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17/02/2019 08:15:17  

A wondrous week for crime drama saw the return of young Morse, a final series of Shetland, and Iceland’s Trapped

Endeavour (ITV) | itv.com
Shetland (BBC One) | iPlayer
Trapped (BBC Four) | iPlayer
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) | netflix.com
The Making of Me (Channel 4) | channel4.com
Storyville: Under the Wire (BBC Four) | iPlayer

An arm is washed ashore on a remote beach. A body is found lying below a pylon: flowers in her hair, and a white horse whinnies. A shambling man forcibly hugs his twin sister outside the Icelandic parliament, and sets them both gruesomely on fire. Welcome, then, to this year’s first splendid week of modern crime thrillers: there can have been few single weeks in which we have had such a quality surfeit. And, intriguingly, all on terrestrial, known by some who should know better than to patronise as “council telly”.

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16/02/2019 12:15:15  

The actor on Emmerdale and wanting to be a swan

Born in Blackpool, Jenna Coleman, 32, joined Emmerdale in 2005 and spent four years on the soap. From 2012-17 she played Doctor Who’s companion Clara Oswald. She has appeared in films including Captain America: The First Avenger and Me Before You. Since 2016, she has played the title role in Victoria, which returns to ITV for a third series soon. She lives in London with her partner, Tom Hughes, who plays Prince Albert.

When were you happiest?
There was a moment in my early 20s when I’d finished Emmerdale and didn’t know what was next. I drove from LA to San Francisco listening to Tracy Chapman and it felt like one of those pure moments of uncomplicated joy.

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15/02/2019 13:15:07  

Chris Grayling and Liam Fox appear to be trying to outdo each other as they seek coveted title

Joanna Lumley has come in for criticism for reading out a bad script badly as host of the Baftas. An embarrassment I missed, as the new series of Endeavour – featuring a great nod to the creator of Morse near the end, with a poster on the wall of the police station for the retirement of “Mr C Dexter” complete with a photo of the man himself – started on ITV. Quite why broadcasters think awards shows make brilliant TV has always escaped me. Not only do they invariably overrun, as people you’ve sometimes heard of give rambling acceptance speeches, thanking people you’ve certainly never heard of, but the format is numbingly predictable. A bad joke, someone reading out the four nominations, a few clips of the show in question and then the winner is announced. Repeat for four hours, ending with a lifetime achievement award for someone the organisers think is getting on a bit and might die soon.

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14/02/2019 13:13:35  

Astonishingly John McDonnell has told ITV News that he would give the same answer again if asked whether he thinks Churchill was a hero or a villain. He answered with two words, “Tollypandy. Villain.” Now he has expanded on his answer a little… “Undoubtedly a hero during the second world war but also look at […]

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13/02/2019 09:13:30  

Olly Robbins has ended up in a significant amount of hot water after a sensational scoop from ITV’s Angus Walker in Brussels, who overheard Theresa May’s chief negotiator talking loudly to two colleagues in a Brussels hotel bar on Monday night. His remarks more or less confirmed all of Brexiteers’ worst fears that the wool […]

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12/02/2019 19:14:50  

Westminster needs mavericks in public life, even if they are wrong, because a clearer perception of the truth is produced by its collision with error

The moves not to “re-adopt” Conservative MP Nicholas Boles by his local constituency party because he has “gone rogue”, and to deselect Labour’s Luciana Berger for disloyalty, are straws in the political wind. Both MPs are semi-detached from their party leadership, and both have crucially become so over the issue of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Mr Boles has not endeared himself to Tory party activists in Lincolnshire, who voted heavily to leave, for working with Labour’s Yvette Cooper to delay Brexit and scupper a catastrophic no-deal outcome. Ms Berger backs a second referendum, in defiance of her leadership, and last week refused to rule out leaving Labour for another party.

There are other reasons why some activists in Liverpool’s Wavertree and the east Midlands seat of Grantham and Stamford want to get rid of their MPs. Mr Boles snubbed locals by refusing to move to his constituency and there is a feeling that he is too “London-centric”. In Liverpool Ms Berger has been a thorn in the side of Jeremy Corbyn over what she says is his failure to crack down on antisemitism. Mr Corbyn comes from the left of the party, which has argued that the charge of antisemitism is often levelled without substance to close down criticism of repressive Israeli actions against Palestinians. There are strong views on each side. However, it is welcome that the motions of no confidence were rescinded, particularly as Ms Berger is pregnant and has suffered outrageous misogynistic and antisemitic abuse. Efforts to oust Mr Boles ought to be similarly dropped.

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12/02/2019 14:14:57  

This 60s-set prequel to the legendary ITV detective series might look like a cosy Heatbeat-style drama, but there something far darker and stranger at play

This article contains minor spoilers for series 1-6 of Endeavour

It sounds borderline bizarre to insist that the sixth series of a TV drama is a good jumping-on point. But if you’ve so far resisted ITV’s Sunday-night staple Endeavour – AKA The 1960s Adventures of Young Morse, Before He Got So Crotchety (Although He is Actually Already Pretty Crotchety) – the latest series seems consciously designed to get any latecomers up to speed. It helps, of course, that this is a prequel to one of the most prestigious and popular ITV dramas of all time. Even if you don’t know where the character has been for the past five seasons, you probably have a decent idea about where he is going to end up.

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12/02/2019 10:14:49  

Cambridge academic Victoria Bateman repeats invitation to have a debate but says Tory MP can keep his clothes on

The naked pro-Europe campaigner Victoria Bateman has repeated her challenge to a debate with the arch-Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg on live TV but has dropped her demand that the Tory MP should also take off his clothes for the event.

Appearing nude on ITV Good Morning Britain, Bateman, an economics fellow at Cambridge University, again threw down the gauntlet to the chair of the European Research Group as she had last week on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. But this time she said that Rees-Mogg could keep his clothes on.

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08/02/2019 17:14:34  

Patrick Carroll on the 1981 ITV miniseries Wolcott and Steve Moore on the 1951 British film Pool of London

I read Steve Rose’s piece on the British Film Institute’s Forgotten Black TV Drama season (‘What the hell are we here for?’, G2, 7 February) with interest.

It reminded me that some friends who had watched a recent episode of Luther that I missed told me there was a reference in it to a Wolcott Road.

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08/02/2019 16:11:14  
06/02/2019 13:13:51  

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertaining

After so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up something highly watchable. On Monday the erstwhile Manchester United manager staged a spectacular pratfall at an ice hockey game in Russia. By Tuesday he was being handed a prison sentence. (Suspended, agonisingly, but still.)

Barely a week after Gemma Collins made her ice‑fall in ITV’s Dancing on Ice, the Portuguese supplanted The Only Way is Essex star as the most hilariously viral rink‑based tumble of 2019.

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06/02/2019 08:14:06  

ASA says app sponsored by Tombola did not do enough to protect under-18s

The advertising watchdog has banned gambling ads that ran in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here app for breaking rules designed to protect children from being encouraged to bet.

The app for the most recent series was sponsored by Tombola, an online bingo, casino and slots company, which ran ads featuring phrases such as: “A chance to win a share of £250,000 for free” when users sign up to vote on the TV show.

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05/02/2019 11:14:30  

Children from different backgrounds have playdates at each other’s houses, and there’s not a tantrum in sight. It’s Come Dine With Me with no sarcasm – and the TV tonic we all need

In this crowded media space, it has never been more important to have a distinct brand identity. BBC One, for example, has established itself as broad and mainstream. ITV is where you go to watch the Harry Potter films for the billionth time. And then you’ve got Channel 4: the channel that spies on children.

How the Other Kids Live is the latest instalment of a grand Channel 4 tradition: following kids around with cameras to see what they’re really like, the unsavoury little scamps. After warming us up with The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds and The Secret Life of Five-Year-Olds – shows where we simply watched kids play unattended – How the Other Kids Live nudges the formula forward by taking kids from different points on the social spectrum and forcing them to interact.

So it’s Come Dine With Me, except without the food or the scoring or the aggressively sarcastic helium voiceover. In episode one we meet a nervous Catholic boy (first seen making crucifixes out of Lego), a Muslim girl whose parents moved to the UK from Nigeria a decade ago and two privately educated twins, one of whom has Down’s syndrome. Throughout the episode they each host a playdate for the others, and we get to see which of them is the most awful.

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01/02/2019 10:09:05  

The film, to be presented by Sir Trevor McDonald, will now be "scheduled for a later date".
31/01/2019 22:09:36  
31/01/2019 12:13:34  

Food delivery service is thought to have paid about £5m for tie-in with hit show

ITV has signed up Uber Eats as the new sponsor of Love Island in a record-breaking deal that highlights the value advertisers place on targeting the increasingly hard-to-reach millennial TV audience.

It is understood that Uber Eats, taxi-hailing firm Uber’s food delivery service, has paid in the region of £5m to sponsor the hit show. This is more than double the estimated £2.25m previous sponsor Superdrug paid for the record-setting last series.

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29/01/2019 17:13:07  

The TV ad campaign that casts veggies as villains may be fun, but there are better ways to encourage kids to eat healthily

Vegetables aren’t healthy, tasty, fun or even very colourful any more, kids. No. They’re evil – and they’re coming to get you! So says an advert on ITV and backed by the UK’s leading supermarkets and Birds Eye, with endorsements from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver.

The 60-second advert is set up like an action film, in which a storm of vegetable baddies invade – torpedoing carrots, a car pelted by rogue brussels sprouts. The nation’s children are then called upon to “Eat them to defeat them”. The campaign, by ad agency Adam & EveDBB (of John Lewis Christmas advert fame) has been given £2m of airtime on ITV and will feature in cinemas and on billboards. But do we really want children to view vegetables as bad guys? Surely there are better ways to get reluctant children to eat their greens? Here’s how.

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29/01/2019 14:12:52  

Despite dire warnings about young people’s internet use, I don’t begrudge them their screens – or think they are doomed

A new report by Ofcom into young people’s internet use indicates they are spending more time online, gaming and watching YouTube. Predictably, most of the reporting of the study has thrown its hands up in the air like a cheerleading squad at gunpoint. Rotten kids, addicted to Fortnite and Kylie Jenner’s eyebrows. Why can’t they be intellectuals like we were as kids, watching up to five hours a night of whatever happened to be on ITV?

When does this shift into being selectively judgmental occur? Being a young teen is so, so boring. I don’t begrudge them their screens, or think they’re doomed. There is a valid fear that younger children could miss developmental milestones due to screen addiction, losing physical and intellectual capacity. Some research even suggests they are struggling to tie their shoelaces because of it. The thing is, I struggled to tie my shoelaces well into adolescence and I’m not sure I can blame screens, unless we’re talking about Ceefax and The Legend of Zelda. Learning anything beyond a sloppy granny knot just seemed like a boring use of my attention. It was my first girlfriend who told me I was doing it wrong. (I think she was talking about shoelaces.) Lots of kid’s shoes have Velcro fasteners, which is a more likely explanation. One could also point to studies that show gaming can be beneficial for hand-eye coordination, strategic skill and intelligence. Incidentally, at some later point, probably alone and going mad, I became obsessed with tying shoelaces. I became proficient at bar lacing, bi-colour lacing, chevron and lattice-work. And it was the internet that taught me. (If you’ve not been to Ian’s Shoelace Site, I promise it will change your world.)

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24/01/2019 18:12:25  

Duke drove ‘straight at me’, says man interviewed by ITV after accident in Berkshire

As Norfolk police continue to investigate the Duke of Edinburgh’s serious collision near Sandringham, archive footage relating to a previous car crash involving Prince Philip in 1964, who had been driving the Queen at the time, has been unearthed.

The ITV footage shows a bemused driver – named Mr Cooper – explaining how he was forced to swerve after seeing Philip driving “straight at me” as he pulled into the road in the Berkshire village of Holyport.

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23/01/2019 02:19:45  

According to new research from marketing technology firm Audience Project, the majority (57%) of UK customers would stop watching Netflix if commercials were introduced, and even lowering subscriptions would cause a significant drop off of 42%. Here are some of the other key findings: - In the UK, Netflix takes the lion's share of the streaming audience at 70%, followed by BBC iPlayer (61%). Interestingly, YouTube, ITV Player and All4, all of which host ads, saw a decline. - TV is still the preferred streaming device in the UK used by 42% of respondents. - Streaming is on the rise particularly amongst the young, with almost as many 15-25 year olds streaming/downloading (63%) as watching traditional TV (65%) "This is proof, if it were needed, that Netflix is right to focus on growing through its investment in content rather than considering hosting advertising any time soon," Netimperative reports. Martyn Bentley, Commercial Director UK at Audience Project, comments: "Our findings highlight the growing importance of targeting and relevance in advertising. As consumers have increasing choice over whether or not they see ads, both broadcasters and advertisers alike need to work hard to ensure that campaigns enhance experience, rather than detract -- plus it suggests that greater inroads need to be made with Connected TV as a means to help tailor advertising at a granular level."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

22/01/2019 12:11:41  

The National Television Awards are here! Let’s hope the British public shake things up and vote for Jodie Whittaker, Jodie Comer – and Holly Willoughby for joining Dec in the jungle

It’s that time of year again. Although the British people quite clearly gave their verdict on which are the best TV programmes at the 2018 National Television Awards, tonight that result will, disgracefully, be overturned. Welcome to the 2019 National Television Awards!

On the other hand, the British public – remember, this is the only TV gong show decided entirely by ordinary viewers’ votes – will assuredly fail to pick the correct winner in several categories. So we’ve put them straight, in advance. What will win, and why is that wrong? Mark your card now. The fun, or at least the National Television Awards, starts at 7.30pm on ITV.

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20/01/2019 07:11:42  

There’s topicality and tragedy in the north-eastern detective series and Valjean plans a new adventure in Andrew Davies’s drama adaptation

8.10pm, ITV

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17/01/2019 17:11:34  

The market underappreciates the pace of the decline in TV consumption, say analysts

Shares in ITV fell by nearly 6% on Thursday after investors took fright at a report warning that the market is underestimating the decline of traditional TV viewing and the disruptive impact of of services such as Netflix and YouTube.

ITV was the biggest faller in the FTSE 100 by late afternoon trading – down 5.9% at 129p – following a bleak assessment of the prospects of traditional TV broadcasters by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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14/01/2019 17:09:17  

Peston earlier tweeted that the ERG were falling in behind May’s deal. Just a warning to Guido’s friends in the foreign exchange game. Please take Peston’s insights into the Conservative Party with a bag of salt… Bloomberg, who should know better, reported Peston’s tweet as if it was a verified ITV News story. The newswire […]

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14/01/2019 16:14:27  

Julian Fellowes will adapt his historical novel, Belgravia, about the secrets of the nouveau riche – though it failed to capture the imagination in book form

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is set to return to ITV with an adaptation of his historical novel Belgravia.

The six-part series – a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London, around three decades before Downton – will explore tensions between the rich and the nouveau riche. It will go into production with Carnival films (who also produced Downton) in the coming months, Deadline reports.

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