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  • ITV in Loose Women ultimatum - Daily TV Round-Up

    Current stars set for axe if ratings don’t improve

    ITV have told their ‘Loose Women’ that they face the axe if the show’s fortunes don’t turn around in the next three months.

    Carol Vorderman, Denise Welch, Janet Street-Porter and Carol McGiffin could all be fired after the lunchtime chat show reached a ratings low.

    The show’s viewership has reportedly plummeted from two million to just 700,000.


    ITV daytime boss Helen Warner, who created ‘Loose Women’, is reportedly unhappy with the show’s direction and is looking to make drastic changes in pursuit of a “newsier” feel for the show.

    A source told The Sun: "Everyone's terrified. Helen has a clear idea of what she wants. She created 'Loose Women' in 1999 so it is her baby. She thinks it has strayed from her original vision."

    The entire panel which also includes Sherrie Hewson, Jane McDonald, Lisa Maxwell, Sally Lindsay, Shobna Gulati, Linda Robson and Andrea McLean have been given 12 week contracts for the new series which will come under review in Read More »from ITV in Loose Women ultimatum - Daily TV Round-Up
  • Michelle Collins set to leave Coronation Street - Daily TV Round-Up

    Michelle Collins has announced she is leaving ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’.

    The actress, 51, who plays landlady Stella Price confirmed that she would not be renewing her contract after her current deal expires next April.

    Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn told Mirror.co.uk: “We wish Michelle every happiness as she moves on to pastures new.”

    [Who's in, who's out? Latest SOAP ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES]

    Collins’ decision comes as a shock but has left the show’s makers with plenty of time to write her out of the show come next Spring.

    Last week ‘Corrie’ bosses suspended Chris Fountain after it emerged he had made offensive rap music and posted it online under a pseudonym. [Mirror]

    Also in today’s headlines…

    ‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in an open letter declining an invitation to a Russian Film Festival. Making a stand against the country’s controversial stance on homosexuality, Miller said he was “deeply troubled” by their government’s treatment of gay men and women [Gaily

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  • Bodger and Badger return to fight proposed badger cull - Daily TV Round-Up

    Children's TV duo star in one-off video for chairty Care for the Wild

    Children’s TV legends Bodger and Badger have returned for a special one-off video protesting the proposed culling of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

    The pair’s video was made in conjuncture with wildlife charity Care for the Wild.

    Andy Cunningham, who created and performs as the duo spoke to Digital Spy about the proposed cull.


    "For a long time Badger and I didn't think the cull would really happen," he said. "The idea of people roaming around at night shooting at, and whatever they say, very likely wounding badgers, just seemed too barbaric to be true.

    "But when we heard this cull was really going to go ahead, Badger and I thought we ought to do something, because the case for culling just doesn't add up."

    The video shows Badger receiving an invite from the British government to an “all-night shooting adventure”, which they assume means paintballing.

    And yes, there’s plenty of mash potato.

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  • BBC reveals new Strictly Come Dancing professionals - Daily TV Round-up

    Four new professional dancers have been revealed for the upcoming eleventh series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

    It had been previously announced by the BBC that Aliona Vilani, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Erin Boag were to leave the show.

    Iveta Lukosiute is one of the new faces joining full time after replacing an injured Aliona Vilani last year and dancing with Johnny Ball in the competition’s early stages.


    Joining her will be Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara. Skorjanec is Slovenia’s national ballroom and Latin champion while Manrara has made name for herself with appearances in ‘Glee’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. Both star in theatre dance show ‘Burn The Floor’.

    Kevin Clifton, who is fellow ‘Strictly’ pro Karen Hauer’s fiancé will also perform on the show.

    Anton du Beke, Artem Chigvintsev, Brendan Cole, James Jordan, Karen Hauer, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe, Ola Jordan, Pasha Kovalev and Robin Windsor are all

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  • Rugby star Ben Cohen set for Strictly Come Dancing - Daily TV round-up

    Rugby star Ben Cohen is set to tackle the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ dance floor later this year.

    The Daily Mirror reports that BBC bosses want the 2003 World Cup winner to be the show’s heartthrob as it heads into its eleventh series.


    An insider said: “Ben is gorgeous and we have high hopes he will be the latest ‘Strictly’ pin-up. We can’t wait to see him on the dance floor.”

    Other names being linked to the show, which returns next month, include singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, model Abbey Clancy and Vanessa Feltz.

    Fellow rugby stars Gavin Henson, Matt Dawson , Austin Healey and Kenny Logan have all taken part in past series, and they all did pretty well to boot. [Daily Mirror]

    Also in today's press…

    US TV network Fox has commissioned a whole season of Tina Fey’s latest comedy without a pilot even airing. The untitled project will be set in a women’s college that starts accepting male students for the first time. Fey’sRead More »from Rugby star Ben Cohen set for Strictly Come Dancing - Daily TV round-up
  • Yahoo! TV users less than impressed with new look Daybreak

    Yahoo! TV users have been left cold by the new look ‘Daybreak’, with only 13% saying in our poll that they like new presenting duo Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly.

    The poll, created after the pair’s first show together on Monday, has so far attracted over 9,000 votes.

    Aled Jones on Daybreak this morning (Credit: Rex)


    42% of those polled at the time of writing say that they preferred former ‘Daybreak’ presenters Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway, with another 41% wishing that former ITV morning show ‘GMTV’ would return to our screens.

    The first show of the revamped breakfast programme attracted just 100,000 additional viewers over Lobb and Garraway’s final show together last Friday, a significantly smaller growth than ITV bosses will have wanted.

    Yahoo! reader Lynda summed up the feeling, saying:  “Bring back good old ‘GMTV’, something to look forward to in the mornings. Too much Lorraine now. I had got to like Dan and Kate.”

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  • New look Daybreak leaves viewers unimpressed

    After replacing ‘GMTV’ with the catastrophe that was the original ‘Daybreak’, ITV bosses were hoping to revive appalling ratings with a new look show, with Aled Jones and Loraine Kelly now on presenting duties.

    In their new, very orange studio and with nerves jangling, the pair ploughed through their first show together, but viewers were less than impressed and of course voiced their opinions online.

    How could anyone not like this? Look how happy they are! (Credit: Rex)


    Twitter was abuzz with chatter of the new show, which trended all morning.

    User @JoanneMurs said, “Hmm.....don't you think daybreak is looking more & more like GMTV?” She wasn’t the only one switched off by the new look. “It looks like set for a dodgy 90's Argos catalogue shoot,” said @PieSliced.

    Even the Telegraph’s review was headlined, “Daybreak review: everything was orange”.

    “The on-screen graphics were orange,” the review reads. “The walls were orange. The cushions were orange. The newsreader had an orange mug. Even the lead newsRead More »from New look Daybreak leaves viewers unimpressed
  • New blockbuster Doctor Who posters released

    A new batch of posters for upcoming episodes from the seventh series of ‘Doctor Who’ seem closer to big budget Hollywood prints than what you’d expect of the humble British sci-fi.

    The ‘Doctor Who’ posters, using a different font for each title and varying levels of silliness, aim to sell the upcoming episodes of the cult series as movies of the week, rather than the sprawling series-long storyline of the Doctor’s last outing.

    [Related story: Doctor Who Christmas special set pics hit web]
    [Related story: Doctor Who 'could last forever']

    Check them out below...





    Head writer Steven Moffat recently revealed plans for the series to have “a blockbuster every week” as well as confirming there would be no two-parters this series.

    “No two-parters. Every single week is going to be a blockbuster and let’s not have the cheap episode. Let’s not make one. Let’s just make them all huge.”

    Rumours have been circulating all week about ‘Doctor Who’, in particular about Matt Smith’s future as the star and Read More »from New blockbuster Doctor Who posters released
  • Bottom to return after 18 years

    Eighteen years since slapstick classic ‘Bottom’ last graced the airwaves, the comic creations of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson are set to return in a spin-off series for BBC2 titled ‘Hooligan’s Island’.

    Stemming from the pair’s 1997 stage show of the same name, the basic plot sees their characters Richie Richard (Mayall) and Eddie Hitler (Edmondson) marooned on a desert island with only each other and various instruments of pain for company.


    Richard Richard and Edward Elizabeth Hitler (Credit: Getty)

    Speaking of the return Mayall said: “How much am I getting paid? Are there any birds in it? And that horrific a***-brained Edmondson’s not in it again is he? Oh, God help me!”

    Edmondson was similarly enthused at the prospect, saying: “It’s been a while since I last worked with that complete b****** Rik Mayall and I’m very much looking forward to bashing him about the head with various blunt objects. It’s the only language he understands.”

    The comic duo started their career as The Dangerous Brothers before working together on ‘Filthy, Rich and Catflap’

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  • Doctor Who air date confirmed

    ‘Doctor Who’ returns to BBC One at 7:20pm on Saturday 1 September.

    The series seven premiere’s air date was announced on the Radio Times website, less than two weeks before the show hits screens.


    ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ was a hit with critics who saw an early screening of the episode on 14 August.

    Yesterday set pictures from the show’s Christmas special hit the web, giving us an early glimpse at the Victoria era adventure.

    Watch the series trailer below.

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