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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Cheeky BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy spills the beans on his 65 year career

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy has finally spoken out about his wonderful 65 year career living with some of the world’s greatest sporting stars.

Voiced by comedian Paddy McGuinness, the trophy sits perched on a mantelpiece surrounded by photographs of some of his famous friends.

The cheeky trophy spills the beans on life with the Beckham’s and their love of him - he is a camera after all! He also shows off his flexibility in doing the 'Mobot' - a trick he learned from his time living with Sir Mo Farah - not bad for a 65 year old!

But it’s Andy Murray, he yearns for - after three years together the pair did become very close.

Trophy says: “I thought it was about time I opened up about my life, as I’ve experienced some beautiful moments with my companions over the last 65 years. I do miss having breakfast with Andy but I’m looking forward to meeting my new pal on 16 December.”

Holby City celebrates its 20th anniversary

2019 is set to be a major year at Holby City Hospital, as the long-running drama series will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a host of guest appearances from previous Holby classic characters and fan favourites across the anniversary year.

Sharon D. Clarke and Denis Lawson will lead the charge, as the series delves into its rich history and celebrates two decades on screen.

Holby’s year of celebrations will roll through to a special tribute to Holby City’s 1000th episode in autumn 2019, more details of which will be revealed in due course.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “It is a fantastic achievement for Holby City to be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. The series continues to be a much loved BBC drama, with a loyal fan-base who tune in in their millions every Tuesday, 52 weeks a year. The past 20 years has seen the series tackle and raise awareness of so many important social and medical issues, from Parkinson’s and dementia to male mental health. We’re extremely proud of the show - Happy Birthday Holby!”

Information about returning cast - Sharon D. Clarke and Denis Lawson

Sharon D. Clarke reprises her role as Lola Griffin, ex-wife of Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie). She is back for one episode to hold a mirror up to Ric, reflecting on his years at Holby. Denis Lawson returns for two episodes in the New Year as Tom Campbell-Gore, a cardiothoracic consultant last seen towards the end of series six. Having spent the last fourteen years rebuilding his reputation, Tom meets old rival Ric, who he must compete against to win crucial funding at an Innovation Conference, and introduces new surgeon Ange Godard (Dawn Steele) to Holby.

Denis Lawson says: "I have great memories of my time on Holby City and I’m delighted to be back on my old stomping ground with the Holby cast and crew."

Sharon D. Clarke says: "I spent three and a half happy years playing Lola. She was the kind of woman I would have loved to have seen on my screen when I was growing up. I was very proud to bring her to life and be a part of the Holby family. I’m so excited to be treading the wards again, and seeing what Lola will be getting up to for Holby’s 20th Anniversary. Hey, Ric, Lola’s back in town!"

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty, says: "It’s a massive thrill to have Denis back, not only as one of our country’s foremost actors but also as one of Holby’s original bad boys in the show’s early years! Tom Campbell-Gore hasn’t changed a bit since he left Holby 15 years ago and definitely has some scores to settle with Ric…

"It’s fantastic to have Sharon back and a great coup given how in demand she is - not only is she a fabulous actor and a much-loved tender, funny Holby character but we clearly couldn’t let the anniversary pass without the appearance of one of Ric’s many ex-wives to ruffle his feathers."

More names are set to join Sharon and Denis across the year.

Jessie J joins Will.I.Am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott to take up fourth chair as The Voice Kids UK 2019 competition gets underway

Jessie J is joining The Voice Kids UK as a new coach alongside Will.i.am, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott who all return to their big red chairs when filming commences this week. Back on ITV for a third series in 2019, talented youngsters will now have four coaches to try and impress as they sing for the star panel. Also, for the first time, young performers can enter the contest as a duo. Each coach will have nine spots to fill on their teams, for either solo singers or double acts who are all aged 7-14.

A founder member of the Voice family, Jessie J has previously been a coach on The Voice in the UK and Australia, where she mentored Ellie Drennan to victory in season 4. Fresh from completing a tour of the US, China and Europe, the multi-platinum selling star will be looking for young stand out singers to be part of Team Jessie.

Jessie said: “I love kids, I love to sing and I love to share all I know about singing and performing.  The idea of combining those three things again on The Voice Kids is a dream come true. I am grateful to have been asked back. I am so excited to share my experience with the young singers on the show, who are just starting to discover themselves as singers. I will be protective of their experience emotionally, as well as vocally. It’s a huge moment in their lives and I am happy I get to be someone to help and hold their hand. It’s a fun and awesome panel to be joining. I love Pixie and Danny and I can't wait to be sitting alongside my friend Will. Let’s go!!”

Will.i.am commented: "Fantastic to be back alongside Pixie, Danny and now adding my friend Jessie J to the coaches panel. Jessie will add a new dynamic as we each compete to secure the freshest new talent in Britain to our teams."

Danny said: “I can’t wait to get going on the Blind Auditions and build a super strong Team Danny. It will be great to reunite with Will and Pixie and also welcome along new coach Jessie J. She has an amazing voice, she’s a great artist and she also cooked me pasta once! It’s gonna be fun to see what kind of team she puts together…but I know mine will be better!”

Pixie said: “I absolutely love Jessie and I’m thrilled to have a girl joining me with the boys! We’ve performed at some of the same gigs in the past and I’ve always admired her voice. I’m going to be doing all I can to keep my unbeaten record next year. Two series and two winners for me so far and I want the winner again so bring it on, kids!”

The Voice Kids is an ITV Studios production of a Talpa format and the new series will air on ITV next year.

NETFLIX - New Original Anime - Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas

Aggretsuko has become a global hit since its Season 1 launch on Netflix on April 20th, 2018. Based on a Sanrio character, Retsuko is a 25-year-old red panda who copes with her thankless office job and daily frustrations by belting out death metal karaoke after work. While fans will have to wait a little longer for Season 2, which is scheduled for a 2019 launch, Netflix will premiere a special Christmas episode as a Christmas gift to fans. The episode also features a punk cover of “Jingle Bells”, performed by Tim Timebomb and the Interrupters. (Tim Timebomb is a music project of Tim Armstrong, frontman of the legendary punk band Rancid.)

Retsuko's newfound obsession with posting pics on her social media account threatens to ruin her Christmas, while Haida still hopes to spend Christmas with her.

Series Launch Date: Dec. 20, 2018
Format: 1 episode (22 minutes)

Monday, 10 December 2018

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! final peak of 12.1 million

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! final peak of 12.1 million

The I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! final attracted a huge peak audience of 12.1 million/56% share tuning in to see Harry Redknapp crowned King of the Jungle - the highest peak audience of the series.

The final show of the series averaged 10.9 million/48.2% share - an increase of 1.7 million viewers on the audience to last year's final, and the highest rating final since 2013.

Series 18 has averaged 9.1 million viewers/44% share based on overnights ratings data.

Based on 7 day consolidated data the series is averaging 12.2 million viewers, making it the highest rating series in the show's history, based on available consolidated data after 14 episodes.

BBC Music announce their Sound of 2019 longlist

BBC Music Sound Of 2019 today revealed its longlist of artists who are tipped for success next year. The longlist has been chosen by a panel of industry experts including Stormzy, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Emily Eavis and Olly Alexander.

Last year saw 22 year old Norwegian singer Sigrid be placed Number One, beating the likes of Khalid, Sam Fender, Jade Bird and Tom Walker who also featured on the coveted list.

The BBC Music Sound of 2019 longlist (in alphabetical order) is:

Dermot Kennedy
Dublin born  Dermot Kennedy has not stopped since the release of his 2017 EP Doves And Ravens, winning him acclaim from across the industry. The clash of urban, electronic beats against the intimate guitar-led storytelling has made him an exciting act to follow.

Ella Mai
Ella Mai got her big break after uploading videos to her Instagram account and being spotted by DJ Mustard.

South London MC Flohio’s energy has earned her spot on the longlist as an exciting talent to follow in 2019.

Grace Carter
Growing up with musical influences like Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Adele, Grace Carter started making music aged 13 and has just finished her first headline UK tour.

King Princess
Born and raised in Brooklyn, KP is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer whose break came after the release of 1950, which explores how LGBTQ people once had to keep their love hidden, and why that still affects modern relationships.

British rising star Mahalia has enjoyed an incredible year, becoming one of the UK’s most exciting female artists to hit the scene.

Born in France and raised in London, his turbulent upbringing has seen him homeless and drop out of the Brit School. Forward a few years later and the rapper now counts Drake as one of his fans.

Also in the running is Spanish singer Rosalía, whose modern interpretations of flamenco music fused with electronica and nu-R&B has won her praise from the likes of Pharrell Williams.

Sea Girls
London four-piece Sea Girls have had a busy summer touring several festivals, and are set for an even busier 2019 with an almost sold out UK tour.

Last but not least is SlowThai, the rapper from Northampton who started out freestyling with the older kids from his estate and has now cemented himself as one of the most exciting new rappers in Britain.

Previous Sound Of nominees include 50 Cent (2003) Adele (2008), Florence +The Machine (2009), Frank Ocean (2012), Sam Smith (2014), Dua Lipa (2016) and Rag‘n’Bone Man (2017).

The daily countdown of the Top 5 will kick off on Monday 7 January 2019 in Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 (7pm-9pm). The winner will be announced on Friday 11 January.

Sigrid says: “BBC Music’s Sound Of 2018 helped me so much with reaching a new audience and giving my music some extra exposure on the radio. I’m still very thankful for being chosen as this year’s Sound Of, and I am so excited to see who this year’s winner will be!”

Annie Mac says: “The Sound Of longlist is filled with incredibly talented people and is a real reflection of where music is heading in 2019. So many of the artists are truly innovating in their fields. It’s exciting to champion new music across the BBC and share these artists with the audience. 2019 is going to be a very special year.”

James Stirling,Head of BBC Music & BBC Music Introducing, says: “For 17 years the BBC Music Sound Of list has been celebrating exciting up-and-coming talent and this year we are proud to recognise the work of such an eclectic mix of musicians.  There’s a wealth of talent coming through and I look forward to seeing the artists build their reputations in 2019.”

A range of music, videos, interviews and biographies from each of the Top 10 acts can also be seen on the BBC Music Sound Of 2019 website and a playlist will be made available on BBC Sounds.

Sound Of… started in 2003. The previous winners are: Sigrid (2018), Ray BLK (2017), Jack Garratt (2016), Years & Years (2015), Sam Smith (2014) HAIM (2013) Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003).

The list was compiled using recommendations from 136 influential music experts, who were asked to name their three favourite new acts.

The music experts included radio DJs and producers, TV producers and music supervisors, newspaper critics, magazine and website editors and respected bloggers.

All participants were asked to name their favourite three new acts, who could be performers from any country and any musical genre, whether or not they are signed. They cannot have been the lead artist on a UK top 10 single or album before 22 October 2018.

They must not already be widely known by the UK general public (for example, a member of a hit band going solo or a soap star, a winner of a national talent search show such as X Factor or The Voice in the last three years).

Further details of the panel and how the list was compiled are available on the BBC Music Sound Of 2019 website.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! - Fill Your Face

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! - Fill Your Face

Emily Atack undertake tonight's Bushtucker Trial - Fill Your Face

Sunday 9 December at 9pm on ITV

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back which can mean only one thing… the time has come for a brand new cast of celebrities to head down under and battle it out in TV’s toughest entertainment challenge.

Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian Jungle, with a whole host of brand new nasty surprises created just for them.

Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby will present all the big stories live from the Jungle every night.

The celebrities heading into the Jungle for the new series are:

Football manager – Harry Redknapp
Corrie star– Sair Khan
TV presenter – Nick Knowles
Singer – Fleur East
Popstar – James McVey
TV’s ‘The Governess’ – Anne Hegerty
Hollyoaks actor –Malique Thompson-Dwyer
Comedy actor – Emily Atack
Actor & entertainer – John Barrowman MBE
Actor – Rita Simons
TV Legend - Noel Edmonds