissed, too.

And in an apparent bid to determine if one potential juror knew that ABC was owned by Disney, Baute asked "Do you associate Disney with mouse ears or a conglomerate?"

Both Sheridan and Cherry were in court Tuesday.

She was wearing a three-piece blue suit, high heels and what appeared to be reading glasses. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail. Cherry was wearing a light grey jacket with dark grey pants and a lavender shirt with no tie.

Sheridan could take the stand on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday, depending on when a jury is seated.

At the end of the day, the judge instructed the potential jurors. "Don't go on the Internet. Don't go home and watch 'Desperate Housewives' -- if you can find it."

'Band of Brothers' Soldier 'Buck' Compton Dies at 90

'Band of Brothers' Soldier 'Buck' Compton Dies at 90

World War II veteran Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, whose military heroics were chronicled in the 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," died Saturday at his daughter's home in Burlington, Wash., after suffering a heart attack in January, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 90.

Compton, who was portrayed by Neal McDonough in the miniseries, was a first lieutenant in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Compton, who was among those who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, was part of the group that destroyed German artillery during the battle at Brecourt Manor. During his tour in World War II, Compton also took part in Holland's Operation Market Garden and the Siege of Bastogne in Belgium.

Compton was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his service.

In later years, Compton -- as a Los Angeles deputy district attorney in Los Angeles -- was part of the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the assassination of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. He was later appointed as a judge on the 2nd District Court of Appeal by then-California governor Ronald Reagan.

Compton's daughter, Syndee Compton, told the Times that her father was caught off-guard after gaining fame from the miniseries, which was based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 book of the same name.

"I think it probably shocked all of them," Compton said. "I don't think any of them in their wildest dream thought at 80 years of age they'd be getting this attention."

Compton is survived by his two daughters, Tracy and Syndee, and four grandchildren.

Dan Savage's MTV Sex Advice Show Gets an Airdate

Dan Savage's MTV Sex Advice Show Gets an Airdate

MTV viewers are about to get some good sex advice.

The new series "Savage U," featuring columnist Dan Savage dispensing advice to college students, will debut Tuesday, April 3 at 11 p.m., MTV announced Tuesday.

Savage, author of the "Savage Love" advice column, started giving out jokey sex advice in the pages of Seattle newsweekly The Stranger two decades ago.

But as his readers started asking increasingly serious questions, the column evolved. It now features counsel on everything from sex toys to relationships to coming out to fighting discrimination.

Savage has also become a popular guest on politically-themed shows like "Real Time With Bill Maher" and "The Colbert Report" thanks to his takedowns of conservative politicians he deems bigoted or hypocritical. He's the man responsible for Republican presidental candidate Rick Santorum's Google problem. (He created an alternative meaning for the then-senator's name after Santorum compared homosexuality to bestiality.)

"Savage Love" has also led to books, a podcast, and the It Gets Better Project, which Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, started in 2010 in response to suicides by bullied gay teens.

MTV aired a special last week about the project, for which people from small-town teens to President Obama have posted video messages promising gay teens that their lives will improve.

"Savage U" will air twelve episodes, each focused on a particular campus and its culture. The schools include the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, East Carolina University, Auburn University, the University of Illinois Chicago, Cornell University, the University of Oregon, the University of Central Florida, Rhodes College, the University of California Irvine, Texas Tech University and Tulane University. The April 3 premiere episode takes place at the University of Maryland.

Savage will be joined on his visits to college campuses by producer Lauren Hurchinson, who will offer a female perspective on sex and relationships and, according to MTV, "rein Dan in and keep him in check."

"'Savage U’ gives viewers something seldom seen on television before: an honest conversation about sex," said Savage. "Sex is usually portrayed as either completely harmless, so everyone should do it, or unspeakably dangerous, so no one should.

"This is a real discussion about sex -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- with all the risks, the rewards, the fun and the heartbreak that comes along with it. By talking candidly, we’re letting our audience make their own informed choices and feel empowered to seek out what’s right for them."

'You Can't Write That ... Wait, Have You Got More Like It?'

'You Can't Write That ... Wait, Have You Got More Like It?'

In our book, "Show Me The Funny!," top comedy writers from the golden age of TV to "Everybody Loves Raymond" to "There’s Something About Mary" take the same premise and each develop it into their own unique stories. And the bonus for readers is some unique Hollywood stories that emerged from these interviews.

In the 1970s on comedies like "M*A*S*H," "All in the Family" and "Maude," Larry Gelbart and Norman Lear took on a variety of social issues, but by the 1990’s, the networks were playing it safe.

Elliot Schoenman, show-runner on "Home Improvement," wanted to do a day in the life of a family whose child has had medical tests and they are waiting to find out if he has cancer. What would those 24 hours be like? Even within the serious subject matter the writers found humor.

“Before they go to the doctor’s appointment,” Elliot said, “there’s a lemon meringue pie, and Tim’s wife, Jill, says to him; ‘Don’t eat that. We’re taking it to my sister’s.’ So she goes, and he looks around and he takes a spatula, and he cuts off the top, lifts it, and scoops out a whole chunk of the lemon, and puts it back. And we just left it.”

Later in the episode the family gets the news that their son might have cancer. Elliot and his partner wrote a serious scene between husband and wife.

Jill says: “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. I’ve got to have a piece of the pie.” Tim panics. And she digs into the pie, and there’s no bottom to it. And it got a tremendous laugh. The audience went with it. Elliot told us; “You’re worried about cancer, but once she went for that fork, there was a tremendous relief.”

The network said; “You can’t do a cancer episode.” Elliot went to Tim Allen, “This is one time you have to throw your weight around.” They shot the episode over ABC’s objections. It came in No. 1 in its time slot. The next day an executive from the network made a guest appearance in the Writers’ Room. ABC wanted to know, “What other serious things do you have?’”

Bob Myer faced a similar situation when he was show-runner on "Roseanne," but this time it was the star who wanted to take the risk. The writers were working on an episode about a Lamaze class. They thought it would be funny if somebody in the class asked Roseanne about her birth experiences. Because they had established that she adored her children, they started asking: Did she go through Lamaze? Did she go through natural childbirth? Were there drugs?

The bit Roseanne wanted to do was a variation on the famous Jack Benny “Your-money-or-your-life” radio moment. “When I had my third child, I hadn’t lost the weight from my second child, and they said, ‘If we give you drugs, enough drugs to sedate you, it could kill the baby.

So I thought to myself…’”

She came up with this line at a run-through. Bob told us: “She’s not going to say, ‘I considered killing my baby.’"

So we wrote it out ... and we got a call from the stage saying, "She wants to do this joke; she feels she can make it funny." And I said, “Who am I to argue with a woman who is one of the biggest stars in comedy?"

The audience went crazy.

"Because it’s Roseanne,” Bob said, “she would have a take like that. But I never thought it would be that one.”

Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management,' Russell Brand's Talk Show Get Premiere Dates

Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management,' Russell Brand's Talk Show Get Premiere Dates

FX will kick off its summer comedy slate with a packed night on June 28, starting with back-to-back episodes of Charlie Sheen's new venture "Anger Management," the network said Monday.

On the same night, Russell Brand's new talk show "Strangely Uplifting" will debut, and the new seasons of "Wilfred" and "Louie" will premiere.

"Anger Management" will air two new episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30, after which the show will run Thursdays at 9:30, with the previous week's episode airing at 9 p.m. The adaptation of the Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler movie stars Sheen as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist who specializes in anger management. Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden and Noureen DeWulf co-star.

Season two of the Elijah Wood comedy "Wilfred" will bow at 10 p.m. with an episode guest-starring Robin Williams, followed by the Season 3 premiere of Louis C.K.'s "Louie" at 10:30.

At 11 p.m., the network will unveil "Strangely Uplifting," featuring Russell Brand offering his rapid-fire take on politics, pop culture, and whatever else crosses his mind. The six-episode season will be filmed in front of a live audience, and marks the first television deal for Brand's production company, Branded Films.

'Dancing With the Stars' Cast: Jaleel 'Urkel' White, Melissa Gilbert and Martina Navratilova

'Dancing With the Stars' Cast: Jaleel 'Urkel' White, Melissa Gilbert and Martina Navratilova

"Family Matters" star Jaleel White, "Little House on the Prairie" alum Melissa Gilbert, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd and tennis legend Martina Navratilova are among the latest contestants on "Dancing With the Stars," ABC announced Tuesday.

The cast, as revealed on "Good Morning America" Tuesday, also includes singer and "The Bold and the Beautiful" star Jack Wagner, "Extra" host Maria Menounos, singer Gavin DeGraw and R&B legend Gladys Knight (sans Pips).

The 14th season of "DWTS" will premiere March 19 on ABC. War veteran-turned-actor J.R. Martinez was the winner of the show's 13th season.

Also read: Ex-Urkel Jaleel White: I Would Love to Be on 'Breaking Bad'

The complete list of season 14 contenders, with their professional partners:

-- White, who stars in the upcoming Syfy reality series "Total Blackout," will be paired with two-time "DWTS" champ Kym Johnson

-- Gilbert, with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

-- Shepherd, with Chmerkovskiy's brother Val Chmerkovskiy

-- Navratilova, with Tony Dovolani

-- Wagner, with Anna Trebunskaya

-- Menounos, with three-time "DWTS" champ Derek Hough

-- DeGraw, with current pro champ Karina Smirnoff

-- Knight, with Tristan MacManus

-- Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, with Peta Murgatroyd

-- Disney Channel "Camp Rock" and "Shake It Up!" star Roshon Fegan, with Chelsie Hightower

-- Cuban actor and model William Levy, with two-time "DWTS" champ Cheryl Burke

-- And Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, with two-time champ Mark Ballas

Now, only one question remains: Will Jaleel White "Do the Urkel"?

Ratings: Fox Tops With Daytona 500 as 'Two and a Half Men' Hits Series Low

Ratings: Fox Tops With Daytona 500 as 'Two and a Half Men' Hits Series Low

Fox scored a narrow ratings victory Monday thanks to a fiery Daytona 500 race, while "The Voice" was the top-rated show and "Two and a Half Men" and two other CBS comedies hit series lows, according to preliminary numbers.

The rain-delayed race resulted in another indignity to CBS's Monday-night slate, which dominated in the fall but has lost ground to NBC's "The Voice" since its debut earlier this month.

Fox was first in the ratings and total viewership Monday, averaging a 4.5 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 14.2 million total viewers. It aired the race, which stunned viewers with Juan Pablo Montoya's fiery crash, from 8 to 10 p.m.

NBC, in second place in ratings and total viewership with an average 4.4/11 in the demo and 12.1 million, ran "The Voice" from 8 to 10 p.m. It had a 5.4/13 in the demo -- a 10 percent dip from last week -- and 14.8 million total viewers. "Smash" at 10 saw a slight increase in the demo for a 2.4/6 and 6.9 million total viewers.

CBS was third in ratings and total viewership. It averaged a 3.1/8 in the demo and 10 million total viewers, with dips across the board for its Monday night lineup and series lows for "Men," How I Met You Mother," and "2 Broke Girls."

"How I Met Your Mother" at 8 had a 3.6/10 in the demo and 9.1 million total viewers, while "2 Broke Girls" at 8:30 had a 3.7/9 and 10.1 million. "Two and a Half Men" at 9 was down 14 percent in the demo with a 3.6/9, and had 11.8 million total viewers. "Mike & Molly" at 9:30 dropped 15 percent to a season low of 2.9/7 in the demo and had 10 million total viewers. "Hawaii 5-0" at 10 dropped 14 percent, hitting a season low of 2.5/6 in the demo. It had 9.4 million total viewers.

Despite modest increases, ABC came in fourth for the night in ratings and total viewership with an average 2.4/6 in the demo and 8.3 million total viewers. "The Bachelor" at 8 enjoyed a slight uptick from last week, taking a 2.6/6 in the demo and 8 million total viewers. "Castle" was also up slightly, receiving a 2.2/5 in the demo and 9 million total viewers.

Victoria Gotti: 'Clay Aiken will win The Celebrity Apprentice'

Victoria Gotti: 'Clay Aiken will win The Celebrity Apprentice'

Victoria Gotti has predicted that Clay Aiken will win The Celebrity Apprentice.

Gotti was the second celebrity to be fired by Donald Trump on Sunday's Celebrity Apprentice after sparing with Team Forte project manager Lisa Lampanelli in the boardroom.

When asked by Acces Hollywood to predict who Trump will hire in the season finale, Gotti singled out Aiken rather than anyone on her former team Forte.

"Clay is smart. Clay is good," she insisted. "He's strategic."

Gotti added of her support for Aiken: "He can be ballsy if he needs to be, but thankfully he doesn't have to be.

"He focuses on the game, but he holds his stuff for the end… He's gonna take this."

Trump also recently praised Aiken's business acumen by claiming that the American Idol star was a "great singer, a tough guy and nasty" during the competition.

The Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays at 9/8c on NBC.

'Life's Too Short', 'British Bake Off' nominated at Rose d'Or 2012

'Life's Too Short', 'British Bake Off' nominated at Rose d'Or 2012

Charlie Brooker's dark comedy Black Mirror and Ricky Gervais's Life's Too Short are among the nominations at this year's Rose d'Or Festival.

UK TV dominates the lineup of nominations, which have been cut down to 36 shows across categories including 'Comedy', 'Gameshow', 'Series', 'Factual Entertainment' and 'Lifestyle'.

Black Mirror is up for the 'Comedy' gong, while Warwick Davis mockumentary Life's Too Short will be up against Channel 4's Simon Bird series Friday Night Dinner in the battle for best 'Sitcom'.

Mary Berry's BBC Two hit The Great British Bake Off is in the 'Best Lifestyle' category alongside ITV1's May The Best House Win.

BBC Three's Don't Tell The Bride represents the UK in the 'Factual Entertainment' group, while The Cube and Million Pound Drop are aiming for the 'Gameshow' gong.

British drama is represented by Bill Nighy's Page Eight in the 'TV Movie' list, while Sky1's The Runaway and ITV1's week-long drama The Jury are competing for 'Series'.

BBC import Pan Am, which airs on ABC in the US, is also nominated for best 'Series'.

Meanwhile, ITV1's fundraising celebrity reality series Born to Shine is nominated for 'Live Event Show'.

The Rose d'Or Festival takes place from May 6-10 in Lucerne.

Craig Roberts: 'Being Human is an excuse to fuck around'

Craig Roberts: 'Being Human is an excuse to fuck around'

Craig Roberts has claimed that there is "a lot of fucking around" on Being Human.

The Submarine star will reprise his role as vampire Adam on the paranormal drama this Sunday.

"Adam's just an excuse for me to fuck around," he told SFX. "Not that I don't like the script, which is awesome, but it's cool that you get freedom [with the lines].

"I think they trust that I won't be too ridiculous with it... although I have been too ridiculous with it in this episode! It's ridiculous. It's the end of my career."

Roberts also revealed that he would be happy to return to Being Human for a third time.

"They left it open again - they haven't killed [Adam] off, so I could be coming back, any time I want," he suggested. "I could come back and I probably would - it's just a laugh.

"The crew are cool, the cast are cool and like I said, you get freedom - you don't have to stick to the lines. Even though the lines are good and it's a really well-written show."

Being Human continues on Sundays at 9pm on BBC Three. In the US, the new series airs on Saturdays at 9/8c on BBC America.

Sarah Harding, Chris Moyles for Sky1 talent show 'Don't Stop Me Now'

Sarah Harding, Chris Moyles for Sky1 talent show 'Don't Stop Me Now'

Sky1 talent show Don't Stop Me Now has signed up a selection of top name guests including Chris Moyles and Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding.

Don't Stop Me Now is Sky1's attempt to provide a talent show with a twist as the entertainment derives from "getting rid of the dross" rather than sob stories, nasty judges and video montages.

Hosted by Amanda Byram, the series will feature singers, comedians and variety acts performing for a studio audience in the hope of winning £25,000.

However, if they get voted off the show, the act will be literally ejected from the studio. Methods of exit include horizontal bungees, exploding stages and trap doors.

Moyles and Harding are among a list of celebrity commentators who will join Byram on the programme.

Freddie Flintoff, David Haye, Got to Dance duo Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo, Micky Flanagan, Louie Spence and Sally Lindsay are among the other stars lined up to appear.

Byram said: "I'm so excited for Don't Stop Me Now to hit the screens! It was so much fun filming what I call a 'talent show with a twist, crash bang and wallop!' We found some very unique and fantastic talent along the way, while others had their dreams left in tatters as they were quite literally 'swept' off the stage."

Royal Television Society Awards 2011: The nominees in full

Royal Television Society Awards 2011: The nominees in full

The full list of nominees for the Royal Television Society Awards 2011, to be held on March 20 in London, is as follows:

Actor (Female)
Vicky McClure - This Is England '88 (Channel 4)
Ruth Negga - Shirley (BBC Two)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (ITV1)

Actor (Male)
Daniel Rigby - Eric & Ernie (BBC Two)
John Simm - Exile (BBC One)
Dominic West - Appropriate Adult (ITV1)

Arena: Produced by George Martin (BBC Two)
Graffiti Wars (Channel 4)
The Impressionists (BBC Two)

Children's Drama
The Sarah Jane Adventures (series five) (CBBC)
Tracy Beaker (CBBC)

Children's Programme
Horrible Histories (series three) (CBBC)
Newsround - My Autism & Me (CBBC)
The Amazing World of Gumball - The Quest (Cartoon Network)

Comedy Performance
Darren Boyd - Spy (Sky1)
Tom Hollander - Rev (BBC Two)
Russell Tovey & Sarah Solemani - Him & Her (BBC Three)

Daytime Programme
Antiques Road Trip (BBC Two)
Deal Or No Deal Live (Channel 4)
Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (BBC One)

Documentary Series
24 Hours In A&E (Channel 4)
Educating Essex (Channel 4)
Fighting On The Frontline (Channel 4)

Drama Serial
The Crimson Petal & The White (BBC Two)
The Promise (Channel 4)
Top Boy (Channel 4)

Drama Series
Luther (BBC One)
Scott and Bailey (ITV1)
The Fades (BBC Three)

Derren Brown - The Experiments (Channel 4)
Million Pound Drop (Channel 4)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Entertainment Performance
James Corden - A League of Their Own (Sky1)
Keith Lemon - Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here; Red Or Black; Push The Button; Britain's Got Talent (ITV1)

The Life Of Muhammed (BBC Two)
If Walls Could Talk - The History Of The Home (BBC Four)
Dambusters: Building The Bouncing Bomb (Channel 4)

International Award
Modern Family (Sky1)
The Killing (BBC Four)
The Slap (BBC Four)

Nations And Regions Programme
Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds (BBC Three)
The Scheme (BBC One)
Wil a Cêt (S4C)

Popular Factual And Features
An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)
Hugh's Big Fish Fight (Channel 4)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - Hugh's Big Fish Fight (Channel 4)
Gareth Malone - The Choir: Military Wives (BBC Two)
Karl Pilkington - An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)

Science & Natural History
Frozen Planet (BBC One)
Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret (Channel 4)
Stargazing Live (BBC Two)

Scripted Comedy
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Phoneshop (E4)
Rev. (BBC Two)

Single Documentary
Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die (BBC Two)
The Life And Loss of Karen Woo (ITV1)
True Stories: Hell And Back Again (More4)

Single Drama
Eric & Ernie (BBC Two)
Random (Channel 4)
United (BBC Two)

Soap And Continuing Drama
Coronation Street (ITV1)
EastEnders (BBC One)
Emmerdale (ITV1)

Writer - Comedy
Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong - Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Robert Popper - Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4)
James Wood & Tom Hollander - Rev. (BBC Two)

Writer - Drama
Peter Bowker - Eric & Ernie (BBC Two)
Neil McKay - Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
Steven Moffat - Doctor Who (BBC One)

'Doctor Who', 'Celebrity Juice' nominated in RTS Programme Awards 2011

'Doctor Who', 'Celebrity Juice' nominated in RTS Programme Awards 2011

Doctor Who and Luther are among the shows nominated in this year's RTS Programme Awards.

The second series of Idris Elba crime drama Luther will compete against ITV1's Scott And Bailey and BBC Three's The Fades in the 'Drama Series' category.

Meanwhile, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat will face Eric & Ernie's Peter Bowker and Appropriate Adult's Neil McKay for the 'Writer - Drama' award.

Doctor Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures and CBBC's Tracy Beaker have also been nominated as best children's drama, while Eric & Ernie is up against Channel 4's Random and BBC Two's United for the title of best single drama.

The Crimson Petal & The White, The Promise and Top Boy will fight it out for the 'Drama Serial' award, while acting nominations include Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie), John Simm (Exile) and Dominic West (Appropriate Adult) for 'Actor (Male)' and Vicky McClure (This Is England '88), Ruth Negga (Shirley) and Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult) for 'Actor (Female)'.

Him & Her's Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani have been jointly nominated in the comedy performance category, alongside Spy's Darren Boyd and Rev. star Tom Hollander.

Rev. has also received an RTS nod for best scripted comedy, competing against Channel 4's Fresh Meat and E4's Phoneshop.

Fresh Meat and Rev. will also compete for the 'Writer - Comedy' award, with the former's Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong and the latter's James Wood and Tom Hollander facing Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper.

In the entertainment categories, Ant and Dec have been recognised for their work on I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Red or Black, Push The Button and Britain's Got Talent.

The 'Entertainment Performance' nominees also include James Corden for Sky1's A League Of Their Own and Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon.

Finally, Derren Brown's The Experiments will compete against Million Pound Drop and The Graham Norton Show for best entertainment programme.

'The Wire' star Dominic West admits to writing on TV internet forums

'The Wire' star Dominic West admits to writing on TV internet forums

The Wire star Dominic West has admitted to reading about himself online and joining discussions about his work on internet forums.

West, who is currently working on the second series of BBC Two drama The Hour, claimed that no-one ever believes it is him when he confronts them online about derogatory remarks.

"I like to have chats about myself with people - mainly putting forward the case for the defence in forums. I use my own name but nobody ever believes me," he told the Radio Times.

West also confessed to watching back his own work when it airs on TV.

"I don't particularly like watching myself on the TV but I do like to check that none of my lines have been cut," he said.

"One or two ended up on the cutting-room floor [in The Hour] but that was mostly due to my occasional bad acting."

The six new episodes of The Hour will feature the broadcast team "deeply embroiled in cover-ups, sexual intrigues and the resurgence of Mosley's fascism" and will have the "looming spectre of the Cold War" as its backdrop. The Thick of It comic Peter Capaldi, Hannah Tointon and Tom Burke have joined the cast for the second series.

Filming started in December in London and the new run is expected to air in summer 2012.

'Hollyoaks' actor Barry Sloane joins ABC pilot 'Gotham'

'Hollyoaks' actor Barry Sloane joins ABC pilot 'Gotham'

Barry Sloane has landed a lead role in ABC pilot Gotham.

The drama will focus on Annie Travers, a female cop who discovers a magical world that exists within New York.

British actor Sloane - best known for his roles in UK soaps Hollyoaks and Brookside - will play detective Boyo, according to Deadline.

A denizen of Gotham, Boyo becomes Annie's new partner when she arrives in the magical world.

The River's Michael Green has written the Gotham pilot, which will be helmed by I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence.

Other drama pilots in development at ABC include a Beauty And The Beast update and a sci-fi project starring Martin Landau.

A remake of Dutch crime series Penoza and Devious Maids from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry are also in the works.

Dappy: "I'm the new Bear Grylls"

Dappy: "I'm the new Bear Grylls"

Dappy has compared himself to Bear Grylls.

The rapper claimed that he would be able to survive any situation in the wild just like the television explorer and described himself as a "water baby".

The N-Dubz star told Capital FM: "I'm the new Bear Grylls. My pops was born in Egypt and he's got this thing about man against nature – spears, wild boar, fishing.

"He came over to this country and he tried to get a pigeon the first day as a pet. Since that day, he told me, 'I'm going to take you fishing when you're older'.

"He took me fishing and I've got that vibe. I've got that whole thing, I've got that in me, man. Put me anywhere and I'll get out alive. I love fishing; I'm a water baby. I love paintballing and outdoor activities."

He added: "Fishing is something that will always stay with me, I love it to death. Catching a big massive carp, who would have thought that's exciting?"

Dappy's new single 'Rockstar' - which features Queen guitarist Brian May - is available to download now.

David Hasselhoff on 'Britain's Got Talent' axe: 'I can't break hearts'

David Hasselhoff on 'Britain's Got Talent' axe: 'I can't break hearts'

David Hasselhoff has opened up about his departure from Britain's Got Talent, admitting that he found it too difficult to "break someone's heart".

The Baywatch actor confirmed that he was axed as a judge after just one series last year, but doubted whether he would return for the 2012 competition if Simon Cowell had offered.

"I don't like to say no, it's hard. I'm not good at being rude," The Mirror quotes him as saying. "I'm not good at being honest when I know it's going to break someone's heart.

"We only signed for a year and when I left [Cowell's] last words were, 'Fantastic, you did a great job'. If I was invited back, and I wasn't, I'm not sure I would have come back."

However, Hasselhoff insisted that he has no hard feelings over his Britain's Got Talent exit.

"I have nothing but respect for Simon and everyone on that show," he said. "They're still my great friends."

The new series of Britain's Got Talent, which features Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on the panel, will air on ITV1 in the spring.

TV Tonight 29th of February 2012

TV Tonight 29th of February 2012

The daily list in alphabetical order, of all the new episodes airing.

    10 O'Clock Live S02E04: "Series 2, Episode 4"
    1000 Ways to Die S03E40: "Sor-Dead Affair"
    1000 Ways to Die S03E41: "Locked and Low Dead"
    112 - på liv och död S05E21: "Del 20 av 36"
    Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight S02E04: "Season 2, Episode 4"
    Amazing Eats S01E09: "BBQ Bliss"
    America's Next Top Model S18E01: "Kelly Osbourne"
    American Idol S11E15: "Semifinalist Girls Perform"
    American Weed S01E02: "Weed-Jacked!"
    Anno 1790 S01E09: "The Voices of the Dead"
    Antiques Road Trip S04E13: "Series 4, Episode 13"
    Are You There, Chelsea? S01E08: "Those Damn Yankees"
    Blackstone S02E08: "Human"
    Chihayafuru S01E21: "Episode 21"
    Cleverdicks S01E03: "Episode 3"
    Coach Trip S09E23: "Series 9, Day 23"
    Come Dine With Me S18E39: "Series 18, Series 33"
    Conan S02E58: "Khloe Kardashian Odom"
    Criminal Minds S07E16: "A Family Affair"
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation S12E16: "CSI Unplugged"
    Dark Minds S01E06: "Brutal Bayou"
    Days of our Lives S47E79: "Ep. #11789"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E172: "Episode 1852"
    Dickinson's Real Deal S08E62: "Series 8, Episode 62"
    Doctors S13E209: "House Call"
    Dragons' Den (CA) S06E17: "Season 6, Episode 17"
    Dumbest Stuff on Wheels S02E06: "Season 2, Episode 6"
    Dumbest Stuff on Wheels S02E07: "Season 2, Episode 7"
    Emmerdale S41E50: "February 29, 2012"
    Face Off S02E08: "Burtonesque"
    Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman S01E08: "Episode 8"
    General Hospital (US) S49E232: "#12506"
    Ghost Hunters International S03E08: "Sacrificed Mayan Spirits: Belize"
    Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden S22E128: "Season 22, Episode 128"
    Got to Dance S03E58: "Series 3, Episode 58"
    Greatest Tank Battles S02E08: "Stalingrad"
    Halv åtta hos mig S08E23: "Malmö - Anna"
    Happy Endings S02E16: "Cocktails & Dreams"
    Hollyoaks S18E43: "February 29, 2012"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E28: "Episode 5463"
    Hotel cæsar S28E160: "Season 28, Episode 160"
    House Hunters S48E42: "First Home in Minneapolis is a Long Time Coming"
    House Hunters International S25E45: "A Family Together in France"
    House of Anubis S02E74: "House of Timeout"
    House of Anubis S02E73: "House of Freeze"
    Jeopardy! S28E118: "Show #6323"
    Jimmy Kimmel Live S09E215: "Ed Helms, Leslie Bibb, Wallpaper"
    Kevin Bridges: What's The Story? S01E04: "Travel"
    King (2011) S02E01: "Season 2, Episode 1"
    Last Call with Carson Daly S10E23: "Regina King, We Are Legion, Portugal. The Man"
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon S02E231: "Danny DeVito, Larry the Cable Guy"
    Late Show with David Letterman S19E37
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S13E16: "Child’s Welfare"
    LEGO NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu S02E08: "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
    Lilyhammer S01E06: "Pack Your Lederhosen"
    Live with Regis and Kelly S29E132:
    Masterchef (UK) S16E11: "Series 16, Episode 11"
    Modern Family S03E17: "Leap Day"
    Neighbours S28E38: "Episode 6348"
    One Born Every Minute S03E09: "Series 3, Episode 9"
    One Tree Hill S09E08: "A Rush Of Blood To The Head"
    Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy S02E08: "TBA"
    Operation Repo S09E18: "TBA"
    Outland S01E04: "Fab"
    Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai! S01E08: "Episode 8"
    Pointless S06E13: "Series 6, Episode 13"
    Prophets Of Science Fiction S01E07: "Robert Heinlein"
    Psych S06E10
    Recorder to Randoseru S01E09: "Episode 9"
    Republic of Doyle S03E08: "Two Jakes and a Baby"
    Restaurant: Impossible S03E02: "Del's"
    Revenge S01E16: "Scandal"
    Roger And Val Have Just Got In S02E04: "Pam's Collage"
    Sons of Guns S04E01: "TBA"
    South Beach Tow S01E11: "TBA"
    Suburgatory S01E16: "Poetic Injustice"
    Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents S02E06: "Zante"
    Survivor S24E03: "One World Is Out the Window"
    Sveriges mästerkock S02E11: "Åtta deltagare återstår"
    The 7pm Project S04E42: "Season 4, Episode 42"
    The Almighty Johnsons S02E01: "TBA"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S25E241: "Ep. #6271"
    The Chase (2009) S05E22: "Series 5, Episode 22"
    The Colbert Report S08E30: "William Shatner"
    The Daily Show S17E66: "Masha Gessen"
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show S09E111
    The Indian Doctor S02E03: "The Miracle"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E118: "February 29, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E38
    The Middle S03E18: "Leap Year"
    The Only Way Is Essex S04E10: "Series 4, Episode 10"
    The Real World/Road Rules Challenge S22E07: "TBA"
    The Revolution (2012) S01E33: "Season 1, Episode 33"
    The Rosie Show S01E73: "TBA"
    The Soup S09E09: "February 29, 2012"
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno S19E252
    The View S15E116
    The Young and the Restless S39E239: "Ep. #9854"
    Thuis S17E133: "Season 17, Episode 133"
    Top Chef S09E17: "Finale"
    Top Guns S01E03: "Shotgun Shootout"
    Tunnelbanan S01E06: "Del 6"
    Watch What Happens: Live S06E37: "TBA"
    Waterloo Road S07E22: "Series 7, Episode 22"
    Whitney S01E18: "Homeland Security"
    Wonderland (UK) S05E04: "Two Jews on a Cruise"
    Woodley S01E02: "Fuzzby"

'Whitechapel' latest episode delivers 5.7m on ITV1

'Whitechapel' latest episode delivers 5.7m on ITV1

ITV1's Whitechapel remained consistent last night, with the latest instalment grabbing almost 5.7m, according to overnight data.

The Rupert Penry-Jones drama took 5.65m (23.8%) from 9pm with a further 207k (1.2%) on timeshift.

Earlier that night, The Dales earned 4.17m (17%) from 8pm (+1: 158k/0.7%).

On BBC One, Panorama was seen by 2.63m (11%) from 8.30pm. Empire followed with 3.9m (16.5%).

The latest University Challenge appealed to 2.82m (11.5%) on BBC Two, with The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (1.18m/4.9%) and The Tube (1.85m/7.8%) airing afterwards.

Channel 4's Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not managed 1.42m (5.8%) in the 8pm hour (+1: 292k/1.2%) and Coppers took 1.58m (6.7%) from 9pm (+1: 390k/2.4%).

Meanwhile, Channel 5 aired Police Interceptors (1.07m/4.4%) and Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan (888k/3.7%).

Overall, ITV1 surged to primetime victory with 25.8% (+1: 0.7%) ahead of BBC One's 19.7%. BBC Two came third with 6.3%. Channel 4 and Channel 5 had 5.8% (+1: 1.1%) and 3.4% respectively.

On the multichannels, E4's Skins continued to improve week-on-week as Nick's episode grabbed 455k (2.8%). However, only 47k (0.6%) caught it on +1.

Sneak Peek Into the Rise and Fall of Napster With "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution"

Sneak Peek Into the Rise and Fall of Napster With "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution"

VH1's Emmy Awarding-Winning "VH1 Rock Docs" Franchise Joins SXSW Film Festival in March With the Premiere of Two New Documentaries, a Panel and Exclusive Sneak Peek Into the Rise and Fall of Napster With "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution"

"Marley" and "UPRISING: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots" will Premiere at SXSW on March 11th and March 14th

Actor/Filmmaker Alex Winter and Napster Co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker Unveil Upcoming Documentary "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution" with Panel Discussion and Exclusive Clip

VH1's Emmy award-winning "Rock Docs" franchise will premiere two new documentaries during the SXSW Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures' "Marley," the first film to tell the definitive life story of revolutionary music icon Bob Marley, will be making its North American premiere at SXSW on March 11th at 5:30PM CT. In addition, "UPRISING: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots," narrated and executive produced by rapper Snoop Dogg, is set to make its world premiere at SXSW on March 14th at 10PM CT. An exclusive preview of VH1's upcoming documentary "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution," the story of the rise and fall of Napster, will also be seen at the SXSW Film Festival followed by a rare panel discussion with creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker on March 14th at 2PM CT.

"Marley," a documentary about legendary musician Bob Marley will premiere on March 11th at 5:30PM CT at SXSW. Made with the unprecedented support of the Marley family, "Marley" is the first film to tell the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his earliest days to his rise to international superstardom. Along with an incredible soundtrack, the film features rare footage, archival photos, and incredible performances and interviews with his family, friends, and bandmates - the people that knew him best. "Marley" is directed by Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Steve Bing and Charles Steel, and executive produced by Bob's son Ziggy Marley and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. "Marley" will be opening in select theaters and can be found on VOD (video on demand) on April 20th.

"UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots," will make its debut at SXSW. The documentary is told from the diverse perspective of the rappers, musicians, police officers and victims who lived through the landmark LA Riots in April, 1992. With definitive accounts of the four fiery days that left 53 people dead, over 12,000 arrested and put a searing spotlight on race relations and American pop culture, viewers will also hear never-before-heard stories from well known figures and hip hop artists who were effected by or actual participants in the riots, including: Rodney King, Arsenio Hall, John Singleton, Too Short, KRS-One, Nas, Sir Jinx, DJ Yella, and others. The documentary will examine the relationship between the violence manifested on the streets and the rage expressed in hip-hop music. Narrated and executive produced by acclaimed rapper Snoop Dogg and directed by Mark Ford for Creatures Film, the documentary will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Wednesday, March 14th at 10PM CT.

The sneak peek of "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution" will focus on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift, upended big business and musical artists and changed the world. The preview will be followed by a high-profile panel moderated by "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution" director Alex Winter and will feature Napster masterminds Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. 'Downloaded: The SXSW Interview' will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2PM CT at the Austin Convention Center. "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution" is directed and executive produced by Alex Winter and executive produced by Warren Cohen and Maggie Malina.

VH1's Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives. Overseeing for VH1 are Brad Abramson, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde. "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots" is produced by Mark Ford for Creative Films and executive produced by Stephen Mintz for VH1. "Downloaded: The Digital Revolution" is directed by Alex Winter and executive produced by Warren Cohen and Maggie Malina.