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Clare Balding pulls out of arms trade dinner

Campaign group urged broadcaster to rethink over companies’ role in Yemen civil war

The broadcaster Clare Balding, who fronted an emergency appeal for victims of the Yemen crisis, has pulled out of speaking at an arms industry annual dinner attended by many of the companies whose weapons are fuelling the country’s civil war.

She was due to host the Ads Group dinner at an undisclosed location in London. Tickets for the event – whose previous speakers have included the broadcaster Jeremy Vine and the Labour former cabinet minister Alan Johnson – cost up to £470 each.
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TV tonight: dive into the thriving world of women's football

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Clare Balding meets the female players gearing up for this summer’s World Cup. Plus: Sara Cox hosts a new chatshow. Here’s what to watch tonight

The women’s game continues to increase in visibility: this new six-part series sees Clare Balding begin the build-up to this summer’s World Cup in France, which will also be shown on Channel 4. The show focuses on action from women’s leagues around Europe and aims to familiarise viewers with the big names in women’s football before the main event gets underway. Elsewhere, freestyle footballer Liv Cooke (pictured) will be taking on a leading player in the “Bin It to Win It” challenge. Phil Harrison
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Tuesday’s best TV – Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century

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Seven celebrities make the case for a worthy finalist before the public decides. Plus: Martin Clunes tours the islands of the Us

The time has come for the overall winner from the seven categories – leaders, explorers, scientists, entertainers, activists, sports stars, and artists and writers – to be decided by the public. First, the seven corresponding advocates – Trevor McDonald, Dermot O’Leary, Chris Packham, Kathleen Turner, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Clare Balding and Lily Cole – each argue on behalf of the finalist from their field. There are two ways to vote: via the website or by telephone. Mike Bradley
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New-look Spoty hits the right note with Baddiel, Skinner and Three Lions | Barry Glendenning

The organisers tweaked the format and a lively evening of music and razzmatazz ensued, with a little space left for sport

Who knew netball was so popular? Is sliding downhill really a sport? And how unloved must Chris Froome feel at being the best British Team Sky rider never to have won this public vote? These and other questions were asked, but not necessarily answered, as the Tour de France-winning cyclist Geraint Thomas accepted the famous silver four-turret lens camera trophy that is presented annually to the winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Having beaten Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane into the minor placings at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, the visibly stunned Welshman accepted his award from Billie Jean King, who was also honoured for her own lifetime achievements. She had earlier delivered a rousing speech espousing the virtues of tolerance and inclusion at an event fabled
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Best Variety Sketch Series Emmy episode submissions revealed for all 6 nominees (Exclusive)

Best Variety Sketch Series Emmy episode submissions revealed for all 6 nominees (Exclusive)
Gold Derby can exclusively reveal all of the Emmy episode submissions for the six 2018 contenders as Best Variety Sketch Series. Each program enters one episode from this past season, and those will be available for voters to view on the Television Academy voter portal.

The defending champ is “Saturday Night Live,” which is back competing for its 43rd season. Four of the previous nominees are also returning — “Drunk History,” “Portlandia” and “Tracey Ullman’s Show.” Newcomers are “At Home with Amy Sedaris” and “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman.”

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

At Home with Amy Sedaris” is submitting the episode “Holidays,” which aired November 28 on truTV. Official description: Amy Sedaris invites viewers to her celebrity-packed festive spectacular, but due to an unforeseen mishap, she’s unable to continue with her celebration. With the help of a few otherworldly
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‘The X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary & ‘Desert Island Disc’s Kirsty Young To Front BBC’s Royal Wedding Coverage

‘The X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary & ‘Desert Island Disc’s Kirsty Young To Front BBC’s Royal Wedding Coverage
The BBC has revealed its programming plans to cover the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle.

The British public broadcaster has lined up The X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and Crimewatch and Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young to present the nuptials alongside BBC news presenter Huw Edwards. Ore Odubda, who won Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of Dancing with the Stars, Radio One’s Tina Daheley and The One Show host Alex Jones will join, marking the BBC’s most diverse line-up to cover a royal wedding.

The BBC is the only broadcaster allowed to film the actual ceremony, which takes places in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, but it will share its coverage with global networks.

The broadcaster has also lined up major radio plans including Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt, who also appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here,
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Our dark political times have infected the Winter Olympics | Jack Bernhardt

From Russia’s drug-abusing to North Korea’s cheerleaders and way too much Mike Pence, the dystopian Games bode ill

I think I could watch any live sport in the world for hours on end and still be entertained. If the BBC broadcast the Annual Over 50s Poohsticks tournament, not only would I watch the whole thing, but by the end I would be screaming “Spin the stick in midair on the drop, Clive!” at the television.

That’s why I’m in love with the Winter Olympics: I love the weird sexy tentacle intro, I love how excited Amy Williams gets about ice, and I love how Clare Balding spends a surprising percentage of the show talking about the Norwegian curling team’s trousers. And yet, despite the smiles and incredibly mild banter of the BBC hosts, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this Olympics is different.
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Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family review – canine genealogy with a soundtrack to howl for

Patrick Aryee is in his element in a show that’s mostly about saying ‘awwww. Plus Clare Balding on Who Do You Think You Are?

A dog tree! In Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family (Sky1). A big tree on a plain, with different kinds of canines on each branch. It’s like one of those pictures of goats in a tree, except these are dogs, not known for their tree-climbing skills. How do they get them up there, stay still, and then get down again afterwards?

By CGI of course, it’s a computer-generated amazing dog family tree, with the different branches representing the different arms of the family. So there are foxes on this one; bush dogs over here; wolves, coyotes and labradoodles on this one. It’s like Who Do You Think You Are?, but for dogs.

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Thursday’s best TV: Who Do You Think You Are?; The Mash Report

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Clare Balding unearths the secrets of her socialite great-grandfather. Plus: Nish Kumar is the latest to attempt to get a satirical handle on the news

Clare Balding delves into her lineage, first uncovering the life of her maternal great-grandfather, Sir Malcolm Bullock MP, a man scarcely spoken about in her family. Believing that he was likely gay at a time when it was still very much illegal, she’s soon delving into the world of artists, socialites and heartbreak. And that’s quite apart from her dad’s equally venerable side of the family, who made their millions in baking powder. Ben Arnold

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Tuesday’s best TV: When Football Banned Women; In the Dark

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Fascinating lost sporting history as Clare Balding recalls the rise of women’s football, and a cracking cast shines in the serial-killer drama

Clare Balding recalls the history of women’s football, which was one of few beneficiaries of the first world war. With the men’s league suspended, women’s football filled the breach, and the crowds kept coming after hostilities had ended. In 1920, 53,000 people watched Dick, Kerr’s Ladies of Preston play St Helens Ladies. In 1921, the Fa banned women’s football, citing spurious health concerns. Fascinating lost sporting history. Andrew Mueller

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Sunday's best TV: Sports Personality of the Year; The Apprentice; Humans

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The fresh king or queen of sporting culture is crowned – as is a new business overlord. Elsewhere, we bid farewell to our synth friends in Channel 4’s top-notch drama

A particularly difficult year to call, this one. The 2015 winner Andy Murray’s remarkable achievements at Wimbledon would surely guarantee a gong any other year, yet 2016 also boasts Mo Farah, Laura Kenny and the rest of Team Gb’s panoply of Rio success stories. Live from Birmingham’s Genting Arena, Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding host an event that quite rightly lets British sport pat itself on the back. Luke Holland

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After the hipster: are you a createenager or a hugger mugger? Let's hope not

As BBC4 kills the hipster stone dead with a documentary that’s a decade late, we offer the commissioners some tribes to investigate for 2026 – from protein shake addicts to self-admiring members of the alt right

Related: Why do people hate hipsters?

After 10 years of media stories on The Death of the Hipster, the powers that be at the ever-relevant BBC4 finally decided that they should look into this hipster thing. Clare Balding being unavailable, they alighted on Peter York, 72, author of 1982’s The Sloane Ranger Handbook and former chairman of a Dti committee. The resulting documentary is due to air later this year.

Related: Same old, same old. How the hipster aesthetic is taking over the world

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BBC under scrutiny as Wimbledon gender bias is revealed

Corporation three times more likely to feature men than women in its coverage, governing body told

The BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon is set to come under close scrutiny after its governing body found a “startling disparity” in the number of men’s and women’s games it featured last year, on one day devoting 93% of its airtime to the men’s tournament.

Fronted by Sue Barker and Clare Balding, its coverage of the first week of the All England Lawn Tennis championship across its three main TV channels last year was about three times more likely to feature men than women.

Related: Eurosport gets green light for live Wimbledon coverage

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Princess Kate Goes to Church with the Queen - and a Whopping 50 Royal Relatives!

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Princess Kate Goes to Church with the Queen - and a Whopping 50 Royal Relatives!
Prince William and Princess Kate joined Queen Elizabeth at a thanksgiving service at grand St. Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday as the Monarch kicked off three days of official celebrations of her 90th birthday. Flanking the Queen was her husband of 68 years, Prince Philip who was marking his own special milestone too - he turned 95 on Friday. Kate, in a "Julia" wool crepe coat that designer Catherine Walker & Co. described as "mist blue", and a hat by Jane Taylor, arrived with William and brother-in-law Prince Harry and had to wait - chatting with royal relatives. That's because the principal
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BBC says controversial Wimbledon 2day will not return

Corporation reverts to ‘traditional’ Today at Wimbledon with Clare Balding after dropping revamp featuring live audience

The BBC has confirmed it will not be bringing back its much-derided highlights show Wimbledon 2day, instead reverting to its traditional Today at Wimbledon format.

Last year, the corporation shook up its TV highlights coverage, dropping John Inverdale and introducing Clare Balding, who took over his Radio 5 Live Wimbledon presenting duties in 2014.

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Saturday's best TV: Crufts 2016, You're Back In The Room, Trapped

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The world cup of tail-waggers enters its third day; ITV’s hypnotism gameshow returns; and BBC4’s enjoyable Icelandic drama concludes

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Birmingham’s NEC plays host to the annual world cup of tail waggers, with further coverage from the third day of the 2016 show in the company of Clare Balding. Doggie treats today include the working and pastoral finals and an investigation into canine health with Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, who will be answering questions from viewers. The climactic best-in-show announcement will take place tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you’re a cat person, you’ll have to make do with YouTube. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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Thursday’s best TV: Crufts 2016; Secret History of My Family; Murder

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Clare Balding leads coverage of the dog show in its 125th year; fascinating stories of the ‘families that history forgot’; Peter Bowles is an aristo determined to protect the family name after his son is accused of murder

Clare Balding leads the flawless coverage of Crufts, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. As the dogs assemble at Birmingham’s NEC, the first show has highlights from the agility competition, and the utility and toy groups line up for the judges. Balding meets judge Frank Kane, who presides over the pastoral group (which includes sheepdogs and collies), to find out what he’s looking for in a winner. It’s a serious business, and the dogs are irresistible. Coverage continues over the weekend on More4 and Channel 4. Hannah Verdier

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Channel 4 signs up Allianz as Rio 2016 Paralympics coverage sponsor

Broadcaster seeking two sponsors for programming which will be hosted by Clare Balding and Breaking Bad’s Rj Mitte

Channel 4 has signed up insurer Allianz to sponsor its coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The broadcaster, which is seeking two sponsors as it did with BT and Sainsbury’s for the London 2012 Paralympics, said that the deal included Allianz funding a new original shorts series that will air through its on-demand service All 4.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 review: Fury adds edge, but Murray proves worthy

Self-congratulation was in the Belfast air as the BBC lauded its own regional diversity, while Gary Lineker pulled his punches when it came to challenging Tyson Fury about his controversial behaviour

Interviewing one of the contenders for Sports Personality of the Year last night on BBC1, co-presenter Gabby Logan observed that “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that counts”.

This coaching advice applied to the programme itself, which began with an unfortunate technical cock-up: the clock that counts down to the opening titles – intended to be seen only by the crew in the studio gallery – was inadvertently broadcast live to a national audience at the end of Countryfile. This was soon followed by Gary Lineker, sharing hosting duties in Belfast with Logan and Clare Balding, announcing that he had cut himself while carrying the Spoty trophy on to the stage and was “bleeding everywhere”.

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Celebrate the last year in sport as tickets go on sale for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

This week sees tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year go on sale, with the ceremony set to be held in Belfast later this year.

For those wanting to sit amongst the sportsmen and women to be honoured at the Sse Arena on Sunday, December 20, tickets will be available to buy from Thursday (October 15).

Marking the first time the ceremony is held in Northern Ireland, Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will host the awards in front of the live audience and millions watching on BBC One.

We've still got a few more weeks of sporting achievement ahead of us, but milestones bound to feature this year include England's Ashes triumph, Wayne Rooney becoming the Three Lions' top scorer and Chris Froome claiming his second yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

Other achievements this year include Northern Ireland reaching their first major football tournament in 30 years, Great
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