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TV news items that don't need their own threads

Postby Butterfield on Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:46 pm

I saw this advert just the other day.


Virgin Media pulls David Tennant TiVo advert

Virgin Media has pulled an advert featuring former Doctor Who star David Tennant after the BBC complained about its references to the sci-fi series.

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The advert shows Tennant using Virgin's TiVo service to catch up on old episodes of the BBC One show.

However BBC Worldwide complained it appeared to be using the brand to endorse the service.

Virgin Media agreed to no longer broadcast the advert "as a gesture of goodwill".

During the ad, Tennant made a reference to how TiVo was good for watching sci-fi, while the Doctor Who logo and a description of the programme was clearly visible on screen.

Under the BBC's guidelines, it is not allowed to commercially endorse third parties.

After receiving the complaint, Virgin Media had initially removed the Doctor Who branding from the advert, but has now axed it completely.

In a joint statement, the BBC and Virgin Media said: "Virgin Media has listened to concerns raised by BBC Worldwide about perceived commercial endorsement by the BBC/a BBC brand relating to the recent Virgin Media advertisement.

"As a gesture of goodwill Virgin Media has agreed to withdraw transmission of the advertisement and BBC Worldwide is now satisfied that the issue has been addressed."

Two other Virgin Media ads featuring Tennant will continue to be shown.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17752997
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Postby Butterfield on Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:08 pm

Noel Edmonds eyes BBC prime-time return

Noel Edmonds could return to BBC One with a prime-time Saturday night show for the first time in 13 years.

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The Deal or No Deal host is fronting a pilot, titled The Bodyguard, which could replace the axed Total Wipeout.

Produced by Endemol, the show sees members of the public team up with their favourite celebrities to be crowned "The Ultimate Bodyguard".

If commissioned, it will be Edmonds' first series for the BBC since Noel's House Party ended in 1999.

The pilot is being filmed at Elstree Studios later this month. Both the BBC and Endemol stressed it would not be broadcast.

Edmonds, 63, began his career at the BBC in the 1970s hosting shows including Top of the Pops, Telly Addicts and Noel's Saturday Roadshow.

However, he largely disappeared from mainstream TV after the BBC cancelled Noel's House Party.

He returned in 2006 for one-off National Lottery special show Everyone's A Winner!, but The Bodyguard would be the presenter's first regular series for the broadcaster in over a decade.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18766352


So, Noel Edmonds returned to broadcasting after years of obscurity, as did Chris Evans. I wonder who will be next - Jim Davidson? Les Dawson? :gasp:
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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:42 pm

Butterfield wrote:...Les Dawson? :gasp:

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Postby Butterfield on Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:45 pm

'Lost' Blackadder script revealed in new book

A draft script for a Christmas episode of Blackadder has come to light during research for a new book about the BBC's classic comedy series.

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Blackadder in Bethlehem sees Rowan Atkinson's character as the owner of the inn where Joseph and Mary seek a bed for the night.

The story also features Baldrick, the Three Kings - and a talking turkey.

Written in 1988, the script was given to comedy historian Jem Roberts by writer Richard Curtis.

Roberts describes it as "completely unofficial Blackadder".

Fragments of the unfinished script appear in his book, The History of the Black Adder, which is published later this week.

In the book, Curtis says that he abandoned the idea "for fear it would cause too much offence".

Instead, it was the Dickensian-themed Blackadder's Christmas Carol that went into production, and was broadcast on 23 December 1988.

Blackadder ran for four series between 1983 and 1989, starring Atkinson as Blackadder and Tony Robinson as his dogsbody Baldrick.

There were also some stand-alone stories, the last of which was Blackadder: Back and Forth in 1999.

"When you write a book about a comedy world, there is a dream that you'll be invited into this Ali Baba's cave of unbelievable archive material," Roberts told the BBC. "I always presumed that would never be the case with Blackadder."

But Roberts was amazed when he was handed the previously unseen script while interviewing Curtis at his offices in Notting Hill.

"He printed out a document from his computer and said, 'see what you want to do with this'.

"My jaw dropped when I saw I was holding a lost Blackadder script.

Roberts added: "He wrote on the script that one of the reasons it didn't get used was because it was a strange cross between Fawlty Towers and Life of Brian.

"He didn't think he was going to make it compare to either of them. That's his reason for it never getting any further than it did."

Set on 24 December at the Blackadder Inn in Bethlehem, the opening scene features an exchange in the foyer between Blackadder and Baldrick about getting a turkey for the "most important night in the history of this hotel".

In the next scene, Baldrick is in the constipated ferret with a turkey which starts to remonstrate with him about being plucked and eaten.

Later, Joseph arrives looking for a room. Blackadder offers him Baldrick's lodgings.

BLACKADDER: How about I offer you this young man's room?

JOSEPH: That sounds excellent.

BLACKADDER: Yes. It's not that excellent - less of a room, more of a manger.

"It wasn't a huge script, there were massive amounts missing," explains Roberts. "It's the rough workings of a comic genius."

The author said he wanted to write the history of Blackadder from the point of view of a "devoted fan", to mark the 30th anniversary of the first pilot episode of The Black Adder.

The book was written with the co-operation of writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, producer John Lloyd and the cast and crew.

Roberts's previous book was The Fully Authorised History of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'.

But what did Roberts think of the talking turkey scene in Curtis's re-discovered script?

"In the Blackadder universe there are ghosts and witches, so there could have been talking turkeys - why not?"

"If they had made Blackadder in Bethlehem, it would have been very off-the-wall."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19834447


The story also features Baldrick, the Three Kings - and a talking turkey.

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Postby Butterfield on Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:05 pm

Clare Balding to host Saturday night show on BBC One

Clare Balding, who recently announced plans to front Channel 4's horseracing coverage from next year, is to host a new Saturday night show on BBC One.

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The 41-year-old will present Britain's Brightest, a entertainment show which uses puzzles and challenges to find the most brilliant brain from 24 hopefuls.

"I am fascinated by the brain - how it works and how it can be improved."

"The quest to find Britain's Brightest will inspire all of us," said Balding, the face of the BBC's Olympic coverage.

"I have always said that 'facts are my friend', but knowing things doesn't make you clever," she added.

"I am so excited to be given the opportunity to explore and test intelligence in a format that will be fun, informative and entertaining."

Last week it was announced that Balding will replace Aled Jones as host of BBC Radio 2's Sunday morning show in January.

She was also a guest host on Have I Got News For You earlier this month.

At the time of her appointment to Channel 4 in August, she said she was "delighted" she could combine her new work "with expanded and varied programming at the BBC".

The BBC lost the rights to horseracing - Balding's specialist sport - earlier this year.

The presenter, who fronted Channel 4's Paralympic coverage last month, launched her biography My Animals and Other Family in September.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20002157


Last week it was announced that Balding will replace Aled Jones as host of BBC Radio 2's Sunday morning show in January.


But she IS Aled Jones!

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How many more things is she going to be presenting?! :drown:
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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:07 pm

I'll give it three weeks. :box:
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Postby Butterfield on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:10 pm

Are you calling Clare Balding an 'it'? :sly:
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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:16 pm

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Postby Butterfield on Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:42 pm

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Veteran British actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi are teaming up to play a bickering gay couple in a new ITV1 sitcom.

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Vicious has been created by Will and Grace writer Gary Janetti and award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill.

The show, to air next year, will also feature Rising Damp actress Frances De La Tour as their feisty best friend.

Sir Ian will play ageing actor Freddie who has lived in a cramped flat with Sir Derek's Stuart for nearly 50 years.

Their worlds are turned upside down when a young man called Ash moves in upstairs.

Writer and co-producer Janetti, who has also worked on award-winning US comedy Family Guy, said he was "incredibly excited" to be working with "this unbelievable cast".

ITV's comedy commissioning editor, Myfanwy Moore, said the broadcaster was "thrilled this exciting and bold sitcom, with stellar performers and writing talent is to join the increasing slate of new look comedy shows on the channel".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20219875


The show....will also feature Rising Damp actress Frances De La Tour as their feisty best friend.

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Postby StevieBaby on Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:56 pm

Frances De La Tour? in 2012?

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Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:29 pm

Didn't Bradley Wiggins win the Frances De La Tour? :excited:
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Postby Butterfield on Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:39 pm

:shifty:

CBeebies apologises for Tweenies Jimmy Savile spoof

CBeebies has apologised after a character from the children's TV programme The Tweenies appeared dressed as disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

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The episode, which was filmed in 2001, was shown on the BBC before 0900 GMT.

In the scene, the character Max appeared in a blonde wig, wearing Savile's trademark tracksuits and using his accent and catchphrases.

Police say DJ and presenter Savile sexually abused hundreds of people during 60 years in entertainment.

The BBC said: "This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused."

The episode, featured the character Max presenting a Top Of The Pops-style programme. He was wearing a wig and used Savile's familiar catchphrase: "Now then, guys and gals."

The gaffe was picked up by fans on social networking sites such as Twitter.

Glenn Ebrey tweeted: "Dear CBeebies, I'm not sure this was a good choice of DJ to impersonate on The Tweenies today."

Kenny Senior wrote "Are BBC trying to self destruct? Max from Tweenies dressed as Jimmy Savile just now nearly chokes on my cornflakes."

A recent Metropolitan police report into allegations of sexual abuse against Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, concluded the presenter and DJ was a "prolific, predatory sex offender" who abused more than 200 people over a 60-year period.

The Tweenies, which was a co-production between Tell-Tale Productions and the BBC was cancelled in 2003 but episodes have been repeated regularly since then.

Episodes mixed stories, song and creative activities aimed at helping children to learn through play.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21108337
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Postby Butterfield on Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:15 pm

Clare Balding is to host YET ANOTHER TV show!!!! :gaah: She really has got her fingers in all the pies, so to speak. I haven't even got a clue what or where "BT Vision" is.


Balding to host ‘flagship’ BT Vision show

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http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/balding-host-flagship-bt-vision-show-144552307.html
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Postby Babycakes on Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:11 am

Wentworth Prison season 2 starts this week on Channel 5 - you'd be fooooooooooooools to miss it !
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Postby Butterfield on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:07 pm

:llama:


Tracey Ullman returns to BBC with own comedy show

Tracey Ullman is to return to the BBC with her own comedy series, some 30 years after she was a regular face on British TV.

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The actress, writer and singer, who has enjoyed decades of success in the US, said it was "a privilege" to be back.

Her six-part series, The Tracey Ullman Show, is part of a raft of new comedy commissions announced by the BBC.

Other shows include a Rory Bremner election special and a new series starring Ben Miller.

Ullman last appeared on the BBC in A Kick up the Eighties and Three of a Kind in the early and mid-1980s.

She also starred in ITV sitcom Girls on Top, before emigrating to the United States.

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She later created The Tracey Ullman Show for the US Fox network, winning several Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

The show famously spawned cartoon series The Simpsons, which started out as short sketches either side of a commercial break.

"It's a privilege to be doing this," said Ullman of her new BBC One series. "I still feel as inspired to inhabit people as I did when I was six, standing on the windowsill in my mother's bedroom, putting on a show.

"The BBC has changed a bit since the last time I worked here, when it was all men in bow ties who had completed National Service.

'Missing gem'
"Now there are a lot more women," she continued. "Great ones. The important things haven't changed, though.

"The BBC still provides an environment that allows you to the freedom to create the best shows possible."

"It's about time the Americans gave her back," said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning. "Tracey has been the missing gem in the British comedy crown for too long.

"Talent doesn't come much bigger and the BBC audience is in for a huge treat."

Ullman, now 55, was recently seen alongside Meryl Streep and James Corden in film musical Into the Woods.

Other comedy commissions announced on Wednesday include I Want My Wife Back, a six-part BBC One series with Ben Miller as a man whose wife walks out on their marriage on her 40th birthday.

BBC Two, meanwhile, will air a one-off programme to celebrate the 25-year comedy partnership of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.

The channel will also broadcast Rory Bremner's Election Report, described as a "timely post-election special", and a pilot sketch show for impressionist Morgana Robinson.

In addition, BBC One will host the annual Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture, named after the Two Ronnies star.

It will given by a key comedy figure "to help inspire others, as well as addressing the present day challenges and opportunities facing the industry".

The inaugural speaker is yet to be announced.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31726907
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Postby Butterfield on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:08 pm

But don't we historically hate celebrities who moved to America and try to come back again? Sheena Easton got booed in Scotland when she returned and spoke in an American accent. :hide:
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Postby Butterfield on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:11 pm

and a pilot sketch show for impressionist Morgana Robinson.


One of the best transformations in TV history:

From this:

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To this:

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Postby Butterfield on Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:19 pm

She also does a great impression of Natalie Cassidy aka Sonia from Eastenders. :D


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