New Faces (1973– )
From The Running Man and Trainspotting, through to Rainbow: the fictional game shows that make you run for the comforts of Bullseye.
Everyone loves a good game show. Where else can you watch Steve from Redditch win a canteen of cutlery just for knowing the capital of Tobago?
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Game shows are a light hearted staple of our TV schedules. We can rely on them to be entertaining without demanding too much in return (apart from Only Connect). They are the TV equivalent of a warm bath or a nice pair of slippers. And what's more, the whole family can enjoy them. 92 year old grandma visiting? Best leave Game Of Thrones and opt for some Bullseye instead. Kids up late? Stick on some Family Fortunes
Among her many projects, Ted Robbins recalled working with Wood on 2000’s Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, in which she took on the role of Anne Widdicome at one point. Here’s that memorable moment:
The actor and presenter, Ted Robbins, has been remembering the woman who have him his first chance in comedy more than three decades ago, when Wood and Walters allowed him to be their warm-up act.
While saying that it was clear that she was “hilarious”, he told the BBC: “She was also a great writer, her words were so crafted. She did not mind who got the laughs. She wrote wonderly lines for other people.
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This is a bit interesting: I asked showrunner David Amann – on behalf of a reader, maybe? I forget – if there might ever be an episode that pits the men against the women, sort of
Digital Spy got the chance to experience what it must be like for the contestants when we went backstage during auditions in Hammersmith, meeting four acts who were taking to the stage later that very day. Do any of them stand a chance of Bgt success? Here's what we think...
Wett 'n' Wilde
Things didn't get off to the best of starts with this act. It is never appropriate to ask a pair of pensioners: "Who is wet(t) and who is wild(e)?" and we messed up by keeping quiet after Pamela revealed herself to be 66 1/2, to which she responded, "You're supposed to say, 'You don't look it'". But once we'd got over that awkwardness, Wett 'n' Wilde were an absolute pleasure and
To celebrate Les's biggest gig in quite some time, we look back at the celebrity good egg's life and career in order, and come up with eight reasons why we absolutely love him...
He's a talent show king!
Way back before Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor et al, there was New Faces, a notoriously tough competition where a panel of judges - including a youthful Noel Edmonds - marked variety acts on their "star quality", usually without chucking water over each other or trying to get into the papers with a particularly daring dress, as all that palaver is a modern talent show invention.
After doing the rounds
Richard Holloway could give Simon Cowell a run for his money as an acerbic reality TV show judge, if The X Factor executive producer's forthright views on its rival programmes Superstar and The Voice are anything to go by.
Of Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest West End talent search show, Superstar, which drew fewer than 3 million viewers for most episodes on ITV1 in July, Holloway says: "That really was a complete rip-off of everything that we did. It wasn't distinctive. It was sort of like a blatant copy of X Factor and I was, in inverted commas, disappointed." Remarable language for a programme on the same channel.
His views on The Voice are only slightly less scathing, if more predictable: "The gimmick of the chairs was
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Keep the Lights On
Writer/director: Ira Sachs
The story of a tumultuous, decade-long relationship between two men in New York City. Keep the Lights On premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue.
Comprised of shots that make you feel as if you’re glimpsing the most private of moments, a fly on the wall for one young woman’s haunting meltdown, Without may suggest some of the greats of world cinema (he is willing to site the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni and Marco Ferrari, filmmakers he ironically missed out on while studying in Italy), but Jackson has little interest in quoting them.
The 57-year-old, who hit the big time after appearing on ITV’s talent show New Faces in the 1970s, claimed that the show has gotten worse this year and told The Sun:
“Britain’s Got Talent has got worse. What does that panel know about talent?
“Pretty and talented actress (who married Les Dennis) Amanda does have a great talent.
“But be fair, love, what do you know about this showbiz lark?”
He then turned his attention to fellow panellists David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre.
He added: “An American actor who drove a talking car and a superstar comedian with a speech defect, who five years ago nobody had heard of.”
“When Lenny Henry
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