Official shortlist for the TV Choice Awards 2014

July 20, 2014 by  
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Corrie tv choice awards

The Big Bang Theory (E4)
Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
Modern Family (Sky 1)
The Walking Dead (FOX)

Happy Valley (BBC1)
The Crimson Field (BBC1)
The Musketeers (BBC1)
The Widower (ITV)

Call The Midwife (BBC1)
Downton Abbey (ITV)
Sherlock (BBC1)
Waterloo Road (BBC1)

Educating Yorkshire (C4)
One Born Every Minute (C4)
The Call Centre (BBC3)
The Supervet (C4)

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Gogglebox (C4)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC1)

Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking (C4)
Mary Berry Cooks (BBC2)
Saturday Kitchen (BBC1)
The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure (BBC2)

24 Hours In A&E (C4)
Big Brother/Celebrity Big Brother (C5)
I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)
Made In Chelsea (E4)

Bad Education (BBC3)
Benidorm (ITV)
Birds Of A Feather (ITV)
Derek (C4)

Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC2)
The X Factor (ITV)

Pointless (BBC1)
The Jeremy Kyle Show (ITV)
The Paul O’Grady Show (ITV)
This Morning (ITV)

Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock
Allen Leech Downton Abbey
David Tennant The Escape Artist
Bradley Walsh Law & Order: UK

Laurie Brett Waterloo Road
Joanne Froggatt Downton Abbey
Sarah Lancashire Happy Valley
Judy Parfitt Call The Midwife

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
David Neilson Roy Cropper, Coronation Street
Kieron Richardson, Ste Hay, Hollyoaks
Adam Woodyatt, Ian Beale, EastEnders

Lindsey Coulson, Carol Jackson, EastEnders
Julie Hesmondhalgh Hayley Cropper, Coronation Street
Michelle Keegan Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street
Nikki Sanderson Maxine Minniver, Hollyoaks

Maddy Hill Nancy Carter, EastEnders
Michael Parr Ross Barton, Emmerdale
Kirsty-Leigh Porter Leela Lomax, Hollyoaks
Sam Strike Johnny Carter, EastEnders

Hayley’s Cancer, Coronation Street
Killer Cameron/The Woolpack Siege, Emmerdale
Maxine & Patrick’s Domestic Abuse, Hollyoaks
Who Killed Lucy Beale? EastEnders

Coronation Street (ITV)
EastEnders (BBC1)
Emmerdale (ITV)
Hollyoaks (C4)

Paul Whitehouse to star in Nurse

July 19, 2014 by  
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BBC Two announced today that Nurse is in production. It is a bittersweet comedy drama, created by and starring Paul Whitehouse in multiple character roles, alongside Esther Coles in the central role of Liz, a community psychiatric nurse.

The series is based on the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series of the same name, which aired in February this year and was commissioned for BBC Two shortly after.

Nurse is written by Paul Whitehouse and David Cummings, who have collaborated many times in the past on The Fast Show, Down The Line and Happiness. The patients will be a mixture of returning characters from the radio series, plus many new characters.

It follows Liz (Esther Coles) as she does her daily rounds visiting the homes of her patients (or ‘service users’ in today’s jargon). It recounts the humorous, sometimes sad and often frustrating daily interactions with the nurse, whose job is to assess their progress, dispense medication and offer comfort and support.

Paul Whitehouse takes on the roles of Liz’s patients or their relatives. With supporting roles from Simon Day (The Fast Show), Cecilia Noble (Waking The Dead), Rosie Cavaliero (Inside No.9), Jason Maza (The Hooligan Factory), Vilma Hollingberry (Psychoville), Ben Bailey-Smith (Law & Order: UK) and Colin Hoult (Being Human).

Paul Whitehouse said ”Nurse is a project close to my heart, it’s an opportunity to explore issues and characters at a deeper level, while trying to find humour and hope in difficult situations.’’

Wes Bentley to join American Horror Story: Freak Show

July 18, 2014 by  
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American Beauty and The Hunger Games actor Wes Bentley will be showing off his dark side.

Bentley is joining American Horror Story: Freak Show. He will play Eddie, a tormentor from Kathy Bates’ character’s past who is seeking revenge, and will appear in the Halloween two-part episode.

Tyger Drew-Honey, Amy Nuttall and Natalie Gumede Head To Paradise…

July 16, 2014 by  
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With filming underway for the hotly-anticipated fourth series of Death in Paradise for BBC One, it has been announced today that the stellar line-up of guest stars will include comedy actor and presenter Tyger Drew-Honey, Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Natalie Gumede and Downton Abbey star Amy Nuttall.

Filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the sun-soaked drama starring Kris Marshall has gone from strength to strength over the past three series pulling in an average consolidated figure of almost 8.5 million viewers to cement its position as one of BBC One’s highest rating midweek dramas.

Commenting on his role in the series, Tyger Drew-Honey said: “I am delighted to be a part of such a successful and original show and I can’t wait to work with the fantastic cast and crew. Death in Paradise is very different from anything I’ve done before so it is the perfect choice as my first TV drama project since finishing Outnumbered. Filming on the sunny shores of Guadeloupe will certainly make a change from those leafy London suburbs that I’ve been used to!”

As the series returns, the endearingly clumsy but brilliant DI Humphrey Goodman (Marshall) is struggling to contain his growing feelings for DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) who in turn finds herself battling the dating scene all thanks to her well meaning mother.

Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) is striving to cope as he is left holding the fort following the departure of Sergeant Fidel Best (Gary Carr), who has left Saint Marie for a new job on a neighbouring island.

However, Comm. Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) is keen to step up and exercise his investigative muscles once again, much to Dwayne’s frustration! The police department also welcomes new recruit, Sergeant Florence Cassell played by popular French actress Josephine Jobert (Sous Le Soleil de Saint-Tropez).

Vicar Harriet gets jealous on Emmerdale

July 2, 2014 by  
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Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) is soon to find love when he meets Carole played by Ex-Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin.

Hesitant Ashley is reluctant to introduce Carole to his friends but Vicar Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) soon stirs things up by texting Carole from Ashley’s phone. Soon Carole is in the village but Harriet’s meddling backfires when things go well for Ashley and Carole and Harriet realises she is jealous.

Tracy Brabin “It is a total delight to be playing Carole back in my home town of Leeds. She’s funny and sexy with a dark secret. Ever since I played Trisha in Coronation Street, it’s been a personal and professional ambition to work with the wonderful actors and writers of Emmerdale. I hope the public take to Carole as much as I have.”

Tracy will first appear on Wednesday 23 July.

Mel B Spices Up The X Factor!

July 1, 2014 by  
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Spice Girl Melanie B is becoming the fourth and final judge of X Factor.

As part of the biggest selling female group of all time and the cultural phenomenon, which was The Spice Girls, Mel B has notched up a stunning 80 million record sales worldwide, including nine UK No.1s. She also has five prestigious BRIT Awards to her name.

Mel’s signing comes after she appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012, where she lived up to her scary nickname with her straight talking approach.

Talking about joining the panel Mel B says: “I’m so excited to be joining The X Factor – I loved being a guest judge back in 2012. I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year – whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong! Now I can’t wait to get started and find some amazing talent.”

The X Factor creator, Simon Cowell, says: “I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor.”

Mel B will join renowned music manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series. As previously announced, they are joining Simon and pop princess Cheryl Cole, who both make a celebrated return to the show for the first time since 2010.

The judges will be joined by award-winning broadcaster and presenter Dermot O’Leary, who is back to preside over the talent, tears and drama, while providing support to the aspiring stars.

Louis Walsh says, “It should be a fun year this year with both Simon and Cheryl returning and I think Mel will keep us all on our toes, she is Scary Spice after all.”

Dermot O’Leary says, “Mel was great as a guest judge a couple of years ago and she certainly doesn’t mince her words. With Mel on the panel, along with Simon, Cheryl and Louis, I’ll have my hands full – we’re going to be in for an exciting year.”

Let’s get ready to Tumble!

June 30, 2014 by  
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The BBC has announced the names of the 10 celebrities who will take part in BBC One’s new Saturday night entertainment show, Tumble.

The celebrities vaulting, tumbling and flipping head-over-heels in a bid to win the public’s votes are current world boxing champion Carl Froch, Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, fitness legend Mr Motivator, EastEnders actor John Partridge and Loose Women host Andrea McLean. Also joining the celebrity line-up are TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh, BAFTA award winning ‘Wolfblood’ actor Bobby Lockwood, Sugababe Amelle Berrabah, Dynasty icon Emma Samms and Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps.

BBC Commissioning Executive, Rachel Ashdown says “These celebrities are embarking on a gruelling training regime combining aerial and gymnastic skills. They’ll use them all to deliver breath-taking performances that you’d expect from the department that also produces Strictly Come Dancing.”

Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer says “This is an exciting opportunity for our sport that will enable people to view gymnastics in a whole new entertainment light. It’s been rewarding for British Gymnastics to work with the BBC in providing technical support and we’re all looking forward to seeing the star cast enjoy the challenges of our sport.”

Master of ceremonies Alex Jones will preside over each show, and judging the celebrities’ performances will be world renowned Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Strictly Come Dancing champion and London 2012 medallist Louis Smith, MBE, Commonwealth Games gymnastics champion turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap and world-renowned cirque artist/aerial performer Sebastien Stella.

Little Britain star to play Pompidou

June 28, 2014 by  
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Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me) takes the titular role of Pompidou, an elderly oddball aristocrat who has fallen on hard times. Alex MacQueen (The Thick Of It, Hunderby) plays the character of Hove, Pompidou’s long-suffering butler.

There will also be cameo appearances from Bella Emberg (Benny Hill Show, Russ Abbott Show), Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street), Jane Asher (Dancing On The Edge, Alfie), Tony Way (The Fast Show, Game Of Thrones).

In a clapped-out old caravan, parked in front of his now crumbling estate, lives Pompidou, a tubby, pompous, penniless, eccentric, yet ultimately lovable aristocrat. He is served by his loyal butler Hove and the pair are joined by Marion, an elegant Afghan Hound.

Each week Pompidou and Hove face a new challenge, from stealing back a priceless bowl they once owned, to extracting a live bird which has flown into Hove’s mouth and is nesting in his stomach.

Matt Lucas said: “This is the show I’ve always wanted to make, And I can’t wait to start filming.”

Pompidou will air in early 2015

Who wants to see a baby orangutan?

June 27, 2014 by  
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Nat Geo WILD are bringing you the cutest, little, fuzzy, orange orangutans! These little guys are set to melt hearts, show off their cutest faces and show off their ‘awww’ factor!

This Monday travel to their home in Borneo where the International Animal Rescue have set up a rehab facility to save abused, lost, and abandoned orangutans and teach them how to fend for themselves in the wild. It all kicks off with Baby School.

Orangutan Rescue: Back to the Wild Monday 8pm on Nat Geo WILD.

Ardal O’Hanlon , John Thomson and Jaime Winstone to star in After Hours

June 25, 2014 by  
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Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted, My Hero), John Thomson (Cold Feet, The Fast Show) and Jaime Winstone (Mad Dogs, Made In Dagenham) are to star in a new Sky series called After Hours.

The show follows the journey of Willow Hannigan (James Tarpey), an 18 year old music lover who’s just had his heart broken for the first time. There are no jobs, his beautiful ex-girlfriend Jasmine (Georgina Campbell) has moved on to someone new and most of his mates have gone away to university whilst he’s been left behind, living with his parents.

The only thing that keeps him sane, other than his best friend Chris (Fergus Van Gelder) is listening to After Hours. Broadcast from a canal boat, After Hours is a local internet radio show run by Lauren (Jaime Winstone) and Ollie (Rob Kendrick), two friends in their late 20s who have somehow, ended up living in Shankly.

Ardal O’Hanlon stars as Willow’s dad, Peter Hannigan, an ex-milkman who found himself jobless when the big supermarket opened, he’s married to Anna (Susan Cookson , Early Doors, Mount Pleasant) who would secretly love a job at the new supermarket and Thomson plays Geoff, Peter’s best friend who finds sanctuary on the Hannigan’s sofa.

Ardal O’Hanlon added “I’m delighted to be a part of After Hours. It’s warm, funny and moving and the soundtrack is amazing.”

John Thomson commented ‘It’s great to be working with Jellylegs and my old friend Craig Cash. It’s a joy to be working in my hometown with a great cast, strong script and a lovely crew.’

Jaime Winstone said “I’m really excited to be working with Craig Cash and the lovely crew. I loved the script and it’s great to be back in Manchester.”

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