- New-age comedy Enlightened: 'funny, excruciating, near-perfect TV'
As season two finally comes to the UK, here are five reasons why this Laura Dern vehicle didnt deserve its premature cancellation Continue reading... Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe in Enlightened: her bad behaviour has consequences.Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe in Enlightened: her bad behaviour has consequences.
- This World: Irelands Lost Babies review an appalling story, told with admirable restraint
Martin Sixsmiths film about the many thousands of Irish children sent to the US for adoption is an almost unbearably painful tale of faith, grief, evil and forgiveness Continue reading... Unsensationalist Martin Sixsmith in Ireland's Lost Babies. Photograph: John O'Kane/BBCUnsensationalist Martin Sixsmith in Ireland's Lost Babies. Photograph: John O'Kane/BBC
- The Great British Bake Off 2014: episode seven as it happened
Last week, our benevolent judges let the bottom two, Richard and Kate, stay in. But whose pasties prevailed tonight? Heidi Stephens followed the action. Last weeks blog Continue reading... Last weeks star baker, Chetna.Last weeks star baker, Chetna.
- Exploring Bryan Cranstons funny side: his best comedic moments
Whether it be on Late Night, Breaking Bad, or Malcolm in the Middle, one things true about Bryan Cranston: he commits Continue reading... Among many things we love about Bryan Cranston: 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards up the nose.Among many things we love about Bryan Cranston: 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards up the nose.
- If Scotland divorces Britain, who will get the TV?
A victory for the yes campaign may cut the nation adrift from the BBC, which would be bad news for the future of Scottish TV production. Though viewers north of the border have been promised that EastEnders will remain on the schedule Continue reading... Tutti Frutti, starring Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane.Tutti Frutti, starring Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane.
- 'What is Friends?' Central Perk cafe visitors explain all video
Hundreds of Friends enthusiasts gathered in Soho, New York, on Wednesday to visit a temporary replica of the famous Central Perk cafe. With hype surrounding the show's 20th anniversary, we asked fans to explain what it is just in case you hadn't seen it Continue reading... People line up outside the Friends Central Perk cafe in New York Photograph: Adam Gabbatt for the Guardian
- Boardwalk Empire, The Secrets, Dave Gorman's Modern Life and The Rules of Abstraction: TV review video
This week, telly addict Andrew Collins fanfares the return of HBO's Boardwalk Empire for its fifth and final cinematic season on Sky Atlantic; considers the risks of a themed five-night run of half-hour plays, The Secrets, on BBC1; applauds the intelligence and inclusivity of Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish on where else? Dave; and gets gouache under his fingernails with BBC Four's The Rules Of Abstraction Continue reading... The Rules of Abstraction, Dave Gorman, Boardwalk Empire, The Secrets Photograph: PR/guardian.co.uk
- Judd Apatow comes back to TV for Netflix's Love
Six reasons to get excited about Love, Judd Apatows new TV show that will air on Netflix in 2016 Continue reading... Judd Apatow at the Anchorman 2 premiere.Judd Apatow at the Anchorman 2 premiere.
- Gory tale of New York: is Guillermo del Toro's The Strain worth catching?
Will the horror maestros tale of vampire zombies running amok in the Big Apple reanimate two rather lifeless genres? Continue reading... David Bradley as Abraham Setrakian in The Strain. PRDavid Bradley as Abraham Setrakian in The Strain. PR
- Radio review: A month in Ambridge
After Brendas entanglement with an oligarch, Roys secret affair with the lady of the manor, and the shocking theft of Mikes milk float, no wonder the Tuckers are abandoning Borsetshire Continue reading... The Tuckers lose their bottle (and milk float). Photograph: Photofusion/Getty ImagesThe Tuckers lose their bottle (and milk float). Photograph: Photofusion/Getty Images
- Fargo box set review true to the anarchic spirit of the Coens film
Martin Freemans snivelling shmuck-turned-killer and Billy Bob Thorntons agent of chaos lead this vicious black comedy Continue reading... Everyman gone bad ... Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in Fargo. Photograph: MGMEveryman gone bad ... Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in Fargo. Photograph: MGM
- TV highlights 18/09/2014
Europa League Football: Partizan Belgrade v Tottenham | Britains Craziest Commutes | Penguins On A Plane: Great Animal Moves | Chasing Shadows | Educating The East End | Dont Drop The Baby | Defiance | Scotland In A Day Continue reading... All aboard Penguins on a Plane. Photograph: Mark Johnson/BBC/BettyAll aboard Penguins on a Plane. Photograph: Mark Johnson/BBC/Betty
- Doctor Who time-travels to late slot in Saturday night TV battle
Having returned last month starring Peter Capaldi, show moves to 8.30pm to accommodate Strictly Come Dancing Continue reading... Doctor Who made its eagerly anticipated return last month with Peter Capaldi in the lead role. Photograph: Beretta/Sims/REXDoctor Who made its eagerly anticipated return last month with Peter Capaldi in the lead role. Photograph: Beretta/Sims/REX
- TV highlights 17/09/2014
Our Zoo | This World: Irelands Lost Babies | Scott & Bailey | Oh You Pretty Things: The Story Of Music And Fashion | Cant Pay? Well Take It Away! | Awkward | The Strain | Tennis: Toray Pan Pacific Open Continue reading... Animal magic Lee Ingleby as George Mottershead in Our Zoo. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Big TalkAnimal magic Lee Ingleby as George Mottershead in Our Zoo. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Big Talk
- The Leftovers; Bad Education review its baffling, bewildering, but has a strange beauty
Two per cent of the population disappears in the Sudden Departure, and many questions are raised not least, what on earth is going on? Continue reading... Troubled cop Justin Theroux with Christopher Eccleston in The Leftovers. Photograph: Paul Schiraldi/HBO/Warner BrosTroubled cop Justin Theroux with Christopher Eccleston in The Leftovers. Photograph: Paul Schiraldi/HBO/Warner Bros
- Stephen Colbert backs independence for Scotland: 'Ich bin ein Edinburgher'
Any time people are angrily demanding something and I dont entirely understand why, I am with them, says US satirist Continue reading... Matt Wells on Colbert ReportMatt Wells on Colbert Report
- Stephen Colbert supports Scottish independence video
US satirist, looking resplendent in a kilt, says 'I stand with my secessionist brothers' and invokes Mel Gibson as William Wallace on Monday night's episode of The Colbert Report . The TV host welcomed Guardian US assistant editor and proud Scot Matt Wells to discuss Thursday's independence referendum Continue reading... Matt Wells on Colbert Report Photograph: Comedy Central
- Cilla; Glue review a lorra, lorra reasons to love ITVs Cilla Black biopic
It may not sound too promising but the singers career doubles as a fantastic portrait of Liverpool in the grip of Merseybeat madness Continue reading... Sheridan Smith and Ed Stoppard in Cilla. Photograph: ITVSheridan Smith and Ed Stoppard in Cilla. Photograph: ITV
- The Leftovers: what critics make of the powerful US drama
Bleak, beautiful and full of hope, Lost creator Damon Lindelofs new drama, in which families are torn apart when millions of people suddenly disappear, deals with grief in an intelligent, adult way Continue reading... Amanda Warren as Mayor Lucy Warburton and Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey in The Leftovers.Amanda Warren as Mayor Lucy Warburton and Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey in The Leftovers.
- David and Margaret the head and heart of Australian film culture
Theyll be missed. Strattons long career gave him enviable knowledge and Pomeranz could strike to the core of a film The movies that divided David and Margaret the most Continue reading... Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton: Theres a good reason they are known to all by their first names their criticism never sought to alienate viewers.Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton: Theres a good reason they are known to all by their first names their criticism never sought to alienate viewers.
- Red Band Society is falls most emotionally manipulative show
Its like watching the Fault in Our Stars every week. You will be crying for all sorts of reasons, some good and some bad Continue reading... Octavia Spencer in Red Band Society.Octavia Spencer in Red Band Society.Red Band Society: messing with our emotions.Red Band Society: messing with our emotions.
- As If: the teen show that set the tone for youth dramas
As former cast member Jemima Rooper suggests a reunion, we revisit the frantic early 00s show to discover if it has stood the test of time Continue reading...
- Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode four Listen
After a divisive foray into Robin Hood territory, this weeks episode is phenomenally good, with possibly one of Moffats best ever scripts Continue reading... Danny, whose male pride is easily dented.Danny, whose male pride is easily dented.The chalkboard is working overtime and the Doctor is losing it.The chalkboard is working overtime and the Doctor is losing it.
- The web series is dying and Netflix and Amazon Prime are responsible
The fledgling format, which seemed full of potential only a year ago, is in decline, because it cannot compete with the big guns of online television Continue reading... Comedy Centrals Broad City, which began as an online web series.Comedy Centrals Broad City, which began as an online web series.
- EastEnders' John Bardon dies: Jim Branning's best scenes in clips
The actor, who has died at the age of 75, joined the soap in 1996 and was best known as Dots devoted husband. Here are some of his finest moments EastEnders actor John Bardon dies at 75 Continue reading... John Bardon and June Brown in character as Jim Branning and Dot Cotton.John Bardon and June Brown in character as Jim Branning and Dot Cotton.
- Desi Rascals: why British Asians fare best on reality TV
Gurinder Chadhas British Asian take on Towie is coming. From the Siddiquis on Gogglebox to Musharaf on Educating Yorkshire, reality TV has done us proud Continue reading... Musharaf Asghar role model.Musharaf Asghar role model.
- The Great British Bake Off 2014: episode six as it happened
Last week Norman got the boot, but who were the winners and losers in the European Cake challenge? Rebecca Nicholson was watching Continue reading... Can Kate star again?Can Kate star again?
- The Simpsons' most underrated musical numbers
In advance of live concert The Simpsons Take the Bowl, which will see an orchestra perform songs from the TV show, we consider the lesser-known interludes they should cover Continue reading... The Simpsons sing.The Simpsons sing.
- Whos Doing the Dishes? is the best daytime TV in years
Its a cut-and-shut of Come Dine With Me and Through the Keyhole, but host Brian McFadden makes this 4pm gem surprisingly magical Continue reading... Brian McFaddon with Tina Malone in Whos Doing the Dishes? ITVBrian McFaddon with Tina Malone in Whos Doing the Dishes? ITV
- Homeland season four trailer: drone strikes, Pakistan and baby Brody
More plot details emerge, with the story moving to Pakistan, Carrie returning to the field and a Damian Lewis mini-me attempting to steal the show Continue reading... Claire Danes, Sarita Choudhury and Mandy Patinkin at the Homeland season four premiere in New York.Claire Danes, Sarita Choudhury and Mandy Patinkin at the Homeland season four premiere in New York.
- Friends is back... in The Sims video game
Its been out for less than a week, but one user has already managed to recreate the hit 90s TV show using The Sims 4 Continue reading... Imgur user IanRoach has recreated Monica and Rachels apartment, right down to the lilac wallpaper.Imgur user IanRoach has recreated Monica and Rachels apartment, right down to the lilac wallpaper.Sims versions of the Gellar siblings.Sims versions of the Gellar siblings.Ross and Monica chat in the Sims version of Friends.Ross and Monica chat in the Sims version of Friends.
- After his Parks and Rec cameo, which British shows could Werner Herzog do?
He has convinced the US film and TV worlds of his acting chops, but how would the austere German documentarian fare in New Tricks, EastEnders or Cuckoo? Werner Herzog: Facts do not constitute truth Continue reading... Honor Kneafsey in Our Zoo.Honor Kneafsey in Our Zoo.Werner Herzog on Parks and Rec: Ive never seen the showWerner Herzog on Parks and Rec: Ive never seen the show
- From The Simpsons to Nurse Jackie, the most useful (and useless) TV medics
The deputy mayor of Moscow has recommended that Russian doctors watch House, but what advice might they glean from other fictional physicians? Let Dr Spaceman lead the way Continue reading... Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House.Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House.
- American Horror Story: Freak Show carnival scares in first official trailer
First full clip for season four of cult show follows series of short teasers, with Michael Chiklis as a strong man, and Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett returning Continue reading... Jessica Lange, posing with her Emmy for American Horror Story: Coven.Jessica Lange, posing with her Emmy for American Horror Story: Coven.
- Antiques Roadshow; The Real Noahs Ark: Secret History review the actual Queen is on the Roadshow!
but after a couple of comments she lets the punters get on with trying not to look too disappointed by the valuation of their family treasures Continue reading... One does love an antique the Queen and Prince Philip with the Roadshows Hilary Kay. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrison/Getty ImagesOne does love an antique the Queen and Prince Philip with the Roadshows Hilary Kay. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrison/Getty Images
- Kermode and Mayos Film Review; Masters of Man Time With Just for Men; Phone Farage; Sam Walker radio review
Kermode and Mayos longstanding review show treads a fine line between joy and ire Continue reading... Born Wittertainers Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo. Photograph: Photoshot/Getty ImagesBorn Wittertainers Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo. Photograph: Photoshot/Getty Images
- The Secrets; Educating the East End; Who Do You Think You Are? TV review
The BBCs series of half-hour plays were sharp but lacked depth, while Mary Berry uncovered her floury past Continue reading... High emotions: Channel 4 documentary Educating the East End.High emotions: Channel 4 documentary Educating the East End.Visibly distressed: Mary Berrys was disappointed to learn that her great-great-grandfather was accused of baking inedible bread.Visibly distressed: Mary Berrys was disappointed to learn that her great-great-grandfather was accused of baking inedible bread.Star performers: Alison Steadman and Olivia Colman in The Dilemma. Photograph: BBC/WTTVStar performers: Alison Steadman and Olivia Colman in The Dilemma. Photograph: BBC/WTTV
- Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath; Who Do You Think You Are? TV review
How the miracle of modern technology unearthed the hidden wonders of Stonehenge Continue reading... Digging deep Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath. Photograph: Geert Verhoeven/University of Birmingham/PADigging deep Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath. Photograph: Geert Verhoeven/University of Birmingham/PA
- Andy Warhol: Time Regained review the pop artist in 612 little boxes
Lenny Henry delves into Warhols time capsules for a quirky, sometimes macabre portrait of the man beneath the silver wig Andy Warhol: Time Regained Continue reading... The joke's on us Andy Warhol. Photograph: Nancy R Schiff/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe joke's on us Andy Warhol. Photograph: Nancy R Schiff/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
- Colins Sandwich box set review Mel Smiths wannabe horror writer is a timeless sitcom hero
The beleaguered British Rail clerk with big ambitions is a superbly nuanced creation: misanthropic but lovable, arrogant but vulnerable, slobbish but sympathetic Continue reading... A Tony Hancock for the 80s the lugubrious Mel Smith in Colin's Sandwich. Photograph: BBCA Tony Hancock for the 80s the lugubrious Mel Smith in Colin's Sandwich. Photograph: BBC
- Scott & Bailey review top-notch British telly
The ITV detective drama is in its fourth series and is as watchable as ever but far funnier than I remembered Continue reading... Scott & Bailey ... Lesley Sharp, Amelia Bullmore and Suranne Jones.Scott & Bailey ... Lesley Sharp, Amelia Bullmore and Suranne Jones.
- The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane; Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears beware of peeing, pooing and spitting lorry drivers
This BBC2 documentary follows some of the teams trying to keep the M6 ticking. Its a bleak picture of choked-up Britain Continue reading... The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane.The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane.
- The X Factor; Strictly Come Dancing; Dynamo: Magician Impossible; and Jamie's Comfort Food: TV review video
In the week before the Scottish referendum, telly addict Andrew Collins referees another important choice: a direct clash between The X Factor on ITV and Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. He also reviews the return of worldwide phenomenon Dynamo to Watch in Magician Impossible; and Jamie Oliver to C4 in the thinly disguised 'lifestyle porn' of Jamie's Comfort Food. Plus a referendum-themed moment of Zen from Sky News Continue reading... X Factor goes head to head with Strictly Come Dancing Photograph: Various/ITV, BBC
- The Secrets; The Suspicions of Mr Whicher; Houdini review the detective and the escapologist are confounded by a quiet, intense little film about death
A mother wants her daughters help to die in this measured and thoughtful drama, with lovely, understated performances from Alison Steadman and Olivia Colman Continue reading... Love, compassion and fear Alison Steadman and Olivia Colman in The Dilemma/The Secrets. Photograph: Joss Barratt/WTTV/BBCLove, compassion and fear Alison Steadman and Olivia Colman in The Dilemma/The Secrets. Photograph: Joss Barratt/WTTV/BBC
- Ask Boris; Call Clegg; South London Hardcore radio review
Back behind the mic at LBC, Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg are finally getting into the swing of things Continue reading... You start to sympathise despite yourself: Nick Clegg on LBC. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the ObserverBoris Johnson on LBC: 'like Billy Bunter on steroids'. Photograph: Katherine RoseBoris Johnson on LBC: 'like Billy Bunter on steroids'. Photograph: Katherine Rose
- Our Zoo; Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure; The Wonder of Animals TV review
From the stirring story of Chester zoo to the perils of horse-riding in the pampas, it's been a week of top animal-themed fare Continue reading... Our Zoo's Honor Kneafsey: right up there with the monkey for cuteness. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Big TalkJohn Thomson (left) and Simon Day and berets in Patagonia. Photograph: Indus/BBCIll never forgive you: Lee Ingleby, Liz White and friend in the opening episode of the BBC drama Our Zoo. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Big Talk/Robert ViglaskyIll never forgive you: Lee Ingleby, Liz White and friend in the opening episode of the BBC drama Our Zoo. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Big Talk/Robert Viglasky
- Gino's Italian Escape review handsome beefsteak lightly seasoned with innuendo
Travelogue cookery shows are nothing new, and charming chef Gino D'Acampo brings few fresh ingredients to the table Continue reading... Chef Gino D'Acampo visits a Florence street market in Gino's Italian Escape.Chef Gino D'Acampo visits a Florence street market in Gino's Italian Escape.
- Educating the East End review funny, moving and inspirational
The Year 9s are terrifying: a force of nature. No wonder Mr Bispham looks nervous Continue reading... Hard to argue with Tawny and Mr Bispham in Educating the East End. Photograph: Ryan McNamara/Channel 4Hard to argue with Tawny and Mr Bispham in Educating the East End. Photograph: Ryan McNamara/Channel 4
- Michael Che and Pete Davidson: meet SNL's two newest cast members
Michael Che and Pete Davidson will join Saturday Night Live to revamp its 40th season but who are they? Continue reading... Michael Che at the Toronto International Film Festival.Michael Che at the Toronto International Film Festival.
- The Simpsons to battle their earlier selves in Halloween episode
The current digitally-rendered incarnation of the dysfunctional cartoon family will come face to face with the gawky analogue versions that featured on The Tracey Ullman Show in the 80s The Simpsons most underrated musical numbers Continue reading... The Simpsons on the Tracey Ullman show.The Simpsons on the Tracey Ullman show.
- Nurse Jackie to end after next season, Showtime announces
Comedy-drama starring Edie Falco as a New York City emergency room will return for seventh and final season in 2015 Continue reading... Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie in the Showtime comedy-drama.Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie in the Showtime comedy-drama.
- Minority Report to be rebooted as 'female-led' TV show
The 2002 Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller, about law enforcers who can predict crime before it happens, is to be developed into TV series by 20th Century Fox Continue reading... Tom Cruise in Minority Report, now heading to the small screen.Tom Cruise in Minority Report, now heading to the small screen.
- The Walking Dead announces spin-off plus first season five teaser
AMC announces pilot for companion show to the zombie drama, while new clip of season five shows off Sergeant Abraham Fords amazing walrus moustache Continue reading... Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in season four of The Walking Dead.Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in season four of The Walking Dead.
- Bruce Forsyth bids emotional farewell to Strictly Come Dancing
Veteran slips on his dancing shoes to introduce new series as he passes presenting baton to Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly Continue reading... Claudia Winkleman, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly in the first episode of this years Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PAClaudia Winkleman, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly in the first episode of this years Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA
- Diana Beard's doctor enters Great British Bake Off row
Kieran Redman confirms contestant quit because of illness, but says baked alaska saga is proof people should avoid reality TV Continue reading... Diana Beard, who some viewers blamed for Iain Watters' baked alaska 'meltdown'. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/PADiana Beard, who some viewers blamed for Iain Watters' baked alaska 'meltdown'. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/PA
- Orange is the New Black's Piper Kerman: 'Schools in prisons are a positive investment'
Author appears on panel to discuss value of making education more accessible to current and former American inmates Continue reading... Piper Kerman with her husband, Larry Smith. Photograph: PEN American Center/flickr Piper Kerman with her husband, Larry Smith. Photograph: PEN American Center/flickr
- Andy Murray tells mother she will be terrible on Strictly Come Dancing
Judy Murray gets mixed reception from tennis champion sons but expects Andy's support as 'payback' for watching him play Continue reading... Judy Murray hopes Andy will attend the live Strictly Come Dancing shows if he is in the country. Photograph: Adam Davy/PAJudy Murray hopes Andy will attend the live Strictly Come Dancing shows if he is in the country. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA
- Sofia Vergara named highest paid female actor on TV
The star of Modern Family and entertainment impresario earned $37m, almost three times as much as her nearest rival Continue reading... Sofia Vergara arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in March.Sofia Vergara arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in March.
- Arrested Development creator invites fans to design DVD cover
Mitch Hurwitz pens a letter to fans as he opens a contest soliciting artwork inspired by the show and its characters Continue reading... Jason Bateman and Will Arnett in the third season of Arrested Developmen.Jason Bateman and Will Arnett in the third season of Arrested Developmen.Lucille Bluth and Lucille "Lucille 2" Austero in Arrested Development.Lucille Bluth and Lucille "Lucille 2" Austero in Arrested Development.
- Mary Berry: I have no desire to be a centenarian
Great British Bake Off judge would rather be 'given a pill' than become a burden on her family Continue reading... Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry. The television judge has said she would like her children to 'give her a pill' if she becomes a burden on her family. Photograph: Harlem Mepham/GC ImagesGreat British Bake Off star Mary Berry. The television judge has said she would like her children to 'give her a pill' if she becomes a burden on her family. Photograph: Harlem Mepham/GC Images
- US talkshow host Scott Rogers shot dead by son-in-law
Former dance school teacher from Suffolk who hosted Around Town killed by former lover Mathew Hodginson in Louisiana Continue reading...
- The Only Way Is Essex star James Argent found 'safe and well'
Agent confirms that reality TV star known as Arg is safe after he was reported missing Continue reading... James Argent had earlier failed to turn up at the airport where he was due to catch a flight, his agent said. Photograph: Mark Robert Milan/GC ImagesJames Argent had earlier failed to turn up at the airport where he was due to catch a flight, his agent said. Photograph: Mark Robert Milan/GC Images
- Towie star James Argent reported missing, police say
Concern grows for star of The Only Way is Essex, who was last seen about 3am on Friday Argent found safe and well, says agent Continue reading... James Argent has been reported missing.James Argent has been reported missing.
- The X Factor lowers its age limit to 14 despite Dermot O'Leary's reservations
Presenter said the decision did not make sense to him 'on paper' but that he has been silenced by maturity of some children Continue reading... Harry Styles of One Direction: future winners of The X Factor may be even younger than One Direction. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Thames/REXHarry Styles of One Direction: future winners of The X Factor may be even younger than One Direction. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Thames/REX
- Strictly Come Dancing confirms Gregg Wallace among final three in lineup
MasterChef presenter, Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott and Mrs Brown's Boys actor Jennifer Gibney named contestants for show Continue reading... Gregg Wallace will compete in the latest Strictly Coming Dance series, which will be the first without veteran host Sir Bruce Forsyth. Photograph: David Davies/PAGregg Wallace will compete in the latest Strictly Coming Dance series, which will be the first without veteran host Sir Bruce Forsyth. Photograph: David Davies/PA
- Scottish referendum on TV: graphs and talky-talk can't hide a sense of occasion
For all the holographic hogwash, there are still quiet moments when you are struck anew by the importance of the night Scottish independence referendum results - live coverage Continue reading... A momentous night We could be a disunited kingdom by Friday. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPAA momentous night We could be a disunited kingdom by Friday. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA
- Brilliant Creatures: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob review
Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob came from a blessed land at a blessed time squeezed into genius by the sheer weight of Australias suburban dullness Continue reading... Howard Jacobson meets Germaine Greer.Howard Jacobson meets Germaine Greer.
- TV highlights 15/09/2014
Wolfblood | Traders: Millions By The Minute | Cilla | Lost Kingdoms Of Central America | Jon Richardson Grows Up | Web Junkies: Chinas Addicted Teens Storyville | Glue | Major League Baseball: Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Continue reading... Real warmth Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black in Cilla. Photograph: Stuart Wood/ITVReal warmth Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black in Cilla. Photograph: Stuart Wood/ITV
- TV highlights 12/09/2014
Rugby League: Huddersfield v St Helens | Would I Lie To You? | Lorraine Pascale: How To Be A Better Cook | Celebrity Big Brother: Live Final | Tyrant | Deep Purple Made In Japan | Alan Carr: Chatty Man | Sean Walshs Late Night Comedy Spectacular 2014 Continue reading... Close to the knuckle ... Rob Brydon hosts Would I Lie To You?Close to the knuckle ... Rob Brydon hosts Would I Lie To You?
- Celebrity Squares has had a facelift, but do its star names deserve better?
The gameshow, which ran in the 1970s and 1990s, has been brought back by ITV with Warwick Davis hosting. But how will its creaky noughts-and-crosses format fare in the modern age? Continue reading... James Corden occupies the hallowed middle square.James Corden occupies the hallowed middle square.The opening weeks guests including comics Tim Vine, Sara Pascoe, Joe Wilkinson and Mick Miller.The opening weeks guests including comics Tim Vine, Sara Pascoe, Joe Wilkinson and Mick Miller.Warwick Davis revives ITVs Celebrity Squares.Warwick Davis revives ITVs Celebrity Squares.
- TV highlights 10/09/2014
Cycling: Tour Of Britain | The Great British Bake Off | Celebrity Squares | Being Sixteen In 2014 | Scott & Bailey | Veep | All Creatures Great And Stuffed | Polka Dot Superstar: The Amazing World Of Yayoi Kusama Continue reading... Superb Amelia Bullmore as DCI Gill Murray in Scott & Bailey. Photograph: Ben Blackall/ITVSuperb Amelia Bullmore as DCI Gill Murray in Scott & Bailey. Photograph: Ben Blackall/ITV
- Release The Hounds: ITV's Halloween game show could do with more dogs
The contestants gag and squeal at the merest hint of gunk, leaving you with the impression they'd have the same response walking down the Halloween aisle in Asda Continue reading... Release The Hounds. Photograph: Matt FrostRelease The Hounds. Photograph: Matt Frost
- The trouble with Chasing Shadows' 'sort-of-autistic' hero
Reece Shearsmith plays a blunt, obsessive detective in ITVs new missing persons drama, but this diagnostic vagueness does a disservice to people who really have Aspergers Continue reading... The Bridges Saga Norén, played by Sofia Helin.The Bridges Saga Norén, played by Sofia Helin.Chasing Shadows: Reece Shearsmith and Alex Kingston.Chasing Shadows: Reece Shearsmith and Alex Kingston.Chasing Shadows: Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone.Chasing Shadows: Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone.
- What's on TV in autumn 2014: from Downton Abbey to Black Mirror
Grayson Perry on portraits, a new drama from Steven Soderbergh, more Peaky Blinders, a Cilla Black biopic, and not one but two post-apocalyptic dramas from Sky. Pass the remote Autumn 2014 arts preview Continue reading... Zawe Ashton stars in Cut for Channel 4.Zawe Ashton stars in Cut for Channel 4.Patricia Arquette in Boardwalk Empire, series fivePatricia Arquette in Boardwalk Empire, series five
- From Henry VIII to Nelson: how historical figures could look today in pictures
Yesterday's Secret Life of series offers fascinating insights to the daily lives of famous historical figures. But how would they look today? From William Shakespeare as a hipster to a Marie Antoinette makeover, a team of digital artists spent three months updating classic portraits to find out Continue reading... Elizabeth I reimagined
- The Honourable Woman recap: episode eight The Paring Knife
The final episode of the most satisfying TV series in years is an utterly gripping, triumphant realisation of Hugo Blicks vision Continue reading... Atika Halabi in The Honourable Woman. Photograph: Des Willie/BBC/Drama RepublicAtika Halabi in The Honourable Woman. Photograph: Des Willie/BBC/Drama Republic