The Crystal Maze to return with David Tennant as host?

August 31, 2016 by  
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Reports in The Sun are claiming that classic game show The Crystal Maze will return TV as part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer night.

It is being claimed a celebrity edition of the show will form part of a special night of programming in October, with the possibility of a full series if the ratings are good. At the show’s height it attracted between 4-6 million viewers.

Although nothing has yet to be confirmed, a TV insider told The Sun that they are hoping that former Doctor Who star David Tennant will be host, following the footsteps of Richard O’Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole.

The insider said: “Even two decades after it last aired, there are very few shows that have been as magical and action-packed as The Crystal Maze. It is still remembered extremely fondly today. Channel 4 are hoping to tap into that nostalgia and believe viewers will jump at the chance to finally take on the show’s adventurous challenges themselves.”

It will not be the first revival of the show. Last year an interactive Crystal Maze experience was successfully crowdfunded (full story).

UK dominates the Rose d’Or Awards

July 11, 2016 by  
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The UK has taken the vast majority of nominations in this year’s Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) Awards, honouring the best TV and radio shows across the world.

UK shows were nominated in all but one of the 11 categories. In two categories, “Sitcom” and “Drama Series”, only UK shows were nominated. Among the series that have been nominated across the various categories include Inside No. 9, Raised by Wolves, The Getaway Car, The Real Marigold Hotel, Adele at the BBC and Happy Valley.

The awards will be presented in Berlin on 13th September. Below is a full list of nominations.

Television categories


  • Inside No. 9 – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Pyjama Party – Yellow Film & Comp. TV – (Finland)
  • Tatortreiniger – Pfirsichmelba –  Norddeutscher Rundfunk – (Germany)


  • Episodes – Hat Trick Productions Ltd – (United Kingdom)
  • Mum – Big Talk Productions – (United Kingdom)
  • Raised by Wolves – Big Talk Productions – (United Kingdom)

Game Show

  • Baking in the Dark – DR – (Denmark)
  • Pick Me! – ITV – (United Kingdom)
  • The Getaway Car – BBC – (United Kingdom)

Reality and Factual Entertainment

  • How to Change the World – Insight Production Company Ltd. – (Canada)
  • The Gym Teacher – SVT – (Sweden)
  • The Real Marigold Hotel – BBC – (United Kingdom)


  • Adele at the BBC – BBC – (United Kingdom)
  • Mordkomission Berlin – Wiedemann & Comp; Berg Television Gmbh & Comp; Co. KG (Germany)
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2016 – SVT – (Sweden)

Drama Series

  • Happy Valley – BBC – (United Kingdom)
  • River – Kudos – (United Kingdom)
  • This is England 90’ – Channel 4 – (United Kingdom)

Radio categories


  • Charles is a Hell of a King – CR (Czech Republic)
  • The Celebrity Voicemail Show – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Paul Sinha’s History Revision – BBC (United Kingdom)

Event of the Year

  • European Dawn Chorus – RTE (Ireland)

Talk Show

  • Kvallspasset – Sveriges Radio (Sweden)
  • Marja Hintikka Live – YLE (Finland)
  • The Museum of Curiosity – BBC (United Kingdom)

Music Show

  • Amazing Grace – BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Le Week-End: The Music of Formula One – ORF (Austria)
  • A Very Merry Mooney Tunes – RTE (Ireland)

Audio Stories

  • The Abuse Trial – Prison Radio Association (United Kingdom)
  • An Open Verdict – RTE (Ireland)
  • Honey – RTE (Ireland)

Robot Wars reveals redesigned House Robots

June 23, 2016 by  
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The makers of the forthcoming revamped Robot Wars have released pictures of the redesigned House Robots.

The images show pictures of Sir Killalot, Dead Metal, Matilda and Shunt, now bigger and more destructive than ever. There appears to be also no indication of other House Robots like Sgt. Bash and the Refbot returning.

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Shunt, the bulldozer-like robot, appears to have undergone the biggest change. In the original series he weighed 105kg. He now weighs in at 327kg. He has also been given fatter tyres, a large bulldozer scoop, and a “new high torque drive” which allows him to pull a van. His weapon, a titanium axe, fires at speeds of up to 0.25 seconds.

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“The Matriarch of Mayhem” Matilda now weighs 350kgs, having previously weighed 116kg. She can travel at 14mph and her CO2 tusks can lift 1.5 tonnes. She has also been given a smoother body and scary red LED eyes.

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The scorpion-like Dead Metal, like Shunt, has fatter tyres than before and an increased weight, jumping up from 112kg to 343kg. His circular saw now spins at 340kph and is 450mm thick.

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Lastly, the mighty Sir Killalot has also put on weight – from 520kg to 741kg. His lance and claw arms can lift up to 300kg of weight, and the claws crush with up to 2.5kg of force. As well as being heavier, he is also twice as fast, now reaching 10mph.

The new Robot Wars series will air on BBC Two in the summer, with new presenters Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon.

2016 BAFTA TV Winners Revealed

May 8, 2016 by  
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The winners of this year’s BAFTA TV Awards have been announced, presented by Graham Norton, where a wide range of shows were honoured, and many people expressed their support for the BBC.

No single show dominated the awards this year, with three different programmes winning two awards each. This Is England ’90 won the award for “Best Mini-Series” and “Best Supporting Actress” for Chanel Cresswell; Peter Kay’s Car Share won “Best Scripted Comedy” and “Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme” for Kay himself; and Wolf Hall for “Best Drama Series” and “Best Leading Actor” for Mark Rylance.

Other notable winners included Strictly Come Dancing, which won its first ever BAFTA for “Best Entertainment Programme”; comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson being given a BAFTA Fellowship for their careers in which they wrote Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son, and Sir Lenny Henry being given the Special Award for his comedy and charity work, including Comic Relief, as well as encouraging diversity in TV.

Throughout the night many of the winners and presenters made statements supporting the BBC and attacking the government, including Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, for their views on the BBC. Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and the first person to receive an award, made a special attacking Whittingdale’s stance on the BBC and Channel 4. He got a standing ovation. James Nesbitt also praised the BBC when presenting the award for “Best Single Drama”, Ian Hislop also made some points about being allowed to mock the BBC when collecting the award for “Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme” for Have I Got News for You, and Mark Rylance saying “woe to any government” getting between the public and culture. An attack in cuts that affect disabled performers was made by Ben Anthony, director of Don’t Take My Baby, winner of “Best Single Drama”.

Full list of winners (in order of presentation)

  • Best Drama Series – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
  • Best Entertainment Programme – Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
  • Best Single Documentary – My Son the Jihadi (Channel 4)
  • Best Current Affairs – This World – Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (BBC Two)
  • Best Mini-Series – This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
  • Best Factual Series – The Murder Detectives (Channel 4)
  • Best News Coverage – Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre
  • Best Live Event – Big Blue Live (BBC One)
  • Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme – Michaela Cole (Chewing Gum, E4)
  • Best Sport – The Ashes (Sky Sports)
  • Best International Programme – Transparent (Amazon)
  • Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme – Peter Kay (Peter Kay’s Car Share, BBC One)
  • Best Single Drama – Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)
  • BAFTA Fellowship – Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Writers of Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son)
  • Radio Times Audience Award – Poldark (BBC One)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Tom Courtenay (Unforgotten, ITV)
  • Best Reality & Constructed Reality – First Dates (Channel 4)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Chanel Cresswell (This Is England ’90, Channel 4)
  • Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme – Have I Got News for You (BBC One)
  • Best Specialist Factual – Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC Two)
  • Best Soap & Continuing Drama – EastEnders (BBC One)
  • Best Features – The Great British Bake Off (BBC One)
  • Best Scripted Comedy – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC One)
  • Best Entertainment Performance – Leigh Francis (Celebrity Juice, BBC Three)
  • Best Leading Actress – Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, BBC One)
  • Best Leading Actor – Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, BBC Two)
  • Special Award – Lenny Henry

Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

March 31, 2016 by  
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Comedian and entertainer Ronnie Corbett has died aged 85. His publicist said: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”

Corbett will forever be remembered as part of The Two Ronnies with Ronnie Barker, who died in 2005. The series ran from 1971 to 1987, when Barker retired. However, Corbett continued working after this. Corbett had been suffering from ill-health for some time, having previously collapsed at a dinner in his honour in 2012 and being hospitalised in March 2014 with a gall bladder problem.

The diminutive comic, born in Edinburgh in 1930, worked on the stage, on TV, on radio and in film during his career. He was first spotted worked alongside Danny La Rue in the 1960s, and from this he got a role on The Frost Report where he first worked with Barker, where he appeared in the classic “Class Sketch” alongside John Cleese. While The Two Ronnies will probably be the show he will be remembered for, especially his comic monologues from his big chair, he also starred in the sitcom Sorry!, in the lead role of Timothy Lumsden, a 40-year-old librarian still dominated by his mother. Film roles include the 1973 farce No Sex Please, We’re British, while his most recent major role was the BBC Radio 4 sitcom When The Dog Dies, which ran from 2010 to 2014.

Here are some of his most famous moments:

BBC Four to re-create wiped sitcom episodes

March 9, 2016 by  
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BBC Four is to re-create missing episodes of classic sitcoms as part of a new series called The Lost Sitcoms.

It has been confirmed that lost episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part will be among those that will be remade, although it has not yet been announced which episodes will be re-create

It used to be BBC policy to re-use costly tapes in order to save costs, a policy that continued in some forms until the 1980s. As a result several classic shows have vanished from the BBC archives and there have been constant efforts to try and find any missing recordings. Other classic shows that have missing episodes include Doctor Who and Dad’s Army. Recently one episode of Dad’s Army where only the soundtrack survived, “A Stripe for Frazer”, was re-adapted as an animation.

It is not the first time that the BBC has re-created missing sitcom episodes. BBC Radio 4 broadcast two series of The Missing Hancocks, that re-created 10 missing episodes of the original radio version of Hancock’s Half Hour, starring Kevin McNally as Tony Hancock.

The Lost Sitcoms will be remade in front of a live audience and will be recorded in Glasgow. People can apply for tickets via the BBC website.

BBC3 ceases broadcasts on digital TV

February 18, 2016 by  
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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em revived for Sport Relief

February 18, 2016 by  
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Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice are returning as Frank Spencer and his wife Betty for a Sport Relief sketch alongside cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The sketch will see the walking human disaster area getting involved in his normal, accidental chaos, before arriving at the Lee Valley VeloPark where he has a chance meeting with the gold medal winning cyclist. It has also been said that other famous faces from sport and entertainment will appear in the sketch, but these names have yet to be announced.

In a BBC press release Crawford said: “I am thrilled and delighted to have been asked to bring Frank back for Sport Relief.”

Meanwhile Dotrice said: “It will be an absolute joy to be reunited again with Frank and fitting, for it is such a wonderful cause.”

Sir Bradley meanwhile has said: “I am a huge fan of Michael so it’s an absolute honour to be asked to be involved alongside such an icon of British television… and all for a great cause!”

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s, running for 22 episodes, and most famous for its comic stunts which Crawford performed himself.

Sport Relief night starts at 19.00 on BBC One on Friday 18th March.

Robot Wars returns

February 3, 2016 by  
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Robot WarsA decade after Robot Wars was sent tumbling into the Pit of Oblivion, the tech game challenge is to be rebooted for a new generation of individuals who derive pleasure from destroying someone else’s labour of love.

Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon will be in the pits congratulating and commiserating with contestants, while the excitable Jonathan Pearce reprises his role behind the commentary mic.

A new purpose-built fighting arena has been built in Glasgow and state-of-the-art cameras – capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment – will bring viewers closer then ever before to the action.

“I am thrilled to be presenting Robot Wars,” said Dara O Briain. “For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer. It’s war, and how I love it so.”

The new six-part series will be produced by Mentorn Scotland, and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before. It also includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

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Peter Kay’s Car Share named 2015 “Comedy of the Year”

February 1, 2016 by  
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Peter Kay’s Car Share has been named the “Comedy of the Year 2015”.

In an online public vote the sitcom, which also co-stars and is co-written by Sian Gibson, who also co-write with Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, also won the award “Best New British TV Sitcom”.

Other TV shows that won awards included the final series of Peep Show, which won “Best Returning British TV Sitcom”, children’s show Horrible Histories for “Best British TV Sketch Show”, Would I Lie to You? for “Best British TV Panel Show”, The Graham Norton Show for “Best British TV Entertainment Show”, and Inside No. 9 for “Best British TV Comedy Drama”. The special “Editors’ Award”, given to the show that did was not vote for any of the major categories but felt deserve recognition by the websites editors (for whom the editor of On The Box happens to be one) went to political sitcom Ballot Monkeys.

An online vote was also held for the worst comedies of the year. Most of the worst comedies where those hosted by Keith Lemon. The Keith Lemon Sketch Show was the worst sketch show, Celebrity Juice the worst panel show, and Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute the worst entertainment show. However, the worst sitcom, the show voted the worst comedy of the year, was Mrs. Brown’s Boys.

The awards, which are decided by a public vote via readers of the British Comedy Guide and which nominate all comedy shows across the year to be name the best and worst in their category, are now in their 10th year. The awards cover both TV and radio comedy.

Below is a full list of winners of the best awards:

  • Best New British TV Sitcom: Peter Kay’s Car Share
  • Best Returning British TV Sticom: Peep Show
  • Best British Radio Sitcom: John Finnemore’s Double Acts
  • Best British TV Sketch Show: Horrible Histories
  • Best British Radio Sketch Show: Dead Ringers
  • Best British TV Panel Show: Would I Lie to You?
  • Best British Radio Panel Show: I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue
  • Best British TV Entertainment Show: The Graham Norton Show
  • Best British Radio Entertainment Show: Mark Steel’s in Town
  • Best British TV Comedy Drama: Inside No. 9
  • Comedy of the Year: Peter Kay’s Car Share
  • British Comedy Guide Editors’ Award: Ballot Monkeys

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