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17/09/2019 11:14:26  

Last night ITV aired the first extensive interview the former Prime Minister has undergone since leaving office. Cameron was scathing about the Leave campaign, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. He hit out at prorogation and told ITV‘s Tom Bradby that he wanted the 21 expelled anti-Brexit rebels to be let back into the party. His […]

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16/09/2019 15:15:16  

Former PM believes Boris Johnson sided with pro-Brexit vote after assessing it would help with his premiership ambitions

Boris Johnson claimed that Vote Leave would lose the EU referendum just minutes before appearing on television to declare his intention to campaign to exit, David Cameron has claimed.

In an interview with ITV News, the former UK prime minister disclosed that Johnson had told him the campaign to leave the EU would be “crushed like a toad under the harrow”. Minutes later, Johnson appeared outside his then family home in Islington, north London, to say he would join the Vote Leave team during the 2016 referendum.

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15/09/2019 06:15:01  

Familiar comforts abound in a big screen outing for the Crawleys and staff

There is something faintly Hogwartian about the opening scene of Downton Abbey, which follows a hand-stamped letter’s journey via steam train from Buckingham Palace to ITV’s most beloved Yorkshire manor. Movie spin-offs of TV shows are almost never a good idea and this is no exception, the film’s narrative rhythm structured in bite-size episodic beats.

The budget seems bigger, the costumes flashier and the swooping overhead shots of the Crawley mansion appropriately cinematic, but, truth be told, there’s little to suggest that this has been designed for the big screen rather than as an extended television special.

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14/09/2019 17:59:36  

The veteran presenter, feared and respected by all sides, is hanging up his mic. We look at his career highs and lows

For good or ill, after 32 years serving on the frontline of radio news presentation for the Today programme, John Humphrys has become an emblem of BBC journalism. One of the corporation’s journalistic attack dogs, he has been the interviewer that political leaders, notably Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, are keenest to dodge.

This week, Humphrys is finally to bow out in the company of a former prime minister. David Cameron will brave an interview on the eve of the publication of his memoir – and it promises to be a vintage encounter.

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12/09/2019 15:58:19  

First came the news that a real-life fire service was dropping the fictional firefighter as its mascot. Now the right are wading in to rewrite the playbook

News that the children’s TV character Fireman Sam is to be dropped as Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s mascot – for not seeming inclusive enough to girls who might wish to join the service – has provoked the usual adult males into howls of airtime. As always with these things, you can divide the two sides of the “debate” into People You Might Care to Have a Pint With, and People Who Should Be Ended Like Tommy in Goodfellas (“They even shot Tommy in the face so his mother couldn’t give him an open coffin at the funeral”).

Anyway. Before we go on, a word on Fireman Sam. Over the past six years or so, I have not just watched every single episode of this show. I have watched all of them at least twice, in most cases many, many more times. I have watched Fireman Sam in stop-motion; I have watched Fireman Sam in CGI animation; and I have watched all the feature-length Fireman Sam specials till I mouth along to their last lines with the same climactic reverence I would reserve for “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” or “Forget it Jake – it’s Chinatown”. Mainly because it means they’re finally over and we can do Lego or something instead.

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11/09/2019 09:54:03  

Emmerdale actor Asan N'jie reportedly swore and threw punches at Jamie Lomas from Hollyoaks.
09/09/2019 20:57:30  

This reboot is a botch job on a camp 90s classic. And, just like new presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, I am fumin’ about it

A generation of viewers will always associate Supermarket Sweep with bunking off school. The quiz show, originally hosted by the late Dale Winton, ran for most of the 90s and returned briefly in 2007. For children of a certain age, it was a classic sick-day treat.

In accordance with the “if people remember it fondly, we can flog it” approach to contemporary television commissioning, nostalgia has gone wild in the aisles and ITV has brought it back to life, despite the fact that we are surely only a generation away from schoolkids asking, “Daddy, what’s a shop?” Giving your time to Amazon Prime doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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08/09/2019 08:57:14  

The murdered Russian dissident’s case is to become an ITV drama. And the National Gallery gets first dibs on a baroque masterpiece

David Tennant is being lined up to play the murdered Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in a TV drama. Following Litvinenko’s poisoning in London in 2006, the case has since proved popular for adaptation and retelling. A play, A Very Expensive Poison, about his assassination has just opened at the Old Vic, itself loosely based on the book of the same name by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. Now ITV has a script from George Kay, who penned two episodes of Killing Eve, and whose 12-part drama, Criminal, premieres on Netflix later this month.

Tennant, a former Doctor Who, a cop from Broadchurch, and now a lead in Criminal, is favoured as Litvinenko. The TV series is itself based on Channel 4’s 2017 documentary Hunting the KGB Killers, whose producer, Richard Kerbaj, is behind the ITV series, along with drama veteran Patrick Spence.

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07/09/2019 15:57:03  

Two Brazilians in the Bulgaria line-up: As you may have guessed from the line-ups, England’s opponents are fielding two naturalised Brazilians tonight. Striker Marcelinho plays for Ludogorets, as does debutant winger Wanderson.

Gareth Southgate speaks: He tells ITV that Jesse Lingard has been sent home with some manner of illness and will not be considered for Tuesday’s game against Kosovo.

He is then asked about his decision to opt for experience over youth. “We’re always looking at training and at the opposition, to see what’s going to be needed for the game,” he says. “We have to win football matches, it’s not a case of just giving people caps. If we can blood young players as well, we’ve always tried to do that.”

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02/09/2019 21:20:19  

Martin Freeman plays the real-life police officer who destroyed his career to catch a killer in a drama that ignores manly heroism and focuses on the victims

I have noticed – and I feel it must be true, as life battered the wishful thinking out of me some time ago – the beginnings of a welcome trend in television drama, whereby the suffering of women is taking up more narrative time and space. Without being fetishised, as has most often been the case until recent years, I mean. Instead of using a rape or murder or some other awful violation as a mere plot point – often allowing a jaded detective to shrug off his detachment and enter the sleuthing fray anew – increasingly these horrors are given due weight, their impacts on the victim and their loved ones explored. They are more and more often (from one-offs such as Doing Money to series such as the recent I Am … trilogy) the subject itself. The likes of The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies and Fleabag get much of the glory and most of the headlines, but it is this more subtle but still seismic shift that offers hope that there has been a change in the attitude towards which stories are worth telling and which are not.

ITV’s new venture, the six-part drama A Confession, is an unexpected addition to this new order. It is, after all, the dramatisation of a true story that would play perfectly as a tale of manly heroism: how Det Supt Steve Fulcher chose to breach police protocol to catch a serial killer and in doing so sacrificed his own career and reputation.

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02/09/2019 12:20:33  

With John Fashanu and several Gladiators departing, the show lost its grip on the nation’s heart

It may be hard to imagine but there was actually a time when Simon Cowell wasn’t on our TV screens on a Saturday evening. Back in the early 1990s, for example, you had a wealth of options to enjoy (or endure). There were the contrived courtships of Blind Date, the unimpressive impressions on Stars in Their Eyes and the dream/nightmare ticket of Jim Davidson and John Virgo on the snooker gameshow Big Break. And then, of course, there was the phenomenon that was Noel’s House Party, a show for which the words “zany” and “madcap” could well have been invented.

Viewers with any sense, however, watched Gladiators. Broadcast on ITV, Gladiators proved to be the perfect antidote to Mr Blobby over on the Beeb. While Edmonds’s guests tried to Grab a Grand or Beat Their Neighbour, the Gladiators were busy grabbing members of the public and giving them a not-so-neighbourly beating at memorable events such as Hang Tough, Swingshot and Joust, a game that was, essentially, just two people beating each other with really big sticks.

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01/09/2019 09:20:16  

Fast, funny and fabulously frank, Loose Women has been a daytime favourite for 20 years. Sophie Heawood on tales of Noel Gallagher’s mum, cellulite and on-air bust-ups

I am sitting in the live audience at a TV studio, being taught how to feel my feelings. “What do we do when something’s funny?” the charming young man on set asks us, bursting into laughter for us to imitate. “What do we do when something’s sad or moving?” he continues, launching into a big, gooey “Awwww!” that we all repeat. “And what do we do when something’s important and needs to be said?” he adds, before clapping vigorously. Finally, after making the largely female room squeal with laughter about how he might work here but he’s only ever been with men and wouldn’t know what to do with it, love, he announces: “Think of yourselves as the fifth Loose Woman.” At which point the other four Loose Women appear to whoops and cheers, an autocue starts rolling with something for the anchor to read about learning to love your cellulite, and the live broadcast of television’s guiltiest, stealthiest pleasure begins.

Two hours earlier I was in the dressing room with Coleen Nolan, Brenda Edwards, Nadia Sawalha and Andrea McLean – actually, I was in the corridor when Nadia rushed past, pointing at her face saying, “Don’t worry, it gets better,” which turned out to mean she was about to be plastered in just enough glamorous makeup and hair products to still look relatable, this being the key concept of a daytime talk show that needs viewers at home to feel these women could be their best friends. It’s a concept that clearly works, because Loose Women, with its rotating cast of female presenters who discuss funny and painful issues from their personal lives as well as debating what’s in the news, is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It might be a noisy show, but it has quietly become one of TV’s greatest success stories. So why, I asked them, does nobody admit to watching it?

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01/09/2019 07:20:22  

Peaky Blinders makes a ruthless return, Andrew Davies has his wicked way with Jane Austen, and a nation turns for sanctuary to the Bake Off tent

Peaky Blinders (BBC One)
Sanditon (ITV)
The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)
A Black and White Killing: The Case That Shook America (BBC Two)
The Affair (Sky Atlantic/Now TV)

Five series in, Peaky Blinders, dubbed the “Brummie Scorsese”, has become a global cultural phenomenon, with young men everywhere sporting that hairstyle (resembling a melting Pontefract cake), and celebrity fans from Brad Pitt to Snoop Dogg to David Beckham (Beckham has produced a Peaky Blinders-themed clothing range). After a two-year hiatus, the challenge for creator Steven Knight was to resist lapsing into self-parody. Any concerns that the move from BBC Two to BBC One would result in a mellowing or a sanitising were put straight with director Anthony Byrne’s righteous two-episode eruption involving bloodshed, duplicity, the stirrings of fascism, a horse funeral and a bloody crucifixion.

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27/08/2019 17:20:21  

ITV’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sanditon has come under fire for filling the screen with naked male bottoms. But Austen herself wouldn’t have batted an eyelid

ITV’s new Jane Austen adaptation, Sanditon, made a splash at the seaside this week. While the female characters used a bathing machine to change into long red Handmaid’s Tale-style smocks before taking to the waters, the men stripped off and plunged in. ITV stopped short of showing anything frontal, but more refined viewers may have found themselves reaching for the smelling salts as naked male rumps filled the screen. Bottoms in Austen! Whatever next? Let’s hope there were some smelling salts left, for next was a scene that hinted at a handjob.

Anne Reid, who plays Lady Denham on the show, expressed dismay (with tongue in cheek): “It’s the times we live in,” she told the Radio Times: “There are a lot of naked males around and I think it’s unnecessary.” The screenwriter Andrew Davies, who also wrote the hugely influential 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, said that his wife wanted him to show more male nudity to balance out the ubiquitous female nudity on TV: “I thought it looked so beautiful,” he said.

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26/08/2019 09:20:28  

ITV Studios Australia secures local format rights for the globally successful competition show in 2020

RuPaul’s Drag Race has spawned two spin-off series, several sellout world tours and skyrocketed the careers of dozens of drag performers. Now the reality TV phenomenon is gearing up to Death Drop down under.

ITV Studios Australia, the production company behind The Voice and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! has secured local format rights for Drag Race, according to TV Tonight. The CEO, David Mott, told TV Line: “We are set to shantay on to Australian screens in 2020.”

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25/08/2019 21:20:28  

It’s clear where Andrew Davies takes over from Jane Austen in this adaptation of her unfinished novel

It is a truth recently acknowledged that Andrew Davies, grandfather of the sexed-up British period drama, used all the existing material from Jane Austen’s final novel in the first half hour of his adaptation of Sanditon (ITV). This – the one most of us haven’t read, and which has never before been adapted for the screen – is the fragment Austen abandoned unfinished in March 1817. She died four months later, leaving behind 11 chapters of a strange fiction about encroaching modernity in the industrial age and, more specifically, a seaside resort on the Sussex coast.

So for once we slip into the ease and comfort of a Sunday night period drama knowing precisely where the author’s words end and the adaptor’s imagination takes flight. Say 24 minutes in, as our lively and naive heroine Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) admires a pair of slippers in a shop window. What happens after this takes place in Davies’s Sanditon, not Austen’s. Really, though, will it come as a surprise to hear that the swoonsome arrival of Sidney Parker (Downton Abbey’s Theo James) storming up the blowy cliffside in a coach bears the naughty mark of Davies? Or the deer-spotting that turns out to be the bounder Sir Edward Denham rutting with a girl of whom he is ruthlessly taking advantage? Or the requisite ball filled with snatched power-play betwixt claps and curtseys? Of course not! Austen switched places with Davies a quarter of a century ago, approximately 44 minutes into episode four of Pride and Prejudice when Colin Firth emerged wet-shirted from a lake. I still remember, a decade later, reading a hilarious Nancy Banks-Smith review of his (also sexy-seasidey) Sense and Sensibility, which observed that Davies’s name was in larger type than Austen’s in the opening credits.

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25/08/2019 08:19:52  

ITV News has the clearest take on our own bleak futures, while cinemagoers are getting younger all the time

Fans of William Blake will be flocking to Tate Britain from early September for an exhibition of the poet and artist. Many will know that Blake lived from 1800‑03 in a cottage in Felpham, West Sussex, where he wrote And did those feet in ancient time, later set to music as Jerusalem by Hubert Parry and, of course, a Last Night of the Proms regular.

There were high hopes for the cottage after it was bought from a local family in 2015 for £500,000 by a newly established Blake Cottage Trust. The bulk of the purchase money came from a fund set up in the will of a multimillionaire, who made his fortune from concrete. But four years on, the house, which is Grade II* listed, is in a state of neglect, with its thatched roof and rafters needing urgent repairs.

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23/08/2019 13:20:03  

Kevin Lygo says presenter should not be blamed for failings of axed Jeremy Kyle Show

Jeremy Kyle is set to return to TV screens, months after his eponymous chatshow was cancelled following the death of a participant who had a failed a lie-detector test.

ITV’s director of television, Kevin Lygo, said the presenter was piloting new programmes for the channel, in addition to working on his investigative strand The Kyle Files: “He is a consummate broadcaster and it would be absolutely wrong to apportion blame of the show against the presenter of it.”

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23/08/2019 13:16:18  

The host is is developing a new programme, three months after his daytime series was cancelled.
20/08/2019 13:19:56  

He was the breakout star of this summer’s series – an ally of women with refreshingly goofy charm. But that doesn’t mean the 28-year-old’s mum has stopped checking up on him

In a corner office in ITV’s headquarters in central London, the former Love Island contestant Ovie Soko is about to be embarrassed by his mum, Foluso. The pair have recently been on This Morning, cooking Eamonn Holmes’s breakfast live on air, completing the promotional duties of any successful reality TV star. But now, as his dad, Ray, quietly eats a supermarket sandwich, the dirt is about to be dished.

“He talks about himself in the third person,” says Foluso.

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19/08/2019 15:18:45  

In a post-GDPR world, you might think the big media giants would have a member of staff on hand to ensure their practices are compliant. ITV however takes a clearly more cavalier approach to EU law, as yesterday they interviewed Remoaner-in-chief Dominic Grieve with his phone number on full view to the world. Guido has always […]

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18/08/2019 06:20:26  

Brian Cox bosses the screen, and his family, as Succession returns, while ITV’s new Lake District drama intrigues

Succession | Sky Atlantic
Deep Water (ITV) | ITV Hub
Kathy Burke’s All Woman (Channel 4) | All 4
The Chefs’ Brigade (BBC Two) | iPlayer
Remarkable Places to Eat (BBC Two) | iPlayer

Succession burst back on to our screens with a vengeance: chiefly, of course, Logan Roy’s. The billionaire media mogul, the part Dundee’s own Brian Cox was perhaps born to play, is, if not exactly relishing the comeuppance of his squirrelly, treasonous son Kendall – who had something of a Chappaquiddick moment at the close of the first series – not shedding hot salt tears at the turn of events either.

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17/08/2019 10:19:37  

The Towie star goes it alone on ITVBe – but the whole thing’s weirdly lacking in authenticity

What is Gemma Collins doing this week? A good question. In order: crying, buying a house, crying, shouting, making men do small menial tasks for her, calling her psychic, deciding not to buy a house on her psychic’s advice, eating a burger as a religious experience, getting a wax, and throwing James Argent’s underwear beneath the path of an executive car. She is, if nothing else, active.

Gemma Collins performed a mind trick on us all a couple of years ago, and none of us have quite caught up to it yet. The early part of her career revealed a self-aware jester: Towie’s pastiche of a bombastic blonde; the three-day I’m a Celebrity … stint in which she cried out clots of mascara in an escaping helicopter; bruising her body green from a height of 10 metres on ITV’s Splash!; falling face-to-the-ice alongside partner Matt Evers on Dancing on Ice.

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16/08/2019 18:16:39  
16/08/2019 15:20:04  

Michael Sheen plays Chris Tarrant in story of how the ‘coughing major’ cheated his way to £1m

The infamous Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheating scandal is being adapted into a TV drama starring Michael Sheen as Christ Tarrant.

Matthew Macfadyen will play Charles Ingram, the so-called “Coughing Major”, in Quiz, with the Fleabag actor Sian Clifford as his wife Diana.

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