In his revival campaign, Monty Don finds out that you really do reap what you sow. Since the first half of the 20th century, 98% of wild flower meadows in Britain have been lost – a statistic, which Monty finds shocking. He passionately believes that it’s not too late to do something about this and gardeners all over the UK can grow our beautiful native wild flowers.
His base is Pensthorpe Nature Reserve in Norfolk and it’s from here that he shows us how we can all help. If we’ve become slaves to immaculately manicured lawns, there is a much lower maintenance solution, with a mini wild flower meadow and he shows that we don’t even need to have a garden to grow wild flowers.
On his revival he meets kindred spirits who our trying to protect out wild flower heritage; he tries his hand at making hay the old fashioned way in a Coronation Meadow and visits the botanical equivalent of Fort Knox and the largest biodiversity hotspot in the world.
The Great British Garden Revival starts on BBC 1 on Monday 9th December at 7:00PM
This year’s British Comedy Awards return to Channel 4 for a live broadcast at 9pm on Thursday, 12th December. Host Jonathan Ross will oversee the cream of British comedy celebrating the funniest programmes and personalities of 2013.
The Last Leg and its host Adam Hills has leapt to the fore with three nominations, a feat it shares with NHS sitcom Getting On ,whose stars Jo Brand and Vicki Pepperdine have both received award nods. Bake Off punsters Mel and Sue are also jointly up for Best Female TV Comics while Horrible Histories battles the likes of Psychobitches in the Best Sketch Show category. And of course, Graham and Alan, the titans of the chat show, will clash in formidable style in the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme category.
There will also be three special awards given out on the night; The British Comedy Outstanding Achievement Award, The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award and the award for International Achievement.
Best Comedy Panel Show
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
A League of Their Own
Have I Got News For You
Would I Lie To You
Best Comedy Entertainment Programme
Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Saturday Night Takeaway
The Graham Norton Show
The Last Leg
Best Sketch Show
Harry & Paul
Count Arthur Strong
Best New Comedy Programme
Count Arthur Strong
Best Male TV Comic
David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You
James Corden – A League of Their Own
Jon Richardson – 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Lee Mack – Would I Lie To You
Best Female TV Comic
Miranda Hart – Room 101
Nina Conti – Live At The Apollo
Sarah Millican – The Sarah Millican Television Programme
Sue Perkins & Mel Giedroyc – The Great British Bake Off
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality
Adam Hills – The Last Leg
Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Ant & Dec – Saturday Night Takeaway
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist
Adam Hills – The Last Leg
Jonny Sweet – Chickens
Steve Delaney – Count Arthur Strong
Tom Basden – Plebs
Best TV Comedy Actor
David Mitchell – Peep Show
Greg Davies – Cuckoo
Jack Whitehall – Fresh Meat
Kevin Eldon – It’s Kevin
Best TV Comedy Actress
Jo Brand – Getting On
Miranda Hart – Miranda
Vicki Pepperdine – Getting On
Zawe Ashton – Fresh Meat
The British Comedy Awards are live on Channel 4, Thursday, 12th December at 9pm.
It’s the summer season and as part of Rose’s ‘coming out’ she is to be presented at Buckingham Palace. The family and servants are at Grantham House, their London residence, preparing for the busy social program. Not one to miss such a grand occasion, Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson makes the journey from New York with her playboy son Harold, fresh from his recent brush with the law. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they make quite an impression amongst certain members of London’s high society, in particular with Lord Aysgarth, played by James Fox.
Isobel finds herself with an admirer while Edith is wrestling with a moral dilemma. Downstairs, Daisy gets an unexpected invitation and Carson treats the staff to a special day out. When the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert will go to great lengths to protect the royal family, and his own.
The episode was filmed in spectacular locations in London and the south of England including Lancaster House, which was used to depict the interiors of Buckingham Palace when Cora presents Lady Rose to The King and Queen, Goldsmith’s College, as well as the beach at West Wittering in Sussex and Basildon Park in Berkshire, which was used for the interiors of the Crawley’s as yet previously unseen London residence.
The episode will feature our returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Ed Speleers, Cara Theobold, Kevin Doyle and Raquel Cassidy.
The two hour episode will be shown on ITV and ITV HD on Christmas Day at 8.30pm.
Legendary author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell), the undisputed master of fiction, personally opens and closes each episode, introducing audiences to the storytelling genius behind the brilliant adaptation of his best-selling novel. The Spoils of Babylon chronicles the lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire). The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms.
Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Melonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a hotbed of emotions about to bubble over. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two US Army Generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) to create one of the most epic stories of our time.
The Spoils of Babylon features Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig with a cameo by David Spade and the voice of Carey Mulligan. The show is produced by Funny or Die and executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont created and wrote the series, and Piedmont directed.
Sit back, relax and prepare to be swept away in the wonder of The Spoils of Babylon, starts Saturday 18th January First on FOX.
As this year’s X Factor draws to a close with the series spectacular Live Final at Wembley Arena, a whole host of A list musical superstars and pop icons have been lined up to perform and celebrate the biggest night in music television.
In a worldwide exclusive X Factor’s very own Gary Barlow will be joined by Britain’s biggest music icon, platinum-selling and multi award winning Elton John, to perform their new single ‘Face to Face’.
Joining them will be global superstar Katy Perry, who wowed audiences earlier in the series with her performance of her hit single ‘Roar’. For the final she will be singing her latest track ‘Unconditionally’. Global phenomenon One Direction also return to the show where it all started for them, celebrating a whirlwind year having achieved massive global success; including 35 million worldwide music sales, a No. 1 Box Office movie and a whole host of awards. The boys will perform their brand new single ‘Midnight Memories’.
Completing the star studded line up are international smash hit stadium rock band The Killers, who will be performing some of their most loved hits ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Human’, and singer-songwriter Tom Odell, who will crown off a year which started with him winning this year’s BRITs Critics Choice Award and then saw his debut album reach No 1.
The X Factor Live Final takes place across Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December. The Killers and Tom Odell will perform on Saturday, with Gary Barlow and Elton John, Katy Perry and One Direction performing on Sunday.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream of the nation’s favourite naturalist, David Attenborough‘s Natural History Museum Alive 3D is the result of a collaboration with the scientists of the Natural History Museum. Produced by a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning team, this film was shot in 3D by the same team behind Gravity with visual effects produced by a team whose combined credits include work on the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises.
Combining spectacular visuals with David Attenborough’s extraordinary insight and delightful interaction with these creatures offers viewers a captivating window into prehistory, as they join him on a unique and enchanting journey through time to discover how these animals once roamed the planet.
David Attenborough commented: “I have been coming to the Natural History Museum since I was a boy. It’s one of the great places to come to learn about natural history. In this film we have the technology to bring back to life some of the most romantic and extraordinary extinct creatures that can be conceived; some are relatively recent animals like the dodo, others older like the dinosaurs, and some we only know through fossil evidence. Using our current scientific knowledge, this film brings these creatures alive allowing me to look at some of the biggest questions surrounding them. I hope that it will make people think about these extinct creatures differently and bring the Museum to life in a new and exciting way.”
David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D premieres on Sky 3D on New Year’s Day
With a stunning winter wonderland opening number filmed at Lapland UK, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly once again preside over the merry proceedings, and judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will be on hand to dish out some Christmas cheer and scores.
This year the ladies learning to trip the light fantastic, just in time for Christmas, are: star of The Saturdays Rochelle Hume, West End singing sensation Elaine Page, and radio DJ Sara Cox.
The gentlemen set to do battle of the ballroom alongside them are: singer Matt Goss, EastEnders’ actor Ricky Norwood and comedian and West End performer Rufus Hound.
All six celebrities are huge fans of Strictly, and two have even dipped their toe in the world of BBC dance shows before, all in the name of charity. Rochelle took part in Strictly Come Dancing for Children in Need in 2010 up against Harry Judd, before he went on to become Strictly champion in 2011. Rufus also wowed audiences during Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2010 as well, where he famously morphed into Cheryl Cole and taking on her Fight For This Love routine.
They’ll be up against Strictly super fans Elaine and Sara, who both currently present shows on BBC Radio 2; singer Matt, originally famous for his part in 80s boy band Bros – who has performed on Strictly but from behind the security of a mic stand; and Ricky who will be trading in the streets of Albert Square for the dance floor.
Professional dancers Robin Windsor, Pasha Kovalev and Ian Waite will partner the female celebrities, and Aliona Vilani, Janette Manrara and Flavia Cacace will partner the male celebrities.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will be broadcast on Christmas Day on BBC One
Singer-songwriter and TV presenter, Jamelia Niela Davis is set to join the panel of ITV’s Loose Women.
Jamelia will join the Loose Women presenting team as a panellist. Her first show will be, tomorrow, Wednesday 27th November.
Jamelia said: “I’m absolutely chuffed to become a Loose Woman! I’m really looking forward to sharing my thoughts and feisty opinions with the other women and the viewers and can’t wait to get my teeth into some great debates and to discuss issues that really matter.”
Jamelia secured her first recording contract at the age of 15 and has enjoyed a series of hit singles and albums. She has presented an array of television shows and documentaries.
This week the X Factor is celebrating its 10th birthday. On Saturday the remaining finalists will be celebrating the best of The X Factor, from the most memorable performances on the show, to hit singles released by past contestants.
There will also be a special performance from platinum selling artist and X Factors’ very own heartthrob Olly Murs.
The Bible promises powerful performances, exotic locales and some dazzling visual effects that will breathe life into the book you last avoided in RE all those years ago. The Bible – the TV series, but also the book – has been a huge success in the USA.
“We are honoured and excited to bring The Bible series to the UK audience,” said executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. “This is such a wonderful time of year for families to be able to share the stories of the Bible and it is a great home coming for us.”
Narrated by BAFTA award winner Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth), The Bible features powerful performances from a formidable UK cast including Nonzo Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kierston Wareing (Eastenders), Louise Delamere (Waking the Dead), Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch) Jake Canuso (Benidorm), Paul Freeman (Hot Fuzz), Simon Kunz (The Parent Trap) and Peter Guinness (Centurion). Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stunningly portrays Jesus Christ and beloved Irish actress Roma Downey stars as Mother Mary.
Emmy® nominated epic The Bible will debut on Channel 5 on November 30th and comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on December 26