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zondag 27 mei 2012

Jay Leno celebrates 20th anniversary of 'Tonight Show'

Jay Leno has celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Tonight Show on NBC.

The comedian and talkshow host celebrated the milestone during last night's broadcast of the long-running late-night television show.

Leno took over the role as host after TV fixture Johnny Carson stepped down from the position in 1992.

The host was plunged into controversy in 2009, after he handed down his post as host of The Tonight Show to Conan O'Brien, only to return to the position in March 2010.

During his opening monologue on NBC, the 62-year-old Leno said: "Today is our anniversary. 20 years ago today, we did our very first show. In that time we've seen a lot of stars come and go from the programme… including me!"

Guests during the anniversary celebration included Jack Black, Meatball Shop Guys and Colin Powell. Musician Beirut also performed.

Aussie Pay-TV Shakeup Impacts Hollywood

Australia’s Foxtel is poised to tighten its control of the nation’s pay-TV industry after the takeover of the other significant provider Austar, which may result in a restructuring of movie deals with Hollywood studios. The $A1.9 billion deal creates a national subscription TV service reaching 2.2 million households.

That’sabout 34% of TV homes, but CCZ Statton Equities analyst Roger Colman forecasts likely penetration of 70%-80% by 2017, driven by broadband rollout and growth of Internet TV services. Colman notes Foxtel (co-owned by News Corp., telco Telstra and James Packer’s Consolidated Media) faces miniscule competition from Fetch TV and Quickflix, although Google has acquired Australian pay-per-view rights to movies from Disney, Sony, Columbia, Icon, Lionsgate and Village Roadshow.

The Movie Network (co-owned by Warner Bros, Disney and Village Roadshow) pact with Foxtel expires December 31, and the Premium Movie Partnership (Universal, Sony Columbia and Fox) expires at the end of 2013. With its stronger position, Colman predicts Foxtel will not renew either deal but will negotiate directly with the studios. Foxtel now pays about $160M per year for studio movies, he estimates.

Big Brother 2012 housemate wildcards revealed

Three potential Big Brother housemates will be fighting for viewer votes in order to enter the house, it has been revealed today.

The trio of personalities were originally rejected from the show for being too “over the top”.

They include an “Indian Brian Dowling”, a Dr Who fan and a girl nicknamed The Hurricane.

Viewers will be invited to vote for their favourite during launch week, with only one entering the house to become a housemate.

Bit On The Side star Jamie East was given the power to pick the wild card finalists from the hundreds of rejected auditionees.

He told the Daily Star today: “I went in with a plan to pick housemates that Big Brother would never put in the house.

“I think I’ve succeeded.”

He went on: “I am so confident with my choices.

“I predict that whoever viewers choose will go all the way and make the final.”

The trio will star in a special audition show at 8PM on June 5 on Channel 5, before the live launch show at 9PM.

TV Tonight 27th of May 2012

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

    60 Minutes (US) S45E01
    AKB0048 S01E05: "TBA"
    American Ninja Warrior S04E04
    American Ninja Warrior S04E05
    Behzat Ç. S02E28: "66. Bölüm"
    Big Brother Sverige S08E85: "Del 85 (Veckofinal)"
    Cardfight!! Vanguard S02E08: "TBA"
    Coast S07E03: "The Hidden History of Harbours"
    Come Dine With Me S18E90: "Jubilee Special"
    Continuum S01E01: "A Stitch in Time"
    Cupcake Wars S06E03: "Cupcake Champions, Part 3"
    Dancing With the Stars (AU) S12E07: "Season 12, Episode 7"
    Dateline NBC S21E51: "SU2136"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E247: "Episode 1927"
    Formula 1 S04E14: "Monaco Grand Prix"
    Formula 1 S04E15: "Monaco Grand Prix Highlights"
    Game of Thrones S02E09: "Blackwater"
    Girls S01E07: "Welcome to Bushwick (aka The Crackcident)"
    Harry's Law S02E22: "Onward And Upward"
    Have I Got a Bit More News for You S44E07: "Series 44, Episode 7"
    Hunter X Hunter Remake S01E33: "An x Empty x Threat"
    Indian Ocean With Simon Reeve S01E05: "Sri Lanka to Bangladesh"
    Iron Chef America S09E36: "Morimoto vs. Forgione"
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians S07E02: "Momager Dearest"
    Kidou Senshi Gundam Age S01E33: "Episode 33"
    Loiter Squad S01E10: "Episode 10"
    Mad Men S05E11: "The Other Woman"
    Masterchef Australia S04E19: "Sunday Challenge 2"
    Mob Wives S02E19: "Reunion (Part 2)"
    Mob Wives: Chicago S01E00: "Fight Night"
    Mrs. Eastwood & Company S01E02: "London Bridge"
    My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding S01E05: "Murphy's Secret Village"
    My First Place S22E08: "Adoptive Family Needs Breathing Room"
    Nazo no Kanojo X S01E08: "Mysterious Sensation"
    NYC 22 S01E05: "Self-Cleaning Oven"
    One Piece (JP) S06E33: "A Crack is Caused! Luffy Vs. Jinbe"
    Oprah's Next Chapter S01E20: "Mayor Cory Booker"
    Peking Express S06E09: "Season 6, Episode 9"
    Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle S02E08: "Episode 8"
    Quiz Me Quick S01E05: "Het Paard van Parijs"
    River Monsters S04E13: "The Deadliest Catfish"
    Scheire en de Schepping S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    Sister Wives S03E03: "Brutal Honesty"
    Sister Wives S03E04: "You Asked, Browns Answer"
    Snapped S09E08: "Mary Winkler"
    Starlings S01E03: "Episode 3"
    T.U.F.F. Puppy S02E07: "Lie Like A Dog | Cold Fish"
    Tasogare Otome x Amnesia S01E08: "TBA"
    The BAFTA Awards S02E59: "59th BAFTA Television Awards"
    The Block S05E37: "Room Reveal"
    The Football League Show S03E40: "Series 3, Episode 40"
    The Killing S02E10: "72 Hours"
    The Next Food Network Star S08E03: "Dessert Chopping Block"
    The Only Way Is Essex S05E09: "Series 5, Episode 9"
    The Penguins of Madagascar S03E13: "Street Smarts"
    The Pitch S01E06: "JDRF: Muse & Bozell"
    The Project S04E125: "Season 4, Episode 125"
    The Ultimate Fighter (BR) S01E10: "Season 1, Episode 10"
    The Voice (UK) S01E16: "Live Show 5 Results"
    Toriko S02E08: "Episode 8"
    Tough Love S04E07: "Fish Out of Water"
    Uchuu Kyoudai S01E09: "Individual Resolve"
    Unique Eats S04E17: "Hot Spots"
    Unusual Suspects S03E13: "Bathtub Killer"
    Van God Los S02E09: "Season 2, Episode 9"
    Veep S01E06: "Baseball"
    Wicked Tuna S01E09: "Pirate Problems"

Over-Achievers Of This Year’s Upfront

Greg Berlanti entered the upfronts as the producer with the most pilots this year — four — in his first development season at Warner Bros. TV. Two of them, the CW’s Arrow and CBS’ Golden Boy, went to series, while a third, Fox legal drama Guilty, has a solid shot at a midseason order. Additionally, Berlanti has cable series Political Animals launching on USA this summer. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage‘s Fake Empire also netted two new broadcast series orders. The company went 2-for-2 with its two pilots, the CW’s The Carrie Diaries and Cult, to increase its primetime portfolio to four series next season, including returning CW dramas Gossip Girl and Hart Of Dixie, and tie the Mark Gordon Co. as the pods with the most broadcast shows on the air. In addition to newly picked up comedy Family Tools and returning Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Criminal Minds, the Mark Gordon Co. also has Army Wives on Lifetime. With CSI: Miami ending its run, Bruckheimer TV will have three series on the air next season, same as Chernin Entertainment, which added one new series, Fox comedy Ben & Kate, to its returning New Girl and Touch; J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot (newbie Revolution and returning Person of Interest and Fringe) and Alloy (666 Park Ave, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl).

Besides Fake Empire, the only other entity to log a 1.000 batting average this upfront was Lionsgate TV, also with two series out of two pilots, ABC darling Nashville and NBC’ midseason comedy Next Caller. The pickups capped the company’s renewed push into broadcast TV led by Chris Selak in her first season as head of development. Another established company in its first development cycle with a new top development executive, Wolf Films, which hired Danielle Gelber last July, landed its first non-Law & Order-branded new series in six years, NBC’s Chicago Fire. Two newly launched pods, Peter Traugott‘s Traugott Company and Lorenzo DiBonaventura‘s DiBonaventura Pictures Television, also scored series orders in their first year, NBC drama Do No Harm and ABC drama Zero Hour, respectively, as did two indies, Gaumont and Georgeville. Gaumont’s U.S. division, launched in September, already has netted two straight-to-series orders, Hannibal at NBC and Hemlock Grove at Netflix. Georgeville Television, an independent studio formed in February by producer Marc Rosen and Motion Picture Capital, the finance arm of Reliance Entertainment, has midseason NBC series Crossbones, also a straight-to-series pickup.

With the pickup of his new comedy The New Normal at NBC, Ryan Murphy will serve as a showrunner on three series in three different genres on three different networks next season: half-hour comedy The New Normal, hourlong musical dramedy Glee on Fox and horror drama American Horror Story on FX. He joins three other showrunners with three series on the air next season, Chuck Lorre (CBS comedies Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly on CBS), Shanda Rhimes (dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal on ABC) and Seth MacFarlane (comedies Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show on Fox). With ABC ordering Kevin Abbott‘s comedy pilot Malibu Country to series, the comedy veteran will run two series next season, Malibu Country and ABC’s other multi-camera comedy, Last Man Standing. Ditto for Kevin Williamson, who has new Fox drama series The Following and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries; and How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas who also have midseason Fox comedy The Goodwin Games. Cult creator Rockne O’Bannon who also has Syfy series Defiance. Bryan Fuller is behind NBC’s midseason drama series Hannibal and the network’s pilot Mockingbird Lane, also in consideration for midseason. Lorre, Abbott and Rhimes also rule over programming blocks: Lorre (CBS’ Thursday 8-9 PM), Abbott (ABC’s Friday 8-9 PM) and Rhimes (ABC’s Thursday 9-11 PM)

Veteran director James Burrows‘ dominance of the multi-camera space continues. He directed the pilot for new CBS multi-camera comedy series Partners. The pickup brings the number of comedy series on the air whose pilots were directed by Burrows to 5: The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls and Partners. That is almost half of all multi-camera comedy series on the broadcast schedule for next season, 12. On the single-camera side, the pickups of NBC’s Animal Kingdom and 1600 Penn bring the number of on-air series whose pilots were directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and Jason Winer to three: Community, Happy Endings and Animal Kingdom (Russos) and Modern Family, Don’t Trust The B— and 1600 Penn (Winer). The Russo brothers also directed the pilots for IFC’s The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Arrested Development, which is coming back via Netflix. Michael Cuesta, director of hot new CBS drama Elementary, also directed the pilots for CBS’ Blue Bloods and Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter.

Josh Gad & Mindy Kaling. For a second straight year, comedy pilots written by actors who also star in them did well, resulting in two new series, The Mindy Project, created by and starring Mindy Kaling, and 1600 Penn, co-written and starring Josh Gad. Of the four such shows picked up last year, Whitney Cummming’s Whitney, David Hornsby’s How To Be a Gentleman, Chris Moynihan’s Man Up) and Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair’s BFFs, one, Whitney, made it to second season.

Connie Britton just lined up her third series starring role in a year. Last May, her series Friday Night Lights was still airing on NBC. She went on to play the female lead in FX’s American Horror Story and now toplines new ABC new drama Nashville.

Crystal the monkey from NBC’s new comedy series Animal Practice. She stole the show at NBC’s upfront presentation last week. What’s more, according to NBC executives Crystal’s character on the show Dr. Zaius was the highest-testing character on any upcoming NBC series.

BY THE NUMBERS: Pods With Multiple Shows On the Broadcast Nets next season:

Fake Empire – 4 (Hart Of Dixie, The Carrie Diaries, Cult, Gossip Girl)

Mark Gordon Co. – 4 (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, The Family Tools)

Jerry Bruckheimer – 3 (2 CSIs, The Amazing Race)

Chernin Entertainment – 3 (New Girl, Touch, Ben & Kate)

Alloy -3 (Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, 666 Park Ave)

Bad Robot -3 (Revolution, Person of Interest, Fringe)

Wonderland Sound and Vision – 2 (Nikita, Supernatural)

Ryan Murphy Prods – 2 (The New Normal, Glee)

Berlanti Prods. – 2 (Golden Boy, Arrow)

Imagine TV -2 (Parenthood, How To Live With Your Parents)

FanFare – 2 (Happy Endings, Made In Jersey)

Wonderland Sound & Vision -2 (Nikita, Supernatural)

The Tannenbaum Co. – 2 (Two And A Half Men, Friend Me)

Honorable mention: 3 Arts’ Howard Klein executive produces two new series, Fox’s Mindy Kaling Project and ABC’s Red Widow, and a total of four series next season, including returning The Office and Parks & Recreation.

FCC Adds WGAW To Open Internet Panel

The Writers Guild of America West has been selected by the Federal Communications Commission to participate in the commission’s first Open Internet Advisory Committee.

It will assist in tracking and evaluating the FCC’s Open Internet rules. WGAW assistant executive director Charles B. Slocum will be one of 21 OIAC members.

Swartzlander To Run ‘Cougar Town’ On TBS

Comedy veteran Ric Swartzlander (Garry Unmarried) has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of Cougar Town as the comedy is moving from ABC to TBS with a 15-episode fourth-season order. He succeeds Cougar Town co-creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence who is stepping down to focus on development under his Warner Bros.

TV overall deal but will remain involved and is keeping his executive producer title. (Lawrence has extra connection to the show as his wife, Christa Miller, co-stars on it.) Lawrence co-created Cougar Town with Kevin Biegel, who will become a consulting producer. Swartzlander has ties to both TBS and Cougar Town producer ABC Studios. He did a pilot, In Security, for TBS and recently worked on the ABC/ABC Studios comedy Man Up! His single-camera credits also include the ABC Studios-produced Samantha Who?

Big Brother 2012 to have 16 housemates... and 13 beds!

Big Brother 2012 will feature 16 housemates when it launches next month, but some of them will have to share beds!

According to the Daily Star, Big Brother host Brian Dowling will introduce 16 new people to the house on June 5, but there will only be 13 beds.

It’ll mean some will have to share with people they’ve only just met, and of course, it’s all in the hope of creating relationships.

Bosses have even put two of the doubles on their own, surrounded by mirrors and mood lighting.

“It’s got to be Channel 5’s most daring and shocking stunt,” a supposed source told the newspaper today. “It’s never been done before.

“The moral crusaders will be screaming to have the plug pulled on the show.”

Big Brother 2012 starts on Channel 5 on June 5 at 9PM.

2011-12 Season Network Rankings: Fox Still On Top But Down, NBC In Third, CW Falls

Fox closed out a record eighth consecutive broadcast season as the No.1 network among adults 18-49 but the race was more competitive than recent years, with Fox’s juggernaut American Idol shedding a third of its ratings from last season and Fox only overtaking CBS at the top spot in the final stretch of the season. Fox was helped by 40 hours of The X Factor, which, while not a breakout, was very consistent, and newcomer New Girl.

With help from the Super Bowl and Sunday Night Football, which dethroned American Idol as the highest-rated series this season, NBC squeaked past ABC to rank No.3 outright among adults 18-49 for the first time in eight years. NBC and CBS were the only English-language broadcast networks to post year-to-year growth both in 18-49 and total viewers. Of those in negative territory, the bleeding was worst for the CW, down 22% in 18-49, 20% in its target 18-34 demographic and 15% in total viewers as the network’s audience continues to migrate to digital platforms. Some of Fox’s declines were due to the fact that the network carried the Super Bowl last season. ABC’s ratings were slightly down despite the network introducing several promising freshmen, including the highest-rated new drama this season, Once Upon A Time, because of a significant ratings erosion for its veteran series, led by Dancing With The Stars.

In median age, CBS continues to be the oldest-skewing network at 55.6, followed by ABC, NBC, Fox and CW, which has the youngest audience at 37.1 but aged the most this season. Of the five networks, only NBC slightly trimmed its median age, with the others’ creeping up. Here are the broadcast networks’ standings for the 2010-11 season based on most current ratings:

Adults 18-49 (Rating, % change from 2010-11)

Fox: 3.2 (-9%)
CBS: 3.0 (+3%)
NBC: 2.5 (+9%)
ABC:  2.4 (-4%)
CW:   (0.7) (-22%)

Total Viewers (In millions, % change from 2010-11)

CBS: 11.7 million (+1%)
Fox: 8.9 million (-9%)
ABC: 8.4 million (-1%)
NBC: 7.4 million (+5%)
CW:  1.7 million (-15%)

Adults 18-34 (Rating, % change from 2010-11)

Fox: 2.7 (-13%)
NBC: 2.0 (+5%)
CBS: 1.9 (Even)
ABC: 1.8 (-5%)
CW:  0.8 (-20%)

Median Age

CBS: 55.6 (up from 55.0)
ABC: 52.3 (up from 51.4)
NBC: 49.3 (down from 49.6)
Fox: 46.2 (up from 45.4)
CW: 37.1 (up from 35.0)

Bill Paxton on 'Hatfields & McCoys': 'I wanted to look like a beaver'

Bill Paxton has spoken about his physical transformation for the upcoming miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

The actor plays Randolph McCoy, a member of the McCoy family who are involved in a feud with the Hatfields during the 1880s.

Paxton said to New York Magazine of his new look on the show: "I grew a beard, yeah. Oh man, I called it 'The Growler'. I let it go all the way down my neck and everything else.

"It wasn't the most attractive beard, but, yeah, it was good for the part. I went for the yellow teeth [too] and the whole thing. I really thought, 'The more I can look like a beaver in this, the better'."

Paxton also shared how he got involved with the miniseries, which features Kevin Costner, Jena Malone, Tom Berenger and Matt Barr.

"When I called Kevin, because he was the producer, we kind of knew each other in passing, I always thought he had a good work ethic, and I thought, 'Here this is, his first big foray into television, it's in his wheel-house... this guy's gonna make sure that they do this right'," he explained.

"And then we talked about the idea of having to go to Romania to shoot, and he was saying it's kind of a hell of a statement that we have to leave our families and go halfway around the world to make this thing, but that's the economics of the day that we live in.

"And in a way, I think going to Romania might have added a certain flavour that we might not have been able to get if we shot it where it really took place."

Hatfields & McCoys will premiere on Monday, May 28 at 9pm ET on the History Channel.

Big Brother 2012 to launch with 'huge twists' in first week

Big Brother 2012 will launch with two huge twists in its first week, it has been revealed.

The new series of the Channel 5 reality show launches on June 5 at 9PM, with a special auditions episode hosted by Jamie East at 8PM just before.

And Bit On The Side panellist Jamie has explained how he will be taking part in the secret twist.

“We launch with a big twist, well two big twists in the first week, and part of the that is related to the audition show,” he said.

Jamie went on: “The last part of the audition show reveals a huge twist, Big Brother has given me big powers this year.”

It’s been speculated that part of the twist will revolve around a ‘wildcard’ housemate, with the public being invited to vote on which potential housemates they want to see go inside the house.

But one thing that is for sure, Jamie won’t be entering himself!

He admitted that living without every day luxuries such as DVD players and mobile phones would drive him “absolutely mad”.

Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran for 'The Voice' UK final

Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran will perform on the final of The Voice UK.

Host Reggie Yates confirmed the news on the BBC show's official blog.

"Wowzers. Oh my days. Oh my wowzers. Just a few words to express how I feel about what I'm about to tell you. Shall I shut up and tell you? Yep, fair enough," he wrote.

"So it's with great pleasure and big plate of wowzers (sorry, need to stop saying wowzers) that I reveal the performers for next Saturday's live final are *drumroll* ED SHEERAN AND MAROON 5!!

"Hold tight for song info. Exciting."

Maroon 5's Adam Levine serves as a coach on the US version of The Voice.

Cheryl Cole has vowed to sing live when she performs on The Voice UK semi-final this weekend alongside Kylie Minogue.

Piers Morgan to cover Diamond Jubilee for CNN

Piers Morgan has been tapped to cover Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee for CNN.

The journalist-turned-anchor will head the network's live simulcast, which will cover the UK's celebration of the Queen's 60-year reign.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the broadcast will begin on Sunday, June 3 at 11am ET and will continue on Tuesday, June 5 at 9am for the Royal Carriage Procession.

CNN will also air special documentaries leading up to the festivities, including Kate and Wills: First Anniversary on Saturday, May 26 and The Diamond Queen, on Saturday, June 2.

Morgan currently hosts CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, which currently holds the old time slot of Larry King Live.

He recently blasted Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman, after Paxman alleged in a testimony to the Leveson Inquiry that Morgan taught him how to hack cellphone voicemails.

'Elementary' star Jonny Lee Miller fights real life-crime

Jonny Lee Miller has reportedly fought a real-life crime in Los Angeles.

The actor and star of CBS's upcoming Elementary reportedly chased down a man tampering with a mailbox in Los Angeles on Friday (May 25).

Law enforcement officials told TMZ that Miller confronted the man, which then led to a verbal argument and a brief scuffle as the actor attempted to retrieve the mail the man had stolen.

Miller called 911 during the fight, with police arriving minutes later to arrest the man for mail theft.

The 39-year-old actor stars opposite Lucy Liu in the upcoming Elementary, in which he plays a modern-day Sherlock Holmes transplanted to New York City.

Miller has defended the show against comparisons to popular BBC and PBS drama Sherlock, saying: "You obviously look at it and say, 'Wait a second...' - but I feel there's enough differences there. I thought I could do something with it; otherwise, there'd be no point."

Elementary will air on Thursdays this fall on CBS.

Jessica Sanchez to receive lowest payout in 'American Idol' history

Jessica Sanchez, runner-up in season 11 of American Idol, is set to receive the lowest payout in the show's history.

According to The AP, past second prize winners of the Fox singing competition show have received a guaranteed advance of at least $175,000 (£111,000), as well as a full album deal.

However show bosses have produced a new contract in which future runners-up, including Sanchez, will receive between $30,000 (£19,000) to $60,000 (£38,000) in advances for singles or EP records.

The deal also stipulates that winner Phillip Phillips will receive a $300,000 (£190,000) advance upon completion of his first studio album.

He stands to collect up to $800,000 (£510,000) if he is able to qualify for a six-album deal with production company 19 Recordings, who handle all Idol contestants.

Reps for 19 Recordings Inc. and American Idol have declined to comment on the new contracts.

BBC Three lesbian drama 'Lip Service' ends with low audience

Lip Service's series two conclusion was seen by less than 240,000 viewers last night (Friday), overnight data reveals.

The BBC Three lesbian drama's 239k (1.2%) in the 9pm hour is a third of the audience it attracted for its first series aired late on Tuesday nights in 2010.

However, BBC Three was still the joint most-watched multichannel station, thanks to Russell Howard's Good News Extra (611k/4.2%) at 10.30pm.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories ended another run with 3.93m (19.1%) in the 9pm hour with 235k on +1, staying behind BBC One's Have I Got News For You (4.41m/21.1%) but overpowering a repeat of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (3.08m/15.2%).

Elsewhere on BBC One, Would I Lie To You? amused 2.73m (13.5%) at 8.30pm, while 3.29m (23%) watched Graham Norton at 10.35pm. Poms in Paradise grabbed 2.74m (14.7%) for ITV1 at 8pm (+1: 156k).

Over on BBC Two, Episodes rallied over 100k week-on-week to 1.1m (6%) at 10pm, prior to which the launch of factual series The Great British Story: A People's History interested 1.53m (7.4%). Chelsea Flower show coverage was seen by 1.96m (10%) in the 8pm hour.

Comedian Alan Carr anchored Channel 4's schedule with Chatty Man, which entertained 1.48m (7.5%) at 10pm and 200k on timeshift. Meanwhile, 8 Out of 10 Cats drew 956k (4.5%) at 9pm (+1: 302k) and Very Important People continued with 744k (3.7%) at 9.30pm (+1: 103k).

The Mentalist pulled in 1.24m (6.2%) to Channel 5 at 9pm, then 847k (4.9%) stuck with the Richard Desmond network for Castle.

Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 22.9% (+1: 0.8%), ahead of BBC One's 20%. BBC Two grabbed third place with 7.1%, followed by Channel 4's 4.8% (+1: 0.9%), and Channel 5's 4.2% (+1: 0.2%).

Big Brother bosses tell Brian Dowling to lay off fake tan

Big Brother bosses have ordered Brian Dowling to be less brown for the new series.

The host admitted that producers are planning a revamp of the Channel 5 show and want him to update his look.

Dowling told The Sun: "They are changing the look this year and it was suggested I could wear jeans. I said I would love to wear jeans.

"They then said, 'You looked really brown'. So I have been told to be less Essex, more Chelsea. How that is relevant to the show I don't know but, yeah, I have to look less brown."

Speaking of being mugged earlier this year, he added: "Even now I don't go out when it is dark on my own. When it happened I left the lights on and I was crying for my mum. I felt like a bit of a pussy."

Dowling concluded by saying that Big Brother, which starts its new series on June 5, "still has such a strong following".