S Club 7 Reforming For Children In Need

October 22, 2014 by  
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One of the most hotly anticipated reunions of the last decade is finally confirmed as S Club 7 announce that they are to reunite and perform together again for the first time since 2003 on the BBC Children in Need Appeal show on Friday 14th November 2014.

Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt, and Rachel Stevens will perform a medley of their greatest hits live on the show for a UK TV audience of millions.

The group was formed in 1998 and quickly rose to fame by starring in their own television series that sold to over 100 territories around the world. The Brit Award winners’ numerous hits include ‘Never Had a Dream Come True’, ‘Bring It All Back’, ‘S Club Party’, ‘Don’t Stop Movin’ and ‘Have You Ever’.

S Club 7 commented: “We’re massive fans of BBC Children in Need and it was great to be able to support the charity all those years ago. We’re really looking forward to bringing it all back for Pudsey, for BBC Children In Need and for all our fans who have been so great over the years. This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time!”

Lesley Sharp reveals all about DC Janet Scott

October 7, 2014 by  
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How is Janet at the beginning of the series?
“Janet is single, facing life without a husband, a seemingly balanced home life and at a point in her life where she can choose the direction in which she goes.”

She is sitting her Sergeant’s exam, is she ready?
“As her careful nature would imply she’s fully prepped for the Sergeant’s interview and handles it brilliantly. Unfortunately, almost as soon as that plan of action is put in motion, a crisis with one of her girls and her mother leaves her feeling as if she’s failing at the home front and she considers putting her own ambitions aside and once again staying where she is in her life to attend to others.”

How are things at home for her?
“As a recurring theme for Janet, we watch as she understands the nature of this, at work, with her family and her romantic life, and by the end of the series we see a Janet who is determined to be herself, to have fun, to put herself on the line and to stop worrying about when is the right time/ right plan/ right man and that sometimes you just have to go for it….”
 
How are things between Janet and Rachel this series?
“Her relationship with Rachel is up ended slightly by Gills unfortunate take and request on a situation, but we are seeing a very much more mature and engaged version of the dynamic between Janet and Rachel this year. They know how to work well together and have fun.”
 
Janet goes speed dating in this series was that fun to film?
“The speed dating and online situations get Janet into a few scrapes that are wittily handled and were very enjoyable to play. Janet is a 3D character who always appears to be in control but as in life has to keep learning how to bend and shape to the issues around her.”
 
This is series 4 how does it feel to return to the character of Janet and how much do you enjoy playing her?
“There is a 10 page interview scene which was extremely difficult to learn and was a brilliant acting opportunity. All of the interviews I’ve had to learn and be part of this year, have felt like great opportunities for me as an actress and for the character of Janet. By the end of the series Janet has significantly moved on, with her children, her single status and a realisation about her special skill set at work. All of our writers have honoured the imperative that was so clearly and brilliantly put in motion by Sally Wainwright, and it’s an immense privilege to get the opportunity again to engage in such detailed and rich work.”

Simon Cowell: “You’re going to hear a different kind of singer this year.”

October 6, 2014 by  
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Simon Cowell is, amongst other things, a record company executive, a television and film producer…and a global TV star. Renowned for his sharp eye for talent and candid opinions, Simon Cowell has completely transformed popular culture in the 21st century, through his TV and music interests.

Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment, is a world-renowned music, film, and television production company responsible for some of the most successful global music and television franchises. Syco’s television assets include the two international TV phenomenon formats: Got Talent and The X Factor. This year, Syco Music was named the No.1 A&R label in the UK, for both singles and albums. To date, Cowell has worked with artists who have sold more than 350 million records.

So Simon how does it feel to be back in the UK for this series?
It actually feels really good to be back in the UK. I think in a weird way it’s good I’ve had a break from the show, I’ve watched the show from a distance and now I feel like I’m back in control again. I like it.

What are you most excited about?
There’s always that feeling when you’re on the panel that you’re going to find a new star. I don’t know who they’re going be, where they’re going to come from but it’s that that excites me the most.

What did you miss most about the show while you were away?
You miss British contestants. I’ve always thought on these shows, for whatever reason, the best people have come from Britain. You can take people like Leona Lewis or One Direction or Olly Murs, JLS, Ella Henderson, Cher Lloyd, they’ve all come from the show and gone on to have big careers. So we’re lucky the show does attract people who do want to be big recording artists, rather than wanting to win a singing competition – there is a difference.

What’s going to be different about this year?
I think you’re going to hear a different kind of singer this year. The show is going to look different in terms of the line up. I’ve done the small room auditions already, and then we’re going back to arenas, which is the real test. I’ve already seen 5 or 6 people that have got massive potential. Some of these people, when you put them in front of the big crowds, they fall apart. And on the show this year there are a lot of hurdles to overcome. You’ve got to go from the small room to the arena to the six chair challenge, which I think is a great addition. Then you’ve got to do the judges’ houses visit, then you make it on the live shows. So anyone who gets to the live shows, they’ve earned their spot.

How competitive are you and the other judges feeling this year?
You don’t get competitive until you get your category. At that point, for whatever reason, you almost forget about the artists at that point – it’s so much about you winning. Or so much about someone else not winning – it’s about your competitive nature, which is why you put competitive people on the show because if you don’t want to win, it’s kind of a boring show.

How does it feel to be reunited with Cheryl?
It feels good to be reunited with Cheryl, I’ll be honest with you. She’s been on good form. It’s almost like the last four years disappeared. We just picked it up straight away. She’s been fun and annoying, but good to be with.

Cheryl said she came back after a lot of grovelling. What did you say to persuade her to come back?
We had a lot of conversations before Cheryl agreed to come back. But what was interesting, was that once we got past whatever we had to get past, we then started talking about the show and we reminded ourselves of the past series we made which was a great series. It’s how we wanted to recapture that again, and make a show which is fun, big and most importantly find a star, or maybe more than one star.

Is there a particular type of contestant you’re looking for this year; a specific genre or category?
I’m not interested in a sob-story, I mean seriously, I’m just so over them. I always say the same thing. I want someone who can become a star in this country, but just as importantly, can become a star in other countries. You want somebody who’s different, you don’t want a second rate version of someone who’s already out there, but you want somebody who’s different from anyone else in the charts at the moment.

You’ve brought Louis back to the show for his 11th consecutive series. What do you think he brings to the show that nobody else does?
Louis brings madness to the show. I’ve known Louis for about 15 years, he’s a nutcase, and he has a very different view of the world than I do. But that’s what I find interesting about Louis; he is an optimist, whereas I can be a bit cynical. But he loves music. He loves doing the show; I mean if he had a tail he’d be wagging it. And the one thing you forget about Louis is that he is a really good manager. I mean he’s sold over 100 million records – you don’t do that with luck, you do it because you’re smart.

And what’s it like working with Mel, what kind of judge is she?
I wasn’t sure whether Mel was going to fit in or not, but within 5 minutes I got her. She brings an incredible energy to the show. She isn’t a judge for hire, which a lot of people are nowadays. She loves the show and is really interested in the mentoring aspect of the show, because she did the show in Australia where she did a good job. Plus she’s really fun to be around, although I get why she’s called Scary!

What’s your biggest audition turn off?
I think it’s normally a boyband that’s been put together by a manager, and told what to wear, what to say, they all come running in and everything they say is scripted, and they pretend to laugh at each other’s jokes, I hate that. I’d rather find something much more raw – like we had with One Direction.

The age limit’s been lowered to 14 this year. Do you think that someone this young can cope with the pressure of being on the show?
On Britain’s Got Talent we’ve had no age limits, we’ve had really young people do well on the show. You have to make a judgement call before you put teenagers in front of us, about whether they can cope with it or not. When they come to see us, we can make a pretty good call as to whether we think they’re too young or too inexperienced. On the other hand we’ve had really good 14 / 15 year olds, who are better and more assured than some of the 30 year olds.

‘The Enfield Haunting’ is nearly here

October 5, 2014 by  
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Adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted”, “The Enfield Haunting” is a supernatural drama based upon real events surrounding the phenomena, and draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements. The incident remains to this day the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.

British actor Timothy Spall, OBE recently bestowed the Best Actor accolade at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his role in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, will play Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher. After a recent personal tragedy, he is drawn to the house on Green Street after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorised by malevolent unseen forces. BAFTA nominated actress Juliet Stevenson CBE (Emma, Truly Madly Deeply, The Village) will star alongside Spall to play his wife Betty.

Timothy Spall commented: “I am very pleased to be taking part in The Enfield Haunting. Not only is it based on a supernatural happening, it is also a brilliant script that is full of emotional texture and develops beautifully into a human story. I am very much looking forward to working with the excellent team Sky Living and Eleven Film have assembled.”

Award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Frost/Nixon, Pride and Prejudice) will play Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with scepticism. Working together to get to the heart of the supernatural happenings, Maurice and Guy will both have to confront their own pasts. Can they save this family from the hauntings and make peace with their own ghosts?

Matthew Macfadyen said: “I’m very pleased and excited to be a part of this strange, unsettling and really quite moving story – and especially pleased to be working again with the brilliant Tim Spall.”

Judy Murray is in it to win it

October 3, 2014 by  
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Tennis coach Judy is a self-confessed Strictly fan and is best known for being mother and coach to two very high achieving tennis players: 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Wimbledon Mixed Doubles champion Jamie Murray. Born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland, Judy qualified as a tennis coach aged 17 and went on to become the eighth best female player in the UK. Judy is passionate about encouraging the next generation of youngsters and has supported both her professional tennisplaying sons throughout their careers.

How are you feeling as the launch draws ever closer?
I am very excited. I’m not nervous yet but I think the nerves will kick in on the night that we do anything live. I’ve loved meeting all the other contestants and everyone else who works behind the scenes. It is fun for me already and it is so different to anything I have ever done before. My life has been saturated with tennis so to experience life behind the scenes on my favourite show is not something I ever thought I’d have the opportunity to do so I think I am going to love every moment.

What made you sign up?
Like millions of others I am a huge fan and I’ve been following the show for five or six years now and I never miss it. I might not always be at home when the show is on but I always make sure I catch up. When I come home and have been away for three weeks I will always come home and watch it in sequence, I never jump because I’ve always enjoyed watching it from the start. I love watching how unbelievably good everyone becomes by the end of the series. I’ve never danced, so the challenge of learning a new skill and being part of something I love watching is a real thrill.

Have you done any special preparation?
I think from my coaching background I understand how people learn. I am coming into this as a complete novice. I will be careful with what I eat, try to go to the gym a bit more and I may even wear high heels around the house to get used to that but whoever the poor soul is that has to dance with me, it is all going to be down to him to teach me what to do!

What are you looking for in a dance partner?
When I watched the show in the past my favourite professional dancers were Ian Waite and Artem Chigvintsev. Neither of them are on the show this year but I really don’t mind at all who I dance with as they are all such unbelievable dancers. I guess the important thing is the height but more so I need someone who has a good sense of humour and who will be patient with me because I am such a rookie!

What feedback would you like to have from the judges?
I don’t think I will mind at all what they say. I have watched the show for such a long time that I know how each of them is going to tackle the way they give their feedback. They are all completely different from each other. But I am aware that they are experts in their field and I am not! You have to take on what they are saying, but I think you have to giggle and laugh it all off if it is bad.

Who will be supporting you this series? Family? Other celebs?
When I am watching Strictly I identify with the people who are slightly older, or those who are starting from scratch. I loved watching Deborah Meaden and Fiona Fullerton in the last series. I also enjoyed watching Abbey going from a rookie start to being absolutely amazing. I hope the 50 something ladies out there will be able to identify with me and will be looking out for me.

First look at Peaky Blinders Season 2

October 3, 2014 by  
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The Peaky Blinders cast, that includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle and Joe Cole, will be joined by Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor and Charlotte Riley for the second series which will see the family expand their empire as the 1920s begin to roar.

Peaky Blinders II is written and created by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Locke) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

Gino D’Acampo joins Celebrity Juice

October 2, 2014 by  
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Gino D’Acampo is to join multi award-winning Celebrity Juice as team captain to replace Holly Willoughby as she takes maternity leave for her third baby.

Holly filmed the first show of the series last week, and Gino takes her place from this week.

Cooking sensation Gino, will aim to come out on top against rival team captain Fearne, aided by a host of different celebrities each week, in the mightiest and most ludicrous of comedy panel shows. The two teams will battle it out in a series of chaotic challenges to prove who knows the most about the week’s celebrity news. As ever, boisterous host Keith Lemon will preside over activities.

Keith Lemon commented: “Looking forward to having me old pal from Sheffield cover for Holly whilst she’s sprouting. I don’t know how he’s gonna keep up that fake Italian accent for a whole series but it’s gonna be fantastico! As Gino says, or when he’s out of character ‘reet good’!”

Gino D’Acampo added: “I actually can’t believe it’s true…it’s going to be the gig of my year!  A show where I can express myself, not through food, but through my sex positions.  Which I will be very happy to demonstrate with Fearne.”

Fearne Cotton said: “I’ll certainly miss Holly and am slightly worried about Gino’s very naughty side, but it’s going to be a lot of fun! “

Get ready for the Flack attack

October 1, 2014 by  
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Caroline is one of the UK’s best known TV presenters and over the years has hosted a variety of programmes including I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now!, The Xtra Factor and Gladiators.

How are you feeling?
I am going through mixed emotions! I am getting myself geared up by watching old performances and that is making me really excited. But then when I have to go along and actually do things for the show I get really nervous, so I think that is a good mix. I feel balanced!

What made you sign up to Strictly?
I have always wanted to do the show and this year the time was right. Ever since I was a presenter on CBBC and used to see the Strictly judges walking around Television Centre I have wanted to be on the show.

Have you done any special preparation?
Me and my boyfriend have done a bit of practice in the kitchen but that really is about it. The only problem is that my boyfriend is the worst dancer I have ever seen in my entire life! Although to be fair he really does try hard though even if he does move like a mosquito, haha!

Are you competitive?
I don’t know. I’m not sure. I did Dancing on Wheels but that was more of a documentary style programme but that was a completely different experience from Strictly Come Dancing. I’d probably say that I am not very competitive to be honest, maybe it’s because I have a twin sister.

What are your thoughts on embracing the sequins/fake tan?
Being ‘Strictlyfied’ is the opposite to who I am normally, but on this show you definitely have to go with the flow. If you weren’t wearing sequins you would look weird, so I am looking forward to embracing them!

Has anyone given you any tips or hints which you think might come in useful this series?
I don’t know anyone well enough to ask them so I definitely need to make friends with the ex-contestants and get some pointers from them!

Do you have any favourite moments from previous series?
I loved Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Charleston from last year so that was a highlight for me. Sophie was brilliant because she remained true to herself. And Vanessa Feltz’s Waltz made me cry.

Who will be supporting you this series? Family? Other celebs?
I’m not inviting my family and friends to the first show, I’ll be far too nervous! They can come to the second show!

Kin for the win? Emmerdale’s Andy gets a surprise visit

October 1, 2014 by  
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Robert Sugden is to return to Emmerdale causing trouble for his brother and old adversary Andy.

Newcomer Ryan Hawley is set to take on the role and will first appear on screen late October.

“I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show,” said Ryan. “Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big Emmerdale fans. I can’t say much about what’s going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it.”

Robert and his adopted brother Andy have always been at loggerheads. Andy has never forgiven Robert for having an affair with his fiancée Katie, whilst Robert has never coped with feeling Andy was the most cherished son. Could Robert’s return cause old rivalries to awaken? Particularly now Andy and Katie have rekindled their love and are planning to marry. Will Robert’s arrival jeopardise their big day?

Kate Oates, Emmerdale Series Producer says: “I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the show. Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge. Robert Sugden’s life has moved on in many ways… but those ingrained feelings – about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up – are sure to find an explosive outlet.”

The character of Robert Sugden was previously played by Karl Davies from August 2001 until he left the village in October 2005.

Nick Frost to star in Christmas ‘Doctor Who’

September 30, 2014 by  
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Production on 2014′s Doctor Who Christmas episode has begun, with a host of British acting talent set to appear. And set to be front and centre is comedy star Nick Frost. The actor, who has appeared in hit film and television roles, including Spaced, The World’s End, Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz commented: “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream “No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”

Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will follow in his father’s footsteps by appearing in Doctor Who. His father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.

They will be joined by Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Frost at Christmas – it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it’s a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.”

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