Television (UK)

RATINGS! Britain's Got Talent, FA Cup Final, Doctor Who and more viewing figures

<b>Britain's Got Talent 2017</b> was the most watched show on TV last night as the final auditions took place.<p>The seventh and ultimate instalment of this …

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American Gods recap: season one, episode five – David Bowie rules the world

Another brave, creative episode, with new god Gillian Anderson morphing into Ziggy Stardust and old god Ian McShane giving it his best Widow Twankey<p><i>Spoiler alert: this blog is for people watching American Gods on Starz in the US and Amazon Prime in the UK. Don’t read on unless you have watched</i> …

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Handmaid's Tale, episode one: we are beholden to this scary dystopian world of mob murder: review

Stick up a paw if you’ve not read <b>The Handmaid’s Tale</b>. (I am typing with one hand here.) Margaret Atwood has hordes of devotees but membership of her cult looks primed for expansion with this commanding new adaptation of a novel published in 1985.<p>While bad books tend to prosper on screen, the good …

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Did Chelsea lose the FA Cup final because a London tube line tempted fate? - BBC Three

Adam Hurrey @FootballCliches<p>Just one week before the FA Cup final, Chelsea were holding the Premier League trophy aloft. But could they do the double and walk away with the FA Cup too?<p>No. Local rivals Arsenal were determined to spoil the party and they walked away with the silverware. Regardless of …

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Big Brother teases "extremely revealing" new series

The new series of Big Brother is set to be "extremely revealing" according to a new Channel 5 teaser – when is it not? – which features blurred …

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Baywatch review – not waving, but drowning

A big-screen action comedy revival of the TV lifeguards show flashes plenty of flesh but not much else<p>Seth Gordon’s remake of the 1990s TV series is little more than boobs and the beach (though admittedly, he throws in a couple of set pieces involving male genitalia to try to even the stakes). …

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BBC One - Doctor Who, Series 10, The Pyramid at the End of the World - The Pyramid at the End of the World: The Fact File

The shoot for the episode began on Monday, 28 November, 2016 and finished Tuesday, 17 January.<p>The Doctor as the President of Earth in Death in Heaven<p>Togo Igawa plays the Secretary General of the UN in this episode, but he’s no stranger to the world of Doctor Who. In the first season of Torchwood he …

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A love triangle and a disturbing message: 8 big Neighbours spoilers revealed

This week, relationships are rapidly changing in Aussie soap favourite Neighbours.<p>Toadie lets Sonya knows how he feels, but will laying his heart on …

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The Handmaid's Tale recap: episode one – blessed be the fruit

The TV version of Margaret Atwood’s horrifying alternate America finally lands in the UK – and the wait was more than worth it. Welcome to hellish Gilead …<p><i>Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Channel 4 in the UK. Please do not add spoilers from the novel, or from</i> …

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Channel 5’s new dating reality show is ‘Love Island in reverse’

<b>It looks like summer 2017 is going to offer us the usual juicy reality TV fare, wat with a new series of Big Brother and Love Island on the cards, it</b> …

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Count Arthur Strong review – blissfully, brilliantly bewildered

London Palladium The malapropisms and garbled logic, plus a near-fatal encounter with Benedict Cumberbatch’s name, make Steve Delaney’s comedy character a giddying delight<p>Not the least of the achievements of Steve Delaney’s extraordinary character Count Arthur Strong is that he’s made mincemeat of …

Film (UK)

David Walliams rips into X Factor & Simon Cowell: ‘He has no discernible talent whatsoever’

Simon Cowell and David Williams obviously have one of the best relationships on telly, and we’re positive the love outweighs the hate. Sometimes …

Entertainment

Episodes 3 and 4 of new Twin Peaks are an ode to Lynchian comedy

<b>*WARNING: CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS FOR TWIN PEAKS SEASON 3 EPISODE 3 AND 4*</b><p>"Heeeeelllllloooooooooooo!"<p>While <i>Twin Peaks</i>' season 3 premiere opened strong …

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General election 2017: Extra programmes with political leaders

<b>The major broadcasters are offering additional programmes with just over a week left in the general election campaign.</b><p>Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will twice take part in 90-minute programmes, separately facing an audience of voters.<p>On Wednesday, the BBC is hosting a 90-minute debate fronted by …

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The Queen ‘has watched The Crown – and she loves it’

Netflix series <i>The Crown</i> may have lost out at the Bafta awards earlier this month, but it seems the show has gotten the royal stamp of approval from …

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Monday’s best TV: May v Corbyn Live; Springwatch 2017

Jeremy Paxman hosts a grilling in the battle for Number 10. Plus: the start of a three-week long wildlife surveil from the Cotswolds<p><b>Springwatch 2017</b> <br>8pm, BBC2<p>More boing for your buck as the reliably great Springwatch operation relocates to sprawling Sherborne Park in the Cotswolds. For the next …

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The week in TV: Twin Peaks; The Trial: A Murder in the Family; Paula; White Gold

David Lynch baffled in bravura style with the long-awaited return of his 90s cult series, while Channel 4’s real-life courtroom drama reached its gripping conclusion<p><b>Twin Peaks</b> (Sky Atlantic)<b><br>The Trial: A Murder In The Family</b> (C4) | All 4<b><br>Paula</b> (BBC2) | iPlayer<b><br>White Gold</b> (BBC2) | iPlayer<p>The two …

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The Handmaid’s Tale review – the best thing you’ll watch all year

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel gets the chilling and brilliant TV adaptation it deserves, including a standout performace from Elisabeth Moss<p>‘Blessed are the meek, dear,” says Aunt Lydia to a young woman called Janine in the extraordinary, affecting new TV adaptation of <b>The Handmaid’s Tale</b> …

Literature

Letter: Michael Wearing obituary

The BBC television series Blind Justice, produced in 1988 by Michael Wearing, directed by Rob Walker and starring Jack Shepherd and me, was one of the bravest things he ever did. It dealt with many timely significant legal cases and was so cutting edge that there was a danger of an episode’s …

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BBC Four - BBC Proms, 2013 Season, Proms on Four: 20th Century Classics - Les Siecles, Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (excerpt) - BBC Proms 2013

BBC Proms 2013.<p>François-Xavier Roth conducts Les Siècles in Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring at the Royal Albert Hall, London.<p>This concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 15th July (repeated Wednesday 17th July at 2pm) and is available on-demand for seven days after broadcast. Radio 3 is …

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Will Peter Capaldi regenerate in next weeks Doctor Who?

We could be getting a surprise regeneration in next week’s Doctor Who – but not exactly as we’d expected.As you may well know, current Doctor Who …

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Why actor Kris Marshall could FINALLY be confirmed as new Dr Who

Local lad Kris Marshall looks set to be the 13 Dr Who.<p>Speculation has been rife that actor Kris, 44, born in Bath, would take on the role when …

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David Lynch is not retiring from filmmaking after all

David Lynch has claimed that his previous remarks suggesting he had quit filmmaking “have been misrepresented.”<p>The <i>Twin Peaks</i> director, who received …

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Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Trip – like watching a lifer on day release

On a sabbatical from Bake Off, the master baker drives a procession of increasingly ridiculous supercars around Europe<p>To Italy, for the first episode of <b>Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip</b> (<i>28 May, 9pm, BBC2</i>), in which television’s much panted-over master baker gets to cruise around …

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‘Progress is painfully uneven’: Baltimore, 15 years after The Wire

From its first episode in 2002, the HBO TV drama documented the poverty, politics and policing of a city. We visit its memorable locations and talk to the people trying to rebuild scarred communities<p>• See more of JM Giordano’s photographs of Baltimore locations used in The Wire here<p>In black jacket, …

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Doctor Who recap: series 36, episode seven – The Pyramid at the End of the World

The Doctor becomes the new President of Earth and leads a counter-terror operation against the invasion of the evil Monks. And in a dark week, this show visited far darker places than we are used to<p>‘The end of the world is a billion, billion tiny moments. And somewhere, unknown, in silence or …

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Sunday's best TV: The Handmaid's Tale; Twin Peaks

A masterful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel starring Elisabeth Moss, plus another dose of bewildering, enchanting action from David Lynch<p>The Handmaid’s Tale<br>9pm, Channel 4<p>America as a theocratic, feudalistic dictatorship, warped by war and desecrated by pollution? A fanciful premise …

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The titles of all six Black Mirror season 4 episodes have been revealed

The episode titles and directors of <i>Black Mirror</i> season 4 have reportedly been announced.<p>Charlie Brooker's anthology series, which originally aired on …

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Aziz Ansari: ‘I try to write political material … then get tired of it’

Considering the comedian’s career-cementing anti-Trump monologue on Saturday Night Live, the new season of Master of None is less topical than expected. What is he scared of?<p>Aziz Ansari is just back from lunch. He went to a hip udon noodle place he found right round the corner from the Soho hotel …

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BBC iPlayer - Great Explorations

BBC News has been given exclusive access to a priceless archive of footage taken by young adventurers exploring parts of the world that were completely new to western eyes.

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